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BBUSA NFL Power Rankings – Week 18

Well, there’s a great deal more sorted when it comes to the AFC and NFC Playoffs after what was a pivotal Week 17 set of games, which for once seemed to go pretty much with the form book, which has been something of a rarity this season.

We saw two teams rack up 50 points or more, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks as they demolished the two worst teams in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions respectively.

However, it was the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals which provided the most drama, with the Bengals earning a come-from-behind win over the Chiefs which not only clinched the AFC North for them, but also saw the Chiefs lose their grip on the Number 1 seed spot in the AFC.

It was the Tennessee Titans that capitalised in great fashion as they thrashed the Dolphins 34-3 and went ahead of the Chiefs by virtue of their victory over Kansas City earlier in the season.

Monday Night saw the Pittsburgh Steelers keep their playoff chances alive, albeit they are somewhat slim, but it has set up an intriguing final week of the regular season with plenty still up for grabs across both conferences, including divisional titles, Wild Card spots and of course, the top seed in each conference.

Here’s how this week’s results turned out in the NFL

NFL Week 17 Results

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  • Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) 20-16 Washington Football Team (6-10)
  • Los Angeles Rams (12-4) 20-19 Baltimore Ravens (8-8)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-4) 28-24 New York Jets (4-12)
  • Miami Dolphins (8-8) 3-34 Tennessee Titans (11-5)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) 10-50 New England Patriots (10-6)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) 23-20 Indianapolis Colts (9-7)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) 31-34 Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
  • New York Giants (4-12) 3-29 Chicago Bears (6-10)
  • Atlanta Falcons (7-9) 15-29 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
  • Houston Texans (4-12) 7-23 San Francisco 49ers (9-7)
  • Denver Broncos (7-9) 13-34 Los Angeles Chargers (9-7)
  • Carolina Panthers (5-11) 10-18 New Orleans Saints (8-8)
  • Detroit Lions (2-13-1) 29-51 Seattle Seahawks (6-10)
  • Arizona Cardinals (11-5) 25-22 Dallas Cowboys (11-5)
  • Minnesota Vikings (7-9) 10-37 Green Bay Packers (13-3)
  • Cleveland Browns (7-9) 14-28 Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1)

BBUSA Power Rankings Week 18 – Top 10

  1. Green Bay Packers (1) – 13-3

Another comfortable win for the Packers means that barring a disaster against the Detroit Lions next week, which is barely conceivable given the Lions shipped 51 points against the Seahawks this past week, and that means that it will be a 100% winning record at home for the Packers this season and that the route to the Super Bowl for NFC Teams will go through Lambeau Field. In January and February. That is a huge advantage to the Packers.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4) – 12-4

The Jets pushed the Buccaneers hard this week but once again, Tom Brady had the

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answer and led his team on a game winning score late in the game. Antonio Brown’s antics will cast a shadow over their chances in the post-season. For all his stupidity, he was a top-quality receiver but Tom Brady has always been adaptable and if one team looks capable of beating the Packers in Green Bay again this year, it may be the Bucs.

  1. Los Angeles Rams (5) – 12-4

The Rams didn’t play well against the Ravens, but still managed to sneak the win thanks to Odell Beckham Jr.’s late touchdown. That’s the problem teams facing the Rams have, they have so many stellar individuals that anyone can make a play that turns the game. That’s why for me, the Rams are the most dangerous and unpredictable team entering the playoffs this year and one I think teams in the NFC won’t want to face.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (2) – 11-5

The Chiefs long unbeaten run was ended by the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend and it could prove to be a costly defeat as it means that the Chiefs are now second seed in the AFC behind the Titans. For me, on their day the Chiefs are the most potent team but, and here’s the key, they cannot stop the run and with Derrick Henry coming back and the Titans having home field advantage, that would worry me as a Chiefs fan.

  1. Tennessee Titans (6) – 11-5

I have to admit, I didn’t expect the Titans to dismantle a Miami Dolphins team that had won

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their previous seven so easily. The signs are the Titans defense is stepping up big time and players are now starting to get healthy. The offense is starting to fire under Donta Freeman at RB and with Derrick Henry set to come back for the playoffs and Julio Jones off the Covid-19 list with AJ Brown already back. Could the Titans have timed this perfectly for a playoffs run? We’ll know for sure next week against the Texans where they need a win to clinch home field advantage.

