Moorhead’s NFL Power Rankings – Week 17


Cincinnati Bengals (1-14)

Previous Rank: 32


Why They Stayed The Same:

The Bengals had their best game of the season going into overtime against the Dolphins. This almost gave them their second win, but with the time in overtime coming to an end, the Bengals couldn’t get the job done and secured their position as the number one team in the NFL Draft.

Key Players Last Week:

Andy Dalton (396 Passing Yards, Four TD’s)

Tyler Boyd (128 Receiving Yards, Two Receiving TD’s)

What’s Next?:

The Cleveland Browns

The Bengals have already secured the number one spot in the draft. So if I were them, I’d do my best to make this game a hard one for the Browns and to make their spot worse. Just my thought though so some people might just have all their main players sit.


Detroit Lions (3-11-1)


Why They Dropped:

The Lions are poo and their entire season has been trying to convince me otherwise, but to no avail. When Stafford went down that was basically it and now they will just have to wait until next season, but Matt Patricia’s time as the coach is running out.

Key Players last Week:

Kenny Golladay (66 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

What’s Next?:

The Green Bay Packers

The Packers are playing for something and the Lions at this point are playing just to survive the season. So, yes the Lions are in huge trouble here and it will be very hard to imagine them coming out with a win over the Packers.


Washington Redskins (3-12)

Previous Rank: 29

Washington Redskins v New York Giants

Why They Dropped:

The Redskins lost a hard one against the Giants last week, giving up five touchdowns through the air from Daniel Jones and almost 200 yards on the ground from Saquon Barkley. A very poor showing to say the least, not to mention that Dwayne Haskins got hurt and had to come out of the game.

Key Players Last Week:


What’s Next?:

The Dallas Cowboys

While the Redskins have nothing, the Cowboys are playing for the division title. The Redskins could use this to their advantage and knock the Cowboys out of playoff contention. In order to do that though they have to best the Cowboys which could still happen.


Miami Dolphins (4-11)

Previous Rank: 31


Why They Moved Up:

It wasn’t pretty, but they beat the Bengals in overtime in a highly competitive matchup between two bad teams. Fitzpatrick put the team on his back and carried them all the way to the fourth quarter. It was here that the defense decided to just not show up and caused them to go to overtime. They did win so there’s that I guess.

Key Players last Week:

Ryan Fitzpatrick (419 Passing Yards, Four TD’s, One INT)

DeVante Parker (111 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

What’s Next?:

The New England Patriots

The Patriots’ kryptonite for years has been the Dolphins. Can the Dolphins do it again here? I say they can, but they shouldn’t. They need that first pick of theirs to be high and special to them.


Carolina Panthers (5-10)

Previous Rank: 27

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Why They Dropped:

Aside from Christian McCaffrey breaking records, this team was awful particularly quarterback Will Grier who just couldn’t get anything going for the offense.

Key Players Last Week:

Christian McCaffrey (54 Rushing Yards, 119 Receiving Yards)

What’s Next?:

The New Orleans Saints

While the Saints will most likely be resting some individuals it will still take a miracle for this team to beat them. No thanks!


Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10)

Previous Rank: 25

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons

Why They Dropped:

The Jaguars are a mess and they need to fire Doug Marone. Just firing Tom Coughlin won’t change anything. As for this game, they played awful and Chris Conley was the only one that basically did anything out there.

Key Players Last Week:


What’s Next?:

The Indianapolis Colts

The Colts put up a beat down on the Panthers last weekend and the Jaguars aren’t that much better. Using math here, I can assume that the Jaguars can add another loss to the record book this week.


New York Giants (4-11)

Previous Rank: 28


Why They Moved Up:

Man The Giants were looking to make a statement in this one. Danny Dimes came back and put in his start of the week to good use and Barkley recorded new stats on the ground as well all while humiliating the Redskins.

