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2014 NFL Power Rankings After Week 14
Packers take over top spot in rankings
1. Green Bay Packers (10-3) - The past two weeks the Packers have been able to put their dominance on display with a big wins at home against the Patriots and Falcons. Eddie Lacy has become a bigger part of the Packers offense with winter weather arriving, but Aaron Rodgers and the Packers passing game have still been able to produce at a high level. A week 15 road matchup with the Bills should test Green Bay, but with the consistency they have found in the second half of the season, they are unlikely to stumble.
2. New England Patriots (10-3) - The Patriots have gone 1-1 the past two weeks, with a close loss on the road against the Packers, but they bounced back quickly with a win on the road against the San Diego Chargers. Tom Brady's record setting pace during the Patriots winning streak has slowed, but he and the Patriots offense continue to play good football when turning to a running game that features multiple players carrying the load for New England. The Patriots return home in week 15 for their second matchup of the season against the Miami Dolphins.
3. Seattle Seahawks (9-4) - The Seahawks won each of their past two games to extend their streak of dominance to three straight games, when they earned road victories in San Francisco and Philadelphia. Marshawn Lynch was stopped by the Eagles defensive front, but Russell Wilson put on a spectacular display with his strong arm and ability to elude defenders inside as well as outside the pocket. Up next for Seattle, they return home to take on the 49ers for the second time in three weeks as they look to improve their NFC playoff position in week 15.
4. Denver Broncos (10-3) - After taking care of the Chiefs in week 13, the Broncos ground out a hard fought victory against the Bills in week 14. Peyton Manning had one of the fewest single game passing yardage totals of his career in the game against Buffalo, but Denver proved that they can run the ball and play defense when the weather gets cold. Up next for the Broncos is a road trip to San Diego where they will look to improve on their 3-3 road record in their week 15 matchup with the Chargers.
5. Arizona Cardinals (10-3) - The Cardinals lost on the road in week 13 against the Falcons, but they bounce back with a home victory over the Chiefs in week 14. Drew Stanton has started to find his way at the quarterback position, but his efficiency still needs to get better in order for the Cardinals to return to the level they started the season at. Up next the Cardinals have a tough road test, when they play their week 15 matchup against the Rams on Thursday Night Football.
6. Detroit Lions (9-4) - The Lions dominant defense has led them to two straight wins against the Bears and Buccaneers. Recent big games from Matt Stafford and Joique Bell have been the difference as Detroit makes a late season push for the top playoff spot in the NFC. Up next for the Lions is another home game, this time against the Vikings as they look to keep the late season momentum.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) - The Eagles went 1-1 in their last two ballgames, with a huge win against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, but they followed that up with a loss at home against a rejuvenated Seahawks team. Mark Sanchez has played well enough to help the Eagles win games in the absence of Nick Foles, but the Eagles will be happy when their starting quarterback is able to return from injury. Up next for the Eagles is another home game, with their second matchup of the season against the Dallas Cowboys, and this one is likely to decide a playoff berth along with the NFC East division title.
8. Indianapolis Colts (9-4) - The Colts have won their last two games, with a win against the Redskins in week 13 and a road win against the Browns in week 14. A late touchdown drive led by Andrew Luck was able to help the Colts overcome a rough day for their young quarterback as well as the rest of their offense. Up next for the Colts is a return home to face the division rival Texans who are playing good football and looking to trim the Colts division lead to just one game.
9. Dallas Cowboys (9-4) - The Cowboys have gone 1-1 in the last two weeks with a loss at home to the Eagles on Thanksgiving, but that was followed by a huge bounce back win in Chicago the following week. DeMarco Murray's efforts on the ground were enough to help Tony Romo to earn a win in December, playing in a cold weather city on a natural surface outdoors. Next up for the Cowboys is a road game in Philadelphia where the NFC East division title will be decided.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1) - The Bengals are 1-1 in their last two games with a win on the road in Tampa, but upon returning home they let things get away against the Steelers. Andy Dalton has played better football lately, but the midseason defensive struggles for the Bengals are still there as Le'Veon Bell had his way with them on Sunday. Next up for the Bengals is a road game against the Browns, where they will be facing a team that is desperately trying to stay in the AFC playoff race.
