2014 NFL power rankings

Bob Glauber

2014 Week 17 NFL power rankings

Newsday football columnist Bob Glauber brings order to the NFL with his weekly power rankings.
(Updates every Tuesday around lunch time during the season.)

Rank Change Team Record Comments
1. - Seahawks 12-4 A Re-Pete in Seattle? Pete Carroll has the Seahawks in position to become the NFL’s first back-to-back Super Bowl winners since the 2003-04 Patriots. Seahawks finish the season on a six-game winning streak.
2. - Patriots 12-4 With the No. 1 seed in hand, Pats get a chance to rest players in advance of the playoffs. The road to the AFC title goes through Foxboro.
3. - Packers 12-4 Aaron Rodgers delivers a magnificent performance in a division-deciding game against the Lions, as the Packers’ quarterback returns from a calf injury for another breathtaking win.
4. - Cowboys 12-4 The surprise team of the 2014 season finishes things off in style with a resounding win at Washington. The only team in the tournament to beat the Seahawks on the road this season.
5. - Broncos 12-4 Peyton Manning recovers from nightmare game in Cincy to destroy the Raiders at home. He and Tom Brady are one win away from facing each other for the right to go to the Super Bowl.
6. 1 Steelers 11-5 Steelers outlast the Bengals at home and now hope that Le’Veon Bell’s knee injury will heal in time for the playoffs.
7. 2 Colts 11-5 Is Andrew Luck ready for a Super Bowl run?
8. 2 Lions 11-5 Lions’ playoff journey got tougher after a road loss to the Packers. Ndamukong Suh suspension certainly doesn’t help.
9. 4 Ravens 10-6 Ravens back in the playoffs after a challenging season on and off the field.
10. 2 Bengals 10-5-1 Four straight playoff berths for Andy Dalton, who’s still looking for his first postseason win. At Indy in the first round may keep him off the board once more.
11. - Cardinals 11-5 Cardinals limp to the finish line with Ryan Lindley. Now all eyes on Drew Stanton, who could make it back for the playoffs.
12. - Eagles 10-6 Eagles get to 10 wins, but only after bowing out of the playoff race the week before. Chip Kelly still not sure who is quarterback is moving forward.
13. 5 Panthers 7-8-1 Panthers only the second team with a losing record to win a divisional title, but they still get a home playoff game after clinching the NFC South with an impressive road win over the Falcons.
14. 1 Chiefs 9-7 Chase Daniel fills in for the injured Alex Smith on short notice and does a solid job in a season-ending win over the Chargers. If you can’t go to the playoffs, might as well ruin it for your divisional rival.
15. 5 Chargers 9-7 Chargers a no-show after last week’s thrilling OT comeback win over the 49ers, as they go out with a whimper against the Chiefs and miss out on the playoffs.
16. 3 Texans 9-7 Nice job by first-year coach Bill O’Brien, who patches things together at quarterback and somehow stays in playoff contention by the end.
17. 3 49ers 8-8 Niners end the Jim Harbaugh era with a win, but this is now all about who comes next.
18. 4 Bills 9-7 Kyle Orton ends his NFL run in style, beating the Patriots on the road and then calling it a career the next day. Bills with their first winning season since 2004.
19. 3 Dolphins 8-8 After a woeful season-ending loss at home to the Jets, wonder if Steve Ross is regretting his decision to bring back Joe Philbin in 2015.
20. 1 Vikings 7-9 Teddy Bridgewater finishes off a promising rookie season with a home win over the Bears. Looks like the best of the bunch from this year’s quarterback class.
21. 1 Giants 6-10 Tom Coughlin gets another year to turn things around for a Giants’ team that suffered through injuries and growing pains from its younger players.
22. 5 Falcons 6-10 Mike Smith gets the gate after a second straight losing season.
23. 1 Rams 6-10 Rams never had a chance once Sam Bradford went down with a knee injury. Now it’s all about who plays quarterback in 2015.
24. 1 Saints 6-10 Maybe the most disappointing team of 2014. Drew Brees just not himself, and the defense was mostly brutal.
25. - Browns 7-9 A promising start ends in familiar fashion for the Browns, who lose five straight, suspend their star receiver and answer more questions about whether Johnny Manziel is the answer at quarterback. Pssst: He’s not.
26. - Washington 4-12 RGIII and Jay Gruden will give it one more try in 2015.
27. - Bears 5-11 One brutal loss after another ends with a house cleaning at Halas Hall. Last man standing is Jay Cutler...for now, anyway.
28. - Jets 3-13 Woody Johnson ends the Rex Ryan era and tosses out GM John Idzik in the biggest purge of his 15-year run as owner.
29. - Raiders 3-13 Players lobbying for Tony Sparano to stay, but team owner Mark Davis may have other ideas.
30. - Jaguars 3-13 Biggest thing that has to get better for Blake Bortles: pass protection. Rookie was sacked 55 times in 14 games.
31. - Buccaneers 2-14 Bucs win by losing, as their blown fourth-quarter lead to the Saints means they get the No. 1 draft pick in 2015. Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston?
32. - Titans 2-14 Just a dreadful season for the Titans, who are in the market for just about everything, but mostly a franchise quarterback.

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