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NFL Power Rankings: No one bettter

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JACKSONVILLE – Here are senior writer John Oehser's pre-Week 17 2015 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

1.Arizona Cardinals (13-2) | 3 | No team's playing better. Period

2.Carolina Panthers (14-1) | 1 | Pop the champagne, '72 Dolphins; no more unbeatens this season

3.New England Patriots (12-3) | 2 | They're beat up … but they're still the overwhelming AFC favorites

4.Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) | 5 | Those Chiefs are so hot right now – and now they're in the playoffs

5.Seattle Seahawks (9-6) | 4 | They still are and will remain the team no one wants to play

6.New York Jets (10-5) | 10 | They just keep winning when it matters most

7.Minnesota Vikings (10-5) | 11 | A solid playoff team, but a real contender?

8.Denver Broncos (11-4) | 7 | Clinched a playoff spot – and with that defense, they can beat anyone

9.Cincinnati Bengals (11-4) | 8 | Getting Andy Dalton back is far and away the key

10.Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6) | 6 | A more damaging, uncharacteristic loss they haven't had in a while

11.Green Bay Packers (10-5) | 9 | With Aaron Rodgers, they always have a chance

12.Washington Redskins (8-7) | 12 | NFC East Champions

13.Houston Texans (8-7) | 13 | Only the weirdest of weird final weekends will keep them out

14.Atlanta Falcons (8-7) | 15 | The ship got righted a week or two too late in A-Town

15.Oakland Raiders (7-8) | 19 | Future looks bright no matter where they play next season

16.Detroit Lions (6-9) | 22 | Won five of the last seven games

17.Buffalo Bills (7-8) | 14 | Too little too late this season for Rex & Company

18.Indianapolis Colts (7-8) | 20 | Only the weirdest of weird final weekends will get them in

19.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9) | 16 | What a difference a few weeks make

20.Philadelphia Eagles (6-9) | 17 | Had control of destiny Saturday – and quickly lost control

21.New York Giants (6-9) | 18 | Four consecutive seasons out of the postseason for Big Blue

22.Chicago Bears (6-9) | 21 | Have the feel of team that could be good next season

23.St. Louis Rams (7-8) | 23 | Swept the Seahawks … now wait 'til next year again

24.New Orleans Saints (6-9) |25| Drew Brees is good … injury or no injury

25.Baltimore Ravens (5-10) | 29 | Never count out this proud franchise

26.Dallas Cowboys (4-11) | 26 | Three consecutive losses after brief late-season life

27.San Diego Chargers (4-11) | 28 | Seven consecutive losses in AFC West

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) | 24 | Six days 'til draft talk

29.Miami Dolphins (5-10) | 27 | Now 4-7 since midseason coaching change

30.San Francisco 49ers (4-11) | 30 | Limping to the finish in '15

31.Cleveland Browns (3-12) | 31 | Don't look now, but Johnny's giving them hope

32.Tennessee Titans (3-12) | 32 | Jaguars probably didn't deserve their help anyway

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