2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 12

New Orleans Saints v Carolina PanthersBoth the Patriots and Panthers continue their quests for an undefeated season. Not surprisingly, they again fill out the top two spots in our Week 12 NFL power rankings. See where everybody else ranks this time around, and check out last week’s power rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (10-0); beat Buffalo 20-13, same spot – New England heads to Denver in what should be a battle to keep their perfect record intact.

2. Carolina Panthers (10-0); beat Washington 44-16, same spot – Everybody likes to point to the defense for Carolina’s success. But in the past three games, Cam Newton has 9 TD passes and just 1 INT.

3. Arizona Cardinals (8-2); beat Cincinnati 34-31, up 1 spot – What a difference a healthy Carson Palmer makes. Arizona is averaging 33.6 PPG this year, compared to 19.2 PPG last season.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (8-2); lost to Arizona 34-31, down 1 spot – Cincinnati will look to stop their two-game slide against the reeling Rams.

5. Green Bay Packers (7-3); beat Minnesota 30-13, up 2 spots – Green Bay had zero sacks during their three-game losing streak; but they got six sacks to dominate division-rival Vikings.

brock-osweiler-broncos6. Denver Broncos (8-2); beat Chicago 17-15, up 2 spots – Brock Osweiler may not have been prolific under center. But he didn’t commit a turnover, which is exactly what Denver needed as they rushed for a season-high 170 yards.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4); bye week, down 1 spot  – Pittsburgh has a tough end to the regular season, with four of their next six contests on the road.

8. Minnesota Vikings (7-3); lost to Green Bay 30-13, down 3 spots – Adrian Peterson was held to 45 yards on 13 carries. He’s averaging just 52 rushing YPG in losses and 121 rushing YPG in victories.

9. Seattle Seahawks (5-5); beat San Francisco 29-13, up 1 spot – Seattle isn’t missing Marshwn Lynch thanks to Thomas Rawls. The rookie tallied 209 rushing yards last week, second most in franchise history.

10. Atlanta Falcons (6-4); lost to Indianapolis 24-21, down 1 spot – Atlanta is now mired in a three-game losing streak, and they’ve lost four out of their last five games.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (5-5); beat San Diego 33-3, up 2 spots – Numbers say it all about the Chiefs’ four-game win streak; they’ve forced 12 turnovers while committing none themselves and are winning by an average of 22.75 points.

12. Buffalo Bills (5-5); lost to New England 20-13, up 1 spot – Maybe Buffalo should pass less. They’re 0-5 when throwing 30 or more passes in a game.

ryan-fitzpatrick-jets13. New York Jets (5-5); lost to Houston 24-17, down 1 spot – As Ryan Fitzpatrick goes, the Jets go. He has a 46.2% completion rate and 4 INT’s in the last two games.

14. Indianapolis Colts (5-5); beat Atlanta 24-21, up 3 spots – Matt Hasselbeck has run his record to 3-0 in relief of the injured Andrew Luck this year, while sporting a better QBR than Luck too.

15. New York Giants (5-5); bye week, same spot – New York can expand their NFC East lead to two games against the Redskins.

16. Houston Texans (5-5); beat NY Jets 24-17, up 4 spots – Houston’s defense is on fire, allowing just 9.7 PPG during their three-game win streak.

17. St. Louis Rams (4-6); lost to Baltimore 16-13, down 3 spots – This is the ninth-straight game that St. Louis has failed to reach 200 yards passing—a streak seven games longer than any other team this year.

18. Oakland Raiders (4-6); lost to Detroit 18-13, down 2 spots – Oakland is getting destroyed by opposing rushers during their three-game slide, allowing 189 rushing YPG.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6); beat Philadelphia 45-17, up 4 spots – This is the first time that Tampa Bay has won five games since the 2012 season (7-9).

tony-romo-cowboys20. Dallas Cowboys (3-7); beat Miami 24-14, up 5 spots – Dallas remains undefeated when Tony Romo starts this year (3-0).

