2013 NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Jamaal Charles Helps Kansas City Chiefs Clinch Playoff Spot
2013 NFL Power Rankings Week 16
There's only two weeks remaining in the regular season--which means there's plenty to discuss with the 2013 NFL Power Rankings for Week 16.
One of the biggest surprises of the 2013 season has been Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs as they clinched a playoff spot this weekend with a win over the Oakland Raiders, but the real story was Jamaal Charles as the running back was a savior to fantasy football teams in the playoffs after recording FIVE touchdowns on Sunday. If Charles wasn't considered an MVP candidate before, he certainly is now with the type of season he's displayed and it will certainly be interesting to see if he can carry his success over to the postseason.
As for the rest of the league, one of the most exciting finishes came on Monday night as the Baltimore Ravens won for the fourth-straight game thanks to six field goals by Justin Tucker--including one from 61 yards to win it towards the end of regulation. Baltimore made a late run towards the end of last season and they control their own destiny once again as they still have a shot at winning the AFC North thanks to the slumping Cincinnati Bengals.
Without wasting any more time, here's a look at the NFL Power Rankings for Week 16 as these final two weeks are going to be fun to watch.
32. Houston Texans 2-12 (32)
Make that 11-straight losses for the Houston Texans as it looks like this team is heading towards the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after they were crushed by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
31. Washington Redskins 3-11 (31)
On the bright side, at least Kirk Cousins displayed a solid performance for the Washington Redskins as the hot seat continues to heat up for Mike Shanahan.
30. Oakland Raiders 4-10 (27)
This game was a lot closer than it should have been, but the Oakland Raiders had zero answers for Jamaal Charles as the running back recorded five touchdowns on the afternoon.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-10 (26)
After winning four of five, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just couldn't keep up with Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers.
28. New York Giants 5-9 (23)
Just when you think the New York Giants couldn't hit a new low, they get shutout by the Seattle Seahawks at home and Eli Manning throws five interceptions.
27. Cleveland Browns 4-10 (25)
They put up a good fight, but the Cleveland Browns failed to come through once again as they lost for the eighth time in nine games.
26. Atlanta Falcons 4-10 (30)
Thank goodness the defense held on at the end to prevent the Redskins from converting that two-point conversion as the Atlanta Falcons won for just the second time in eight games.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars 4-10 (24)
Too many mistakes by the Jacksonville Jaguars as they looked like the team from the first half of the season as they struggled to contain E.J. Manuel.
24. Buffalo Bills 5-9 (28)
Their season may be done, but give credit to E.J. Manuel (three total touchdowns) for his performance against the Jaguars on Sunday.
23. Minnesota Vikings 4-9-1 (29)
No Adrian Peterson? Apparently, no problem for the Minnesota Vikings as they pulled off one of the biggest surprises of Week 15 with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
22. New York Jets 6-8 (19)
Geno Smith threw for under 200 yards for the sixth time in seven games as he struggled against one of the top defenses in the Carolina Panthers.
21. Tennessee Titans 5-9 (20)
It was amazing to see the Tennessee Titans get themselves back in the game late in the fourth quarter, but a costly interceptions by Ryan Fitzpatrick in overtime ruined what would have been an epic come from behind win.
20. Detroit Lions 7-7 (14)
It was impressive for the Detroit Lions to keep the Baltimore Ravens out of the end zone. Unfortunately, Matthew Stafford and company struggled to put up points themselves and lost this game thanks to six field goals by Justin Tucker.
19. St. Louis Rams 6-8 (22)
Talk about a statement game as the St. Louis Rams came through with a big win against the New Orleans Saints at home. Even if playoffs are out of reach, the Rams have plenty to look forward to in the future.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers 6-8 (21)
Antonio Brown has been on fire as of lately and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in control of this game from the start.
17. Green Bay Packers 7-6-1 (18)
There's only one word to describe the comeback by Matt Flynn and the Green Bay Packers against the Dallas Cowboys--unbelievable.
16. Dallas Cowboys 7-7 (13)
Another crushing December loss by the Dallas Cowboys as they made the poor decision to focus on passing the ball in the second half when they could have easily run the clock down against the Packers. Two interceptions in the fourth quarter by Tony Romo is a killer.
15. Philadelphia Eagles 8-6 (9)
The Philadelphia Eagles could have wrapped up the NFC East with a win over the Chicago Bears in Week 16 thanks to the Cowboys, but the defense failed to show up against the Vikings as they suffered one of the most embarrassing losses of Week 15.
14. San Diego Chargers 7-7 (17)
The San Diego Chargers marched into Denver and came through with a huge win against Peyton Manning and company to keep their playoff hopes alive.
13. Baltimore Ravens 8-6 (15)
They didn't even score a touchdown, but six field goals by Justin Tucker helped the Baltimore Ravens control their own playoff destiny with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
12. Miami Dolphins 8-6 (16)
A huge win for the Miami Dolphins as they finally ended their losing streak against the New England Patriots to pick up their fourth victory in five games.
11. Cincinnati Bengals 9-5 (8)
The Cincinnati Bengals seemed to have this division locked up, but the pressure is on these final two weeks courtesy of the red-hot Ravens.
10. Indianapolis Colts 9-5 (12)
With all of the injuries this team has suffered this season, the Indianapolis Colts needed a game against the Texans to boost their confidence heading into the postseason.
9. Arizona Cardinals 9-5 (10)
It's hard to believe how close the Arizona Cardinals came to losing this game despite a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter, but props to the defense for coming up big in overtime.
8. Chicago Bears 8-6 (11)
Nobody was happier to see the Ravens come up with a win on the road against the Lions than the Chicago Bears as they control their own destiny in the NFC North. And for all the questions surrounding whether or not the Bears should have kept Josh McCown as the starting quarterback--it's safe to say Jay Cutler put an end to those questions.
7. New England Patriots 10-4 (4)
The New England Patriots were in control of earning the No. 1 seed if they won their final three games, but a tough loss to the Dolphins put a hold on those plans. Now, they'll need some help over the final two weeks.
6. Carolina Panthers 10-4 (7)
After a crushing loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Carolina Panthers bounced back with a solid win against the New York Jets and even caught a break in the hunt for the NFC South thanks to the Rams.
5. New Orleans Saints 10-4 (3)
What is with the New Orleans Saints playing on the road? This team better hope they can lock up the No. 2 seed in the NFC over these final two weeks--or it's going to be an early exit from the playoffs.
4. San Francisco 49ers 10-4 (6)
Come on--nobody expected the San Francisco 49ers to lose to the Buccaneers, did they?
3. Kansas City Chiefs 11-3 (5)
If you didn't think Jamaal Charles deserved to be in consideration for MVP this season, just look at what he did against the Raiders and it's clear how valuable he's been to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013.
2. Denver Broncos 11-3 (1)
If there's anything to take away from the Denver Broncos during Thursday's loss to the Chargers, it would be how different this offense is with Wes Welker (concussion) in the lineup.
1. Seattle Seahawks 12-2 (2)
After a clinching a playoff spot, it's only a matter of time before the Seattle Seahawks lock up home field for January as they came through with an impressive shutout on the road against the Giants--which included five interceptions on Eli Manning.