Only one week left to go in the NFL season prior to the playoffs hitting, and for NFL fans, there’s not likely a better time of the year. Here at GuysNation, I’ve taken everything we’ve seen thus far in the NFL and tried to wrap it all up and put a bow on it (or in some teams cases, tie a lump of coal to it). I’ve taken the outcomes for each of the games which have transpired, factored in the strength of opponent, location of the game as well as the margin by which the game was decided in order to find a way to rank each of the 32 teams in the NFL.

This is a very subjective process, and while I’ve provided some of the logic, I realize that these rankings aren’t perfect, and I welcome people’s opinions.

32 – Carolina Panthers (2-13) No Change from Week 16 Rank
(No change from Week 9, with a record of 1-7 since then)

Sorry, Panthers fans, but you’re doomed to the last spot the remainder of the way.  Losing to Pittsburgh isn’t a big deal, but it sealed your fate.

31 – Denver Broncos (4-11) No Change from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 9 with a record of 2-5 since then)

So you hosted the lowly Texans and only won by 1?  Congrats, you might have figured out your long-term solution at Quarterback, but you didn’t do anything to get out of the “30s” in this list.

30 – Arizona Cardinals (5-10) Dropped 1 from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 4 since Week 9 with a record of 2-6 since then)

Dallas is not a good team, and beating them by only 1 point is a victory, but it’s nowhere near enough to help them overcome the Bengals.

29 – Cincinnati Bengals (4-11) Climbed 1 from Week 16 Rank
(No change from Week 9, with a record of 2-6 since then)

Cincinnati leaps over the Cardinals because they beat the somewhat-mighty Chargers by a decent margin, ending San Diego’s run to the playoffs.  I love a good spoiler… unless it’s my hopes which were crushed.

28 – Tennessee Titans (6-9) Dropped 1 from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 25 since Week 9 with a record of 1-6 since then)

Losing at Arrowhead to the Chiefs just helps put the Titans back on the track they were on before they beat Houston last week.

27 – Houston Texans (5-10) Dropped 4 from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 6 since Week 9 with a record of 1-7 since then)

Losing at Denver isn’t a good thing, considering where the Broncos are ranked.  Houston stays ahead of Tennessee despite losing to them because they split the season series and the Texans have a better resume and are fairly stable at most positions and their head coach, arguably with lesser talent.

26 – Seattle Seahawks (6-9) Dropped 6 from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 9 since Week 9 with a record of 2-6 since then)

Losing big time in their past three games?  That’s just sad.

25 – San Francisco 49ers (5-10) No Change from Week 16 Rank
(No change from Week 9, with a record of 3-4 since then)

The losing streak continues, and the only thing for the 49ers fans to be optimistic about is the fact that they’re going to have someone else as Head Coach in Week 17 and then into next season.

24 – Cleveland Browns (5-10) No Change from Week 16 Rank
(No change from Week 9, with a record of 3-5 since then)

The Ravens are a good team, so it’s no surprise that the Browns lost to them.  It is a bit disappointing because the game was in Cleveland, but the Browns remain in the spot in which they seemed destined to reside.

23 – Buffalo Bills (4-11) Dropped 5 from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 7 since Week 9 with a record of 4-4 since then)

Last week, the polls told me that the Bills were probably over-rated, and their loss by a big margin to the Patriots wasn’t what I was expecting, though Buffalo isn’t the first team to suffer that fate.

22 – Dallas Cowboys (5-10) Dropped 1 from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 9 since Week 9 with a record of 4-4 since then)

The Cardinals are way down the list, so the fact that the Cowboys lost to them is just bad.  Even if the margin was by 1 and the game was played in Arizona, with the expectations the Cowboys had going into the year, this is a big blemish on Dallas’ resume.

21 – Washington Redskins (6-9) Climbed 5 from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 7 since Week 9 with a record of 2-5 since then)

It brings a smile to my face that the Redskins not only played spoiler to the over-rated Jaguars, but are also helping the Indianapolis Colts (my second favorite team) in the process.

20 – Minnesota Vikings (6-9) Climbed 8 from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 7 since Week 9 with a record of 4-4 since then)

I nearly did these Power Rankings yesterday, before the Vikings took the field against the Eagles.  That would’ve been a really bad move on my part… and I couldn’t be happier about the outcome.

19 – Detroit Lions (5-10) Climbed 3 from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 4 since Week 9 with a record of 3-5 since then)

A two game road winning streak?  I don’t believe my eyes!  If the Lions can continue to build up their confidence through Week 17, they’ll be dangerous next year…. which might be inevitable!

18 – Miami Dolphins (7-8) Dropped 2 from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 9 with a record of 3-5 since then)

The only reason Miami didn’t drop below the Lions is because they have a two game advantage in the win column.  All other signs currently point to the Dolphins being a lower team, though I do like the victory over the Jets a couple weeks ago.

