NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 teams stand heading into Week 14

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There are now just four weeks left in the NFL regular season, and the playoff picture is starting to look clearer. For the most part, anyway.

In the NFC, the Cowboys and Seahawks look well on their way to first-round byes, though the season-ending injury of Earl Thomas makes the Seahawks a little more vulnerable.

The Lions, at 8-4, are right in the mix of things, too. Down in the NFC South, the red-hot Bucs are now tied with the Falcons for the division lead. The Wild Card picture still points toward the Giants and Redskins making the post-season, but a tough schedule for the G-Men could complicate things.

Then, in the AFC, we have the Patriots and Raiders ahead of the pack at 10-2, but the Chiefs are lurking as maybe the scariest team in football. That’s what league execs told Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, anyway. Meanwhile, the Steelers and Ravens are still battling for the AFC North. And then there is the AFC South, where three 6-6 teams are all tied for first.

In short, the last month of football will be exciting and chaotic. Just the way we like it.


32. Cleveland Browns

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Record: 0-12

Week 13 result: Bye Week

Week 13 star: Nobody!

Week 14 opponent: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

One thing to know: The Browns have not yet named a starting quarterback for this weekend’s game. With the team cruising toward the top draft pick, whoever does start this weekend will almost certainly not be starting next season.


31. San Francisco 49ers

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Record: 1-11

Week 13 result: Lost to the Bears, 26-6

Week 13 star: We’ll give it to running back Carlos Hyde for his 92 rushing yards.

Week 14 opponent: vs. New York Jets

One thing to know: Colin Kaepernick was benched after a miserable 1-for-5, four-yard outing (yes, you read that correctly) while playing in the Chicago snow. Blaine Gabbert, who replaced him, went 4-of-10 for 35 yards.


30. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Record: 2-10

Week 13 result: Lost to the Broncos, 20-10

Week 13 star: Nobody!

Week 14 opponent: vs. Minnesota Vikings

One thing to know: The Jaguars have lost seven straight, and Blake Bortles now has more career pick-sixes (11) than wins (10).


29. New York Jets

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Record: 3-9

Week 13 result: Lost to the Colts, 41-10

Week 13 star: Nobody!

Week 14 opponent: at San Francisco 49ers

One thing to know: Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched after throwing a first-half interception. Jets coach Todd Bowles said he’s going to start backup Bryce Petty for the remaining games. Have we seen the last of Fitz with the Jets?


28. Chicago Bears

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Record: 3-9

Week 13 result: Beat the 49ers, 26-6

Week 13 star: Jordan Howard ran for 117 yards and a career-best three touchdowns.

Week 14 opponent: at Detroit Lions

One thing to know: The Bears are 0-6 on the road this season.


27. Los Angeles Rams

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Record: 4-8

Week 13 result: Lost to the Patriots, 26-10

Week 13 star: Nobody!

Week 14 opponent: vs. Atlanta Falcons

One thing to know: It was revealed over the weekend that Jeff Fisher signed a contract extension to keep him with the Rams through the 2018 season. The team needs to win three of its next four to go 7-9 this season.


26. Carolina Panthers

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Record: 4-8

Week 13 result: Lost to the Seahawks, 40-7

Week 13 star: Ted Ginn Jr. was a bright spot in a terrible Carolina performance. He caught five passes for 80 yards and the team’s only touchdown.

Week 14 opponent: vs. San Diego Chargers

One thing to know: Despite getting blown out in primetime and effectively ending their season, the story around the Panthers was Cam Newton getting benched for the first series of the game. Apparently it was because he didn’t wear a tie to the stadium. In other news, Luke Kuechly still may not be shut down for the rest of the season, despite the team’s bad record.


25. Cincinnati Bengals

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Record: 4-7-1

Week 13 result: Beat the Eagles, 32-14

Week 13 star: Wide receiver Brandon LaFell had 95 yards and a touchdown.

Week 14 opponent: vs. Cleveland Browns

One thing to know: Running back Jeremy Hill hasn’t been able to step up in the lead role following Giovani Bernard’s injury. He has just 53 total rushing yards over the last two games.


24. Philadelphia Eagles

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Record: 5-7

Week 13 result: Lost to the Bengals, 32-14

Week 13 star: This game wasn’t as close as the score suggests, but we’ll nonetheless give it to Darren Sproles because he managed to find the end zone.

Week 14 opponent: vs. Washington Redskins

One thing to know: Carson Wentz threw three interceptions, and the Eagles have lost five of six.


