This is what the league’s hierarchical order looks like, with the conclusion of the last week of the regular season
We come to the end of the 2021 regular season and the pecking order of all 32 NFL teams it was defined, again with multiple changes in our list, in some drastic cases.
At the top of the NFL Power Rankings of ESPN.com, the Packers they retained the place of honor, but had a close fight for their position.
At the bottom of the table, Jaguars consolidated as the worst team in the NFL and took over the basement after inconsistency was the only consistent thing in Jacksonville throughout the regular season.
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After 18 weeks of campaign action, this is what it looks like the pecking order of the 32 NFL teams, according to ESPN.com Power Rankings:
Note: The numbers in parentheses correspond to the position of each team in the previous week.
The good news for the Packers is that they avoided injuries in the final week of the regular season despite not having the need to use starters by being guaranteed the No. 1 seed in the National Conference, the bad news is that the attack of the The Lions uncovered some of Green Bay’s defensive shortcomings, which allowed too many points against a weak opponent. Jordan Love’s late-game interceptions should also be concerning in case they need their backup quarterback if something happens with Aaron Rodgers. – EC
Although they suffered more than they thought against the Texans, particularly in the final stretch of the game, Tennessee secured the postseason at home even without Derrick Henry for much of the season and that should give Mike Vrabel a lot of Coach of the Year votes. – LMV
Two teams surpassed the barrier of 500 points scored in the campaign, and the Bucs were one of them. When was the last time so little was said about a defending Super Bowl champion heading into the next postseason? – RZ
The Chiefs did their part to rise to the No. 1 seed in the AFC, but unfortunately for them they didn’t have fate in their hands, so now they must play in the Wild Card Round against the motivated Steelers. Kansas City continues to have problems getting its offense and defense on the same page, something necessary to transcend the playoffs because they will hardly be able to advance if one of those units does not produce as expected. – EC
Buffalo finally won the title of the East in the American Conference, but the combination of results put perhaps the most difficult opponent in the Wild Card Round on the road because the ghosts of the first game will appear, where the Patriots dedicated themselves to passing them through on top with the running attack. – LMV
It’s impossible to understand the season the Cowboys have had without two young defensive strongholds: Trevon Diggs and Micah Parsons. The Cowboys are easy to catch on target shooting, but there aren’t many teams that invest better in the higher rounds of the draft. – RZ
The Rams must be concerned after their terrible performance against the 49ers, in which they blew a 17-0 lead to suffer a painful loss at home that prevented them from finishing as the NFC’s No. 2 seed. The next time Los Angeles can’t hold a lead, it’ll end up watching the playoffs from home. – EC
Cincinnati does not receive the necessary credit for the division title obtained (despite the loss of Lamar Jackson and the level exhibited by the Steelers), Joe Burrow will feast on the Raiders defense, but despite his victories against other contenders They do seem to be a notch below the “powers” in the American Conference. – LMV
It’s tough to win in January without a physical element in the game, and that’s exactly what James Conner brings to the Arizona offense. He’s not going to get 60-yard runs, but the Cardinals don’t need him for that. – RZ
The Patriots qualified for the playoffs as a wild-card team – not a division champion – for the first time in the Bill Belichick era. It’s also not ideal to go into the postseason with a loss in tow, especially with an uneven performance by rookie quarterback Mac Jones, but surely these mistakes we saw will not be repeated next weekend. – EC
As mentioned in previous editions of our hierarchical list, San Francisco will be a very uncomfortable opponent in the postseason, especially if Deebo Samuel does it again with his passes, carries and receptions. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if they come out with victory on Texas soil. – LMV
The Raiders had many (fourth) chances to unplug the Chargers before the game went into overtime, and now they will have several days to work on how to correct those glitches before facing another conversion expert: Patrick Mahomes. – RZ
The Eagles knew that they had little to improve in the planting and decided to give some starters rest, which added to the multiple casualties by COVID-19 forced them to present a product quite far from the level that this template came to show at times. – EC
Going into Week 18, Pittsburgh had only a 10 percent chance of making the playoffs, and with the combination of results, Ben Roethlisberger will have at least one more game in his career against one of the youngsters left by the baton. in the American Conference: Patrick Mahomes. – LMV
