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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Week 16 Power Rankings


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Posted December 27, 2011 02:37 PM EST

Was Drew Brees' record-breaking night enough to move the Saints up in our Power Rankings? I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 17. Enjoy.
Watch as Brian Billick breaks down the rankings.

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

0-0 - 1/1
Aaron Rodgers threw for five touchdowns. Isn't that all you really need to know? The Packers' defense still surrendered 21 points to a lackluster Bears offense but was able to force two turnovers. That was the difference between the win over the Bears andExpand Description
Aaron Rodgers threw for five touchdowns. Isn't that all you really need to know? The Packers' defense still surrendered 21 points to a lackluster Bears offense but was able to force two turnovers. That was the difference between the win over the Bears and the loss to the Chiefs the week prior. Collapse Description
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2

0-0 - 2/7
The Patriots looked a little shell-shocked in the first half against the Dolphins on Saturday, but apparently Bill Belichick's halftime speech fired up the troops. The Pats came out in a no-huddle, up-tempo offense that accounted for 27 consecutive pointsExpand Description
The Patriots looked a little shell-shocked in the first half against the Dolphins on Saturday, but apparently Bill Belichick's halftime speech fired up the troops. The Pats came out in a no-huddle, up-tempo offense that accounted for 27 consecutive points and the win. Collapse Description
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0-0 - 2/7
Drew Brees broke Dan Marino's single-season yardage record Monday night, and he made it look easy. The Saints very well could be at the top of this list and definitely have a case to be above the Patriots, but the Pack and Pats can't be punished after a wExpand Description
Drew Brees broke Dan Marino's single-season yardage record Monday night, and he made it look easy. The Saints very well could be at the top of this list and definitely have a case to be above the Patriots, but the Pack and Pats can't be punished after a win. New Orleans might be the most dangerous team entering the playoffs. Collapse Description
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4

0-0 - 2/21
The 49ers can clinch a first-round bye with a victory in Week 17, which shouldn't be very difficult against the 2-13 Rams. What an amazing turnaround for a team that was 6-10 last season and finished third in the NFC West. There are plenty of Coach of theExpand Description
The 49ers can clinch a first-round bye with a victory in Week 17, which shouldn't be very difficult against the 2-13 Rams. What an amazing turnaround for a team that was 6-10 last season and finished third in the NFC West. There are plenty of Coach of the Year candidates this season, and Jim Harbaugh is as deserving as any. Collapse Description
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5

0-0 - 2/10
I liked what offensive coordinator Cam Cameron did with running back Ray Rice this week out of the backfield, especially on the 42-yard wheel route touchdown. Now that it's on tape, teams must prepare and account for that for the rest of the season. The RExpand Description
I liked what offensive coordinator Cam Cameron did with running back Ray Rice this week out of the backfield, especially on the 42-yard wheel route touchdown. Now that it's on tape, teams must prepare and account for that for the rest of the season. The Ravens may have the most balance of any team in the playoffs, but balance does not equal consistency. Collapse Description
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6

0-0 - 2/9
The injuries keep piling up for the Steelers, this time to center Doug Legursky. With an already banged-up Ben Roethlisberger, a concussion-prone Troy Polamalu and a linebacker unit that has barely played together all season, the Steelers will be limping Expand Description
The injuries keep piling up for the Steelers, this time to center Doug Legursky. With an already banged-up Ben Roethlisberger, a concussion-prone Troy Polamalu and a linebacker unit that has barely played together all season, the Steelers will be limping into the playoffs. Collapse Description
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7

0-0 2 4/15
Quarterback Matt Stafford has really caught my attention. The Lions have the second-fewest rushing attempts in the league, so the offensive productivity falls squarely on the shoulders of Stafford. Although he isn't in the elite category just yet, he has Expand Description
Quarterback Matt Stafford has really caught my attention. The Lions have the second-fewest rushing attempts in the league, so the offensive productivity falls squarely on the shoulders of Stafford. Although he isn't in the elite category just yet, he has played his way into the grouping just behind Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Brees and Roethlisberger. Collapse Description
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8

