- Kody Bair
NFL Power Rankings - Week 12
1. Arizona Cardinals (9-2) Last Week: 4
The Cardinals become the first team in the NFL this year to clinch a winning record with a 23-13 win against the Seahawks. Colt McCoy once again held down the fort with 328 yards and a pair of passing touchdowns. That being said, I’m sure Arizona is still excited to get back Murray, Hopkins, and Edmonds.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3)
Last Week: 6
Tampa Bay came out and did what they needed to do to not drop a third straight game against a physical Giants team. Brady bounced back with 307 yards and two touchdowns and Mike Evans has become the all time TD leader in Tampa Bay with 72.
3. Green Bay Packers (8-3) Last Week: 1
43 times in his career, Aaron Rodgers has led the Packers down the field to tie the game or give Green Bay the lead in the 4th quarter or overtime. 21 times they’ve won. 22 times their special team or defense let the opponent score. This time it was the ladder, but for Rodgers to go out and throw 385 yards and 4 passing touchdowns without half of their offensive starters goes to show that the Packers are contenders as long as he is in Green Bay.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
Last Week: 8
Now it’s time to say the Chiefs are back. Even though Mahomes struggled with two turnovers and no touchdowns, Kansas City was able to get a win against a true superbowl contender. The Chiefs also have the highest rate of routes run where a receiver is open/wide open in the NFL.
5. Los Angeles Rams (7-3) Last Week: 7
The Rams get a much needed bye after one of their worst games of the season. They get a test on Sunday in Green Bay.
6. Dallas Cowboys (7-3) Last Week: 2
Dallas has looked really bad in two of their last three games. Dak Prescott had three turnovers and no touchdowns and the Cowboys couldn’t get the ground way going. It’s okay to have a couple bad games every now and then, but they might want to avoid making this a trend this late into the season.
7. New England Patriots (7-4)
Last Week: 10
Here we go again. The New England Patriots now have the number 1 spot in the AFC East after embarrassing the Falcons behind a talented game manager quarterback and one of the best defenses in the NFL.
8. Minnesota Vikings (5-5) Last Week: 11
Nine out of the Vikings 10 games this season have finished as a one possession game and the one that didn’t was a 30-17 win over the Seahawks in week 3. Those close games are also starting to end up as wins for Minnesota.
9. Tennessee Titans (8-3) Last Week: 3
The Titans can beat anybody in the league. They can also lose to anyone in the league. After losing to the Jets earlier this season, Tennessee drops a home game to the Texans. The Titans got a glimpse of what things might look like without Derrick Henry and having to rely on Ryan Tannehill, who had 4 picks on Sunday.
10. Buffalo Bills (6-4) Last Week: 5
The Bills might be in trouble. In their 41-15 home loss to the Colts, Buffalo looked like a team that just couldn’t click. Josh Allen had two picks and the defense let Jonathan Taylor run all over them.
11. Baltimore Ravens (7-3) Last Week: 9
The Ravens picked up a win this week but it didn’t come pretty. It was only a 3 point win but Baltimore was led by Tyler Huntly. Lamar Jackson of course makes a huge difference when he comes back, but the rest of the offense has to improve.
12. Indianapolis Colts (6-5)
Last Week: 19
The Colts are for real. Carson Wentz has a 18/3 touchdown to interception ratio and Jonathan Taylor continues to dominate with 185 rushing yards and 5 total touchdowns. Wentz didn’t have a great game on Sunday, but that comes with a pass when your running back can do that.
13. Los Angeles Chargers (6-4) Last Week: 13 Justin Herbert has shown a lot of inconsistency throughout the year, but this week he looked great with 3 touchdowns; but the story on offense this week for the Chargers is Austin Ekeler, who had 115 total yards and four total touchdowns.
14. San Francisco 49ers (5-5) Last Week: 18
San Francisco continues a slight rise in the rankings with a not so slight win in Jacksonville. Jimmy Garoppolo is still playing for his job and doing a good job of it as he was 16/22 for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the 30-10 win against the Jags.
15. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) Last Week: 17
Joe Mixon is quietly one of the best running backs out there. He had 123 yards in the 32-13 win in Las Vegas. Ja’Marr Chase had yet another receiving touchdown and Joe Burrow played an efficient game with 148 passing yards.
