NFL Power Rankings: How Week 14 games impacted Patriots' standing


The NFL's longest season is gearing up for a wild finish.

We've seen incredible parity in both conferences this year, with a host of teams still alive in their respective playoff races. The New England Patriots are the AFC's No. 1 seed on their bye week, but there are plenty of competitors right behind them.

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So, how did the rest of the league fare Sunday, and what are the implications of an eventful slate that saw one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks go down with an injury?

Here's a recap of Week 14, plus how all 32 teams stack up in our updated NFL Power Rankings.

32. Detroit Lions (1-11-1)

Previous ranking: 31

The Lions have played some close games lately. This wasn't one of them. The Broncos waxed Detroit 38-10 in Denver and held the Lions scoreless in the second half.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11)

Previous ranking: 32

We know Trevor Lawrence is in a tough situation. But the No. 1 overall pick now has nine touchdown passes to 14 interceptions after throwing to the Tennessee Titans four times Sunday. Fair or not, he'll start hearing some "bust" chatter this week.

30. Houston Texans (2-11)

Previous ranking: 30

The NFL's worst offense laid another dud Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. The Texans were held to 14 or fewer points for the fourth time in five games, as Houston ranks last in the NFL in rushing yards per game and 31 in passing yards per game.

29. New York Jets (3-10)

Previous ranking: 29

Good news, Jets fans: Zach Wilson didn't thrown an interception Sunday! He also didn't throw a touchdown pass in a 30-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints, but you've gotta take the victories where you can get 'em.

28. New York Giants (4-9)

Previous ranking: 28

A solid game from Saquon Barkley (95 total yards and a touchdown) was the only bright spot for New York in its blowout loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Daniel Jones can't return soon enough.

27. Chicago Bears (4-9)

Previous ranking: 26

The Bears made things interesting for two and a half quarters at Lambeau Field before Aaron Rodgers and the Packers took over. Chicago's only win in its last eight games is against the Lions.

26. Seattle Seahawks (5-8)

Previous ranking: 27

The Seahawks took care of business against the Texans to win their second straight game, but unless they can upset the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15, their season is likely over.

25. Carolina Panthers (5-8)

Previous ranking: 24

The Panthers find themselves in the NFC South basement after a 29-21 loss to the rival Falcons. Cam Newton added his fourth rushing TD in four games with Carolina but also threw an interception and lost a fumble.

24. Atlanta Falcons (6-7)

Previous ranking: 25

The Falcons picked up an impressive road win in Carolina, and a victory over the San Francisco 49ers next weekend could have Atlanta flirting with a Wild Card spot.

23. Las Vegas Raiders (6-7)

Previous ranking: 19

For teams considering huddling on their opponent's midfield logo before a game, we'd advise them to watch what the Chiefs did to the Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium.

22. Minnesota Vikings (6-7)

Previous ranking: 23

The Vikings are incapable of playing a boring game and nearly blew a 29-point lead to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. It's a good thing they survived for the win, as they sit right on the bubble for the NFC's final Wild Card spot.

21. New Orleans Saints (6-7)

Previous ranking: 22

The Saints let their ground game do the heavy lifting in New York, with 203 rushing yards (120 from Alvin Kamara) in an easy win over the Jets. A battle with Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers awaits next weekend.

20. Washington Football Team (6-7)

Previous ranking: 15

Backup quarterback Kyle Allen led a valiant comeback effort against the Dallas Cowboys after Taylor Heinicke's injury, Allen's fumble with under three minutes to play seal the loss. Washington faces an uphill battle for an NFC playoff spot.

19. Miami Dolphins (6-7)

Previous ranking: 21

The Dolphins take their five-game winning streak into the bye week and will try to extend that streak to six next Sunday against the Jets.

18. Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)

Previous ranking: 20

The Eagles will return from their bye next week to face the Washington Football Team in a game that both teams need to stay alive in the NFC Wild Card race.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6-1)

Previous ranking: 13

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers took too long to get their act together against the Vikings and sit in the muddled middle of the AFC standings as a result. It doesn't get any easier next week against the 9-4 Tennessee Titans.

16. Denver Broncos (7-6)

Previous ranking: 17

An emotional day in Denver, where the Broncos honored the late Demaryius Thomas with a pregame ceremony and a touching tribute on the first play from scrimmage. Thomas would have been proud of the Broncos' effort in this one.

