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NFL Power Rankings: Week 17

Jordan SchwartzSenior Writer IOctober 12, 2016

Are the Eagles the team to beat in the NFC?

 

6. (4) Minnesota Vikings (11-4)

Brett Favre was good after halftime, but his poor play prior to the break helped drop the quarterback to 1-8 in his life away from home when the game begins under 35 degrees. You could almost hear Ron Jaworski tear up when the Bears won in overtime.

 

7. (7) Cincinnati Bengals (10-5)

The Bengals clinched a home playoff game by beating the Chiefs, which is good news because they've won five straight in Cincinnati.

 

8. (8) Green Bay Packers (10-5)

Aaron Rodgers hasn't thrown a pick in three games, and the Packers are now 10-0 when holding opponents to under 30 points.

 

9. (9) Arizona Cardinals (10-5)

 

10. (12) New England Patriots (10-5)

The Pats have won nine consecutive home games.

 

11. (14) Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7)

 

16. (19) New York Jets (8-7)

The Jets were handed a gift when the Colts pulled their starters in the third quarter.  The Bengals won't have a ton to play for this Sunday either, so we could wind up with Mark Sanchez starting his first playoff game in Foxboro. Gamblers are salivating.

 

17. (18) Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8)

The Jags have the sixth-worst passing defense (244.4 yards per game) in the NFL.

 

18. (20) Houston Texans (8-7)

That's three straight 100-plus passer-rating games for Matt Schaub.

 

19. (16) Miami Dolphins (7-8)

The Dolphins are a running team and so a 27-0 deficit meant the end of their season.

 

20. (21) Carolina Panthers (7-8)

 

22. (23) San Francisco 49ers (7-8)

The Niners have a chance to finish at .500 for the first time in seven years.

 

23. (25) Chicago Bears (6-9)

Devin Aromashodu's 150 receiving yards more than doubled his career total of 102 yards entering Monday night. 

 

24. (24) Buffalo Bills (5-10)

The Falcons scored more points in the third quarter on Sunday than the Bills have put up in the past two weeks combined.

 

25. (26) Seattle Seahawks (5-10)

The Seahawks have surrendered at least 30 points six times in their last 12 games.

 

26. (27) Cleveland Browns (4-11)

 

29. (28) Kansas City Chiefs (3-12)

Matt Cassel has been one of the most disappointing players in the league this year, throwing eight interceptions with just three touchdowns in his past four games.

 

30. (29) Washington Redskins (4-11)

Following five solid performances, Washington has been absolutely terrible the past two weeks.

 

31. (31) St. Louis Rams (1-14)

The Rams only have 24 more points this season than Nate Kaeding.

 

32. (32) Detroit Lions (2-13)

The last time the Lions won a road game, Brian Griese was quarterbacking the opposition.

 

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Jordan Schwartz is Bleacher Report's New York Yankees Community Leader. His book  "Memoirs of the Unaccomplished Man" is available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and authorhouse.com.

Jordan can be reached at jordanschwartz2003@yahoo.com

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