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My 2020 Week 12 NFL Power Rankings

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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings

The calendar has turned to December. That means we are starting to run low on games remaining in the season. THAT means we are really in playoff push mode. Remember that seven teams from each conference will reach the playoffs this year, because 2020. Hopefully your team still has a shot. I’m betting that people still reading about the NFL this time of year are invested for a reason. Unless you are just a glutton for punishment like us Philadelphia Eagles fans.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (10-1) ~ Tyreek Hill had himself a day. I mean, whenever you amass 269 receiving yards and three scores, you’ve done something good. I guess a few things, really. That said, Hill had 203 of those yards in the first quarter. Am I being irrational by saying he disappointed the rest of the game? I mean, he had only 66 yards in the final three quarters! Slacker. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) ~ Another week without a loss for the Steelers. Albeit this time, it was without a game even being played. Pittsburgh was set for their showdown against the Baltimore Ravens Thanksgiving night. Then the game got pushed back to Sunday due to a Covid outbreak with the Ravens. Then it got pushed back again to Wednesday. Wednesday afternoon to be exact. Why the afternoon? So NBC can air the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center. Does anyone else love that the NFL has to take a backseat to a lighting of a Christmas tree? (LWR 2)

3. New Orleans Saints (9-2) ~ In two games as a starter Taysom Hill is 2-0 with four rushing touchdowns. That’s great and all, but this is more about the defense who has not allowed a single touchdown in those two games. They take on the Atlanta Falcons this weekend who were one of those teams held without a touchdown. Can they make it three straight? (LWR 3)

4. Green Bay Packers (8-3) ~ Aaron Rodgers tossed four touchdowns had a nearly perfect QBR of 96.8 against the rival Chicago Bears. Dude is leading the NFL with 33 touchdowns. He has multiple touchdowns in every game this season except for that disaster down in Tampa Bay. If he can throw multiple touchdowns in each of the next five games, it would put him over 40 in a season for the third time in his career. He took home league MVP honors the other two times. (LWR 4)

5. Buffalo Bills (8-3) ~ Cole Beasley threw a touchdown pass in Sunday’s game. He’s the second non-quarterback to throw for a touchdown this season. You may be wondering who that other player is. Well, I’ll tell you. It’s Isaiah McKenzie. Not sure who McKenzie plays for? It’s the Bills. Both non-qb’s who have thrown a touchdown this year play in Buffalo. The Bills are fun. (LWR 5)

6. Seattle Seahawks (8-3) ~ After torching my Eagles for a career-high 177 yards, DK Metcalf leads the NFL with 1,039 yards receiving. Comparisons to Calvin Johnson have been floating around lately. Let’s compare the two, shall we? Through Megatron’s first 27 NFL games he had 95 receptions, 1,662 yards and 11 touchdowns. Metcalf, over the same time span, has 116 receptions for 1,939 yards and 16 touchdowns. While comparing him to one of the game’s all-time greats might not be fair, it certainly looks like Metcalf is at the start of a terrific career. (LWR 6)

7. Tennessee Titans (8-3) ~ If we’re talking Titans, we’ve got to talk Derrick Henry. Right? I mean, the dude went off against Indianapolis with 178 yards and three scores. Safe to say if you had him or Tyreek in your fantasy lineup, you had a good week. The Titans are back atop the AFC South and Henry is a huge reason why. Can he win the first MVP by a non-quarterback since Adrian Peterson took home the hardware in 2012? Maybe, but for me he’s still behind Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes at the very least. (LWR 9)

8. Los Angeles Rams (7-4) ~ They are now a full game behind Seattle in the NFC West, but the Rams do control their own playoff destiny. They still have two games against the Arizona Cardinals and one against Seattle. There’s also the nice cupcake home game against the New York Jets on December 20th. At least they don’t play San Francisco again. The Rams are 0-2 against the 49ers and 7-2 against the rest of the NFL. (LWR 7)

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) ~ The victims of Tyreek Hill’s monster game. Lost in that, is that Tom Brady and the Bucs nearly came back to topple K.C. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, but the game didn’t get out of hand when it looked like it was headed in that direction. They get a bye this week and close the season with four games against teams with losing records. 11-5, or even 10-6, should be enough to get Tampa into the playoffs. (LWR 10)

