NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Four Teams Are Legit Contenders for Top Spot

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Dec 14, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with head coach Bill Belichick (R) after clinching the AFC East title with a 41-13 win over the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

(11-3). Previous: 1st. Denver Broncos. 4. team. 45. Peyton Manning isn’t having the same record-setting season that he had in 2013 but with a much improved run game and defense, he doesn’t have to.

49. The Packers would still be ranked #1 had they not lost road games to the Saints and Bills in their past seven games. Nobody wants to go to Green Bay and play Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field in the playoffs.. (10-4). Previous: 7th. Green Bay Packers. 3. team

team. 36. At one point many rankings had the Seahawks out of the top 10. With Bobby Wagner back at MLB for the NFL’s #1 defense, Seattle is peaking at exactly the right moment for a run at a second straight Lombardi Trophy.. (10-4). Previous: 11th. Seattle Seahawks. 2

Previous: 9th. New England Patriots. 1. team. 47. New England remains at the top of the power rankings because they’ve only lost one of their last seven games. And that was to the Packers in Green Bay. But, we remember that the Seahawks did beat them the last time they played and if this the eventual Super Bowl matchup, the Seahawks can go into the game with confidence knowing they’ve beaten Tom Brady.. (11-3)