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.

Johnny Manziel benched for Partying – Josh McCown to start against Ravens

johnny-manziel-browns-starterThis was supposed to be Johnny Manziel’s long-term audition to be the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback of the future. Instead, Manziel’s audition will end far sooner than expected since he’s been benched for partying.

TMZ posted a video of Manziel partying in Austin, Texas during the Browns’ bye week last weekend.

While Johnny Football didn’t get into any trouble, it brings to light that he may indeed still love drinking. Manziel spent 10 weeks of the offseason in rehab because of his addiction to alcohol. And this disturbed head coach Mike Pettine, who said that the second-year QB has displayed a “repeated pattern of behavior” towards drinking.

Pettine also confirmed that former starter Josh McCown, who was previously out with a rib injury, will reclaim his role. Here’s an official statement from Pettine on the matter:

“Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback on Monday night against the Ravens. I informed the quarterbacks of that decision after I sat down and spoke with Johnny, Flip (John DeFilippo) and Kevin (O’Connell) after practice today. Johnny will be the third quarterback. I’ve spoken to Ray (Farmer) and Jimmy (Haslam) to inform them of my decision, and they are in full support.

“Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room. I’m especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard. The improvements from last year to this year have been tremendous but he still has to consistently demonstrate that he has gained a good understanding of what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position on this level. It goes well beyond the field. We are going to continue to support him in every way possible, but at this point, we’ve decided it’s best to go with Josh as the starter going forward.”

johnny-manziel-vs-browns-1Manziel has appeared in six contests for the Browns this season, starting two of them. He led Cleveland to one of its two wins when starting against the Tennessee Titans. This led to cries from fans and the media that Manziel should get a chance to truly show if he’s the team’s QB of the future.

That chance finally came two weeks ago, when the team announced that Manziel would start the remainder of the regular season. And it seemed like the perfect decision, given that the 2-8 Browns are well out of postseason contention.

He put up his biggest numbers in his short two-year career against the Steelers on Nov. 15. Manziel completed 33-of-45 passes for 372 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Unfortunately the Browns lost 30-9, but this was to be expected against a superior team on the road.

Manziel said that he planned to “relax” during the bye week like the rest of his teammates were doing. However, this obviously wasn’t the case when he was spotted partying at a club in Austin.

It’s unclear whether the 22-year-old will remain the No. 3 quarterback for the rest of the season, or if he could once again play this season. As of now, he boasts pretty solid numbers with a 59.4% completion rate, 933 passing yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in six games.

McCown has been even more impressive for Cleveland under center, with a 65.0% completion rate, 1,897 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions in nine games. The only reason why there’s been so much pressure on the Browns to replace McCown with Manziel is because he’s 36 years old and is likely nearing retirement.

Now, here’s GTBets’ line for Cleveland’s next game against the Baltimore Ravens.

11/30/15 at 8:30pm EST
Baltimore (-101)
Cleveland -2.5 (-119)

Game Over 41 (-110)
Game Under 41 (-110)