NFL Power Rankings Poll: Saints No. 1, Ravens Surge Into Top 5 (1 Viewer)

By The MMQB Staff

The playoffs are just around the corner, and this time next week we'll have discarded that "In the Hunt" column and turned our attention to final seeding and specific matchups. You would think that things would be mostly settled at the top of our rankings, but we actually saw quite a shake-up in the Top 10. Some of the teams we expected at the start of the season (Rams, Patriots) have returned to their rightful spots at the top. While a couple surprises (Ravens, Seahawks) made the biggest jumps of the week. Elsewhere, the Steelers, Texans and Chargers all lost and tied for the biggest drop.

On to the rankings after Week 16.

This week's voters:

Andrew Brandt, Business of Football Columnist
Mitch Goldich, Producer/Writer
Gary Gramling, Senior Editor
Kalyn Kahler, Writer/Producer
Bette Marston, Senior Producer
Mark Mravic, Executive Editor

1. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (13-2)


Last Week’s rank: 1
Points in poll: 192
Highest-place vote: 1 (6)
Lowest-place vote: 1 (6)
Last week: Win 31-28 vs. Pittsburgh
Next week: vs. Carolina

BREER: As the Season Comes Down to the Wire, the Saints Rise to the Top

2. LOS ANGELES RAMS (12-3
)

Last Week’s rank: 7
Points in poll: 181
Highest-place vote: 2 (5)
Lowest-place vote: 7 (1)
Last week: Win 31-9 at Arizona
Next week: vs. San Francisco

Full Story - SI.com
 
Andrus Whitewing

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