23. New Orleans Saints

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Record: 5-7

Week 13 result: Lost to the Lions, 28-13

Week 13 star: How about fullback John Kuhn, who scored the Saints’ only touchdown on one of his two carries.

Week 14 opponent: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One thing to know: The Saints still have an outside playoff shot if they can beat the Bucs twice over the next two weeks.


22. Arizona Cardinals

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Record: 5-6-1

Week 13 result: Beat the Redskins, 31-23

Week 13 star: Carson Palmer threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Week 14 opponent: at Miami Dolphins

One thing to know: From ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss: Running back David Johnson has 408 passing routes this season, more than Brandon Marshall (404), Demaryius Thomas (403) and Julio Jones (391).


21. San Diego Chargers

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Record: 5-7

Week 13 result: Lost to the Buccaneers, 28-21

Week 13 star: Melvin Gordon got back on track with 84 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Week 14 opponent: at Carolina Panthers

One thing to know: The Chargers are tied with the Jaguars for most turnovers in the NFL.


20. Buffalo Bills

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Record: 6-6

Week 13 result: Lost to the Raiders, 38-24

Week 13 star: LeSean McCoy was the best player for Buffalo, racking up 191 yards from scrimmage.

Week 14 opponent: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

One thing to know: The Bills were outscored 29-14 in the second half against Oakland.


19. Minnesota Vikings

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Record: 6-6

Week 13 result: Lost to the Cowboys, 17-15

Week 13 star: Defensive end Danielle Hunter had six tackles, two sacks, and two tackles for losses.

Week 14 opponent: at Jacksonville Jaguars

One thing to know:The Vikings were furious over an uncalled penalty on the Cowboys on a two-point attempt that would have tied the game. The Vikings, now looking like playoff-long-shots, have lost their last two games by a combined five points.


18. Green Bay Packers

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Record: 6-6

Week 13 result: Beat the Texans, 21-13

Week 13 star: Jordy Nelson had 118 yards and a touchdown in a snowy one from Green Bay.

Week 14 opponent: vs. Seattle Seahawks

One thing to know: Julius Peppers picked up career sack number 142.5. Not bad!


17. Tennessee Titans

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Record: 6-6

Week 13 result: Bye week

Week 13 star: Nobody!

Week 14 opponent: vs. Denver Broncos

One thing to know: According to ESPN, Marcus Mariota’s 81.3 QBR in the pocket is third-best in the NFL. That’s quite an improvement for a player who many thought couldn’t play in the pocket upon entering the NFL.


16. Houston Texans

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Record: 6-6

Week 13 result: Lost to the Packers, 21-13

Week 13 star: DeAndre Hopkins finally found the back of the end zone, scoring a nice 44-yard touchdown.

Week 14 opponent: at Indianapolis Colts

One thing to know: The Texans have now dropped three straight to fall back to .500. Their offense has been especially bad, as they are scoring just 17.3 points per game (28th).


15. Indianapolis Colts

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Record: 6-6

Week 13 result: Beat the Jets, 41-10

Week 13 star: Tight end Dwayne Allen made some fantasy owners happy with a 79-yard, three-touchdown outing.

Week 14 opponent: vs. Houston Texans

One thing to know: Now tied for the division lead with the Texans, the Colts’ Week 14 showdown with Houston may be the most important game of the week.


14. Washington Redskins

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Record: 6-5-1

Week 13 result: Lost to the Cardinals, 31-23

Week 13 star: Pierre Garcon caught seven passes for 78 yards.

Week 14 opponent: at Philadelphia Eagles

One thing to know: Back-to-back losses won’t help this team’s playoff push, but an easy schedule down the stretch will. To close out the season, they’ll play Philadelphia, Chicago, Carolina, and the Giants. Only the Giants are above .500, and the Redskins beat them earlier this year.


13. Miami Dolphins

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Record: 7-5

Week 13 result: Lost to the Ravens, 38-6

Week 13 star: Jarvis Landry had 87 yards on 11 catches.

Week 14 opponent: vs. Arizona Cardinals

One thing to know: Kiko Alonso may miss Week 14 with a broken right thumb. Not ideal to lose a top tackler in the middle of a playoff chase.


12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Record: 7-5

Week 13 result: Beat the Chargers, 28-21

Week 13 star: Keith Tandy picked off Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 left to secure the Bucs’ fourth straight win.

