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NFL Power Rankings | Week 18 2023

Sam WagmanSports Content Editor
@swagman95
Last Updated: Jan 2, 2024

Week 17 has concluded.

There are some interesting end-of-year storylines to take into account, so if you’re interested in some Super Bowl plays, head on over to our Super Bowl odds.

Here are my NFL power rankings for Week 18.

2023 NFL Power Rankings

Power RankingNFL TeamChange From Last Week
1Baltimore Ravens0
2San Francisco 49ers0
3Dallas Cowboys+4
4Buffalo Bills+1
5Miami Dolphins-2
6Detroit Lions 0
7Philadelphia Eagles-3
8Kansas City Chiefs0
9Cleveland Browns0
10Los Angeles Rams 0
11Jacksonville Jaguars+3
12Indianapolis Colts0
13Seattle Seahawks0
14Houston Texans+1
15Tampa Bay Buccaneers-4
16Green Bay Packers0
17New Orleans Saints+1
18Pittsburgh Steelers+3
19Las Vegas Raiders+3
20Minnesota Vikings0
21Cincinnati Bengals-3
22Chicago Bears+1
23Denver Broncos-1
24Tennessee Titans0
25Atlanta Falcons0
26Washington Commanders0
27New York Jets0
28Los Angeles Chargers0
29New York Giants0
30Arizona Cardinals0
31Carolina Panthers0
32New England Patriots0

Please note that all 2023 NFL futures odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook and are current as of Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

32. New England Patriots (4-12)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (Off the Board)

The Patriots didn’t go scoreless, but it’s too little, too late, especially with the news that Bill Belichick will be let go after the season ends.

31. Carolina Panthers (2-14)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (Off the Board)

OK, so the Panthers are the first team to have their odds removed from the board this season.

Firing Frank Reich was probably the only move owner David Tepper had, but still, they should have picked C.J. Stroud. At this point, put Bryce Young behind a competent offensive line, or don’t do it at all.

30. Arizona Cardinals (4-12)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (Off the Board)

I hope that win over the Eagles was worth it, Jonathan Gannon. You might have cost your team the chance to pick Marvin Harrison, Jr.

29. New York Giants (5-11)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (Off the Board)

*inarticulate Italian noises*

I think Tommy DeVito‘s agent should have his own show cause he certainly has stolen it lately. I think it’s winding down, though.

28. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (Off the Board)

Their Super Bowl odds have sunk, OC Kellen Moore isn’t doing what we thought he would, and the Chargers gave up 63 points to the Raiders.

Oh, and Justin Herbert‘s out for the year. Time to check out of this campaign, Chargers fans.

27. New York Jets (6-10)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (Off the Board)

A 30-0 loss to the Dolphins, who were WITHOUT Tyreek Hill. Does it get any worse?

26. Washington Commanders (4-12)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (Off the Board)

The Commanders just stink. Can they fire Ron Rivera already?

25. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+50000)

At this point, I think we are all just hoping that Arthur Smith gets shown the door if the Falcons end up missing the playoffs.

24. Tennessee Titans (5-11)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (Off the Board)

I seriously wonder what this Titans team plans to do in the offseason. Full rebuild? Try and run it back one more time?

It’s so weird there.

23. Denver Broncos (7-9)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (Off the Board)

This team was not a playoff team!

22. Chicago Bears (7-9)

The Bears are going to miss the playoffs yet again, but this team’s future is bright.

Now, it’s time to decide whether to pick at the 1.01… or trade away the right to draft Caleb Williams…

21. Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (Off the Board)

It’s all over for the Bengals, who will miss the playoffs due to a variety of factors. Hopefully, Joe Burrow returns fully healthy in 2024 and is ready to return this talented team to the postseason, where Jake Browning nearly led them to the playoffs.

20. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+80000)

The Vikings are definitely not making the playoffs, but they’re somehow not mathematically eliminated yet, despite losing three in a row.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds (Off the Board)

As quickly as the Raiders had some future hope, it quickly evaporated. This team should definitely promote Antonio Pierce, though. He’s absolutely made a difference in that locker room as far as player culture goes.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+25000)

The Steelers continue to ride to victories with Mason Rudolph leading the way.

