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.

NFL Power Rankings Week 11, 2016

seattle-vs-new-englandLast weekend, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots faced off in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIX. Seattle stopped New England four straight times on the one-yard line to preserve a 31-24 victory.

See where Seattle rises and New England falls in our Week 11 power rankings. And you can check out our week 10 power rankings here.

1. Dallas Cowboys (8-1); beat Pittsburgh 35-30, up 1 spot – While many eyes were on the Seattle-New England game, Dallas vs. Pittsburgh was the most exciting. Ben Roethlisberger threw a TD strike to Antonio Brown with 42 seconds left, but Ezekiel Elliott scored on an 83-yard catch-and-run to win the game.

2. Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1); beat New England 31-24, up 1 spot – After a slow start this year, both Seattle’s offense and defense look in tune.

3. New England Patriots (7-2); lost to Seattle 31-24, down 2 spots – Losing to Seattle wasn’t the only loss that New England took. Rob Gronkwoski is believed to have a punctured lung and will miss time.

kelvin-benjamin-panthers4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2); beat Carolina 20-17, same spot – It looked like Carolina might be the one with a chance to win. But Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin, leading to a Cairo Santos game-winning field goal.

5. Oakland Raiders (7-2); bye week, same spot – The Raiders host the Houston Texans while hoping to stay atop the AFC West.

6. Denver Broncos (7-3); beat New Orleans 25-23, same spot – What a reversal of fortunes as Justin Simmons blocked an extra point, then Will Parks ran it back for a defensive two-point conversion that won the game.

7. Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1); beat San Francisco 23-20, up 3 spots – The third time was a charm for Chandler Catanzaro, as he made his first game-winning field goal in three tries this season.

8. Atlanta Falcons (6-4); beat Philadelphia 24-15, down 1 spot – Atlanta’s high-powered offense was stifled in this one, and they couldn’t slow down Ryan Matthews (108 rushing yards, 2 TDs).

eli-manning-future-19. New York Giants (6-3); beat Cincinnati 21-20, up 3 spots – Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, including a game-winner to rookie Ben McAdoo in the fourth quarter.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-5); lost to Dallas 35-30, down 2 spots – Ben Roethlisberger looked to be himself again while Pittsburgh gave Dallas all they could handle. But the end result was still a loss and a 4-5 overall record.

11. Washington Redskins (5-3-1); beat Minnesota 26-20, up 4 spots – After a rocky 0-2 start, Washington is now looking to defend their NFC East crown.

12. Minnesota Vikings (5-4); lost to Washington 26-20, down 3 spots – Minnesota has now lost four straight games and desperately needs a win to keep their season on track.

13. Detroit Lions (5-4); bye week, same spot – Detroit has a great chance to go two games above .500 by beating Jacksonville at home.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4); beat Atlanta 24-15, up 2 spots – Philadelphia showed their elite defense by shutting down the high-scoring Falcons’ running game and holding Matt Ryan in check.

15. Houston Texans (6-3); beat Jacksonville 24-21, up 2 spots – Brock Owseiler only threw for 99 yards, but he also got two important touchdown passes to win this game.

16. Green Bay Packers (4-5); lost to Tennessee 47-25, down 5 spots – Things are in disarray with the Packers, and the schedule isn’t easy from here on out.

joe-flacco17. Baltimore Ravens (5-4); beat Cleveland 28-7, up 1 spot – Joe Flacco threw three TDs while Baltimore won for the second straight week.

18. Miami Dolphins (5-4); beat San Diego 31-24, up 1 spot – Miami took advantage of a Philip Rivers interception spree, capped off by Kiko Alonso’s interception-return TD.

19. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5-1); lost to NY Giants 21-20, down 5 spots – It’s looking more and more like Cincinnati might miss the postseason for the first time in 6 years.

20. Indianapolis Colts (4-5); bye week, same spot – Indianapolis has some ground to make up in the AFC South since they’re two games behind Houston, and a game behind Tennessee.

21. Buffalo Bills (4-5); bye week, same spot – Buffalo will try to stop a three-game slide as they travel to Cincinnati this week.

22. Tennessee Titans (5-5); beat Green Bay 47-25, up 2 spots – Tennessee jumped out to a 21-0 lead on the Packers and never looked back. They now face a tough division opponent in the Colts this week.

23. San Diego Chargers (4-6); lost to Miami Dolphins 31-24, down 1 spot – The Chargers may have seen their postseason hopes vanish since they’re now at least 2 1/2 games behind everybody in their division.

24. New Orleans Saints (4-5); lost to Denver 25-23, down 1 spot – New Orleans is reeling after seeing a potential win against Denver reversed by a blocked kick and defensive two-point conversion return.

jay-cutler-john-fox25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6); beat Chicago 36-10, up 1 spot – The Buccaneers defense turned out a good effort by forcing four turnovers and sacking Jay Cutler four times.

