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Vic Carucci's NFL Power Rankings: Week 17

1. New England Patriots. Do they really need as much officiating help as they've received the past two weeks? (1)

2. Pittsburgh Steelers. They don't seem all that fired up about pursuing remote chances for home-field advantage. (2)

3. L.A. Rams. The NFL's best story should continue with a strong postseason run. (4)

4. Philadelphia Eagles. They're still winning, but it's hard to imagine the wheels not coming off with Nick Foles at QB. (3)

5. Minnesota Vikings. Losing guard Nick Easton to a broken ankle could damage their postseason hopes. (7)

6. Carolina Panthers. Reducing hits on Cam Newton, who ranks third in NFL history for career rushing yards by a QB with 4,261, isn't easy. (6)

7. New Orleans Saints. After three straight 7-9 finishes, Sean Payton looks to win his fourth division crown in 11 seasons with the Saints. (9)

8. Atlanta Falcons. Gunning for a wild-card playoff spot. (5)

9. Jacksonville Jaguars. Doug Marrone insists his team is playing to win vs. Tennessee, but we'll see how long that lasts. (8)

10. Baltimore Ravens. They're 16-7 at home in December under John Harbaugh. (11)

11. Kansas City Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes becomes their first rookie QB to start a non-strike game since Steve Fuller in 1979. (15)

12. Seattle Seahawks. It's down to the wire to get a sixth straight playoff season. (17)

13. Tennessee Titans. Mike Mularkey is sitting on that familiar hot seat. (14)

14. Buffalo Bills. If nothing else, they're spending New Year's Eve where it'll be nearly 70 degrees warmer than home. (10)

15. L.A. Chargers. Playoff chances are slim, but Anthony Lynn's first season as a head coach was solid. (16)

16. Dallas Cowboys. No playoffs, but they still have a chance to finish with a winning record. (12)

17. Detroit Lions. This could be Jim Caldwell's final game as their coach. (13)

18. Washington Redskins. Seeking their second division win of the season against the team they beat for the first. (18)

19. San Francisco 49ers. In a 4-0 run as a starter, Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown for 1,268 yards and 5 TDs, while completing 69 percent of his passes. (22)

20. Oakland Raiders. How much are they regretting that massive contract they gave Derek Carr? (19)

21. Miami Dolphins. Sideline arguments between the head coach and one of his key players is probably not a good sign. (20)

22. Arizona Cardinals. Looking to spoil Seahawks' playoff hopes with a fourth win the last five years at CenturyLink Field. (25)

23. Green Bay Packers. Can't expect these guys to show a whole lot of effort in the season finale. (21)

24. Denver Broncos. Is Vance Joseph going to be one-and-done? (23)

25. Cincinnati Bengals. Could provide the Bills with some major help. (28)

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hoping to avoid finishing the season with six straight losses. (24)

27. N.Y. Jets. Could be headed for their second 5-11 finish in a row. (26)

28. Chicago Bears. John Fox, who is 14-33 in three seasons with the Bears, is likely gone after Sunday's game. (27)

29. Houston Texans. Facing the Colts in the AFC South Bottom Feeder Bowl. (29)

30. Indianapolis Colts. See above. (30)

31. N.Y. Giants. Hiring Dave Gettleman as their new GM is a good start to fixing this broken franchise. (31)

32. Cleveland Browns. They're getting ready for that 0-16 parade through the streets of downtown Cleveland. (32)

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