NFL Power Rankings Week 17


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With a week to go for the regular season games, it’s time to check out the NFL standings. After an unprecedented and challenging year 2020 (on and off the field), we (hopefully) expect better times in 2021.

From there, our NFL writers take the reins and propose New Year’s resolutions to the teams they cover. How we stand in the energy field: Our panel of more than 80 editors, publishers and broadcasters evaluate the team’s performance throughout the season.

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Week 16 booth: 1

: Try another new year like 2020.

The chefs will stay in good shape if they can continue to add young talent like they did this year. Rookies Jarius Snead, Willie Gay, Clyde Edwards-Heler and Mike Dunn, as well as the non-recruited rookies Tershawn Wharton and Tommy Townsend, look like players who will be in Kansas City for a while. — Adam Thacher.

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Domonique Foxworth is convinced that the Chiefs will be Super Bowl champions again this season, but doesn’t think it will be easy.

Week 16 Ranking: 3

Make sure Aaron Rodgers stays in Green Bay.

The separation between Rodgers and the Packers seems inevitable and may have been precipitated by Jordan Love’s decision, but regardless of whether they make and/or win the Super Bowl this year, they must continue their partnership for at least another season or two. First of all, it is impossible that Love wanted to intervene and act like Rogers did, replacing Brett Favre after three years of absence. And then there’s the Rogers MVP level. Someone could trade him now, while his stock is still rising, but he still has something to offer this team. — Rob Demovsky

Week 16 Score: 2

Make it easy on yourself with a target on your back.

The Bills are a tough team to crack – they’re doing almost as well as they did in the regular season. But after winning the AFC East for the first time in 25 years, it will be difficult to play the underdog card that Buffalo have often played in the last two seasons. Once the calendar is rotated, the expectations of the notes will increase; they should feel as comfortable with a target on their back as they do with a chip on their shoulders. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Week 16 State of affairs: 4

: The end of the 10-year Super Bowl drought.

In 2021, for example, the saints have a lot to worry about. B. solve some scary salary problems and possibly choose a new quarterback. But more importantly, they want to go back to the big game while they still have Drew Brees and this concentrated collection of talent intact as they approach the eleventh anniversary of their Super Bowl XLIV victory over the Colts. — Mike Triplett

Week 16 State of affairs: 6

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Restructuring of large cash contracts

NFL teams, they’re just like us. We both have budgets to manage – especially now that we’re starting the new year. The Steelers will be in that boat, because the contracts of Ben Roethlisberger, Stephon Tuitt, Joe Haden and Stephen Nelson take up a lot of hood space, making it almost impossible to sign most of the 19 free agents that come – and that doesn’t include BLO T.J. Watt, a deserving mega agent. The Steelers will have to work miracles in the chequebook to create a team that doesn’t even look like the team that started 11-0 this year, or they’ll start from scratch with a 39-year-old quarterback. — Brooke Pryor.

Week 16 State of affairs: 7

: Get your first wide receiver.

Lamar Jackson’s number one wide receiver is the missing link in the Ravens’ attack. Last season the Cardinals exchanged DeAndre Hopkins for quarterback Kyler Murray and the Bills acquired Stefon Diggs for QB Josh Allen. Baltimore has to be as aggressive as they want Jackson to be. The Hollywood Brown tent was too inconsistent to trust and finished in 42nd place with 728 meters. Place in the NFL. — Jamison Hensley

Week 16 State of affairs: 8

: Record anything that touches the defense.

After the Rams won only three field goals in the NFC West on Sunday, the Seahawks’ defense has only allowed 13.7 points per game for the past six weeks. That’s less than half of a 28.8 average in the first ten weeks, making him the third best player in the league. The Seahawks would be number one in the NFC if they played that kind of defense from the start. To catch up with Aaron Rodgers of the Packers of Drew Brees of the Saints in the playoffs, they need their rotation to continue the game. — Brady Henderson

Week 16 State of affairs: 11

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: They win their first playoff game since the 2002 season.

