NFL Power Rankings Week 12, 2016

dak-prescottThe Dallas Cowboys continue rolling along, building on their league-best record with a 27-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Can anybody challenge them this season as we move closer to the playoffs?

See who the closest competitors are in our Week 12 NFL power rankings. Also, take a look at our power rankings from last week here.

1. Dallas Cowboys (9-1); beat Baltimore 27-17, same spot – Dallas moved into our number one spot last week and didn’t do anything to dissuade this notion. Dak Prescott turned in yet another good performance, throwing 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.

2. Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1); beat Philadelphia 26-15, same spot – Seattle is having trouble keeping their running backs healthy. But this isn’t as big of a concern when their defense dominates the way it has been.

3. New England Patriots (8-2); beat San Francisco 30-17, same spot – On the surface, things look good in New England. But this insider’s perspective casts some doubt based on the puzzling moves they’ve been making.

4. Oakland Raiders (8-2); beat Houston 27-20, up 1 spot – The Raiders were having a tough time on offense, until Derek Carr threw two fourth-quarter TDs to help win this game.

5. Denver Broncos (7-3); bye week, up 1 spot – Denver steps out of the bye week and into an important division-rivalry game with Kansas City.

6. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3); lost to Tampa Bay 19-17, down 2 spots – Turnovers and missed chances haunted the Chiefs in this game.

matt-ryan-falcons7. Atlanta Falcons (6-4); bye week, up 1 spot – Atlanta will try to get their league-leading offense (32.0 PPG) back on track against Arizona after putting up just 15 points in Week 10.

8. New York Giants (7-3); beat Chicago 22-16, up 1 spot – Rashad Jennings bounced back after a few difficult weeks to gain 129 total yards from scrimmage.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5); beat Cleveland 24-9, up 1 spot – Le’Veon Bell proved why he’s every fantasy football owner’s dream by racking up 146 rushing yards and 55 receiving yards on 8 catches.

10. Washington Redskins (6-3-1); beat Green Bay 42-24, up 1 spot – Kirk Cousins took advantage of a depleted Packers secondary by throwing for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns.

11. Minnesota Vikings (6-4); beat Arizona 30-24, up 1 spot – Minnesota leaned heavily on cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown.

12. Detroit Lions (6-4); beat Jacksonville 26-19, up 1 spot – Andre Roberts’ punt-return TD proved to be the big difference-maker here.

13. Arizona Cardinals (4-5-1); lost to Minnesota 30-24, down 6 spots – It’s good to hear that Bruce Arians is doing alright after going to the hospital. But that still doesn’t get him out of the mess that this talented Cardinals team is in.

jay-ajayi-dolphins14. Miami Dolphins (6-4); beat LA 14-10, up 1 spot – This wasn’t exactly a textbook win by Miami. But the offense finally woke up in the fourth quarter to get a late touchdown drive.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5); lost to Seattle 26-15, down 1 spot – Carson Wentz had a couple of costly interceptions as Philadelphia lost for the fifth time in seven games.

16. Houston Texans (6-4); lost to Oakland 27-20, same spot – Brock Osweiler has had his struggles this season. And an Oakland fan shining a green laser in his eye didn’t help matters.

17. Indianapolis Colts (5-5); beat Tennessee 24-17, up 3 spots – The good news for Indy is that they won to move within a game of the AFC South lead. The bad news is that Andrew Luck will miss Thursday’s game with a concussion.

18. Green Bay Packers (4-6); lost to Washington 42-24, down 2 spots – Aaron Rodgers may be confident that Green Bay can run the table, but we’re not so sure that this is possible when looking at their schedule.

19. Baltimore Ravens (5-5); lost to Dallas 27-17, down 2 spots – Joe Flacco was extremely disappointed with this loss and felt that Baltimore could’ve won. But the end result is a .500 record.

20. Buffalo Bills (5-5); beat Cincinnati 16-12, up 1 spot – There wasn’t a lot of offense out of Buffalo, but they did enough to win this contest.

marvin-lewis21. Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1); lost to NY Giants 21-20, down 7 spots – Four turnovers doomed Cincinnati in this game, and probably ensures that this will be a lost season. There’s a good chance that Marvin Lewis will be fired after this year.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5); beat Kansas City 19-17, up 3 spots – Jameis Winston had a solid game with 331 passing yards and a touchdown against one of the league’s best defenses.

23. Tennessee Titans (5-6); lost to Indianapolis 24-17, down 1 spot – The Titans were shredded by Andrew Luck in the first half and never recovered.

24. San Diego Chargers (4-6); bye week, down 1 spot – San Diego travels to Houston while trying to move closer to .500 and perhaps get in the wild card hunt.

25. Carolina Panthers (4-6); beat New Orleans 23-20, up 2 spots – Carolina looks far removed from their 15-1 mark last season. But they did get a win here to move in the right direction.

26. New Orleans Saints (4-6); lost to Carolina 23-20, down 2 spots – The Saints lost a golden opportunity to stay in the hunt for the AFC South lead.

27. LA Rams (4-6); lost to Miami 14-10, down 1 spot – Once again, the Rams defense turned in a strong performance. But they couldn’t hold the Dolphins at the end of the game.

28. New York Jets (3-7); bye week, same spot – New York isn’t heading to the playoffs, or even equaling their 10-6 record last season. So they’ll have to find ways to stay motivated.

jay-cutler-injury29. Chicago Bears (2-8); lost to NY Giants 22-16, same spot – Jay Cutler will be out for at least a few games, and Chicago will be forced to go with Matt Barkley as the starting QB.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8); lost to Houston 24-21, same spot – With yet another loss, it seems that the Gus Bradley era could be over in Jacksonville.

31. San Francisco (1-9); lost to New England 30-17, same spot – It seems almost inconceivable that anybody could be as bad as Cleveland. But San Francisco is still in the running for the No. 1 pick.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-11); lost to Pittsburgh 24-9, same spot – With Cody Kessler in concussion protocol, Cleveland will turn the reigns over to Josh McCown again as they hope to win at least one game.