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Week 16 AP NFL power rankings: 49ers, Ravens top the league for Christmas

The Arrowhead Pride team ranks the league from top to bottom.

San Francisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

In Week 15, things pretty much went according to plan in the NFL. Outside of the Eagles losing, I’d say that the results from all of this week’s games had an air of inevitability about them.

Was anyone shocked that the Bills beat the Cowboys? No. Was anyone surprised by the benching of Zach Wilson? Not me. How about the Chiefs dropping passes that hit them in the hands?

Too soon?

This week’s voters were Stephen Serda, Rocky Magana, Jared Sapp, Maurice Elston, Dakota Johnson and myself

1. San Francisco 49ers (1st)

Arguing over whether Brock Purdy and Christian McCaffery should be the league MVP is a nice problem to have.

2. Baltimore Ravens (3rd)

The class of the AFC... currently.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (4th)

Life comes at you fast, old Nicky boy.

4. Dallas Cowboys (2nd)

That’s the end of their Super Bowl challenge.

5. Kansas City Chiefs (6th)

Rashee Rice and L’Jarius Sneed continue to be terrific.

6. Miami Dolphins (5th)

Tyreek Hill's injury probably ruined a lot of fantasy seasons.

7. Buffalo Bills (7th)

They'll be widely tipped in January, no doubt.

8. Detroit Lions (8th)

They've got their offensive swagger back.

9. Cleveland Browns (11th)

Who has more of a Hall of Fame case? Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan or Phillip Rivers?

10. Jacksonville Jaguars (9th)

The Jags remind me a lot of the Alex Smith-led Chiefs.

11. Houston Texans (12th)

Way to shut Tennessee up.

12. Cincinnati Bengals (14th)

Jake Browning, the Vikings cut you because you're just not that good.

13. Los Angeles Rams (16th)

Matt Stafford is still really good — and is also really underrated.

14. Denver Broncos (10th)

They had an opportunity to co-lead the division for at least a day — and they blew it.

15. Indianapolis Colts (17th)

The AFC must stop this team from making the playoffs. I do not want to spend the opening Saturday of the playoffs watching them.

16. Green Bay Packers (13th)

They took a brutal loss that severely damaged their playoff hopes.

17. Seattle Seahawks (15th)

I like Drew Lock. There... I said it! All you KU and K-State fans can hate me all you want.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20th)

Baker Mayfield is very close to earning himself a nice little contract in Tampa.

19. Minnesota Vikings (18th)

Nick Mullens went for 303 yards and two touchdowns against the Bengals — which is a good day’s work. He also threw two interceptions. These pesky backups!

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (19th)

Questions are being asked about Mike Tomlin — and rightly so.

21. New Orleans Saints (22nd)

On the plus side, Derek Carr went a week without becoming another meme.

22. Las Vegas Raiders (26th)

Should we be scared by the fact that they put up 42 points in one half?

23. Tennessee Titans (24rd)

That’s what you get for trolling a city that lost their team.

24. Atlanta Falcons (21st)

Some say that fantasy owners actually possess voodoo dolls that resemble Arthur Smith.

25. Chicago Bears (27th)

Darnell Mooney’s Hail Mary drop will go down as one of the worst moments in Bears’ history.

26. New York Jets (24th)

It’s been revealed that Aaron Rodgers isn’t ready to play yet.

pretends to be shocked

27. Los Angeles Chargers (25th)

I’m gutted that Brandon Staley was fired.

28. Arizona Cardinals (28th)

Scoring points wasn’t a problem against the 49ers. Conceding them was the problem.

29. New York Giants (29th)

They offered very little in New Orleans.

30. Washington Commanders (30th)

The clock is ticking for Riverboat Ron.

31. New England Patriots (31st)

Punting when down big at home in the fourth quarter? You’re not helping yourself, Bill.

32. Carolina Panthers (32nd)

There actually may have been more people at the two-year-old’s birthday party I attended on Saturday than there were at the Panthers game.

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