Key Players Last Week:

Daniel Jones (352 Passing Yards, Five TD’s)

Saquon Barkley (189 Rushing Yards, One Rushing TD, 90 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

Golden Tate (96 Receiving Yards)

What’s Next?:

The Philadelphia Eagles

This is the same situation I said for the Redskins and the Cowboys so I’ll leave it at that.


Los Angles Chargers (5-10)

Previous Rank: 22

Minnesota Vikings v Los Angeles Chargers

Why They Dropped:

Once again the Chargers took a drop and a loss their second loss to the Raiders this season. It is a hard one to swallow, and because of that Philip Rivers got angry and said he’s not done playing. He might be getting into this too personally because professionally he’s not all there which is sad to say given his athletic nature.

Key Players Last Week:

Mevlin Gordon (Two Rushing TD’s)

Keenan Allen (71 Receiving Yards)

What’s Next?:

The Kansas City Chiefs

While the Chiefs are sitting people most likely to avoid injury which could mean Los Angeles could steal a big win here, but with Philip Rivers continuing to struggle it begs the questions if they can get it done against Kansas City.


New York Jets (6-8)

Previous Rank: 26


Why They Moved Up:

An win, but an ugly win over the Steelers moves up them two spaces as their offense was just good enough to get past the Steelers defense and their defense gave the rotating quarterback class some problems as well.

Key Players Last Week:


What’s Next?:

The Buffalo Bills

The Bills and the Jets collide once again and with the Bills currently holding the fifth spot in the AFC playoff picture it could mean they sit some individuals. If they do the Jets have to take advantage and finish the season 7-9.


Cleveland Browns (6-9)

Previous Rank: 20


Why They Dropped:

The Browns toppled the Ravens once this season and that is how it will stay as they fell to them in dramatic Browns fashion last week. The offense while not as ineffective as normal was the shining light compared to the defense that let Lamar and the Ravens fly all over them.

Key Players Last Week:

Jarvis Landry (74 Receiving Yards)

What’s Next?:

The Cincinnati Bengals

The Browns should be able to come in and win this game finishing their dreadful season with a 7-9 record. We all know Cleveland though and they might underestimate the Bengals who are playing to win now that they are locked in the number one draft spot for 2020.


Denver Broncos (6-9)

Previous Rank: 24


Why They Moved Up:

A nice win over a struggling Lions team should feel nice for the once world of suck. I told everyone give Drew Lock a shot and he has been doing wonders with the Broncos and he should keep doing well as long as he stays healthy.

Key Players Last Week:

Philip Lindsay (109 Rushing Yards, One Rushing TD)

Dennis Hamilton (65 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

What’s Next?:

The Oakland Raiders

The Broncos have a decent shot at knocking down the playoff high hopes of the Raiders with a win against them. They can achieve this if they can pressure Carr. Josh Jacobs will be out once again with a shoulder which means covering Carr and DeAndre Washington is a must. Lock should be fine against this Oakland defense as well.


Arizona Cardinals (5-9-1)

Previous Rank: 23

Cleveland Browns v†Arizona Cardinals

Why They Moved Up:

A huge win over divisional rival Seattle doesn’t do much for Arizona, but it certainly hurts Seattle and that’s what they were going for I think. They relied on the ground game a lot in this one with Murry exiting with an apparent injury. Either way, Arizona dominated Seattle in this one.

Key Players Last Week:

Kenyan Drake (166 Rushing Yards, Two Rushing TD’s)

What’s Next?:

The Los Angeles Rams

Onto their next divisional rival in the Rams, the Cardinals should have no problem picking up the win once again if they follow the same plan they did against Seattle. The catch will be for the defense to guard Goff’s new toy; tight end Tyler Higbee.


Atlanta Falcons (6-9)

Previous Rank: 18


Why They Dropped:

Honestly, because of my fault. I had them a game higher than they should have been so it threw off everything. This is where they should be after defeating the Jaguars.

