No change in the Top 3 of our NFL Power Rankings off the Week 11 results, and NFL fans are gifted with three games Thursday this week on the American Thanksgiving holiday.
NFL Week 12 Power Rankings
1. Pittsburgh (10-0): The Steelers can all but wrap up the AFC North with a home win over Baltimore on Thursday night (if that’s played as the Ravens are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak). Still see no realistic path to an unbeaten season, though. Pittsburgh is the first team to start 10-0 since 2015.
2. Kansas City (9-1): The Chiefs better hope they don’t face the Raiders in the playoffs as the Silver & Black seem to give K.C. a ton of trouble and both of Patrick Mahomes’ interceptions this season are against Las Vegas.
3. New Orleans (8-2): The Saints can earn the NFC’s top seed even without the injured Drew Brees, but they aren’t getting to a Super Bowl without him – and he should be back before the playoffs.
4. Indianapolis (7-3): Don’t look now, but Philip Rivers has had a QB rating north of 100 in four of the past five games, and it’s not a coincidence the Colts won those four.
5. Los Angeles Rams (7-3): The Rams showed their defence is Super Bowl-calibre with Monday night’s upset at Tampa Bay. It’s another tough one this week in Buffalo.
6. Seattle (7-3): The Seahawks’ schedule the rest of the way is easier than the Rams’ – they play in Seattle in Week 16 – so Russell Wilson & Co. still have to be the favourites in the NFC West.
7. Buffalo (7-3): The Bills were on their bye in Week 11 but huge winners because both the Dolphins and Patriots lost. Buffalo will win the AFC East for the first time since 1995.
8. Tampa Bay (7-4): The Bucs have looked absolutely terrible in their four primetime games this season, but at least there aren’t any more on the regular-season slate.
9. Green Bay (7-3): Aaron Rodgers‘ teams never blow 14-point leads but did in Sunday’s loss at Indianapolis. In 99 previous games with a 14-point lead, Rodgers’ teams had won 96 times.
10. Tennessee (7-3): This writer didn’t think the Titans would win in Baltimore in Week 11, but they did in overtime and Tennessee visits Indy this Sunday in a huge AFC South matchup.
11. Arizona (6-4): One major issue for this young team is undisciplined football. The Cardinals lead the NFL in penalties.
12. Cleveland (7-3): The Browns aren’t winning pretty, but they can guarantee their first non-losing season since 2007 with what should be an easy win in Jacksonville on Sunday.
13. Baltimore (6-4): Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson simply is not the same in 2020. He hasn’t passed for over 300 yards in a game this season and has six games under 200 yards.
14. Las Vegas (6-4): The Raiders almost completed the season sweep of the Super Bowl champion Chiefs and still control their destiny for a Wild-Card spot.
15. Miami (6-4): Did Coach Brian Flores ruin rookie Tua Tagovailoa’s confidence by pulling him from the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss in Denver? Tua will start this week again vs. the Jets but may have a short leash.
16. New England (4-6): The 27-20 loss at a bad Houston team in Week 11 basically ended the Patriots’ chances of extending their playoff streak. This team will look very different in 2021.
17. Chicago (5-5): The Bears come out of their bye week with still no offensive answers, but there is talk the team could go back to Mitchell Trubisky at QB for Sunday night in Green Bay. It likely won’t matter.
18. San Francisco (4-6): The Niners come out of their bye on a three-game skid but will get some of their many injured players back. It’s surely too late for 2020.
19. Denver (4-6): The Broncos are capable of beating anyone at home and dominated defensively in Week 11 vs. Miami.
20. Minnesota (4-6): The Vikings’ playoff chances likely were dealt a death blow with a Week 11 home loss to Dallas.
21. Carolina (4-7): The Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Lions with former XFL star P.J. Walker at quarterback. QB Teddy Bridgewater might be back this week, but Christian McCaffrey apparently won’t.
22. Los Angeles Chargers (3-7): Joe Burrow’s season-ending injury locked up the Offensive Rookie of the Year award for Bolts QB Justin Herbert. He has five games with at least three touchdown passes this season, the most by a rookie in NFL history.
23. New York Giants (3-7): The Giants, off their bye, are playing arguably the best football over the past six weeks of any NFC East team, although that’s not saying much.
24. Philadelphia (3-6-1): At what point do the Eagles bench turnover-prone QB Carson Wentz, who has hugely regressed, for rookie Jalen Hurts?
25. Detroit (4-6): The Lions were flat-out embarrassing in Sunday’s shutout loss at Carolina and another type of that effort Thursday at home likely gets Coach Matt Patricia fired immediately.
26. Dallas (3-7): Dallas snapped a four-game skid with Sunday’s upset in Minnesota and the Cowboys’ NFC East hopes are very much alive.
27. Washington (3-7): Washington visits Dallas on Thanksgiving – we can probably rule out the loser in the division race.
28. Atlanta (3-7): No team has a tougher remaining schedule than the Falcons, so it’s time to start looking toward 2021.
29. Houston (3-7): Deshaun Watson in Week 11 became the fifth quarterback to record three games with at least 300 passing yards, two TD passes and a rushing TD in his first four seasons in NFL history. It’s too bad the Texans are built so poorly around him.
30. Cincinnati (2-7-1): Joe Burrow’s season-ending injury is sad, and his knee was so torn up he might not be ready for Week 1 of 2021. The Bengals better build the offensive line to protect Burrow this offseason.
31. Jacksonville (1-9): The Jaguars have lost nine consecutive games, which ties the mark for the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history.
32. NY Jets (0-10): The Jets at least have been competitive in their past two losses and may get injured QB Sam Darnold back this week.
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