With the NFL season really heating up after week 13 now seems like the perfect time to revisit the power rankings and see who is up and who is down. We start with the bottom eight teams fighting for nothing but pride.
25) Carolina Panthers
With nothing on defense. Nothing at wide receiver. Nothing at running back and nothing on the offensive line. The Panthers are being kept afloat by Cam Newton and a weak NFC South.
Against the Vikings in a game that could put them right in the playoff mix the Panthers had two blocked punts returned for touchdowns. You can't legislate for that level of incompetence.
26) Atlanta Falcons
Is there a shallower roster in the entire NFL than the Falcons? Outside of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the top half of the draft class, you could see every other player playing elsewhere next season.
The Falcons have a quarterback and a star wide receiver but little else. It could be a long way back for the franchise and Mike Smith is unlikely to be guy guiding them.
- New Orleans Saints set to fire key figure after huge bust up
- Seattle Seahawks superstar considering retirement due to injury
- Ray Rice drawing interest from two named NFL teams
27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It is only thanks to the form of rookie Mike Evans that the Buccaneers are this high in the power rankings. In the last four games the wide receiver has had six touchdowns, two 100 plus yard games and one 209 yard game giving him an average of 20.3 yards per reception.
Despite, these heroics though Tampa have still only won two games all season.
They are a desperately poor team.
28) Washington Redskins
Only the Jets can match Washington for drama. In 2012 they mortgaged the franchise's future for RGIII. Since then they have gone through three Head Coaches and benched RGIII twice. With this second benching, RGIII's career in Washington is surely over.
In the space of less than three years then RGIII has gone from the future of the game to the scrap heap. That pretty much sums up Washington.
29) Jacksonville Jaguars
Are the Jaguars any closer to becoming relevant in the NFL? It's hard to say. Second round draft pick Marquise Lee has done very little. Denard Robinson is more viable in fantasy than actual football and Blake Bortles seems to be regressing with each down of football.
Right now they are better than four other teams but it is close.
30) Oakland Raiders
The Raiders have won a game! They also seem to have found a quarterback in Derek Carr and a defensive star in first round pick Khalil Mack. If they play there cards right this off season they could parlay their high first round draft pick into enough picks to become a .500 team.
There is light at the end of the tunnel for the Oakland Raiders lets just hope it is not an oncoming train.
31) Tennessee Titans
By all accounts if you're a music fan Tennessee is a great place to take a holiday. If you're a football fan though Tennessee truly is Dante's seventh circle of hell.
There is not an NFL team less enjoyable to watch. At least the Jets have a car crash quality to their performances. The Titans by contrast are just supremely dull. On defense they give up a fifth most 378.7 yards per game and that number would be higher if opposition teams felt the need to pass on them. Whilst on offense they have been forced into playing sixth round Zach Mettenberger.
32) New York Jets
Were I a Jets fan the only thing keeping me even partially sane would be the thought of being able to draft Marcus Mariota or Jameis Wintson next season because the
football being served up on the gridiron is nightmare inducing.
Nothing demonstrates this any better than John Idzik making Geno Smith the starter over Michael Vick once again without seeming to bother telling Head Coach Rex Ryan. If there is any ounce of common sense in the brain of Jets owner Woody Johnson none of the four names mentioned in the previous sentence will be a Jet next season. The franchise has now completely crashed and is in desperate need of a reboot.