21. Miami Dolphins (4-6); lost to Dallas 24-14, down 3 spots – Miami could be headed for another shakeup this offseason after putting together what they thought was a very good team.

22. Chicago Bears (4-6); lost to Denver 17-15, down 1 spot – This is the sixth Bears’ game that has been decided by a field goal or less, with the team being 3-3 in these contests.

23. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6); lost to Tampa Bay 45-17, down 4 spots  – After a devastating home loss, it’s little wonder why reports have Chip Kelly returning to college ranks.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6); beat Tennessee 19-13, up 3 spots – Jacksonville has a great chance to keep pace in the AFC South race since they play San Diego and Tennessee next (combined 4-16 record).

25. Washington Redskins (4-6); lost to Carolina 44-16, down 3 spots – Washington remains winless on the road; good thing they play their next two contests at home, where they’re 4-1.

26. New Orleans Saints (4-6); bye week, down 2 spots – No doubt the Saints are looking to improve on their points allowed (31.5) and yards allowed (424.3)–both league worsts.

27. Detroit Lions (3-7); beat Oakland 18-13, up 1 spot – Detroit finally seems to be gelling after a disastrous 1-7 start.

joe-flacco28. Baltimore Ravens (3-7); beat St. Louis 16-13, up 1 spot – Joe Flacco will miss the remainder of the season (ACL, MCL), meaning Matt Schaub will start the rest of the way.

29. San Francisco 49ers (3-6); lost to Seattle 29-13, down 3 spots – While the Niners may only have 9 turnovers this season, their average time of possession (27:12) has killed them.

30. San Diego Chargers (2-8); lost to Kansas City 33-3, same spot – San Diego’s losing streak has now hit six straight, all but ending their postseason hopes.

31. Cleveland Browns (2-8); bye week, same spot – Johnny Manziel is benched, and Cleveland probably has a better chance to win with Josh McCown.

32. Tennessee Titans (2-8); lost to Jacksonville 19-13, same spot – Tennessee has now scored 13 or fewer points in six out of their last seven contests.

2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 9

manning-vs-chiefs-1Are the Denver Broncos good enough to be No. 1 after shutting down the Green Bay Packers? Find out below in our Week 9 NFL power rankings. Also be sure to check out our Week 8 rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (7-0); beat Miami 36-7, same spot – One big reason why the Patriots are undefeated; they’ve only turned the ball over three times – tied for the least through seven games in Super-Bowl era history.

2. Denver Broncos (7-0); beat Green Bay 29-10, up 2 spots – Peyton Manning needs just one more career victory to pass Brett Favre for the most all time (186 wins).

3. Cincinnati Bengals (7-0); beat Pittsburgh 16-10, up 1 spot – It doesn’t seem like Cleveland will offer much resistance; however, the Bengals are just 2-3 in their last five meetings with the Browns.

4. Green Bay Packers (6-1); lost to Denver 29-10, down 2 spots – Aaron Rodgers suffered through the worst game of his career (77 yards passing), so it’s little surprise why the result was so bad.

cam-newton5. Carolina Panthers (7-0); beat Indianapolis 29-26 (OT), same spot – It wasn’t easy, but this is the first time in Panthers’ history that they’ve started 7-0.

6. Arizona Cardinals (6-2); beat Cleveland 34-20, same spot – With his 20 TD passes, Carson Palmer is easily on target to become the Cardinals’ first QB to throw for 30 TDs.

7. Seattle Seahawks (4-4); beat Dallas Cowboys 13-12, up 2 spots – Defensively, Seattle is doing what they must to get back into the postseason chase; they’ve allowed just 15 points in the last two contests.

8. Atlanta Falcons (6-2); lost to Tampa Bay 23-20, down 1 spot – Atlanta only turned the ball over twice in their first four games (4-0). But they’ve had 12 turnovers in their last four games (2-2).

