Welcome to Week 12!
We’re seeing some more chaos evolve, even as I’m writing this.
Just today we learned the Denver Broncos entire QB room is ineligible to play tomorrow due to COVID protocols (everyone was in close contact with Jeff Driskel). The Ravens have already experienced an outbreak, which moved their game with Pittsburgh from Thanksgiving to Tuesday.
In other news, Detroit cleaned house by firing GM Bob Quinn and Head Coach Matt Patricia. For Lions fans, it’s the same old story; I feel for you all.
Oh… and the 49ers cannot play at home for the next 3 weeks (does not effect this week).
With COVID expected to surge even more across the country due to Thanksgiving, the NFL mandated all teams close their facilities Monday and Tuesday (except teams playing those days). Still confused how the virus won’t do anything tomorrow.
Before we continue, I want to apologize for not posting last week. Similar to the Week 10 format, I’ll list rankings from two weeks ago and where I had teams ranked for last week. Moving forward I think my writeups will be a lot briefer.
There’s 26 teams with a record between 7-3 and 3-7. I never remember the NFL being this congested and unclear this late into a season. Even the 8-2 Saints are uncertain without Drew Brees. It’s a lot of fun if you ask me, I think we’re in store for a great finish (assuming the season finishes)
Lets see how it’s shaking up right now
Biggest rise: Indianapolis Colts (up 10 spots)
Biggest fall: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals (down 6 spots)
1. Kansas City Chiefs (PR: 1)
Record: 9-1 | Week 12 opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (away)
Patrick Mahomes might end up winning MVP after all. It really is a pleasure to watch him play.
Week 10 ranking: 1
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (PR: 2)
Record: 10-0 | Week 12 opponent: Baltimore Ravens (home), Tuesday
Buffalo, Indianapolis and Cleveland stand in the way of a 16-0 season… I still wouldn’t take them over KC if it happens.
Week 10 ranking: 2
3. New Orleans Saints (PR: 3)
Record: 8-2 | Week 12 opponent: Denver Broncos (away)
Things went fine without Drew Brees, but can the Saints sustain their winning ways with Taysom Hill?
Week 10 ranking: 3
4. Indianapolis Colts (PR: 14)
Record: 7-3 | Week 12 opponent: Tennessee Titans (home)
Of the seven (7) 7-3 teams, you can take your pick of who stands out most; for me, it’s Indy. These teams are all very close, but the Colts defense gives them the edge at this moment.
Week 10 ranking: 12
5. Los Angeles Rams (PR: 10)
Record: 7-3 | Week 12 opponent: San Francisco 49ers (home)
Ditto for the Rams and their defense. I was wrong, the Rams are not frauds.
Week 10 ranking: 15
6. Seattle Seahawks (PR: 7)
Record: 7-3 | Week 12 opponent: Philadelphia Eagles (away), Monday
Seattle stayed alive to beat Arizona and the schedule gets much easier the next 4 weeks. If they aren’t 11-3 by Week 16 something went wrong.
Week 10 ranking: 4
7. Buffalo Bills (PR: 6)
Record: 7-3 | Week 12 opponent: Los Angeles Chargers (home)
The Bills were a Kyler Murray hail mary away from being 8-2… and even then their point differential would have been +13.
Week 10 ranking: 7
8. Green Bay Packers (PR: 5)
Record: 7-3 | Week 12 opponent: Chicago Bears (home)
The Packers have looked average since their bye week, going 3-3. Still, Rodgers gives them a chance.
Week 10 ranking: 9
9. Tennessee Titans (PR: 12)
Record: 7-3 | Week 12 opponent: Indianapolis Colts (away)
The Titans bounced back with a win against the struggling Ravens. The next two weeks will dictate their path to the playoffs (and journey if they make it).
Week 10 ranking: 8
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PR: 4)
Record: 7-4 | Week 12 opponent: Kansas City Chiefs (home)
I’ve seen my fair share of bad Brady INTs, but it’s still always weird. Second game this season miscues ended a potential GW drive in the 4th quarter.
Week 10 ranking: 6
11. Arizona Cardinals (PR: 11)
Record: 6-4 | Week 12 opponent: New England Patriots (away)
Arizona always seems to take a step or two back after going two steps forward. Learning to correct that pattern will dictate the rest of their season.
Week 10 ranking: 10
12. Las Vegas Raiders (PR: 13)
Record: 6-4 | Week 12 opponent: Atlanta Falcons (away)
Even in defeat I’m still impressed with this team. They can play with KC, which makes them a legit threat in my eyes. Here’s hoping this young group can sustain it.
Week 10 ranking: 11
13. Baltimore Ravens (PR: 8)
Record: 6-4 | Week 12 opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers (away)
I don’t know what’s happening here, the league seems to have solved this team. It won’t be easy on Tuesday without Lamar Jackson (here’s hoping for a speedy recovery from COVID to him and his teammates who contracted the virus).
