Sadly, another NFL week is in the books. But thankfully, we have six more weeks of regular season football left. A Monday Night showdown against two of the best offenses in the league was everything we wanted it to be. The Saints made the Eagles look like the Bills, beating them by 41 points. Gruden and Carr got into it on the sideline, but the Raiders got their second win of the season. Lamar Jackson won his first game as a starter. Do the Ravens stick with him when Flacco is healthy enough to start again? Let’s dive into the Week 12 NFL Power Rankings.
32.) Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 28) (2-8) 31.) Oakland Raiders (32) (2-8) 30.) San Francisco 49ers (31) (2-8) BYE 29.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26) (3-7) 28.) New York Jets (30) (3-7) BYE 27.) Buffalo Bills (27) (3-7) BYE 26.) Jacksonville Jaguars (24) (3-7) 25.) New York Giants (29) (3-7) 24.) Cleveland Browns (22) (3-6-1) BYE 23.) Detroit Lions (23) (4-6) 22.) Denver Broncos (25) (4-6) 21.) Philadelphia Eagles (20) (4-6) 20.) Atlanta Falcons (17) (4-6) 19.) Cincinnati Bengals (14) (5-5) 18.) Miami Dolphins (16) (5-5) BYE 17.) Green Bay Packers (12) (4-5-1) 16.) Baltimore Ravens (21) (5-5) 15.) Tennessee Titans (10) (5-5) 14.) Seattle Seahawks (18) (5-5) 13.) Dallas Cowboys (19) (5-5) 12.) Washington Redskins (13) (6-4) 11.) Carolina Panthers (11) (6-4)
10.) Indianapolis Colts (15) (5-5)
After a slow start, the Colts have now won four straight. Andrew Luck hasn’t been sacked since Week 5!? Luck is quietly having a great season and is only behind Mahomes in passing touchdowns this year. Indy looks to keep their winning streak going against Miami this week.
9.) Los Angeles Chargers (6) (7-3)
Joey Bosa made his season debut, but Case Keenum wasn’t sacked a single time in Week 11. The Chargers fell to the Broncos on a go-ahead field goal in the remaining seconds of the game. Los Angeles looks to back bounce this week against a Cardinals team that just lost to the Raiders.
8.) Minnesota Vikings (9) (5-4-1)
You are probably wondering why the Vikings moved up in the rankings even though they lost this past week. It was a divisional game, on the road, against one of the league’s best defenses. The Vikes got outclassed last week, and Green Bay comes to town this week. Will the Vikes get back on track?
7.) Houston Texans (8) (7-3)
After starting 0-3, the Texans have now won seven straight. The Colts and Titans are right on their heel in the division race. They get a chance to separate themselves a little further from the Titans this week, as they come to town.
6.) New England Patriots (5) (7-3) BYE
New England and their entire division had a bye this week. The bye came at a perfect time for the Pats, as Gronk has been nursing an injury, but what’s new? Gronk should be back this week and New England looks to get back on track against the Jets.
5.) Chicago Bears (7) (7-3)
Khalil Mack is a one man wrecking crew. He finished the game against the Vikings with 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. The man does it all. The Bears took control of the division and now travel to Detroit to face the Lions on Thanksgiving.
4.) Pittsburgh Steelers (4) (7-2-1)
It appeared the Jaguars would continue to be a thorn in the Steelers’ side, as they were up sixteen to zip late in the third quarter. The Steelers stormed back, scoring 20 unanswered points, securing the victory. Pittsburgh takes on a Denver team that just knocked off the surging Chargers this past week.
3.) Kansas City Chiefs (2) (9-2)
Patrick Mahomes tossed six touchdowns in the contest against the Rams, but threw three costly interceptions and fumbled twice. The Chiefs showed that they could go toe-to-toe with anyone, even when they turn the ball over five times. KC gets this week off before facing the Raiders.
2.) Los Angeles Rams (3) (10-1)
Wow. What a clinic the Rams team put on during Monday night. Their matchup with the Chiefs was everything we could have hoped for. Aaron Donald showed he was well worth his contract, having two strip sacks in the game. The Rams defense became the deciding factor in what was a third-highest team total of all time. The Rams head into their bye this week.
1.) New Orleans Saints (1) (9-1)
The Saints have now won nine straight games after dropping their week 1 contest against the Bucs. They are averaging 48 points per game over their last three matchups. Now, they get to face arguably the worst defense in the league in the Atlanta Falcons. Sean Payton would like nothing more than to stick a knife in the divisional rival’s season on Thanksgiving week.