NFL Power Rankings Week Twelve: The .500 Flip

Ab Stanley

1.  Philadelphia Eagles (9-1)
Last week #1
The Eagles are making these victories look easy. They are first in points scored and third in yards gained. They’ve allowed only 35 first downs (3.5 per game) and four touchdowns on the ground.

2.  New England Patriots (8-2)
Last week #2
The Patriots average 2.72 points per drive, which is good for first in the NFL. They also rank first in plays at 6.65 and yards at 38.8 per drive. They have the least turnovers in the League with five.

3.  New Orleans Saints (8-2)
Last week #3
The white hot Saints have not lost a game since September 17th. Talk about balance, they have 15 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns on the season.

4.  Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2)
Last week #4
The Steelers have won five straight since Ben Roethlisberger had his five interception game. They are second in points allowed and fourth in yards given up.

5.  Minnesota Vikings (8-2)
Last week #6
Minnesota allows 1.52 points per drive. They are second in rushing yards allowed, fifth in total yards allowed and fourth in points allowed.

6.  Carolina Panthers (7-3)
Last week #7
Cam Newton has 770 total yards from scrimmage and six total touchdowns on the Panthers’ three game win streak. Carolina is second in yards given up.

7.  Los Angeles Rams (7-3)
Last week #5
Los Angeles currently holds a one game lead in the NFC West. The last time the Rams won their division was 2003. The last time they were division champs as a team in L.A. was 1988, which must’ve been great to live in L.A..

8.  Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3)
Last week #10
A dominant defeensive unit that ranks first in points allowed, first in total yards given up, and first in pass yards allowed. They also allow the lowest time of possession on opponent drives at 2:12 minutes per.

9.  Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
Last week #12
Atlanta’s record does not indicate how dominant they are versus the NFC. They are 5-1 versus the conference, outscoring their opponents 165-124. Great thing they don’t play in the AFC.

10.  Kansas City Chiefs (6-4)
Last week #8
The Chiefs have lost four out of their last five games. They’ve turned the ball over six times in that span after giving up only one turnover over the first seven weeks.

11.  Seattle Seahawks (6-4)
Last week #9
Seattle has lost two out of their last three games. In that span, they have scored 67 points and allowed 67 points. They’re pretty good despite losing games. They are top ten in both points allowed and yards given up.

12.  Detroit Lions (6-4)
Last week #13
The Lions are fifth in points scored. Matthew Stafford has 2,760 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and only five picks.

13.  Baltimore Ravens (5-5)
Last week #17
The Ravens are third in points scored and sixth in yards given up. They are first in forced turnovers with 23 on the season.

14.  Tennessee Titans (6-4)
Last week #11
Tennessee ranks second in rushing touchdowns and second in rushing touchdowns allowed. They are pretty consistent on the ground.

15.  Dallas Cowboys (5-5)
Last week #14
I know we shouldn’t use injuries as an excuse but geez, the Cowboys look vastly different without running back Ezekiel Elliot and left tackle Tyron Smith. They’ve lost two straight games allowing 64 points and scoring only 17.

16.  Washington Redskins (4-6)
Last week #16
The hard luck Redskins record should probably be reversed. They have lost two straight games despite scoring 61 points and gaining 850 yards of total offense.

17.  Green Bay Packers (5-5)
Last week #19
The Packers are 1-3 without Aaron Rodgers. They were held scoreless in a game for the first time since 2006.

18.  Los Angeles Chargers (4-6)
Last week #21
The Chargers are eighth in points allowed, eighth in passing yards allowed and eighth in forced turnovers. If nothing else, they’re consistent.

19.  Oakland Raiders (4-6)
Last week #18
The Raiders are last in the NFL in forcing turnovers. They are 21st in points scored and 26th in yards gained.

20.   New York Jets (4-6)
Last week #20
The Jets have scored 44 points in their last two games and given up only 36, going 1-1 in that span. The Jets are 16th in points allowed.

21.  Buffalo Bills (5-5)
Last week #15
Buffalo has given up 135 points on a three game losing streak. They rank second in passing touchdowns allowed but a lowly 24th in passing yards allowed. The Nathan Peterman experiment didn’t start off  particularly well, either.

22.  Denver Broncos (3-7)
Last week #22
Denver ranks third in yards given up but 27th in points allowed. They are fifth in passing yards allowed but they have given up the second most passing touchdowns with 22.

23.  Houston Texans (4-6)
Last week #26
The Texans have scored 30 or more points in six games this season after Sunday’s win. However they are 30th in points allowed and 20th in yards given up.

24.  Cincinnati Bengals (4-6)
Last week #27
Cincinnati is 10th in points allowed and 12th in yards given up. They have gained the least amount yards in the NFL.

25.  Chicago Bears (3-7)
Last week #23
The Bears are fifth in rushing yards gained and 12th in rushing yards allowed. They are 31st in passing yards and have the least amount of passing attempts in the league.

26.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6)
Last week #28
The Bucs are fourth in forced turnovers and fourth in passing yards. They are 30th in rushing yards with only three rushing touchdowns on the season.

27.  Miami Dolphins (4-6)
Last week #24
The Dolphins defense has moved up! They rank 31st in points and 30th in yards gained. A robust uprising from the 32nd rank they have kept most of the season.

28.  Arizona Cardinals (4-6)
Last week #25
Arizona has given up 53 points on a two-game losing streak. They’re 26th in points scored and 25th in points allowed.

29.  Indianapolis Colts (3-7)
Last week #29
The Colts have given up the most points in the NFL and are 30th in yards given up. A lot of questions are coming for Indy with an aging roster and big questions surrounding their quarterback position.

30.  New York Giants (2-8)
Last week #31
The Giants are 30th in points scored and 24th in yards gained. To say it was shocking they beat the Chiefs on Sunday is an understatement.

31.  San Francisco 49ers (1-8)
Last week #30
The 49ers average 2.10 points allowed per drive and only average 1.49 per drive on offense. They at least have  already started looking towards next season, with roster moves and a deadline trade that brought Jimmy Garoppolo into the organization

32.  Cleveland Browns (0-10)
Last week #32
The Browns have scored the least amount of points in the NFL. They are eighth yards given up and sixth in rushing yards allowed. They have a two game lead on the number one pick in the draft.

Ab Stanley

Atlanta, GA

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