NFL Power Rankings Week 12: Still the Eagles
NFL Power Rankings Week 12: Still the Eagles
May 22, 2024 10:19 PM

Another exciting week of the NFL is in the books and it’s that time of the season where the playoff picture is starting to take its shape.

After Kansas City lost at home against the Philadelphia Eagles, they lost the top spot in the AFC to the Baltimore Ravens after their win against the Bengals.

What looked like a nearly flawless Kansas City team for most of the year now has some problems that need to be addressed.

The Chiefs had a total of 26 drops on Monday night against the Eagles. Yes, 26.

One that stuck out to everyone was on a potential game-winning touchdown where Marquez Valdes-Scantling beat his defender and dropped the ball in the endzone after a perfect ball was thrown by Patrick Mahomes. Valdes-Scantling was shown after the game slamming his helmet against the wall in frustration.

But that’s not all. Kansas City has now been shutout in the second half in two-straight games.

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Bengals on Thursday Night Football by a score of 34-20. But there were some major injury concerns that came out of the game for both teams.

In the early stages of the game, star tight end Mark Andrews was tackled awkwardly and injured his ankle that will probably sideline him for the rest of the year. Andrews has played a crucial role in the Ravens offense and without him, Baltimore will need guys like Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers to step up in the pass game.

Looking at the Bengals, it is safe to say that their season is over after Joe Burrow tore a ligament in his right wrist that will have him out for the season. Burrow played in the first half but as the Bengals headed into the locker room during halftime, Burrow was visibly in a lot of pain and didn’t play in the second half which is why the final score wasn’t close.

The Browns, Dolphins, Jaguars and Chiefs each hold 7-3 records in the AFC.

Cleveland won an ugly game against the Steelers, the Jaguars finally woke up Calvin Ridley and won big against the Titans, the Dolphins’ defense stepped up in a home win against Las Vegas and the Chiefs’ loss brought them down to 7-3.

Some teams that are hanging around are the Bills, Colts and Broncos who, in case you haven’t noticed, have won four games in a row.

Looking at the NFC, of course the team to beat remains the Philadelphia Eagles after a huge victory on the road in Kansas City.

But some teams are still lurking around for that top spot like the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys who both are playing at an elite level.

Brock Purdy played lights out for San Francisco in their home victory against Tampa Bay, throwing for 333 yards and three touchdowns with an 84% completion rate.

Dallas absolutely dismantled Carolina 33-10 and their defense has shown why they are the best in football.

They had seven sacks, forced a fumble and pick-six in Sunday’s victory against the Panthers.

The Detroit Lions had a little scare against the Chicago Bears and found a way to win while the Rams and Packers are slowly creeping back in the playoff picture after big wins at home.

We are in for another exciting slate of football as Thanksgiving is approaching. It’s the best time of the year for football fans.

Here are my Week 12 power rankings.

Carolina Panthers (1 – 9)

Last Week: 32

Result: Lost vs. Cowboys 33-10

Arizona Cardinals (2 – 9)

Last Week: 30

Result: Lost at Texans 21-16

New England Patriots (2 – 8)

Last Week: 29

Result: Bye Week

Chicago Bears (3 – 8)

Last Week: 28

Result: Lost at Lions 31-26

New York Giants (3 – 8)

Last Week: 31

Result: Won at Commanders 31-19

Tennessee Titans (3 – 7)

Last Week: 25

Result: Lost at Jaguars 34-14

Washington Commanders (4 – 7)

Last Week: 23

Result: Lost vs. Giants 31-19

New York Jets (4 – 6)

Last Week: 22

Result: Lost at Bills 32-6

Atlanta Falcons (4 – 6)

Last Week: 24

Result: Bye Week

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4 – 6)

Last Week: 21

Result: Lost at 49ers 27-14

Los Angeles Chargers (4 – 6)

Last Week: 18

Result: Lost at Packers 23-20

Green Bay Packers (4 – 6)

Last Week: 26

Result: Won vs. Chargers 23-20

Las Vegas Raiders (5 – 6)

Last Week: 19

Result: Lost at Dolphins 20-13

New Orleans Saints (5 – 5)

Last Week: 20

Result: Bye Week

Los Angeles Rams (4 – 6)

Last Week: 27

Result: Won vs. Seahawks 17-16

Indianapolis Colts (5 – 5)

Last Week: 17

Result: Bye Week

Pittsburgh Steelers (6 – 4)

Last Week: 14

Result: Lost at Browns 13-10

Cincinnati Bengals (5 – 5)

Last Week: 11

Result: Lost at Ravens 34-20

Seattle Seahawks (6 – 4)

Last Week: 13

Result: Lost at Rams 17-16

Minnesota Vikings (6 – 5)

Last Week: 12

Result: Lost at Broncos 21-20

Denver Broncos (5 – 5)

Last Week: 15

Result: Won vs. Vikings 21-20

Buffalo Bills (6 – 5)

Last Week: 16

Result: Won vs. Jets 32-6

Houston Texans (6 – 4)

Last Week: 10

Result: Won vs. Cardinals 21-16

Jacksonville Jaguars (7 – 3)

Last Week: 9

Result: Won vs. Titans 34-14

Cleveland Browns (7 – 3)

Last Week: 6

Result: Won vs. Steelers 13-10

Baltimore Ravens (8 – 3)

Last Week: 7

Result: Won vs. Bengals 34-20

San Francisco 49ers (7 – 3)

Last Week: 8

Result: Won vs. Buccaneers 27-14

Miami Dolphins (7 – 3)

Last Week: 5

Result: Won vs. Raiders 20-13

Detroit Lions (8 – 2)

Last Week: 3

Result: Won vs. Bears 31-26

Kansas City Chiefs (7 – 3)

Last Week: 2

Result: Lost vs. Eagles 21-17

Dallas Cowboys (7 – 3)

Last Week: 4

Result: Won at Panthers 33-10

Philadelphia Eagles (9 – 1)

Last Week: 1

Result: Won at Chiefs 21-17

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