26. LA Rams (4-5); beat NY Jets 9-6, up 1 spot – Despite the win, Jeff Fisher has seen enough poor offensive play to finally start Jared Goff. The rookie faces a tough assignment against a strong Miami defensive line.

27. Carolina Panthers (3-6); lost to Kansas City 20-17, down 2 spots – Eric Berry intercepted Cam Newton and returned it 42 yards to highlight the Chiefs’ 17-point fourth quarter.

28. New York Jets (3-7); lost to LA Rams 9-6, same spot – The New York Jets offense hasn’t been a juggernaut this season, but it was downright anemic with Bryce Petty starting at quarterback.

29. Chicago Bears (2-7); lost to Tampa Bay 36-10, same spot – Outside of Jay Cutler’s 50-yard hail mail to Cameron Meredith, this Bears team did very little on offense.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7); lost to Houston 24-21, same spot – Jacksonville made a strong comeback attempt at the end, with Blake Bortles hitting Allen Robinson for both a touchdown and 2-point conversion. But the defense couldn’t get the ball back with under three minutes left.

31. San Francisco (1-8); lost to Arizona 23-20, same spot – This is the best that San Francisco has played in a while, but it wasn’t enough as they’ve now lost eight in a row.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-10); lost to Baltimore 28-7, same spot – This loss drops Cleveland to their worst start in franchise history.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 11 (Nov 13, 2014)

tom-brady1. New England Patriots (7-2); bye week, moves up one spot – The Patriots are our new No.1, but they face a tough test in Indianapolis. Tom Brady has won 73% of his games against the Colts, though.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (7-2); beat Carolina 45-21, moves up one spot – Questions persist about Mark Sanchez at starter, however, he answered some of them with 332 passing yards and 2 TD’s.

3. Denver Broncos (7-2); beat Oakland 41-17, moves up one spot – Who will man the Denver backfield? C.J. Anderson seems to have the role for now after gaining over 160 total yards last week.

4. Arizona Cardinals (8-1); beat St. Louis 31-14, drops three spots spots – Despite having the league’s best record and an excellent defense, the question now becomes if Drew Stanton is capable of leading a Super Bowl contender.

andrew-luck-playoffs5. Indianapolis Colts (6-3); bye week, retains same ranking – Andrew Luck will look to continue his streak of seven-straight 300-yard passing games against New England. Can he win the showdown between two top-tier passers?

6. Detroit Lions (7-2); beat Miami 20-16, moves up one spot – It’ll be hard for teams to cover Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson, who both eclipsed 100 yards last game.

7. Seattle Seahawks (6-3); beat NY Giants 38-17, moves up one spot – Seattle’s run game REALLY got going with over 350 yards against the Giants. Their formula of a great running game and defense will be tough to beat once again.

8. Dallas Cowboys (7-3); beat Jacksonville 31-17, moves up one spot – Having Tony Romo under center really makes a difference for this team.

9. San Francisco 49ers (5-4); beat New Orleans 27-24 (OT), moves up one spot – Colin Kaepernick made plays when he had to, but maybe the victory would’ve been easier if Anquan Boldin hadn’t dropped four passes.

10. Green Bay Packers (6-3); beat Chicago Bears 55-14, moves up two spots – It’s just too bad that Aaron Rodgers can’t play the Bears every week.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4); lost to NY Jets 20-13, drops five spots – Ben Roethlisberger finally cooled off after 12 TD passes in two games, throwing for just 206 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT’s.

jamaal-charles12. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3); beat Buffalo 17-13 , moves up one spot – We’re surprised once again by the Chiefs’ record. They face a huge test against Seattle, though.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3-1); beat Jacksonville 33-23, drops two spots – There’s not much to say about this loss; just look at Andy Dalton’s numbers (10-for-33 passing, 3 INT’s).

14. Baltimore Ravens (6-4); beat Tennessee 21-7, moves up two spots – Justin Forsett, a career backup before this year, became the first Baltimore player to rush for over 100 yards (112) and two touchdowns since 2011.

15. Cleveland Browns (6-3); beat Cincinnati 24-3, moves up three spots – Kudos to anybody who predicted that Cleveland would be leading the AFC North 10 weeks into the season.

16. San Diego Chargers (5-4); bye week, drops one spot – The Chargers get a very winnable game against the Raiders, before facing five straight teams with a winning record (Ravens, Patriots, Broncos, 49ers, Chiefs).

17. Miami Dolphins (5-4); lost to Detroit 20-16, drops three spots – Miami hung tough on the road against arguably the league’s top defense. However, they just couldn’t hang on long enough in the fourth quarter.

18. Buffalo Bills (5-4); lost to KC 17-13, drops one spot – Buffalo gets some much-needed running help with the return of Fred Jackson.

