NFL Divisonal Round Power Rankings


See you next year, Bills Mafia. Dilly Dilly!

With that, let’s jump into the NFL Divisional Round Power Rankings. – Matthew Jones

1. New England Patriots (13-3)

Points: 96

  • I’m a little upset because last week, I mentioned that the Patriots were going to some “alleged” turmoil. And by the Patriots, I mean Kraft, Brady, and Belichick. I figured I was one of the few people that knew about it at this time last week. But then ESPN had to be all high and mighty and put something out about it. The past few days have seemingly been dedicated to Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots organization saying there was nothing wrong with the Garoppolo trade and everyone within the organization was fine. Yeah, and the balls weren’t deflated. I get it. – Matthew Jones

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)

Points: 91

  • There will be a fair deal of talk about the last time Ben Roethlisberger faced off against the Jacksonville. The future Hall of Famer looked as far away from his HOF form, throwing five interceptions and zero touchdowns in a 30-9 home loss. But things will be much different this time around — at least I hope. – Jason Walker

3. Minnesota Vikings (13-3)

Points: 90

  • The Vikings are going to try and throw out the notion that you need a great quarterback to win it all. Case Keenum has been playing very well considering the rest of his career. But if it doesn’t continue, Minnesota will need to play a near-flawless game to win it all. – Jason Walker

4. New Orleans Saints (12-5)

Points: 84

  • The Saints beat the Panthers for the third time this season to move onto the Divisional Round, where they will take on my Super Bowl favorite, the Minnesota Vikings. A lot of talk from the game on Sunday was over Drew Brees and how he was (and is) on another level when it comes to quarterbacks. I see him as one of the “good guys” in the NFL. So, if New Orleans happens to bring home another ring, I would be okay with that. – Matthew Jones

“I got my signing bonus and I put that s*** in the bank and I went and got some mother ******* wings.” – Alvin Kamara

5. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)

Points: 83

  • The Eagles are the number one seed in the NFC and opened as underdogs in the divisional round. That hasn’t happened since the 1980’s. Everyone has counted them out, including a lot of Eagles fans. Time to prove everyone wrong Philly, if you can. – Jason Walker

6. Atlanta Falcons (11-6)

Points: 82

  • I don’t know about you, but I’m buying the Falcons making it back to the Super Bowl. They’re getting hot at the right time and have a good path to the Super Bowl. Assuming they don’t choke on the way, they might get a chance at redemption for 28-3. – Jason Walker

7. Los Angeles Rams (11-6)

Points: 77

  • I thought the Rams were at least real. But it turns out Jared Goff couldn’t handle playoff football. Just don’t be like the Raiders next year and inexplicably fall off the edge of the world. – Jason Walker

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6)

Points: 76

  • The racist punk, Richie Incognito, was apparently saying some things to Jaguars’ Yannick Ngakoue during the game on Sunday. NFL investigators are looking into the matter. In other news, Blake Bortles is a pretty good running back. Oh, wait. – Matthew Jones
  • I don’t trust Blake Bortles in the playoffs as far as I could throw him. And he’s 6’5″ and 231 lbs (and I’m not nearly that big). Sacksonville could show up in full force, but if you can only score 10 points, most playoff teams will send you packing. – Jason Walker

9. Carolina Panthers (11-6)

Points: 74

  • Who’s the new owner of the Carolina Panthers? Yeah, that’s right. It’s the New Orleans Saints. But for real, how do you lose to a team three different times in a single season? I can understand that in the NBA or something, but the NFL? – Matthew Jones
  • Carolina’s lack of star power (or great team play) and Cam Newton’s limitations as a passer proved to be key difference-makers in their loss. This team is just a couple pieces away from getting back to the big game. – Jason Walker

10. Tennessee Titans (10-7)

Points: 72

  • Everyone is talking about Marcus Mariota and his ability to fulfill every position on the Cleveland Browns. Of course, that’s no the case, but his effort in the second half of their Wild Card game against the Chiefs was thoroughly impressive. And that receiving touchdown was one of the books. – Matthew Jones

11. Kansas City Chiefs (10-7)

Points: 66

  • Because of the loss to the Titans, the Chiefs have now lost six consecutive home playoff games. It’s time for Patrick Mahomes. I understand that the turning point in that game was Kelce’s injury, but let’s be real. Alex Smith is done, and Patrick Mahomes is the future. – Matthew Jones

12. Buffalo Bills (9-8)

Points: 60

  • We’ve seen Bills Mafia do a lot of crazy things this year, but I have to disagree with the burning of Tyrod Taylor’s jersey. It’s not his fault that he got injured, so why burn it? The offense was bad as a whole. To the person that did that, shame on you. To the rest of Bills Mafia, as I’ve said before, Dilly Dilly. – Matthew Jones

13. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7)

Points: 58

  • We all wrote off both of LA’s team at the beginning of the season yet both went on to have winning records this year and one narrowly missed the playoffs. I’m pretty sure they just wanted to give the middle finger to everyone even though they knew they weren’t going to win it all. – Jason Walker

14. Dallas Cowboys (9-7)

Points: 54

  • P!nk is singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. This news doesn’t technically relate to the Cowboys because they won’t be going to the Super Bowl anytime soon, but it had to be mentioned. – Matthew Jones

T15. Baltimore Ravens (9-7)

Points: 53

  • January Joe gets to sit on a couch during his best month. Maybe he could focus on being good in say…December? – Jason Walker

T15. Seattle Seahawks (9-7)

Points: 53

  • If Pete Carroll doesn’t show improvement from this year, which was a major disappointment by Seattle’s recent standard, he’s going to be out of a job this time next year. – Jason Walker

17. Detroit Lions (9-7)

Points: 50

  • These days, many organizations hire offensive-minded guys. Detroit knows how it’s done. Defense wins championships. – Matthew Jones

18. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

Points: 37

  • The 49ers did go 6-1 to end the year. I still think that’s pretty remarkable. – Matthew Jones
  • As a Patriots fan *pause for boos and jeers* I have conflicted feelings about Jimmy G. On the one hand, I’m happy he’s doing so well (it also doesn’t help that I have a soft spot for the 49ers), but I also wish he was still in New England. Either way, he’s gone, and he looks like he’ll have quite the career in the homeland of Tom Brady. – Jason Walker

19. Washington Redskins (7-9)

Points: 34

  • Gruden, Cousins, and every Washington fan with a brain is wanting to sign their star QB to a long-term deal. We’ll see what happens. Fingers crossed. – Matthew Jones

20. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

Points: 31

  • The Cardinals are trying to pull out all of the stops for their next head coach. So far, they’ve asked the chick from Wendy’s, my stapler, and Larry the Cucumber’s hairbrush. What a stellar cast. – Matthew Jones

That’ll do it for the NFL Divisional Round Power Rankings. What did you think of the Wild Card Round and how it affected the rankings? Where would you rank these teams? Be sure to tell us about it in the comment section below. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on our Instagram page for all of the latest information from Power Rankings and More.

Next week, on the NFL Championship Sunday Power Rankings, we will be ranking teams 1-10.

Published on 1/10/17 at 7:30 AM EST. Photo credit: Los Angeles Times.
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