The NFL Week 16 power rankings have been close all year, except for the very top. No matter how many teams crowded each other in the bottom 30 positions, the top 2 places in the NFL power rankings were always certain. As long as the Tennessee Titans and New York Giants kept winning, they would stay at number 1 and 2. For a while, it looked like the Titans and Giants would stay there the entire season. But now, the NFL power rankings have finally opened up at the top.
The Titans’ position on top of the NFL power rankings was always at risk of falling apart. The Titans are not a high profile team, and as such, could only stay on top of many power rankings as long as they kept winning. But now, the Titans may struggle to keep that luxury.
After a controversial loss to the Texans, and the loss of defensive star Albert Haynesworth on a 4’th and 3 play that probably never should have happened, the Titans are in real trouble. However, at 12-2, the Titans still have the best record in football, and perhaps one more week on top of the NFL power rankings.
Normally, the Giants would step in to claim the number 1 position. But now the Giants’ season is on the brink of being in trouble as well. Two straight losses, including a beat down against the supposedly distracted Cowboys, have cost the Giants an undisputed number 1 seed in the NFC.
Now, all the buzz is for the Steelers in the AFC, and the Panthers in the NFC. The Steelers are now being talked of as a team of destiny, after beating the Ravens on a reversed instant replay touchdown. The Panthers are no longer under the radar and have tied the Giants on top of the NFC.
But next week’s NFL power rankings will not be so crowded among these top 4 teams. Whoever wins this week’s game between the Titans and Steelers, and whoever wins this week’s game between the Giants and Panthers, will be the top two teams in the power rankings and probably the top seeds in their conferences.
Here are the power rankings for the moment, as the top 4 teams head for showdowns against each other.
1. Tennessee Titans: 12-2
2. Pittsburgh Steelers: 11-3
3. Carolina Panthers: 11-3
4. New York Giants: 11-3
5. Indianapolis Colts: 10-4
6. Dallas Cowboys: 9-5
7. Baltimore Ravens: 9-5
8. New England Patriots: 9-5
9. Atlanta Falcons: 9-5
10. Minnesota Vikings: 9-5
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 9-5
12. Miami Dolphins: 9-5
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