NFL Power Rankings: A new No. 1

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Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James (33) celebrates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo )

JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser's pre-Week 16 2018 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

Rank.Team (record) | Comment

1.Los Angeles Chargers (11-3) | 4 | A new No. 1

2.New Orleans Saints (12-2) | 1 | Scraping by – but still best in NFC

3.Los Angeles Rams (11-3) | 2 | Top seed in NFC slipping out of reach fast

4.Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) | 3 | Still the AFC's top seed

5.Chicago Bears (10-4) | 5 | Division clinched

6.Houston Texans (10-4) | 8 | Ten of 11 and counting

7.Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5-1) | 10 | Suddenly … life

8.New England Patriots (9-5) | 6 | Vulnerable? Yes. Done? Hardly

9.Indianapolis Colts (8-6) | 12 | They're in it for real now

10.Baltimore Ravens (8-6) | 11 | Looking more dangerous by the week

11.Tennessee Titans (8-6) | 14 | Back to life, but needing help

12.Minnesota Vikings (7-6-1) | 13 | Back with a vengeance

13.Dallas Cowboys (8-6) | 7 | Oof

14.Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) | 17 | Staying alive

15.Seattle Seahawks (8-6) | 9 | Missed a big, big opportunity Sunday

16.Cleveland Browns (6-7-1) | 18 | Future looks brighter and brighter

17.Miami Dolphins (7-7) | 15 | Up next: Jaguars

18.Denver Broncos (6-8) | 16 | Back-to-back losses have doused playoff hopes

19.Green Bay Packers (5-8-1) | 19 | Even Aaron Rodgers isn't immune to criticism

20.Cincinnati Bengals (6-8) | 20 | Too little too late for these guys

21.Washington Redskins (7-7) | 22 | Stayed alive in Duval

22.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-9) | 21 | Change in the air by the bay

23.New York Giants (5-9) | 24 | They were really hot; now, they're not

24.Carolina Panthers (6-8) | 23 | Epic slide now at six

25.Detroit Lions (5-9) | 25 | Officially out of the postseason

26.Buffalo Bills (5-9) | 27 | Waitin' 'til next year

27.Atlanta Falcons (5-9) | 28 | Huge victory at end of a lost season

28.New York Jets (4-10) | 26 | Nearly played the spoiler Saturday

29.San Francisco 49ers (4-10) | 31 | Turning in an impressive December

30.Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10) | 29 | September seems so long ago

31.Oakland Raiders (3-11) | 30 | Settled in at No. 31

32.Arizona Cardinals (3-11) | 32 | Settled in at No. 32

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