NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Eagles still on top after loss to Cowboys, with Joe Burrow and Bengals in hot pursuit while 49ers keep moving up

Falcons drop another spot after loss to Ravens

The playoff picture is starting to clear up. Unfortunately for the Falcons, they're no longer in it.

Tampa Bay won a big game over Arizona on Christmas night, with the Panthers in close pursuit with a pivotal game against the Bucs in Week 17.

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The entire NFC East might (key word: might) end up making the playoffs. The Jaguars are in first place, with a Week 18 contest versus Tennessee for all the marbles. There are some big games coming up for some, while others are playing out the string.

Some are working with an interim coach -- how well is Steve Wilks doing in Carolina?!? -- with Denver most recent to join the club after Nathaniel Hackett was fired on Monday.

We've also seen some quarterback changes in Indianapolis and the New York Jets, with a few more possible as the week carries on. Let's take a look at what all that action did to the league hierarchy in this week's NFL Power Rankings:

(13-2)
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Philadelphia Eagles
A loss without Hurts is not a huge deal. Losing Lane Johnson is, even if it's not forever.
(11-4)
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Cincinnati Bengals
Going out on a limb here: Bengals won't lose again.
(12-3)
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Buffalo Bills
Buffalo is so, so deep. They can weather most any storm. Get it? Get it?
(11-4)
4
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San Francisco 49ers
A dominant defense, CMC and the Purdy-Kittle connection will make 49ers tough to beat..
(12-3)
5
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Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce has been unreal this season.
(9-6)
6
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Los Angeles Chargers
I think we can take the Bunsen burner off Brandon Staley's seat.
(12-3)
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Minnesota Vikings
Needed a FG from how long to win another one?!? Vikings are thriving by the closest of margins.
(11-4)
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Dallas Cowboys
Dallas beat Philly. Wow. Oh wait, Hurts wasn't playing? Ho hum.
(9-5)
9
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Baltimore Ravens
Ravens clinched a playoff spot without Lamar, but they're going to need him healthy to do anything this winter.
(7-8)
10
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Jacksonville Jaguars
Jags are on a roll. When Trevor's on, Jacksonville's tough to stop.
(8-7)
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Miami Dolphins
Tua's in the protocol again?!? Promising Dolphins season is getting looking bleak. They're clinging to a playoff spot.
(7-8)
12
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Green Bay Packers
Packers had everything go right last week. Rodgers must've found a four-leaf clover.
(7-8)
13
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Detroit Lions
Setback against Carolina was ill-timed. Really hurts playoff hopes.
(8-6-1)
14
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New York Giants
Is their luck starting to run out??
(7-7-1)
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3
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Washington Commanders
Wentz or Heinicke?? There's only one choice, Ron.
(7-8)
16
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Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Tomlin always finds a way.
(7-8)
17
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs are so bad. Until the last two minutes.
(7-7)
18
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Seattle Seahawks
Remember a time, like, not that long ago, when the Seahawks were atop the NFC West??
(7-8)
19
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New York Jets
Zach Wilson flames out fast.
(6-9)
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4
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Carolina Panthers
Steve Wilks deserves a medal.
(7-8)
21
3
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New England Patriots
Gotta make some changes to the coaching staff, right Bill?
(6-9)
22
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New Orleans Saints
Saints starting to figure it out (a bit). Just a bit too late for them.


(7-8)
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Tennessee Titans
Titans have lost (checks notes)...five straight?!?
(6-9)
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Las Vegas Raiders
Another brutal loss on the ledger. What a disappointing season for the Silver and Black.
(5-10)
25
2
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Los Angeles Rams
If only the Rams could play Denver every week.
(6-9)
26
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Cleveland Browns
Browns are not getting good quarterback play.
(5-10)
27
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Atlanta Falcons
Falcons have been eliminated from playoff contention due to a losing streak that has gone on too long.
(3-12)
28
2
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Chicago Bears
Bears won't shut Justin Fields down. Nor should they. He needs every snap he can get.
(4-10-1)
29
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Indianapolis Colts
I think QBs are taking blame for this Colts mess. Not sure quarterbacks are the problem here.
(4-11)
30
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Arizona Cardinals
Wholesale changes might be coming.
(2-12-1)
31
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Houston Texans
Texans got a win! In related news: Pigs can fly.
(4-11)
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Denver Broncos
Give up a 50 burger to a 4-10 team and then fire the head coach. Broncos are an unmitigated disaster.

We take a monochrome look at the game against the Baltimore Ravens on December 24, 2022.

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