  1. Arizona Cardinals (9) – 11-5

A great win over the Cowboys this week saw the Cardinals get back to winning ways and not a second too soon. Kyler Murray had his best game for a while and Antoine Wesley caught two touchdowns that proved vital in the end. This was much more like it from the Cardinals who still need help from the 49ers and to beat the Seahawks if they are to pip the Rams to the NFC West divisional title.

  1. Dallas Cowboys (3) – 11-5

The Cowboys may have lost to the Cardinals this week, but I still feel that they are slightly the better team. In truth, it was a very even game and could have gone either way and I felt that the Cowboys slightly under-performed. That worries me as they are going to be facing teams as good as, if not better than the Cardinals in the playoffs and they cannot afford to have an off day.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (11) – 10-6

A magnificent comeback, led bu former LSU duo Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr chase, saw the Bengals upset the Chiefs and land a huge win for the team. The win, not only handed the Bengals the ultra-competitive AFC North, but means that they have a morale boosting win over the Chiefs behind them as they head off into the playoffs. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Burrow and Chase could be THE NFL QB/WR duo in years to come.

  1. Buffalo Bills (7) – 10-6

As expected, the Bills got past the Falcons, but they did make heavy weather of it against a team that has hardly shone this season. I do worry about the Bills going forward into the playoffs. They may just pip the Patriots to the NFC East title, but I have a feeling they may well be facing them in their first playoff game and that could be a huge test for them.

  1. New England Patriots (10) – 10-6

The Patriots ran up 50 points against the hapless Jaguars this week, the second time they have scored over 50 points this season. Mac Jones is looking very good and the Patriots stellar defense always means that they have a chance in games if theyc an keep opposing teams. Only the Cowboys and Bills have scored over 30 points against this defense all season and that could be crucial in the playoffs. Remember, offense wins games, defense wins championships.

BBUSA Power Rankings Week 18 – 11 to 32

  1. Indianapolis Colts (8) – 9-7

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  2. Los Angeles Chargers (14) – 9-7
  3. San Francisco 49ers (13) – 9-7
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (15) – 9-7
  5. Las Vegas Raiders (17) – 9-7
  6. New Orleans Saints (20) – 8-8
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers (22) – 8-7-1
  8. Baltimore Ravens (16) – 8-8
  9. Miami Dolphins (12) – 8-8
  10. Minnesota Vikings (18) – 7-9
  11. Cleveland Browns (19) – 7-9
  12. Atlanta Falcons (21) – 7-9
  13. Denver Broncos (23) – 7-9
  14. Chicago Bears (25) – 6-10
  15. Seattle Seahawks (26) – 6-10
  16. Washington Football Team (24) – 6-10
  17. Carolina Panthers (27) – 5-11
  18. New York Jets (29) – 4-12
  19. New York Giants (28) – 4-12
  20. Houston Texans (30) – 4-12
  21. Detroit Lions (31) 2-13-1
  22. Jacksonville Jaguars (32) – 2-14

Playoff Seedings

Teams guaranteed a Wildcard spot are shown in italics. Confirmed Divisional Winners also confirmed in Bold.

AFC

  1. Tennessee Titans (11-5) – Clinched AFC South
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) – Clinched AFC West
  3. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) – Clinched AFC North
  4. Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Leading AFC East
  5. New England Patriots (10-6) – 2nd in AFC East
  6. Indianapolis Colts (9-7) – 2nd in AFC South
  7. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) – 2nd in AFC West

Still In The Hunt

  1. Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) – 3rd in AFC West
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1) – 2nd in AFC North
  3. Baltimore Ravens (8-8) – 3rd in AFC North

NFC

  1. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Clinched NFC North
  2. Los Angeles Rams (12-4) – Leading NFC West
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-4) – Clinched NFC South
  4. Dallas Cowboys (11-5) – Clinched NFC East
  5. Arizona Cardinals (11-5) – 2nd in NFC West
  6. San Francisco 49ers (9-7) – 3rd in NFC West
  7. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – 2nd in NFC East

Still In The Hunt

  1. New Orleans Saints (8-8) – 2nd in NFC South

 

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