0-0 - 5/14
The Falcons are coming off a 29-point loss at the hands of the Saints, the very same team they most likely will face in the first round of the postseason. Anyone will tell you that it is difficult to beat your divisional rival twice in one season; now theExpand Description
The Falcons are coming off a 29-point loss at the hands of the Saints, the very same team they most likely will face in the first round of the postseason. Anyone will tell you that it is difficult to beat your divisional rival twice in one season; now the Saints might have to do it three times. The playoff game between these two should look more like the Week 10 matchup rather than Week 16. Collapse Description
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9

0-0 2 5/13
The Texans were poised to handle the injuries to their top two quarterbacks because of the running game and the defense. Now, the running game seems to result in too many fumbles, and the defense can't stop the Colts!! They are locked into the No. 3 seed,Expand Description
The Texans were poised to handle the injuries to their top two quarterbacks because of the running game and the defense. Now, the running game seems to result in too many fumbles, and the defense can't stop the Colts!! They are locked into the No. 3 seed, and they need to use Week 17 as a bye to get back on track. Collapse Description
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10

0-0 3 10/31
I knew that quarterback Andy Dalton, receiver A.J. Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham were good players. But after calling their game on Saturday, I am even more excited about this young core of talent. Now if only the fans could be just as excited. ForExpand Description
I knew that quarterback Andy Dalton, receiver A.J. Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham were good players. But after calling their game on Saturday, I am even more excited about this young core of talent. Now if only the fans could be just as excited. For a team that controls its own fate for the postseason, I never expected to see a stadium at only 60 percent capacity. Come on, Cincinnati, get behind your team! Collapse Description
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11

0-0 1 8/30
The Broncos will never win a game with Tim Tebow turning the ball over four times, especially if two of them are returned for touchdowns. This team is no different than a team with a dominant run game . . . control the ball, play good special teams and plExpand Description
The Broncos will never win a game with Tim Tebow turning the ball over four times, especially if two of them are returned for touchdowns. This team is no different than a team with a dominant run game . . . control the ball, play good special teams and play great defense. That is what they will need to do against the Chiefs on Sunday to secure their playoff spot. Collapse Description
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12

0-0 6 5/19
The Giants need to get better on first down and second down so that they aren't always trying to convert on third-and-long. There won't be many times when a quarterback only has nine completions but throws for 225 yards. I guess that is what happens when Expand Description
The Giants need to get better on first down and second down so that they aren't always trying to convert on third-and-long. There won't be many times when a quarterback only has nine completions but throws for 225 yards. I guess that is what happens when Victor Cruz catches three passes for 164 yards, one of which was a 99-yard touchdown. Collapse Description
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13

0-0 4 6/23
The rest of the NFC East should be thankful that the Eagles had such a horrendous start to the season. They are playing better than anyone in the division right now, and they are doing it with all three parts -- offense, defense and special teams. It willExpand Description
The rest of the NFC East should be thankful that the Eagles had such a horrendous start to the season. They are playing better than anyone in the division right now, and they are doing it with all three parts -- offense, defense and special teams. It will be an interesting offseason for the Eagles, but this team has all the pieces in place to make a Super Bowl run in 2012. Collapse Description
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14

0-0 3 9/21
The Cowboys were one blocked field goal away from locking up this division, and now they have to go into the Meadowlands with a quarterback who has a severely swollen throwing hand. Either way, neither the Cowboys nor the Giants will make much noise in tExpand Description
The Cowboys were one blocked field goal away from locking up this division, and now they have to go into the Meadowlands with a quarterback who has a severely swollen throwing hand. Either way, neither the Cowboys nor the Giants will make much noise in the playoffs. Collapse Description
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15

