NFL Power Rankings Week 12 – To The Victor Goes The Spoils

Ab Stanley

In the midst of the NFL regular season, we’re bound to see plays and games that could be considered spectacular. These amazing catches, long runs, and bullet passes, are what makes football such an entertaining sport.

At this point, the drama gets heightened every minute of every contest. The pressure can make or break a season and the results could mean somebody’s career.


1. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0)
Will anybody beat the Steelers in the regular season? They still have two current division leaders in Buffalo and Indianapolis, not to mention division rivals Baltimore and Cleveland left on their schedule.


2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1)
The Chiefs average 32.1 points per game and they’re allowing 21.4 points per game. Safe to say it would be difficult to beat them in a shootout.


3. New Orleans Saints (8-2)
Sean Payton is sitting somewhere probably laughing at all the naysayers who questioned his starting quarterback selection. Right now his Saints are the class of the NFC.


4. Indianapolis Colts (7-3)
The Colts have two very impressive wins in a row to put themselves atop the AFC South. They are ranked fifth in points allowed and second in total yards allowed.


5. Tennessee Titans (7-3)
Derrick Henry has 1,079 rushing yards to lead the NFL. He has nine rushing touchdowns and continues to give opposing defenses nightmares.


6. Buffalo Bills (7-3)
Buffalo comes off their bye week to face the Chargers followed by the 49ers. They have a one game lead in the AFC East.


7. Los Angeles Rams (7-3)
The Rams defense is allowing 19.2 points per game. They’re currently on a two game win streak and they have the 49ers limping into town on Sunday.


8. Seattle Seahawks (7-3)
Seattle’s overall defense has been atrocious, but their run defense has been quietly great. They’ve allowed a team to go over 100 yards on the ground only four times.


9. Green Bay Packers (7-3)
The Packers have three losses, but only one of them has been in blow out fashion. Their last six games aren’t exactly a tight rope walk. They have one game on the schedule against a team that currently has a winning record.


10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4)
We’ve seen the Tom Brady that looks like he’s turned back the hands of time and the one that looks like he’s in his early 40s. Which one will show up after the Buccaneers’ bye week?


11. Cleveland Browns (7-3)
Cleveland has won three out of their last four games going into their pseudo bye week. They play Jacksonville next, if you were wondering what I meant by “pseudo bye week.”


12. Arizona Cardinals (6-4)
After five straight games of scoring 30 or more points, the Cardinals only scored 21 versus the Seahawks’ defense. I repeat: they did that against the Seahawks’ defense.


13. Las Vegas Raiders (6-4)
The Raiders gave the Chiefs their only loss of the season and came within five points of handing them their second loss. As a matter of fact, the Raiders have a point differential of 10 this season.


14. Baltimore Ravens (6-4)
The Ravens are ranked number one in rushing yards and 31st in passing yards. Something has to give with their play calling.

15. Miami Dolphins (6-4)
Tua Tagovailoa was sacked six times by the Denver defense. The Denver offense ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Miami’s win streak had almost no chance to reach six games with those performances.


16. Chicago Bears (5-5)
Chicago started the season with a 5-1 record and made it to their bye week with a .500 mark. Their next opponent is division rival Green Bay.


17. Minnesota Vikings (4-6)
The Vikings had a three game win streak snapped and their outside chance of making a run at the playoffs are rapidly diminishing.


18. New England Patriots (4-6)
The “Jekyll and Hyde” version of the Patriots have snapped a two game winning streak. Which version will travel cross country to take on the Cardinals this weekend?


19. San Francisco 49ers (4-6)
The 49ers come off their bye week to face division rival Los Angeles and then AFC East leader Buffalo.


20. Detroit Lions (4-6)
Detroit had their worst game of the season on Sunday. They didn’t score any points and they failed to accumulate 200 yards of total offense for the first time all season.


21. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1)
Philadelphia has lost two in a row and they hit a difficult stretch coming up. They play Seattle, Green Bay, New Orleans and Arizona in their next four contests.


22. Carolina Panthers (4-7)
P. J. Walker threw two interceptions versus the Lions which was bad. He threw for 258 yards and touchdown en route to a Carolina win, which was good.


23. Atlanta Falcons (3-7)
Atlanta took a beating on Sunday and it wasn’t pretty. Matt Ryan got sacked eight times and the offense mustered up a total of three field goals.


24. Denver Broncos (4-6)
The Broncos recorded their first win against a team with a winning record this season. Their next two opponents are New Orleans and Kansas City, which have a combined 16 wins at the moment.


25. Los Angeles Chargers (3-7)
Justin Herbert is carving out a Rookie of the Year bid every week he steps on the field. Sunday marked the fifth time he’s eclipsed 300 passing yards and he’s thrown multiple touchdown in eight of his ten games.


26. New York Giants (3-7)
The Giants come off their bye week to take on a Cincinnati team led by Ryan Finley. If the Giants really want to win the division they can’t lose to a team led by Ryan Finley.


27. Dallas Cowboys (3-7)
Andy Dalton returned to action and Dallas scored 30 or more points for the first time since week five.


28. Houston Texans (3-7)
Deshaun Watson threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns to help Houston win their first game against a team not named the Jaguars.


29. Washington Football Team (3-7)
Washington has put together a solid season on the defensive side of the ball. They rank ninth in points allowed and sixth in total yards allowed.


30. Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1)
The injury to Joe Burrow will end his season, but he should be back and ready to go at the start of the 2021 season. Cincinnati should focus on building an offense suitable for their young signal caller.


31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)
Jacksonville is the only team left in the league that could challenge the Jets for overall futility. They have stretched their losing streak to nine games and are slowly securing the number two pick in the 2021 NFL draft.


32. New York Jets (0-10)
The Jets have one team with a losing record left on their schedule. Ironically, it’s a Patriots team that had a historic run as AFC East champions. To add more drama, it’s the last game of the season.

Ab Stanley

Atlanta, GA

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