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My 2020 Week 15 NFL Power Rankings

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Week 15 NFL Power Rankings

Left is right! Frontwards is backwards! Up is down! Down is up! Maybe not all of those things apply to this week’s rankings, but the last one sure does. Four of last week’s six lowest ranked teams picked up victories. Some did so in a major upset kind of way including last week’s bottom team the New York Jets. They picked up their first win of the season and, in doing so, will avoid the dreaded winless year. Is that enough to get them out of the cellar?

1. Kansas City Chiefs (13-1) ~ The Chiefs are just one win away from locking up the top seed in the playoffs. They’ll now have to do it without star rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire who suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s win over New Orleans. Luckily for the Chiefs, they can just plug Le’Veon Bell into the starting lineup. It wasn’t that long ago that Bell was regarded as perhaps the best back in the game. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Green Bay Packers (11-3) ~ We all know Green Bay’s offense has been prolific this year and that was backed up by the Pro Bowl rosters. Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and Aaron Jones all made it making Green Bay the only team to have a quarterback, running back and wide receiver make the squad. In fact, Robert Tonyan, Green Bay’s tight end, is listed as one of the biggest snubs of the season. The Packers could lock up the top seed in the NFC with one more win. (LWR 2)

3. Buffalo Bills (11-3) ~ The Bills are your AFC East division champions for the first time since 1995. If it were any other year, they would be in a good spot to have a first round playoff bye. Bills Mafia will most likely have to settle for playing on wild card weekend. I’m sure they won’t mind. I just wish this pandemic was behind us so they could pack the parking lot and the stadium in January. Close your eyes and picture that scene. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? (LWR 3)

4. New Orleans Saints (10-4) ~ Yes, they’ve lost two in a row, but now they have their quarterback back from injury. Drew Brees returned and kept it close against the Chiefs. I have a feeling, going forward, we will still see some Taysom Hill mixed in. I’m thinking a little bit more than before the Brees injury. Hill has done enough now that he will have to be viewed as more than just a runner when he steps on the field. (LWR 5)

5. Seattle Seahawks (10-4) ~ The Seahawks have officially clinched their postseason ticket and have a chance to lock up the division this weekend when they host the L.A. Rams. Seattle is also getting some offensive reinforcements. Tight end Greg Olsen is slated to return from an injury and Josh Gordon is coming back after his 500th or so suspension due to pot. With so many states decriminalizing it, you’d think the NFL would loosen their stance as well. Or at least pretend to re-visit their policy. (LWR 7)

6. Indianapolis Colts (10-4) ~ Of all the AFC contenders, I feel like the Colts are the most under the radar. They have one of the better defenses in football and a solid offense attack led by the ol’ vet Philp Rivers. I’ve always been a fan of his and would love to see him make it to a Super Bowl before he calls it a career. This might be his last shot. (LWR 9)

7. Tennessee Titans (10-4) ~ 2,000 yard watch update. Derrick Henry needed to average 156 yards per game for the last three to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards. On Sunday he racked up 147. That means he now needs to average 161 per game over the last two. The Titans are still fighting for the AFC South title so they won’t be resting any players as the playoffs near. He could still do it. (LWR 10)

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) ~ Three straight losses for the Steelers and, all of a sudden, the AFC North title is no longer a lock. Pittsburgh closes the season at home against the Colts and on the road in Cleveland. Those look to be two tough games and Pittsburgh has now gone four straight without topping 20 points. It’s time to hit the panic button in Pittsburgh. (LWR 4)

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-5) ~ Tom Brady did it to the Atlanta Falcons again. We all remember when he led New England back from a 28-3 2nd half deficit in the Super Bowl. Now, Brady led the Bucs back from a 24-7 2nd half deficit. It’s almost unthinkable. (LWR 8)