17 – St. Louis Rams (7-8) Climbed 2 from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 3 since Week 9 with a record of 3-4 since then)

Did anyone think that the Rams would be in a position to get into the playoffs this season, let alone win their division?  A strange year for the NFC West, in deed.  I’m betting Missouri gets an influx of children being named Sam or Bradford in the next few years.

16 – Oakland Raiders (7-8) Dropped 3 from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 4 since Week 9 with a record of 3-4 since then)

Losing to the Colts in Oakland puts an end to any playoff hopes the Raiders might’ve had.  They did far better than I thought they would this season, though.

15 – Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7) Climbed 2 from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 7 since Week 9 with a record of 4-3 since then)

How did the Jaguars climb spots while losing to Washington?  It’s hard to say, but they were probably ranked too low last week, and they did only lose by three.  In the process, however, they lost something more valuable:  playoff hopes.

14 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6) Climbed 1 from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 9 with a record of 4-4 since then)

Beating Seattle by a big margin certainly gives me more reason to believe the Bucs are a decent team, but I highly doubt they’re going to be in the playoffs, and the loss to Detroit in Week 15 is likely to be very haunting to them.

13 – San Diego Chargers (8-7) Dropped 2 from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 5 since Week 9 with a record of 5-2 since then)

Week 16 was an abomination for the Chargers, who lost to a terrible team and eliminated their playoff hopes in the process.  Good going, Norv Turner, at least you got the voice of confidence from the Chargers front office this week, because I’m sure a lot of your players lost some faith in you.

12 – New York Giants (9-6) Dropped 2 from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 4 since Week 9 with a record of 4-4 since then)

The huge loss to the Packers, despite being in Green Bay, was terrible for the Giants.  Not only was it a big margin by which they lost, but it’s probably going to be the reason New York is out of the playoffs.

11 – Indianapolis Colts (9-6) Climbed 3 from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 4 since Week 9 with a record of 4-4 since then)

The push to the playoffs continues, and getting Joseph Addai back is a huge shot in the arm to help the Colts be all the more dangerous in the post season.

10 – Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) Climbed 2 from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 9 with a record of 5-3 since then)

Beating the Titans at Arrowhead isn’t a huge feather in the Chiefs’ head-dress, but the margin of victory was good, and the Chiefs continue their push into the playoffs – in which they could be a big threat.

9 – Philadelphia Eagles (10-5) Dropped 3 from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 7 since Week 9 with a record of 6-2 since then)

Even as I type this, I can’t really believe that the Eagles lost to the Vikings.  Maybe that’s a sign of the rejuvenated Vikings defense, or possibly the Eagles were too confident in themselves and didn’t prepare well enough.  Regardless, there’s an ever-increasing book being written about how to beat the Eagles.  Unfortunately for most teams in the NFL, they don’t have the right pieces.

8 – New York Jets (10-5) No Change from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 9 with a record of 5-3 since then)

Chicago is continually showing that they’ve got the weapons to be a dangerous team, so the fact that the Jets lost at Soldier Field isn’t a huge shocker.  They don’t drop because of the loss, though if the margin had been by much more, they might’ve.

7 – Green Bay Packers (9-6) No Change from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 9 with a record of 4-3 since then)

Aaron Rodgers is back and the Packers are instilling hope in the Cheeseheads once again.  The HUGE victory over the Giants is a very, very good thing for their chances.  If this team doesn’t go deep into the playoffs, I’d be surprised.

6 – Chicago Bears (11-4) Climbed 3 from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 13 since Week 9 with a record of 7-1 since then)

The pieces are back into place, and although I’m not thrilled about the number of points allowed by the Bears defense last week to the often suspect offense of the Jets, a win is a win, and the Jets are a good team to put on your resume in the “Victories Over” section.

5 – Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4) Dropped 1 from Week 16 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 9 with a record of 6-2 since then)

Beating up on the Panthers isn’t a great way to push yourself up in the rankings or even hold onto your position, though they only drop because of what the Saints were able to do.

4 – New Orleans Saints (11-4) Climbed 1 from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 6 since Week 9 with a record of 6-1 since then)

A victory over the Falcons in Atlanta, albeit by a small margin, is still enough to help the reigning Super Bowl Champions swap spots with the Steelers, against whom the Saints have a Week 8 victory.

3 – Baltimore Ravens (11-4) No Change from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 9 with a record of 6-2 since then)

A road win within the division is always a good thing, even when the opponent (Cleveland) only has 5 total victories.

2 – Atlanta Falcons (12-3) No Change from Week 16 Rank
(Climbing 7 since Week 9 with a record of 7-1 since then)

They might have lost to the Saints, but they hold a victory over them earlier in the season and they’re still the only member of the 12 win club.

1 – New England Patriots (13-2) No Change from Week 16 Rank
(No change from Week 9, with a record of 7-1 since then)

Not a surprise here.  Was there really any doubt about where the only 13-win team would be in the rankings?