Key Players Last Week:

Matt Ryan (384 Passing Yards, One TD, Two INT’s)

Devonta Freeman (53 Rushing Yards, One Rushing TD, 74 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

Julio Jones (166 Receiving Yards)

What’s Next?:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs and the Falcons will collide this week and maybe this is where I will get the shoot out I thought was going to happen between Houston and Tampa. Regardless, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones should both thrive against this crappy Bucs secondary.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-8)

Previous Rank: 17


Why They Dropped:

Man what are they gonna do with Jameis Winston. This guy throws the ball like a daredevil, but he commits too many interceptions and turnovers. It’s ridiculous. I mean four interceptions against the Texans come on man. The Bucs said they plan to keep him for next year, which I believe is a huge mistake, but we will see what Bruce Arians has in store for him.

Key Players Last Week:

Ronald Jones (77 Rushing Yards, One Rushing TD)

Breshad Perriman (102 Receiving Yards)

What’s Next?:

The Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons did they saved Dann Quinn’s job for next year so expect that defense to not take Winston likely. In order for the Bucs to finish 8-8 on the year, Winston needs to have a turnover”less” game, but to be honest that probably won’t happen.


Oakland Raiders (7-8)

Previous Rank: 21


Why They Moved Up:

To start they actually have a very slim chance to make the playoffs. Secondly, they beat the Chargers…twice in the season which hasn’t happened for a very long time and they did it without Josh Jacobs.

Key Players Last Week:

Derek Carr (291 Passing Yards, One TD)

DeAndre Washington (85 Rushing Yards, One Rushing TD)

Hunter Renfrow (107 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

What’s Next?:

The Denver Broncos

The Raiders need to beat the Broncos in order to complete one of the three pieces of the puzzle to get into the playoffs. If they do that then they need the Steelers and Titans to lose as well. Tall orders, but they are the only ones the Raiders have left.


Dallas Cowboys (7-8)

Previous Rank: 15


Why They Dropped:

A pitiful display was what the Cowboys brought against the Eagles as they didn’t muster a single touchdown in this game settling for three field goals. With all the talent they had they weren’t able to snuff out the weakened Philadelphia Eagles.

Key Players Last Week:


What’s Next?:

The Washington Redskins

The Cowboys need to beat the Redskins and the Eagles need to lose to the Giants in order for the Cowboys to take the NFC East Division. What might seem like an easy task could turn bad in an instance if the Redskins decide to play to knock the Cowboys out entirely.


Chicago Bears (7-8)

Previous Rank: 14


Why They Dropped:

They were essentially shut out by the Chiefs Sunday night. Their offense and defense couldn’t compete at the level Kansas City was and they suffered hugely because of this.

Key Players Last Week:


What’s Next?:

The Minnesota Vikings

The Bears square off against the Vikings this weekend and honestly the Vikings are the favorite among them. The Bears are a mess at trying to help Trubisky out in order for them to succeed. Sure you can argue the same with Kirk Cousins, but in my mind he is with a team that is better managed and coached.


Indianapolis Colts (7-8)

Previous Rank: 19


Why They Moved Up:

The offense didn’t need to do much with the defense making Will Grier’s NFL debut a nightmare. Nyhem Hines broke records as well and everything went according to the Colts way in this one.

Key Players Last Week:

Marlon Mack (95 Rushing Yards, One Rushing TD)

Colts Defense (Five Sacks, Three INT’s, Two Defensive TD’s)

What’s Next?:

The Jacksonville Jaguars

The Colts should have no problem defeating the Jaguars as long as Marlon Mack and Nyhem Hines are healthy. The Jaguars can’t stop the run and they proved that once again when they got thrashed by Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman.


Los Angeles Rams (8-7)

Previous Rank: 13


Why They Moved Down:

Taking a loss to the 49ers is what a lot of teams including the Rams have done, so moving down a spot isn’t too bad for the Rams for losing a decent matchup.

Key Players Last Week:

Jared Goff (323 Passing Yards, Two TD’s, One INT)

Todd Gurley (48 Rushing Yards, Two Rushing TD’s)

Robert Woods (117 Receiving Yards)

Tyler Higbee (104 Receiving Yards)

What’s Next?:

The Arizona Cardinals

The Rams need to play this one smartly. The main way they can beat the Cardinals is to expose what they are bad at defending; tight ends. Use Tyler Higbee like you did last time Rams and this one should be good as done.


Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7)

Previous Rank: 12


Why They Dropped:

Of all the teams, why in the hell did we have to lose to the Jets? Now we don’t have control of our playoff picture anymore and have to win against Baltimore this week and have Tennessee lose to Houston in order to get into the playoffs.

Key Players Last Week:

Dionte Johnson (81 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

What’s Next?:

The Baltimore Ravens

The Steelers now have to beat Baltimore if they want in the playoffs. However, they also need Tennessee to lose against Houston. With Baltimore sitting important individuals ahead of the playoffs it will remain to be seen if Pittsburgh can tough it out and come out with a win.


Tennessee Titans (8-7)

Previous Rank: 11

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans

Why They Dropped:

They lost against the Saints, but it was a hard fought loss and almost shootout. Overall, the Titans played well. They just came up short.

Key Players Last Week:

Ryan Tannehill (272 Passing Yards, Three TD’s)

Tajae Sharpe (69 Receiving Yards, Two Receiving TD’s)

What’s Next?:

The Houston Texans

With rumors of the Texans maybe sitting Watson and Hopkins it could look like the Titans could come away with a win in this one. However, who knows if that will be the case. It is the NFL and anything can happen.


Philadelphia Eagles (8-7)

Previous Rank: 16


Why They Moved Up:

The Eagles pulled out a huge victory over the Cowboys last weekend and secured themselves at the top of the NFC East division. Now all they have to do is win this weekend and they will secure the division and a playoff spot.

Key Players Last Week:

Caron Wentz (319 Passing Yards, One TD)

Miles Sanders (79 Rushing Yards, One Rushing TD)

Dallas Goedert (91 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

What’s Next?:

The New York Giants

With a win over the Giants and a Cowboys loss to the Redskins the Eagles will win the division and secure a playoff spot. That means stopping Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are musts.


Minnesota Vikings (10-5)

Previous Rank: 9


Why They Moved Down:

The Vikings could barely get anything going against the Packers last Monday night. Kirk Cousins froze up once again against the competition and their defense was no match for the run game.

Key Players Last Week:

Stefon Diggs (57 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

What’s Next?:

The Chicago Bears

The Vikings and the Bears both took losses last weekend, but in my honest opinion, Kirk Cousins and the Vikings should beat Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears. It all depends on which Kirk Cousins decides to go show up.


Houston Texans (10-5)

Previous Rank: 10


Why They Moved Up:

They defeated the Buccaneers, but it was not without their own problems. They mostly thrived on the success rate of Jameis Winston’s turnovers which is weird because Tampa Bay’s defense has been so awful against the pass throughout the season.

Key Players Last Week:


What’s Next?:

The Tennessee Titans

Rumors are circulating that both Watson and Hopkins might not play due to illness so if that is the case the Texans are going to need to pull out all the stops to beat Tennessee. If they do play it should be a much easier chance to win the game.


Buffalo Bills (10-5)

Previous Rank: 8


Why They Stayed The Same:

Even Josh Allen and the Bills lost to the Patriots a second time this season, this time was a much better effort on Josh Allen’s behalf. The defense however took a stand back and let Brady have his way.

Key Players Last Week:

Josh Allen (208 Passing Yards, Two TD’s)

Cole Beasley (108 Receiving Yards)

What’s Next?:

The New York Jets

The Bills should have no problem in beating the Jets this weekend, but they could always sit their starters which could prompt a Bills loss. If they were smart they’d play everyone, get up a bunch of points then take people out.


Seattle Seahawks (11-4)

Previous Rank: 4


Why They Dropped:

This was an uncharacteristic one out of Seattle as they took a hard loss to the Cardinals and got knocked down three places because of it. Two of their main running backs are lost for the season so they had to bring back Marshawn Lynch as a result.

