Welcome back to power rankings!
I hope you enjoyed your holidays, and did not have to shovel all that snow! Week 13 had a ton of great games, and was one of my favorite Sundays in awhile. Week 14 will have more fun in store, and as the playoff race intensifies, each game means more and more. Buckle up!
Biggest rise: Denver Bronocs (up 5 spots)
Biggest fall: Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets (down 4 spots)
1. Baltimore Ravens (PR: 1)
Record: 10-2 (1st in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Buffalo Bills (away)
If it was in fact a Super Bowl preview, we’re in store for a great Super Bowl. The Ravens continue to win, and I see no signs of them stopping.
2. San Francisco 49ers (PR: 2)
Record: 10-2 (5th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: New Orleans Saints (away)
The 49ers gave the Ravens their closest game since Week 6, but couldn’t finish the job. Still an elite defense.
3. Seattle Seahawks (PR: 4)
Record: 10-2 (2nd in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Los Angeles Rams (away)
Yet another close game where they left their opponent in it until the end, but a truly balanced attack on offense helped Seattle prevail. Whatever works.
4. New England Patriots (PR: 3)
Record: 10-2 (2nd in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Kansas City Chiefs (home)
Maybe illness of players should be taken into account, but the first game the Patriots had all their pieces on offense, and against a bad defense, it was rough for 3 quarters. Did they find something in the 4th quarter?
5. New Orleans Saints (PR: 5)
Record: 10-2 (1st in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: San Francisco 49ers (home)
The first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff birth, the Saints now hold the first seed in the NFC with 4 weeks to go… can they hold it?
6. Green Bay Packers (PR: 7)
Record: 9-3 (3rd in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Washington (home)
Aaron Rodgers had his best game of 2019… playing the Giants has a way of making all your problems disappear.
7. Houston Texans (PR: 8)
Record: 8-4 (3rd in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Denver Broncos (home)
If even for a night, Bill O’Brien out-dueled his former mentor, Bill Belichick. A statement victory, and one that gives Houston the edge in the AFC South.
8. Kansas City Chiefs (PR: 9)
Record: 8-4 (4th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: New England Patriots (away)
Windy and chilly, but KC steamrolled the Raiders, and the defense continues to look better. Their next test? A trip to New England.
9. Buffalo Bills (PR: 10)
Record: 9-3 (5th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Baltimore Ravens (home)
Dallas did in fact go down, Gary. Josh Allen has put together a great 3-game stretch, and the Bills are officially above .500. Who had Buffalo at Baltimore being a legitimate, consequential game before the season began?
10. Minnesota Vikings (PR: 6)
Record: 8-4 (6th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Detroit Lions (away)
You know when Pacino says, “just when I’m out, they pull me back in!”? Yeah, think that, but the opposite. Yet again, Kirk Cousins is an All-American tease.
11. Tennessee Titans (PR: 12)
Record: 7-5 (7th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Oakland Raiders (away)
Tennessee keeps rolling under Ryan Tannehill. With 2 games left against Houston, they control their own destiny in terms of winning the AFC South (even if a game back).
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (PR: 13)
Record: 7-5 (6th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Arizona Cardinals (away)
You have to give this team credit: now with their third-string QB starting, they still find ways to win. Seems like a lifetime ago when they were 0-3.
13. Indianapolis Colts (PR: 11)
Record: 6-6 (9th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (away)
The Colts have gone 1-4 in their last 5 games, and after back-to-back losses against AFC South teams, their playoff hopes are dwindling. They’ll need to be perfect from here on out to have a chance.
14. Los Angeles Rams (PR: 17)
Record: 7-5 (7th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Seattle Seahawks (home)
It took almost all season, but the Rams played their most complete game of 2019 in Week 13 (no I’m not counting Week 2). At 7-5, they’re still in the playoff race… will Kirk Cousins gift his old buddy Sean McVay a playoff spot? Just maybe
15. Oakland Raiders (PR: 15)
Record: 6-6 (8th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Tennessee Titans (home)
Did you hear Andrew Luck is coming to Vegas next year? Remember the last time Luck played with an Alabama RB?