19. New Orleans Saints (4-5); lost to San Francisco 27-24 (OT), retains same ranking – New Orleans just can’t win the close ones. This is their fourth loss by 3 points or less in the 2014 season.

20. Houston Texans (4-5); bye week, NR – Houston has a chance to remain relevant with three games left against the Titans and Jaguars. But it will depend upon how new QB Ryan Mallet performs.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 11 (Nov. 13th, 2013)

Dallas Cowboys v New Orleans SaintsThis past week was a big dividing line in the playoff hopes of many teams. The Chargers, Dolphins, Titans and Redskins all had realistic postseason chances going into last week’s games; but they all missed huge opportunities to legitimize their hopes of making the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Cardinals, Eagles, Lions, Panthers and Ravens all took big steps forward in trying to win a postseason bid. There’s still a lot of time left in the season, but keep an eye on these five teams as we move forward. Now let’s look at the Week 11 NFL power rankings.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0); bye week, retains same ranking – Despite their undefeated ranking, many still question the Chiefs billing as the NFL’s top team. They have a huge opportunity to put these questions to rest as they travel to Mile High to face Denver.

2. Denver Broncos (8-1); beat San Diego 28-20, retains same ranking – The Broncos weren’t caught looking ahead as they were able to beat a tough San Diego team on the road. Peyton looks to be handling his ankle issues well after throwing for 330 yards and four TD’s. Now he faces KC in what will be a true test of offense vs. defense.

3. Seattle Seahawks (9-1); beat Atlanta 33-10, retains same ranking – After narrowly grabbing a win two weeks ago against Tampa Bay, the Seahawks looked themselves again in Atlanta. The offense really seems to be clicking, with Russell Wilson throwing for 287 yards and 2 TD’s, and Marshawn Lynch adding 145 yards and a score on the ground.

4. New Orleans Saints (7-2); beat Dallas 49-17, moves up two spots – New Orleans showed why nobody wants to play them in the Superdome after manhandling the Cowboys. Drew Brees (392PYDS, 4TD) looked like he was passing on a JV team, while Mark Ingram had his best game as a pro with 145 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries.

5. New England Patriots (7-2); bye week, moves up two spots – With a healthy team, improved passing game, and the two teams above them losing, New England moves up two spots. Now they travel to take on a red-hot Panthers team in Charlotte.

6. San Francisco 49ers (6-3); lost to Carolina 10-9, drops one spot – Given how good Carolina is playing, it’s not a shame to lose to them. However, what is shameful is the way that the Niners offense played. Colin Kaepernick has got to get more going if this team is to make a deep postseason run.

 andrew-luck-rams7. Indianapolis Colts (6-3); lost to St. Louis 38-8, drops three spots – It’s still tough sorting out what happened with this game. A team with wins over Denver, San Francisco and Seattle loses to the Rams by 30 at home!? Andrew Luck had what may be his worst game ever after throwing for 353 yards, 1 TD and 3 INT’s. And the running game was absolutely nonexistent for the Colts.

8. Detroit Lions (6-3); beat Chicago 21-19, moves up one spot – Detroit took advantage of a hobbled Jay Cutler and grabbed a good road victory. Now in sole possession of first in the NFC North, the Lions are in great shape to win the division, given their closest competitors’ injury struggles.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4); lost to Baltimore 20-17 (OT), drops one spot – The Bengals looked pretty bad in this game, namely because of a ton of penalties. Even still, they got a second chance when Andy Dalton’s Hail Mary pass was tipped into the hands of AJ Green. Still, they couldn’t capitalize after failing to score in overtime and allowing Baltimore to drive down for a game-winning field goal.

10. Carolina Panthers (6-3); beat San Francisco 10-9, moves up four spots – Is it time to believe in the Panthers? Maybe so after Carolina’s defense pitched a second-half shutout and stopped San Francisco’s five-game winning streak. This team gets no time to celebrate, though, since they face New England at home.

11. Arizona Cardinals (5-4); beat Houston 27-24, moves up two spots – Few would’ve predicted that, with the season over halfway done, the Cardinals would be a game behind Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC West. Arizona has another very friendly matchup as they travel to Jacksonville this week.

12. Dallas Cowboys (5-5); lost to New Orleans 49-17, drops two spots – The Cowboys lived up to the “boys” part of their name after being dominated by the Saints. The big story following this game was how Jerry Jones publicly regretted getting rid of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who’s completely transformed New Orleans’ D.

jay-cutler-injury13. Chicago Bears (5-4); lost to Detroit 21-19, drops two spots – Marc Trestman rolled the dice on starting an iffy Jay Cutler and lost big-time. It was plain to see that Josh McCown would’ve been the better option after he came in for the limping Cutler and led a late-game scoring drive. However, a missed two-point conversion sealed this loss.

