NFL power rankings, Week 12: Falcons rumble, Cowboys crumble

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We saw our share of turkeys perform on Thanksgiving. So what about the 12th Sunday of this NFL season? As usual, it did not lack for excitement.

Week 12 of the NFL season got off to a start as usual on Thursday. But this is Thanksgiving and we saw six teams in action on Turkey Day. That included the formidable Minnesota Vikings, who have now put a near stranglehold on the NFC North with that 30-23 win at Detroit.

When the stuffing settled that night, the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington Redskins also got much-needed victories as well. Both clubs are still in the mix in terms of playoff berths and obviously still have plenty of work ahead of them.

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All told, we are in the midst of the stretch run. That means no more off-weeks for any of these teams. So what’s the latest when it comes to No. 32 all the way to the top spot in our NFL Power Rankings? You may notice some significant jumps by a few teams that are more the product of shaky play by some other clubs.


Cleveland Browns


Last week: L, 30-16 at CIN
Last rank: 32nd

Recap: It was the second meeting of the season with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Browns were looking to end a six-game losing streak to their intrastate and divisional rivals. Instead, Hue Jackson’s club lost to this AFC North rivals for the second time in nine weeks The Browns actually played turnover-free football, good news for a team that has coughed up the football 28 times in their first 10 contests. But despite rolling up 405 total yards against the Cincinnati defense, Jackson’s team didn’t reach the end zone until there was 6:57 remaining in the contest. The losing streak is now 12 straight games and counting.

Next Week: “Come out to the coast. We’ll have a few laughs.” So will the Browns pull of a road win over the Los Angeles Chargers? Consider the fact that under head coach Hue Jackson, Cleveland owns a 1-26 record dating back to the start of 2016 – that lone victory against the Bolts at home a year ago in Week 16.

Draft Talk: The misery continues for a franchise that just can’t get out of its own way regardless of what they try. Once again, the winless Browns will be in line for a Top 10 draft pick come April as the club has now lost at least 11 games for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

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