11. Baltimore Ravens (8-5) - The Ravens went 1-1 the past two weeks and were able to bounce back from one point home loss to the Chargers, by going out on the road to convincingly defeat the Dolphins. Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett continue to carry the Ravens offensive attack while the team tries to overcome key injuries on the defensive side of the ball. In week 15 the Ravens return home to try to keep things going against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) - The Steelers went 1-1 the past two weeks with a home loss against the Saints in which their secondary struggled, but they bounced back to beat the Bengals in week 14. The secondary struggles have been evident for the Steelers lately with the lack of pass rush, but they may have found a short term solution to this problem in the form of Antwon Blake. Up next for the Steelers is a road game against the first place Falcons, as the Steelers look to keep pace in a tight division race, along with a tight wildcard race in the AFC.
13. San Diego Chargers (8-5) - After a statement win in Baltimore in week 13, the Chargers returned home where they could not continue to make their statement in a loss against the Patriots. A tough schedule ahead will test Phillip Rivers in the coming weeks as he looks to lead the Chargers back to the playoffs. Up next for the Chargers is another home game against a top contender in the AFC as the Denver Broncos come to town.
14. Kansas City Chiefs (7-6) - The Chiefs have gone 0-2 the past two weeks as they have started to see their playoff position slipping away from them after losses to the Broncos and Cardinals. Jamaal Charles has played at a very high level to give the Chiefs a chance to win nearly every game they have played with him in the lineup. Up next for the Chiefs is a home game against the Raiders, where they will look to get some revenge on the team that started their current losing streak.
15. Houston Texans (7-6) - The Texans have won their last two games against the Titans and Jaguars to get back into the AFC playoff race. Ryan Fitzpatrick has established DeAndre Hopkins as his favorite target in the passing game, to lead what has been a high scoring attack for the Texans the past two weeks. A week 15 matchup in Indianapolis could either end the Texans playoff hopes, or get them back into the hunt for the division crown.
16. Miami Dolphins (7-6) - The Dolphins were narrowly able to avoid losing to the Jets in week 13, but they fell at home to the Ravens in week 14 as their playoff hopes took a hit. Ryan Tannehill has not had enough help recently with the Dolphins struggling to establish a running game. A road matchup with the Patriots in week 15 is a difficult hurdle that the Dolphins need to clear if they want to stay in the AFC playoff race.
17. Buffalo Bills (7-6) - The Bills earned a huge conference win over the Browns in week 13, but they were unable to complete the comeback in Denver to fall in week 14. Kyle Orton continues to provide the Bills with the stability they need at the quarterback position, but unless the Bills can be more efficient in the red zone, a playoff berth will be tough to earn. The Bills come back home to face the Packers in week 15 as their playoff hopes fade at the end of this season.
18. Cleveland Browns (7-6) - The Browns have lost their last two games against the Bills and Colts, and they now have a quarterback controversy with their head coach considering starting Johnny Manziel. Hoyer had played efficient football up until recently, but a bad stretch has him and the Browns in a late season slide. Up next for the Browns is a home game against the Bengals, as Cleveland will look to stay alive in the AFC playoff race.
19. San Francisco 49ers (7-6) - A home loss to the Seahawks made it unlikely for the 49ers to earn a playoff berth, they followed that up by losing to the Raiders and now they are on the brink of being eliminated. Colin Kaepernick was coach Harbaugh's choice at quarterback, but he has not performed well enough lately to help San Francisco win games. The 49ers head out on the road to face the Seahawks in week 15, where their disappointing season may continue with the team facing a potential three game losing streak.