10. Indianapolis Colts (7-4) ~ Yesterday I learned that Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez will be out indefinitely while he has surgery today to remove a cancerous tumor. This has nothing to do with football at all. I just wish the man a speedy and healthy recovery. This, as we are about to begin Jimmy V week. I watch the speech every year. If you’ve never seen it, make sure you have a tissue handy. It’s about to get a bit dusty where you are. (LWR 8)

11. Baltimore Ravens (6-4) ~ They’ve been crippled by Covid. If this game gets played tomorrow the Ravens will at least have their backfield back as J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram are expected to be available. They might need to lean on that stable of back as Lamar Jackson will miss the game. That means we will get an RGIII start. Robert Griffin the third. Remember him? I’m sure people in the Baltimore area are very familiar with Griffin. (LWR 11)

12. Cleveland Browns (8-3) ~ In picking up their eighth win of the season, the Browns clinched a non-losing season for the first time since 2007. That is the second-longest losing season streak in NFL history behind only Tampa Bay from 1983-1996. What I take away from this is not about the Browns. It’s the fact that, the Bucs did not have a winning season from the time I was born until I was a teenager. Those must have been dark times in Tampa. (LWR 13)

13. Miami Dolphins (7-4) ~ Did we just see the last of Ryan Fitzpatrick as a starter in the NFL? I certainly hope not, but if we did, he would finish his career with a 59-86-1 record. You were always lucky if Fitzy was your backup. It’s when he was your regular 16-game starter that maybe he was a little overmatched. He had just one winning season as a full-season starter and that was in 2015 with the Jets. Let’s hope Miami can reach the postseason just for Fitzy who has yet to make the playoffs during his 16-year career. (LWR 15)

14. Arizona Cardinals (6-5) ~ That’s now three losses in four games by a combined 13 points. If not for the Hail Murray, it would be four straight losses for the Cardinals. Is it a stretch to say this weekend’s game against the Rams is a must win? I don’t think so. (LWR 12)

15. Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) ~ Well, that was something. After scoring at least 31 points in their past three, the wheels came off the Carr in Atlanta. Too much? Anyway, Derek Carr and the Raiders stunk out the joint in Atlanta and are no longer a lock for the playoffs. You know what can help that? A matchup against the worst team in football. *checks schedule* Well, would you look at that! The Raiders visit the Jets this weekend! And who said Christmas doesn’t come early? (LWR 14)

16. Minnesota Vikings (5-6) ~ They started the season 1-5 which is bad. The good news is that, with four wins in their last five, they have moved into second place in the NFC North. They won’t catch Green Bay, but they still have a shot at reaching the playoffs. Hosting Jacksonville this weekend is a nice stepping stone. (LWR 17)

17. San Francisco 49ers (5-6) ~ The 49ers are homeless. Santa Clara county had banned full-contact sports which means the 49ers cannot play in their home stadium. Lucky for them, they have a nice neighbor in Arizona. San Fran will call State Farm Stadium home for the next few weeks. They even have an upcoming road game in that stadium. Man do I wish that game was supposed to be in San Fran because then the Cardinals would be playing a “road game” in their home stadium. 2020 man. The gift that keeps on giving. (LWR 19)

18. New England Patriots (5-6) ~ What if I told you that Cam Newton would complete just half of his passes for 84 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. You’d say the Patriots lost the game. You’d be wrong. Somehow, New England escaped with a potential season-saving win. They aren’t there yet, but they also aren’t out of it yet. We all knew it would be interesting in New England post-Brady. (LWR 20)

19. Chicago Bears (5-6) ~ Five straight L’s for the Bears who haven’t won a game since October 18th. This one was much worse than the final score indicates as they were down 27-10 at the half and 41-10 entering the fourth quarter. This after coming off their bye. Eesh. (LWR 16)

20. Carolina Panthers (4-8) ~ Rookie Jeremy Chinn did something cool. He returned two fumbles for touchdowns becoming the first player to do so since Fred Evans for Chicago back in 1948. It’s only the third time it has happened in NFL history with the first belonging to Al Nesser in 1920 for Akron. If you know who Evans or Nesser are, you should be writing these because your NFL knowledge knows no bounds. (LWR 18)

