NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Two Weeks of Shuffling Left
The playoff picture is nearly set with two weeks remaining in this crazy regular season.
While the top of the AFC and NFC look cemented, there is plenty of movement that can take place for the final slots.
WEEK 16 POWER RANKINGS
1. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-1)
LAST WEEK RANKING: 1
WEEK 16: VS. ATLANTA FALCONS (4-10)
A hard-fought, 32-29 win over the Saints has the Chiefs in prime position to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC this week.
Kansas City holds a two-game lead atop the conference with two regular-season games remaining and it would take a whiteboard filled with several outcomes for the Chiefs to fumble the top seed even if they were to lose their final two matchups.
Patrick Mahomes kept his slight lead in the MVP race with his performance against New Orleans, throwing for 254 yards and three touchdowns.
2. GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-3)
LAST WEEK RANKING: 2
WEEK 16: VS. TENNESSEE TITANS (10-4)
The Packers are on a mission to win out in these final two weeks. If they do, they would clinch the top seed in the NFC outright and not have to worry about different scenarios.
If they go 1-1, they open the door for the Seahawks and Saints, who could create trouble atop the conference by both winning their last two games.
Green Bay lines up against a Super Bowl contender in Tennessee this weekend, raising the stakes as the playoffs are right around the corner.
3. BUFFALO BILLS (11-3)
LAST WEEK RANKING: 3
WEEK 16: @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-8)
For the first time since 1995, the Buffalo Bills are the AFC East champions.
A 48-19 dismantling of the Denver Broncos earned the Bills the elusive divisional crown and kept them solidified in the AFC’s No. 2 seed.
Josh Allen threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns in the victory, adding to what already has been a defining year in his young career.
4. TENNESSEE TITANS (10-4)
LAST WEEK RANKING: NR
WEEK 16: @ GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-3)
After last season’s run to the AFC Championship Game, it’s hard to forget about the Titans come playoff time.
Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill combined for six touchdowns this past weekend as the Titans routed the Lions, 46-25, to continue their march for a high AFC seed.
Tennessee is still fighting for the No. 2 seed but would need Buffalo to lose at least once in the final two weeks.
5. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-4)
LAST WEEK RANKING: 5
WEEK 16: VS. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-8)
The Saints’ chance at the top seed in the NFC has taken a dip the past two weeks, but New Orleans still looks like a Super Bowl contender.
A 32-29 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday shows the Saints can hang with the defending Super Bowl champions. The two sides could end up on the field together again in February.
Drew Brees returned from his rib injury and looked to shake off some rust in the game, throwing for 234 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
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