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NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Comparing Teams to Christmas Holidays

Jaguars EdrickContributor IDecember 22, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 17:  Cheerleaders for the Jacksonville Jaguars perform against the Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 17, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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After the exciting Week 15, I’m ready to present NFL Power Rankings Week 16 . We have been digesting the well-known facts about the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints, who still remain on top of the power rankings.

This time, the Vikings moved up in comparison with previous rankings. The bar was set high for the Green Bay Packers, many expected to see them in the top five, but they could not stand up to those expectations.

The unfortunate news is the Dallas Cowboys definitive step towards the playoffs. I feel it is tough for them to make an impact this NFL regular season.

Jacksonville Jaguars are at 15 as of now. That may fluctuate soon. However, they are not going to compete with the Titans. Finally, the worst team in the NFL is the St. Louis Rams.

Well, now let us have a look over the NFL Power Rankings for Week 16:

(1) Indianapolis Colts 

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The Colts worked the Jaguars of Jacksonville, kicking the sleek cats with those powerful young hooves, and stomping them into the turf.

(2) New Orleans Saints 

New Orleans lost a game to Dallas, who the game meant much more to, and dropped a spot to No 2. They will finish the season at 15-1 and stay at this position into the playoffs.

(3) Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings rebounded from their Arizona defeat by chopping up the Bengals, piece by piece. Minnesota should also win out to finish at 14-2 and keep the No. 3 ranking into the playoffs. They are a dangerous team to face on the road.

(4) San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers may finally achieve the dream season they have been waiting for. Beat Cincinnati at home and wrap this division up in Tennessee next week.

(5) Arizona Cardinals

Arizona is hot more than they are cold, are in control of that division, and headed for the playoffs. Many teams can't say that in Week 16. 11-5 or 10-6 will be the final record and the NFC West title will be theirs again.

(6) Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers have come charging out of the woods, surprising teams, and slaughtering them, storing their opponents' seasons in a deep freeze until next year. The Packers could be at a wild-card pace of 10-5 when this Week 16 ends.

(7) Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are having a tragedy-type season, with two very emotional situations interfering with the concentration needed to win championships.

If they overcome this last hardship, Chris Henry's tragic death, by beating San Diego, I'd be shocked. They will finish out with a win in Kansas City and be at 11-5 at the season's end. Move these guys up with a win in San Diego to No. 4.

(8) Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles are surging along with new, young talent and veteran leadership. Yes, this might just work. The Eagles were a quarter away from the Super Bowl just last season, so be careful ruling the Eagles out this season.

(9) Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have almost locked up a playoff spot, and have Philadelphia the last game of the season. This will be a good test for Romo under pressure, right before the playoffs start.

(10) Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos are still alive in the playoffs at an 11-5 pace, looking for a wild card. Well, maybe 10-6. We shall see.

(11) New England Patriots

The New England Patriots should also finish at 11-5 and win the division. This team can be beat in the playoffs, and are not the threat they used to be. Still, Brady can step it up one more notch, and win the close ones.

(12) Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are fighting for their playoff lives, and have to beat Chicago to make it to 8-6. The Ravens have to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh to have a chance. That's probably not going to happen. The Steelers and the Jets still have a shot in the race for the last wild card spot.

(13) Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins went on a nice run beating New England and Jacksonville in back to back weeks. If they could just get by Tennessee, they would be at 8-6, and be in a race with the Ravens for the last spot.

They will, however, lose to the Titans and fall to 7-7.

Houston comes to Miami a sour, disappointed bunch eager to ruin the Dolphins' season. That will be the Dolphins season next week.

(14) New York Jets

The Jets have a tough road to make the playoffs with too much needing to happen in their favor to advance to postseason play. Let's start with Atlanta, then Indy. Win both of those games then come see me.

(15) Jacksonville Jaguars (For now)

The Jacksonville Jags are 7-7 and need to win in New England next week. What? They won't? That will be the end of the Jaguars playoff aspirations in 2009.

(16) New York Giants

The New York Giants are going to come up a game short of the playoffs this season. The defense has been porous and youth is needed to provide a bit more speed in the years to come. Not this year, Eli. It's Peyton's turn.

(17) Houston Texans

The Houston Texans have a huge amount of talent and I feel the coach might be changed to get this team to the next level. Also needed are one or two impact defensive players.

(18) Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers could move back up into some kind of respectability with wins against Green Bay and Baltimore. If they make it to 9-7, and a tie-breaker out of the playoffs, so be it.

(19) Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have been victim to some injuries, a sophomore slump from Matt Ryan, and some better play by their opponents to finish out of the playoffs this season.

(20) San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are perhaps a quarterback and a good linebacker away from a playoff team. The defense has been pretty good, but other than Frank Gore, they have an inconsistent offense.

(21) Tennessee Titans

The Titans started out 0-6 this season and now are at 7-7 and tied with Miami, Jacksonville, and potentially the Jets and Baltimore. With a win against Miami they will move all the way up to No. 13 or 14 and be in the playoff discussion. Wow!

Tennessee is still in the playoff hunt. Now that's amazing. Pittsburgh must win against Green Bay to keep up also, and reach 7-7. It could be a crazy finish in the AFC for the last wild card.

(22) Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have not been a great team this season, and as they lose to the Vikings in Week 15, that's about it for the Jake Delhomme era, I imagine.

(23) Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears are also looking at the shopping list of needs to solidify their team.  Cutler needs protection and more weapons to throw to, and the defense needs to recover and fill holes from injuries.

(24) Washington Redskins

The ghost of George Allen appears as Washington starts with some change. Mike Shanahan is coming to Washington, maybe, and this team will be on a fast-track back to winning in the NFL.

(25) Oakland Raiders

The Raiders of Oakland may improve to 6-10 this season. Without Jamarcus Russell this could possibly have been an 8-8 mark. Expect the Raiders to draft another quarterback next.

(26) Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have exposed Matt Cassell for what he truly was in New England. A good quarterback in a great system. Not a great quarterback in a good system. Huge difference as the Chiefs will go 3-13 for the season and will have much work to do in improving next season.

(27) Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have not had good leadership, need a strong coach, and key positions filled. Expect T.O. to shop elsewhere.

(28) Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have not had a very good season after high expectations by the owner and fans. Matt Hassellbeck has never really won anything, except one trip to the Super Bowl, which he lost.

Will this team ever be good again, with the free agent market the way it is these days?

(29) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bays Buccaneers also have much work to do. I am not impressed with the coaching changes on this team. And the talent level, in comparison to the rest of the league, is shaky at best.

(30) Detroit Lions

The Lions won two more games than last season, due to Matt Stafford. Get three more great players and you'll win eight games next season.

(31) Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns are finally playing better and Josh Cribbs is fantastic. The quarterback problem seems solved also. Get it going, Cleveland. Maybe Mike Holmgren will help save the franchise.

(32) St. Louis Rams

Are the worst team in the NFL.

Enjoy the last two weeks of the NFL regular season and happy holidays.