As the 2017 NFL season enters its final four weeks, a clear hierarchy is taking place at the top of the field, while other teams scramble to secure a postseason bid after struggling to start the season.
Last week we saw the Philadelphia Eagles lose for the first time since Week 2, which bumped them from the top of our Power Rankings this week, leading to a familiar face taking the number one spot. Meanwhile, in the AFC West, the Chiefs, Raiders, and Chargers all sit tied at 6-6, caught in a staredown waiting to see which team can pull away from the divisional field.
As the playoffs come closer and closer, the stakes only get higher.
Have a look below and see where each team ranks going into Week 13.
32. Cleveland Browns
Last week: Lost to the Chargers, 19-10
This week: vs. Green Bay Packers
One thing to know: The 2017 Cleveland Browns are the first team to start 0-12 since the 2016 Cleveland Browns.
31. New York Giants
Last week: Lost to the Raiders, 24-17
This week: vs. Dallas Cowboys
One thing to know: The Giants made big changes this week, firing head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese. As the organisation cleans house and turns to a new chapter, they’re turning back to Eli Manning as their starting QB.
30. Denver Broncos
Last week: Lost to the Dolphins, 35-9
This week: vs. New York Jets
One thing to know: The Broncos have three quarterbacks on their roster with no clear starter, but it looks like Trevor Siemian will keep the job for now despite throwing three interceptions on Sunday. He’ll have to play better than that if he hopes to stop Denver’s eight game skid.
29. Chicago Bears
Last week: Lost to the 49ers, 15-14
This week: at Cincinnati Bengals
One thing to know: Amid the Bears’ lacklustre season, Mitchell Trubisky has modestly improved month to month since taking over in October. His completion percentage and passer rating have gone up each month.
28. Indianapolis Colts
Last week: Lost to the Jaguars, 30-10
This week: at Buffalo Bills
One thing to know: Last week Frank Gore moved up to fifth on the NFL’s all-time rushing leaders list, passing both Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson during his 61 yard effort against the Jaguars.
27. San Francisco 49ers
Last week: Beat the Bears, 15-14
This week: at Houston Texans
One thing to know: Jimmy Garoppolo’s play has brought some feel-good vibes to an otherwise miserable season in San Francisco. Though he didn’t throw any touchdowns, Garoppolo completed 70% of his passes for 293 yards and sealed the win, impressing teammates.
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last week: Lost to the Packers, 26-20
This week: vs. Detroit Lions
One thing to know: Jameis Winston looked good in his return to the starting role for the Buccaneers, throwing for 270 yards and two scores, but it wasn’t enough to lift Tampa Bay past the Packers.
25. Houston Texans
Last week: Lost to the Titans 24-13
This week: vs. San Francisco 49ers
One thing to know: Excuse the Texans if they don’t feel sorry for other teams’ injury woes. The Texans had already lost J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson to injury and missing wide receiver Will Fuller since Week 10 when they lost six more players against the Titans in Week 13. It’s been a rough year in Houston.
24. Miami Dolphins
Last week: Beat the Broncos, 35-9
This week: vs. New England Patriots
One thing to know: Jay Cutler’s return from injury was well-timed for a rematch against his former team, and while he still threw two interceptions in the effort, the Dolphins defence was able to score twice to help Miami to a runaway victory.
23. Cincinnati Bengals
Last week: Lost to the Steelers, 23-20
This week: vs. Chicago Bears
One thing to know: The suspension of safety George Iloka for a helmet-to-helmet hit with Antonio Brown was rescinded after Iloka appealed it. The Bengals paid a physical toll for the ugly affair with the Steelers, as they lost Vontze Burfict, Adam Jones, and Joe Mixon to injury.
22. Washington Redskins
Last week: Lost to the Cowboys, 38-14
This week: at Los Angeles Chargers
One thing to know: The Redskins rebelled against the NFL and decided against wearing their Colour Rush jerseys against the Cowboys last Thursday, but will not be punished by the league as the NFL is opting to give teams more “flexibility” this year with the jerseys.
21. New York Jets
Last week: Beat the Chiefs, 38-31
This week: at Denver Broncos
One thing to know: Jets coach Todd Bowles said Josh McCown will remain the starting quarterback for the rest of the year. That makes sense, as McCown has played well and helped the Jets stay in the playoff mix, but it’s also a reflection that the Jets don’t feel great about McCown’s understudies, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.
20. Arizona Cardinals
Last week: Lost to the Rams, 32-16
This week: vs. Tennessee Titans
One thing to know: Despite his constantly rotating cast of quarterbacks, Larry Fitzgerald is still having another amazing season, catching more balls per game than ever in his career and ranking fifth in the league with 50 converted first downs.
19. Dallas Cowboys
Last week: Beat the Redskins, 38-14
This week: at New York Giants
One thing to know: The Cowboys got a much-needed win over the Redskins in Week 13 to keep their season alive. However, they have no margin for error and still face the 6-6 Raiders, 8-4 Seahawks, and 10-2 Eagles the rest of the way.
