In our final NFL power rankings of the season, the Cincinnati Bengals climb while the Indianapolis Colts fall.
2-14 LW: 32
One more loss and it’s the No. 1 overall pick.
2-13-1 LW: 31
The Lions have played hard most of the year, but that was ugly.
New York Giants
4-12 LW: 30
4-12 LW: 29
The Texans can sweep the Titans on Sunday, but that’s a tall order.
New York Jets
4-12 LW: 28
Nobody beats the Jets and gets away with it.
5-11 LW: 27
The Panthers gave some hope to their fans, then laughed and turned into a pumpkin.
6-10 LW: 26
Maybe a parting gift from Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll for Seattle fans.
6-10 LW: 25
Nice of the Bears to show up the last two weeks and tank their draft stock.
7-9 LW: 24
Atlanta actually hung around for a bit, then remembered it’s Atlanta.
7-9 LW: 22
Washington Football Team
6-10 LW: 20
Washington and its stadium fell apart in rapid fashion.
7-9 LW: 21
The Broncos have pieces, but they desperately need a quarterback in 2022.
7-9 LW: 23
Brutal season for a team that had Super Bowl ambitions in September.
8-8 LW: 16
Injuries polished off the Ravens. Very tough collapse.
8-8 LW: 14
Great run, but in the end, the Dolphins couldn’t beat good teams.
8-7-1 LW: 18
And with that, Ben Roethlisberger is done in Pittsburgh. Great career, tough ending.
New Orleans Saints
8-8 LW: 17
The Saints need to rebuild their offensive weaponry, but they have no cap space to do it.
9-7 LW: 15
Beating Washington isn’t exactly cause for celebration, but making the playoffs is.
Las Vegas Raiders
9-7 LW: 19
The Raiders have done a heck of a job down the stretch. Win and in on Sunday.
9-7 LW: 8
Can’t lose that game. The Colts will make the playoffs, but that’s a hideous loss.
Los Angeles Chargers
9-7 LW: 13
The Chargers only need to win a game they’re expected to for a playoff spot. What can go wrong?
San Francisco 49ers
9-7 LW: 12
Trey Lance was rough, but the Niners won and that keeps hope alive for the playoffs.
New England Patriots
10-6 LW: 10
Beating the Jaguars was great, now the Patriots need to handle quality teams in January.
11-5 LW: 5
The Cowboys went from having two home playoff games to only one. Rough weekend.
11-5 LW: 11
Great win to reestablish their position as an NFC contender before the playoffs. Nice job.
10-6 LW: 9
Phenomenal win by the Bengals, who put the full star-power of Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow on display.
The Bills did what they needed to do, but Josh Allen can’t be throwing three interceptions.
Los Angeles Rams
12-4 LW: 4
The Rams are winning, but Matthew Stafford isn’t playing winning football.
11-5 LW: 7
With their victory and the Chiefs’ loss, the Titans likely have the AFC’s bye.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12-4 LW: 3
The Buccaneers are now without Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin. Not ideal.
Kansas City Chiefs
11-5 LW: 2
The Chiefs lost, but they don’t drop. They remain the AFC’s best, but the road is now tougher.
Green Bay Packers
13-3 LW: 1
The NFC will go through the Packers, and that’ll be a tough chore.