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My Week 12 NFL Power Rankings 2017 Edition

Updated on November 29, 2017

NFL Power Rankings

Round and round it goes. Where the quarterback carousel stops, no one knows. Or, rather, we all know. At least those of us paying close attention to the NFL. There will be a new quarterback under center in the Big Apple and it’s an old, new quarterback who used to be under center for another team in the Big Apple. Did you get that? Good. A bit easier to process is the fact that there will be yet another new QB calling the shots out by the Bay. What? There’s more than one team near the Bay? Sigh. OK, well you have to get this one. There’s a new quarterback who will start in Denver this week, but he’s taking over for the guy who already took over for him previously and now he’s back. Makes sense. Right? Well, at least my rankings should be a bit clearer. I hope.

1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-1) ~ In a game they were supposed to win, the Eagles did just that as they trounced the Bears. They are the first team to double digit wins and can become the first team to clinch a playoff spot without taking the field. If Washington defeats Dallas Thursday night, the Eagles will rule the NFC East. Even if Dallas were to win, the Eagles could still clinch by taking care of business Sunday night in Seattle. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. New England Patriots (9-2) ~ If Carson Wentz isn’t your MVP, then you may be voting for number 12 up in New England. He continues to defy Father Time and rack up wins. Brady has thrown for 13 touchdowns and just one interception over the last five games. The Eagles can clinch this weekend, but the Pats aren’t far behind. (LWR 2)

3. Minnesota Vikings (9-2) ~ They say that when you have three quarterbacks you really have none. I don’t think anyone has told Minnesota that. With Teddy Bridgewater finally healthy it was thought he might be handed the reigns to the offense. With Case Keenum putting up essentially the same numbers we’ve seen Bridgewater amass, there is no need to make the change. And don’t forget Sam Bradford is still on the roster. There may be no team more well-equipped to survive an injury to their starting quarterback. (LWR 3)

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2) ~ As a Pennsylvania resident, I have to say that I have not really heard much from the Steelers fan base. Maybe that’s because they are used to having their team play well. Maybe it’s muted because of the success of their intrastate rivals. Whatever it is, the Steelers are once again in the driver’s seat in the AFC. (LWR 4)

5. Los Angeles Rams (8-3) ~ Greg “the leg” Zuerlein has scored an NFL best 129 points so far this season. “Well, he’s a kicker!” you might say. You’d be right, but Zuerlein is currently on pace to break LaDanian Tomlinson’s NFL record of 186 points scored way back in 2006. Just another weapon on the Rams’ offense. (LWR 6)

6. New Orleans Saints (8-3) ~ The streak is over. They had ripped off eight straight before falling to the Rams. That loss makes the NFC South a bit more interesting as they hold just a half game lead over Carolina whom they host Sunday. They’re just a game up on Atlanta and face the Falcons twice over the next four weeks. Those three games will help decide who will call themselves division champs. (LWR 5)

7. Carolina Panthers (8-3) ~ Greg Olsen came back, and then he was gone again. Just like that. Olsen returned to the field for the first time since Week Two only to leave the game with a foot injury. He missed most of the season due to a foot injury and at this point, he can’t be relied on. At least Cam Newton still has his shiny new toy in Christian McCaffrey. (LWR 7)

8. Atlanta Falcons (7-4) ~ Julio Jones is a monster. Not the kind that hides under your bed at night. At least not unless you are a member of Tampa Bay’s secondary. He torched the Bucs for 253 yards receiving. It’s the THIRD TIME in his career he has surpassed 250 yards receiving. A monster I tell you. (LWR 9)

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-4) ~ OK, I was a week late on picking the Jags to blow a game they should win. It was in Arizona where they saw their four-game winning streak come to an end when the ageless Phil Dawson booted a career-long 57-yarder with one second left in the game. A tough loss, sure, so I won’t knock them down too much for that. I still think they are the team to beat in the AFC South. I still think it’s weird to say that. (LWR 8)

