The NFL power rankings for Week 17 have arrived and while the New Orleans Saints hold the NFL’s best record, it is a trio of 9-6 teams that seem to be peaking at the right time - and have the potential to be a higher seed's nightmare in a first-round postseason matchup.

Titans, Seahawks and Colts, oh my!

One month ago, not many experts would have guessed that the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans would all be heading into the final regular season game as three of the hottest teams in the league, but they are!

According to a CBS Sports report, the Titans won their fourth game in a row - and sixth in their last eight, when they defeated the Washington Redskins 25-16 on Saturday to keep their postseason hopes alive.

The Titans can sneak into the playoffs if they can defeat another red-hot 9-6 squad, the division rival Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts beat the NY Giants in dramatic come from behind fashion by the final score of 28-27. The win was Indy’s eighth in their last nine games and it set up a huge win or go home scenario in Week 17 against the Titans.

The final 9-6 team that deserves a tip of the cap is the Seattle Seahawks. Winners of five of their last six outings, the Seahawks knocked off Kansas City 38-31 on Sunday night football to keep hope alive in their quest to make the postseason and another run at a Super Bowl crown. A loss would have put Seattle at 8-7 instead of 9-6 and opened the door that much wider for the Philadelphia Eagles to sneak in.

At 8-7, the defending champion Eagles still have life, but they need to win next week and get a bit of help along the way.

Oh, by the way, those 9-6 Baltimore Ravens deserve props as well. Winners of five of their last six, the Ravens are poised to snatch the AFC North crown next week when they host the Cleveland Browns.

The rankings

The Steelers, Texans, and Chiefs continue to slide a bit, while the Patriots and Bears continue their climb towards the top.

1. New Orleans Saints

2. New England Patriots

3. Los Angeles Rams

4. Chicago Bears

5. Los Angeles Chargers

6. Kansas City Chiefs

7. Houston Texans

8. Seattle Seahawks

9. Indianapolis Colts

10. Tennessee Titans


Baltimore Ravens

12. Dallas Cowboys

13. Pittsburgh Steelers

14. Minnesota Vikings

15. Philadelphia Eagles

16. Cleveland Browns

17. Miami Dolphins

18. Washington Redskins

19. Denver Broncos

20. Carolina Panthers

21. Green Bay Packers

22. New York Giants

23.Tampa Bay Bucs

24. Cincinnati Bengals

25. Buffalo Bills

26. Detroit Lions

27. Jacksonville Jags

28. Atlanta Falcons

29. San Francisco 49ers

30. Oakland Raiders

31. NY Jets

32. Arizona Cardinals