20. St. Louis Rams (6-7) - The Rams have won back to back games with shutout victories over the Raiders and Redskins. After the early season hype surrounding the Rams defensive front, they have started to meet expectations with their dominant efforts in the last two games. Unfortunately the playoffs are out of the question for the Rams, but they can continue to play strong football as they take on the Cardinals in week 15.
21. Atlanta Falcons (5-8) - The Falcons split the last two games by earning a win against the Cardinals, then losing on the road against the Packers. Matt Ryan has played better football lately, and the Falcons are still in first place despite their record. Up next for the Falcons is a home game against the Steelers, with plenty at stake for both teams in this late season matchup.
22. Minnesota Vikings (6-7) - The Vikings have won each of their last two games by defeating the Panthers and Jets. Teddy Bridgewater continues to grow as a quarterback, but it has been the Vikings defense that has been making plays for them lately. The Vikings head out on the road in week 15 to take on the Lions, as they will try to play spoiler late in the 2014 season.
23. New Orleans Saints (5-8) - The Saints looked like they were getting back on track with a big win in Pittsburgh, but they followed that up with a terrible performance against the Panthers to let Carolina back into the NFC South division race. Drew Brees was not able to get anything going in the Saints most recent loss after a five touchdown pass performance in week 13. Up next for the Saints is a road game against the Bears, where they will look to keep pace in the NFC South division race.
24. Chicago Bears (5-8) - The Bears have lost their last two games to end any playoff hopes that they had left, when they fell to Detroit and Dallas the last two weeks. Jay Cutler still continues to provide very inconsistent efforts, which have been the story in every game that Chicago has struggled in this season. The Bears are home to face the Saints on Sunday, as they look to finish up their 2014 schedule.
25. Carolina Panthers (4-8-1) - The Panthers earned a huge win against the Saints to get back into the NFC South division race after getting blown out by the Vikings the week before. Cam Newton finally looks healthy again, as he was able to distribute to ball to eight different receivers against the Saints. Next up for the Panthers is a home game against the Buccaneers as Carolina looks to put together a late season winning streak.
26. New York Giants (4-9) - The Giants gave away a game against the Jaguars in week 13, but responded with a blowout of the Titans a week later. The playoffs are out of the question for the Giants in 2014, so the next few games will be used to evaluate what they have moving forward. Up next the Giants have a home game against the Redskins in a battle of two NFC East disappointments.
27. Washington Redskins (3-10) - RGIII has been benched, and the Redskins have continued to lose ballgames. Losses to the Colts and Rams the last two weeks have only added to the Redskins disappointing season. Washington heads out on the road in week 15 to face the Giants, as they look to evaluate what they have for next season.
28. Oakland Raiders (2-11) - After holding the last spot in the Power Rankings for most of the season, the Raiders are now the highest ranked of the two win teams. Two wins in their last three ballgames have allowed Derek Carr to establish himself as the future of the Raiders franchise at the quarterback position. The Raiders head out on the road in week 15 to try to earn another victory against the Chiefs.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11) - In a season where not much has gone right, the Giants coughing up two fumbles to set up Jaguars touchdowns, was the break they needed to earn their second win of the season. The Jaguars will look to play spoiler in week 15 when they head on the road to face the Ravens.
30. New York Jets (2-11) - With Geno Smith or Michael Vick at quarterback for the Jets, the results have been the same. The losses have stacked up quickly in this disappointing season in what might be the final year as New York's head coach for Rex Ryan. The Jets match up with the Titans in week 15 on the road.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-11) - Tampa Bay was no match for the powerful Detroit defense this week, and the results were all too familiar for the Buccaneers. Mike Evans continued his strong rookie campaign, as the bright spot in a tough season for Tampa. Tampa has the opportunity to play spoiler in week 15 when they take on division rival Carolina.
32. Tennessee Titans (2-11) - With a seven game losing streak, the Titans have earned the last spot in this week's Power Rankings. Zach Mettenberger was not able to get things going against the Giants in what became another ugly road loss. The Titans could move out of this spot in the rankings quickly if they defeat the Jets in week 15.