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NFL Power Rankings: Still No. 1

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) looks up at the end of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Chiefs defeated the Dolphins 33-27.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser's pre-Week 15 2020 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are …

Rank.Team (record) | Prev. | Comment

1.Kansas City Chiefs (12-1) | 1 | AFC West Champions nearing AFC's No. 1 seed

2.Buffalo Bills (10-3) | 5 | They're as "for-real" as it gets in the AFC

3.Green Bay Packers (10-3) | 4 | NFC North Champions in control of NFC's No. 1 seed

4.New Orleans Saints (10-3) | 3 | They need Drew Brees after all

5.Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) | 2 | Two consecutive losses after an 11-0 start

6.Indianapolis Colts (9-4) | 6 | May be peaking for the playoffs

7.Los Angeles Rams (9-4) | 8 | Defense will make them tough out in the postseason

8.Seattle Seahawks (9-4) | 9 | Most comfortable victory in a long time Sunday

9.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) | 11 | Felt right coming out of the bye

10.Tennessee Titans (9-4) | 10 | Derrick Henry rolled through Duval Sunday

11.Baltimore Ravens (8-5) | 12 | Not done yet

12.Cleveland Browns (9-4) | 7 | Still must beat the best to be the best

13.Miami Dolphins (8-5) | 13 | If they get in the postseason, they'll be tough to beat

14.Las Vegas Raiders (7-6) | 15 | Fighting to stay afloat

15.Arizona Cardinals (7-6) | 17 | Stopped their slide, but in time?

16.Washington Football Team (6-7) | 19 | Your first-place – and surging – WFT

17.New England Patriots (6-7) | 14 | Is the era finally over?

18.Minnesota Vikings (6-7) | 16 | Lost their late-season momentum Sunday

19.New York Giants (5-8) | 18 | Remember: they hold the tiebreaker edge on Washington

20.Chicago Bears (6-7) | 22 | Not out of this thing yet

21.Denver Broncos (5-8) | 23 | Up again and down again all season

22.Philadelphia Eagles (4-8-1) | 27 | Jalen Hurts gave them life – but soon enough?

23.San Francisco 49ers (5-8) | 20 | Injuries just took much of a toll

24.Detroit Lions (5-8) | 21 | Waiting until next year

25.Los Angeles Chargers (4-9) | 28 | Justin Herbert continues to shine – and that's everything

26.Dallas Cowboys (4-9) | 29 | Not officially eliminated in NFC East – yet

27.Atlanta Falcons (4-9) | 24| Hard to know what the future holds in the ATL

28.Houston Texans (4-9) | 25 | Lost year for perennial AFC South contenders

29.Carolina Panthers (4-9) | 26 | Not bad often, just not good often enough

30.Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1) | 30 | Unraveled in a hurry after Burrow injury

31.Jacksonville Jaguars (1-12) | 31 | Lost 12 consecutive games since a Week 1 victory

32.New York Jets (0-13) | 32 | Oof

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