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2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 12

Updated on December 1, 2015

NFL Power Ranks Week 12

And then there were one. There was one. There is one. You get the point. Anyway, if you had the Carolina Panthers as the last team standing without a loss then you my friend should have taken that bet to Vegas. Before the season started. Bet it would have been worth quite a pretty penny. What's more important is that Carolina's undefeated season coupled with New England's loss mean we have a new king atop the power rankings for the first time this season. So without further ado, here they are. In all their glory. Enjoy.

1. Carolina Panthers (11-0) ~ When does the question become will Carolina run the table? Cam Newton is firing on all cylinders despite a less than impressive receiving corps. The defense is dominating and the run game is top notch. All things are looking up in Carolina. (Last Week's Ranking 2)

2. New England Patriots (10-1) ~ While losing on the road, in overtime, against a good Denver team isn't the worst thing losing Rob Gronkowski for any length of time is. Initial reports have him with just a bone bruise but it looks like he should be able to return during the regular season. (LWR 1)

3. Arizona Cardinals (9-2) ~ Chris Johnson has been placed on IR. Andre Ellington is also banged up. That opens the door for rookie David Johnson who already has eight total touchdowns which lead all rookie receivers and running backs. Oh, and he's scored them as a runner, as a receiver and as a returner. Kids got skills and now he has the stage to show them off. (LWR 3)

4. Cincinnati Bengals (9-2) ~ Cincinnati picked off Nick Foles three times, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and held Todd Gurley to just 19 yards rushing. A dominating performance from one of the top defenses in the NFL. Up next is another backup quarterback in Cleveland. I'm sure they'll be licking their chops. (LWR 4)

5. Denver Broncos (9-2) ~ Last week I said if the Brock Ness Monster can beat New England he may Wally Pipp Peyton Manning. Well, he beat New England.Your move Gary Kubiak. (LWR 5)

6. Minnesota Vikings (8-3) ~ One week after losing a huge divisional game to Green Bay and falling behind by a game in the NFC North the Vikes are back on top. Adrian Peterson ran roughshod over the NFL's top rushing defense in a renaissance season for the former MVP. (LWR 7)

7. Green Bay Packers (7-4) ~ Aaron Rodgers had won 49 of his first 59 starts at Lambeu Field. He has now lost his last two, both to divisional opponents. One of those happened on a night when Brett Favre and Bart Starr were in attendance. When Rodgers hangs it up he will join those two as the three greatest quarterbacks to ever don the green and yellow. (LWR 6)

8. Seattle Seahawks (6-5) ~ Five touchdowns through the air for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks win in a shootout just like everyone expected. Wait. What? If Seattle can win in shootouts this team could be very interesting should they make the playoffs. (LWR 9)

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) ~ Stop me if you've heard this one before: Ben Roethlisberger is injured. He left Sunday's game in Seattle due to a concussion but not before he threw for 456 yards. Pittsburgh's offense is among the best when he is out there but if he can't suit up it's a whole different story. (LWR 8)

10. Indianapolis Colts (6-5) ~ Matt Hasselbeck improved to 4-0 on the season yet head coach Chuck Pagano has said that when Andrew Luck is healthy he will get his job back. Maybe Hasselbeck loses a game or two between now and then but if he stays undefeated how do you take him out? Remember, he's led a team to the Super Bowl before. (LWR 12)

11. Kansas City Chiefs (6-5) ~ First it was Jamaal Charles but then he got hurt. Up next was Charcandrick West who performed well before he had to miss some time. Now Spencer Ware has a 100-yard game under his belt. The Chiefs running back carousel keeps spinning and the team keeps winning. Five in a row now for K.C. (LWR 13)

12. Houston Texans (6-5) ~ For the third time in four games the Texans defense has held their opponent out of the end zone. This time it was Drew Brees who had thrown at least one touchdown pass in 45 straight games. (LWR 16)

13. New York Jets (6-5) ~ Last year Ryan Fitzpatrick shaved the beard and threw for a career-high six touchdowns. He had trimmed the beard coming into Sunday's game against Miami and threw for a season-high four touchdowns. It's such a triumphant beard but maybe he plays better without it? (LWR 14)

14. Atlanta Falcons (6-5) ~ Rumor has it that people are calling for the Falcons to bench their quarterback Matt Ryan. That seems ridiculous to me but if Atlanta wants to jettison the Philadelphia native I can think of a team who might be interested in employing him. (LWR 10)