16. Carolina Panthers (5-6) Last Week: 12
Cam Newton had a great second home debut on Sunday against former coach Ron Rivera and the Washington Football Team. He had 235 total yards, 3 total touchdowns, and a rating of 120.5. But the Carolina defense couldn’t stop Taylor Heinicke and the Washington offense when it mattered, causing them to fall 27-21.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)
Last Week: 20
Philly picked up another big win under the radar as Jalen Hurts ran for three touchdowns and beat the Saints 40-29. With a couple games against the Giants and Football Team and a game against the Jets left on the schedule, look out for the Eagles to continue to fly under the radar right into the playoffs.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1) Last Week: 15
The Steelers flip-flopped on Sunday Night Football as their offense looked unstoppable but defense couldn’t get a stop. Pittsburgh put up 37 points behind Ben Roethlisberger's three touchdowns. But it didn’t matter as the defense gave up 41 points to the Chargers.
19. New Orleans Saints (5-5) Last Week: 14
Taysom Hill just signed a strange contract that included a bonus for being the starting QB, but I don’t see that happening when Jameis Winston gets back. I find it even more hard to believe given that the Saints won’t even play Hill before Siemian, who had 2 picks in the 40-29 loss to the Eagles.
20. Cleveland Browns (6-5) Last Week: 16
Despite picking up the win, the Browns looked bad at home against the struggling Detroit Lions. Nick Chubb had 130 yards to go with the other consistently good performances that he has had; but Baker Mayfield, who had 2 interceptions on Sunday, is on the hotseat.
21. Washington Football Team (4-6)
Last Week: 24
Taylor Heinicke is fighting for the full time job in Washington. The Football Team is expected to be one of the first teams to take a quarterback in this year's draft, but not if Heinicke continues to play like this. He had 3 touchdowns, 206 yards, and another big win this week.
22. Miami Dolphins (4-7) Last Week: 23
Just like that, the Dolphins are on a three game win streak. Tua had 273 yards and two touchdowns on 81.8% passing. Granted, it was just a touchdown win against the Jets, but if you’re Miami a win is a win.
23. Seattle Seahawks (3-7) Last Week: 21
It might be time for a rebuild in Seattle. The team as a whole looks bad and I wouldn’t be surprised if Russell Wilson is wearing a different jersey next year. The Seahawks lose a home game 23-13 against a Colt McCoy led offense and a defense that gave up 34 points to the Panthers last week.
24. Chicago Bears (3-7) Last Week: 22
The Bears now have the longest losing streak in the NFL at five losses in a row. The latest came from a Ravens team with Tyler Huntley at quarterback and on the other side, Justin Fields went down early. It’s rumored that Matt Nagy is out the door after thanksgiving, we’ll see how true that is soon.
25. Denver Broncos (5-5) Last Week: 25
Denver got an early start to their Thanksgiving break with a bye week and will stay home against their divisional rival Chargers next week.
26. Houston Texans (2-8)
Last Week: 32
The Texans move up a couple spots for their huge upset and move up a couple more spots for making me sound crazy in my last power rankings. This Thanksgiving, the Texans should be thankful for quarterback play. Tyrod Taylor had a decent day through the air and two touchdowns on the ground and on the other side of the ball, Ryan Tannehill had four interceptions.
27. Detroit Lions (0-9-1) Last Week: 30
The Lions make it out of the bottom five despite having no wins on their schedule. This team fights no matter what . With Tim Boyle at quarterback, they tied with the Steelers and hung in there with the Browns and even though that only shows up as 0-1-1- on the schedule, it must be respected.
28. Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) Last Week: 27
The downward spiral is in full effect for the Raiders. Darren Waller is the only reliable receiver for Derek Carr and not even he could get a touchdown for Vegas on Sunday in their 32-13 home loss to the Bengals.
29. New York Giants (3-7) Last Week: 26
Jason Garrett was fired as the Giants offensive coordinator after the Giants sported a bottom two offense throughout the season. The team has dealt with a lot of injuries but still just isn’t there yet even health. Daniel Jones is not the answer either.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) Last Week: 28
Jacksonville is still heading in the right direction, but this week shows there’s a lot to go. The Jags got blown out at home 30-10 by the 49ers. Trevor Lawrence played a decent game but has no time and rarely open receivers.
31. Atlanta Falcons (4-6) Last Week: 29
The Matt Ryan era in Atlanta is unfortunately coming to an ugly close. Matty Ice looked cold as he threw two interceptions against the Patriots. The Falcons have been beaten by a combined score of 68-3 in their last two games.
32. New York Jets (2-8) Last Week: 31
This was our first time in a while seeing Joe Flacco as a starting QB, and he actually had a good game with a pair of passing touchdowns. But it wasn’t enough to carry a bad Jets team that still has a lot of improvements to make in the future.