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My 2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 15

Updated on December 22, 2015

NFL Power Ranks

The playoff picture is becoming clearer. This past weekend saw a lot of teams officially eliminated and some others officially clinch. There's only two weeks left. For some teams, the playoffs have already started.

1. Carolina Panthers (14-0) ~ Carolina was rolling to their 14th victory of the season when all of a sudden the wheels fell off the defense. They nearly squandered a 28-point lead but got a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation to keep the dream alive. The 72' Dolphins have to be sweating more than that bottle of champagne they can't crack for at least another week. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Arizona Cardinals (12-2) ~ Arizona has been cruising along mostly on the strength of MVP-candidate Carson Palmers' right arm. He didn't have to do much Sunday night as rookie David Johnson gutted the Philadelphia run defense to the tune of 187 yards and three touchdowns. If the Cards have found a running game they will be a force in the playoffs. (LWR 2)

3. New England Patriots (12-2) ~ Steven Jackson is back in the NFL and has a legitimate shot at getting a Super Bowl ring. Not bad for someone who didn't figure to suit up again in the league. (LWR 3)

4. Cincinnati Bengals (11-3) ~ AJ McCarron became the first quarterback who played at Alabama to win a game in the NFL since 1987. A man named Ronald Reagan was in the Oval Office back then. (LWR 4)

5. Seattle Seahawks (9-5) ~ They probably won't be able to catch Arizona in the NFC West but that means they should get to play the winner of the putrid NFC East in the first round of the playoffs. Not a bad consolation prize. (LWR 6)

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) ~ Antonio Brown caught 16 passes for 189 yards and two scores in a scintillating comeback victory over the Denver Broncos. The scary part is those reception and yardage totals are only his second best efforts this season. (LWR 8)

7. Green Bay Packers (10-4) ~ For the seventh consecutive year the Packers will be going to the playoffs. That is a franchise-record. The NFC North title, however, is still up for grabs. (LWR 7)

8. Denver Broncos (10-4) ~ The "No Fly Zone" was torched by Big Ben Roethlisberger and now Denver's AFC West crown is being threatened. Don't look now but they are only a game ahead of the...(LWR 5)

9. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5) ~ Eight straight wins for Kansas City and if the season ended today they'd be in the playoffs. Someone might say that when the Chiefs were left for dead at 1-5 they weren't really dead. Just mostly dead. (LWR 9)

10. New York Jets (9-5) ~ If the Jets can hang on and clinch a playoff berth one would have to think that Todd Bowles would be in the discussion for coach of the year. Hell, he should be in it already. (LWR 10)

11. Minnesota Vikings (9-5) ~ When Adrian Peterson left Sunday's game with an injury fans had to wonder how the team would survive without him. Funny how that mindset changed over the last year or so. (LWR 11)

12. Washington Redskins (7-7) ~ If the Redskins can win Saturday night in Philadelphia they will clinch the NFC East. Maybe Jay Gruden was onto something when he named Kirk Cousins the starting quarterback. You like that? Sorry not sorry. I can't help myself. (LWR 13)

13. Houston Texans (7-7) ~ For the first time in the history of the Texans the won a game in Indianapolis and it was a big one. Houston now has the inside track to the AFC South crown although they may be searching for a quarterback. Brandon Weeden played out the string in the win. I don't think they want to go into the playoffs with him as their starter. (LWR 15)

14. Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) ~ Win or lose the Arizona game didn't mean anything to the Eagles but losing the way they did might be a cause for concern. They must win Saturday at home against Washington to keep their playoff hopes alive. (LWR 12)

15. Oakland Raiders (6-8) ~ For the first time since 2005 the Raiders had a receiver go over 1,000 yards on the season. Standout rookie Amari Cooper has that honor. The last to do it? Randy Moss. It's easy to forget he even played in Oakland. (LWR 16)

16. New York Giants (6-8) ~ While they almost pulled off the victory Sunday's game will be more remembered for when Odell Beckham Jr. threw some tantrums. Not just one. A few. He will not be playing this Sunday as the NFL saw fit to suspend him for one game. Good. (LWR 14)

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8) ~ The loss Thursday night meant Tampa was not going to be a threat to the postseason but it sure looks like they have a franchise quarterback to build around for the next few years. (LWR 18)

18. Indianapolis Colts (6-8) ~ Once again Matt Hasselbeck couldn't make it through the entire game and it's looking like he will get the start again this weekend despite a laundry list of ailments. Indy looks like they might be just playing out the string on this lost season. (LWR 17)

19. Atlanta Falcons (7-7) ~ Julio Jones found the end zone after being held out for five consecutive weeks and the Falcons finally put one in the win column again. Funny how those things seem like they could have an effect on each other. (LWR 23)

20. Buffalo Bills (6-8) ~ LeSean McCoy injured his knee and could be lost for the rest of the season. That season, however, last only two more weeks as the Bills were eliminated from playoff contention for the 16th consecutive year. (LWR 19)

21. Detroit Lions (5-9) ~ I would like to thank Calvin Johnson for having a one catch / 19 yard performance Monday night which allowed me to escape certain doom in my fantasy playoffs. Phew. (LWR 25)

22. Chicago Bears (5-9) ~ I wonder if the Bears are having sellers remorse about trading Brandon Marshall to New York. He looks poised for the playoffs while the Bears are, well, not. (LWR 20)

23. Miami Dolphins (5-9) ~ One week I'm on the Dan Campbell bandwagon and the next week I'm off it. This week I'm off it and it might be for good. (LWR 21)

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9) ~ Blake Bortles sits behind only Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Cam Newton and Carson Palmer with 31 touchdown passes on the season. That would be a franchise-record. (LWR 24)

25. New Orleans Saints (5-9) ~ Drew Brees reportedly has plantar fascia which is the same injury that has sidelined Peyton Manning. Could we have already seen the last of him this season? (LWR 22)

26. St. Louis Rams (6-8) ~ If the Rams are heading to Los Angeles at least they closed out their last home game with a win. Give the fans something nice to remember. (LWR 26)

27. San Diego Chargers (4-10) ~ If the Chargers are heading to Los Angeles at least they closed out their last home game with a win. Give the fans something nice to remember. (LWR 29)

28. Dallas Cowboys (4-10) ~ Kellen Moore will get the start this weekend making him the fourth starting quarterback this year for Dallas. (LWR 27)

29. Baltimore Ravens (4-10) ~ In a season that has been nothing short of a disaster Baltimore will host the hated Steelers with a chance to play the spoiler. They haven't gotten up for much this year but maybe this weekend will be different. (LWR 28)

30. Cleveland Browns (3-11) ~ Gary Barnidge has tied the franchise-record with 10 touchdown catches from a tight end. If anyone had heard of Gary Barnidge prior to this season, well, tell him I said hello because you are certainly related to him. (LWR 30)

31. San Francisco 49ers (4-10) ~ Shaun Draughn is out with a knee injury and the 49ers will have to turn to DuJuan Harris, signed off Baltimore's practice squad, as the lead back this week. Wow. (LWR 31)

32. Tennessee Titans (3-11) ~ Marcus Mariota, the number two pick in last year's draft, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Looks like the Titans may have another top two pick this year. (LWR 32)

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