9. Minnesota Vikings (5-2); beat Chicago Bears 23-20, up 1 spot – After a terrible season-opening loss to San Francisco, Minnesota has won 5 out of 6 and is just one game back in the NFC North.

10. St. Louis Rams (4-3); beat San Francisco 27-6, up 3 spots – Todd Gurley is now the NFL’s first-ever rookie to rush for 125 yards in four straight games.

11. New York Jets (4-3); lost to Oakland 34-20, down 3 spots – There’s much uncertainty surrounding the Jets now that Ryan Fitzpatrick has torn ligaments in his hand.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4); lost to Cincinnati 16-10, down 1 spot  – Pittsburgh lost a huge weapon with Le’Veon Bell now out for the season (torn MCL).

khalil-mack-raiders13. Oakland Raiders (4-3); beat NY Jets 34-20, up 5 spots – With only three remaining opponents with above-.500 records, Oakland has a real chance to make the playoffs.

14. New Orleans Saints (4-4); beat NY Giants 52-49, up 1 spot – Drew Brees had seven touchdown passes on Sunday; before this, he hadn’t thrown over 2 TD passes in a single game this year.

15. New York Giants (4-4); lost to New Orleans 52-49, down 3 spots – While New York can score, they’re also allowing a league-worst 427.5 yards per game.

16. Miami Dolphins (3-4); lost to New England 36-7, down 2 spots – Dan Campbell continues running the ball (43% of the time), which is smart considering that Miami leads the league with 5.0 yards per carry.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4); bye week, down 1 spot  – Despite a 23-plus point differential, the Eagles find themselves with a losing record so far.

18. Kansas City Chiefs (3-5); beat Detroit 45-10, up 3 spots – KC has a tough task ahead of them: the Broncos, who have won their last seven meetings against the Chiefs.

miami-dolphins-dan-campbell19. Buffalo Bills (3-4); bye week, up 1 spot – Buffalo dominated the Dolphins in Week 3 by a score of 41-14; how will they fare against new coach Dan Campbell, though?

20. Indianapolis Colts (3-5); lost to Carolina 29-26 (OT), down 3 spots – With Denver and Atlanta up next, it’s very possible that Indy could be 3-7 after Week 11.

21. Houston Texans (3-5); beat Tennessee 20-6, up 6 spots – Despite Brian Hoyer throwing interceptions in five straight games, a franchise record, Houston is tied for the AFC South lead.

22. Washington Redskins (3-4); bye week, same spot – With three straight road losses, the prospects of Washington winning at Foxborough don’t seem great.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4); beat Atlanta 23-20, up 8 spots – Things are looking up for Jameis Winston (88 Total QBR in last two games), who gets the porous Giants defense next.

24. Dallas Cowboys (2-5); lost to Seattle 13-12, down 4 spots – The Cowboys have dropped seven straight contests in which Tony Romo doesn’t start.

joe-flacco25. Baltimore Ravens (1-6); beat San Diego 29-26, up 4 spots – After going 2-for-12 on throws of 30+ yards, Joe Flacco went 3-for-3 on such throws against San Diego.

26. San Diego Chargers (2-6); lost to Baltimore 29-26, down 3 spots – The defense has greatly contributed to the Chargers’ 2-6 start, giving up 24+ points in every contest this season.

27. Chicago Bears (2-5); lost to Minnesota 23-20, down 3 spots – It’s extra bad for Chicago that they won’t have Matt Forte for a while because he’s led the NFL in yards from scrimmage since 2013 (4,546 yards).

28. Cleveland Browns (2-6); lost to Arizona 34-20, down 3 spots – Johnny Manziel will get another start against coach Marvin Lewis, who called him a “little midget” last season.

29. San Francisco (2-6); lost to St. Louis 27-6, down 3 spots – Coach Jim Tomsula claims the Colin Kaepernick benching is so the QB can “step back” mentally.

30. Detroit Lions (1-7); lost to Kansas City 45-10, down 1 spot – Detroit could allow 30+ points per game for the third time in eight seasons.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5); bye week, down 1 spot – The Jaguars have won twice against the AFC East so far; they can grab a third win if they beat the Jets this week.

