NFL Power Rankings: AFC North outlook

With one week left in the regular season, there's a clear separation in the division with two teams in the top 11 and two teams in the bottom half of the ranks. Here's a recap of the Week 17 Power Rankings:


ESPN Power Ranking: No. 10

My ranking: No. 9

2012 record: 10-5

Comment: The Ravens are back in the top 10 after a one-week absence. Still, despite routing the Giants, this is Baltimore's second-lowest ranking of the season. Baltimore is the lowest-ranked 10-win team, but it's hard to move the Ravens over the No. 9 Redskins after losing at Washington this month.


ESPN Power Ranking: No. 11

My ranking: No. 11

2012 record: 9-6

Comment: This matches the Bengals' highest ranking of the season. Cincinnati was 11th in Weeks 13 and 14. The Bengals were one of six teams to move up more than one spot in this week's rankings. The only nine-win team higher than Cincinnati is Washington, which lost to the Bengals all the way back in September.


ESPN Power Ranking: No. 18

My ranking: No. 18

2012 record: 7-8

Comment: This is the lowest the Steelers have been ranked all season. Six weeks ago, the Steelers were 6-3 and ranked No. 9. Now, after losing five of six, Pittsburgh is free-falling down the rankings. Only one team with a losing record is ranked higher than the Steelers and that's the Saints.


ESPN Power Ranking: No. 24

My ranking: No. 24

2012 record: 5-10

Comment: In losing consecutive games, the Browns have tumbled four spots. Still, Cleveland is in the top 25 for the fourth straight week. The Browns remain the highest-ranked five-win team, sitting above the Bills, Cardinals and Titans.

Here are my rankings:

1. Falcons

2. Broncos

3. 49ers

4. Patriots

5. Seahawks

6. Packers

7. Texans

8. Redskins

9. Ravens

10. Colts

11. Bengals

12. Vikings

13. Cowboys

14. Bears

15. Giants

16. Rams

17. Saints

18. Steelers

19. Dolphins

20. Panthers

21. Chargers

22. Jets

23. Buccaneers

24. Browns

25. Bills

26. Cardinals

27. Titans

28. Lions

29. Eagles

30. Raiders

31. Chiefs

32. Jaguars