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2019 NFL Power Rankings: Week 18/Wild Card Weekend

Now comes the real show.

Buffalo Bills v Houston Texans Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

256 games have been played in the NFL this season. While there have been some memorable moments, the real contests start now. Playoff time. It’s time for teams to immortalize themselves, if they’re up to the task.

The Wild Card games are good. I’m picking the Bills, Titans, Saints, and Seahawks to win this weekend. I think the AFC will see a lot of upsets, and I’m especially excited to see the Patriots finally get dethroned.

That being said, everything that happened in the regular season doesn’t mean much at this point. The Ravens closed out the season as the best team, but will they hoist the Lombardi Trophy in a few short weeks?

For my final rankings, I give playoff teams priority. They made the NFL postseason, which means they are in the Top 12 teams at the end of the regular season. The only real debate would be between the Eagles and Cowboys; since the Eagles won the NFC East, they are the better team for the purpose of this ranking.


  1. Baltimore Ravens (14-2)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)
  3. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
  5. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
  6. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
  7. New England Patriots (12-4)
  8. Buffalo Bills (10-6)
  9. Houston Texans (10-6)
  10. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
  11. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
  12. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
  14. Los Angeles Rams (9-7)
  15. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
  16. Chicago Bears (8-8)
  17. Denver Broncos (7-9)
  18. Indianapolis Colts (7-9)
  19. New York Jets (7-9)
  20. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
  21. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
  22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
  23. Oakland Raiders (7-9)
  24. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
  25. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1)
  26. Miami Dolphins (5-11)
  27. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
  28. New York Giants (4-12)
  29. Washington Redskins (3-13)
  30. Detroit Lions (3-12-1)
  31. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
  32. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14)