NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Focus on the New Orleans Saints

Doing power rankings are tough because of the limited number of games on an NFL schedule, but it's one of the only ways to get an idea for which teams are better than one another given factors other than just their records. 

At my site——I do a weekly power ranking of all 32 NFL teams.  It's a hugely subjective process, in which I account for a team's strength of schedule, margin of victory, good wins and bad losses.

Where do the reigning Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints rank?

They've got 11 wins, most recently (and quite possibly most IMPORTANTLY) against the Falcons in Atlanta, against not only one of the top teams in the NFL, but also the NFC South Division leader.  Now the Saints have the potential to win the division if the cards all fall into place. 

New Orleans isn't the only 11 win team, and they've played two of the other members of the club already, winning one, losing the other.  So how did that cause things to shake out for the Saints?

For the complete rankings and analysis, check out the article on my website,! Unlike Power Rankings you see elsewhere, your comments could help persuade me to rank your team better after Week 17!

You also will probably enjoy voicing your opinion through voting in nearly a dozen polls set up to help get people's feedback on the Power Rankings!

You also might like the dueling NFL Week 17 picks article on, a new(ish) feature where the games on a given week's NFL schedule are debated between myself and another author on my site (who just happens to be a LIFELONG PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FAN, so you KNOW he's got a high opinion of his opinion!).

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