10. Baltimore Ravens (9-5) ~ A month ago I was scratching my head about the Ravens. They had lost four of five, including two to the Steelers, and seemed like they lost their swagger. Well, it’s safe to say it’s back. Over the past three weeks Baltimore has put up a whopping 121 points. They close the season with games against the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals. I mentioned that the AFC North is still up for grabs. Don’t count Baltimore out just yet. (LWR 11)

11. Cleveland Browns (10-4) ~ Realistically, the Browns have a much better shot at the AFC North title than the Ravens. I am kind of rooting for the division to come down to the final week. I mean, we could have the AFC North, AFC South, NFC East and NFC West come down to the final week. That’s half the divisions. That’s parity folks. (LWR 12)

12. Los Angeles Rams (9-5) ~ What’s the worse loss? Losing rookie running back Cam Akers to a high ankle sprain leading up to the NFC West showdown in Seattle? Losing at home to the previously 0-13 New York Jets? Or losing your division lead because of that loss? It’s probably a mix of all three. It’s not a good week to be a Rams fan. (LWR 6)

13. Miami Dolphins (9-5) ~ It IS a good week to be a Dolphins fan. They are one step closer to the playoffs and can oust one of their wild card competitors when they travel to Las Vegas this weekend. They’ll be riding high knowing that they dealt the final blow to the New England Patriots’ playoff hopes. We will talk more about that further down the list. (LWR 13)

14. Arizona Cardinals (8-6) ~ For the ninth time this season, Kyler Murray had a game in which he threw for and ran for at least one touchdown. He is the first player in NFL history to do that. He also threw for a career-high 406 yards and feasted on Philly’s wounded secondary. He also is a main reason why I took home some money on DraftKings this weekend. (LWR 14)

15. Washington Football Team (6-8) ~ Dwayne Haskins was back in the starting lineup due to injuries to Kyle Allen and Alex Smith. The Football Team had a shot at taking down Seattle and that’s what we should be talking about. But we aren’t. Because Haskins was spotted in a strip club, during a pandemic, while not wearing a mask. This isn’t even the first time he’s been in trouble for not following Covid protocol. I can’t imagine him being on the roster next year. (LWR 17)

16. Las Vegas Raiders (7-7) ~ Is it now the Marcus Mariota show in Vegas? He made his Raiders debut last week when Derek Carr was injured. Mariota played well with 226 yards passing, another 88 on the ground and he led the team to four scoring drives. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Raiders fell in overtime. They still have a playoff pulse, but will need to win out and get some help. (LWR 16)

17. Chicago Bears (7-7) ~ Last week I talked about just how good running back David Montgomery has been of late for the Bears. Well, maybe Head Coach Matt Nagy reads my rankings because he rode Montgomery all game against Minnesota. 32 carries for a career-high 146 yards rushing and he found the end zone twice. He also added one catch for 16 yards. Up next he will look to feast on a Jacksonville defense that just let Baltimore rack up 159 yards rushing. Can he go for another career day next week? (LWR 20)

18. Minnesota Vikings (6-8) ~ Dan Bailey redeemed himself. After leaving 10 points out on the field last week, Bailey made all five of his kicks against the Bears. Unfortunately for the Vikings it just wasn’t enough. Minnesota’s playoff hopes, like the Raiders, are on life support. (LWR 15)

19. New England Patriots (6-8) ~ I mentioned it earlier that the Patriots are officially eliminated from playoff contention. The last time they missed the playoffs was 2008. That was the year Tom Brady missed virtually the entire season with a torn ACL. That means, the last two times the Pats were on the outside of the playoffs looking in they were without Brady. Amazing. (LWR 18)

20. San Francisco 49ers (5-9) ~ In case you hadn’t heard, earlier this week Randy Moss claimed that he was the best receiver ever to play the game. He said Jerry Rice was somewhere around fourth. In case you were unaware, Randy Moss is wrong. Jerry Rice is the best to have ever done it. Rice’s numbers all dwarf Moss’ and that’s before we even discuss Super Bowl rings. (LWR 19)

