NFL Power Ratings

December 28th, 2021

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Players of the Week

  • Boom: Joe Burrow 37/46, 525 YDS, 4 TD

  • Bust: Mac Jones 32/49 145 2 INT

 

Team of the Week

  • Huge win for the Bills against division rival Patriots, they are now in the driver seat for the AFC East.

Movement in the Rankings

  • Movin on Up: The Colts are looking like a team that no one wants to play come playoff time.

  • Free falls: One of the worst performances of the entire year from the Washington team that looks completely dead at this point.

 

Team to Watch

  • The Cardinals need a win badly and they have a tough game against a really good Dallas team.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 11-4

With his top two weapons out, Tom Brady turned to Antonio Brown to pick up the slack and he responded. They are playing for seeding now.

Schedule: @NYJ, @CAR

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Green Bay Packers

Record: 12-3

They made it interesting against the Browns, but they remain in the top spot. The defense hasn't been as good lately, which has to be a concern.

Schedule: MIN, @DET

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Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 11-4

They are all the way back. Even without Travis Kelce on Sunday, they carved up the Steelers. They are back to being dominant.

Schedule: @CIN, @DEN

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Los Angelos Rams

Record: 11-4

Even without Matthew Stafford playing well, they were able to beat the Vikings on the road. That's the sign of a good team.

Schedule: @BAL, SF

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Dallas Cowboys

Record: 11-4

They got the offense cranked up against Washington, which is a good sign. Dak Prescott needed a big day. The pass-rushers will make them a dangerous playoff team.

Schedule: ARI, @PHI

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Buffalo Bills

Record: 9-6

Winning at New England the way they did sends a message to the NFL that they are back. Josh Allen was outstanding.

Schedule: ATL, NYJ

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Arizona Cardinals

Record: 10-5

They are in the playoffs, but they haven't looked like a playoff team the past three weeks. They have to get it going against Dallas this week.

Schedule: @DAL, SEA

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New England Patriots

Record: 9-6

They have gone from the top seed to a wild card team in two weeks. There has to be concern about their passing game.

Schedule: JAX, @MIA

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Indianapolis Colts

Record: 9-6

Winning at Arizona with their offensive line decimated shows how well they are coached. Frank Reich has done an amazing job with this team.

Schedule: LV, @JAX

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San Francisco 49ers

Record: 8-7

Losing on the road to a good team on a short week isn't awful, but it had to sting since they controlled the game against the Titans for most if.

Schedule: HOU, @LAR

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Baltimore Ravens

Record: 8-7

COVID and injuries have crippled this team as they fall out of the playoffs as of now. They face a tough game this week against the Rams to try and survive.

Schedule: LAR, PIT

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Tennessee Titans

Record: 10-5

Getting A.J. Brown back really showed how different they can be with a passing game threat. They will be a tough out in the postseason.

Schedule: MIA, @HOU

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Los Angeles Chargers

Record: 8-7

Losing on the road to the Texans is inexcusable. It doesn't matter how many guys sat out with COVID. They play playoff-like games the next two weeks.

Schedule: DEN, @LV

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Cleveland Browns

Record: 7-8

Baker Mayfield throwing four interceptions with the season on the line against the Packers is not a good look. They are long shots to make the playoffs now.

Schedule: @PIT, CIN

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Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 9-6

Barring a disaster, they will be the AFC North champions. They are ahead of schedule as a franchise with Joe Burrow.

Schedule: KC, @CLE

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Minnesota Vikings

Record: 7-8

At 7-8, they have little room for error the rest of the way. They have to beat the Packers to survive this week.

Schedule: @GB, CHI

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Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 8-7

Here come the Eagles. They have a real chance to be a playoff team. Win two and they are in, which would be a heck of a story.

Schedule: @WASH, DAL

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Miami Dolphins

Record: 8-7

If they win their last two, they will be in the playoffs. It won't be easy as they play at Tennessee and then close against the Patriots.

Schedule: @TEN, NE

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New Orleans Saints

Record: 7-8

They just had way too many injuries and COVID losses to beat Miami. Their season looks to be coming to an end.

Schedule: CAR, @ATL

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Denver Broncos

Record: 7-8

They simply do not score enough, no matter who plays quarterback. The defense keeps them in games. They need a quarterback.

Schedule: @LAC, KC

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Seattle Seahawks

Record: 5-10

So much for the playoffs. Now comes the tough part: Are they able to keep Russell Wilson next season? Do they want to keep him?

Schedule: DET, @ARI

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Washington Football Team

Record: 6-9

Their season is over. They had a lot of high hopes coming because of the defense, but it never lived up to the hype.

Schedule: PHI, @NYG

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Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 7-7-1

They did little on offense against the Chiefs, which shows their fatal flaws. They can still get into the playoffs, but it's a long shot.

Schedule: CLE, @BAL

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Las Vegas Raiders

Record: 8-7

Beating the Broncos keeps their playoff hopes alive. The defense came up big in that one, which will be needed this week against the Colts on the road.

Schedule: @INDY, LAC

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Atlanta Falcons

Record: 7-8

They kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the Lions. Now they have to try to keep it that way by winning a road game at Buffalo. Good luck.

Schedule: @BUF, NO

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Carolina Panthers

Record: 5-10

Their offense is awful. Does it matter who plays quarterback? They have to get that fixed for the future.

Schedule: @NO, @TB

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Chicago Bears

Record: 5-10

They are still playing hard late in the season, even with their third-team quarterback. But it still won't save Matt Nagy's job.

This week: NYG, @MIN

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New York Giants

Record: 4-11

No matter who plays quarterback, this offense is dreadful. It sounds like Joe Judge is coming back, though.

Schedule: @CHI, WASH

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Detroit Lions

Record: 2-12-1

Without Jared Goff, they competed against the Falcons on the road. It's another god sign for Dan Campbell.

Schedule: @SEA, GB

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Houston Texans

Record: 4-11

David Culley has this team playing good football. Davis Mills has impressed and might be their long-term starter if he keeps it up. 

Schedule: @SF, TEN

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New York Jets

Record: 4-11

They beat the Jaguars with a lot of guys out and their head coach out with COVID. It wasn't pretty, but they'll take it.

Schedule: TB, @BUF

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Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 2-13

It's official. They are the worst team in the league after losing to the Jets. They will be picking first in the draft, barring a miracle.

Schedule: @NE, INDY

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