Power Rankings

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Season 46 Power Rankings: Week 14
RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
1
Packers
9-2
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Right now the Pack is clicking, with a top ten defense in every regard, and an offense that’s only ‘weakness’ is the fact they are average in rushing. They have two losses this season, a 34-27 loss to the Bears in Week 1, and then a heartbreaking 26-24 loss to the Rams. They could easily be 10-1, and are seeking revenge against Chicago. Yes, the schedule has been favorable, but they are playing their best football when it matters, and will prove a lot to us as they face Atlanta, Chicago, and Detroit in three of their final four.
2
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They are winning impressive game after impressive game, with their only two losses being inside the division to the Eagles and Redskins. Coach Ramesu has them playing great defense, allowing just 15 points per game, and the young offense is doing their part. They have legitimate game-breakers in Barkley and Beckham, and great contributors around them. The crazy thing is, they could possibly lose the division still.
3
Falcons
9-2
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The best overall offense in the league, scoring 32 points per game, and have the current MVP-favorite in Matt Ryan leading the way. They have two losses this season that have been by one possession or less, and have scored less than 27 points twice in 11 games. Their weakness is on defense, as they are allowing 22 points per game, and seem to have real trouble defending the pass. If you can hold Atlanta under 21 points, that is the best chance of an upset.
4
Rams
9-2
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Despite their 9-2 record, the Rams have struggled offensively this season. They are currently ranked below average in total yardage and passing yards, while their defense doesn’t excel at anything besides sacks. They average 6 more points scored than allowed, but have very strange weeks in which they score 7 or less points to inferior teams. I love this roster, and the coach is battle tested, but I think there are serious growing pains happening right now.
5
Texans
8-3
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Likely the top seed in the AFC when it’s all said and done, the Texans took care of business this week with a good win over Tennessee, in what was likely Deshaun Watson’s best game of the year. Houston needs him to play better if they are to advance deep into the playoffs, and if he does, they are my favorite to go to the Super Bowl.
6
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After starting 1-3, the Panthers have gone 7-0 since, and have soared to the top ten of almost all statistical charts. Rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore is having a great opening season, and the Panthers are finding ways to get Christian McCaffrey going (almost 1000 total yards). They have their calendar circled for Weeks 15-17, as they face the Saints twice, and the Falcons. This will determine their playoff fate.
7
Bears
8-3
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The Bears are 3-3 in their last six games since starting 5-0, and the victories have been against the Bills (0-11), the Jets (5-6) and the Vikings (4-6). They’ve been swept by the Lions, and a tough loss to the Patriots. With Tarik Cohen lost again due to injury, the Bears need to find a way to stay afloat in the NFC race, and that lies on the shoulders of Mitch Trubisky, who has thrown just 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions in his last four games. Can he step up this week against the Giants?
8
Cowboys
7-4
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Life comes at you fast. The Cowboys were sitting pretty at 7-2 two weeks ago, with the best pass offense, and overall scoring defense in the league. They were then defeated by Atlanta and Washington back to back to a combined tune of 75-47. They are in the mix in the NFC East, but have a brutal road ahead. They face New Orleans, Philly, Indianapolis, and the Giants in four of their final five.
9
Lions
8-3
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We call this a ‘prove-it’ week. Detroit has been slandered despite their impressive 8-3 start, with losses to Carolina (8-3), Green Bay (8-2) and Dallas (7-4). They’ve swept the Bears this season, and yet people doubt them. Why? Well, because they have a quarterback who is doubling interceptions to touchdowns, and they simply haven’t beaten anyone outside of Chicago that makes you pay attention. Against the Rams this week, that have a real opportunity to throw themselves into the mix.
10
Chiefs
7-4
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The Chiefs started 6-0, and have been 1-4 since, including losses to playoff teams such as the Rams and Bengals, then to the Cardinals and Browns. I covered it at length in my AFC playoff article, but they are turning the ball over more in this stretch, and their offense as a whole has struggled to score. They have scored 34 points in 3 games and allowed 49.
11
Ravens
7-4
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I have serious doubts about where the Ravens will end up by the time the season ends, but for now they are still treading water in the difficult AFC North. Cincinnati is right on their tail, and they are starting to experience serious growing pains from Lamar Jackson, who is turning the ball over at an alarming rate. They need to solve this fast, as the Falcons and Chiefs are back to back on their schedule.
