NFL power rankings: Eagles and 49ers slide for Week 15
Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks move up.
The Philadelphia Eagles vacated the No. 2 spot in SB Nation’s power rankings with their 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at home. While Philly remains atop the NFC East, the Seahawks closed the gap between themselves and the top of the conference.
Against a stingy Eagles defense, Russell Wilson played a fine game, throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns. He added 48 more yards and a score on the ground. But the star for Seattle was its defense, which held Mark Sanchez to just 96 yards. Tharold Simon’s fourth-quarter interception sealed the win for the Seahawks and signaled their return to prominence in the NFC. Now 9-4, the Seahawks trail the Arizona Cardinals by one game in the division. The two teams face off in two weeks.
Another team sliding down the rankings is San Francisco. The 49ers dropped their second game in as many weeks against a woeful Oakland Raiders team on Sunday. Derek Carr carved up San Francisco’s defense, completing 78.6 percent of his passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns. The rookie outperformed Colin Kaepernick who threw twice as many picks and touchdowns. The loss drops the 49ers to 7-6 and third place in their division. They’ll likely need to win out in order to secure a spot in the playoffs.
The NFC South remains as muddled as ever. The New Orleans Saints fumbled another winnable game to the Carolina Panthers, ending their chance at a winning season. That was good news for the division-leading Atlanta Falcons who were defeated in Green Bay on Monday Night Football. It’s appearing increasingly likely that NFC South teams will not win another game outside the division. As a consequence, the franchise that ultimately finishes atop it will probably have a sub-.500 record.
Here’s a full look at how the sports media outlets ranked the teams after Week 14:
|Team||Record||SB Nation||NFL.com||ESPN||Football Outsiders||Average|
|Green Bay Packers||10-3||1|
|New England Patriots||10-3||2|
|San Diego Chargers||8-5||11|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7-6||14|
|St. Louis Rams||6-7||17|
|San Francisco 49ers||7-6||19|
|New Orleans Saints||5-8||24|
|New York Giants||4-9||26|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3-10||27|
|New York Jets||2-11||31|
The four polls we use:
We use four different rankings to compile our weekly average. Our power rankings sources are from our in-house rankings, ESPN and NFL.com. We also factor in the DVOA rankings from Football Outsiders to add an objective statistical measurement to the formula.