The Power Rankings find the Cowboys still at the top, as they become the first team this season to secure a playoff spot. Where do all the other teams fall?
Week 13 brought us our first playoff team of the 2016 field. It is no surprise that the first team to make the playoffs is the Dallas Cowboys, who have held the number one spot in the Power Rankings for weeks. There has been very little movement of late in the top, or the bottom of the rankings. The contenders have emerged, and the top of the draft is becoming clearer and clearer.
What will happen in week 14? Can the Giants once again beat the Cowboys? Can the defending champion Broncos move back into the top 5? Stay tuned.
1. Dallas Cowboys (1)
It may have took a very favorable no-call at the end of the game, but the Cowboys came out with a win. Make that 11 in a row for the Cowboys which sets a single season franchise record. Dallas is also the first team in the NFL this season to clinch a playoff berth. Looking ahead at the remaining schedule, 15-1 appears to be a legitimate possibility.
2. New England Patriots (2)
The Patriots are the class of the AFC, however if the season ended today, they would have the two seed. Worry not—unlike going into Denver, going into Oakland and beating the young Raiders doesn’t sound like a very daunting task for Brady and Belichick.
3. Oakland Raiders (3)
Down 24-9, it was looking pretty bad for the Raiders last Sunday. Fear not, when you have an offense like this, no lead is too large to overcome. Derek Carr and company put on a firework display in the second half. They are a great team on the offensive side of the ball. However, it is still the defense that is ultimately going to determine how far this team can go.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (4)
Eric Berry is one of the great, feel-good stories in the NFL after battling back from cancer to become one of the elite safeties in the game today. He is playing the best football of his career, and doing it on the franchise tag. The biggest question coming up is whether he is rewarded by the Chiefs, or another team for his accomplishments.