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There are two weeks left in the regular season, and the top teams in the NFL are pretty evident.
The Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills are at the top of the class across the league. Even as the Eagles dropped Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, the team made it a close game with Jalen Hurts on the bench with an injury.
The Bengals took control of the AFC North with a victory over the New England Patriots. The Bills had the division wrapped up as did the Chiefs. Still, all those teams are fighting for a first-round bye.
This week, the Jacksonville Jaguars cracked the top 10 in the power rankings. No time like the present to do so. The team took over first place in the AFC South and have such a vitally important matchup against the Houston Texans to stay on top of the division. The Tennessee Titans, who are also 7-8 on the year, have a Thursday night date with the Dallas Cowboys.
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So here we go. There is still a lot left to play for. Here’s how this week’s power rankings play out.
1). Philadelphia Eagles (13-2)
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Previous rank: 1
Week 16 result: 40-34 loss to Cowboys
Week 17 matchup: Sunday vs. Saints
The Eagles lost but still have the best record in football. They will stay on top heading into Week 17.
2). Cincinnati Bengals (11-4)
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Trenton Irwin, top, celebrates his touchdown with Cincinnati Bengals guard Hakeem Adeniji, #77, during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Previous rank: 3
Week 16 result: 22-18 win over Patriots
Week 17 matchup: Sunday vs. Bills
The Bengals have been playing like the best team in the NFL for the last few weeks. They are No. 2.
3). Kansas City Chiefs (12-3)
Previous rank: 2
Week 16 result: 24-10 win over Seahawks
Week 17 matchup: Sunday vs. Broncos
The Chiefs were impressive against the Seahawks and have had a full head of steam going into the final portion of the year.
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4). Buffalo Bills (12-3)
Previous rank: 4
Week 16 result: 35-13 win over Bears
Week 17 matchup: Sunday @ Bengals
As the weather gets colder, Josh Allen and the Bills have been heating up. Buffalo is playing really well down the stretch and have a potential preview of the AFC Championship on Sunday.
5). San Francisco 49ers (11-4)
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward, #1, celebrates his interception with teammates in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Santa Clara, California.
(AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
Previous rank: 6
Week 16 result: 37-20 win over Commanders
Week 17 matchup: Sunday @ Raiders
The 49ers’ defense is the best in the NFL, and it showed against the Commanders. They hit the road to play the Raiders next.
6). Minnesota Vikings (12-3)
Previous rank: 5
Week 16 result: 27-24 win over Giants
Week 17 matchup: Sunday @ Packers
Close wins have been the Vikings forte as of late. Minnesota needed a game-winning field goal from Greg Joseph to get past the Giants.
7). Dallas Cowboys (11-4)
Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott celebrates a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Previous rank: 7
Week 16 result: 40-34 win over Eagles
Week 17 matchup: Thursday @ Titans
The Cowboys allowed 34 points in a win. Their shaky defense will have to buckle down as they are set for a road playoff game.
8). Baltimore Ravens (10-5)
Previous rank: 10
Week 16 result: 17-9 win over Falcons
Week 17 matchup: Sunday vs. Steelers
The Ravens could use Lamar Jackson right about now. A huge divisional matchup in primetime against the Steelers awaits them.
9). Los Angeles Chargers (9-6)
Previous rank: 8
Week 16 result: 20-3 win over Colts
Week 17 matchup: Sunday vs. Rams
The Chargers don’t have to go too far for their next game. But any more slips will put them in danger of missing the playoffs.
10). Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, #16, tries to get the ball across the goal line as he steps out of bounds against the New York Jets during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Previous rank: 16
Week 16 result: 19-3 win over Jets
Week 17 matchup: Sunday @ Texans
Jacksonville remained on their incredible tear with a win over the Jets. Can Trevor Lawrence lead the team to a division title?
11). Miami Dolphins (8-7)
12). Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8)
13). New York Giants (8-6-1)
14). Green Bay Packers (7-8)
15). Detroit Lions (7-8)
16). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-8)
17). Washington Commanders (7-7-1)
18). Seattle Seahawks (7-8)
19). New York Jets (7-8)
20). Tennessee Titans (7-8)
21). New England Patriots (7-8)
22). Carolina Panthers (6-9)
23). New Orleans Saints (6-9)
24). Las Vegas Raiders (6-9)
25). Cleveland Browns (6-9)
26). Los Angeles Rams (5-10)
27). Atlanta Falcons (5-10)
28). Indianapolis Colts (4-10-1)
29). Arizona Cardinals (4-11)
30). Denver Broncos (4-11)
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31). Chicago Bears (3-12)
32). Houston Texans (2-12-1)