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  • With the regular season finished, our panel of nine voters ranks all 32 teams heading into the NFL playoffs.
By The MMQB Staff
January 01, 2019

The season is over and now the fun really begins. For 12 teams, the playoffs await. For 20 teams, it’s draft season.

The 2018 NFL season was a wild ride. It feels like just yesterday that we were putting out our Power Rankings Poll before Week 1. It’s fun to look back and see the things we knew and the things the entire football-watching universe got wildly wrong. (We had a mix of both here at the MMQB.)

As we head into the postseason, the New Orleans Saints are our unanimous No. 1, a ranking unaffected by a loss with a host of backups in a meaningless Week 17 game. Behind them, the Chiefs are a unanimous No. 2. After that, four different teams got votes for the third spot.

The Colts made the biggest jump of the week, moving into the No. 7 spot after locking up the final playoff berth with a win on Sunday Night Football.

This week's voters:

Ben Baskin, Staff Writer
Andy Benoit, Staff Writer
Andrew Brandt, Business of Football Columnist
Mitch Goldich, Producer/Writer
Gary Gramling, Senior Editor
Kalyn Kahler, Writer/Producer
Robert Klemko, Staff Writer
Mark Mravic, Executive Editor
Jenny Vrentas, Senior Writer

1. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (13-3)

Last Week’s rank: 1
Points in poll: 256
Highest-place vote: 1 (9)
Lowest-place vote: 1 (9)
Last week: Loss 33-14 vs. Carolina
Next week: First-round bye

2. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (12-4)

Last Week’s rank: T-5
Points in poll: 248
Highest-place vote: 2 (9)
Lowest-place vote: 2 (9)
Last week: Win 35-3 vs. Oakland
Next week: First-round bye

BREER: The Playoff Field is Set and the Coaching Axe Swings

3. CHICAGO BEARS (12-4)

Last Week’s rank: T-5
Points in poll: 232
Highest-place vote: 3 (3)
Lowest-place vote: 6 (1)
Last week: Win 24-10 at Minnesota
Next week: Wild Card vs. Philadelphia

4. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-5)

Last Week’s rank: 3
Points in poll: 230
Highest-place vote: 3 (3)
Lowest-place vote: 8 (1)
Last week: Win 38-3 vs. New York Jets
Next week: First-round bye

5. LOS ANGELES RAMS (13-3)

Last Week’s rank: 2
Points in poll: 228
Highest-place vote: 3 (2)
Lowest-place vote: 5 (7)
Last week: Win 48-32 vs. San Francisco
Next week: First-round bye

6. BALTIMORE RAVENS (10-6)

Last Week’s rank: 4
Points in poll: 208
Highest-place vote: 5 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 8 (3)
Last week: Win 26-24 vs. Cleveland
Next week: Wild Card vs. Los Angeles Chargers

ORR: Best Playoff Matchups and Biggest Sleepers

7. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-6)

Last Week’s rank: 13
Points in poll: 202
Highest-place vote: 6 (4)
Lowest-place vote: 12 (1)
Last week: Win 33-17 at Tennessee
Next week: Wild Card at Houston

8. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (12-4)

Last Week’s rank: 8
Points in poll: 200
Highest-place vote: 7 (3)
Lowest-place vote: 9 (2)
Last week: Win 23-9 at Denver
Next week: Wild Card at Baltimore

9. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (9-7)

Last Week’s rank: 11
Points in poll: 186
Highest-place vote: 3 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 11 (5)
Last week: Win 24-0 at Washington
Next week: Wild Card at Chicago

BENOIT: How Nick Foles and the Eagles Could Upset the Bears

10. DALLAS COWBOYS (10-6)

Last Week’s rank: 9
Points in poll: 184
Highest-place vote: 9 (3)
Lowest-place vote: 13 (1)
Last week: Win 36-35 at New York Giants
Next week: Wild Card vs. Seattle

11. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (10-6)

Last Week’s rank: 7
Points in poll: 183
Highest-place vote: 6 (2)
Lowest-place vote: 12 (4)
Last week: Win 27-24 vs. Arizona
Next week: Wild Card at Dallas

12. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-6-1)

Last Week’s rank: 10
Points in poll: 179
Highest-place vote: 7 (2)
Lowest-place vote: 13 (4)
Last week: Win 16-13 vs. Cincinnati

