Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Power Rankings

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Power Rankings

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Our final power rankings for the 2016 season. This week, the rankings in parentheses are our original rankings from Week 1 :

1. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6) Record: 14-2

No Gronk? No problem. Patriots are the clear favorite to win the Super Bowl.

2. DALLAS COWBOYS (22) Record: 13-3

Are the rookies, Dak and Zeke, ready for the big stage that is playoff football?

3. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5) Record: 12-4

You've gotta love a playbook that includes "Hungry Pig Right" and "Bloated Tebow."

4. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3) Record: 11-5

Terry Bradshaw's favorite "cheerleader," Mike Tomlin, guides Steelers into playoffs again.

5. ATLANTA FALCONS (21) Record: 11-5

One of the most potent offenses the league has seen since the "Greatest Show" days.

6. GREEN BAY PACKERS (7) Record: 10-6

Aaron Rodgers told us they could run the table, and here they are.

7. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (4) Record: 10-5-1

Seahawks seem vulnerable, never really gained their usual late- season traction.

8. NEW YORK GIANTS (14) Record: 11-5

Sorry Eli, it's all about Spags' defense these days for the Big Blue.

9. OAKLAND RAIDERS (17) Record: 12-4

Tough to win in this league without strong QB play; best of luck, Connor Cook.

10. MIAMI DOLPHINS (16) Record: 10-6

It's been a good run under Adam Gase, but the 'Fins look finished.

11. DETROIT LIONS (24) Record: 9-7

Does Matthew Stafford have another fourth-quarter comeback in him?

12. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (18) Record: 9-7

Didn't make the playoffs, but arrow pointing up for Jameis Winston & Co.

13. HOUSTON TEXANS (10) Record: 9-7

Has there been a worse offense make the playoffs? Asking for a friend.

14. DENVER BRONCOS (9) Record: 9-7

Farewell to Gary Kubiak. New coach must decide if Broncos need a new QB.

15. TENNESSEE TITANS (26) Record: 9-7

One good draft away from playoffs, and they get extra picks from Rams!

16. BALTIMORE RAVENS (20) Record: 8-8

Missed playoffs in back-to-back seasons for first time since 2004- 05. …

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