0-0 6 13/31
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck deserves a lot of credit for keeping this team on track after a CJ2K holdout to start the year and a season-ending injury to receiver Kenny Britt shortly thereafter. I think they have something in rookie QB Jake Locker. At worsExpand Description
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck deserves a lot of credit for keeping this team on track after a CJ2K holdout to start the year and a season-ending injury to receiver Kenny Britt shortly thereafter. I think they have something in rookie QB Jake Locker. At worst, this team will go .500 this season, and it couldn't have done it without the leadership of Hasselbeck. Collapse Description
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16

0-0 3 10/22
OK, let's be clear on something. The Carson Palmer trade was definitely not the best in league history, as Hue Jackson tried to sell it. In fact, I think with a healthy Jason Campbell, this team may have already secured a playoff spot. The statistician aExpand Description
OK, let's be clear on something. The Carson Palmer trade was definitely not the best in league history, as Hue Jackson tried to sell it. In fact, I think with a healthy Jason Campbell, this team may have already secured a playoff spot. The statistician at each Raiders game should already have two interceptions marked down for Palmer before the game even starts. Collapse Description
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17

0-0 5 4/17
Yes, quarterback Mark Sanchez didn't play well enough the past three weeks for this team to deserve a playoff spot, but I blame the defense just as much. If you can't tackle ball carriers, you are going to give up big plays in both the running game and paExpand Description
Yes, quarterback Mark Sanchez didn't play well enough the past three weeks for this team to deserve a playoff spot, but I blame the defense just as much. If you can't tackle ball carriers, you are going to give up big plays in both the running game and passing game, like Victor Cruz's 99-yard touchdown. Sanchez takes the brunt of the criticism, but there are plenty of other holes on this team. Collapse Description
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18

0-0 3 15/31
The Seahawks gave the 49ers a run for their money on Saturday with Marshawn Lynch going over 100-yards and scoring the first rushing touchdown of the season against the San Fran defense. The Seahawks aren't a flashy team, but Pete Carroll has drafted and Expand Description
The Seahawks gave the 49ers a run for their money on Saturday with Marshawn Lynch going over 100-yards and scoring the first rushing touchdown of the season against the San Fran defense. The Seahawks aren't a flashy team, but Pete Carroll has drafted and put together a team that is very physical and will punch you right in the mouth. Collapse Description
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19

0-0 3 2/22
The Chargers couldn't complete the December miracle playoff run that we are so used to seeing out of this group. The offense was inconsistent and injury-plagued all season long, and they had too many holes on the defensive line and in the secondary to remExpand Description
The Chargers couldn't complete the December miracle playoff run that we are so used to seeing out of this group. The offense was inconsistent and injury-plagued all season long, and they had too many holes on the defensive line and in the secondary to remain competitive for an entire season. Quarterback Philip Rivers will bounce back, but he might have to do so without receiver Vincent Jackson and aging tight end Antonio Gates. Collapse Description
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20

0-0 2 20/32
The Panthers might have become the most exciting team to watch this season with the resurgence of receiver Steve Smith and the emergence of quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers will have another high draft pick in 2012, and with an exciting young player lExpand Description
The Panthers might have become the most exciting team to watch this season with the resurgence of receiver Steve Smith and the emergence of quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers will have another high draft pick in 2012, and with an exciting young player like Newton, should have the draw to bring in some key players via free agency. Collapse Description
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21

0-0 7 14/30
Lost in the comebacks of Tim Tebow was the John Skelton phenomenon in Arizona. And he almost did it again on Saturday. After throwing three interceptions and facing a 23-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, Skelton led the Cardinals to 16 unanswExpand Description
Lost in the comebacks of Tim Tebow was the John Skelton phenomenon in Arizona. And he almost did it again on Saturday. After throwing three interceptions and facing a 23-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, Skelton led the Cardinals to 16 unanswered points. Had his receiver not fallen down, he would have thrown the game-tying touchdown with no time left on the clock. Collapse Description
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22

