NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Bills rise to No. 2; Steelers, Rams, Raiders tumble for Week 16
With only two weeks left in the 2020 NFL regular season (virus-touched), a clear hierarchy has been created in the league among 32 teams playing in the top tier of NFL. More than a third of the league (13 teams) have nine wins or better, guaranteeing a winning season and justifying the expansion to 14 playoff entries into the season.
Looking at the results and performances of Week 15, they didn’t really cause many shakeups at the top rolling into Week 16, but there are a few contenders in the league, who took some big hits and some doormats who delivered bright spots to carry over into next season; with that Steelers, Rams, Raiders tumble for NFL Power Rankings Week 16; while Bills rose to No. 2 spot.
We are looking thoroughly in this article about teams playing from 1-32, here’s our latest look at how every NFL team stacks up against each other for NFL Power Rankings Week 16:
1- Chiefs (last week No. 1; 13-1): If it’s Chiefs vs. The Field to win the Super Bowl. For NFL Power Rankings Week 16, The Chiefs keep looking better in their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Patrick Mahomes has locked into the MVP and the defence is starting to rise for the occasion of a strong playoff tuneup. Kansas City is a huge favourite vs. the field now.
2- Bills (No. 2; 11-3): If anyone from the Field is going to beat the Chiefs, it’s the Bills.
3- Packers (No. 3; 11-3): The Frozen Tundra is heating up.
4- Saints (No. 4; 10-4): They’re holding steady at No. 4, but they’re suddenly in grave danger of another premature postseason exit.
5- Colts (No. 7; 10-4): In NFL Power Rankings Week 16, Colts enters top five. There’s a fine line between 10-4 and 8-6, as evidenced by a pair of narrow wins over the Texans.
6- Seahawks (No. 8; 10-4): The constant churning when it comes to the best team in the NFC could work its way back to the Seahawks as the playoffs arrive.
7- Browns (No. 9; 10-4): AFC North champions has a nice ring to it.
8- Titans (No. 10; 10-4): They’ll go as far as Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill will take them.
9- Steelers (No. 5; 11-3): The Steelers are skydiving sans parachute.
10- Dolphins (No. 11; 9-5): Terminating the Patriots could be as rewarding as getting to the playoffs.
11- Buccaneers (No. 12; 9-5): The Bucs could be the NFC team best suited to upset the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
12- Ravens (No. 13; 9-5): They’re 3-0 in playoff games, with two more to go before the playoffs start.
13- Cardinals (No. 14; 8-6): They likely won’t get very far in the playoffs, but any playoff experience they get now will help them in the future.
14- Rams (No. 6; 9-5): In NFL Power Rankings Week 16, Rams tumbled on, as losing to the Jets should disqualify them from the playoffs.
15- Bears (No. 23; 7-7): Left for dead a couple of weeks ago, the Bears are breathing again.
16- Vikings (No. 15; 6-8): When will “just good enough” no longer be good enough for the Wilfs?
17- Patriots (No. 16; 6-8): Without a true franchise quarterback, the Patriots are going to face several years of the treatment that they routinely have dispensed to other players.
18- Washington (No. 17; 6-8): If Ron Rivera can beat the team that fired him last year, Washington will likely secure an unlikely playoff berth.
19- Falcons (No. 18; 4-10): The fumes of 28-3 still linger. What will it take to eradicate them?
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20- Raiders (No. 19; 7-7): The Jon Gruden experiment is going just well enough that no one is pointing out that it’s not going well enough.
21- Cowboys (No. 27; 5-9): Maybe the non-Rose Bowl Rose Bowl won’t be the only postseason game at AT&T Stadium, after all.
22- Eagles (No. 20; 4-9-1): For Carson Wentz, the best way to get out of Philly may be to say, “I’ll gladly take $25 million to sit on the bench.”
23- Chargers (No. 29; 5-9): The Chargers have their franchise quarterback. Now, they have to focus on figuring out how to get some wins.
24- 49ers (No. 21; 5-9): When you stick with Nick Mullens at quarterback, you get what you deserve.
25- Giants (No. 22; 5-9): A Super Bowl XXXV rematch is looming, and the result likely will be protected.
26- Bengals (No. 30; 3-10-1): Bengals improved in NFL Power Rankings Week 16. Ryan Finley won’t be able to get out of bed until Friday, but it was worth it.
27- Texans (No. 28; 4-10): The most important month in franchise history starts the Monday after Week 17.
28- Lions (No. 25; 5-9): The most important month since January 1992 starts the Monday after Week 17.
29- Broncos (No. 24; 5-9): Nothing will change until the ownership issue is resolved.
30- Panthers (No. 26; 4-10): A pair of season-ending, draft-enhancing losses will do much more for the team over the long haul than winning those games.
31- Jets (No. 32; 1-13): Jets fans really can’t have, or get nice things.
32- Jaguars (No. 31; 1-13): We did not see Jaguars much improved in NFL Power Rankings Week 16. Relax, Jets fans, the Jaguars will find a way to screw it up. Just like the Jets did.