21. Philadelphia Eagles (4-9-1) ~ The Eagles have life. They have shown offensive life over the past two and a half games with Jalen Hurts under center. They have winnable games left against Dallas and Washington. Will six wins be enough to capture the NFC East title? (LWR 24)

22. New York Giants (5-9) ~ Remember when they went to Seattle without Daniel Jones and beat the Seahawks? Seems like ages ago. In reality, it was only three weeks ago, but the Giants haven't won a game since. They've only scored one touchdown in two games since they left Seattle and now they have to travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens. If the Giants pick up a 10th loss, that will end their season. (LWR 21)

23. Los Angeles Chargers (5-9) ~ Time to give credit where credit is due. All season I said I thought the Chargers were better than their record. All season, that is, until they got pasted 45-0 by the Patriots. Since then, the Chargers have back-to-back three point victories. The Chargers always seem to lose the close games. If they can flip some of those Ls to Ws, well, maybe this team can have a record to be proud of. (LWR 27)

24. Denver Broncos (5-9) ~ Denver isn't going to the playoffs. Their next two opponents, the Chargers and Raiders, most likely aren't going to the playoffs. They don't have anything to play for this season so it might be time to get a good look at some younger players to evaluate needs for next year. (LWR 22)

25. Dallas Cowboys (5-9) ~ For the first time since 1989, the Cowboys do not have a single Pro Bowl player. They've won two in a row, but I prefer negative Cowboys news. Don't you? (LWR 28)

26. Carolina Panthers (4-10) ~ Lost in the dismal season in Carolina is the fact that the Panthers boast two 1,000 yard receivers. DJ Moore (1,055) and Robby Anderson (1,017) have both flourished with new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. I still can't believe my Eagles didn't try harder to sign Anderson who eventually settled on a two-year $10 million deal in Carolina. Seems like a bargain at this point. (LWR 23)

27. Atlanta Falcons (4-10) ~ Todd Gurley's Falcons career may be over. Head Coach Raheem Morris has announced that Ito Smith will start this weekend over Gurley. If he is done in Atlanta, he has to get another deal somewhere else, right? (LWR 25)

28. Detroit Lions (5-9) ~ The Lions really miss Kenny Golladay. They've only had their number one receiver for five games this season and while Marvin Jones has done a fantastic job stepping into the lead role, he's more of a secondary receiver. There's a lot wrong in Detroit, but they should be fine at receiving threats if they have a healthy Golladay and Jones to pair with T.J. Hockenson. (LWR 26)

29. Cincinnati Bengals (3-9-1) ~ Zac Taylor may have just saved his job. The second-year coach may have been on the hot seat after another disappointing season. A dominant win over the hated Steelers might be just what he and the Bengals needed. (LWR 30)

30. Houston Texans (4-10) ~ The Texans may stink on ice, but Deshaun Watson was rewarded with his second consecutive Pro Bowl nod. I like that the rosters were still released even if there won't be a game this year. The players, and fans still deserve to know. (LWR 29)

31. New York Jets (1-13) ~ I really thought they would go winless. After they blew that game against the Raiders I thought that was it. And then the Rams game happened. That win might cost the Jets the chance to draft Trevor Lawrence. If I were a Jets fan, I really don't know how I'd feel. (LWR 32)

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-13) ~ James Robinson was forced to leave Sunday's game with an injury. The only bright spot in the Jags season may need to miss some time. Not sure who the backup running back is in Jacksonville? Me either. Had to look it up. Someone named Dare Ogunbowale. At least they now have the inside track for the top pick in next year's draft. (LWR 31)

Well, that’s it. All 32 NFL teams. All in one little list that can cause a reader a bevy of emotions. Do you like where your team is ranked? Do you hate it? Do you think I have no clue what I’m talking about? Maybe you should tell me about it. Leave a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter. Handle is in the profile. See you next time kids.