32. Tennessee Titans (1-6); lost to Houston 20-6, same spot – With a 3-20 record since taking over, Ken Whisenhunt’s firing seemed pretty justified.

2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 2

Indianapolis Colts v New England PatriotsThe Denver Broncos emerged from Arrowhead Stadium with a tough win over the Chiefs on Thursday night. Many wondered what to expect from Peyton Manning as the great nears 40. And Manning turned back the clock a little, becoming the second player ever to surpass 70,000 passing yards while engineering a big victory. See how this affects both the Broncos and Chiefs in our Week 2 NFL power rankings (Week 1 rankings here).

1. New England Patriots (1-0); beat Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21, up 1 spot – The Brady-to-Gronkowski connection is already going strong, with Gronk’s 3 touchdown catches leading the Patriots to a solid win.

2. Green Bay Packers (1-0); beat Chicago Bears 31-23, up 1 spot – Aaron Rodgers and Co. head home after a division win over Chicago. But the bad thing is that they’ll kick off their home opener against the Seahawks, who’ve beaten them three straight times.

3. Seattle Seahawks (0-1); lost to St. Louis Rams 34-31 (OT), drops 2 spots – Russell Wilson has never been good in St. Louis, going 1-3 there in his career. He is 35-10 in every other game, so Seattle’s Super Bowl hopes are definitely not diminished.

4. Denver Broncos (2-0); beat Kansas City Chiefs 31-24 (Thursday), up 3 spots – So much for that run-heavy offense. When it’s crunch time, Manning will take over.

5. Dallas Cowboys (1-0); beat NY Giants 27-26, up 1 spot – It wasn’t pretty, much like their home opener against San Francisco last year; but this one resulted in a win. It also resulted in the loss of Dez Bryant for 4-6 weeks, though.

Carson Palmer6. Arizona Cardinals (1-0); beat New Orleans 31-19, up 3 spots – Carson Palmer drives this team, sporting an 88.0 QBR in the fourth quarter the past couple years – best in NFL. So the loss of RB Andre Ellington isn’t cause for panic.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1); lost to New England Patriots 28-21, drops 2 spots  – One more game without RB Le’Veon Bell, and two more without WR Martavis Bryant.

8. Indianapolis Colts (0-1); lost to Buffalo Bills 27-14, down 4 spots – This wasn’t exactly the opener that an improved Colts team had in mind. But playing in rain against a tough Buffalo front line is far from ideal conditions for Andrew Luck.

9. Miami Dolphins (1-0); beat Washington Redskins 17-10, up 3 spots – Not an overly impressive win over one of the league’s worst teams. But Miami still figures to be really good this year.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0); beat Oakland Raiders 33-13, up 4 spots – Tyler Eifert gives this team one more big weapon, along with A.J. Green, Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard.

jamaal-charles11. Kansas City Chiefs (1-1); lost to Denver Broncos 31-24, same spot – Can Kansas City survive a brutal early season schedule? They face Green Bay at Lambeau Field next week.

12. Buffalo Bills (1-0); beat Indianapolis Colts 27-14, up 6 spots – Buffalo makes the biggest jump here after stifling Andrew Luck and the Colts. Can they do the same to Tom Brady?

13. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1); lost to Atlanta Falcons 26-24, down 5 spots  – The Eagles’ vaunted rushing attack only got a combined 13 yards on 11 carries from DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews.

14. San Diego Chargers (1-0); beat Detroit 33-28, up 4 spots – Philip Rivers definitely played up to his contract in the second half, throwing for 249 yards and two touchdowns.

15. Baltimore Ravens (0-1); lost to Denver Broncos 19-13, down 5 spots – Only gaining 173 total yards and losing Terrell Suggs is a terrible way to begin the season.

