NFL power rankings, Week 16: Lions rise, Cowboys fall

In the Week 16 NFL power rankings, the Detroit Lions continue surging while the Dallas Cowboys suffered a brutal loss in Jacksonville.

32

Houston Texans 1-12-1

Last ranks: 32nd

Houston almost pulled off a mammoth upset of the Chiefs, but couldn’t hang on.

31

Chicago Bears 3-11

Last ranks: 30th

Justin Fields is awesome. The rest of the Bears are not.

30

Arizona Cardinals 4-10

Last ranks: 28th

Remember when the Cardinals were talked about as a Super Bowl contender last year? That feels like a century ago.

29

Denver Broncos 4-10

Last ranks: 31st

Denver beat the Cardinals. Not sure we have to add to that.

28

Los Angeles Rams 4-10

Last ranks: 29th

It’s been a long, hard, ugly year for the Rams. Thankfully, it ends in three weeks.

27

Indianapolis Colts 4-9-1

Last ranks: 26th

What in God’s name was that?

26

Atlanta Falcons 5-9

Last ranks: 25th

The Falcons wanted to see what they have in Desmond Ridder, and the early returns were not ideal.

25

New Orleans Saints 5-9

Last ranks: 27th

Somehow, the Saints are one game out of the NFC South lead. If they hadn’t blown an absurd game to the Bucs a few weeks ago, they’d be poised for the playoffs.

24

Carolina Panthers 5-9

Last ranks: 22nd

Carolina still controls its own destiny, which is a wild thing to say about a 5-9 team.

23

Pittsburgh Steelers 6-8

Last ranks: 24th

Pittsburgh doesn’t have much talent, but the Steelers are putting together a respectable campaign under head coach Mike Tomlin.

22

Las Vegas Raiders 6-8

Last ranks: 23rd

Somehow, finally, the Raiders came out on the right side of an insane NFL moment.

21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-8

Last ranks: 18th

A failed fake punt and four turnovers. Thats one way to start the second half.

20

Cleveland Browns 6-8

Last ranks: 21st

Nice win for the Browns, who were able to deal the Ravens a tough loss, dropping them out of first place in the AFC North.

19

Green Bay Packers 6-8

Last ranks: 19th

The Packers will try to make Christmas interesting when they visit South Beach for some warm weather.

18

New England Patriots 7-7

Last ranks: 16th

LOL.

17

New York Jets 7-7

Last ranks: 15th

The Jets had every opportunity to beat the Lions and stay in the playoff mix. Now, they likely need to win out for any hope.

16

Jacksonville Jaguars 6-8

Last ranks: 20th

The Jaguars control their own fate. Win out against the Jets, Texans and Titans, and they’ll host a playoff game.

15

Seattle Seahawks 7-7

Last ranks: 14th

It feels like the Seahawks have been a great story all year, but the ending is going to be disappointing.

14

Tennessee Titans 7-7

Last ranks: 13th

Tennessee has fallen apart over the last month, losing four straight. The Titans need to find a way against Houston, or it could be all over.

13

Detroit Lions 7-7

Last ranks: 17th

The Lions are now a good bet to make the playoffs. Two wins might do it. Three wins almost certainly will.

12

Washington Commanders 7-6-1

Last ranks: 11th

Tough loss at home for the Commanders, who lost the game by playing terribly in both red zones.

11

New York Giants 8-5-1

Last ranks: 12th

The Giants hadn’t won a game in four weeks, but they found themselves at the right time and likely punched their playoff ticket.

10

Miami Dolphins 8-6

Last ranks: 8th

Miami had a chance to beat Buffalo, but had to be better situationally.

9

Baltimore Ravens 9-5

Last ranks: 7th

The Ravens need Lamar Jackson back ASAP, and then must figure out how to score some points.

8

Los Angeles Chargers 8-6

Last ranks: 10th

Los Angeles is rolling. It’s not perfect, and the Chargers aren’t the Bills, Chiefs and Bengals, but they’re dangerous.

7

Minnesota Vikings 11-3

Last ranks: 9th

The greatest comeback in NFL history. Not bad.

6

Dallas Cowboys 10-4

Last ranks: 4th

Dallas led 27-10, 34-31, and then had the ball first in overtime. Somehow, the Cowboys lost.

5

San Francisco 49ers 10-4

Last ranks: 6th

Brock Purdy, Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance. Who cares? NFC West champs.

4

Cincinnati Bengals 10-4

Last ranks: 5th

The Bengals are the AFC’s most consistent team. All they do is win.

3

Buffalo Bills 11-3

Last ranks: 3rd

Buffalo should be concerned about its front without Von Miller, but Josh Allen looks great.

2

Kansas City Chiefs 11-3

Last ranks: 2nd

Kansas City has been living on the edge against Denver and Houston over the past two weeks. Need to clean things up.

1

Philly Eagles 13-1

Last ranks: 1st

The Eagles have essentially wrapped everything up. Now it’s about Jalen Hurts’ injury.

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