13. HOUSTON TEXANS (11-5)

Last Week’s rank: 14
Points in poll: 168
Highest-place vote: 9 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 13 (4)
Last week: Win 20-3 vs. Jacksonville
Next week: Wild Card vs. Indianapolis

14. TENNESSEE TITANS (9-7)

Last Week’s rank: 15
Points in poll: 151
Highest-place vote: 14 (8)
Lowest-place vote: 15 (1)
Last week: Loss 33-17 vs. Indianapolis

15. CLEVELAND BROWNS (7-8-1)

Last Week’s rank: 16
Points in poll: 142
Highest-place vote: 14 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 17 (1)
Last week: Loss 26-24 at Baltimore

16. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-7-1)

Last Week’s rank: 12
Points in poll: 138
Highest-place vote: 15 (2)
Lowest-place vote: 16 (7)
Last week: Loss 24-10 vs. Chicago

T-17. GREEN BAY PACKERS (6-9-1)

Last Week’s rank: 19
Points in poll: 121
Highest-place vote: 16 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 23 (1)
Last week: Loss 31-0 vs. Detroit

ORR: Are There Enough Good, Qualified Coaches to Fill All the Openings?

T-17. ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9)

Last Week’s rank: 18
Points in poll: 121
Highest-place vote: 17 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 18 (8)
Last week: Win 34-32 at Tampa Bay

19. CAROLINA PANTHERS (7-9)

Last Week’s rank: 20
Points in poll: 104
Highest-place vote: 17 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 21 (6)
Last week: Win 33-14 at New Orleans

20. MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-9)

Last Week’s rank: 17
Points in poll: 103
Highest-place vote: 19 (7)
Lowest-place vote: 24 (1)
Last week: Loss 42-17 at Buffalo

21. NEW YORK GIANTS (5-11)

Last Week’s rank: 24
Points in poll: 90
Highest-place vote: 20 (6)
Lowest-place vote: 26 (2)
Last week: Loss 36-35 vs. Dallas

22. BUFFALO BILLS (6-10)

Last Week’s rank: 22
Points in poll: 85
Highest-place vote: 19 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 24 (1)
Last week: Win 42-17 vs. Miami

23. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)

Last Week’s rank: T-25
Points in poll: 76
Highest-place vote: 21 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 29 (1)
Last week: Loss 34-32 vs. Atlanta

JONES: Koetter Fired After Failure to Make Progress in Tampa

24. DETROIT LIONS (6-10)

Last Week’s rank: 29
Points in poll: 72
Highest-place vote: 22 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 27 (1)
Last week: Win 31-0 at Green Bay

25. DENVER BRONCOS (6-10)

Last Week’s rank: 23
Points in poll: 67
Highest-place vote: 20 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 27 (1)
Last week: Loss 23-9 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

26. NEW YORK JETS (4-12)

Last Week’s rank: 28
Points in poll: 67
Highest-place vote: 25 (6)
Lowest-place vote: 30 (1)
Last week: Loss 38-3 at New England

27. CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-10)

Last Week’s rank: T-25
Points in poll: 49
Highest-place vote: 24 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 28 (5)
Last week: Loss 16-13 at Pittsburgh

ORR: Marvin Lewis’s Firing Represents the End of an Era in Cincinnati

28. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-12)

Last Week’s rank: 27
Points in poll: 39
Highest-place vote: 26 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 31 (2)
Last week: Loss 48-32 at Los Angeles Rams

29. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (5-11)

Last Week’s rank: 30
Points in poll: 38
Highest-place vote: 25 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 29 (7)
Last week: Loss 20-3 at Houston

30. WASHINGTON (7-9)

Last Week’s rank: 21
Points in poll: 35
Highest-place vote: 20 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 32 (1)
Last week: Loss 24-0 vs. Philadelphia

31. OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-12)

Last Week’s rank: 31
Points in poll: 25
Highest-place vote: 29 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 30 (8)
Last week: Loss 35-3 at Kansas City

KAHLER: How the First Few Picks of the Draft Could Play Out

32. ARIZONA CARDINALS (3-13)

Last Week’s rank: 32
Points in poll: 9
Highest-place vote: 31 (1)
Lowest-place vote: 32 (8)
Last week: Loss 27-24 at Seattle

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