2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 14

Carson PalmerThe biggest surprise from last week was the New England Patriots’ loss to the Eagles. After starting the season 10-0, they’ve now lost two straight and have slipped in our Week 14 power rankings. See exactly where the Patriots are at now, and check out last week’s power rankings here.

1. Carolina Panthers (12-0); beat New Orleans 41-38, same spot – It wasn’t easy, but Carolina came back in the fourth quarter to keep their perfect record intact.

2. Arizona Cardinals (10-2); beat St. Louis 27-3, up 1 spot – Arizona made a tricky road game look easy. But their remaining schedule will be anything but easy.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (10-2); beat Cleveland 37-3, up 1 spot – A.J. Green has become just the second player (Randy Moss) to tally 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first five seasons.

4. Denver Broncos (10-2); beat San Diego 17-3, up 1 spot – QB Brock Osweiler has served as a real catalyst for the running game; the team is averaging 161 rushing YPG in Osweiler’s starts.

5. New England Patriots (10-2); lost to Philadelphia 35-28, down 3 spots – Can New England get healthy enough to have a real shot at defending their Super Bowl title?

2015-nfl-playoffs-russell-wilson6. Seattle Seahawks (7-5); beat Minnesota 38-7, up 1 spot – The Seattle offense has really heated up over the past three games, averaging 35.3 PPG.

7. Green Bay Packers (8-4); beat Detroit 27-23, up 1 spot – Green Bay needed a miracle to avoid being swept by the Lions. Can this huge win help them get past a mid-season slump?

8. Kansas City Chiefs (7-5); beat Oakland 34-20, up 1 spot – When Kansas City wins, they win! Their 17.3 PPG average margin of victory leads the NFL.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5); beat Indianapolis 45-10, up 1 spot  – Like Seattle, Pittsburgh’s offense is also on fire, averaging 35.8 PPG over the last four contests.

10. Minnesota Vikings (8-4); lost to Seattle 38-7, down 4 spots – Teddy Bridgewater has now gone six straight games without eclipsing 200 passing yards.

11. New York Jets (7-5); beat NY Giants 23-20, same spot – The Jets have an inside track to the playoffs, with the 3-9 Titans and 4-8 Cowboys up next.

12. Buffalo Bills (6-6); beat Houston 30-21, up 3 spots – A career backup before this year, Tyrod Taylor has gone 187 straight passes without an interception, which is a Buffalo record.

13. Houston Texans (6-6); lost to Buffalo 30-21, same spot – Houston was right in the game with the Bills, until they gave up nine unanswered points and collapsed on defense.

14. Indianapolis Colts (6-6); lost to Pittsburgh 45-10, down 2 spots – While things look bleak for Indy after this loss, they finish up with three of four games against AFC South opponents – whom they’ve beaten 16 straight times.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Oakland Raiders15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6); beat Atlanta 23-19, up 5 spots – Doug Martin is a big reason why Tampa Bay is competitive again, sitting second in rushing with 1,133 yards.

16. Atlanta Falcons (6-6); lost to Tampa Bay 23-19, down 2 spots – Atlanta has lost six out of their last seven games, thanks in large part to only averaging 16.7 PPG.

17. Oakland Raiders (5-7); lost to Kansas City 34-20, down 1 spot – The fourth quarter has been Oakland’s Achilles’ heel, where they’ve been outscored by 72 points.

18. New York Giants (5-7); lost to NY Jets 23-20, down 1 spot – The Giants tied an NFL record by losing their fourth game after leading within the final minute.

19. Chicago Bears (5-7); lost to San Francisco 26-20, down 1 spot – Chicago missed a golden chance to climb into the playoff race by losing a winnable home game.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (5-7); beat New England 35-28, up 6 spots  – Philly’s defense and special teams have given them 17 touchdowns in the past two seasons – 8 more than any other team in the same span.

21. Miami Dolphins (5-7); beat Baltimore 15-13, up 3 spots – It’s puzzling why Miami doesn’t just keep giving Lamar Miller the ball. He averages 128 yards in wins and just 55 yards in losses.

22. Washington Redskins (5-7); lost to Dallas 19-16, down 3 spots – Washington has to run the ball better; they’re averaging just 2.6 YPC in their last three contests.

23. Detroit Lions (4-8); lost to Green Bay 27-23, down 2 spots – Detroit’s three-game win streak is snapped after allowing the longest, game-winning Hail Mary in NFL history (65 yards).

jeff-fisher-st-louis24. St. Louis Rams (4-8); lost to Arizona 27-3, down 2 spots – Jeff Fisher admitted that he has little idea what to do with the offense after scoring just 10 points the past two weeks.

25. Dallas Cowboys (4-8); beat Washington 19-16, up 4 spots – While Dallas might be one game out of the NFC East lead, they also have a rough schedule ahead (@GB, NY Jets, @Buffalo, Wash).

26. San Francisco 49ers (4-8); beat Chicago 26-20, up 4 spots – Blaine Gabbert is playing well enough that the Niners might think about starting him next year.

27. Baltimore Ravens (4-8); lost to Miami 15-13, down 4 spots – This is the third straight game that Matt Schaub has thrown a pick 6.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8); lost to Tennessee 42-39, down 2 spots – Allen Robinson (1,080 receiving yards, 11 TD’s) is quickly becoming a top-5 NFL receiver.

29. New Orleans Saints (4-8); lost to Carolina 42-39, down 2 spots – New Orleans has now given up four touchdowns passes in four out of their last five contests.

30. Tennessee Titans (3-9); beat Jacksonville 42-39, up 2 spots – Marcus Mariota had just 137 rushing yards entering last weekend; then he ran for another 112 yards against Jacksonville.

31. San Diego Chargers (3-9); lost to Denver 17-3, down 2 spots – This is the second straight loss where San Diego has only managed a field goal.

32. Cleveland Browns (2-10); lost to Cincinnati 37-3, down 1 spot – The Browns will once against give Johnny Manziel another chance at starting.