NFL Power Rankings: Week 14
After another week in the NFL, the power rankings are updated as we head into week 14.
Power Rankings Week 14:
Ranking from previous week in parentheses.
1 (1). Houston Texans (11-1) – The Texans have been getting banged up on defense last few weeks, but rebounded with a huge effort forcing six turnovers last week. A Texans win this week, pretty much clinches the #1 seed in the AFC.
2 (2) Atlanta Falcons (11-1) – The Falcons keep pulling out the wins in different ways. Their offense has been slowed a bit recently, and they won’t go far in the playoffs if the offense doesn’t pick it up.
3 (5). New England Patriots (9-3) – The Patriots lost another offensive weapon in Edelman last week, but their offense is still arguably the best in football. Have a huge MNF showdown this week in what might be an AFC Championship preview.
4 (6). Denver Broncos (9-3) – The Broncos whose three losses are to the 1, 2, and 3 team in the Power Rankings, have what it take to go all the way. Their offense and defense are some of the best in football, and their special teams can strike in a big way.
5 (3). San Francisco 49′ers (8-3-1) – They are just one of those teams that are tough to figure out. They go form a huge win in the Superdome, to a loss against the Rams. They need to play with much better consistency.
6 (7). Green Bay Packers (8-4) – The Green Bay Packers need to upgrade their training staff. With already several key players out, they Packers finally got back Greg Jennings, only for Jordy Nelson to leave
7 (4). Baltimore Ravens (9-3) – Oh Baltimore. All signs pointed to them winning their previous game. They play better at home, playing a terrible Steelers team without Big Ben, yet they blew it. Tells you a lot about this Ravens team.
8 (8). Chicago Bears (8-4) – The Bears have become really banged up the last few weeks. Urlacher, Hester, Jennings, Cutler, and many other key players have been in and out lately, and they need to get healthy quickly or they will be fighting a tough race for a playoff spot.
9 (10). Indianapolis Colts (8-4) – Andrew Luck has been playing some great football this season for the Colts. Another great comeback and he has way surpassed expectations for his rookie year in the NFL. One of the several R.O.Y candidates.
10 (9). New York Giants (7-5) – Sure the Giants may have one of the most talented teams in the NFL, however they are the most inconsistent team in the NFL. They have a knack for playing great football late in the season, and they need that to start now.
11 (13). Seattle Seahawks (7-5) – The Seahawks are coming off a big win ON THE ROAD against the Bears, and now will be without one of their top cornerbacks. They need to keep playing well, and have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.
12 (15). Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) – The Bengals have one of the best-kept secrets in the NFL in their defensive lineman, Geno Atkins. He is rated on of the best defenders by many websites and experts and is being overshadowed by defenders like Watt, Miller, and Smith.
13 (16). Washington Redskins (6-6) – And the Redskins are back. When they were 3-6, coach Shanahan was talking about playing younger guys to see what he has in the future. That plan will have to be on hold as they are in the thick of a tough divisional race.
14 (18). Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) – Winning last week’s game in Baltimore can do a lot for this team’s confidence, and now it seems like Big Ben will be back sooner rather than later.
15 (11). New Orleans Saints (5-7) – Now the Saints really need to win out after losing to the Falcons. After starting the season with four straight losses, they now need to win four straight for a shot at the playoffs.
16 (12). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) – The Bucs have been one of the surprise teams in the NFL, and rookie Doug Martin has exceeded expectations.
17 (14). Minnesota Vikings (6-6) – With the news that Harvin will be placed on Injured Reserve, it seems like the Vikings surprise run will come up short.
18 (17). Dallas Cowboys (6-6) – The Cowboys finally pulled out a win that they were supposed to win, and find themselves within a game of the division lead.
19 (19). Miami Dolphins (5-7) – They played a tough game against the Patriots, but weren’t able to pull out the win. Now they need to bring everything these last few weeks for a shot at the playoffs.
20 (20). Detroit Lions (4-8) – The Lions could easily be looking at a winning record, but they haven’t been able to finish games. Tough losses back to back weeks against the Texans and Colts, in which they had the late lead, and several chances to ice the game.
21 (26). Buffalo Bills (5-7) – The Bills suddenly look like a possible playoff team. Their offense is playing well, and their defense has stepped it up the last few weeks.
22 (23). New York Jets (5-7) – Rex Ryan has decided to go back with Mark Sanchez, and we will see if it was the right move (sneak peek: NO).
23 (25). St. Louis Rams (4-7-1) – The Rams are 3-7 against the rest of the league and 1-0-1 against the 49’ers. How do you figure that one out?
24 (22). San Diego Chargers (4-8) – I wonder how many more wins the Chargers need to win for Norv Turner to keep his job. Is four enough or will he need one or two more?
25 (29). Cleveland Browns (4-8) – The Browns are playing well but it’s too little too late. It’s a shame they keep on winning when draft picks slots are more valuable to them now, then it is to win.
26 (24). Tennessee Titans (4-8) – The Titans must be happy they seem to have gotten the real CJ back, however, they are disappointed with they way they have played this year.
27 (27). Arizona Cardinals (4-8) – What sums up their quarterback situation (from Rotoworld); “Lindley is averaging a mind-boggling 4.3 yards through his first 103 pass attempts. That would be 21st in yards per carry.” – Pathetic! Skelton will start this week.
28 (21). Philadelphia Eagles (3-9) – Nick Foles had a pretty solid game, and now he will start the rest of the year over Vick. Bryce Brown also promising, though he needs to hold onto the football.
29 (28). Carolina Panthers (3-9) – No reason for the Panthers to keep trying. They are a pretty solid team who suffered through many key injuries. A nice draft pick would help this team a lot.
30 (30). Oakland Raiders (3-9) – The Raiders are going through some tough times with players not listening to coaches, as well as tragedy hitting the organization after the loss of Coach Allen’s father.
31 (31). Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) – Chad Henne is the better quarterback on the team, though I am not sure it would have made much of a difference this year.
32 (32). Kansas City Chiefs (2-10) – Big win for the organization last week, but they still really need a quarterback for this team to improve.
Thursday Night Game of the Week:
Raiders are at home playing with a heavy heart, but the Broncos are a better team and need the win if they want to earn a first round bye.
Prediction: Denver 31 Raiders 16
What do you guys think of these rankings? Someone too high? too low? Leave a comment or tweet me @YoniPollak.