WhatIfSports NFL Week 17 power rankings: Cards No. 1 heading into final week

Arizona remains in the hunt for the top seed in the NFC.

Matt Kartozian

WhatIfSports.com utilizes its NFL simulation engine to present a comprehensive and unbiased ranking of all 32 teams. We simulate thousands of NFL games and use the winning percentages from those games to evaluate every team. All 32 teams are ranked below with their average points for and against from the simulated games. All rosters and depth charts are up-to-date as of Tuesday of each week.

NFL Week 17 Power Rankings
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
1. Arizona Cardinals +2 77.4 28.4 17.6
2. Carolina Panthers -1 75.2 25.1 15.4
3. New England Patriots -1 73.8 27.1 18.1
4. New York Jets +4 68.2 23.0 16.5
5. Seattle Seahawks 67.6 25.3 19.4
6. Denver Broncos +1 67.2 24.0 17.5
7. Pittsburgh Steelers -3 66.6 28.5 22.2
8. Green Bay Packers -2 66.1 26.2 20.2
9. Cincinnati Bengals 58.5 24.1 20.9
10. Kansas City Chiefs 56.5 24.5 22.1
11. Minnesota Vikings 56.0 24.6 22.3
12. Houston Texans 50.5 21.0 20.8
13. Washington Redskins +4 49.5 23.4 23.6
14. Oakland Raiders -1 48.5 23.7 24.1
15. New York Giants +9 45.7 23.8 25.3
16. St. Louis Rams +3 45.7 22.2 23.9
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
17. Atlanta Falcons +5 44.7 23.4 25.5
18. Philadelphia Eagles -4 43.7 22.0 24.3
19. Buffalo Bills -4 42.8 21.1 23.7
20. Detroit Lions 42.5 21.6 24.5
21. Indianapolis Colts -5 42.4 20.9 23.7
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -4 41.2 22.3 25.8
23. Baltimore Ravens +6 40.8 21.0 24.3
24. Jacksonville Jaguars +3 40.6 21.8 25.1
25. Chicago Bears +3 40.5 20.3 23.4
26. New Orleans Saints 40.4 23.1 27.0
27. San Diego Chargers -6 39.7 24.0 28.1
28. Miami Dolphins -3 39.6 22.1 25.7
29. Cleveland Browns +1 35.4 19.4 25.0
30. Dallas Cowboys -7 33.4 19.7 26.1
31. Tennessee Titans 31.0 18.2 24.8
32. San Francisco 49ers 26.8 18.6 27.3

In addition, view our Week 17 predictionsWeek 17 player projections or visit our NFL archive for power rankings from past weeks. For more rankings, check out Dan Schneier’s weekly NFL power rankings.