12
Broncos
6-5
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The offense and team goes where Jordan Howard will take them, as he has been the leader of the best rushing attack in the league. Denver has yet to truly impress us though with a signature win to prove they are capable of a playoff run, getting swept by Kansas City, and losses to Houston, the Rams, and Arizona. If they run into a team that bottles up Howard, they are in serious trouble.
13
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Can Washington play every game on the road? They are one of four teams with a perfect record on the road this season (5-0), and have a deflating 2-4 home record. They are one of the biggest Jekyll and Hyde teams in the league, flipping the switch each week to a different persona. These past two weeks, they handled the Texans and Cowboys – after a weird stretch of blowout losses to Dallas, Carolina, and Atlanta. They are actually doing very well inside the division, and with two straight NFC East games coming up, Washington could make some noise.
14
Bengals
6-5
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The Bengals have a lot of ‘what-ifs’ this season. A 28-27 loss to the Saints in Week 10, a 31-27 loss to the Steelers in Week 6, a 23-20 loss to the Panthers in Week 3. They could be 7-4 or 8-3 if things went the right way, but they have improved every week this season. This offense is really clicking, as Joe Mixon has excelled in the feature back role, and the duo of A.J. Green and John Ross is living up to the hype. With the Broncos and Chargers back to back ahead, win those games and you make the big dance.
15
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Who isn’t rooting for the Chargers? They have to be the feel-good story of Season 46, as they are flirting with a wild card spot right now. Their defense has been great defending the pass and getting after the quarterback, as Bosa and Ingram have caused serious problems for the AFC. They have a serious chance to prove themselves this month, as they will face the Bengals, Chiefs, Ravens and Broncos – all current AFC playoff teams.
16
Colts
5-6
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They are 5-1 in their last 6, after starting 0-5, but have faced cupcake after cupcake to get here. They have beaten the 0-22 combined Bills and Jets, the 2-9 Raiders, the slumping Titans, and the 5-6 Jets. We’re happy for you. Their loss? A 26-6 blowout at the hands of Jacksonville. The good news is, we’ll find out what they are made of these next four games, as they face the Jaguars, Texans, Cowboys and Giants all in a row.
17
Titans
5-6
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For an offense than rips off yards as much as they do, they sure don’t score a lot. Despite being the third best team in rushing, they have 6 touchdowns on the ground, and Dion Lewis is averaging double the yards Henry is per attempt, and has been given less than 100 touches in 11 games. Tennessee had chances early in the season to knock off Houston and Philly, but shot themselves in the foot. Now, going 1-3 in their last 4 (including back to back AFC South losses) has really hurt their chances.
18
Eagles
6-5
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Amazingly enough, the Eagles would be a contender in the AFC, but they picked the wrong conference. The Eagles are loaded, and are a .500 football team that has an underwhelming offense despite the talent. Philly really hasn’t bounced back from the terrible opening stretch they had, losing to Atlanta and Tampa Bay by a combination of 77-28. Since then, they have one win against a team with a winning record (Giants), and are 0-5 against NFC playoff teams. Ouch.
19
Jaguars
4-7
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If this team could win close games, or even half of them, they’d be a playoff team. They are a top five defense in almost every category in the league, and have an offense than can flirt with 20 points per game. In one possession games (7 points or less) the Jaguars are 0-5. This includes losses to Dallas, the Giants, the Jets, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh. Win half of those games, and then we’re talking.
20
Jets
5-6
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The Jets seem to be on their way to an AFC East crown after taking down New England last week, but it isn’t over yet. One final matchup in Week 17 should determine everything, but I like the chances in New York better. Despite a brutal schedule coming up (Titans, Texans, Packers), their formula to succeed seems more sustainable than New England’s. The only thing killing them right now is their rush defense, which is getting gashed to the tune of 117 yards per game.
21
Saints
5-6
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The Saints are mathematically eliminated yet, but the loss to Atlanta last week may have been the final nail in the coffin. A head-scratching season for sure in New Orleans, as many picked them to win the NFC South, and their all-in trade for Calais Campbell seemed to seal the deal. 11 games in, this offense hasn’t clicked, and with injuries ruining Alvin Kamara’s season, this may have been a lost season before it began. The question is, will Brees run it back next year?