Wait, did you read that right? You absolutely did. 2023-24, people.

17. New Orleans Saints (8-8)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+20000)

Derek Carr can do nothing to amuse people, and yet the Saints still have a playoff chance as we head into Week 18.

16. Green Bay Packers (8-8)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+14000)

The Packers have put themselves squarely in the driver’s seat to take the seventh and final playoff spot in the NFC with two solid wins.

They are now win-and-in to the playoffs.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+12000)

Finally, some signs of life from the Buccaneers and Baker Mayfield. Of the two teams that are tied for first in the NFC South, they would probably be my pick to make it out of the division.

14. Houston Texans (9-7)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+8000)

C.J. Stroud is still my pick for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Texans are extremely impressive and fully deserving of any accolades they end up taking home this season. At the same time, Tank Dell being out for the season has damaged their offense.

13. Seattle Seahawks (8-8)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+12000)

Beating the Eagles may have actually saved the Seahawks’ season from imploding, but now they have to dig deep, get a win, and hope for a Packers loss to make the postseason. Yikes. There are also other scenarios if Seattle ties, but this is a tough situation regardless.

12. Indianapolis Colts (9-7)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+10000)

Can the Colts get some help from the Titans to turn Sunday’s matchup against Houston into the division-deciding bout?

11. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+3500)

With the Colts and Texans still hot on the Jaguars’ heels, the worst thing that could have happened was a soul-sucking loss to the Ravens, their third in a row.

Next week decides the division, with the Jaguars taking on the Titans.

10. Los Angeles Rams (9-7)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+6000)

Matthew Stafford continues to cook, even against tough defenses.

If the Rams sneak into the playoffs, watch out.

9. Cleveland Browns (11-5)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+3500)

The Browns now have Joe Flacco off his couch throwing the football, but will that be enough to lead them to prosperity in the playoffs?

8. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+950)

The Chiefs have temporarily righted the ship, but will it last?

7. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+1100)

Are the Eagles as good as we thought they were? We likely won’t know this answer till the playoffs come around.

Bet Tip: Eagles Win NFC (+250)

DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit

Betting the Eagles to win the NFC again, even at these shorter odds, is one of my favorite plays.

6. Detroit Lions (11-5)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+2000)

Off the heels of one of the worst beats in NFL history due to a referee error, will the Lions let it define their season? Or can they rebound?

5. Miami Dolphins (11-5)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+1300)

It was bad, losing multiple offensive linemen in this game for the season and Tyreek Hill sustaining an ankle injury.

What will be worse is if the Bills capitalize on their hot momentum to upend Miami due to their tough schedule.

4. Buffalo Bills (10-6)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+800)

The Bills are now 10-6, but they still hold the keys to zooming into the playoffs. Despite a tough schedule down the stretch, Josh Allen is more than capable of putting this team on his back and digging deep.

3. Dallas Cowboys (11-5)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+850)

The Cowboys knocked off the Eagles in the rematch game, assuming first place in the NFC East. Will it last?

Is this finally *cliche incoming* their year?

2. San Francisco 49ers (12-4)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+220)

The 49ers are the best team in the NFC, but can they hold up against the elite defenses? The loss to the Ravens sparked plenty of questions.

1. Baltimore Ravens (13-3)

  • Super Bowl 58 Odds: (+300)

Losing Mark Andrews sucked, but the Ravens continue to steamroll along.

Cliche as it sounds, the only team beating them is themselves. In each of their three losses, they’ve had an 85+% win probability at least once.

Author

Sam Wagman

Sam is the Sports Content Editor for The Game Day. He has been in the sports media industry for 4 years, with stints at VegasInsider, Footballguys, and Fantasy Points. Sam specializes in fantasy football content creation and strategy as well as sports betting content strategy with an NFL and PGA focus. Originally from Philadelphia, he enjoys all Philly sports despite now living in Florida. He enjoys playing tennis, pickleball, and golf -- while constantly struggling to break 80 on the course.

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