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Carter's NFL Power Rankings Entering Week 16

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 16:  Dwight Freeney #93 of the Indianapolis Colts gets set against the Houston Texans during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 17, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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David CarterCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2016

Top 10 Wins include wins over teams currently ranked in the top ten in these rankings.
Key Losses include losses to teams ranked lower than them in these rankings.
Key Players include team leaders in passing yards, rushing yards, receiving yards, tackles, sacks, and interceptions.

1. New Orleans Saints (13-1)
Top 10 Wins: def. Eagles 48-22, def. Jets 24-10, def. Patriots 38-17
Key Losses: lost to Cowboys 24-17
Key Players: Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas, Marques Colston, Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Darren Sharper

2. Indianapolis Colts (14-0)
Top 10 Wins: def. Patriots 35-34, def. Ravens 17-15
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, Reggie Wayne, Clint Session, Dwight Freeney, Antoine Bethea

3. Minnesota Vikings (11-3)
Top 10 Wins: def. Packers 30-23, def. Ravens 33-31, def. Ravens 38-26,
Key Losses: lost to Steelers 27-17, lost to Cardinals 30-17, lost to Panthers 26-7
Key Players: Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Chad Greenway, Jared Allen, Cedric Griffin

4. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
Top 10 Wins: def. Chargers 31-26
Key Losses: lost to Patriots 27-21, lost to Bengals 17-14, lost to Bengals 17-7, lost to Packers 27-14
Key Players: Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Derrick Mason, Ray Lewis, Jarret Johnson, Trevor Pryce, Dawan Landry

5. New England Patriots (9-5)
Top 10 Wins: def. Ravens 27-21, def. Jets 31-14
Key Losses: lost to Jets 16-9, lost to Broncos 20-17 in OT, lost to Dolphins 22-21
Key Players: Tom Brady, Laurence Maroney, Wes Welker, Jerod Mayo, Tully Banta-Cain, Leigh Bodden

6. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4)
Top 10 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Raiders 13-9, lost to Cowboys 20-16
Key Players: Donovan McNabb, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Quintin Mikell, Trent Cole, Asante Samuel

7. San Diego Chargers (11-3)
Top 10 Wins: def Eagles 31-23, def. Cowboys 20-17
Key Losses: lost to Steelers 38-28
Key Players: Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, Vincent Jackson, Stephen Cooper, Shaun Phillips, Quentin Jammer, Antonio Cromartie

8. Green Bay Packers (9-5)
Top 10 Wins: def. Cowboys 17-7, def. Ravens 27-14
Key Losses: lost to Bengals 31-24, lost to Buccaneers 38-28, lost to Steelers 37-36
Key Players: Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant, Greg Jennings, Nick Barnett, Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson

9. Dallas Cowboys (9-5)
Top 10 Wins: def. Eagles 20-16, def. Saints 24-17
Key Losses: lost to Giants 33-31, lost to Giants 31-24
Key Players: Tony Romo, Marion Barber, Miles Austin, Keith Brooking, DeMarcus Ware, Mike Jenkins

10. New York Jets (7-7)
Top 10 Wins: def. Patriots, 16-9
Key Losses: lost to Dolphins 31-27, lost to Bills 16-13 in OT, lost to Dolphins 30-25, lost to Jaguars 24-22, lost to Falcons 10-7
Key Players: Mark Sanchez, Thomas Jones, Jerricho Cotchery, David Harris, Shaun Ellis, Derrelle Revis

11. Arizona Cardinals (9-5)

Top 10 Wins: def. Vikings 30-17
Key Losses: lost to 49ers 20-16, lost to Panthers 34-21, lost to Titans 20-17, lost to 49ers 24-9
Key Players: Kurt Warner, Beanie Wells, Larry Fitzgerald, Karlos Dansby, Darnell Dockett, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

12. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)
Top 10 Wins: def. Packers 31-24, def. Ravens 17-14, def. Ravens 17-7
Key Losses: lost to Texans 28-17, lost to Raiders 20-17
Key Players: Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chad Ochocinco, Dhani Jones, Antwan Odom, Johnathan Joseph

13. New York Giants (8-6)
Top 10 Wins: def. Cowboys 33-31, def. Cowboys 31-24
Key Losses: lost to Broncos 26-6
Key Players: Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs, Steve Smith, Terrell Thomas, Osi Umenyiora