NFL: AUG 16 Pre-Season Colts v Falcons16. Atlanta Falcons (1-0); beat Philadelphia 26-24, up 4 spots – An excellent first half combined with shut-down run defense was the formula for Atlanta’s victory.

17. Detroit Lions (0-1); lost to San Diego 33-28, down 4 spots – Detroit looked to have a Week 1 victory sealed….then they blew an 18-point lead.

18. New Orleans Saints (0-1); lost to Arizona 31-19, down 3 spots – Playing at Arizona is a very tough test, but Drew Brees still threw for 355 yards.

19. Carolina Panthers (1-0); beat Jacksonville 20-9, up 2 spots – Carolina now has five straight regular-season victories going back to last year.

20. St. Louis Rams (1-0); beat Seattle 34-31 (OT), up 3 spots – The Rams pass rush tallied six sacks against a normally elusive Russell Wilson. This is definitely a unit to be feared going forward.

21. San Francisco (1-0); beat Minnesota Vikings 20-3, up 4 spots – Few expected Carlos Hyde to break out for 168 yards and two touchdowns in his first start.

adrian-peterson-rushing-record22. Minnesota Vikings (0-1); lost to San Francisco 20-3, down 6 spots – Amazing that a team with Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson was the only one in the NFL to not score a TD in Week 1.

23. Chicago Bears (0-1); lost to Green Bay 31-23, down 1 spot – This marks the sixth straight loss for Chicago going back to 2014.

24. New York Jets (1-0); beat Cleveland Browns 31-10, up 3 spots – The formula for New York looks simple: run the ball and play defense.

25. New York Giants (0-1); lost to Dallas Cowboys 27-26, down 6 spots – Tom Coughlin’s promise to shock the world is a little behind schedule now.

26. Tennessee Titans (1-0); beat Tampa Bay 42-14, up 3 spots – Even it came against Tampa, Tennessee looks to be a much-better team with Marcus Mariota under center.

jj-watt-mvp27. Houston Texans (0-1); lost to Kansas City 27-20, down 5 spots – At least it looks like the Texans solved their QB issue early, replacing Brian Hoyer with Ryan Mallett.

28. Cleveland Browns (0-1); lost to NY Jets 31-10, down 2 spots – Cleveland is already going to be bad, so it’s worth letting Johnny Manizel get more starts to see if he can be a franchise QB.

29. Oakland Raiders (0-1); lost to Cincinnati 33-13, down 1 spot – The rebuilding process will be long for Oakland.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1); lost to Tennessee 42-14, same spot – Jameis Winston didn’t get off to a good start, throwing a pick-6 on his first-ever pass.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1); lost to Tennessee 20-9, same spot – The first half was competitive; then Jacksonville looked like last year’s team in the second half.

32. Washington Redskins (0-1); lost to Miami 17-10, same spot – Kirk Cousins is now just 2-8 as a starter.

2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 1

marshawn-lynch-seattleThe 2015 NFL season is officially underway, with the New England Patriots securing a 28-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. This game has a little impact on our Week 1 power rankings, but not much because the Steelers were playing at Foxborough and without suspended running back Le’Veon Bell and wideout Martavis Bryant. That said, here’s a look at how teams rank going into the first Sunday of the season.

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-4 last season) – Most of Seattle’s dominating defense is back from the unit that’s allowed the fewest NFL points for the past three seasons. The offense gets a little better thanks to the edition of TE Jimmy Graham, who finally gives Russell Wilson a true No. 1 option.

2. New England Patriots (12-4 last season) – The Pats have a brutal first seven games, but they survived the first one against the Steelers. An away game against division-rival Buffalo is up next.

3. Green Bay Packers (12-4 last season) – It’s tough telling how Green Bay will fare after the loss of Jordy Nelson (ACL). But with Aaron Rodgers at QB, a Super Bowl run is never out of the question.

frank-gore-colts4. Indianapolis Colts (11-5 last season) – Indy keeps improving every year under Andrew Luck, making the AFC Championship last season. They only get better with the addition of WR Andre Johnson and RB Frank Gore.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5 last season) – Tough first loss for what should be a very explosive Pittsburgh Steelers offense; especially when they get Bell and Bryant back on the field.

