We’ve got shakeups in the top five of the NFL Power Rankings after a blowout in Minneapolis. Below you’ll find where each team stands as we turn the page to Week 12 of the NFL’s regular season.
32. Houston Texans (1-8-1) (Previously: 32)
It’s time for Texans fans to start envisioning the Bryce Young-to-John Metchie reunion/connection in 2023.
31. Chicago Bears (3-8) (Previously: 28)
Justin Fields balling out in narrow losses. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. That’s the dream scenario for Bears fans from here on out.
30. Carolina Panthers (3-8) (Previously: 30)
The promising pieces on defense offer Panthers fans a small silver lining in an otherwise lost season.
29. Las Vegas Raiders (3-7) (Previously: 31)
Two wins against the Broncos is hardly inspiring, though a road win against Seattle in Week 12 would be impressive.
28. Denver Broncos (3-7) (Previously: 22)
It’s Defcon-5 in Denver right now.
27. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-7) (Previously: 27)
Kenny Pickett connecting with George Pickens and Pat Freiermuth in a narrow loss was an ideal outcome for the Steelers.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) (Previously: 24)
25. Cleveland Browns (3-7) (Previously: 23)
Cleveland dominated the Bills the entire first half and had just 10 points to show for it.
24. Los Angeles Rams (3-7) (Previously: 21)
Goodnight, Los Angeles.
23. New Orleans Saints (4-7) (Previously: 29)
Chris Olave is rapidly approaching NFL stardom.
22. Detroit Lions (4-6) (Previously: 26)
All Jonathan Williams does is score touchdowns, much to the chagrin of D’Andre Swift fantasy owners.
21. Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1) (Previously: 25)
Jeff Saturday may very well end up as the Colts head coach in 2023.
20. Green Bay Packers (4-7) (Previously: 19)
*Danny Green voice* “They are who we thought they were.”
19. Arizona Cardinals (4-7) (Previously: 18)
The battle for last place in the NFC West might be just as entertaining as the battle for first place in the NFC West, just in different ways.
18. Atlanta Falcons (5-6) (Previously: 20)
Atlanta remaining competitive despite little to no production from Drake London and Kyle Pitts is hard to fathom.
17. Los Angeles Chargers (5-5) (Previously: 16)
Two straight narrow losses to the 49ers and Chiefs should inspire some hope that the Chargers could hang around in the AFC’s wild card picture.
16. New York Jets (6-4) (Previously: 13)
It’s hard to win football games with 103 total yards.
15. New York Giants (7-3) (Previously: 11)
Getting blown out at home to the Lions could signal the unraveling of the Giants.
14. Washington Commanders (6-5) (Previously: 17)
All of a sudden the Commanders are looking prime for a wild card spot in the NFC. Washington’s defense should be getting Chase Young back as well.
13. New England Patriots (6-4) (Previously: 15)
New England is as impressive defensively as it is hard to watch offensively.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) (Previously: 14)
Cincinnati is treading water until Ja’Marr Chase returns. Week 11 losses from the Jets and Chargers helped.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) (Previously: 12)
The Falcons hanging around are going to make the Buccaneers be somewhat competent in order to win the NFC South. Winning in Cleveland next Sunday won’t be trivial.
10. Seattle Seahawks (6-4) (Previously: 10)
The Broncos loss made it a wonderful bye week for the Seahawks. Denver might be handing Seattle a top five pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
9. Minnesota Vikings (8-2) (Previously: 3)
It might seem harsh to have the Vikings ninth in these rankings despite just two losses, but that’s what happens when you get obliterated, 40-3, at home.
8. San Francisco 49ers (6-4) (Previously: 9)
The 49ers might have the highest ceiling in the NFC.
7. Tennessee Titans (7-3) (Previously: 8)
The Titans are one-point home underdogs against the Bengals in Week 12. It should surprise no one if they win comfortably.
6. Baltimore Ravens (7-3) (Previously: 6)
The Ravens offseason might not be able to overcome the loss of Rashod Bateman.
5. Dallas Cowboys (7-3) (Previously: 7)
A statement was needed after the fourth quarter collapse at Lambeau Field. A statement was made on the road against the Vikings.
4. Buffalo Bills (7-3) (Previously: 5)
It was nervy out of the gate for Buffalo, but the Bills managed to win comfortably in Detroit against the Browns.
3. Miami Dolphins (7-3) (Previously: 4)
The Dolphins should blow out the Texans in Week 12 ahead of a marquee matchup against the 49ers in Week 13.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-2) (Previously: 2)
The MVP award is now Patrick Mahomes’ to lose.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) (Previously: 1)
I wouldn’t argue with you if you put the Chiefs here. Philadelphia’s juggernaut offense has been brought back to earth these last two weeks.