2018 NFL Final Power Rankings: Week Seventeen

01/01/2019

Our rankings are molded after Ric Flair's famous quote "to be the man, you gotta beat the man." The week's ranking are based solely on the week's results so if a lower ranked team defeats a higher ranked team, the two teams automatically swap rankings.

For the final power rankings of the 2018 NFL Season the Chicago Bears finish on top right above the Indianapolis Colts. Last placed . . . The Green Bay Packers after dropping a game to the Detroit Lions to close out the season. 

The Cleveland Browns came a half game short of our preseason prediction of 8 wins. However, they did only lose 8 games with a tied game earlier in the season preventing the team from their best record in over a decade

This season is definitely the reemergence of NFL defenses. The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears are just a few examples of teams who proved you could still play elite defense in this era of rule changes favoring the offensive side of the ball. Both the Ravens and the Bears were rewarded with playoff births and seem to be playing their best football as we enter the playoffs.

Here are the final power rankings of the season:


1. Chicago Bears

(12-4)


2. Indianapolis Colts

(10-6) 


3. Dallas Cowboys

(10-6) 


4. Tennessee Titans

(9-7) 


5. Baltimore Ravens +4

(10-6) 


6. Los Angeles Rams +23

(13-3) 


7. New York Giants

(5-11) 


8. Seattle Seahawks

(10-6) 


9. Cleveland Browns -4

(7-8-1) 


10. Philadelphia Eagles +8

(9-7) 


11. Kansas City Chiefs

(12-4) 


12. New England Patriots

(11-5) 


13. Minnesota Vikings

(8-7-1) 


14. Los Angeles Chargers

(12-4) 


15. Houston Texans +10

(11-5) 


16. Pittsburgh Steelers +7

(9-6-1) 


17. Carolina Panthers +13

(7-9) 


18. Washington -8

(7-9) 


19. Buffalo Bills +5

(6-10) 


20. Oakland Raiders

(4-12) 


21. Atlanta Falcons +1

(5-10) 


22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1

(5-11) 


23. Cincinnati Bengals -7

(6-10) 


24. Miami Dolphins -5

(7-9) 


25. Jacksonville Jaguars -10

(5-11) 


26. Detroit Lions +6

(6-10) 


27. New York Jets

(4-12) 


28. Denver Broncos

(6-10) 


29. San Francisco 49ers -23

(4-12) 


30. New Orleans Saints -13

(13-3) 


31. Arizona Cardinals

(3-13) 


32. Green Bay Packers -6

(6-9-1) 


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