NFL Wild Card Round Power Rankings


The playoffs begin this weekend, and Bills fans are happy. That might not last long.

Before we get started with the NFL Wild Card Round Power Rankings, be sure to check out the Wild Card Round Picks from the #PRAM NFL Predictions League with the link here. – Matthew Jones

1. New England Patriots (13-3)

Points: 96

  • Tom Brady and the Patriots had a relatively unimpressive last quarter of the season. They lost to the Dolphins, and their wins were either unimpressive or controversial. But in a time where getting the “W” is all that matters, the Patriots are the best. – Jason Walker
  • Brady and the Pats seem like the team to beat yet again and especially with what Harrison contributed in his insufficient playing time. With another week to rest everybody and face the lowest seed out of the AFC, I like their chances of them playing in the AFC championship game. – Matt Conaway
  • After this year, the Patriots will be nothing. More to come from me in the next few weeks on this stance. – Matthew Jones

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)

Points: 92

  • Their backups beat what is technically an NFL team. And the extra rest and time for Antonio Brown to get healthy will make the Steelers about as near to full health as they could want this time of the year. That makes them one of the most dangerous teams and one to not ignore in any sense. – Jason Walker

3. Minnesota Vikings (13-3)

Points: 91

  • The Vikings are in an unfamiliar position. They are the favorites in the NFC. Yes, they’re the two seed, but the one seed is missing their quarterback. That can be both a blessing and a curse. Being the best team on paper is a good feeling and undoubted advantage, but it adds pressure, which we’re not sure how they’ll handle. – Jason Walker
  • My Super Bowl favorite just added a dose of Vitamin C. The Canadian Football League’s leading receiver, Brandon Zylstra has signed with the team. Shucky ducky quack quack. – Matthew Jones

4. Los Angeles Rams (11-5)

Points: 83

  • Having a dominant run game can turn you from a wild card to a Super Bowl champion. Guess what the Rams have? – Jason Walker

5. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)

Points: 80

  • If the Eagles are going to advance in the playoffs, the defense will need to play to near perfection. They’ve given up just 16 points in the past two games, and the challenging weather conditions of the Northeast will only play into their favor should the Eagles run into a team not familiar with blistering winter weather (anyone except Minnesota and Carolina). Nick Foles is capable of stringing together some wins, so don’t count Philly out just yet. – Joe Morris
  • Eagles punter Donnie Jones forgot to take off his sweatpants in their game against the Cowboys on Sunday. I think he showed the world the amount of effort the teams were putting forth in that game. Also, ten bucks say the Eagles get eliminated in the Divisional Round. – Matthew Jones

6. Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

Points: 79

  • I am not sure how I feel about the Falcons at all. They are super inconsistent, and I just can’t get a feeling for them. Matt Ryan needs to keep Freeman and Coleman involved and not become one dimensional for them to keep the Rams close. – Matt Conaway

7. Carolina Panthers (11-5)

Points: 78

8. New Orleans Saints (11-5)

Points: 77

  • Going down the checklist of what you need to make a playoff run, the Saints have it. Quarterback? Check. Run game? Check. Defense? Check. Solid coach? Check. Don’t sleep on this wild card team. – Jason Walker

9. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)

Points: 76

  • Easily the most forgotten team to make the postseason. After losing all their heat, momentum, mojo, (or whatever you want to call it) the Chiefs have regressed to the mean. This team is likely no different from past iterations that go quietly in the early rounds. – Jason Walker
  • Patrick Mahomes starting this week was huge for Kansas City. It showcased his vast array of talent on a big-enough stage and proved that the future of the Chiefs is very bright. Now, let’s see if their future this season is very bright. – Matthew Jones

10. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)

Points: 69

  • The Jags are the best rushing team in the NFL, and the Bills are the fourth-worst against the rush. With the Jaguars likely to exploit this matchup, it seems like this will be a run-heavy game, especially with both QBs coming under fire this season. – Joe Morris

