January 27, 2021


Wild Card power rankings: The Chiefs are still the champs, but the Bills are a legitimate threat

Our power rankings are updated each week during the NFL’s regular season and are intended to rank teams based on their talent and performance to date.

Rankings will change each week because of personnel changes, injuries and performance, and a team’s ranking in any given week has no impact on where they might rank in weeks to come.

These are our NFL Power Rankings headed into Wild Card weekend:

Wild Card power rankings:

Our power rankings are updated each week during the NFL’s regular season and are intended to rank teams based on their talent and performance to date.

Rankings will change each week because of personnel changes, injuries and performance, and a team’s ranking in any given week has no impact on where they might rank in weeks to come.

These are our NFL Power Rankings headed into Wild Card weekend:

TeamRecordAnalysis
1. Kansas City14-2Road to the Super Bowl clearly goes through Kansas City.
2. Green Bay13-3There are cracks. but Pack is the cream of the NFC.
3. Buffalo13-3Arguably playing best two-way football of any team in the league.
4. Seattle12-4‘D’ has really come on in second half but must have Jamal Adams at safety.
5. New Orleans12-4Plenty of star power but 10 of 12 wins over nine losing teams and one at .500.
6. Pittsburgh12-4How far they go now rests on how much Ben Roethlisberger has left.
7. Tampa Bay11-5Tom Brady now comfortable and hot but pass pro still a concern.
8. Indianapolis11-5Colts are the No. 7 seed no team wants to see in the playoffs.
9. Tennessee11-5They’ll score plenty of points, but how many will shaky ‘D’ allow?
10. Baltimore11-5The question hasn’t changed: is Lamar Jackson a playoff quality QB?
11. Cleveland11-5Definitely pointed North but ‘D’ not enough to fear in playoffs.
12. L.A. Rams10-6‘D’ is Super Bowl ready, but where will they find enough points?
13. Miami10-6Huge step forward this year, still tons extra draft capital to spend.
14. Chicago8-8Can they rediscover slumping ‘D’ in time to scare Saints?
15. New England7-9Maybe some happy but doesn’t feel like playoffs without them.
16. Las Vegas8-8Best way to be a mediocre team, go 2-6 at home. Viva Las Vegas?
17. Arizona8-83-6 finish rekindles all the questions about Kliff Kingsbury.
18. L.A. Chargers7-9Surprised Anthony Lynn got gate. Who wouldn’t want to coach Justin Herbert?
19. Washington7-9Ron Rivera amazing in 2020, but huge QB questions loom going forward.
20. San Francisco6-10So are Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch buying Jimmy Garoppolo or not?
21. Minnesota7-9A few more tweaks on ‘D’ and Vikes could be scary in ’21.
22. N.Y. Giants6-10Sorry, coach, you have to win more than six games to blame Eagles.
23. Dallas6-10No quick fix here. What do they do about Dak Prescott now?
24. Carolina5-11Impressive first year under Matt Rhule. What will new G.M. bring?
25. Denver5-11With healthy Von Miller back, plenty of pieces, but what about QB?
26. Atlanta4-12Did Raheem Morris earn this job? Many think he did.
27. Cincinnati4-11-1The question now is how long ‘till Joe Burrow is full tilt again.
28. Houston4-12Nick Caserio is a solid get at G.M., but Josh McDaniels won’t be coming too.
29. Philadelphia4-11-1This is a huge mess with very few easy answers.
30. Detroit5-11More than a bit surprising if Robert Saleh doesn’t land here.
31. N.Y. Jets2-14The big question now: what do they have in Sam Darnold?
32. Jacksonville1-15So will Trevor Lawrence be the jackpot everyone expects?