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2017 NFL power rankings: Week 15 edition

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The 49ers get a W to start the final quarter of the 2017 season.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL wrapped up Week 14, and we are fast approaching the end of the season. The Miami Dolphins stunned the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football keeping their playoff hopes alive, and putting the Pittsburgh Steelers in prime position for home field advantage in the AFC.

We’re back with Week 15 NFL power rankings as the San Francisco 49ers suddenly find themselves winning some football games. The 49ers beat the Houston Texans to improve to 3-10, winning for the third time in four games. They aren’t going to the playoffs, but the fighting Jimmy Garoppolos can make some noise in the playoff race. They face the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Los Angeles Rams, all of whom are in the thick of the playoff chase.

The Philadelphia Eagles won to improve to 11-2, but they lost Carson Wentz to a torn ACL in the process. I dropped them one spot for the time being while we wait and see how Nick Foles looks in that offense. The Steelers are now on top of the power rankings following their wild Sunday Night Football win over the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers and Patriots are the clear favorites in the AFC, and I would love to see them meet up in the AFC Championship game.

In the NFC, the Eagles hold the top seed, while the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Carolina Panthers to fall a game back of Philadelphia. I think the Vikings are ahead of the Eagles for the time being given the quarterback situation, but we’ll see what the final three weeks tell us.

Here’s what our Week 15 power rankings look like.

NFL power rankings, Week 15

Rank Team LW
Rank Team LW
1 Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) 4
2 New England Patriots (10-3) 1
3 Minnesota Vikings (10-3) 2
4 Philadelphia Eagles (11-2) 3
5 Jacksonville Jaguars (9-4) 8
6 Los Angeles Rams (9-4) 5
7 Carolina Panthers (9-4) 9
8 New Orleans Saints (9-4) 6
9 Seattle Seahawks (8-5) 7
10 Atlanta Falcons (8-5) 11
11 Baltimore Ravens (7-6) 10
12 Dallas Cowboys (7-6) 13
13 Buffalo Bills (7-6) 14
14 Los Angeles Chargers (7-6) 15
15 Kansas City Chiefs (7-6) 16
16 Tennessee Titans (8-5) 12
17 Detroit Lions (7-6) 19
18 Green Bay Packers (7-6) 22
19 Miami Dolphins (6-7) 23
20 Arizona Cardinals (6-7) 24
21 New York Jets (5-8) 17
22 Oakland Raiders (6-7) 18
23 Washington (5-8) 20
24 Cincinnati Bengals (5-8) 21
25 San Francisco 49ers (3-10) 28
26 Houston Texans (4-9) 25
27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) 26
28 Chicago Bears (4-9) 29
29 Denver Broncos (4-9) 30
30 Indianapolis Colts (3-10) 27
31 New York Giants (2-11) 31
32 Cleveland Browns (0-13) 32