NFL Power Rankings: AFC North outlook

It's been a disappointing season for the AFC North, especially this past month. But the division still is the third-best, based on the Power Rankings. The average rankings for the four teams in the AFC North is 15.2. Only the NFC West (13.1) and NFC East (15.1) are higher.

Here's a recap of the Week 16 Power Rankings:


ESPN Power Ranking: No. 11

My ranking: No. 11

2012 record: 9-5

Comment: The Ravens dropped three spots after getting routed by the Broncos, which is tied for the second-biggest fall of the week. Baltimore, though, is getting used to tumbling down the Power Rankings. The Ravens were No. 4 before going on their three-game losing streak. This marks the first time they've been out of the top 10 this season.


ESPN Power Ranking: No. 13

My ranking: No. 13

2012 record: 8-6

Comment: The Bengals inch up on spot after a sloppy win in Philadelphia. Cincinnati isn't getting much respect from the voters. Of the six 8-6 teams, only the Vikings are ranked lower than the Bengals. The Redskins, who are also 8-6 and lost to the Bengals earlier this year, are No. 8.


ESPN Power Ranking: No. 16

My ranking: No. 16

2012 record: 7-7

Comment: The Steelers have lost four of their past five games, but they've only dropped a total of seven spots. They're the only team in the top half of the rankings who doesn't have a winning record. Being at No. 16 matches Pittsburgh's lowest ranking of the season (the Steelers were 16th in Week 5, when they were 1-2).


ESPN Power Ranking: No. 22

My ranking: No. 23

2012 record: 5-9

Comment: The Browns dropped a couple of spots after losing to Kirk Cousins and the Redskins. Cleveland remains in the top 25 for the third straight week. Here's another positive: The Browns are the highest-ranked 5-9 team (better than the Panthers, Chargers and Bills).

Here are my rankings:

1. 49ers

2. Patriots

3. Broncos

4. Texans

5. Falcons

6. Packers

7. Seahawks

8. Redskins

9. Cowboys

10. Giants

11. Ravens

12. Colts

13. Bengals

14. Bears

15. Vikings

16. Steelers

17. Rams

18. Jets

19. Saints

20. Dolphins

21. Buccaneers

22. Panthers

23. Browns

24. Chargers

25. Bills

26. Cardinals

27. Titans

28. Lions

29. Eagles

30. Raiders

31. Chiefs

32. Jaguars