15. San Francisco 49ers (7-6)

Previous ranking: 18

Jimmy Garoppolo hit Brandon Aiyuk for an 11-yard touchdown in overtime as the 49ers won a 26-23 thriller over the Cincinnati Bengals. San Francisco needed this one after falling to the Seahawks last Sunday.

14. Cleveland Browns (7-6)

Previous ranking: 16

The Browns caught a huge break when Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was carted off with an ankle injury early in the second quarter. Cleveland nearly blew a 21-point lead but held on to move just one behind Baltimore in the AFC North standings.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (7-6)

Previous ranking: 12

Joe Burrow made some fantastic throws as the Bengals stormed back from a 20-6 deficit to force overtime against San Francisco. But Sunday's loss drops Cincinnati to the No. 9 seed in the AFC. Not much room for error in this conference.

12. Indianapolis Colts (7-6)

Previous ranking: 14

The Colts had a productive bye week, vaulting up to the AFC's No. 6 seed thanks to losses by the Bengals and Buffalo Bills.

11. Buffalo Bills (7-6)

Previous ranking: 10

Things look bleak for the Bills after their fifth loss in eight games, which dropped them to No. 7 in the AFC. A silver lining: Josh Allen showed a ton of fight in the second half as Buffalo rallied to force overtime against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road.

10. Los Angeles Chargers (8-5)

Previous ranking: 11

Justin Herbert is very good at his job, folks. That's three wins in a four-game stretch for the Chargers.

9. Baltimore Ravens (8-5)

Previous ranking: 5

Lamar Jackson's ankle injury is a major development in the AFC playoff race as Baltimore slips to the No. 4 seed with Sunday's loss. Tyler Huntley performed admirably in Jackson's stead with 270 passing yards and a touchdown, but this is a different team without its star QB.

8. Tennessee Titans (9-4)

Previous ranking: 9

A bye week and an easy win over the hapless Jaguars have the Titans back on track after losses in Weeks 11 and 12. Tennessee is still the No. 2 seed and could get star running back Derrick Henry back for its regular season finale. 

7. Dallas Cowboys (9-4)

Previous ranking: 7

The Cowboys' defense stepped up when it had to against Washington, forcing a late Kyle Allen turnover to seal a win that extended their lead in the NFC East. One more win should wrap up the division crown for Dallas.

6. Kansas City Chiefs (9-4)

Previous ranking: 6

So... This Chiefs defense might be legit. Kansas City has held opponents under 18 points for six consecutive games after routing the Raiders 48-9 on Sunday. Patrick Mahomes and elite defense is a very scary combination for the rest of the AFC.

5. Los Angeles Rams (9-4)

Previous ranking: 8

Matthew Stafford went off for 287 yards and three touchdowns -- including a 52-yard beauty to Van Jefferson -- in the Rams' huge road win over the Cardinals on Monday night. Sean McVay's club is a dangerous No. 5 seed that would present a very difficult Wild Card round matchup if it doesn't win the NFC West.

4. New England Patriots (9-4)

Previous ranking: 4

The Patriots will have to earn the No. 1 seed, as the Chiefs and Titans kept pace while New England was on bye. But the Patriots also control their own destiny with tiebreakers over every AFC contender thanks to a 7-1 in-conference record.

3. Arizona Cardinals (10-3)

Previous ranking: 1

Kyler Murray amassed more than 400 total yards but also threw two interceptions and nearly lost a fumble in a Monday night loss to the Rams. Arizona should cruise against the Lions next Sunday but play the Colts and Cowboys after that, so the NFC West title is still up for grabs.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3)

Previous ranking: 3

The Bucs nearly let this one get away from them until Tom Brady did what Tom Brady does, throwing the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime for the 700th TD pass of his career. Tampa Bay is a tiebreaker away from the NFC's No. 1 seed.

1. Green Bay Packers (10-3)

Previous ranking: 2

Aaron Rodgers has 10 touchdown passes, zero interceptions and over 1,000 passing yards in his last three games, and Arizona's loss Monday vaulted Green Bay to the top of the NFC. A difficult road matchup with the Ravens is up next.

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