NFL Power Rankings Week 14 | Packers, Cardinals, Buccaneers
There were some big changes in the Power Rankings after Week 14 after the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football.
There were some major shake ups after Week 14 in the NFL, but none were bigger than a change in the top spot. The Green Bay Packers are now top dogs in our Power Rankings after their win and the Arizona Cardinals loss.
1) Green Bay Packers (10-3, 2 last week)
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers still own the Chicago Bears, and they are owners of the top spot in our Power Rankings after Arizona’s loss to Los Angeles.
2) Arizona Cardinals (10-3, 1 last week)
The boat is starting to rock for what has been the league’s best team all season. Their loss to the Rams was the third in six games and they now are level with the Bucs and Packers who both hold the tie break over Arizona.
3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3, 3 last week)
The Bucs may have made it much hard than it had to be when they blew a 24-3 lead, but who would bet against Tom Brady in a game winning situation?
4) New England Patriots (9-4, 4 last week)
The bodies of the Pats players will certainly enjoy the bye week, but how will it affect a team who was rolling before their week off?
5) Kansas City Chiefs (9-4, 5 last week)
The Chiefs made no mistakes in a tricky divisional battle against the Raiders. Lucky for the Chiefs, Las Vegas is in a free fall which made for easy pickings for KC.
6) Tennessee Titans (8-4, 6 last week)
Out of the bye week and back in the win column. A victory will do them just fine, even if it was against the Jags. Reports out of Nashville are Derrick Henry is aiming for a Week 18 comeback
7) Los Angeles Rams (9-4, 9 last week)
The Rams had their biggest win of the season on Monday night. The win over Arizona will help put the three game losing streak in rear view while silencing doubter who claimed they hadn’t had a quality win all year.
8) Baltimore Ravens (8-5, 7 last week)
Trouble could be lurking in Baltimore. Lamar Jackson went down with an ankle injury and might spell disaster in an AFC North that is skin tight.
9) Dallas Cowboys (9-4, 10 last week)
Still not too convinced about the Cowboys, even though they have won two straight including the knocking off a red hot Washington Football team.
10) Indianapolis Colts (7-6, 11 last week)
The Colts have officially cracked the Top 10. They were off this week, so it’s more about what other teams did do, than what they did in Week 14. They have won 6 of 8 going into next week’s Game of the Week against the Patriots.
11) Buffalo Bills (7-6, 8 last week)
A few months ago it was unthinkable that Josh Allen and the Bills could be out of the Top 10, but losing three of four and four of the last six will do that to you. Luckily for Buffalo they have a pretty easy last month of the regular season.
12) Los Angeles Chargers (8-5, 12 last week)
Maybe I’m sleeping on the Chargers too much. I would understand if an LAC fan argued that the Bills should be farther down the list. They might be just a game behind the top teams in the conference, but they are flying under my radar.
13) Miami Dolphins (6-7, 14 last week)
The Dolphins had their bye week after rattling off five straight. Let’s see if they can keep the momentum going after they gets some R&R.
14) San Francisco 49ers (7-6, 17 last week)
Big bounce back from the Niners after the division loss to the the Seahawks last week. They almost blew a big lead in the final quarter of Sunday’s win over the Bengals, but pulled out the win to stay in the Wild Card position in the NFC
15) Washington Football Team (6-7, 15 last week)
The Cowboys game was a measuring stick of just how for real Washington actually is. They may have lost, but proved they can compete with the best team in the division. WFT are still clinging to that final playoff spot in the conference.
16) Cincinnati Bengals (7-6, 13 last week)
The Bengals made a valiant comeback against the Niners, but it was a bit too little too late. Contrarily their season has gone the opposite way, winning just two of their last six after a 5-2 start.
17) Cleveland Browns (7-6, 19 last week)
Big win for the Browns who need to top Baltimore to stay on the heels of the division leading Ravens current Wild Card teams.
18) Denver Broncos (7-6, 18 last week)
Denver had the fortune of getting to play the Lions after their first win of the season. Logic would have told you that the Lions weren’t going to win a second straight, but I’m not sure if the Broncos knew it would have been as easy as it was in their 38-10 win.
19) Minnesota Vikings (6-7, 22 last week)
Minnesota showed up in their primetime game to start the week. At least they did for the first three and a half quarters. Giving up a 29-0 lead would have been devastating to their playoff chances, but they held on
20) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6-1, 16 last week)
Another disappointing week for the Steelers, who looked like they were on the verge of a beat down at the hands of the Vikings. Their near miraculous comeback won’t do much for them when it comes to playoff positioning.
21) Seattle Seahawks (5-8, 25 last week)
Records are not the only thing that matters in a Power Ranking If that was the case the Falcons and Panthers would be above the Seahawks. But Russ is back to winning, and they look like a much more dangerous team than Atlanta or Carolina.
22) Philadelphia Eagles (6-7, 21 last week)
Philly enjoyed a week off after 13 long weeks of ups and downs. Last we saw, Gardner Minshew led the Eagles to a win over the Jets, but Jalen Hurts looks like he will be back for the final stretch of the season, all of which just so happen to be against division opponents
23) Las Vegas Raiders (6-7, 20 last week)
It seems miraculous that the Raiders are still in the hunt in the division and the conference after losing five of their last six, but they trail the AFC Wild Card teams by just a game despite free falling down the Power Rankings.
24) Atlanta Falcons (6-7, 23 last week)
The Falcons beat the Panthers on Sunday is a game that basically closed the book on the loser’s chances to make the playoffs. The Falcons are staying alive, but just barley.
25) New Orleans Saints (6-7, 28 last week)
After a five game losing streak the Saints needed a game against one of the worst teams in the league. They stomped the Jets for their first win since late October, and are still somehow in the hun for a Wild Card spot.
26) Carolina Panthers (5-8, 24 last week)
The Cam Newton experiment in Carolina is not working out how Panthers fans had hoped. They have lost three straight since their shock win over the Cardinals last month, and are mathematically still in the hunt, but they would need more than a miracle, especially with games against Buffalo and two against Tampa Bay.
27) New York Giants (4-9, 26 last week)
That’s five losses in the last six for the Giants who looked like they were getting a big boost with their top three offensive weapons back on the field at the same time, but that was short lived as Kadarius Toney and Darius Slaytons’ comebacks only lasted a few weeks.
28) Chicago Bears (4-9, 27 last week)
The Bears were 3-2 at one point this season, but since then they have lost seven of eight. Their only win in that time was a two point win over the Lions on Thanksgiving.
29) New York Jets (3-10, 29 last week)
The Saints seemed like their losing streak would never stop, until the squared up with the Jets who made New Orleans look like the ’85 Bears.
30) Houston Texans (2-11, 30 last week)
The good news for the Texans is they weren’t shut out against the Seahawks. The other bit of good news is that Houston is one week closer to the end of a regular season to forget. The race for the top pick in the draft is on as teams at the bottom of the Rankings start to think about next season and seasons to come.
31) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11, 31 last week)
Another pitiful display for the Jags, who were blanked by the Titans. Tensions are reportedly starting to rise between Urban Meyer and his players as things go from bad to worse in Jacksonville.
32) Detroit Lions (1-11-1, 32 last week)
Back to reality for the Lions after a week of bliss following their first win of the season. The Broncos brought them back to Earth in the Mile High City.