18. Buffalo Bills
Last week: Lost to the Patriots, 23-3
This week: vs. Indianapolis Colts
One thing to know: Tyrod Taylor did not practice on Wednesday after leaving Sunday’s game against the Patriots after his first play of the game, meaning Bills fans might be in for yet another week of Nathan Peterman under center.
17. Detroit Lions
Last week: Lost to the Ravens, 44-20
This week: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One thing to know: Matthew Stafford hurt his throwing hand and hasn’t thrown with it yet this week – bad news for a team trying to stay in the playoff picture.
16. Green Bay Packers
Last week: Beat the Buccaneers, 26-20
This week: at Cleveland Browns
One thing to know: Head coach Mike McCarthy said that Aaron Rodgers could get medical clearance as soon as next week, and the Packers quarterback has already begun to take snaps with the scout team. Should Brett Hundley be able to keep the winless Browns at bay, Rodgers could come back to yet another late run to make the playoffs.
15. Oakland Raiders
Last week: Beat the Giants, 24-17
This week: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
One thing to know: Marshawn Lynch has found new life alongside his team. In four games since returning from suspension, Lynch has run for 292 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
14. Kansas City Chiefs
Last week: Lost to the Jets, 38-31
This week: vs. Oakland Raiders
One thing to know: Andy Reid has chosen to suspend star cornerback Marcus Peters for one game after picking up an official’s flag and tossing it into the stands on Sunday. The decision comes at an unwelcome time, with the Chiefs once-dominant hold on the division on the line against the Raiders after losing four straight games.
13. Los Angeles Chargers
Last week: Beat the Browns, 19-10
This week: vs. Washington Redskins
One thing to know: Can the Chargers actually do this? Since starting 0-4, the Chargers are 6-2 and they don’t face a team currently above .500 the rest of the way. The race for the AFC West remains compelling.
12. Tennessee Titans
Last week: Beat the Texans, 24-13
This week: at Arizona Cardinals
One thing to know: Titans receiver Rishard Matthews paid tribute to Colin Kaepernick last Sunday as part of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative.
11. Baltimore Ravens
Last week: Beat the Lions, 44-20
This week: at Pittsburgh Steelers
One thing to know: No team has more defensive take-aways in the NFL than the Ravens. The No. 1 defence in DVOA is hoping the offence can round into form and give them enough support as they make a run for the Wild Card.
10. Atlanta Falcons
Last week: Lost to the Vikings, 14-9
This week: vs. New Orleans Saints
One thing to know: The Falcons have just four games remaining and two of them are against the Saints. The team’s postseason hopes depend on if that can take care of their division rival.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
Last week: Beat the Colts, 30-10
This week: vs. Seattle Seahawks
One thing to know: The Jaguars have ensured their first .500 season since 2010 with an explosive defence and a run-heavy offence. That’s quite the turnaround from a 3-13 season last year.
8. Carolina Panthers
Last week: Lost to the Saints, 31-21
This week: vs. Minnesota Vikings
One thing to know: The Panthers currently sit with a 62% chance of making the postseason according to FiveThiryEight, but that percentage will swing wildly in either direction depending on if they can defend home turf against the Vikings this weekend.
7. Seattle Seahawks
Last week: Beat the Eagles, 24-10
This week: at Jacksonville Jaguars
One thing to know: Despite a battered secondary, a complete lack of reliable running backs, and a leaky offensive line, the Seahawks won’t go away. Russell Wilson is getting MVP buzz for his play of late.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
Last week: Beat the Bengals, 23-20
This week: vs. Baltimore Ravens
One thing to know: Breakout start JuJu Smith-Schuster will be suspended this week after hitting Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict while he was defenseless.
5. New Orleans Saints
Last week: Beat the Panthers, 31-21
This week: at Atlanta Falcons
One thing to know: Tom Brady isn’t the only ageless quarterback in the league this year – in his 17th season in the NFL, Drew Brees is still a top-three quarterback in terms of rating, completion percentage, and yards.
4. Los Angeles Rams
Last week: Beat the Cardinals, 32-16
This week: vs. Philadelphia Eagles
One thing to know: The high-octane offenses of the Rams and Eagles are tied atop the NFL, scoring 30 points a game each. The over/under for their matchup on Sunday is currently set at 48.5 in Las Vegas sportsbooks.
3. Philadelphia Eagles
Last week: Lost to the Seahawks, 24-10
This week: at Los Angeles Rams
One thing to know: Eagles at Rams will also be a meeting of the first and second overall picks from the 2015 Draft at quarterback. Last time this happened, the second overall pick won, with the Marcus Mariota-led Titans beating Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers in the two quarterbacks’ rookie seasons.
2. Minnesota Vikings
Last week: Beat the Falcons, 14-9
This week: at Carolina Panthers
One thing to know: Case Keenum impressed yet again on Sunday, helping Minnesota along to their 10th win of the season and the top spot in the NFC. Pretty good for a guy who went undrafted in 2012.
1. New England Patriots
Last week: Beat the Bills, 23-3
This week: at Miami Dolphins
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