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Pro Football Weekly’s Week 16 power rankings

December 19, 2018

Pro Football Weekly’s Power Rankings are updated every Tuesday during the NFL’s regular season and are intended to rank teams based on their talent and performance to date. Rankings will change each week because of personnel changes, injuries and performance, and a team’s ranking in any given week has no impact on where they might rank in weeks to come. Rankings will fluctuate a great deal more the first few weeks of the season as teams seek their levels and schedules balance out. These are PFW’s Power Rankings entering Week 16 of the 2018 season.

Rank / Team / 2018 Record / The Skinny

1. Saints (12-2) — Defense really has carried them for a month now

2. Rams (11-3) — McVay needs to help out his embattled offensive line

3. Chiefs (11-3) — Chris Jones might be second only to Aaron Donald

4. Chargers (11-3) — If they get healthy, they’re very dangerous

5. Bears (10-4) — Where has Anthony Miller gone?

6. Texans (10-4) — Secondary still gives up too many pass plays

7. Patriots (9-5) — Just something big missing offensively now

8. Steelers (8-5-1) — It turns out they handled Le’Veon situation perfectly

9. Ravens (8-6) — Have to keep Lamar Jackson upright against tough defenses

10. Colts (8-6) — Frank Reich has continued to push them in brilliant ways

11. Cowboys (8-6) — Same old Dallas? Old issues cropped up in bad loss

12. Seahawks (8-6) — Loss to San Fran came out of nowhere really

13. Vikings (7-6-1) — Don’t overlook what OC change did in one week

14. Titans (8-6) —Derrick Henry: more rush yards last two weeks than first 10 games

15. Eagles (7-7) — Avonte Maddox came up big in stunner at L.A.

16. Browns (6-7-1) — Just spitballing here: Could Baker take LeBron’s banner spot?

17. Washington (7-7) — We need to give Josh Johnson his incredible due for last week

18. Dolphins (7-7) — If this is the end for Frank Gore, he went out running like HOFer

19. Broncos (6-8) — Vance was likely in trouble before ill-fated FG decision

20. Panthers (6-8) — It’s a travesty if Ron Rivera loses his job

21. Packers (5-8-1) — One of the more fascinating offseasons in recent Packers history

22. Buccaneers (5-9) — Jameis Winston decision not becoming much clearer

23. Giants (5-9) — Seem to be souring on Kyle Lauletta a bit

24. Bills (5-9) — Give Josh Allen a big receiver who can win 50-50 battles

25. Lions (5-9) — Coaching staff changes could be coming, but how many?

26. Falcons (5-9) — Can they keep Tevin and Devonta next year?

27. Bengals (5-9) — Joe Mixon quietly putting together fantastic year

28. 49ers (4-10) — Imagine what they can do with better defense, health

29. Jets (4-10) — We frankly overestimated the talent on this team

30. Jaguars (4-10) — Can’t you just picture Joe Flacco being a Coughlin guy?

31. Raiders (3-11) — Have to find at least one pass rusher in the draft, FA

32. Cardinals (3-11) — Looking more and more like Steve Wilks could be in trouble

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