NFL Week 16 Power Rankings: The Lions Are Still In The Top 10, But Only Because Most Of The NFL Sucks

  • Matt Rudnitsky

NFL Power Rankings

Our Week 16 NFL Power Rankings are here.

The Detroit Lions suffered an absolutely pathetic loss to the Baltimore Ravens last night, in a near-must-win game. The Denver Broncos lost this week. So did the New England Patriots. And the Cincinnati Bengals. All four teams were in the top-10 last week. So, they must have free-fallen, right?

(No, that’s not how these Power Rankings work. It is how many Power Rankings work, however.)

These rankings are based mainly on betting odds, approximating the power ratings made by oddsmakers. One game typically has a fairly small effect on the numbers, as numbers do not fall prey to recency bias. So, understand that these rankings are not my rankings, nor are they SportsGrid’s rankings. These rankings are very similar to the ones that make point spreads. As I will reiterate all year, I’m not an expert, because nobody is an expert.