The worst thing about being eliminated in the postseason on the final day of the regular season is all the time out to come, where there won’t be much left to think about the opportunities that were missed … like that game against the Texans. – RZ
The Colts decided to leave the game in the hands of Carson Wentz and paid the price. Indianapolis was eliminated from the playoffs when it controlled its destiny despite arriving as a favorite in Jacksonville and having the best running back in the league in Jonathan Taylor (while Derrick Henry is still injured, of course), however, they preferred to throw the ball instead of run and as a result they are now planning the 2022 season. – EC
Miami did not have consecutive seasons with a winning record since Dave Wannstedt was in charge of the team and for that and many other reasons the dismissal of Brian Flores is incomprehensible to me. This has made it easier for other teams in their search for a new head coach. – LMV
All teams suffer injuries, it is part of the game. But New Orleans deserves a lot of credit for reaching the final day with possibilities after all the absences suffered by various injuries to key elements throughout the season. – RZ
2021 left two valuable lessons for the Ravens: They found a solid backup in Tyler Huntley and they must better protect starter Lamar Jackson, because the aspirations of this team are greatly reduced when their star quarterback is not on the field. – EC
Cleveland was in one of the most intense divisions of the 2021 NFL season and it has become clear that while Baker Mayfield has brought some stability to the position, it is not the long-term solution either. – LMV
Minnesota may have shown a bigger fight – and a stronger intention to save Mike Zimmer’s job – throughout the season, but they only leave us with a bitter taste of what it could be, with such a talented roster. – RZ
If Sunday was really the last time we saw Russell Wilson in a Seahawks uniform, there won’t be much of a memory of his performance. Seattle had nothing to compete for anymore, their only motivation was to run into a divisional rival on their way to the playoffs and they did it. – EC
The Arthur Smith era began with a 7-10 record and while it might not all sound bad, the Falcons were unable to find their identity throughout the season, but there were also very salvageable themes, such as rookie Kyle Pitts’s season. , who finished the season with more than 1,000 yards. – LMV
The team won the same number of games as last year, but fell two places down in the same division in which it was crowned. It is a clear example that the one who does not advance in the NFL is regressing, a perfect phrase to describe his situation as a quarterback. – RZ
Matt Nagy was one of the victims of the NFL’s “Black Monday” and there really wasn’t much argument for him to keep his job with the Bears after three consecutive seasons without a winning record. The future is not entirely bright for Chicago, with the search for a new head coach to build on its project with a young quarterback in Justin Fields who went 2-8 as a rookie. – EC
Management did not even wait for the traditional Monday after the season to announce the removal of Vic Fangio. The next person in charge on the wings will have a large defensive player base, but with the red spotlight on the quarterback position, as his now-former head coach made clear in his last conference. – LMV
Houston is light years away from its best version as a franchise, but David Culley has earned the respect of the locker room, and we all knew that the rebuilding project here was going to be a long time. – RZ
The Panthers already know that their future is not in the hands of Sam Darnold or Cam Newton, so they must evaluate the draft prospects very well at the position so as not to err in their decision or they will be on a slide again for the next four. years. – EC
New York battled from start to finish for the worst record in the American Conference and it is difficult to find positive points to the first year of Robert Saleh at the head of the organization, but if something they did show was pride, contrary to the team with which they share a stadium. – LMV
The least anyone can hope for is to leave the place in a better state than the one in which they found it. No one can say that about Joe Judge in his time leading the Giants. – RZ
No kidding, but the Lions ended up being one of the most enjoyable teams to watch in the final weeks of the season, the players were clearly playing for their head coach Dan Campbell, although unfortunately that doesn’t always translate to success, mostly. when the workforce is so limited. – EC
Jacksonville closed the season on a high note with a win over the Colts to knock them out of playoff chances. Now the decision of his next head coach and offensive coordinator will be very important as young Trevor Lawrence will have to start over with the playbook and that has rarely been a good thing for high-potential quarterbacks. – LMV
They participate in the elaboration of the NFL Power Rankings for ESPN: Erick Cervantes (EC), Luis Miguel Vasavilbaso (LMV) and Rafa Zamorano (RZ)