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Arizona Sports NFL Week 17 Power Rankings: A final look at the league

Sixteen weeks down, one to go.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys remain the clear picks atop the league among our panelists heading into a Week 17 where only two playoff spots are on the line. The NFC North will be determined in Sunday night’s primetime clash between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions at Ford Field. And, the second Wild Card spot will go to either the loser of the Packers-Lions game, the Washington Redskins or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It’s our final NFL Power Rankings of the 2016 season.

Here’s how our 5-person panel voted this week

Here’s each panelist’s individual ballot

patriots751. New England Patriots (13-2) —

The team to beat as far as I’m concerned. — Burns

Next: at Miami

cowboys752. Dallas Cowboys (13-2) —

There isn’t much more for the Cowboys to prove. Let the playoffs begin. — Morgan

Next: at Philadelphia

chiefs753. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) ▲ 2

Dontari Poe is gonna get fat free agent QB money thrown his way! — Marotta

Next: at San Diego

raiders75T4. Oakland Raiders (12-3) —

It’s been a great year, but Matt McGloin’s not winning anyone a Super Bowl. — Lapinski

Next: at Denver

steelers75T4. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5) ▲ 2

Antonio Brown’s new workout video “Stretching for the Playoffs” will be released soon. — Grialou

Next: vs. Cleveland

falcons756. Atlanta Falcons (10-5) ▲ 2

Offense playing at a historic level. — Burns

Next: vs. New Orleans

giants757. New York Giants (10-5) ▼ 4

Great throwback uniforms…horrible performance vs. Philly. — Marotta

Next: at Washington

packers758. Green Bay Packers (9-6) ▲ 2

So basically, when Aaron Rodgers gets angry, he never loses again. — Lapinski

Next: at Detroit

seahawks759. Seattle Seahawks (9-5-1) ▼ 2

The Cardinals may own the Seahawks in Seattle, but the Seahawks still own the division. — Morgan

Next: at San Francisco

dolphins7510. Miami Dolphins (10-5) ▲ 1

They’re in, but they won’t last long. — Burns

Next: vs. New England

lions7511. Detroit Lions (9-6) ▼ 2

It would be so Detroit to lose three straight and miss the playoffs. — Morgan

Next: vs. Green Bay

redskins7512. Washington Redskins (8-6-1) ▲ 5

May very well miss the playoffs because of a tie in London. — Lapinski

Next: vs. NY Giants

ravens75T13. Baltimore Ravens (9-6) ▲ 1

Tough year in Baltimore sports. Orioles and Ravens had heartbreaking endings. — Morgan

Next: at Cincinnati

texans75T13. Houston Texans (9-6) ▲ 3

Has there ever been a more exciting playoff team? Oh wait — all of them, ever. — Lapinski

Next: at Tennessee

broncos7515. Denver Broncos (8-7) ▼ 2

What a mess a year after winning it all. — Marotta

Next: vs. Oakland

buccaneers7516. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-7) ▼ 4

A good rookie year for Dirk Koetter, but they couldn’t finish. — Burns

Next: vs. Carolina

titans7517. Tennessee Titans (8-7) ▼ 2

Lost the game, the division and their franchise quarterback. Awful. Just awful. — Grialou

Next: vs. Houston

saints7518. New Orleans Saints (7-8) ▲ 4

Drew Brees leads the NFL in completions, passing yards and touchdowns. — Morgan

Next: at Atlanta

colts7519. Indianapolis Colts (7-8) ▼ 1

Is Chuck Pagano in trouble? — Burns

Next: vs. Jacksonville

Vikings75T20. Minnesota Vikings (7-8) ▼ 1

Well, that was a not-so-tidy clean up to a messy story. — Morgan

Next: vs. Chicago

bills75T20. Buffalo Bills (7-8) —

Nothing like having only 10 players on the field with your season on the line. — Lapinski

Next: at NY Jets

Cardinals7522. Arizona Cardinals (6-8-1) ▲ 1

Special teams made three big plays and they won on the road. *Checks sky for meteor hurtling toward Earth. — Marotta

Next: at Los Angeles

eagles7523. Philadelphia Eagles (6-9) ▲ 2

Like Cards, Saints and Jags, they played hard when they didn’t have to. — Burns

Next: vs. Dallas

panthers7524. Carolina Panthers (6-9) ▼ 3

Newton has been under 50% completions in five of last six games. That doesn’t happen anymore. — Marotta

Next: at Tampa Bay

bengals7525. Cincinnati Bengals (5-9-1) ▼ 1

Putting Bengals-Texans on Christmas was good incentive to spend time with the family. — Morgan

Next: vs. Baltimore

chargers7526. San Diego Chargers (5-10) —

Lost to the Browns. Seriously. — Burns

Next: vs. Kansas City

jets75T27. New York Jets (4-11) —

Perhaps Todd Bowles should have stayed in the hospital and not made the trip to New England? — Grialou

Next: vs. Buffalo

bears75T27. Chicago Bears (3-12) ▲ 1

Matt Barkley, very generous in this season of giving; eight picks in the last two weeks. — Marotta

Next: at Minnesota

jaguars7529. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-12) ▲ 1

Only took Blake Bortles until Week 16 to play a good game. — Grialou

Next: at Indianapolis

rams7530. Los Angeles Rams (4-11) ▼ 1

0-2 vs. the 49ers. Not sure St. Louis would even take them back at this point. — Lapinski

Next: vs. Arizona

49ers7531. San Francisco 49ers (2-13) —

Had the number-one pick for about three hours. — Burns

Next: vs. Seattle

browns7532. Cleveland Browns (1-14) —

Congrats! (?) — Burns

Next: at Pittsburgh

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