Week 16 power rankings

Posted Dec. 20, 2011 @ 2:57 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

1. Green Bay Packers: We'll see if this team needed a little humbling. 

2. New Orleans Saints: Brees closer to MVP talk, Saints closer to No. 1 talk.

3. New England Patriots: Offense rolls, but losing Andre Carter a brutal blow to "D."

4. Pittsburgh Steelers: Would they have beaten 49ers with Harrison, healthy Roethlisberger?

5. Baltimore Ravens: Combined record of four teams to beat Ravens: 25-31.

6. San Francisco 49ers: Defense bounced back with impressive showing vs. Steelers.

7. Atlanta Falcons: Offense looked very explosive; could make statement vs. Saints.

8. Houston Texans: Run defense and ball security took a step back in loss.

9. Detroit Lions: The Stafford-Megatron connection returned in a big way at perfect time.

10. Dallas Cowboys: Can get revenge against Iggles; one step closer to division title.

11. Denver Broncos: Simply not built to win a shootout. Defense needed to show better.

12. New York Jets: Fumbles, penalties, poor O-line play — not expected out of Gang Green.

13. Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis won't win, but he is a Coach of the Year candidate.

14. New York Giants: Who guessed G-Men would have NFL's worst rushing offense?

15. San Diego Chargers: Norv should have set calendar to "December" all season long.

16. Arizona Cardinals: Unstoppable in the extra session — a 3-0 mark in overtime.

17. Seattle Seahawks: Have won three in a row by a combined score of 99-41.

18. Tennessee Titans: Worse than falling back in playoff hunt: doing it with loss to Colts.

19. Philadelphia Eagles: Miracle could get them to playoffs, where they'd be dangerous.

20. Oakland Raiders: Fourth-quarter "D" wasted impressive effort by Carson Palmer.

21. Chicago Bears: Now they can't even salvage season by handing rival Packers first loss.

22. Miami Dolphins: Have held opponents to 8-for-58 on third downs in past five games.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Romeo Crennel for coaching performance of a lifetime?

24. Carolina Panthers: Notched first win over a winning team, beat league's best "D," too.

25. Washington Redskins: If only they played the Giants every week.

26. Buffalo Bills: Boobirds came out for Fitzpatrick; slump since his new contract continues.

27. Cleveland Browns: Hillis reached his season high in rushing, but it was only 99 yards.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars: Wins by other interim coaches not making Tucker look good.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Last season — upstart team. This season — out of sorts.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Offense might be an offseason away from being good.

31. St. Louis Rams: Could get a nice haul if they sell their first-round pick to the top bidder.

32. Indianapolis Colts: Team avoids infamous season, but did it save Caldwell's job?