A scorching start to the season means nothing if a team slips in the NFL power rankings when it matters.
At season’s end.
In Week 17, much of the league has nothing to play for—whether a franchise is locked into its playoff seed or it’s out of the playoff race. The league’s most dominant squads of late, however, all happen to have much to gain in the season finale.
Here they are: the hottest teams in the NFL as well as an updated power rankings.
Will Washington make the playoffs?
Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins, it hasn’t made a difference for the Skins over the past six weeks. They just keep finding ways to win games and are undefeated since their Week 10 bye.
Washington’s streak will be tested against the Dallas Cowboys in what’s basically the NFC East championship game on Sunday.
No franchise has won more games in a row than the Broncos. Peyton Manning and company have rolled to 10 straight victories and sit atop most NFL power rankings.
They still haven’t locked up a first-round bye, but the only thing standing in between them and doing so is a cakewalk in the Kansas City Chiefs.
Seattle’s four-game winning streak isn’t as long as the Broncos or Redskins’, but the numbers that they’ve accumulated over that period of time are staggering.
Pete Carroll’s crew embarrassed the Arizona Cardinals 58-0, Buffalo Bills 50-17 and San Francisco 49ers 42-13. For those reaching for a calculator, I got you—the Seahawks have outscored their opponents by 120 points over their past three thrashings.
On Sunday, Seattle can clinch the NFC West with a win and a 49ers loss and a first-round bye with a win, a 49ers loss and a Green Bay Packers loss—which would be terrifying considering that the Hawks are undefeated at CenturyLink Field this season.
NFL Power Rankings
1. Denver Broncos
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Seattle Seahawks
5. San Francisco 49ers
8. Washington Redskins
12. Baltimore Ravens
13. Chicago Bears
15. Dallas Cowboys
17. St. Louis Rams
18. Miami Dolphins
19. New York Giants
22. Cleveland Browns
24. Tennessee Titans
25. New York Jets
26. Arizona Cardinals
27. Buffalo Bills
29. Oakland Raiders
30. Detroit Lions
32. Kansas City Chiefs
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.