NFL POWER RANKINGS

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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Week 12 Power Rankings


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Posted November 29, 2011 12:04 PM EST

The Patriots now have the inside track to a top seed. I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 13. Enjoy.
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Baltimore Ravens

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Chicago Bears

FOX SPORTS NFL POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

11-0 - 1/1
Impressive win on the road in Detroit against a playoff-hungry Lions team. There are a number of games left on the schedule to challenge the Packers' run at 16-0, with this week (at New York Giants) and next (home vs. Raiders) to set the stage. By the tiExpand Description
Impressive win on the road in Detroit against a playoff-hungry Lions team. There are a number of games left on the schedule to challenge the Packers' run at 16-0, with this week (at New York Giants) and next (home vs. Raiders) to set the stage. By the time the Packers play divisional rivals Chicago and Detroit again later this season they will most likely have their playoff position already set. Collapse Description
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2

8-3 2 2/7
The Patriots have little left on their schedule to prevent them from grabbing a top seed in the AFC. Denver provides the most intriquing matchup, and I will be interested in seeing how Bill Belichick defends Broncos QB Tebow. Belichick and Urban Meyer (TExpand Description
The Patriots have little left on their schedule to prevent them from grabbing a top seed in the AFC. Denver provides the most intriquing matchup, and I will be interested in seeing how Bill Belichick defends Broncos QB Tebow. Belichick and Urban Meyer (Tebow's college coach to Florida) have a personal relationship, and he may ask him for insight into stopping this college-style offense. Collapse Description
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8-3 5 2/10
The Ravens make a significant jump in the rankings with a win over the 49ers and an uninspired performance by the Steelers on Sunday night. The Ravens' defense was spectacular, even without Ray Lewis, and showed a pass rush that will scare the heck out oExpand Description
The Ravens make a significant jump in the rankings with a win over the 49ers and an uninspired performance by the Steelers on Sunday night. The Ravens' defense was spectacular, even without Ray Lewis, and showed a pass rush that will scare the heck out of anyone. Road trips to San Diego and Cincinnati seem like unlikely bumps in the road for the Ravens to grab the No. 1 or No. 2 seed with a 13-3 record. Collapse Description
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4

9-2 2 2/21
I won't move the 49ers down too far off a loss to the Ravens going from West Coast to East Coast on a short week. The Steelers matchup at home in Week 15 remains the only real challenge to the 49ers with the rest of their games coming against the inept NFExpand Description
I won't move the 49ers down too far off a loss to the Ravens going from West Coast to East Coast on a short week. The Steelers matchup at home in Week 15 remains the only real challenge to the 49ers with the rest of their games coming against the inept NFC West. If San Fran wins out vs. the NFC West, a 13-3 record would nail down at least the No. 2 seed in the NFC. It will be interesting to see how coach Jim Harbaugh will keep his team engaged down the stretch. Collapse Description
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5

8-3 2 2/9
The Steelers have to step up to the challenge of going west to face the 49ers and hope someone can upset the Ravens in order to win the division. They will be comfortable going into the playoffs as a wild-card team as they are well equipped to take theirExpand Description
The Steelers have to step up to the challenge of going west to face the 49ers and hope someone can upset the Ravens in order to win the division. They will be comfortable going into the playoffs as a wild-card team as they are well equipped to take their show on the road — even if it means playing the extra playoff game. QB Ben Roethlisberger continues to be a truly unique, elite QB, and the Steelers defense is beginning to return to the turnover group we are used to seeing. With that said, they should have handled the Chiefs much more easily. Collapse Description
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6

8-3 - 2/7
The Saints and Drew Brees proved they have the firepower to stick with the high-scoring offense of the Packers come playoff time. When the Saints are firing on all cylinders like they were against the Giants, it doesn't really matter that they gave up moExpand Description
The Saints and Drew Brees proved they have the firepower to stick with the high-scoring offense of the Packers come playoff time. When the Saints are firing on all cylinders like they were against the Giants, it doesn't really matter that they gave up more than 460 yards on defense. Collapse Description
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7