15. Oakland Raiders (5-6) ~ One of Oakland's wideouts had another big day. That isn't really news in and of itself. It isn't who you are thinking of, however. Seth Roberts came out of nowhere to grab six passes for 113 yards and two scores. (LWR 18)

16. Washington Redskins (5-6) ~ In a battle for the NFC East lead the Redskins stormed out to a 20-0 lead over the New York Giants and held on to take over the top spot in easily the worst division in football. Hail to the Redskins indeed. (LWR 21)

17. New York Giants (5-6) ~ Does anyone make better catches than Odell Beckham Jr? Seriously. Kid is unreal. What a luxury for Eli Manning. That said, what a stinker the Giants put on the field in a game that could have given them separation in the division. Pitiful. (LWR 11)

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6) ~ Jameis Winston had another five in the stat line but this time it isn't one he should be happy about. A week after throwing five touchdowns the rookie qb was sacked five times against the Colts. (LWR 17)

19. Buffalo Bills (5-6) ~ Sammy Watkins and the Bills offense showed up in Arrowhead on a rainy day. The problem was the defense stayed home in Buffalo giving up big days to Spencer Ware and Jeremy Maclin. After a feel good start to the season the Bills have dropped four of six. (LWR 15)

20. Chicago Bears (5-6) ~ Smokin' Jay Cutler picked up his first win in Green Bay in five career starts. Don't look now but the Bears are getting healthy and creeping back into the NFC playoff picture. (LWR 23)

21. Miami Dolphins (4-7) ~ Earlier this season after a loss to the Jets head coach Joe Philbin lost his job. After this weekend's loss to the Jets offensive coordinator Bill Lazor lost his job. The good news for Dolphins coaches is that they won't see the Jets again until next year. Now that's what I call job security. (LWR 19)

22. Detroit Lions (4-7) ~ New offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter has the Lions offense clicking and it has shown in three straight wins. After reaching the playoffs last year this season is still a disappointment but there's some fire now in Detroit. (LWR 27)

23. Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) ~ The Eagles defense has given up a whopping 10 touchdown passes to Jameis Winston and Matthew Stafford the past two games. Up next is a showdown in Foxborough against possibly the best quarterback to ever play the game in Tom Brady. Yikes. (LWR 20)

24. New Orleans Saints (4-7) ~ For the first time in a decade the Saints and Drew Brees were held without a touchdown. Think about that for a second. What a testament to their offense. Outstanding. (LWR 25)

25. St. Louis Rams (4-7) ~ Case Keenum is concussed and Nick Foles has been nothing short of a disaster. Kurt Warner isn't about to come through those doors but it's clear that what is keeping St. Louis from being a truly competitive team is a solid quarterback. (LWR 24)

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) ~ We have a Julius Thomas sighting! The tight end who starred in Denver and was brought in to help young quarterback Blake Bortles caught nine passes for 116 yards and a score in the loss to San Diego. Prior to that he had just 167 yards receiving for the season. (LWR 26)

27. San Diego Chargers (3-8) ~ With four touchdowns in the win against Jacksonville Philip Rivers passed Joe Montana on the career list and is now tied with Vinny Testaverde at 275. More importantly I learned that Vinny Testaverde has thrown more touchdowns than Joe Montana. Wow. (LWR 28)

28. Baltimore Ravens (4-7) ~ The Ravens are winning with Matt Schaub throwing it to Kamar Aiken and handing off to Buck Allen. Just how they drew it up. What's that? This isn't how they drew it up? Oh. Well then. (LWR 29)

29. Dallas Cowboys (3-8) ~ Tony Romo hurt his collarbone again and looks like he is done for the season. If you say they still have a shot to win the brutally bad NFC East keep in mind they have yet to win a game this year that Romo didn't start. (LWR 22)

30. San Francisco 49ers (3-8) ~ Somehow, some way, the 49ers nearly took out the high-flying Arizona Cardinals over the weekend. In fact, maybe they should have won that game. They've been plucky since turning things over to Blaine Gabbart of all people. (LWR 31)

31. Cleveland Browns (2-9) ~ The Browns lost a game in the most Browns way ever: they had the game-winning field goal attempt blocked and returned for a touchdown. Oh, and Josh McCown is done for the year. Who will be under center as Cleveland plays out the string to the season? (LWR 30)

32. Tennessee Titans (2-9) ~ Tennessee is 0-6 at home and 0-3 in the AFC South. They play host to Jacksonville this weekend with a chance to get off the schnide in one fell swoop. (LWR 32)

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