14. Green Bay Packers (5-4); lost to Philadelphia 27-13, drops two spots – The backup QB couldn’t even stay healthy as Seneca Wallace left early on with a groin injury. This meant Scott Tolzien was left trying to win this very important game. He performed fairly well with 280 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT’s, but it wasn’t enough as Green Bay falls into a tie with Chicago for second in the division.

15. New York Jets (5-4); bye week, moves up one spot – The Jets actually have a solid shot to win a Wild Card berth if they take care of business the rest of the way. But this playoff push starts with a tricky road game against division rival Buffalo.

16. San Diego Chargers (4-5); lost to Denver 28-20, drops one spot – San Diego played well against a superior Denver team, but not good enough. We said it before: their loss last week to Washington probably killed their playoff chances. After all, a road game at Mile High and two contests against the Chiefs still await.

17. Cleveland Browns (4-5); bye week, moves up two spots – The Browns’ season has been a true odyssey, with Brandon Weeden starting at QB, then Brian Hoyer, then back to Weeden, and now Jason Campbell. The latter has definitely provided the best results for Cleveland recently.

18. Baltimore Ravens (4-5); beat Cincinnati 20-17, moves up two spots – Baltimore isn’t totally dead yet this year. Sure the running game is still busted, with Ray Rice gaining just 30 yards on 18 carries. However, the Ravens still have a strong defense, and decent passing game behind Joe Flacco. The next few games are all winnable too, assuming Baltimore plays up to their potential.

nick-foles-eagles19. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5); beat Green Bay 27-13, moves up three spots – Give this team credit for winning two straight games behind Nick Foles and climbing into a first-place tie with Dallas in the NFC East. Many think that Foles has played well enough to keep the starting job, even when Michael Vick does get healthy.

20. Tennessee Titans (4-5); lost to Jacksonville 29-27, drops three spots – Not only did Tennessee lose to the worst football team in the NFL, but they also lost Jake Locker for the rest of the season. A fairly capable Ryan Fitzpatrick will start the rest of the way.

21. Miami Dolphins (4-5); lost to Tampa Bay 22-19, drops three spots – It wasn’t a good day for 4-4 teams since Miami also lost to a winless team. You have to wonder if the bullying scandal has dismantled a once-promising season.

22. New York Giants (3-6); beat Oakland 24-20, moves up two spots – Eli Manning (140PYDS, 1TD, 1INT) still looked bad with a soft matchup staring him in the face. But Andre Brown gave the Giants a big boost in his first game of the season after rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown.

23. Washington Redskins (3-6); lost to Minnesota 34-27, drops two spots – With Washington, it’s just a case of a team that can’t get over the hump. Every time they look ready to jump into the NFC East race, they drop a winnable game.

24. Oakland Raiders (3-6); lost to New York Giants 24-20, drops one spot – The excitement that Terrelle Pryor brought earlier has now been deflated. He had his most anemic game of the season after throwing for just 122 yards and an interception.

25. St. Louis Rams (4-6); beat Indianapolis 38-8, moves up four spots – ‘Wow’ is the only word that describes this one. Tavon Austin emerged as a star in this game after returning a punt for 98 yards, then adding two long touchdown catches for a combined total of 138 yards.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6); beat Buffalo 23-10, moves up two spots – All the talk about CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson taking advantage of the Steelers weak run defense meant nothing. Pittsburgh looked like their old selves with a dominant defensive performance.

27. Atlanta Falcons (2-7); lost to Seattle 33-10, drops two spots – It’s pretty clear that this has been a busted, injury-plagued year for Atlanta. Maybe they can get a spark going and win a few games to build momentum for next season.

28. Houston Texans (2-7); lost to Arizona 27-24, drops two spots – Give Houston credit for playing hard a week after their coach was hospitalized. Much like Atlanta, Houston has just suffered too many injuries to play at the level they were at last year.

29. Buffalo Bills (3-7); lost to Pittsburgh 23-10, drops two spots – EJ Manuel’s return meant very little as Buffalo managed just 227 total yards. The Bills’ biggest mistake this season has been letting CJ Spiller play game after game with a high ankle sprain.

30. Minnesota Vikings (2-7); beat Washington 34-27, retains same ranking – It was a good day for the bottom of the league. Minnesota grabbed their second win on the strength of John Carlson’s breakout performance (98YDS, 1TD).

31. Tampa Bay (1-8); beat Miami 22-19, retains same ranking – While Tampa Bay lost another running back for the season in Mike James, they did pick up their first win. However, it’s still surprising that it took this long to win for a team that spent so much offseason money.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8); beat Tennessee 29-27, retains same ranking – The Jaguars took advantage of four Tennessee turnovers, and turned these into 17 points. They thankfully avoided the embarrassing 0-16 mark that many thought they were headed for.