Week 14 opponent: vs. New Orleans Saints

One thing to know: Although they’ve won four straight, the Bucs are still not convincing FiveThirtyEight that they’re a playoff team. Nate Silver’s model gives the team just a 25% chance to win the NFC South, compared to a 75% chance for the Falcons.


11. Atlanta Falcons

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Record: 7-5

Week 13 result: Lost to the Chiefs, 29-28

Week 13 star: Julio Jones remains unguardable. He had seven catches for 113 yards, though he didn’t find the end zone.

Week 14 opponent: at Los Angeles Rams

One thing to know: Now tied for the division lead with the Bucs (they split their two meetings this season), the Falcons have a softer schedule going forward.


10. Denver Broncos

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Record: 8-4

Week 13 result: Beat the Jaguars, 20-10

Week 13 star: Bradley Roby had a 51-yard pick-six, which helped the Broncos beat the Jags.

Week 14 opponent: at Tennessee Titans

One thing to know: Paxton Lynch played well in Trevor Siemian’s absence, but Siemian is practicing this week and expected to start on Sunday.


9. New York Giants

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Record: 8-4

Week 13 result: Lost to the Steelers, 24-14

Week 13 star: Olivier Vernon had a big day with two sacks and four QB hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.

Week 14 opponent: vs. Dallas Cowboys

One thing to know: The Giants will likely be without Jason Pierre-Paul the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a hernia. That’s a tough blow for the Giants defense.


8. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Record: 7-5

Week 13 result: Beat the Giants, 24-14

Week 13 star: Le’Veon Bell ran right through the Giants. He rushed for 118 yards on 29 carries, and added another 64 yards receiving.

Week 14 opponent: at Buffalo Bills

One thing to know: Head coach Mike Tomlin is on the brink of his 100th regular-season win, which ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler noted would make him just the eighth to do so in his first 10 seasons.


7. Baltimore Ravens

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Record: 7-5

Week 13 result: Beat the Dolphins, 38-6

Week 13 star: Tight end Dennis Pitta had 90 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Week 14 opponent: at New England Patriots

One thing to know: The Ravens are second in defensive DVOA after finishing 20th last year.


6. Detroit Lions

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Record: 8-4

Week 13 result: Beat the Saints, 28-13

Week 13 star: Matthew Stafford threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns, though kicker Matt Prater’s five-FG effort was also not bad.

Week 14 opponent: vs. Chicago Bears

One thing to know: The Lions have not won the NFC North since 1989, but they’re in good shape as the Vikings (6-6) and Packers (6-6) don’t appear too threatening just yet.


5. Kansas City Chiefs

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Record: 9-3

Week 13 result: Beat the Falcons, 29-28

Week 13 star: Eric Berry had a pick-six and the game-sealing, first-ever “pick-two”!

Week 14 opponent: vs. Oakland Raiders

One thing to know: According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, executives believe the Chiefs’ defensive, conservative style (combined with the loss of Rob Gronkowski) makes them the team to beat in the AFC.


4. Seattle Seahawks

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Record: 8-3-1

Week 13 result: Beat the Panthers, 40-7

Week 13 star: Thomas Rawls ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Week 14 opponent: at Green Bay Packers

One thing to know: Star safety Earl Thomas broke his leg, which is a huge loss for the Seahawks defense. Thomas, 27, is now reportedly considering retirement.


3. New England Patriots

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Record: 10-2

Week 13 result: Beat the Rams, 26-10

Week 13 star: LeGarrette Blount had 88 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Week 14 opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens

One thing to know: Patriots rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is not only a breakout weapon for the Patriots – he’s an avid reader!


2. Oakland Raiders

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Record: 10-2

Week 13 result: Beat the Bills, 38-24

Week 13 star: Derek Carr led yet another big comeback, throwing for 260 yards and two (second half) touchdowns.

Week 14 opponent: at Kansas City Chiefs

One thing to know: Coming back from a 24-9 deficit in the second half was the biggest comeback for the Raiders in 16 years. They’ve now won six straight, and haven’t lost yet on the road!


1. Dallas Cowboys

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Record: 11-1

Week 13 result: Beat the Vikings, 17-15

Week 13 star: Linebacker Anthony Hitchens filled up the box score with 10 tackles, a sack, pass defense, QB hit, and tackle for loss.

Week 14 opponent: at New York Giants

One thing to know: The Cowboys will look to keep their winning streak alive in Week 14 when they face the Giants – the only team to beat them this season.


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