NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where Every Team Stands Going Into Week 12

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If you aren’t a believer in the Chiefs, the NFC is much better at the top than the AFC this year.

Just one of our top-five teams in the power rankings this week is from the AFC.

The Panthers were the big risers, while the Jets collapsed.

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title=”32. Jacksonville Jaguars (previously 32nd)”
content=”Record: 1-9

Result: 27-14 loss to Arizona

Biggest thing we learned this week: The Jags have played the hardest schedule in the NFL.

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title=”31. Atlanta Falcons (previously 31st)”
content=”Record: 2-8

Result: 41-28 loss to Tampa Bay

Biggest thing we learned this week: We’d say this is rock bottom, but they have to play the Saints next week.

Week-by-week ranking: 9-9-9-12-14-17-19-18-28-30-31-31″
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title=”30. Houston Texans (previously 30th)”
content=”Record: 2-8

Result: 28-23 loss to Oakland

Biggest thing we learned this week: They had to go to a silent snap count because they were getting booed so badly at home. Never a good thing.

Week-by-week ranking: 1-3-4-13-13-18-22-26-27-28-30-30″
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title=”29. Minnesota Vikings (previously 26th)”
content=”Record: 2-8

Result: 41-20 loss to Seattle

Biggest thing we learned this week: The Christian Ponder era might be over once and for all. He got benched after two INTs.

Week-by-week ranking: 14-21-28-29-25-27-29-30-30-29-26-29″
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title=”28. Washington Redskins (previously 28th)”
content=”Record: 3-7

Result: 24-16 loss to Philadelphia

Biggest thing we learned this week: They’ve been able to run the ball well this year. But turnovers killed them Sunday.

Week-by-week ranking: 6-10-15-21-20-22-28-25-29-25-28-28″
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title=”27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (previously 29th)”
content=”Record: 2-8

Result: 41-28 win over Atlanta

Biggest thing we learned this week: Mike Glennon is … not bad? He has 10 TDs and just 2 INTs in his last six games.

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title=”26. Oakland Raiders (previously 27th)”
content=”Record: 4-6

Result: 28-23 win over Houston

Biggest thing we learned this week: Matt McGloin took Terrelle Pryor’s starting job, which was an incomprehensible development in training camp.

Week-by-week ranking: 24-27-27-28-29-26-27-28-22-24-27-26″
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title=”25. Tennessee Titans (previously 20th)”
content=”Record: 4-6

Result: 30-27 loss to Indianapolis

Biggest thing we learned this week: Chris Johnson is still inconsistent. He did nothing in the second half.

Week-by-week ranking: 29-22-16-15-15-16-16-16-15-15-20-25″
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title=”24. Pittsburgh Steelers (previously 25th)”
content=”Record: 4-6

Result: 37-27 win over Detroit

Biggest thing we learned this week: They’re only one game back in the preposterous race for the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff race.

Week-by-week ranking: 21-28-29-30-30-29-23-19-23-27-25-24″
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title=”23. Miami Dolphins (previously 24th)”
content=”Record: 5-5

Result: 20-16 loss to San Diego

Biggest thing we learned this week: The Miami run game that had two yards last week averaged 5.5 per carry this week.

Week-by-week ranking: 15-15-13-9-10-12-13-15-18-17-24-23″
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title=”22. New York Jets (previously 13th)”
content=”Record: 5-5

Result: 37-14 loss to Buffalo

Biggest thing we learned this week: They have the second-worst scoring margin in the entire NFL.

Week-by-week ranking: 31-25-24-18-21-15-17-14-17-16-13-22″
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title=”21. New York Giants (previously 23rd)”
content=”Record: 4-6

Result: 27-13 win over Green Bay

Biggest thing we learned this week: They still can’t run the ball or defend the pass, but three huge turnovers helped them out.

Week-by-week ranking: 16-18-21-26-28-31-31-26-26-23-21″
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title=”20. Buffalo Bills (previously 22nd)”
content=”Record: 4-7

Result: 37-14 win over New York Jets

Biggest thing we learned this week: It might be too late for a playoff run, but E.J. Manuel’s bounce back game is encouraging.

Week-by-week ranking: 23-24-22-24-19-23-26-22-19-22-22-20″
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title=”19. St. Louis Rams (previously 21st)”
content=”Record: 4-6

Result: Bye

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nothing!

Week-by-week ranking: 12-12-14-20-27-25-21-23-21-23-21-19″
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title=”18. Baltimore Ravens (previously 19th)”
content=”Record: 4-6

Result: 23-20 OT loss to Chicago

Biggest thing we learned this week: It feels like a back-breaking loss, but they’re still right there in the AFC playoff race.

Week-by-week ranking: 5-11-12-11-11-10-14-17-16-21-19-18″
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title=”17. San Diego Chargers (previously 16th)”
content=”Record: 4-6

Result: 20-16 loss to Miami

Biggest thing we learned this week: The run defensive is horrid. They gave up 5.5 yards per carry to the severely shorthanded Dolphins.

