Week 17 NFL Power Rankings: The Broncos Are Starting To Slide

Peyton Manning

21. New Orleans Saints (LW: 19)

Mercy has finally been granted. What has long been a season to forget finally came to an official end when the now 6-9 Saints were eliminated from playoff contention with a home loss to the Falcons. About five weeks after they should have been. Even with the league’s top offense in yards gained, the Saints simply could never overcome their struggles, furthered largely by one of the worst defenses in the league. Seemingly always getting the benefit of the doubt because of their pedigree, the Saints finally proved that this wasn’t their year, after all.

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