NFL power rankings Week 17: Monday morning ranks

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Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; A detailed view of the pylon and footballs before the game between the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Week 16 brought us another wild Sunday of NFL action, that saw the entire NFC playoff picture and AFC Wild Card race wide open. With all of the crazy twists and turns, we are set up for an incredible final week of the NFL season.

There is still one game remaining this week — the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers — but we already have a good idea of how the league picture will look at the end of the week.

With just one game to go in the regular season and a few playoff spots still on the line, let’s take a look at the current NFL power rankings heading in to tonight’s big game:

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  • http://fansided.com/ Matt Blake

    It pains me to see the Cardinals ranked so high, yet still may not even make the playoffs even with a W next weekend.

    • Eddie Rodriguez

      what makes you think that they are going to win next weekend watch the game and see who is in the playoffs and why there in 49ers will go all the way

  • Edward Doyle

    I can’t even believe the saint might not make playoffs!!!!

  • bronncohowie

    Panthers #1 ?? Takes more than defense to win championships.

    • Elecp

      Ask the 2001 Ravens, the 2003 Bucs, the 85 Bears, nearly every Pittsburgh SB team, and the NY Giants if defense wins championships. High scoring offenses just put defenses back on the field sooner than you’d like. That Panthers defense kept Brees in check while being on the field 39 minutes out of 60. That kind of defense can win anything.

      • bronncohowie

        2001 Ravens = 12 years ago. 2003 Bucs = 10 years ago. 85 Bears = 28 years ago. Old time NFL. Now NFL is all about scoring points, offense wins. Panthers just cannot score enough.

    • Mike Yin

      Well, where does the comment defense wins championship’s come from then? Its been proven countless times where defense wins the championship! Did u think that Eli got them 2 rings from his arm? Silly rabbit… Go Panthers!

    • Matt

      Hawks have the better defense, but won’t matter if their offense doesn’t show up.

  • chas territo

    Like I said in your picks article, KNOW THE BILLS BEFORE YOU POST ON THEM!! GO BILLS!!

  • Jon Marine

    So… Pittsburgh is 7-8, Baltimore just got BLOWN OUT, the Cowboys barely beat a pitiful team, and that is enough to put them above the Chargers who are 8-7 and just blew out the Raiders??? Take your time Mr. Sanchez.

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