Both 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.
6. 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.
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).
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.
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.