22
Browns
4-7
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Another example of a team that couldn’t dig themselves out of the winless hole they started in – beginning the year 0-2, then losing to the woeful Raiders to go to 1-3 spells disaster, but there are positives here. The Browns offense is legit, as the duo of Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb is paying immediate dividends. The defense has been dreadful as of late, allowing 300+ yards per game, and just came off a 48 point performance against Cincinnati. Cleveland can content in the AFC with improvements in the back end.
23
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They were never going to dig themselves out of their 0-6 hole they dug to start the year, but the impressive 4-1 record since has been fun to watch, especially with two shockers against the Broncos and Chiefs. The Cardinals knew there would be growing pains throwing Rosen to the fire, but with just 9 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and the 23rd worst scoring offense. Build around the kid, and the Cardinals have proven they can win.
24
Vikings
4-6
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There was a fun little stretch in the season when Minnesota beat the Cardinals, Jets and Saints three straight weeks, when Cousins and Diggs soared to the top of the stat sheets. They proceeded to lose back to back division games, effectively eliminating them from any shot at contending in the North this year. Amazingly enough, the defense has been great as expected, but the offense has held them back. You can’t make the playoffs in this league scoring 15 points per game.
25
49ers
3-7
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Just like the Buccaneers, it seems so long ago that the 49ers trounced the Vikings in the season opener. After that game, they lost three straight to tough opponents, then their season seemed to end with a 9 interception performance from Jimmy Garoppolo. Want me to let you in on a little secret though? Come closer….I don’t hate this team! They’ve been very competitive under the circumstances, and if they can fix their turnover issues, I see them as a 7-8 win team.
26
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Yes, the Legion of Boom is over, and this Seahawks effort in their absence has been downright abysmal. They are one of the bottom 5 defenses in terms of stopping the run, and are allowing 8 more points per game than they score. Russell Wilson’s season is over due to injury, and even he was struggling. Bright side? Rashaad Penny is legit, and if the Hawks can field a competent passing game next year, watch out.
27
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Sure, they’re in the hunt for the woeful AFC East, but that doesn’t mean they are grandfathered into a good spot in the rankings. Their offense (outside of Sony Michel) is completely dreadful, even when Brady was healthy. They have one signature win against the Bears in Week 7, but since then have been destroyed by the likes of Green Bay and Tennessee. Who starts at quarterback next year?
28
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Remember when Tampa was that cute, fun story at the beginning of the year when they handled the Eagles and the Steelers, and a close loss to the Saints? Well, that seems like years ago now, as the Buccaneers have been blown out by Atlanta, Carolina, and the Giants since then, and have one win against the 4-7 Browns. Jameis Winston and this passing offense ranks towards the bottom of the league in every category.
29
Raiders
2-9
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We knew the deck was stacked against Oakland heading into Season 46, but nobody expected this. An offense that is drastically inconsistent (with the third worst rushing attack), and a defense that allows nearly 30 points per game. Their offseason priority is going to be re-signing Khalil Mack, and trying to make this team younger.
30
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Pretty incredible that this roster is 3-8 through 11 games, but here we are. Roethlisberger has been benched for Mason Rudolph, who has accounted for 2 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his brief stint in Steel City. With Le’Veon Bell in tow, they are the 20th best rushing attack in football, and now due to CBA issues, they are going to carry $30 million of dead money into the offseason, and possibly lose Bell. Things could get a lot worse in Pitt, fast.
31
Dolphins
0-11
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The AFC East is really bad! Second worst team in points scored (11 per game), and Teddy Bridgewater has fallen off a cliff since his first really solid month in Miami. After throwing 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions through the first 3 games in Miami, Teddy has accounted for 2 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, and is being sacked between 4-8 times per game. Brutal.
32
Bills
0-11
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No surprise here, the worst offense in the league and it isn’t close. They average 3 points per game, they have been shutout in their last 3 games, and have scored one touchdown this season in 11 games. Josh Allen has been benched for AJ McCarron, and LeSean McCoy is considering retirement. Back to the drawing board for Coach Turtles this offseason.
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