All Week 16 AFC and interconference games have been tallied. Five of the six current AFC playoff teams need a Week 17 win to potentially improve their playoff positioning or avoid losing their wild-card berth. The San Diego Chargers are still alive after the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins were both handed double-digit losses.
The Tennessee Titans escaped Jacksonville with a 20-16 win. Bernard Pollard‘s extra-point block played a huge role in this game. It’s the second time that a blocked kick has made a significant difference in the final outcome. Too bad that it hasn’t meant anything more than a 6-9 record. This Titans team has underachieved.
Let’s take a look at some Week 17 NFL power rankings for the 2013-14 season. These rankings include all 16 playoff teams. They’re not a listing of each team’s playoff seeding. .
Week 17 NFL Power Rankings: AFC 1-16 (TW LW Team Record)
This Team Really Needs a First-Round Bye
03 04 Cincinnati Bengals 10-5
Best 8-7 Teams (Not a Playoff Seeding)
06 08 San Diego Chargers 8-7
07 06 Baltimore Ravens 8-7
08 07 Miami Dolphins 8-7
Ice Ice Cold
16 16 Houston Texans 2-13
Observations on next page.