The last time the Bucs competed in the post-season was in 2007, when they lost at home to Super Bowl champions New York Giants in the wild card round. But the last time they actually won a post-season game in Super Bowl XXXVII, after the 2002 season, was a 48-21 victory over the then Oakland Raiders. So it’s been a long time since they’ve won, and this time they have Tom Brady, a six-time Super Bowl winner, as quarterback. — Jenna Lane.

Week 16 State of affairs: 5

: Finding a compass that changes the deal

Titans absolutely must explore all possible options to find a passer-by who can disrupt the opponent’s attack. You need to add some passwords via Draft and Free Agency. Adding an unsuspecting officer in a hurry to get a pass is costly and will probably force the team to make difficult decisions in other positions. However, with Tennessee last in the NFL with 15 bags, a way must be found to pressure the quarterbacks and stop the attack for bags or packs for losses. — Turron Davenport

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Dan Orlovsky insists that the Browns will have a successful season even if they don’t make the post-season because of the team’s choices for Kevin Stefanski and Baker Mayfield.

Week 16 State of affairs: 9

Improvement of protection

During the past off-season, the Browns have focused on strengthening their attack and providing better support to QB Baker Mayfield. They did so by signing TE Austin Hooper and RT Jack Conklin before attracting LT Jedrick Wills Jr. in the first round. Now Cleveland has to go to the other side of the ball, as the defense is in 20th place in terms of efficiency, despite the presence of star-passing Myles Garrett. The Browns need help at all levels, but especially at secondary school level. — Jake Trotter

Week 16 State of affairs: 10

Find the left handle

Anthony Castonzo has made his debut in all 144 games since entering the NFL in 2011. But he is now 32 years old, he was planning to retire last season, is planning for the future one season at a time and has missed three games this season because of an injury. The Colts can’t sit back and wait for Castonzo – they have to find the next man to protect the blind side of their quarterback. — Mike Wells

Week 16 Ranking: 12

: Add more explosive playmakers to support Tua Tagovailoa

The dolphins spent the off-season of 2020 finding their QB in Tagovailoa and entering the trenches to build a play-off team. The biggest remaining weakness could be the lack of receivers and backfielders able to detach themselves from the defenders and play on the field. With two picks in the first and second round, including a top-five finish against Houston, the Dolphins have the means to make some improvements here. — Cameron Wolfe

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Dan Orlovsky explains why Tua Tagovailoa should start week 17 for the Dolphins instead of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Week 16 State of affairs: 13

: Consistently playing on the offensive

Rams head coach Sean McVay doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel as a player and quarterback Jared Goff doesn’t need to become a superstar, but together they need to find a solution to the wild contradictions that plagued the attack after a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. Goff leads the NFL with 38 transfers since 2019, and McVay has yet to find answers for a foul that can’t set a pace. Goff needs to become a better playmaker and McVay needs to enable his quarterback to succeed. — Lindsay Tyree

Week 16 State of affairs: 14

: Play more regularly

Regardless of the outcome, the 2020 season of the Cardinals will be determined by how well the team has played since bye (3-5 so far) compared to their pre-bye success (5-2). And now that Arizona has lost four of their five games right after the bye, three in a row – and would have lost five in a row without Hail Murray – the cardinals are fighting for their lives in the playoffs. The cardinals need to find more consistency next season or the season may end badly for Cliff Kingsbury. — Josh Weinfuss.

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: Make a commitment before the start of the season

The bears have waited too long to sign David Montgomery for a second year. Montgomery barely came into action during Chicago’s six-game losing streak, but he has been on fire for the past month. Montgomery became the first Bear to return for a touchdown in five consecutive games since Neil Anderson in 1991. The former coach of the third round of Iowa State has gone 95 yards in four of his last five games. There’s nothing wrong with Montgomery. It took the bears a long time to realize that. — Jeff Dickerson

Week 16 Ranking: 20

Take care of yourself and stay (relatively) healthy.

