JACKSONVILLE – Here are senior writer John Oehser's season-ending 2015 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:
1.Carolina Panthers (15-1) | 2 | Back on top where they belong … but are they the favorites?
2.Arizona Cardinals (13-3) | 1 | As good as any team in the postseason – maybe better
3.New England Patriots (12-4) | 3 | An odd air of non-invincibility
4.Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) | 4 | Those Chiefs are so hot right now – and they'll be hard to beat
5.Seattle Seahawks (10-6) | 5 | Would it surprise anyone to see them win it all?
6.Minnesota Vikings (11-5) | 7 | Look like a team starting to believe in themselves
7.Denver Broncos (12-4) | 8 | Most overlooked No. 1 seed in recent memory
8.Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) | 9 | Their season starts now
9.Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) | 10 | Now, it's time to take advantage of their break
10.Green Bay Packers (10-6) | 11 | So odd to see them limp into postseason
11.Washington Redskins (9-7) | 12 | Who has the NFC's longest winning streak? These guys
12.Houston Texans (9-7) | 13 | Who has the AFC's second-longest winning streak? These guys
13.New York Jets (10-6) | 6 | Played their best football late in the season – until they didn't
14.Detroit Lions (7-9) | 16 | Could have been dangerous if they had gotten in postseason
15.Buffalo Bills (8-8) | 17 | Up and down again and down and up again
16.Oakland Raiders (7-9) | 15 | A lot of good pieces fitting into place
17.Indianapolis Colts (8-8) | 18 | Grigson and Pagano remain together – just like everyone thought
18.New Orleans Saints (7-9) | 24| Waitin' on Payton
19.Atlanta Falcons (8-8) | 14 | One and five division record cost them dearly
20.Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) | 20 | Now, the retooling begins …
21.St. Louis Rams (7-9) | 23 | Will next year at last be their year?
22.New York Giants (6-10) | 21 | Farewell, T.C. … job well, well, well done
23.Chicago Bears (6-10) | 22 | If they had been .500 at home they would have pushed for the playoffs
24.Baltimore Ravens (5-11) | 25 | Hard to see these guys down long
25.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) | 19 | Stumble at finish overshadowed impressive season for Bucs
26.San Diego Chargers (4-12) | 27 | As long as they have the quarterback they'll have a chance
27.Dallas Cowboys (4-12) | 26 | Some injuries are just too much to overcome
28.Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) | 28 | Defensive changes will dominate offseason storylines
29.Miami Dolphins (6-10) | 29 | Is this Sean Payton's next stop?
30.San Francisco 49ers (5-11) | 30 | Second head coaching change in as many offseasons
31.Cleveland Browns (3-13) | 31 | Well, maybe Johnny's not going to be the answer after all
32.Tennessee Titans (3-13) | 32 | Remember when the Jaguars wanted their help?