8-3 2 5/13
Hosting Atlanta this week, then traveling to Cincinnati in Week 14 will be obstacles to the Texans closing out the division early. Can you throw more roadblocks at a team? It is one thing to lose your starting QB, but your backup as well? This team wilExpand Description
Hosting Atlanta this week, then traveling to Cincinnati in Week 14 will be obstacles to the Texans closing out the division early. Can you throw more roadblocks at a team? It is one thing to lose your starting QB, but your backup as well? This team will rally around the circumstances and win the AFC South. A home playoff game for the Texans and owner Bob McNair is well deserved, but I'm not sure they can win it with a third-string QB. Collapse Description
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8

7-4 3 5/14
The Falcons have a couple tough games left to either challenge the Saints for the NFC South or stay in the wild-card hunt. Atlanta is catching Houston at a good time as the Texans transition to a new QB, but the Falcons will have to beat the Saints in NeExpand Description
The Falcons have a couple tough games left to either challenge the Saints for the NFC South or stay in the wild-card hunt. Atlanta is catching Houston at a good time as the Texans transition to a new QB, but the Falcons will have to beat the Saints in New Orleans to win the division. They showed great character in holding off the Vikings and the offense seems to be coming together at the right time. Collapse Description
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9

7-4 1 9/21
Unimpressive wins against the Dolphins and Redskins were wins nonetheless. The two head-to-head games with the Giants may determine the division, but with the Giants' loss and their remaining schedule, the Cowboys are clearly in the driver's seat in the Expand Description
Unimpressive wins against the Dolphins and Redskins were wins nonetheless. The two head-to-head games with the Giants may determine the division, but with the Giants' loss and their remaining schedule, the Cowboys are clearly in the driver's seat in the NFC East. Not sure they are in the same category as the other division leaders, though Dallas did beat the 49ers in San Francisco in OT. Collapse Description
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10

7-4 2 10/22
The Raiders are as physical as any team in the NFL. Only Denver seems poised to challenge them in the AFC West. If Oakland can minimize the penalties as they did last week against the Bears, the Raiders will find themselves in the playoffs for the firstExpand Description
The Raiders are as physical as any team in the NFL. Only Denver seems poised to challenge them in the AFC West. If Oakland can minimize the penalties as they did last week against the Bears, the Raiders will find themselves in the playoffs for the first time since 2002. QB Carson Palmer continues to improve and show he may be worth the heavy price they paid to acquire him. When Darren McFadden gets healthy, he and Michael Bush will be quite the combination in the backfield. Collapse Description
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11

7-4 2 4/15
Detroit's loss didn't impact its wild-card chances as much as it could have with the Bears and Giants also losing. With New Orleans, Oakland and Green Bay still left on Detroit's schedule, the Lions are facing the real chance of missing the playoffs. ThExpand Description
Detroit's loss didn't impact its wild-card chances as much as it could have with the Bears and Giants also losing. With New Orleans, Oakland and Green Bay still left on Detroit's schedule, the Lions are facing the real chance of missing the playoffs. They have found a fix in Kevin Smith to provide a burst to the running game (if he can stay healthy), but on the flip side, Detroit hasn't been able to stop the run on defense, giving up more than 127 yards per game. Collapse Description
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12

7-4 5 7/22
The Bears did themselves no favors with the offensive play calling on Sunday. They struggle to find an offensive rhythm when Jay Cutler has to throw it more than 30 times per game, let alone backup Caleb Hanie. Matt Forte needs many more than 12 carriesExpand Description
The Bears did themselves no favors with the offensive play calling on Sunday. They struggle to find an offensive rhythm when Jay Cutler has to throw it more than 30 times per game, let alone backup Caleb Hanie. Matt Forte needs many more than 12 carries, and when he gets tired, Marion Barber III can carry the load. But Hanie throwing it 36 times is absurd. Collapse Description
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13

7-4 - 10/31
I was curious to see how the Bengals would handle the Browns after playing elite competition in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. They didn't win with the margin I would have guessed, but they avoided a letdown that would have been easy to justify. Rookie receiExpand Description
I was curious to see how the Bengals would handle the Browns after playing elite competition in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. They didn't win with the margin I would have guessed, but they avoided a letdown that would have been easy to justify. Rookie receiver A.J. Green played well against Browns CB Joe Haden, who had been shutting down receivers all year. The Bengals still have an outside shot at the playoffs, but games against Pittsburgh, Houston and Baltimore will make it very difficult. Collapse Description
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14

