NFL Power Rankings: Keeping a firm grasp

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JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser's post-Week 15, pre-Week 16 2017 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

Rank.Team (record) | Comment

1.Philadelphia Eagles (12-2) | 1 | The grasp on No. 1 stays firm

2.New England Patriots (11-3) | 3 | No. 1 seed now looks very, very likely

3.Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) | 2 | Sunday could sting for a while

4.Minnesota Vikings (11-3) | 4 | A home game in February very possible

5.Carolina Panthers (10-4) | 5 | Signs point to huge finale in the ATL

6.Los Angeles Rams (10-4) | 6 | Win Sunday and they're in

7.Jacksonville Jaguars (10-4) | 8 | Magic Number for AFC South now one

8.Atlanta Falcons (9-5) | 7 | If they win their final two games, they win the South

9.New Orleans Saints (10-4) | 9 | Huuuuuuge game Sunday versus Falcons

10.Baltimore Ravens (8-6) | 13 | Methodically moving closer to playoffs

11.Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) | 18 | Remember these guys?

12.Dallas Cowboys (8-6) | 14 | Zeke's back, but a lot of help still needed

13.Detroit Lions (8-6) | 16 | Need help, but they have a real chance to get in

14.Buffalo Bills (8-6) | 17 | They'll have many, many fans in Jacksonville Sunday

15.Seattle Seahawks (8-6) | 10 | Fading fast

16.Los Angeles Chargers (7-7) | 11 | May now need too much help

17.Tennessee Titans (8-6) | 12 | West Coast trip proved very damaging

18.Green Bay Packers (7-7) | 15 | They're out

19.Miami Dolphins (6-8) | 19 | All but out of it now

20.Arizona Cardinals (6-8) | 20 | Officially eliminated Sunday

21.Oakland Raiders (6-8) | 21 | Still hanging on … but barely

22.San Francisco 49ers (4-10) | 26 | May be league's fastest-improving team

23.Washington Redskins (6-8) | 22 | Out of playoffs for third time in four seasons

24.Cincinnati Bengals (5-9) | 23 | Era ending?

25.Houston Texans (4-10) | 24 | They'll have many, many fans in Jacksonville Monday

26.Denver Broncos (5-9) | 27 | Too little way too late

27.New York Jets (5-9) | 25 | Early-season fight looks gone

28.Chicago Bears (4-10) | 28 | Limping to the finish

29.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10) | 29 | Plenty fight, not enough finish

30.Indianapolis Colts (3-11) | 30 | Second-half fades defined the season

31.New York Giants (2-12) | 31 | Blue Christmas

32.Cleveland Browns (0-14) | 32 | Two games away

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