16. Carolina Panthers (PR: 16)
Record: 5-7 (11th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Atlanta Falcons (away)
Even after firing their head coach, I still like this team more than others… even if they’re 1-5 in their past 6 games. What I have learned: Ron Rivera is a helluva man, and will have a job very soon.
17. Chicago Bears (PR: 20)
Record: 7-6 (8th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Dallas Cowboys (home); won
After back-to-back Thursday wins, the Bears are above .500 and still in the mix for a playoff spot; don’t quit on Mitch yet!
18. Cleveland Browns (PR: 18)
Record: 5-7 (10th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Cincinnati Bengals (home)
They had a chance in Pittsburgh, but they couldn’t pull it out. There’s still a path to the playoffs, but they’ll need to win out and need multiple teams ahead of them to falter.
19. Dallas Cowboys (PR: 14)
Record: 6-7 (4th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Chicago Bears (away); lost
Even at 6-7, if Dallas wins at Philly and beats either the Rams or Washington, they win the division. Is that too much to ask?
20. Philadelphia Eagles (PR: 19)
Record: 5-7 (10th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: New York Giants (home)
The Eagles are 0-3 since everyone told me they would run the table and take the NFC East… and yet they still have a clear path to winning the division (but they need to start winning soon).
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PR: 23)
Record: 5-7 (9th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Indianapolis Colts (home)
Jameis did not throw an interception last week! Nor a TD… yet the Bucs DESTROYED Jacksonville… they haven’t been eliminated yet, folks.
22. Denver Broncos (PR: 27)
Record: 4-8 (12th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Denver Broncos (away)
For a team that seems to lose every close game they play, Denver finally got one to go their way.
23. Los Angeles Chargers (PR: 21)
Record: 4-8 (13th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars (away)
For a team that seems to lose every close game they play, Los Angeles had their hearts broken yet again.
24. Arizona Cardinals (PR: 23)
Record: 3-8-1 (13th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers (home)
The Cardinals suffered their biggest loss of the season, and Kyler Murray had his worst game of the season. Coincidence?
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (PR: 22)
Record: 4-8 (11th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Los Angeles Chargers (home)
What did I tell you would happen if you benched Garnder Minshew? He’s back now, but it’s too late.
26. Miami Dolphins (PR: 29)
Record: 3-9 (15th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: New York Jets (away)
With maybe the most creative goal line play we’ve ever seen, Miami climbed back from a two-touchdown deficit against the Eagles to win third third game of 2019. Brian Flores is going to be a superstar.
27. Atlanta Falcons (PR: 27)
Record: 3-9 (14th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Carolina Panthers (home)
They might have lost, but god dammit it was not because of Younghoe Koo! They should only onside kick on kickoffs from here on out.
28. New York Jets (PR: 24)
Record: 4-8 (14th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Miami Dolphins (home)
How the hell do you lose to the Bengals? This team is an enigma.
29. Washington (PR: 31)
Record: 3-9 (15th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Green Bay Packers (away)
Two wins in a row, the second of which against a team in a playoff race. They found some momentum… maybe they can win the NFC East.
30. Detroit Lions (PR: 27)
Record: 3-8-1 (12th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Minnesota Vikings (away)
David Blough was fun, but I’m going to say it now: this team won’t win another game this season.
31. New York Giants (PR: 30)
Record: 2-10 (15th in NFC) | Week 14 opponent: Philadelphia Eagles (away)
Hide your kids, hide your spouse… because on Monday night, Lincoln Financial Field will be Eli Manning’s house!
32. Cincinnati Bengals (1-11)
Record: 1-11 (16th in AFC) | Week 14 opponent: Cleveland Browns (away)
They won a game and maintained their lead for the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft… a win-win.
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