14. Houston Texans (7-7)

Top 10 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Titans 20-17, lost to Jaguars 23-18
Key Players: Matt Schaub, Steve Slaton, Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing, Mario Williams, Bernard Pollard

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7)
Top 10 Wins: def. Chargers 38-28, def. Vikings 27-17, def. Packers 37-36
Key Losses: lost to Bears 17-14, lost to Chiefs 27-24 in OT, lost to Raiders 27-24, lost to Browns 13-6
Key Players: Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall, Santonio Holmes, James Farrior, James Harrison, Tyrone Carter

16. Denver Broncos (8-6)
Top 10 Wins: def. Cowboys 17-10, def. Patriots 20-17 in OT, def. Chargers 34-23
Key Losses: lost to Redskins 27-17, lost to Raiders 20-19
Key Players: Kyle Orton, Knowshon Moreno, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Williams, Elvis Dumervil, Andre Goodman

17. San Francisco 49ers (6-8)

Top 10 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Falcons 45-10, lost to Titans 34-27, lost to Seahawks 20-17
Key Players: Alex Smith, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis, Manny Lawson, Dashon Goldson

18. Atlanta Falcons (7-7)
Top 10 Wins: def. Jets 10-7
Key Losses: lost to Panthers 28-19
Key Players: Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White, Curtis Lofton, Jonathan Babineaux, Brent Grimes

19. Miami Dolphins (7-7)
Top 10 Wins: def. Jets 31-27, def. Jets 30-25, def. Patriots 22-21
Key Losses: lost to Bills 31-14
Key Players: Chad Henne, Ricky Williams, Davone Bess, Yeremiah Bell, Joey Porter Vontae Davis

20. Tennessee Titans (7-7)
Top 10 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Jaguars 37-17
Key Players: Vince Young, Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt, Keith Bulluck, Tony Brown, Cortland Finnegan

21. Carolina Panthers (6-8)

Top 10 Wins: def. Vikings 26-7
Key Losses: lost to Bills 20-9
Key Players: Jake Delhomme, DeAngelo Williams, Steve Smith, Jon Beason, Julius Peppers, Chris Gamble

22. Washington Redskins (4-10)
Top 10 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Lions 19-14, lost to Chiefs 14-6
Key Players: Jason Campbell, Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, London Fletcher, Andre Carter, Brian Orakpo, DeAngelo Hall

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-7)
Top 10 Wins: def. Jets, 24-22
Key Losses: lost to Seahawks 41-0
Key Players: David Garrard, Maurice Jones-Drew, Mike Sim-Walker, Justin Durant, John Henderson, Rashean Mathis

24. Buffalo Bills (5-9)
Top 10 Wins: def. Jets 16-13 in OT
Key Losses: lost to Browns 6-3
Key Players: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson, Terrell Owens, George Wilson, Aaron Schobel, Jairus Byrd

25. Seattle Seahawks (5-9)

Top 10 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Bears 25-19, lost to Buccaneers 24-7
Key Players: Matt Hasselbeck, Julius Jones, Nate Burleson, David Hawthorne, Patrick Kerney

26. Chicago Bears (5-9)
Top 10 Wins: None
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Devin Hester, Lance Briggs, Adewale Ogunleye, Zack Bowman

27. Kansas City Chiefs (3-11)
Top 10 Wins:None
Key Losses: lost to Raiders 13-10, lost to Browns 41-34
Key Players: Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Demorrio Williams, Tamba Hali, Brandon Flowers

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-12)

Top 10 Wins: def. Packers 38-28
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Josh Freeman, Cadillac Williams, Kellen Winslow, Barrett Ruud, Stylez White, Aqib Talib

29. Cleveland Browns (3-11)
Top 10 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Lions 38-37
Key Players: Brady Quinn, Jerome Harrison, Mohamed Massaquoi, Abram Elam, Kamerion Wimbley, Brodney Pool

30. Oakland Raiders (5-9)
Top 10 Wins: def. Eagles 13-9
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Charlie Frye, Michael Bush, Zach Miller, Tyvon Branch, Greg Ellis, Chris Johnson

31. Detroit Lions (2-12)
Top 10 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Rams 17-10
Key Players: Matthew Stafford, Kevin Smith, Calvin Johnson, Larry Foote, Julian Peterson, Cliff Avril, Louis Delmas

32. St. Louis Rams (1-13)
Top 10 Wins: None
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Keith Null, Steven Jackson, Donnie Avrey, James Laurinaitis, Leonard Little, James Butler

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