NFL Power Rankings – Week 17

  1. Green Bay Packers – (1) – There are health issues on the offensive line and areas to be exploited on defense, but it’s still hard to imagine anyone beating them at home in the playoffs.
  2. New Orleans Saints – (2) The Saints are playing very, very good football right now.
  3. New England Patriots (3) – The Pats took the first half off on Sunday, but still managed the win.
  4. San Francisco 49ers – (4) The Niners won a tough road game in Seattle.  They need to find some more offense to deal with the Saints and Packers in January.
  5. Baltimore Ravens – (5) The Ravens are destined for the AFC’s number two seed, but their style of play is well-suited for a road win in New England.
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers – (6) The Steelers have to be happy it was the Rams in town for Sunday.  They will be on the road against the AFC West winner, which is also a nice set of circumstances.
  7. New York Giants – (NR) The Giants had a great day Sunday with the satisfying win against the mouthy Jets and the Eagles taking down the Cowboys.
  8. Detroit Lions – (NR) The Lions are finally in the playoffs and have a winnable matchup against the winner of the NFC East
  9. Cincinnati Bengals – (NR) The Bengals have nine wins and none are very impressive.  That being said, they have a great chance to advance to the second round with a road game in injury-plagued Houston in round one.
  10. Atlanta Falcons (7) – The Falcons clearly would like to avoid meeting the Saints in the playoffs.

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