10. Seattle Seahawks (7-4) ~ Pardon me for not getting too excited about Seattle’s defense playing like Seattle’s defense. It was against the 49ers people. C.J. Beathard does not exactly strike fear into any secondary. They’ll get a true test Sunday night when Carson Wentz and the high-flying Eagles come to town. If they can upset Philadelphia, well, maybe they’ll have my attention again. (LWR 10)

11. Washington Redskins (5-6) ~ Samaje Perine has now eclipsed the century mark rushing in back-to-back games. Considering his top threat in the backfield (Chris Thompson) is out for the year, Perine should see plenty of carries down the stretch. If he can command attention in the ground game, it will only open things up for Kirk Cousins in yet another contract year. (LWR 15)

12. Detroit Lions (6-5) ~ Speaking of eclipsing the 100-yard rushing mark (gotta love the natural segue), can you name the last Lions back to hit triple digits? It isn’t Barry Sanders, but Detroit fans must feel otherwise. Reggie Bush is the last Lion to do so and he hasn’t played for Detroit since 2014. That’s a staggering statistic. (LWR 11)

13. Tennessee Titans (7-4) ~ Marcus Mariota has thrown six interceptions in his last two games doubling his season total to twelve. While that isn’t terrible, it certainly isn’t good. What IS terrible is that to go along with a dozen picks, Mariota has thrown just nine touchdowns all season. This coming after Tennessee revamped their receiving corps. What is wrong with the former Heisman winner? (LWR 14)

14. Los Angeles Chargers (5-6) ~ Are the Chargers really going to win the rotten AFC West? I say yes. They have stormed back from their 0-4 start and are playing the best football inside that division. The Chiefs have fallen apart. You can’t trust the Raiders. The Broncos are, well, cooked. It’s there for the taking and I am a firm believer that Philip Rivers and company will do the taking. (LWR 17)

15. Baltimore Ravens (6-5) ~ Two straight wins against teams with backup quarterbacks has Baltimore back in the playoff picture. Their upcoming tilt with Detroit could essentially be an elimination game for both teams. The Ravens and their pick-happy secondary will look to take advantage if Matthew Stafford is slowed from an ankle injury sustained on turkey day. (LWR 16)

16. Kansas City Chiefs (6-5) ~ Remember when Kansas City was 5-0 and had beaten the likes of New England and Philadelphia? Now they are in danger of losing their lead in the division which seemed unthinkable a month into the year. If they couldn’t turn it around against the Giants and the Bills, will they be able to avoid the New York sweep against the Jets? (LWR 12)

17. Oakland Raiders (5-6) ~ Stop me if you’ve heard this before. There was a brawl in Oakland. Beteween Aquib Talib and Michael Crabtree. Sound familiar? Well, this time both players got themselves suspended for a game. It was originally two, but their suspensions were reduced after a fracas in Oakland. These two plain don’t like each other, but need to be adults when they are on the field. They’re hurting their teams with this nonsense. (LWR 18)

18. Cincinnati Bengals (5-6) ~ Joe Mixon finally topped 100 yards rushing in a win over the Browns. The funny thing about that, is Cleveland actually has a solid run defense. Pretty much the only thing going for them. Mixon is the back of the future in Cincy and they are showing their commitment to the rookie while clinging to slim playoff hopes. (LWR 19)

19. Buffalo Bills (6-5) ~ Tyrod Taylor was back in the saddle again in Buffalo and led the Bills to victory in Kansas City. If the Bills extend their NFL-long playoff drought another year, we will really have to wonder what could have been if Taylor started that game against the Chargers. Not saying they would have won, but it isn’t out of the question. (LWR 22)

20. Dallas Cowboys (5-6) ~ Three straight losses for the Cowboys without Ezekiel Elliott, though the running game hasn’t been the issue. Dallas has struggled through the air and can’t get into the end zone. They’ve scored just two touchdowns during their losing streak while allowing their opponents more than 30 points per game. That’s a recipe for disaster. (LWR 13)

21. Arizona Cardinals (5-6) ~ For the second straight week Blaine Gabbert had multiple touchdowns and put his team in a position to win. This time, they did just that when Dawson kicked that 57-yarder. It’s been a lackluster year for Arizona, mostly due to injuries, but there’s still fight in this club. (LWR 25)

