NFL Power Rankings, Week 17: Ravens, 49ers ascend to the top

The end is growing closer. We got a chance to appreciate another week of football in all of its unpredictable glory. Today, we take a look around the league at all 32 teams in our power rankings.

Las Vegas Raiders v Kansas City Chiefs
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9. Kansas City Chiefs (9-6)

Last Week: 7 (-)

The Chiefs have possibly hit rock bottom. After an embarrassing loss to the Raiders at home on Christmas, one has to wonder whether the Chiefs are going to figure it out this year. If the Chiefs can find a way for the offense to put up just 24 points a game from here out, they might be able to go on yet another Super Bowl run. Unfortunately, the chances of that happening seem to be getting smaller.

10. Los Angeles Rams (8-7)

Last Week: 16 (-)

The Rams are hitting their stride. This year, they are the classic example of "getting hot" at the right time. Matthew Stafford is dealing and Kyren Williams looks like he might become one of the NFL's best running backs. With Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua also in the equation, the Rams could be in contention to play spoiler early in the playoffs.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (8-7)

Last week: 10 (-)

The Bengals fell apart against Pittsburgh last week after several weeks of playing great football. It's difficult to say whether or not they can find their footing down the stretch. With the Chiefs next on the schedule, they will have their hands full.

12. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7)

Last Week: 11 (-)

Jacksonville has a legitimate shot at missing the playoffs. Writing these words a few weeks ago would have seemed insane. Now, it is becoming a stark reality that the Jaguars are in a three-way race for their playoff lives with the Texans and Colts. It is a real possibility that the Jaguars miss the playoffs. Luckily, Jacksonville faces off with the pitiful Panthers this week.

13. Houston Texans (8-7)

Last Week: 12 (-)

The Texans have been in a bit of a funk after a hot start. This is very indicative of a young football team. Houston could win the division, but it is also possible that they miss the playoffs entirely. Houston is a team to buy stock in for next year and the year after.

14. Seattle Seahawks (8-7)

Last Week: 15 (-)

The Seahawks have had some great moments this season but have looked completely outmatched by a few talented opponents. I can't really make heads or tails of where this team is. I think they could be in the market for some top of the line free agents this offseason. Could Russell Wilson make a return?

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-7)

Last Week: 19 (-)

The Bucs are playing good football. To be completely honest, I could not have envisioned a scenario in which Baker Mayfield played as well as he has. I think Tampa Bay is going to take the NFC South. While that is not that impressive, I did not see the Bucs coming out as the winner. There is reason for optimism for Buccaneers fans.

16. Indianapolis Colts (8-7)

Last Week: 13 (-)

The Colts are inconsistent but playing much better than anyone could have expected. Shane Steichen would have my vote for coach of the year.