NFL Power Rankings, Week 16

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So, we start anew, re-configuring our top five to make room at the top for the surging Steelers, winners of five in a row, and a Panthers team that is starting to demand respect and attention. Things should be a whole lot clearer next week at this time, with both conferences featuring a game that matches its potential top two seeds head to head: Carolina at New York in the NFC, and Pittsburgh at Tennessee in the AFC.

Clarity is on the way. At least that's the idea. (Send comments to Don Banks.)