22. Houston Texans (4-7) ~ DeAndre Hopkins surpassed the 1,000 yard mark Monday night in Baltimore. That total could be even more. The veteran receiver has drawn an NFL-high 10 defensive pass interference penalties for 149 yards. Adding those numbers together would put Hopkins behind only Antonio Brown in the receiving yards department. (LWR 20)

23. New York Jets (4-7) ~ Robby Anderson has emerged as a legit wideout in New York. He has scored in five straight and has at least 85 yards receiving in three of those games. He probably won’t have Josh McCown throwing it to him again next year, but whatever quarterback is under center for the Jets in 2018 will certainly look number 11’s way often. (LWR 23)

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) ~ Jameis Winston is back. The quarterback who missed the last three games will start Sunday against Green Bay. Why the Bucs would put their franchise quarterback out there in a lost season is beyond me, but then again, I’m not an NFL coach. (LWR 21)

25. Green Bay Packers (5-6) ~ A team that shouldn’t rush their quarterback back is Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers has been working out, but isn’t ready to return from his broken collarbone. Their season isn’t officially over, but the decision to keep Rodgers on the sideline even when healthy shouldn’t be up for debate. I mean, this is Green Bay. Not Tampa Bay. (LWR 24)

26. Denver Broncos (3-8) ~ OK, so the carousel. This is one of the teams I mentioned in the lead. Trevor Siemian is back under center for Denver. He was benched earlier in the year for Brock Osweiler, but that didn’t work out. Osweiler was benched for Paxton Lynch who got injured. Now, it’s back to Siemian. For now. (LWR 26)

27. Miami Dolphins (4-7) ~ Matt Moore has been in and out of the lineup when Jay Cutler has been injured. Moore will certainly be relegated back to the bench next year if Ryan Tannehill is healthy. If I were Matt Moore I’d want out of Miami. There seems to be no love for the solid backup QB who could provide steadier play than some other squads have received from their starters. (LWR 27)

28. Chicago Bears (3-8) ~ I don’t watch Bears games, but I did see them this week when they played my Eagles. I saw someone in the stands holding a Mozilla Firefox logo and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why. Then it hit me. Firefox. Fire Fox. As in head coach John Fox. It’s been a trying year in Chicago as Fox breaks in rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Whether or not he will get another go round with him next year remains to be seen. (LWR 28)

29. Indianapolis Colts (3-8) ~ The Colts record stinks on ice, sure, but they’ve been playing more competitive football of late. Their last three losses have been by a combined eight points. Two of those losses are to division-leaders in Tennessee and Pittsburgh. It’s been a rough year for sure, but at least the Colts are giving their fans a reason to keep watching. (LWR 29)

30. New York Giants (2-9) ~ Eli Manning’s days as the starting quarterback of the New York Football Giants are numbered. 210 straight starts for the two-time Super Bowl champion. He will give way Sunday to Geno Smith. The same Geno Smith who flamed out as the starter of the Jets. Time to grab the pepto Giants fans. (LWR 30)

31. San Francisco 49ers (1-10) ~ Here’s a quarterback switch I can get behind. Jimmy Garoppolo will start his first game with the Niners Sunday against the Bears, and why not? They gave up a second round pick for him and he is a free agent at the end of the season. It’s time to see if Garoppolo will be in San Fran’s plans going forward. (LWR 31)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-11) ~ Last year the Browns won just one game. That game was against the San Diego Chargers. Their opponent this week? Well, it’s the Los Angeles Chargers. New city, but the same team. Can they make it two years in a row? (LWR 32)

That’s it. Shows over. Or at least the column is. Blog? That’s more accurate I suppose. Anyway, that’s all I have this week. Any questions or comments, as always, please leave them below. I'll respond as soon as I can. You can also follow/harass me on Twitter if that's your thing. Handle is in my profile. Until next time kids.

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      JOC 7 weeks ago from Syracuse, NY

      I'd agree with all but where you put Washington.