11. Tennessee Titans (9-7)

Points: 64

  • I know a Titans fan and follow him on Twitter. It was hilarious to see just how up-and-down he was over the last two weeks as well as how happy he was that his team made it back to the postseason. They won’t be doing anything notable in the playoffs, but at least they are there. – Jason Walker

“As long as Bortles is back there, if the ballgame is in his hands, he’s going to choke.” – Titans defensive tackle, Jurrell Casey

  • It is funny that Jurrell Casey would say that because the Titans don’t stand a chance against the Chiefs. – Matthew Jones

12. Buffalo Bills (9-7)

Points: 63

  • LeSean McCoy quietly posted another 1000 yard season, and the Bills will need to rely heavily on him if they want to upset the Jags. Jacksonville ranks first against the pass, but are only No. 21 against the rush. The dual threat of Tyrod Taylor could also work to exploit a weakness in one of the NFL’s best defenses, and their combined talents may lead Buffalo to improve upon their first postseason appearance since 1999. – Joe Morris
  • Bills fans are bandwagon fans. They root for the Bills and the Bengals. Not only that, but they put themselves through tables. (I guess there’s nothing else to do in Buffalo.) Even still, the fans of Buffalo were very classy when they decided to donate to Andy Dalton’s organization. – Matthew Jones

13. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7)

Points: 59

  • The Los Angeles Chargers got screwed out of a playoff spot. They beat the Bills and have the same record. What more do you need to know? I don’t care that four teams were 9-7. Screw conference games! This team won six of their last seven to even get to this point. Regardless, it was a good first year in Los Angeles for the Chargers. – Matthew Jones

14. Baltimore Ravens (9-7)

Points: 58

  • Safety Eric Weddle lost out on a $1 million bonus thanks to his team’s failure to close out the game against the Bengals. But making the playoffs probably would have been bad for this team. They need to address their weaknesses and not try to perpetuate their current formula. Not saying heads need to roll, but revamping the roster will go further to helping the team than a one-and-done playoff showing. – Jason Walker

15. Dallas Cowboys (9-7)

Points: 53

  • There are some people (such as myself) who might say the Cowboys were just pretenders and this season showed that Dak and crew aren’t really an NFC powerhouse. But with all the crap this team went through on and off the field. It’s a miracle this team finished above .500. Let’s see how they do in a season where they have their key guys together for most of the season. – Jason Walker
  • Overall I loved seeing the Cowboys have another winning season. They have a lot of offseason decisions starting with their coaching staff and hopefully finding a new OC. The play calling was just too controversial at times for me. Dez Bryant needs to be released to try and find another receiver who causes less problems and could produce probably the same amount as he has. I still think the Cowboys are competers and Dak will continue to produce. – Matt Conaway

16. Seattle Seahawks (9-7)

Points: 52

  • People need to realize that the Seattle Seahawks that we knew from Super Bowl 49’s loss are NOT the same Seahawks in today’s day and age. This season was proof to the nth degree. – Matthew Jones

17. Detroit Lions (9-7)

Points: 49

  • Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is the likely candidate to replace Jim Caldwell. The thing is, I don’t understand why Caldwell was let go in the first place. The Lions were on an upward trend. It was a tough playoff race this year. – Matthew Jones

18. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

Points: 43

  • This year was a tale of two teams. Before Jimmy Garoppolo, and after he started his first game. He made the 49ers watchable for the first times since Coli Kaepernick was playing at his best. They will be the favorite of writers and talking heads to be the breakout team of the 2018-19 season. – Jason Walker

19. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

Points: 40

  • I was shocked to hear that Bruce Arians was retiring. I was even more shocked to find out that QB Carson Palmer was retiring. This Cardinals team has a HUGE future ahead of them, but they’ll be without two key elements. Still, I predict that Arizona will be a playoff team next year, and for the years to come. – Matthew Jones

20. Washington Redskins (7-9)

Points: 39

  • If that was the last time we saw Kirk Cousins in a Redskins jersey, know that I never approved of the way he went out. Losing to the Giants is the lowest you could go because let’s be honest, no one was losing to the Browns this season. – Matthew Jones

T21. Cincinnati Bengals (7-9)