0-0 2 7/22
The Bears never really stood a chance with Caleb Hanie at quarterback, and then it was made even worse when running back Matt Forte went down. Without those two players, this becomes an entirely different offensive unit, and I'm not sure they ever really Expand Description
The Bears never really stood a chance with Caleb Hanie at quarterback, and then it was made even worse when running back Matt Forte went down. Without those two players, this becomes an entirely different offensive unit, and I'm not sure they ever really made the necessary adaptations to their ever-changing personnel. Collapse Description
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23

0-0 2 6/30
The Bills should get some credit for beating a hot Denver Broncos team, but that still doesn't hide the seven-game losing streak leading up to it.
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24

0-0 - 20/32
The Dolphins made it interesting in Foxborough on Saturday and almost pulled it off. Running back Reggie Bush and wide receiver Brandon Marshall have paired up to make for a very explosive offense. I'm not sure Matt Moore is the long-term answer at quarteExpand Description
The Dolphins made it interesting in Foxborough on Saturday and almost pulled it off. Running back Reggie Bush and wide receiver Brandon Marshall have paired up to make for a very explosive offense. I'm not sure Matt Moore is the long-term answer at quarterback, but he has played well enough to make it a legitimate question. Collapse Description
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25

0-0 2 10/28
Just when the Redskins were coming off a momentum-building win over the Giants, they fall to the Vikings. A Vikings team that played the majority of the game without Adrian Peterson. That can't happen.
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26

0-0 - 17/32
Kyle Orton can have his revenge in Denver on Sunday, but it will be interesting to see if the rest of the players are just as inspired. With their playoff hopes dead, will this team rise for their quarterback and their interim head coach? Expand Description
Kyle Orton can have his revenge in Denver on Sunday, but it will be interesting to see if the rest of the players are just as inspired. With their playoff hopes dead, will this team rise for their quarterback and their interim head coach? Collapse Description
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27

0-0 1 22/32
Christian Ponder is still the quarterback of the future for the Vikings, mainly because Joe Webb beating the Redskins essentially removed them from the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
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28

0-0 1 18/31
The Browns don't have a quality quarterback, they have no-impact receivers and they most likely will lose the physical running of Peyton Hillis in the offseason (not that it was a factor at all this season). This team is still multiple years away from beiExpand Description
The Browns don't have a quality quarterback, they have no-impact receivers and they most likely will lose the physical running of Peyton Hillis in the offseason (not that it was a factor at all this season). This team is still multiple years away from being a contender in the AFC. Collapse Description
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29

0-0 - 26/31
Thank goodness for Maurice Jones-Drew. Without him, I'm not sure they win a single game.
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30

0-0 - 8/30
At a very young age, Raheem Morris has learned just how fickle this league can be. After being among the Coach of the Year candidates last season, he is now sitting on potentially the hottest seat in the entire NFL. I think he made a mistake by not hiringExpand Description
At a very young age, Raheem Morris has learned just how fickle this league can be. After being among the Coach of the Year candidates last season, he is now sitting on potentially the hottest seat in the entire NFL. I think he made a mistake by not hiring a defensive coordinator, but I do believe he deserves a chance to right the ship in Tampa Bay and help this young team grow along with him. Collapse Description
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31

0-0 - 24/31
The Rams have complicated their offseason. If the Colts beat the Jags and the Rams lose to the 49ers, the Rams will get the first overall pick. Do they trade the pick? Draft Luck and then trade him? Draft Luck and trade Bradford? The last latter may be a Expand Description
The Rams have complicated their offseason. If the Colts beat the Jags and the Rams lose to the 49ers, the Rams will get the first overall pick. Do they trade the pick? Draft Luck and then trade him? Draft Luck and trade Bradford? The last latter may be a real likely option given the money owed to Bradford compared with what they would owe Luck with the rookie wage scale. Collapse Description
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32

0-0 - 13/32
Could the Colts really end the season on a three-game win streak? It's looking that way with the lowly Jaguars up next.
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