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BBUSA NFL Power Rankings – End Of The Regular Season

What a fantastic weekend of action in the NFL on the final week of the regular season and it was as dramatic and entertaining as it was decisive.

In the NFC, with many of the main issues already decided, the drama came in the NFC West where both playoff teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, lost their final games to the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers respectively.

The results mean the Rams win the division, the Cardinals landed the fifth seed spot, and the San Francisco 49ers pipped the New Orleans Saints to the final Wildcard spot in the conference.

Things were a lot more dramatic in the AFC, where two games were settled in overtime with the winners earning a spot in the Wildcard games.

The Tennessee Titans landed the win they needed, although only just, against the Houston Texans to earn the top seed spot and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but the Bye week may be more use to the Titans with Derrick Henry now afforded an extra week to recover and gain fitness.

However, their divisional rivals the Indianapolis Colts had a nightmare, losing once again to the Jaguars in Jacksonville, a result which meant that the Pittsburgh Steelers snuck into the playoffs by virtue of their overtime win over the Ravens.

Then in the final game on Sunday, the Raiders outlasted the Chargers in overtime to clinch the fifth seed spot in the AFC playoffs and end the Chargers up and down season.

Here’s how all the games finished in the final week of regular season action in the NFL.

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  • Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) 28-24 Denver Broncos (7-10)
  • Dallas Cowboys (12-5) 51-26 Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)
  • Green Bay Packers (13-4) 30-37 Detroit Lions (3-13-1)
  • Indianapolis Colts (9-8) 11-26 Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14)
  • Washington Football Team (7-10) 22-7 New York Giants (4-13)
  • Chicago Bears (6-11) 17-31 Minnesota Vikings (8-9)
  • Tennessee Titans (12-5) 28-25 Houston Texans (4-13)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1) 16-13 Baltimore Ravens (8-9) OT
  • Cincinnati Bengals (10-7) 16-21 Cleveland Browns (8-9)
  • San Francisco 49ers (10-7) 27-24 Los Angeles Rams (12-5)
  • Carolina Panthers (5-12) 17-41 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)
  • Seattle Seahawks (7-10) 38-30 Arizona Cardinals (11-6)
  • New England Patriots (10-7) 24-33 Miami Dolphins (9-8)
  • New Orleans Saints (9-8) 30-20 Atlanta Falcons (7-10)
  • New York Jets (4-13) 10-27 Buffalo Bills (11-6)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (9-8) 32-35 Las Vegas Raiders (10-7) OT

BBUSA Power Rankings – Regular Season End – Top 10

  1. Green Bay Packers (1) – 13-4

With the top seed already locked down, the Packers gave their backups a chance of some action against the Lions and while the defeat will have stung a little, more worrying for Packers fans will be the tail off in production with Jordan Love under center. With Aaron Rodgers around, the Packers are still the best team in the NFL, but what happens next year when he is set to leave for pastures new? For now, they finish the season as the number 1 team.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2) – 13-4

The Super Bowl holders put their Antonio Brown issues aside to earn a big win over the Carolina Panthers which saw them finish the season with the joint best record in the league. Bigger tests for Tom Brady and the Bucs await than the Panthers in the playoffs but if you are going to pick a quarterback to steer you to successive Super Bowl victories, even with a dearth of wide receivers available, then Tom Brady would be that man.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (4) – 12-5NFL Conference Championship DFS

It’s strange to think that for nearly half the season, the Chiefs were bottom or near bottom of the AFC West, but a winning streak of eight games saw them go top of their division and of the AFC for a time. A defeat to the Bengals proved costly as they dropped to second seed in the playoffs, meaning an extra game, however, with Mahomes and his offense starting to look very dangerous again, they will be confident of getting the better of the Steelers on Sunday.

  1. Dallas Cowboys (7) – 12-5

A thumping win over another playoff team, albeit one with nothing to play for, sees the Cowboys move back up the rankings this week. In terms of balance, I don’t see too many teams with as much quality and strength in depth as the Cowboys at the moment. My worry about them heading into the post-season is how they are going to pick up a win on the road at the Bucs, or worse still, the Packers. Can they produce the goods in the cold if the road to the Superbowl goes through Lambeau Field? That’s the unanswered question.

  1. Tennessee Titans (5) – 12-5

The Titans got the job done, just, against the Texans at the weekend and their reward for that win is the top seed in the AFC, home field advantage and, crucially, a bye week over Wild Card Weekend. That gives Derrick Henry two weeks to regain more fitness ahead of the Divisional Playoff weekend and with Julio Jones and AJ Brown fit, D’Onta Foreman proving an able deputy and Ryan Tannehill finding form alongside an improving defense, the Titans could be in with a real shout here.

  1. Los Angeles Rams (3) – 12-5

The 49ers jinx struck for the Rams again on the final week of the season but in truth, it didn’t matter as the Cardinals also lost. If the Cards had won then the Rams would have been playing the Cardinals anyway, only in Arizona. The Rams know the Super Bowl is at their home stadium this year and that should be a big incentive for them, but they’ll need to do better than they did against the 49ers.

  1. Arizona Cardinals (6) – 11-6

It’s rather a shame to see the Cardinals season tapering away with another defeat in their last game against the Seahawks, despite scoring on the first play of the game, when Seattle had the ball! I do worry for the Cardinals as I think they are the team in the worst form of all playoff teams at the moment and against the Rams, I feel that despite being the number 1 seed in these rankings for most of the season, they could well be in trouble.

  1. Buffalo Bills (9) – 11-6

The Bills clinched the AFC East with a win over the Jets, as they should have done but in

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truth, I was hardly enamoured with how they played. There were some worrying signs for Bills fans, including some very overthrown passes from Josh Allen who didn’t seem to be on the same page as his receivers at times. Going into the playoffs, all that should be sorted. The fact it is not makes me worry about the Bills, especially as they face New England.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (8) – 10-7

As QB/WR combo’s go this season, few have been effective in the NFL as Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase. How these two offensive stars go will determine how well the Bengals do in the playoffs. If they can play like they did against the Chiefs on Week 17, then the Bengals should reach the Divisional Playoffs at least and will be a threat to any team there. If they stumble, then their interest may well end this week.

  1. San Francisco 49ers (13) – 10-7

I’ve read some strange things about the 49ers since Monday. I’ve seen some people reckoning they can go all the way and win it. I think that is massively overstating their chances. Sure, they got in to the playoffs, they have beaten the Rams twice, but they have lost seven games and their offense is one-dimensional. In my view, I think the 49ers won’t go any further than Dallas this weekend.

BBUSA Power Rankings Regular Season End – 11 to 32

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

Super Wildcard Weekend begins on Saturday with the Bengals hosting the Raiders, andNFL Wild Card Week 2021 then this is followed by another AFC clash as the Bills host the Patriots.

Sunday sees three games starting with the Buccaneers hosting the Eagles, followed by the San Francisco 49ers trip to face the Dallas Cowboys. The late game sees the final AFC contest of Wildcard Weekend as the Chiefs and Steelers lock horns in Kansas City.

The Monday night game is an all-NFC West clash as the Rams host the Cardinals at SoFi Stadium.

Our next Power Rankings update will be at the end of the playoffs once the Super Bowl has been played, so join us then for our final update of the 2021/22 season before we move on to preparations for the 2022/23 season!

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