Week-by-week ranking: 26-30-23-19-17-19-15-11-14-16-17″
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title=”16. Cleveland Browns (previously 14th)”
content=”Record: 4-6

Result: 41-20 loss to Cincinnati

Biggest thing we learned this week: The once-reliable Browns defence has now given up 30+ points in three of five games.

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title=”15. Arizona Cardinals (previously 18th)”
content=”Record: 6-4

Result: 27-14 win over Jacksonville

Biggest thing we learned this week: CARSON PALMER IS BACK. He had 419 yards against the Jaguars, which is like 200 yards in real team yards, but still.

Week-by-week ranking: 28-29-25-25-26-24-25-27-20-20-18-15″
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title=”14. Philadelphia Eagles (previously 17th)”
content=”Record: 6-5

Result: 24-16 win over Washington

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nick Foles, future Hall of Famer, can also run for touchdowns.

Week-by-week ranking: 30-20-18-22-24-21-18-20-25-19-17-14″
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title=”13. Dallas Cowboys (previously 15th)”
content=”Record: 5-5

Result: Bye

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nothing!

Week-by-week ranking: 20-16-17-16-18-13-11-10-12-12-15-13″
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title=”12. Green Bay Packers (previously 9th)”
content=”Record: 5-5

Result: 27-13 loss to New York Giants

Biggest thing we learned this week: Next week against Minnesota is a must-win without Aaron Rodgers if they’re going to make the playoffs.

Week-by-week ranking: 7-7-5-6-6-5-5-5-5-7-9-12″
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title=”11. Chicago Bears (previously 12th)”
content=”Record: 6-4

Result: 23-20 OT win over Baltimore

Biggest thing we learned this week: Josh McCown takes effective naps and is perfectly serviceable.

Week-by-week ranking: 10-6-7-4-9-11-9-13-13-13-12-11″
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title=”10. Indianapolis Colts (previously 10th)”
content=”Record: 7-3

Result: 30-27 win over Tennessee

Biggest thing we learned this week: The Trent Richardson trade looks as bad as ever.

Week-by-week ranking: 17-17-19-14-12-7-10-7-8-9-10-10″
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title=”9. Detroit Lions (previously 7th)”
content=”Record: 6-4

Result: 37-27 loss to Pittsburgh

Biggest thing we learned this week: They blew a golden opportunity to create a lead in the NFC North.

Week-by-week ranking: 27-19-20-17-16-14-12-12-10-8-7-9″
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title=”8. Cincinnati Bengals (previously 11th)”
content=”Record: 7-4

Result: 41-20 win over Cleveland

Biggest thing we learned this week: They’re one of six NFL teams that’s undefeated at home.

Week-by-week ranking: 11-14-11-7-8-9-8-8-6-10-11-8″
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title=”7. Kansas City Chiefs (previously 6th)”
content=”Record: 9-1

Result: 27-17 loss to Denver

Biggest thing we learned this week: The offence was predictably unable to move the ball without the lead against a good team.

Week-by-week ranking: 22-13-10-10-7-6-6-6-7-6-6-7″
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title=”6. New England Patriots (previously 5th)”
content=”Record: 7-3

Result: 24-20 loss to Carolina

Biggest thing we learned this week: They got screwed on the final call. But Carolina was still better all game.

Week-by-week ranking: 8-5-6-3-3-8-7-9-9-5-5-6″
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title=”5. San Francisco 49ers (previously 4th)”
content=”Record: 6-4

Result: 23-20 loss to New Orleans

Biggest thing we learned this week: This team is past moral victories, but holding their own in the Superdome is an encouraging sign going forward.

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title=”4. Carolina Panthers (previously 8th)”
content=”Record: 7-3

Result: 24-20 win over New England

Biggest thing we learned this week: That defence is fantastic. Tom Brady was under pressure all game.

Week-by-week ranking: 19-23-26-23-22-28-24-21-14-11-8-4″
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title=”3. New Orleans Saints (previously 2nd)”
content=”Record: 8-2

Result: 23-20 win over San Francisco

Biggest thing we learned this week: The defence is good enough to make up for a -2 turnover differential.

Week-by-week ranking: 18-8-8-8-4-3-4-4-2-3-2-3″
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title=”2. Seattle Seahawks (previously 3rd)”
content=”Record: 10-1

Result: 41-20 win over Minnesota

Biggest thing we learned this week: Russell Wilson is going to keep getting better once his offensive line is fully healthy and Percy Harvin finds his role in the offence.

Week-by-week ranking: 3-4-2-2-2-2-2-1-1-4-3-2″
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title=”1. Denver Broncos (previously 1st)”
content=”Record: 9-1

Result: 27-17 win over Kansas City

Biggest thing we learned this week: Peyton Manning can carve up any defence if you don’t get pressure on him.

Week-by-week ranking: 4-2-1-1-1-1-1-2-3-1-1-1″
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