NFL power rankings entering Week 16
In preparation for NFL Week 16, here are the updated PFF power rankings. This week, the rankings are presented with a player who has never made the Pro Bowl before, but is deserving of consideration this season.
1. Carolina Panthers
Halfback Jonathan Stewart has made 49 players miss tackles on his carries, second-most in the NFL.
2. New England Patriots
Linebacker Jamie Collins has a 10.4 run stop percentage, which is sixth-best for 4-3 outside linebackers.
3. Arizona Cardinals
Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, out the remainder of the season due to injury, has 16 run stops and a 5.7 run stop percentage, both top for his position.
4. Cincinnati Bengals
Tight end Tyler Eifert has a 77.4 percent catch rate, third-best for tight ends with at least 35 targets. He has caught 48 of 62 passes thrown his way.
5. Green Bay Packers
Safety Morgan Burnett has a 7.4 run stop percentage, fourth-best among safeties. He is the only safety in the top five with fewer than six missed tackles in the run game—and he only has one.
6. Seattle Seahawks
Linebacker K.J. Wright has a 33.7 tackle efficiency, which is the best among 4-3 linebackers. He has just three missed tackles on the season, compared to 86 made tackles.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
Right guard David DeCastro has an above average PFF grade in each of his last 11 games after starting the season with three straight games with a below average grade. His grade over the first three weeks was -2.3, while his grade over the last 11 has been +19.3.
8. Denver Broncos
Linebacker Brandon Marshall has 0.67 yards per coverage snap, fifth-lowest among inside/middle linebackers.
9. Minnesota Vikings
When Harrison Smith is thrown at, opposing quarterbacks have an NFL passer rating of 26.8, third-lowest among safeties who have been targeted at least 10 times.
10. Oakland Raiders
Linebacker Khalil Mack has 26 run stops, which is five more than any other 3-4 outside linebacker.
11. Atlanta Falcons
Right tackle Ryan Schraeder has a pass blocking efficiency of 97.1, tied for second-best among all tackles.
12. Kansas City Chiefs
Tight end Travis Kelce has made 12 players miss tackles on him, which is fourth-most among tight ends.
13. Houston Texans
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has 2.22 yards per route run, ninth-best among wide receivers.
14. Buffalo Bills
Eric Wood is one of just three centers with a PFF season grade above 83 in both pass blocking and run blocking.
15. New York Jets
Halfback Chris Ivory has 613 rushing yards after contact this season, third-best for running backs.
16. Philadelphia Eagles
Safety Malcolm Jenkins has 36 stops for the season, fifth-best among safeties.
17. Baltimore Ravens
Tight end Crockett Gillmore averages 7.5 yards after the catch, third-best for tight ends with at least 15 targets.
18. New Orleans Saints
Left tackle Terron Armstead has only allowed 19 pressures this season, the lowest among the 28 offensive tackles with at least 500 pass blocks this season.
19. Chicago Bears
Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee has a pass rushing productivity of 15.8, which is the best for edge rushers. He has five sacks, 11 hits, and 40 hurries on just 274 pass blocks.
20. St. Louis Rams
Cornerback Trumaine Johnson has six interceptions, second-most among all CBs.
21. Dallas Cowboys
Sean Lee has 22 stops in the passing game, fourth-most for 4-3 outside linebackers.
Since Week 12, Bashaud Breeland has allowed a 37.9 percent catch rate, the lowest among cornerbacks who have been targeted more than 17 times.
23. Indianapolis Colts
Linebacker Jerrell Freeman has a 13.3 run stop percentage, second-best for all linebackers.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars
Halfback T.J. Yeldon has forced 0.18 players to miss tackles on him per carry, which is the fifth-best for HBs with at least 150 carries.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide receiver Mike Evans has 2.43 yards per route run, sixth-best for wide receivers.
26. Miami Dolphins
Olivier Vernon has 70 pressures when pass rushing from the right, the most for 4-3 defensive ends. Only five other 4-3 DEs have more than half that much.
27. Detroit Lions
Since Week 8, CB Darius Slay has only allowed 26 yards after the catch, the fewest for any corner who has been targeted at least 15 times.
28. New York Giants
In eight of C Weston Richburg’s 14 games this season, Richburg hasn’t allowed a pressure. He has allowed just nine pressures this season, which is the fewest for all centers with at least 500 pass blocks.
29. Cleveland Browns
In 10-of-14 games this season, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has allowed three or fewer pressures. He has yet to allow more than two combined sacks and hits in a game this year.
30. Tennessee Titans
Tight end Delanie Walker has forced 16 missed tackles on his catches, the most for a tight end this season.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Defensive tackle Ian Williams has 32 run stops, which is fourth-most among defensive/nose tackles.
32. San Diego Chargers
Melvin Ingram has 29 pressures when lined up on the defenses right side, fifth-best for 3-4 outside linebackers.