Week 10 ranking: 5
14. Miami Dolphins (PR: 9)
Record: 6-4 | Week 12 opponent: New York Jets (away)
Tua is still young, and Denver had the formula to contain him and pull off an upset. He won’t play tomorrow due to injury, meaning it’s Ftizmagic time.
Week 10 ranking: 13
15. Cleveland Browns (PR: 15)
Record: 7-3 | Week 12 opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars (away)
I still don’t trust the Browns. They’re much better than last season and Stefanski has a clue, but they aren’t a contender with Baker, sorry.
Week 10 ranking: 16
16. San Francisco 49ers (PR: 16)
Record: 4-6 | Week 12 opponent: Los Angeles Rams (away)
They aren’t going anywhere because of all the injuries, but they still put up a good fight week-to-week. Credit to Kyle Shanahan.
Week 10 ranking: 17
17. Carolina Panthers (PR: 21)
Record: 4-7 | Week 12 opponent: Minnesota Vikings (away)
Hello P.J. Walker! Here’s hoping the young QB continues to capitalize on this opportunity and picks up a starting job next season. I’m rooting for you!
Week 10 ranking: 18
18. Minnesota Vikings (PR: 18)
Record: 4-6 | Week 12 opponent: Carolina Panthers (home)
Just when you thought the Vikings had a path back to the playoff race, they give away a game to the Cowboys. They still have a chance, but need to win out.
Week 10 ranking: 19
19. Chicago Bears (PR: 20)
Record: 5-5 | Week 12 opponent: Green Bay Packers (away)
The second most successful QB in the NFL this season will start this week… yes, Mitch Trubisky! Let the chaos continue in Chicago!
Week 10 ranking: 14
20. Houston Texans (PR: 28)
Record: 4-7 | Week 12 opponent: Detroit Lions (away), Thursday; won
Having made it past their gauntlet schedule to start the season, the Texans have won two straight and seem to be figuring things out. Deshaun Watson looks excellent and there’s finally a run defense.
Week 10 ranking: 27
21. Denver Broncos (PR: 22)
Record: 4-6 | Week 12 opponent: New Orleans Saints (home)
Lets see if Denver can pull off a win without a QB (if they do I will put them in the top 5).
Week 10 ranking: 20
22. New England Patriots (PR: 17)
Record: 4-6 | Week 12 opponent: Arizona Cardinals (home)
Similar to the Vikings, the Patriots seemed to have found a formula for success… then it went away. They’re just an average at best team this season.
Week 10 ranking: 23
23. Atlanta Falcons (PR: 23)
Record: 3-7 | Week 12 opponent: Las Vegas Raiders (home)
The Falcons got a taste of the Taysom Hill show and had no answers. Back to the drawing board, as they face the Saints next week.
Week 10 ranking: 25
24. Detroit Lions (PR: 19)
Record: 4-7 | Week 12 opponent: Houston Texans (home), Thursday; lost
The Matt Patricia Era is officially over in Detroit, as the embarrassing loss on Thanksgiving was the final straw. Bob Quinn is gone too. Sorry, Lions fans.
Week 10 ranking: 21
25. Philadelphia Eagles (PR: 25)
Record: 3-6-1 | Week 12 opponent: Seattle Seahawks (home), Monday
Carson Wentz has arguably been the worst QB in the league this season. It’s remarkable, I’ve never seen a fall from grace like this for a player so young.
Week 10 ranking: 24
26. Los Angeles Chargers (PR: 26)
Record: 3-7 | Week 12 opponent: Buffalo Bills (away)
With Joe Burrow out the rest of the year, Justin Herbert is on path to win Offensive Rookie of the Year… he was before, but now it’s no contest.
Week 10 ranking: 26
27. Washington (PR: 30)
Record: 4-7 | Week 12 opponent: Dallas Cowboys (away), Thursday; won
The Football Team is in first place in the NFC East! You read that right!!!
Week 10 ranking: 30
28. Dallas Cowboys (PR: 29)
Record: 3-8| Week 12 opponent: Washington(home), Thursday; lost
After an upset win in Minnesota, Dallas could not hold off Washington. I did not think Mike McCarthy would be worse than Jason Garrett, but here we are.
Week 10 ranking: 28
29. New York Giants (PR: 27)
Record: 3-7 | Week 12 opponent: Cincinnati Bengals (away)
The Giants are still lurking in the NFC East, as a win at Cincy would put them in first place. What a division.
Week 10 ranking: 29
30. Cincinnati Bengals (PR: 24)
Record: 2-7-1 | Week 12 opponent: New York Giants (home)
Here’s hoping for a full and complete recovery for Joe Burrow, who suffered a devastating knee injury last week.
Week 10 ranking: 22
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (PR: 31)
Record: 1-9 | Week 12 opponent: Cleveland Browns (home)
Just waiting for Justin Fields…
Week 10 ranking: 31
32. New York Jets (PR: 32)
Record: 0-10 | Week 12 opponent: Miami Dolphins (home)
Just waiting for Trevor Lawrence…
Week 10 ranking: 32
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