Key Players Last Week:


What’s Next?:

The San Francisco 49ers

The first time these two teams fought it was the battle of the century. Now they face again and Seattle needs to utilize Lynch and Russell’s speedy ability to fester out a win in this one.


Green Bay Packers (12-3)

Previous Rank: 7


Why They Moved Up:

A win on the ground instead of the air is a weird thing to imagine while having Aaron Rodgers on your team, but that is exactly how this year basically has been. Aaron Jones has shown huge promise and in this one against the Vikings was no different.

Key Players Last Week:

Aaron Jones (154 Rushing Yards, Two Rushing TD’s)

Davantae Adams (116 Receiving Yards)

What’s Next?:

The Detroit Lions

The Packers will beat the Lions. That is if they rest their starters or not. Detroit is a mess and even a weakened Packers team can beat them in my honest opinion.


New England Patriots (12-3)

Previous Rank: 6

NFL: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Why They Moved Up:

The Patriots beat the Bills and it was under better management of Tom Brady this time as he was cool calm and collected when delivering the result.

Key Players Last Week:

Tom Brady (271 Passing Yards, One TD)

Sony Michel (96 Rushing Yards)

Rex Burkhead (20 Rushing Yards, One Rushing TD, 77 Receiving Yards)

What’s Next?:

The Miami Dolphins

I’d say this would be easy, but the Dolphins find someway to overcome the Pats in the most opportune times. So I really don’t know what to expect this upcoming week.


Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)

Previous Rank: 5


Why They Moved Up:

A pure dominant display over the Bears to start. Their offense has been getting more and more in sync each week and they look playoff ready.

Key Players Last Week:

Patrick Mahomes (251 Passing Yards, Two Passing TD’s, One Rushing TD)

Travis Kelce (74 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

What’s Next?:

The Los Angeles Chargers

The way the Chiefs have been playing they could easily topple the Los Angeles Chargers with or without their starters. All they have to do is pressure Philip Rivers and watch the run game.


San Francisco 49ers (12-3)

Previous Rank: 3

Los Angeles Rams v San Francisco 49ers

Why They Stayed The Same:

The 49ers came a way with a win, but it was a close one and the team lost Johnathan Taylor for the season. Overall, things looked better for the 49ers, but how can you complain when you are in the playoffs.

Key Players Last Week:

George Kittle (79 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

What’s Next?:

The Seattle Seahawks

Same thing for what I said for Seattle. However, for this one they need to pressure Wilson. He has no run game aside from a newly signed Marshawn Lynch. Pressure Wilson and the win should go to them.


New Orleans Saints (12-3)

Previous Rank: 2


Why They Stayed The Same:

The Saints were playing down in this one heading into the second quarter and they came back with a vengeance. Drew Brees was Drew Brees, and the running game finally got going again with Alvin Kamara.

Key Players Last Week:

Drew Brees (279 Passing Yards, Three TD’s)

Alvin Kamara (80 Rushing Yards, Two Rushing TD’s)

Michael Thomas (136 Receiving Yards, One Receiving TD)

Jared Cook (84 Receiving Yards, Two Receiving TD’s)

What’s Next?:

The Carolina Panthers

Sitting people or not as long as the Saints can find a way to stop Christian McCaffrey then this will be an easy win for the Saints.


Baltimore Ravens (13-2)

Previous Rank: 1

Baltimore Ravens v Cleveland Browns

Why They Stayed The Same:

The Ravens won again this time by taking it one of the teams that made them lose in their first outing; the Cleveland Browns.

Key Players Last Week:

Lamar Jackson (238 Passing Yards, Three TD’s, 103 Rushing Yards)

Mark Andrews (93 Receiving Yards, Two Receiving TD’s)

What’s Next?:

The Pittsburgh Steelers

Even with the Ravens sitting certain starters, they still have a decent chance of upsetting the Steelers if they catch them off guard. They are playing at home and should have the advantage. However, they have to watch the Steelers defense with the individuals they have in.

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