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NFL Power Rankings: Week 14

The New Orleans Saints' reign at the top spot of our rankings lasted just a few short weeks, as a surprising loss to Dallas on Thursday night drops them behind the LA Rams. The Chiefs, Patriots, and Chargers round out the top five, respectively. One of the storylines heading into this season was the potential for both LA teams be legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Now with just one month to go in the regular season, the Rams find themselves in the driver’s seat for the #1 seed in the NFC. The Chargers, coming off a huge win at Pittsburgh, are also sitting pretty at 9-3 and still have a shot at winning the division should the Chiefs falter any amongst the distraction of the Kareem Hunt situation.


Baltimore Ravens

Week 14 Ranking: 12 (+2)

Lamar Jackson is now 3-0 as starting QB for the Ravens since Joe Flacco went out with a hip injury that he suffered in week 9 against Pittsburgh. The Ravens’ three-game winning streak has launched them into the 6th seed in the AFC playoff picture, one game ahead of Miami, Indianapolis, Denver, and Tennessee. Does John Harbaugh stick with Jackson down the stretch or opt for the veteran once Flacco is fully healthy?

Miami Dolphins

Week 14 Ranking: 20 (+3)

The Dolphins snapped a two game losing streak by beating Buffalo at home 21-17, as Ryan Tannehill threw three TDs to help keep Miami’s very slim playoff hopes alive. At 6-6, the Dolphins are one game out of the AFC Wild Card race, but have to face the Patriots and Vikings over the next two weeks. With that said, the Dolphins players and coaches deserve credit for being in the conversation this late in the year with such low expectations coming into the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 14 Ranking: 22 (+4)

Bucs' safety Andrew Adams picked off Cam Newton three(!!!) times, as the Tampa Bay defense came to play against their division foes, beating Carolina 24-17. All of a sudden, Tampa finds themselves in the playoff picture in the NFC at 5-7, although it's a longshot with a tough December schedule (vs NO, at BAL, at DAL, vs ATL). With Winston playing more efficiently as of late and the defense showing signs of life, an outside shot is sometimes all a team needs. At the very least, a team once thought to be dead in the water now has something to play for down the stretch.


Carolina Panthers

Week 14 Ranking: 14 (-2)

What has happened to Cam Newton and the rest of the Panthers? Ron Rivera's team has been reeling ever since their humiliating loss in Pittsburgh three weeks ago. Sunday's loss in Tampa Bay drops their record to 6-6 on the year, as Newton threw a whopping 4 INTs despite facing one of the worst pass defenses in the league. The Panthers, who earlier in the year looked like a lock for a wild card spot, are now "in the hunt" with just four games left, two of which are against the Saints.

Green Bay Packers

Week 14 Ranking: 19 (-3)

There was a little whisper of hope around the Packers last week that Aaron Rodgers could maybe, just maybe, run the table (again) and sneak Green Bay into the playoffs. That was before the most surprising upset of the weekend occurred, as the Packers lost at home to the lowly Arizona Cardinals. This proved to be the last straw for coach Mike McCarthy, who was fired soon after the end of the game. Joe Philbin will take over as interim head coach for the 4-7-1 Packers.

Cincinnati Bengals

Week 14 Ranking: 28 (-4)

It speaks volumes that a 5-7 team, a team still technically in the playoff hunt, is ranked this low. But how much of an argument can be made against it? This Bengals team feels like they are in official free-fall mode after losing their fourth straight game and knowing they are without Andy Dalton and AJ Green for the remainder of the season.

Full Rankings

1 Los Angeles Rams

2 New Orleans Saints

3 Kansas City Chiefs

4 New England Patriots

5 Los Angeles Chargers

6 Houston Texans

7 Chicago Bears

8 Pittsburgh Steelers

9 Minnesota Vikings

10 Dallas Cowboys

11 Seattle Seahawks

12 Baltimore Ravens

13 Indianapolis Colts

14 Carolina Panthers

15 Philadelphia Eagles

16 Denver Broncos

17 Tennessee Titans

18 Washington Redskins

19 Miami Dolphins

20 Cleveland Browns

21 Green Bay Packers

22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

23 Jacksonville Jaguars

24 Atlanta Falcons

25 New York Giants

25 Detroit Lions

27 Buffalo Bills

28 Cincinnati Bengals

29 Arizona Cardinals

30 New York Jets

31 San Francisco 49ers

32 Oakland Raiders

Written By: Greg Lehr

Rankings: Blitz Team



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