Let’s take a look at the hierarchy of the 32 league clubs according to our experts based on the results of 18 weeks of the regular season.
The 2023 regular season has ended, and with it the final edition of the tournament. NFL Power Rankings from ESPN, for now. It was a rollercoaster of emotions – for some teams the lows were more dramatic than the highs – but all clubs experienced ups and downs.
As expected, the playoff teams dominate the top half of the table, while those already on holiday sit at the bottom. However, the order in which they appeared does not necessarily correspond to the final league positions, as our weekly list is all about highlights.
Without further ado, we present NFL Power Rankings ESPN based on the results of the regular season:
Note: The number in the first brackets indicates the place of this team in the last week’s rankings. The second bracket indicates the team’s final score.
Baltimore’s biggest test will be to take the field when the divisional round begins with no signs of rust from the inactivity ahead of them, something they were unable to do in 2019. — R.Z.
The 49ers decided to rest most of their players last week, so they will play their first playoff game after a long layoff; Let’s see if it doesn’t cost them too much. — E.K.
The final stretch of the season allowed the Cowboys to claim the division crown when it seemed destined for the Eagles, and their reward would be facing a team that has excelled in the playoffs in recent years. –LMW
There are many reasons for Detroit fans to be excited about their Lions’ return to postseason play and, most of all, how they achieved that return. However, we haven’t found an icon on this roster yet on the level of Barry Sanders or Calvin Johnson. — R.Z.
The Bills were the big winners of the weekend. Not only did they sweep the Dolphins for the AFC East title, but they also earned the right to host the lowest-seeded team in the American Conference in the Wild Card round. — E.K.
Cleveland is an awkward team that no one will want to see in the playoffs due to the intensity of their defense and Joe Flacco’s management experience. They definitely exceeded expectations. –LMW
If I were a Kansas City fan, I would be very concerned about the lack of depth at Patrick Mahomes’ wide receivers, although past postseason experience works in the Chiefs’ favor. — R.Z.
The Dolphins had the AFC East title in their hands and just let it slip away. Aside from the numerous injuries Miami has suffered throughout the season, the biggest doubt heading into the playoffs is Tua Tagovailoa’s ability to overcome a poor showing. — E.K.
Philadelphia will enter the playoffs very weakened in terms of injuries and confidence due to the way they finished the regular season, to the point where a loss to the Buccaneers in the Wild Card round doesn’t seem unreasonable either. –LMW
The Rams seem to come out of nowhere and become a confident and dangerous team for Detroit and anyone else they may encounter along the way. — R.Z.
Regardless of what happens in the playoffs, Houston has a strong future with head coach DeMeco Ryans and quarterback C.J. Stroud. — E.K.
They won the annual series against the Ravens – Baltimore’s second game with a lot of changes – but got the job done and made the playoffs despite inconsistency at the quarterback position. –LMW
It’s nice to start the postseason on a positive note, but the lackluster win over Carolina should raise red flags for Tampa Bay coaches. — R.Z.
Jordan Love accomplished what Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers couldn’t: He led the Packers to the playoffs in his first season as a starter. — E.K.
They have improved significantly from last season offensively, but it hasn’t been enough for them to make the playoffs and they haven’t made the postseason three years in a row, so the pressure is mounting on Dennis Allen. –LMW
The competition system is what it is and no one here is asking to change it, but that’s fine as long as we accept that the Bengals are a better team than some of those who made the playoffs. — R.Z.
Tyler Goodson will long regret the pass he couldn’t catch on the last series against the Texans, but the young running back won’t have to endure the loss, let alone the Colts’ elimination; It was a team effort. — E.K.
Pete Carroll has made it clear that he will be back in Seattle for at least one more year, and despite exceeding expectations, they took a step back while watching the playoffs from home in this case, so there will be a change in management in the short term. This is not from the conversation. –LMW
The Jaguars suffered the worst collapse of any season, largely because their direct rivals in the AFC South don’t look as formidable as clubs in other sectors. — R.Z.
The Raiders have an opportunity to right the wrong they made in 2021 by not retaining interim head coach Rich Bisaccia in place of Josh McDaniels. Antonio Pierce finished the year 5-4 with a rookie quarterback, and it always seemed like the locker room was on his side. — E.K.
With the opportunity to finish off their biggest rival in their hands, they have once again put on a version that their fans may not be proud of, and now it will be very interesting to see how they do in the off-season with the capital they have for the team. draft. –LMW
If Jarrett Stidham gets a legitimate opportunity to compete for a starting job in Denver, it will be primarily due to a lack of resources to attract someone better, because after five years in the league there is no suggestion he can make it success. it will be something other than what it was: a replacement. — R.Z.
It seems cliché at times, but the Vikings are actually one decent quarterback away from being a playoff team. Unfortunately, Minnesota ended up with that quarterback along with Joshua Dobbs, who was inexplicably left out after a lackluster 3-0 win over the Raiders in Week 14. starter, and Nick Mullens finished the year 0-4. — E.K.
The Arthur Smith era is over and the position is certainly becoming attractive due to the talent they have on offense with the likes of Kyle Pitts, Bijan Robinson, Drake London and company. –LMW
It’s almost funny to hear Aaron Rodgers talk about the Jets needing to give up anything that doesn’t have to do with winning, considering everything he says in his many media appearances and how much of it has to do with New York winning. ” Yorkers. . — R.Z.
Tennessee showed its ego by knocking Jacksonville out of the playoffs. Now the offseason is heading into a world of uncertainty, starting with the future of running back Derrick Henry. — E.K.
We’ll have to follow the story again this offseason to see how they do with running back Saquon Barkley, but let’s not expect much change in 2024 when Daniel Jones is at the helm. –LMW
The Chargers general manager vacancy could be one of the most interesting ones for the next hiring cycle due to the number of names on the roster as well as the value associated with those names. — R.Z.
The best example of what the Cardinals’ season has been is that a week after calling Philadelphia they were unable to beat the already eliminated Seahawks at home. — E.K.
New England continues to find ways to be in the conversation even though the playoffs were never on the table, but what happens with the best head coach in franchise history and one of the best in franchise history is significant. . League. –LMW
Last year, I suggested that the departures of Ron Rivera and Sam Howell in 2023 seemed to be part of a plan to place the Commanders at the top of the order in the 2024 draft, and they would now have the second overall pick to look for your quarterback in the 2024 draft . future. — R.Z.
The Panthers fired general manager Scott Fitterer, who hired fired coach Frank Reich and orchestrated a deal that left Carolina without its first-round draft pick – first overall – in quarterback Bryce Young. Considering how the team is recovering from this disastrous season, it’s not unreasonable to believe that Young’s days in Carolina are also numbered. — E.K.
The following participants participated in the preparation of the power rating: Eric Cervantes (EC), Luis Miguel Vasavilbaso (LMV) and Rafael Zamorano (RZ).