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Week 12 Reverse NFL Power Rankings

November 22, 2016

1. Cleveland Browns (0-11)

There really isn’t much to say about the Browns at this point with Cleveland unlikely to win a single game the rest of the season. It’s safe to say they’re locked into the top pick.


2. San Francisco 49ers (1-9)

San Francisco stood no chance against the Patriots. It’s truly amazing how bad this roster has fallen since the 2013 season that finished 12-4. You have to wonder if GM Trent Baalke can survive it.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8)

At this point the season is lost and the only intrigue around the Jaguars will be who is coaching the team next year. With a roster that has plenty of talent and ownership who is willing to be patient you have to think the Jaguars are a team that will attract some quality coaches.


4. Chicago Bears (2-8)

With under two minutes to go in the game and down six the Bears where driving but a strip sack and an interception halted their drive and gave the Bears their eighth loss of the season. With Cutler hurt again the Bears may have to turn to Matt Barkley and at this point does it really even matter?


5. New York Jets (3-7)

Last week the Jets handed the keys to the offense to Bryce Petty because of an injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick kept him out of the game. You’d think the Jets who are out of the playoffs would let Petty continue to play to see what they have, but instead are sticking with Fitzpatrick. Seriously?


6. Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1)

Anybody who is calling for Marvin Lewis to be fired after this season doesn’t really know the Bengals. Do we remember what the Bengals were before Lewis took over? Not to mention lead them to the playoffs five years in a row before this season. There are plenty of teams that would kill for that consistency.


7. Los Angeles Rams (4-6)

Finally, we got to see Jared Goff and it was to mixed results as Goff had some success but also looked like a rookie and the Rams blew a ten-point lead in the fourth quarter. However, the Rams aren’t going anywhere and getting Goff time now is only going to help next year.


8. San Diego Chargers (4-6)

While their still not technically eliminated from the playoffs the Chargers are clingy to hope that they can go on a run to end the season. The defense has evolved into a top unit as Phillip Rivers continues to be the most underrated quarterback in the NFL.


9. New Orleans Saints (4-6)

After a five game stretch that saw the Saints reenter the playoff picture it was two straight losses that all be ended the Saints playoff chances. We’ll see if the Saints can get healthy and have another offseason to address their defensive needs.


10. Carolina Panthers (4-6)

While it was great that the Panthers got their third win in the last four games it came at a big cost losing Luke Kuechly to a nasty concussion. Wins are great but I’m sure the Panthers would trade it for a healthy Kuechly.


11. Green Bay Packers (4-6)

This has been a forgettable season for the Packers whose offense can’t get on the same page and the defense is just being gutted giving up 27.6 points per game. But with all that said their only two games out of first place in the North with nobody taking control.


12. Arizona Cardinals (4-5-1)

How do you know when your season is official over? How about losing to the struggling Vikings? Arizona hasn’t looked anything like the NFC runners up from last year and giving up a 100 yard pick six and a return for a touchdown doesn’t help.


13. Tennessee Titans (5-6)

Last week’s throttling of the Packers looked like the Titans were taking the next step and making a run at the South Division. However Tennessee fell once again to the Colts solidifying them in third place within the division. However the future does look bright.


14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5)

Winning at Arrowhead is tough as it is, but to get the win over a red hot Chiefs team makes it even more impressive. The win also brings the Bucs within a game of first place and they have to be hoping the Falcons have another second half collapse.


15. Buffalo Bills (5-5)

Keeping their playoff hopes alive the Bills got a tough win on the road over the Bengals. Now if the Bills can get Sammie Watkins back that could really help an offense that lacks explosion.


16. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)

Yeah the Eagles only lost by eleven points but they really didn’t stand a chance against the Seahawks. What makes matters worse is the Eagles lost and the rest of the division won putting the Eagles two games back of the wildcard.


17. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

Two straight wins have put the Colts within striking distance of the Texans and their lead atop the South. Not too bad for a team that was left for dead early in the season.


18. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5)

After a four game losing streak nothing looked better for Steeler fans than to see the Browns. While Pittsburgh has struggled their remaining schedule is very manageable and should allow them a great shot at winning the North.


19. Minnesota Vikings (6-4)

For the first time in five weeks the Vikings got a win and have some positivity back on the team. And they won just like they did in the first five weeks by playing good defense and scoring in nontraditional ways. Their Thanksgiving showdown vs the Lions will be for the North Division lead.


20. Miami Dolphins (6-4)

Miami is the hottest team in football right now winning their last five games going from the outhouse to the penthouse. With the 49ers up next it they’re winning ways should continue.


21. Baltimore Ravens (5-5)

While they put up a good fight, the Ravens were no match for the Cowboys. However, it helped that the Steelers also lost keeping the Ravens atop the division.


22. Houston Texans (6-4)

Monday night’s game in Mexico City tells us three things. 1. Houston is a much better team than they get credit for. 2. The Texans still aren’t in the same level as the AFC elite. 3. Instead of focusing on moving a team to London, move them to Mexico.


23. Detroit Lions (6-4)

The Lions must like drama because they’ve trailed in the fourth quarter every game this year. But it’s worked out six out of the ten times. Hopefully for their sake this trend doesn’t continue if they want to make the playoffs.


24. New York Giants (7-3)

Much like the Dolphins the Giants are on their won five game winning streak after disposing of the Bears. With Cleveland on the schedule next it would be shocking if the Giants are not 8-3 next week.


25. Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

Last year the Falcons were 6-1 before dropping seven out of their last nine to miss the playoffs. Hopefully the Falcons used the bye week fine tuning and looking for ways to avoid history repeating itself.


26. Washington Redskins (6-3-1)

In front of a national audience the Redskins displayed a dominant performance besting the Packers. In the process Kurt Cousins continues be proven smart by betting on himself which should lead to a nice fat contract this offseason.


27. Denver Broncos (7-3)

Sitting on an off week the Broncos had a chance to heel and get ready for the stretch run. Hopefully quarterback Trevor Siemen is able to play to his start of the season rather than the struggles he had leading up to the bye week.


28. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3)

It is games like this past weekend that could come back and haunt a team. There is no way the Chiefs should have lost to Tampa Bay at home and need to get Alex Smith back on track.


29. Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1)

It was a standard Seahawks game as they soared past the Eagles. However just when you thought they were getting healthier with Thomas Rawls back, stud rookie CJ Prosise breaks a bone in his shoulder and could miss the rest of the season.


30. Oakland Raiders (8-2)

It was like a home game for the Raiders as they beat the Texans in Mexico City. Oakland continues to roll and are putting AFC teams on notice.


31. New England Patriots (8-2)

Playing in San Francisco for the first time it was a nice homecoming game for Tom Brady as the Patriots rolled the hapless 49ers and continue to look like the best team in the AFC.


Dallas Cowboys (9-1)

Facing off against a talented Baltimore defense proved nothing special for the Cowboys rookies picking up their nine win of the year. However facing off against the red hot Redskins will give everybody a great Thanksgiving day treat.

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