6. Dallas Cowboys (12-4 last season) – Dallas still has a pretty complete team, but how much will they miss DeMarco Murray running the ball? Furthermore, can anybody emerge from their RB committee?

7. Denver Broncos (12-4 last season) – The Broncos have the tools to go deep into the playoffs. But Peyton Manning has to play better down the stretch after throwing 12 interceptions in his final 10 games last season.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6 last season) – So many moving parts in the offseason make the Eagles difficult to peg. If QB Sam Bradford and three running backs who’ve all gained 1,000 yards in a season can stay healthy, this offense could be the league’s best all around.

Carson Palmer9. Arizona Cardinals (11-5 last season) – Arizona owed a large part of its 6-0 start last season to QB Carson Palmer’s play. But when he hurt his knee, they were just 5-6 down the stretch.

10. Baltimore Ravens (10-6 last season) – Another good defense for the Ravens anchored by Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. But the offense has a lot of questions to answer at receiver.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (9-7 last season) – Largely the same good Chiefs team is back, with the addition of explosive receiver Jeremy Maclin.

12. Miami Dolphins (8-8 last season) – It’s not unfathomable to think that Miami could challenge the Patriots for the AFC East title, especially with DT Ndamukong Suh on board.

13. Detroit Lions (11-5 last season) – The Lions picked up DT Haloti Ngata who’s a pretty good run stuffer. But losing Suh to the Dolphins has to be a blow given that he’s easily the best defensive tackle in the game.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1 last season) – Cincinnati has made the playoffs four straight years, and that shouldn’t change in 2015.

drew-brees15. New Orleans Saints (7-9 last season) – There are already injuries on defense, but Drew Brees and Co. could take advantage of another weak NFC South.

16. Minnesota Vikings (7-9 last season) – Teddy Bridgewater looks like the Vikings QB of the future, and now he gets to play with Adrian Peterson for a full year.

17. Buffalo Bills (9-7 last season) – Buffalo looks good at most positions, however, journeyman Tyrod Taylor at QB is a question mark.

18. San Diego Chargers (9-7 last season) – San Diego hasn’t won 10 games since 2009; can they break this streak?

19. New York Giants (6-10 last season) – Will the Giants’ stacked offense be enough to overcome a bruised defense?

julio-jones-falcons20. Atlanta Falcons (6-10 last season) – An upgraded defense could help the Falcons contend in the NFC South.

21. Carolina Panthers (7-8-1 last season) – Kelvin Benjamin loss (ACL) might ground Panthers’ offense this year.

22. Houston Texans (9-7 last season) – Not even J.J. Watt can carry a team with Brian Hoyer at QB.

23. St. Louis Rams (6-10 last season) – The defense keeps getting better, but the offense will flounder until first-round RB Todd Gurley can play.

24. Chicago Bears (5-11 last season) – Don’t blame Jay Cutler if things go wrong this year; blame the defense.

25. San Francisco (8-8 last season) – Too many free-agent losses/retirements for San Francisco to be competitive this season.

26. Cleveland Browns (7-9 last season) – With Josh McCown, Browns trot out their 23rd starting quarterback since 1999.

27. New York Jets (4-12 last season) – Secondary upgrades make this a scary defense, but QB again remains a huge problem.

khalil-mack-raiders28. Oakland Raiders (3-13 last season) – LB Khalil Mack and QB Derek Carr can be stars of the future for a franchise that’s still rebuilding.

29. Tennessee Titans (2-14 last season) – It would have been nice if Marcus Mariota started his career with decent weapons.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14 last season) – Jameis Winston has good receivers to throw to; there’s just not enough else here.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14 last season) – The offense should be vastly better than the unit that’s ranked last in points scored for two straight seasons.

32. Washington Redskins (4-12 last season) – RGIII drama dominates the perpetually toxic situation in Washington.