21. Atlanta Falcons (4-7) ~ No Julio Jones. No Todd Gurley. No problem? Atlanta forced five turnovers and scored a season-high 43 points in the aforementioned throttling of the Raiders. I’m sure they’d like to have one, if not both of those offensive threats back as they try and play spoiler to the Saints this weekend. (LWR 24)

22. Denver Broncos (4-7) ~ I’m not going to fault them. They gave it the ol’ college try. Denver, as you may have heard, essentially played their last game without a quarterback. No offense to Kendall Hinton, but he didn’t have a chance. Hinton, who has never played quarterback in the NFL, made his first start at the position after Denver lost their top three quarterbacks who either tested positive for Covid, or were exposed to it. Hinton completed one pass for 13 yards and threw two interceptions. (LWR 22)

23. Los Angeles Chargers (3-8) ~ Austin Ekeler is back and in a big way. In his first action since getting hurt October 4th, Ekeler had 11 catches for 85 yards and added another 44 on the ground. These next few games will be about Ekeler building rapport with Justin Herbert. Maybe I’m a bit too high on the Chargers, but I just feel like they are better than their record. (LWR 21)

24. Philadelphia Eagles (3-7-1) ~ Three straight losses have dropped the Eagles from their perch atop the NFC East. Now, the schedule gets tougher with the Packers and Saints in back-to-back weeks. Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson are under fire and rightfully so. Maybe this team should have hired an offensive coordinator for the season. Just my two cents. (LWR 23)

25. New York Giants (4-7) ~ Your first place New York Football Giants. Three straight wins have the Giants atop the sorry NFC East. You might think that should have them higher on this list, however, with Daniel Jones dealing with a bad hammy, I'll hold that thought until I see how the Colt McCoy show does in Seattle. (LWR 26)

26. Washington Football Team (4-7) ~ Don't look now, but the Washington Football Team seems to have found their running back of the future. Antonio Gibson is third in the NFL with 11 rushing touchdowns and has found the end zone five weeks running. Now, about that quarterback situation... (LWR 27)

27. Houston Texans (4-7) ~ If Will Fuller just played his last game for the Texans, he went out with a bang. Fuller racked up 171 yards receiving and found the end zone twice in a rout of Detroit on Thanksgiving. It was announced yesterday that Fuller tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and he has been suspended for six games. There are only five games left on Houston's schedule. Fuller is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season. (LWR 28)

28. Detroit Lions (4-7) ~ After being carved up by Houston on Thanksgiving, the Lions decided to fire their head coach and general manager. Matt Patricia leaves Detroit with a 13-29-1 record after being hired prior to the 2018 season. (LWR 25)

29. Dallas Cowboys (3-8) ~ If the season ended today, Dallas would have the number four overall pick in the 2021 draft. If the next few weeks break just right, the Cowboys could be hosting a playoff game. Let that sink in. (LWR 29)

30. Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1) ~ Cincy's first game without Joe Burrow went, well, not good. It didn't go all bad as the Giants didn't seem interested in building a big lead. The Bengals returned a kick 100+ yards for a touchdown, but other than that, they didn't even reach the red zone until late in the fourth quarter. I'm guessing they hope to lose out and lock up potentially a top three overall pick.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10) ~ Ten consecutive losses for the Jags which is a franchise record. I'm a little shocked by that. Yes, it's terrible and there are only 16 games in a season, but Jacksonville has had some bad, bad years. I guess I just assumed they had a double-digit losing streak before. You learn something new every day. (LWR 31)

32. New York Jets (0-11) ~ You know who has a losing streak longer than the Jags? That would be the Jets. They've lost 11 in a row this year. I didn't even have to look that one up. The Jets....aren't very good. #analysis (LWR 32)

Well, that’s it. All 32 NFL teams. All in one little list that can cause a reader a bevy of emotions. Do you like where your team is ranked? Do you hate it? Do you think I have no clue what I’m talking about? Maybe you should tell me about it. Leave a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter. Handle is in the profile. See you next time kids.