Forget luck and success, they’ll come for the 49 if they can put the first part of the trio aside. Ninnes’ injury this season was one of the worst in the history of the NFL. And while they did their best not to use that as an excuse, they never had much of a chance to defend their NFC crown, with most of their top players spending the season in reserve due to injury. Even with many difficult decisions to make as the low season approaches, especially as quarterback, this team has enough talent to come back into the sport if they improve significantly in 2021. — Nick Wagoner

Week 16 State of affairs: 18

Dedication to the use of stellar receivers

The Vikings could definitely be the first team to join if they want to continue this philosophy in 2021. It would probably help if they were less predictable, for example B. would be less seconds late, and one way to do this is to give priority to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Minnesota has two star wideouts, each of which must achieve a double-digit goal per game and can be counted on in critical situations, such as B. traveling two minutes and helping the team get back in the game if it plays from behind. — Courtney Cronin

Week 16 Ranking: 16

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: Not except 6-4 after 10 matches

Yeah, we know the Raiders need a tighter defense after the epic stranglehold against the Chargers and Dolphins, and a defensive coordinator who can make chicken salad, if you know what we mean. They would also have been better off attacking in the red zone instead of just scoring 18 goals from 20 to 29 metres. But the 6-4 has been a death sentence for the Raiders for two seasons. They lost five of their last six in 2019, and with the defeat in Denver they’ve done the same embarrassing feat this season. — Paul Gutierrez

Week 16 State of affairs: 21

: Find out how to finish

Sixteen losses per property in two seasons is too much. It’s up to the Chargers to find the cruelty to close tight games with W’s instead of L’s, to keep the tracks instead of blowing them up. Is he a good O-line player, a good D-line player, a good D-line player? Anyway, do something to help quarterback Justin Herbert. Herbert led them to three consecutive seasons of victories in as many weeks in December, but the Chargers are expected to lead them until 2021. — Shelley Smith

Week 16 State of affairs: 19

Allocate more resources to PR and ET

Despite all the talk about the quarterback – which is undoubtedly a big deal – it doesn’t matter who throws the ball if the Patriots don’t polish up their staff and their general philosophy of acquiring and developing wide receivers and tight play. In the post-Gronco world, no NFL team has scored less in the passing game than New England in the last two seasons. It’s like a black hole in the offensive. — Mike Travel

Week 16 Ranking: 15

Storing the BQ position

He’d be number one before Dwayne Haskins Jr. was fired, so his suspension doesn’t change that. Since the 1993 season, Washington has had 30 regular players as quarterbacks, which is the main reason the franchise can’t win regularly. This division is very winnable; the right quarterback would put Washington in an ideal position. Alex Smith will be 37 years old next season, and although that’s a great story, it’s hard to say if he can still be a good beginner in 16 games. Washington needs to explore all options – agreements, free agent signatures or the project. Probably an ideal duo in the middle rounds with a veteran – that would give the team someone who can use the best defense, and the young player a groom. — John Keim.

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Ryan Clark refuses to guess which team NFC East will win, but Rex Ryan is betting heavily on Washington football.

Week 16 State of affairs: 26

: Commitment to protect

Okay, maybe after signing Roof Prescott for a long time, but make sure the defense has the talent to do the project that Mike McCarthy wants to do, whether it’s Mike Nolan as coordinator or anyone else. If an offensive player like CeeDee Lamb returns in the first round, it can be debated, but this design and off-season should be defensively focused. The Cowboys have great needs at all three levels, but especially at secondary school level. — Todd Archer

Week 16 State of affairs: 22

: Finally, a good offensive line

That should have been Dave Gettleman’s first priority – pig farmers. Three years later, here we are. The line’s just a little better. Nick Gates looks solid in the middle, Shane Lemieux and Matt Peart have potential, but Andrew Thomas has to go to a high-profile tackle on the left. His first year wasn’t very promising. It’s time for the Giants to make up for it. — Jordan Ranan.

Week 16 State of affairs: 28

: Winning tight games

You’ve heard it a lot, but the Panthers are 0-8 in games where they had the ball in last possession and had a chance to win or draw. If they win half, they’re in the playoffs. Coach Matt Rhule wants to build a strong and solid team. If we can agree on these games, it will be a big step in the right direction. — David Newton

Week 16 Ranking: 27

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Atlanta needs a new coach and general manager since Dan Quinn’s early dismissal. The owner, Arthur Blank, managed to jump on potential candidates. The Falcons have shown great vitality under interim coach Raheem Morris, but whoever they hire must restore the team’s confidence in the second half. Atlanta scored 67 points more than their opponents in the first half, making them fifth in the NFL. However, the Falcons were caught up with 68 points in the second half, the third highest margin in the league. Atlanta has many strengths, but it is not for nothing that they have gone 2-8 in games decided by a touchdown or less. — John Keim.

