Updated NFL Betting Power Rankings
Now that we enter Week 17’s games, the NFL still has things to settle…at both the top and bottom of the rankings. Let’s look at how the league’s 32 teams stack up as the regular NFL betting season draws to a close.
Updated NFL Betting Power Rankings
# 32 Dallas Cowboys (4-11)
Without Tony Romo, the Cowboys are 1-10 this season. Look for Johnny Manziel to be the #2 in Big D next season.
# 31 Tennessee Titans (3-12)
The Titans have already turned the ball over 32 times this year. Luckily they’ll have a top-two pick next year to give Marcus Mariota some more talent around him.
# 30 San Francisco 49ers (4-11)
Jarryd Hayne and DuJuan Harris were the leading rushers for San Francisco last year. Harris was selling cars in 2012, and Hayne was a rugby player last year.
# 29 San Diego Chargers (4-11)
The Chargers have lost eight games by eight or fewer points this season.
# 28 Cleveland Browns (3-12)
The Browns have scored a total of 69 points in Johnny Manziel’s last five starts, and they have only won one of those games.
# 27 Miami Dolphins (5-10)
The Dolphins have won two of nine since they routed Houston, 44-26. Those two wins have been by a total of three points.
# 26 Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10)
The Jaguars have two 1,000-yard receivers this season in Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. That hasn’t happened in Jacksonville since 2001.
# 25 Baltimore Ravens (5-10)
The Ravens have swept the Steelers for the third time as a franchise, and have gone 3-10 against everyone else.
# 24 Chicago Bears (6-9)
Jeremy Langford appears to be taking the starting tailback job away from Matt Forte, even if he’s doing it really gradually.
# 23 Detroit Lions (6-9)
Since Week 10, the Lions are 5-2, and Matthew Stafford has thrown 16 touchdowns and just two picks.
# 22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9)
Remember when the Bucs were 6-6? Jameis Winston has a quarterback rating of 54.1 since then.
# 21 New York Giants (6-9)
With Odell Beckham Jr. suspended, Eli Manning went 5 for 14 with three picks when he was targeting his wide receivers in the Giants’ Sunday night drubbing by the Vikings.
# 20 Philadelphia Eagles (6-9)
The Eagles have permitted 36 points per game since Week 11, easily the worst in the NFL.
# 19 New Orleans Saints (6-9)
Drew Brees is back, but it’s too late. He’s averaged 355 passing yards per game the last three weeks, throwing for eight touchdowns and giving away zero picks.
# 18 St. Louis Rams (7-8)
Todd Gurley has gone over the 1,000-yard mark as a rusher and scored more than 10 touchdowns. Who was the last Ram rookie to do that? Eric Dickerson, way back in 1983.
# 17 Indianapolis Colts (7-8)
The Colts don’t just need to win in order to eke past the Houston Texans and into the playoffs. Houston needs to lose…and so do Tennessee, Cleveland, San Diego, New Orleans, the Jets, New England, Kansas City and Cincinnati.
# 16 Buffalo Bills (7-8)
There was big improvement in upstate New York this year, which is why the Bills are bringing Rex Ryan back next season.
# 15 Atlanta Falcons (8-7)
A team that went 5-0 before going into a tailspin, only to bounce back and win two straight has to be the one to beat the undefeated Panthers and get eliminated from the postseason in the same game.
# 14 Houston Texans (8-7)
Did you know that the Texans have thrown 28 touchdown passes and just 11 picks this season, even though they have used four different quarterbacks? Brian Hoyer returns from the concussion protocol to start this Sunday.
# 13 Washington Redskins (8-7)
In the last nine games, Kirk Cousins has thrown 20 touchdown passes, just three picks and posted a quarterback rating of 76.6.
# 12 Oakland Raiders (7-8)
If Derek Carr can throw three touchdown passes in Week 17, he will tie the franchise record for touchdown passes with 34. Who holds that record? Not Rich Gannon, not Jim Plunkett, not Ken Stabler…but Daryle Lamonica, who set the record in 1969.
# 11 Seattle Seahawks (9-6)
In their loss to the Rams last week, the Seahawks never led. That was the first time in the Russell Wilson era that the Seahawks have not had a lead at all during a game.
# 10 Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6)
The Steelers have to beat Cleveland in Week 17 to have a playoff shot. Luckily, Ben Roethlisberger is 18-2 against the Browns as a starting quarterback.
# 9 Green Bay Packers (10-5)
The Packers have failed to gain 100 yards in the first half three of the last four weeks. They have failed to score any points in the first half of two of those games.
# 8 Minnesota Vikings (10-5)
The Vikings put 49 points on the board against the G-men on Sunday night. The last time they scored 49 points in a game? 1998.
# 7 Kansas City Chiefs (10-5)
Only one other team has a five-game losing streak in a season when they also won 10+ games: the 1986 New York Jets.
# 6 New York Jets (10-5)
If Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a touchdown in Week 17, he will break the franchise record for touchdown passes in a single season. He is currently tied with Vinny Testaverde at 29.
# 5 Cincinnati Bengals (11-4)
The Bengals are 1-2 since Andy Dalton’s injury, thanks to A.J. McCarron’s Monday meltdown in Denver.
# 4 Denver Broncos (11-4)
Before they got 17 in the second half and overtime against the Bengals last week, Denver had been shut out after halftime three weeks in a row.
# 3 New England Patriots (12-3)
The Pats have dropped three of five and have turnovers in eight straight contests.
# 2 Carolina Panthers (14-1)
Focus has suddenly become an issue for this team, which tried to give away a 28-point lead to the Giants and then laid a big egg against Atlanta.
# 1 Arizona Cardinals (13-2)
The Cardinals have won nine in a row. Who was President the last time that happened? That’s right…Harry S Truman (the 1948-49 seasons saw a combined regular-season winning streak of 11 games.