6-5 - 5/19
The Giants couldn't cover any of Saints receiver on Monday night and the pass rush didn't help them at all. This is a team that is built to pressure the quarterback, and didn't sack Drew Brees even once. On offense, the Giants need to find a running gamExpand Description
The Giants couldn't cover any of Saints receiver on Monday night and the pass rush didn't help them at all. This is a team that is built to pressure the quarterback, and didn't sack Drew Brees even once. On offense, the Giants need to find a running game to complement Manning and the passing game. Brandon Jacobs doesn't have the skill set to be the feature running back in this offense. They need Ahmad Bradshaw back in a hurry. Collapse Description
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15

6-5 - 8/30
Von Miller is making a case for Defensive Player of the Year, let alone Rookie of the Year. Let's face it, Tim Tebow has been a fun story, but it is this defense that is really winning them games. In the last three games, Tebow and the Broncos have averExpand Description
Von Miller is making a case for Defensive Player of the Year, let alone Rookie of the Year. Let's face it, Tim Tebow has been a fun story, but it is this defense that is really winning them games. In the last three games, Tebow and the Broncos have averaged just 16 points, with a high of 17 points, and that won't win many games in the NFL. Collapse Description
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16

6-5 - 4/17
Even with the recent struggles of the Jets' offense, I have a sinking suspicion that QB Mark Sanchez will get this team into the playoffs. They have a manageable schedule for the remaining five weeks, but will most likely need to win four of the next fivExpand Description
Even with the recent struggles of the Jets' offense, I have a sinking suspicion that QB Mark Sanchez will get this team into the playoffs. They have a manageable schedule for the remaining five weeks, but will most likely need to win four of the next five to earn the AFC wild-card spot. Collapse Description
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17

6-5 1 13/31
CJ2K finally produced the offensive output this team was waiting for, but the Titans still needed some heroics by QB Matt Hasselbeck to beat Tampa Bay. With Chris Johnson hitting his stride, I just wonder how good this team could have been had star receiExpand Description
CJ2K finally produced the offensive output this team was waiting for, but the Titans still needed some heroics by QB Matt Hasselbeck to beat Tampa Bay. With Chris Johnson hitting his stride, I just wonder how good this team could have been had star receiver Kenny Britt not injured his knee early in the season. I don't think they push Houston for the AFC South title, but the Titans have as good as shot as anyone to earn that final wild-card spot. Collapse Description
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18

4-7 1 6/23
My warning to Eagles fans: You can chant for the firing of Andy Reid all you want, but be careful for what you wish for. You will be hard-pressed to find a better coach than Andy Reid.
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19

5-6 - 6/30
Stevie Johnson sent out an apology tweet after dropping a pass against the Steelers last season that cost them the game, and now he drops three potential game-winning touchdowns against the Jets that will most likely cost them the playoffs. I don't thinkExpand Description
Stevie Johnson sent out an apology tweet after dropping a pass against the Steelers last season that cost them the game, and now he drops three potential game-winning touchdowns against the Jets that will most likely cost them the playoffs. I don't think an apology tweet is going to cover it . . . Collapse Description
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20

4-7 4 10/28
Rex Grossman may throw way too many interceptions, but this team is better with him behind center . . . for now. If Roy Helu doesn't get the bulk of the carries next weekend, I am done trying to anticipate the game plan of the Redskins moving forward. Expand Description
Rex Grossman may throw way too many interceptions, but this team is better with him behind center . . . for now. If Roy Helu doesn't get the bulk of the carries next weekend, I am done trying to anticipate the game plan of the Redskins moving forward. Collapse Description
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21

4-7 - 2/22
So I picked the Chargers to win the Super Bowl. I was wrong.
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22

4-7 2 15/31
RB Marshawn Lynch has been unstoppable in recent weeks and that won't change with the Eagles and Rams on the schedule for the next two weeks. Better hope he's on your fantasy roster.
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23

4-7 - 8/30
The Bucs struggled once again with turnovers, but fumbles are more likely when you have a running back that fights for extra yardage after every hit. LeGarrette Blount is getting back to his 2010 form, but it is too little, too late for this season. Expand Description
The Bucs struggled once again with turnovers, but fumbles are more likely when you have a running back that fights for extra yardage after every hit. LeGarrette Blount is getting back to his 2010 form, but it is too little, too late for this season. Collapse Description
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24

