Skip to main content

Matt Tabeek's Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings: Make way for Chargers, Texans and Colts


Well, that didn't last long.

I handed the Chiefs the top spot and two days later, they squander a late lead and lose in the final seconds to their rivals, the Chargers. So, naturally, Kansas City drops this week.


But let's talk about those Chargers, the new No. 1 team in the Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings. After losing their season opener to those same Chiefs and falling on the road to a then-hot Rams team, the Chargers have slipped only once – a one-point loss to the Broncos. And they've beaten a bunch of good teams in the process.

The Chargers have a veteran quarterback surrounded with weapons and nasty a defense with more-than-capable pass rushers. Trust me, no one wants to face this team in the playoffs.

As far as the rest of the rankings go, there's a huge gap between the top eight or nine teams and, well, the rest of the league.

You can check out the rest of my rankings below:

Table inside Article
1 Chargers (11-3) They’ve won 10 of their last 11 games and just beat the Chiefs in their backyard. Look out. 4
2 Saints (12-2) After getting punched in the mouth by Dallas they’ve won two straight but look off to me. 2
3 Chiefs (11-3) Can they bounce back and knock off a desperate Seahawks team on the road? Huge test. 1
4 Rams (11-3) What’s going on with Jared Goff? Last time I checked Sean McVay was his coach, not Jeff Fisher. 3
5 Bears (10-4) Bears keep getting it done with great defense and a balanced offense. That’s a winning formula. 5
6 Texans (10-4) The Jets nearly upset them, but what counts is they won and stay in the AFC South driver’s seat. 7
7 Patriots (9-5) Losing three of their last five in December is not the Patriot Way. The AFC playoff picture is getting interesting. 6
8 Steelers (8-5-1) They snapped a three-game skid and stay in the hunt. Big one against the Saints is coming up. 12
9 Colts (8-6) Are they the hottest team in the NFL right now? They’re certainly making a case – and a run at the playoffs. 10
10 Seahawks (8-6) Brutal loss to the woeful 49ers for a team clinging to a wild-card spot. Chiefs up next. Good luck. 8
11 Ravens (8-6) The defense is legit and Lamar Jackson gets more comfortable with each passing week. 11
12 Cowboys (8-6) Their five-game winning streak ended with a thud and the NFC East is still up for grabs. 9
13 Vikings (7-6-1) They fired their OC and the offense exploded for 41 points and picked up a much-needed win. 15
14 Eagles (7-7) Their starting quarterback goes down and they look galvanized. Have we seen this before? 16
15 Titans (8-6) They’ve won three and just pitched a shutout. Even better, they’re still in the hunt for a playoff spot. 14
16 Browns (6-7-1) It’s late December and the Browns are still alive in the AFC playoff race. A winning record is still possible, too. 19
17 Dolphins (7-7) They’re still alive with games against the Jags and Bills up next. They need help, but there’s hope. 13
18 Panthers (6-8) From 6-2 to losing six straight? Wow. I had them too low at 22 last week, but this feels about right. 22
19 Redskins (7-7) Didn’t think I’d ever type this but … Josh Johnson leads them to a crucial win and keeps their playoff hopes alive. 23
20 Packers (5-8-1) They’ve been officially eliminated and now they must find a coach who can deal with Aaron Rodgers. 17
21 Broncos (6-8) Just when you think Vance Joseph has done enough to save his job, the Browns game happens. 18
22 Bengals (6-8) The Bengals snap a five-game skid, their third-worst slump during Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons. 24
23 Falcons (5-9) Speaking of snapping five-game skids, the Falcons got back into the win column and the defense looked like its old self again. 26
24 Giants (5-9) After winning four of five and feeling somewhat optimistic, they were shut out and officially eliminated from the playoff race. 20
25 Bills (5-9) They struggled all season long, but it looks like they have found a quarterback in Josh Allen. 29
26 Buccaneers (5-9) If you’re looking for a bright spot, Vita Vea, their top pick from a year ago, is coming off the best game of his young career. 21
27 Lions (5-9) If Matt Patricia has learned anything in his first year it’s that he should find Matt Stafford some weapons. 25
28 49ers (4-10) I write this like every other week here, but the 49ers keep battling for Kyle Shanahan. Huge win over the Seahawks, too. 32
29 Jets (4-10) Jets fans should be excited about the Sam Darnold, who nearly led New York to an upset win over the Texans. 28
30 Jaguars (4-10) Without a doubt the most disappointing team this year. I can’t believe they’ve only won four games. 27
31 Raiders (3-11) From the minute Jon Gruden traded Khalil Mack Raiders fans have been waiting for the draft and 2019 to get here. 30
32 Cardinals (3-11) Not a whole lot has gone right for the Cards but they can mess things up with the Rams and Seahawks up next. 31

Related Content