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NFL Power Rankings: Clear favorite

Posted Jan 2, 2018

Senior writer John Oehser’s season-ending 2017 NFL power rankings …


JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser’s season-ending 2017 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

 

Rank.Team (record) | Comment

1.New England Patriots (13-3) | 2 | Champs clear favorite entering postseason

2.Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) | 3 | Potential Divisional Playoff opponent for Jaguars

3.Minnesota Vikings (13-3) | 4 | A hometown Super Bowl team at last

4.Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) | 1 | Hard to see them as favorites without Wentz

5.Carolina Panthers (11-5) | 5 | Don’t count Cam out

6.Los Angeles Rams (11-5) | 6 | Resting starters didn’t hurt seeding after all

7.New Orleans Saints (11-5) | 7 | Won NFL’s toughest division

8.Atlanta Falcons (10-6) | 9 | Defending NFC Champions are in

9.Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) | 11 | Regained footing entering postseason

10.Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6) | 8 | It’s playoff time at the ‘Bank

11.Tennessee Titans (9-7) | 14 | It’s official: AFC South runners-up

12.Buffalo Bills (9-7) | 17 | Back in the postseason after 18 seasons

13.Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) | 13 | Might be best team not in postseason

14.Seattle Seahawks (9-7) | 12 | Five-year postseason streak comes to an end

15.Baltimore Ravens (9-7) | 10 | Hearts broken

16.Dallas Cowboys (9-7) | 15 | So close and yet so far

17.Detroit Lions (9-7) | 16 | Jim Caldwell out after winning season

18.San Francisco 49ers (6-10) | 18 | Won six of last seven

19.Cincinnati Bengals (7-9) | 23 | Played spoiler role in epic fashion

20.Arizona Cardinals (8-8) | 20 | Bruce Arians retirement means new coach here

21.Green Bay Packers (7-9) | 19 | Aaron Rodgers loss just too much to overcome

22.Washington Redskins (7-9) | 21 | Let the Kirk Cousins speculation begin

23.Oakland Raiders (6-10) | 24 | Gruden time again

24.Denver Broncos (5-11) | 25 | Vance Joseph … in or out?

25.Miami Dolphins (6-10) | 22| Limped to the finish

26.New York Jets (5-11) | 27 | Todd Bowles … in

27.Chicago Bears (5-11) | 28 | John Fox … out

28.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) | 29 | Dirk Koetter … in

29.Indianapolis Colts (4-12) | 30 | Chuck Pagano … out

30.Houston Texans (4-12) | 26 | Bill O’Brien … evidently in

31.New York Giants (3-13) | 31 | Long season reaches merciful Blue end

32.Cleveland Browns (0-16) | 32 | History made

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