3-8 2 20/32
Matt Moore, Reggie Bush and Brandon Marshall have this team playing at a high enough level to play spoiler to the Raiders this weekend. They also will host the Jets in the final week of the regular season, and they will be highly motivated to ruin New YoExpand Description
Matt Moore, Reggie Bush and Brandon Marshall have this team playing at a high enough level to play spoiler to the Raiders this weekend. They also will host the Jets in the final week of the regular season, and they will be highly motivated to ruin New York's playoff hopes as well, if it still has any. Collapse Description
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25

3-8 - 20/32
Head coach Ron Rivera was brought in to fix this defense and that hasn't really happened throughout the course of the season. Rookie QB Cam Newton has given this team hope, but the Panthers need to solve the issues on the other side of the ball as they loExpand Description
Head coach Ron Rivera was brought in to fix this defense and that hasn't really happened throughout the course of the season. Rookie QB Cam Newton has given this team hope, but the Panthers need to solve the issues on the other side of the ball as they look forward to 2012. Collapse Description
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26

4-7 1 14/30
Beanie Wells was finally a factor this season as he rushed for 228 yards against the Rams on Sunday. I don't anticipate that happening again with Dallas and San Francisco up next.
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27

2-9 1 22/32
Percy Harvin single-handedly kept the Vikings alive against the Falcons on Sunday, but they can't rely on that every weekend. Rookie QB Christian Ponder has shown promise, but he just isn't ready to shoulder the entire franchise without the help of star RExpand Description
Percy Harvin single-handedly kept the Vikings alive against the Falcons on Sunday, but they can't rely on that every weekend. Rookie QB Christian Ponder has shown promise, but he just isn't ready to shoulder the entire franchise without the help of star RB Adrian Peterson. It will be interesting to see how Jared Allen handles Tim Tebow and the Broncos' option offense on Sunday. Collapse Description
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4-7 1 17/32
With the loss on Sunday, the Chiefs are all but eliminated from the playoff picture. I would be very surprised if Kyle Orton wasn't the starting quarterback come Sunday. I think he will give them a boost, and if he does, could he potentially challenge MExpand Description
With the loss on Sunday, the Chiefs are all but eliminated from the playoff picture. I would be very surprised if Kyle Orton wasn't the starting quarterback come Sunday. I think he will give them a boost, and if he does, could he potentially challenge Matt Cassel to earn the starting position next year? Collapse Description
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29

3-8 1 26/31
Jack Del Rio was a dead man walking all season long, and he wasn't even given a fair shake this year. Drafting a QB that you know won't help you win right away, and then releasing his veteran QB just weeks before the regular season gave him no chance at Expand Description
Jack Del Rio was a dead man walking all season long, and he wasn't even given a fair shake this year. Drafting a QB that you know won't help you win right away, and then releasing his veteran QB just weeks before the regular season gave him no chance at retaining his job. Collapse Description
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30

4-7 1 18/31
Even with a decent performance on Sunday, the Browns should seriously consider finding a long-term QB solution, because Colt McCoy just isn't it.
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2-9 1 24/31
This team had a brutal first-half schedule, but were supposed to bounce back a little with a very manageable second half. Giving up 228 yards to Arizona's Beanie Wells is not how you bounce back.
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32

0-11 - 13/32
Why are the Colts still holding out hope that Peyton Manning can practice in December? What's the point?
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Cowboys    11 4 0
Eagles    9 6 0
Giants    6 9 0
Redskins    4 11 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Seahawks    11 4 0
Cardinals    11 4 0
49ers    7 8 0
Rams    6 9 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Lions    11 4 0
Packers    11 4 0
Vikings    6 9 0
Bears    5 10 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Panthers    6 8 1
Falcons    6 9 0
Saints    6 9 0
Buccaneers    2 13 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Patriots    12 3 0
Dolphins    8 7 0
Bills    8 7 0
Jets    3 12 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    11 4 0
Chargers    9 6 0
Chiefs    8 7 0
Raiders    3 12 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Bengals    10 4 1
Steelers    10 5 0
Ravens    9 6 0
Browns    7 8 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Colts    10 5 0
Texans    8 7 0
Jaguars    3 12 0
Titans    2 13 0