Members of the perfect 1972 Miami Dolphins are likely celebrating following the upset loss by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
That means there will be no unbeaten team in the NFL again this season and also means a new team at the top of our power rankings off the Week 13 results.
NFL Week 14 Power Rankings
1. Kansas City (11-1): Patrick Mahomes & Co. now have the longest winning streak in the AFC at seven straight but still don’t control their destiny for the top seed because their lone loss was inside the conference.
2. New Orleans (10-2): Who needs Drew Brees? The Saints are now 8-0 starting backup quarterbacks since the start of last season. Brees will not back this week, but might he be Week 15 vs. Kansas City?
3. Buffalo (9-3): The Bills looked fantastic on Monday night as short underdogs in a neutral-site game at the 49ers. Buffalo hosts Pittsburgh in a massive game this Sunday night.
4. Pittsburgh (11-1): The Steelers have been playing with fire for a few weeks and now their unbeaten dreams are gone. Frankly, Monday’s loss might be the best thing to happen to them and if they win out are still the AFC’s top seed.
6. Cleveland (9-3): Pittsburgh’s loss Monday left the door open for the Browns to potentially steal the AFC North title – Cleveland hosts the Steelers in Week 17.
7. LA Rams (8-4): The Rams appear to be the class of the NFC West as long as they don’t play the 49ers, who swept the season series. Expect a defensive battle Thursday when L.A. hosts New England.
8. Indianapolis (8-4): Completely forget about that Indy blowout loss in Tennessee in Week 12 as that Colts’ defence is simply a different animal when Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner is playing (he missed Titans game).
9. Seattle (8-4): Russell Wilson was the MVP favourite for the first six weeks of the season, but he is tailing off big-time and continues to give the ball away. Maybe in 2021, Russ.
10. Tennessee (8-4): The Titans go how Derrick Henry goes. If he rushes for 100 yards, they win. If he doesn’t, and Henry didn’t come close Week 13 vs. Cleveland, they lose.
11. Miami (8-4): Now we find out if the Dolphins are legit AFC contenders or a year away as they host Kansas City on Sunday: Patrick Mahomes vs. Tua Tagovailoa. Should be fun.
12. Tampa Bay (7-5): Massive game Sunday vs. Minnesota amid rumours that Tom Brady and Coach Bruce Arians aren’t on the same page. Lose that, and the Bucs may miss the playoffs.
13. Baltimore (6-5): This was written before Baltimore’s home game Tuesday night vs. Dallas to conclude Week 13. We think the Ravens should win that comfortably with several players back off the COVID list.
14. Las Vegas (7-5): The Raiders benefitted from one of the most bone-headed defensive calls in NFL history on Sunday to avoid an upset loss at the Jets. A defeat would have severely hurt Vegas’ playoff hopes.
15. Minnesota (6-6): I wouldn’t want to play the surging Vikings in the postseason with one of the NFL’s best running backs in Dalvin Cook and the receiving duo of Adam Thielen and rookie Justin Jefferson. Once 1-5, the Vikes are in the NFC playoffs as things stand.
16. New England (6-6): It’s never wise to write off the Patriots as Bill Belichick’s club has won four of five to get back into the playoff hunt. However, we expect a loss in L.A. on Thursday to knock the Pats below .500.
17. Arizona (6-6): Star QB Kyler Murray is clearly not 100 per cent and now Arizona is on the outside of the NFC playoff field looking in. The bloom is off the rose a bit regarding Coach Kliff Kingsbury.
18. NY Giants (5-7): First-year coach Joe Judge is making a case for NFL Coach of the Year with his team on a four-game winning streak and atop the NFC East. The Giants have become one of the NFL’s best defensive clubs.
19. Washington (5-7): Ron Rivera is also making a case for Coach of the Year, and Alex Smith cemented winning Comeback Player of the Year with Monday’s upset at Pittsburgh. Washington is the only team in the NFC East with a positive point differential.
20. San Francisco (5-7): Monday’s home loss to Buffalo put a bow on this season for the defending NFC champions and probably means injured QB Jimmy Garoppolo will not play again this season.
21. Detroit (5-7): Interim coach Darrell Bevell made an early case for the full-time job with Sunday’s stunning comeback win in Chicago. Detroit probably has to finish no worse than 8-8 for Bevell to get serious consideration.
22. Chicago (5-7): The Pace/Nagy/Trubisky era ended, if unofficially right now, when the Bears blew a 10-point home lead with less than three minutes left in Sunday’s loss to the Lions.
23. Houston (4-8): In the search for a new head coach for 2021, the Texans have hired quite the advisory committee that includes Hall of Fame coaches Tony Dungy and Jimmy Johnson and former Texans All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson. He’s the only player in the franchise’s Ring of Honor.
24. Atlanta (4-8): It likely will be one-and-done in Atlanta for running back and former NFL Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley as he has averaged just 2.61 yards per carry since Week 6. That ranks last among 78 players with more than 25 carries in that span.
25. Carolina (4-8): The Panthers had to shut down their facility early this week due to COVID protocols and thus could be short-handed Sunday vs. Denver. On the bright side, Christian McCaffrey is expected to return from injury.
26. Denver (4-8): The Broncos have not had the same quarterback, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in back-to-back seasons since 2013-2014 and that trend almost surely will continue in 2021.
27. Philadelphia (3-8-1): A total mess in Philly, and I’d expect Doug Pederson to name rookie Jalen Hurts his Week 14 starting quarterback over struggling Carson Wentz.
28. LA Chargers (3-9): Coach Anthony Lynn lost his job with Sunday’s 45-0 embarrassment to New England, it’s just that he doesn’t know it yet. It was the worst shutout loss in team history.
29. Dallas (3-8): The Cowboys should be 3-9 after Tuesday night in Baltimore and have a big one in Cincinnati on Sunday for draft positioning purposes.
30. Cincinnati (2-9-1): The final four games also reportedly will be the final four in a Bengals uniform for receiver and franchise icon AJ Green. His contract is up and doesn’t fit the youth movement going forward.
31. Jacksonville (1-11): About the only bright spot this season has been undrafted rookie running back James Robinson, who should go over 1,000 yards rushing this Sunday and is in the conversation as having the best-ever rookie season by any undrafted player.
32. NY Jets (0-12): Only the Jets could manage to lose how they did Sunday, and it deservedly cost defensive coordinator Gregg Williams his job. In all honesty, beating the Raiders would have been a disaster in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes.
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