Week 16 State of affairs: 23

: Choose the quarterback

The Eagles tried to have their cake and eat it in the second round, selecting the promising Jalen Hurts, while Carson Wentz was already committed. The argument that follows proves exactly why you don’t. While maintaining both lists may be the most attractive from a financial and flexible point of view, it would bring Philadelphia closer to the current situation. Choose your quarterback, go forward and learn from your mistakes. — Tim McManus.

Week 16 State of affairs: 24

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: Just get better.

It’s often said that when you have your health, you have everything. Well, the Broncos would certainly like to see if that could be the case in 2021. The Broncos lost four regulars on defense – including seasonal Von Miller – their No. 1 receiver (Cortland Sutton) in all but two games, and 1,000 yard player Phillip Lindsey. At one point, the Broncos lost four injury cornerbacks in two weeks, and the fifth – A.J. Bui – was suspended for violating the league’s PED policy. Add to that a game in which the Broncos had to play without a quarterback due to COVID-19 protocols, and it’s a season that Vic Fangio hasn’t seen in more than three decades in the NFL. -Jeff Legwold

Week 16 Ranking: 29

: Finding a viable offensive line

The team’s first priority this season is to ensure that quarterback Joe Barrow’s offensive line is safe and consistent. The Bengals learned how precious the O-line game can be when Burrow suffered a late knee injury that ended a promising newcomer year. Cincinnati has put 10 different starting combinations on the line this season. Some are due to injuries, but others are due to the inability to find the right combination. Cincinnati needs to enter the market for potential improvements in monitoring and addressing if it is to protect its franchised quarterback by 2021. — Ben Baby

Week 16 Scoring: 30

Find the right general manager and head coach Deshaun Watson.

That should be the only purpose of Texans talking to general managers and head coaches now and in the new year. Watson stepped forward in 2020 and had the best performance of his career, despite the defeat of DeAndre Hopkins in an off-season exchange and the absence of Will Fuller V during the season due to a six-game suspension. The Texas state report (4-11) does not reflect the quality of Watson’s play, and Houston’s new recruits should reflect the best, not only to help Watson grow, but also to build the right team around him. -Sarah Barshop

Week 16 State of affairs: 25

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Set the GM/Cheftcoach correctly.

The lions are again confronted with major organizational changes. A new general manager and head coach are expected to be hired in early 2021. Without a division title since 1993 and without a play-off victory since the 1991 season, and with questions in every position except betting, it is essential that Detroit finally finds the right combination of head coach and general manager. In any case, Leeuwen contacted more candidates for the position of Executive Director, which is a better sign of a more extensive process than when the team hired Bob Quinn. — Michael Rothstein

Week 16 Ranking: 31

Hire a dynamic coach who can breathe new life into the entire organization.

The Jets have been obsessed for too long with hiring so-called offensive and defensive gurus as head coaches. The current coach, Adam Gase, hasn’t done much gurus work and should be fired. His replacement has to be someone who can lead the whole team – a general manager, if you like. There is a lack of leadership in the organization and a strong personality is needed to create a winning culture. It doesn’t matter if he’s a coach of offensive, defensive or special teams. — Rich Cimini

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Ryan Clark says Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence will miss an opportunity for instant glory now that the Jets have won the number one title.

Week 16 Ranking: 32

Hire the right people

It sounds simple and basic, but the Jaguars haven’t done much in their history, which explains why they are 1-14 and have the choice of number 1 (which in this case isn’t so bad because Trevor Lawrence). The Jaguars have seven choices in the first four laps, with four in the top two. Taking Lawrence is easy, but he alone won’t make this franchise a contender next year. We’ve seen what it means to hire the wrong people. The owner, Shad Khan, has to do the right thing or face another lost decade. — Mike DiRocco.

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