0 Comments Share 30.Oakland Raiders4-11beat Denver 27-14(▲1)They now are very much a team without a home — at this point. 29.Jacksonville Jaguars5-10beat Miami 17-7(▲1)Blake Bortles is back…because of an injury to Cody Kessler. 11.Seattle Seahawks9-6beat Kansas City 38-31(▲2)Seattle going to the playoffs in a “rebuilding year.” 27.San Francisco 49ers4-11lost to Chicago 14-9(–)Couldn’t muster much vs. stingy Chicago defense. 4.Kansas City Chiefs11-4lost to Seattle 38-31(▼1)Is Kansas City’s December swoon in full effect? 10.Tennessee Titans9-6beat Washington 25-16(–)Might have to rely on Blaine Gabbert to propel them to the postseason. 26.Buffalo Bills5-10lost to New England 24-12(–)They play hard, just don’t have enough talent. 14.Pittsburgh Steelers8-6-1lost to New Orleans 31-28(▼5)Steelers on the outside looking in with one week to play. 5.Los Angeles Chargers11-4lost to Baltimore 22-10(▼1)Chargers had only one possession that netted over 34 yards vs. Baltimore. 7.Baltimore Ravens9-6beat LA Chargers 22-10(▲4)The Ravens have ridden a ridiculous defense to a Super Bowl before. Just sayin’. 8.Houston Texans10-5lost to Philadelphia 32-30(▼2)Dropped two of last three. 9.Indianapolis Colts9-6beat NY Giants 28-27(▼1)Struggled with Giants after manhandling Dallas. 3.Chicago Bears11-4beat San Francisco 14-9(▲2)Have allowed 32 points during three-game winning streak. 13.Philadelphia Eagles8-7beat Houston 32-30(▲1)Nick Foles=the ultimate (season) closer? 16.Cleveland Browns7-7-1beat Cincinnati 26-18(–)Mayfield has been great, but really needs to get over the Hue Jackson thing. RankTeamRecordResultMovementComment Things are pretty interesting at the top of the league heading into the final weekend of the regular season.The New Orleans Saints survived a scare from the desperate Pittsburgh Steelers and once again are the top team in our NFL Power Rankings.Meanwhile, the Rams’ dismantling of the Cardinals without Todd Gurley bumped them back up into the top two while the Bears continued to play stellar defense in their win over San Francisco to earn top-three status for the first time all season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 6.New England Patriots10-5beat Buffalo 24-12(▲1)What a shock — the Patriots are AFC East champs… 20.Atlanta Falcons6-9beat Carolina 24-10(▲3)Feasted on teams more broken than them in the last two weeks. 21.Denver Broncos6-9lost to Oakland 27-14(▼1)Nice of the Broncos to roll over for the Raiders’ last-ever game in Oakland. 28.Detroit Lions5-10lost to Minnesota 27-9(–)Matthew Stafford only 425 yards over last three games. 25.Cincinnati Bengals6-9lost to Cleveland 26-18(–)We’ve said it 100 times, but Marvin Lewis’ days in Cincy may be numbered. 17.Washington Redskins7-8lost to Tennessee 25-16(–)Memo to D.J. Swearinger: dysfunctional franchises don’t like players who speak their minds. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates a touchdown by running back Alvin Kamara, not pictured, in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. The Saints won 31-28, clinching the top seed for the NFC and home field advantage for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) 19.Miami Dolphins7-8lost to Jacksonville 17-7(▼1)Dolphins offense held under 200 yards for the fifth time this season — three more than ANY other NFL team. 2.Los Angeles Rams11-3beat Arizona 31-9(▲2)Goff turnover-free; no Gurley, no problem vs. hapless Cardinals. 12.Dallas Cowboys9-6beat Tampa Bay 27-20(–)Nice bounce-back win after getting roughed up by Colts. 23.New York Giants5-10lost to Indianapolis 28-27(▼1)Offense returned, but couldn’t hold a lead on the Colts. 24.Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-10lost to Dallas 27-20(–)Todd Monken might be sought after once the staff is blown out in Tampa. The Chiefs and Chargers both dropped decisions, but still round out the top five.Here’s a look at this week’s order:Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings – Week 17 31.New York Jets4-11lost to Green Bay 44-38 (OT)(▼2)Blew a 15-point second-half lead to the Packers. Top Stories 15.Minnesota Vikings8-6-1beat Detroit 27-9(–)Kirk Cousins has been good since the loss to Seattle. 32.Arizona Cardinals3-12lost to LA Rams 31-9(–)One loss away from the number-one overall pick. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 22.Carolina Panthers6-9lost to Atlanta 24-10(▼1)Seventh straight loss has Ron Rivera on the hot seat in Charlotte. 1.New Orleans Saints13-2beat Pittsburgh 31-28(–)First time the Saints have hit 30+ points in a month. 18.Green Bay Packers6-8-1beat NY Jets 44-38 (OT)(▲1)Aaron Rodgers topped the 400-yard mark for the third time this year. Only Ryan Fitzpatrick has done it more.
Go back to the enewsletterAccor has inked a management agreement that will see the ultra-luxury Raffles Hotels & Resorts brand debut in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Raffles Bahrain will takeover the Al Areen Palace & Spa, a private resort that features 78 pool villas as well as the region’s largest spa and hydrotherapy facility.Accor, the parent company of Raffles, will conduct an extensive refurbishment program of Al Areen Palace & Spa. Under the “milestone agreement” with GFH Financial Group (GFH), Accor aims to reposition Raffles Bahrain as “the ultimate luxury retreat”.Major enhancements will transform the property into an exclusive oasis for the well-travelled, promising guests hand-crafted personalised experiences, with a focus on health and wellbeing, thoughtful and discreet service, unparalleled culinary expertise and an ambience of timeless elegance for which the Raffles brand is globally renowned.Property enhancements attuned to Raffles brand standards will include the refurbishment of the 56 one-bedroom Desert Pool Villas and 22 two-bedroom Royal Pool Villas, which feature open air swimming and jet pools, and converting its four F&B outlets to six.Health facilities including separate male and female gymnasiums, the kids’ club and indoor and outdoor swimming pools will see uplift and refurbishment.Signing of the iconic Raffles Bahrain (left to right): Jean Baptiste Recher, Vice President Development ME, Accor; Francois Baudin, Senior Vice President Development, EMEA, Accor; Hisham Al Rayes, Chief Executive Officer, GFH Financial Group; and Laith Yousif Almemar, Chief Development Officer, GFH Financial Group.Bahrain-headquartered GFH is a renowned financial group in the GCC. Accor is currently discussing further opportunities to manage the entity’s multiple upcoming hospitality projects in the region and internationally.Raffles Bahrain joins a collection of 14 properties across 12 countries and a pipeline of eight other projects.Go back to the enewsletter