Week 12 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it's time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power Rankings.
BLG's WEEK 13 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 1) - Nine wins in a row. The Eagles rank first overall in point differential at +160. The next closest team is 37 points away. Dominance.
2 - New England Patriots (LW: 2) - The Patriots easily beat a Miami team that ranks No. 32 overall in DVOA.
3 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 5) - There’s no question Case Keenum is playing very well. The only question is: how long can it really last?
4 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 4) - Pittsburgh is winning games, but they sure aren’t doing it in super impressive fashion. Just a few weeks ago the Steelers needed a comeback to beat Indianapolis. This week they barely held off an Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay team that got shut out last week and was playing on the road.
5 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 7) - The Rams picked up a big win over New Orleans to maintain their lead in the NFC West. Sean McVay’s Coach of the Year campaign continues.
6 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 3) - The Saints’ winning streak is over. The New Orleans defense has looked vulnerable in recent weeks. It didn’t help that they were without both starting corners in L.A.
7 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 8) - After losing to Chicago by 17-3 in late October, the Panthers have bounced with four straight wins. They can still win the NFC South.
8 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 10) - With two games still to play against New Orleans, the Falcons are also in the mix for the NFC South crown. Atlanta has been heating up lately. The Falcons finding their 2016 form would certainly make other NFC playoff teams feel uneasy.
9 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 11) - Seattle is currently on the outside looking in on the NFC playoff picture. They’ll be desperate to try to earn the NFC West lead back.
10 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 6) - The sad truth is the Jags would be better off with Blaine Gabbert than Blake Bortles right now.
11 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 17) - Don’t look now but the Bolts have won their last two games by a combined score of 82 to 30. With the rest of the AFC West struggling, they have a claim to being the best team in the division.
12 - Detroit Lions (LW: 9) - The bad news is Matthew Stafford is dealing with a sprained ankle. The good news is the Lions still have a relatively soft schedule the rest of the season.
13 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 13) - Baltimore is really not fun to watch. Their offense just sucks. Their defense and special teams units are the only reason they’ve been able to stay alive.
14 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 15) - The Titans actually lead the AFC South right now. They’re so uninteresting that you might not have noticed that.
15 - Washington Redskins (LW: 16) - Kirk Cousins is totally leaving Washington after this season. That, or Washington is going to hilariously overpay him to stay.
Kirk Cousins says the field has long been an issue in the 2nd half of seasons: "It probably doesn't look like a professional NFL field should." #Redskins— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) November 24, 2017
From @lizclarketweet and me: Redskins defend condition of playing surface at FedEx Field and NFL found no issues, but NFLPA will look into it... https://t.co/W2lEwhYQp9— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) November 25, 2017
Kirk Cousins, responding to @RapSheet report that Redskins brass wants to see more: "If you still need five more games, or five-plus, to make a decision, so be it, but I’d like to think that I’ve played a lot of football here." https://t.co/rpr1ilZ3qs— Chris Lingebach (@ChrisLingebach) November 27, 2017
16 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 23) - The Bills wised up and brought Tyrod Taylor back as the starter. He managed to know throw five picks as the Bills won their first game since October.
17 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 14) - Dak Prescott without Ezekiel Elliott: 58/88, 500 yards, 0 TD, 5 INT, 57.0 passer rating. Not even a little bit surprised. Cowboys fans are calling for Dallas to #BenchDak.
18 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 20) - Classic Marvin Lewis season. Doing just enough not to get fired, but not doing enough to actually be good or meaningful.
19 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 21) - Green Bay showed good fight in Pittsburgh. Aaron Rodgers was throwing some passes prior to the game on Sunday night, which is terrifying. With games against Tampa and Cleveland next, the Pack aren’t totally dead yet.
20 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 24) - Michael Crabtree got his chain snatched AGAIN. At least the Raiders won though.
21 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 25) - Bruce Arians said he thinks Blaine Gabbert could start in 2018 if Carson Palmer retires. Good luck with that, Cards.
22 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 12) - I haven’t been harsh enough on the Chiefs lately. They deserve a big drop after losing five out of their last six games. Here’s a good summary of the Chiefs’ problems:
#Chiefs struggle in the pass game, run game, run defense, and pass defense. Easiest summation of why they're 1-5 in last 6.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) November 27, 2017
23 - New York Jets (LW: 18) - Not unlike the Chiefs, New York has lost five out of their last six. Now they play each other this week.
24 - Houston Texans (LW: 19) - Going nowhere fast with Tom Savage. Sounds like a novel.
25 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 22) - Ryan Fitzpatrick’s limitations always end up costing his team eventually.
26 - Chicago Bears (LW: 26) - Chicago has done a good job of playing teams tough this year. That wasn’t the case in Philadelphia as they got blown out by the Eagles.
27 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 27) - ?????
I'm not sure how to describe today's presser by #Colts Chuck Pagano....Watch for yourself. pic.twitter.com/SVIfxqB5Hx— Clark Wade (@ClarkWade34) November 27, 2017
28 - New York Giants (LW: 28) - This team is painful to watch. They’re horrible. Every time I looked at the screen, I swear Eli Manning was throwing a terribley inaccurate pass. And when he wasn’t, his receivers were dropping it. I don’t think I saw a single completion.
29 - Denver Broncos (LW: 29) - John Elway can’t be criticized enough for how he botched the Broncos’ quarterback situation. Seven losses in a row now for Denver.
30 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 30) - Jimmy Garoppolo threw a touchdown pass! The 49ers should probably continue to play him.
31 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 31) - Are we sure Adam Gase is a good head coach?
32 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) - You know what time it is.
The Cleveland Browns are 1-26 since passing on Carson Wentz.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 26, 2017