NFL power rankings, Week 14: Cowboys rise, Vikings fall

NFL Power Rankings


The Dallas Cowboys took a major step towards winning the NFC East for the second time in three years, beating the New Orleans Saints.

32

Oakland Raiders 2-10

Last week: L, 40-33 vs. KC
Last rank: 31st


Oakland finally scored, but it wasn’t enough.

31

San Francisco 49ers 2-10

Last week: L, 43-16 at SEA
Last rank: 29th


Bring on the draft.

30

New York Jets 3-9

Last week: L, 26-22 at TEN
Last rank: 30th


You have to win that game in the fourth quarter.

29

Arizona Cardinals 3-9

Last week: W, 20-17 at GB
Last rank: 32nd


The Cardinals have played tough down the stretch, and earned a nice win at Lambeau.

28

Jacksonville Jaguars 4-8

Last week: W, 6-0 vs. IND
Last rank: 28th


Jacksonville scored six points against Andrew Luck and somehow won.

27

Buffalo Bills 4-8

Last week: L, 21-17 at MIA
Last rank: 25th


The Bills are actually becoming fun to watch. Good for them.

26

New York Giants 4-8

Last week: W, 30-27 (OT) vs. CHI
Last rank: 27th


The Giants have won three of four somehow.

25

Atlanta Falcons 4-8

Last week: L, 26-16 vs. BAL
Last rank: 24th


The Falcons are totally inept on both sides of the ball.

24

Detroit Lions 4-8

Last week: L, 30-16 vs. LAR
Last rank: 23rd


It’s all over in Detroit, at least for this season.

23

Cincinnati Bengals 5-7

Last week: L, 24-10 vs. DEN
Last rank: 21st


Cincinnati might be the easiest out of any team the rest of the year.

22

Green Bay Packers 4-7-1

Last week: L, 20-17 vs. AZ
Last rank: 20th


The Packers have finally turned a new page, but it took a hideous defeat.

21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-7

Last week: W, 24-17 vs. CAR
Last rank: 26th


Tampa Bay is doing a nice job playing the spoiler role.

20

Washington Redskins 6-6

Last week: L, 28-13 at PHI
Last rank: 19th


The Redskins are watching a once-promising season circle the drain.

19

Miami Dolphins 6-6

Last week: W, 21-17 vs. BUF
Last rank: 22nd


There should be no joy in barely beating the Bills at home.

18

Cleveland Browns 4-7-1

Last week: L, 29-13 at HOU
Last rank: 17th


Cleveland laid an egg in Houston, ending any playoff hopes.

17

Carolina Panthers 6-6

Last week: L, 24-17 at TB
Last rank: 14th


It’s going to be a miserable December in Carolina.

16

Tennessee Titans 6-6

Last week: W, 26-22 vs. NYJ
Last rank: 18th


Tennessee won, but Marcus Mariota has to play, much, much, much, much better.

15

Indianapolis Colts 6-6

Last week: L, 6-0 at JAX
Last rank: 11th


Just a horrific loss by Indianapolis.

14

Denver Broncos 6-6

Last week: W, 24-10 at CIN
Last rank: 16th


Losing Chris Harris hurts, but the schedule is a joke moving forward.

13

Minnesota Vikings 6-5-1

Last week: L, 24-10 at NE
Last rank: 9th


Kirk Cousins never seems to deliver against good teams.

12

Philadelphia Eagles 6-6

Last week: W, 28-13 vs. WSH
Last rank: 15th


Philadelphia is not out of the playoff race yet

11

Baltimore Ravens 7-5

Last week: W, 26-16 vs. ATL
Last rank: 13th


Can the Ravens win in Arrowhead? Lamar Jackson will need to put forth his best.

10

Pittsburgh Steelers 7-4-1

Last week: L, 33-30 vs. LAC
Last rank: 8th


Nobody had a worse week than Pittsburgh.

9

Seattle Seahawks 7-5

Last week: W, 43-16 vs. SF
Last rank: 12th


The Seahawks are getting more dangerous by the week.

8

Dallas Cowboys 7-5

Last week: W, 13-10 vs. NO
Last rank: 10th


Dallas has a real defense. The Cowboys could be playing into mid-January.

7

Chicago Bears 8-4

Last week: L, 30-27 (OT) at NYG
Last rank: 5th


Can’t lose in that spot. Simply cannot do it.

6

Los Angeles Chargers 9-3

Last week: W, 33-30 at PIT
Last rank: 7th


nobody had a better week than Los Angeles.

5

Houston Texans 9-3

Last week: W, 29-13 vs. CLE
Last rank: 6th


The beat goes on for the Texans, who have won nine straight.

4

New England Patriots 9-3

Last week: W, 24-10 vs. MIN
Last rank: 4th


The Pats handled Minnesota, showing why they remain a threat in the AFC.

3

Kansas City Chiefs 10-2

Last week: W, 40-33 at OAK
Last rank: 3rd


The defense is so bad, but the offense is absurd.

2

New Orleans Saints 10-2

Last week: L, 13-10 at DAL
Last rank: 1st


Losing to Dallas changes the balance of power in the NFC.

1

Los Angeles Rams 11-1

Last week: W, 30-16 at DET
Last rank: 2nd


Los Angeles looks good for the first seed in the NFC playoffs.



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