Points: 34

  • The Bengals are likely getting a lot of thank you letters from Bills fans as well as a few Patriots fans, who remember the rough matchups with the Ravens. – Jason Walker
  • Marvin Lewis is returning as the Bengals head coach. Why is this even a thing?! For weeks, the sports world has been telling us that he would be out in Cincinnati, but he kept his job anyway. Stephen A. Smith is right. It is a disgrace to the fans. – Matthew Jones

T21. Green Bay Packers (7-9)

Points: 34

  • Ted Thompson is no longer in the front office with the Pacers. He will be transitioning into a new role with the team. Yeah, sure. – Matthew Jones

23. Oakland Raiders (6-10)

Points: 32

  • Apparently the team is thinking too much about what they’ll do when they’re living in Las Vegas after the team moves. Their collapse was confusing and was frankly a disappointment for the AFC. – Jason Walker
  • The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio immediately following their loss to the Chargers. Later in the night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said that the reason for that move is because they believe John Gruden would come to Oakland. If that’s the case, good for him on getting into the coaching business again. If it’s not, I think they were wrong to let go of Del Rio. 2017 was just an unfortunate off-year for the Raiders. No one played up to their best ability. – Matthew Jones

24. Miami Dolphins (6-10)

Points: 28

  • At least Jay Cutler won’t be on the team anymore. – Matthew Jones

25. Denver Broncos (5-11)

Points: 26

  • The Broncos are in the same place the Houston Texans were in for years. They are the best all-around team in the NFL to not have a playoff-caliber quarterback. That would instantly turn this team into a contender. – Jason Walker

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)

Points: 22

  • This team had two separate, five-game losing streaks this season. This team also had Jameis Winston. Take what you will from that comment. – Matthew Jones

27. Chicago Bears (5-11)

Points: 17

  • John Fox is gone in Chicago, and a ton of Bears fans are praising Jesus because of it. What I found out by talking to fans is that the main problem was that he couldn’t develop any of their young players. Coaches need to be able to do that, especially in a city like Chicago. – Matthew Jones

28. New York Jets (5-11)

Points: 17

  • The season wasn’t a disaster for the Jets. And considering the history of this franchise. That isn’t bad. – Jason Walker
  • Bryce Petty couldn’t even figure out how to get his helmet on in the game last Sunday. What does that tell you? – Matthew Jones

29. Houston Texans (4-10)

Points: 14

  • I think every Houston fan has been looking toward next season since the moment Watson went down. Injuries to key players doomed this season before it had a chance to really get off of the ground. – Jason Walker
  • Overrated, even with the Deshaun injury. – Matthew Jones

30. Indianapolis Colts (4-10)

Points: 11

  • Andrew Luck didn’t play a single snap this season. And that’s all you really need to know. But with new management and coaching, maybe next year will not be as forgettable as the Colts were this year. – Jason Walker

31. New York Giants (3-13)

Points: 6

  • When you look at the worst teams in the league, most were either hit by major injuries or sucked to start with. But this was a playoff team last year with potential to burn. They just collapsed under themselves. – Jason Walker

32. New England Patriots Practice Squad

Points: 3

  • The signing of WR Bernard Reedy makes the Patriots’ practice squad one of the best in the league. Despite having played a minimal amount of regular season games, the 26 year old brings plenty of experience and depth to the four-man team. – Joe Morris
  • Also known as the “Buffalo Bills.” – Jason Walker
  • They are destined for a playoff push next year. – Matthew Jones

33. Cleveland Browns (0-16)

Points: 0

  • For the better part of the year, I complained about how unpredictable the NFL was. Nothing made sense. But through all of that, the Browns were there to help me make sense of the world. Congrats on the perfect season. – Jason Walker
  • I just want to remind everybody that the Browns went 4-0 in the preseason. – Matthew Jones

That’ll do it for the NFL Wild Card Round Power Rankings. What did you think of the list this week? Where would you rank these teams? Be sure to tell us all about it and more 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 Divisional Round Power Rankings, we will be ranking teams 1-20.

Published on 1/4/17 at 5:25 PM EST.
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