nfl_rankings_945

Updated every Tuesday of the regular season.


Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 New England Patriots New England Patriots 9-2
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LeGarrette Blount led the Patriots to another lopsided win over a division leader. As for Jonas Gray, come on, Bill. Get over yourself.
2 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers 8-3
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Wow, Green Bay didn’t score 50 points. No matter. If the playoffs started today, the Packers would have a first-round bye.
3 Denver Broncos Denver Broncos 8-3
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Denver struggled mightily against Miami but found a way to win. That way was No. 18 – and a suddenly physical running game.
4 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 8-3
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Another game-winning drive for Tony Romo, who finished with four touchdowns and without an interception.
5 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 9-2
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Arizona has scored just three points in its last seven quarters.
6 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 8-3
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This one was over at halftime. Three Titans turnovers didn’t hurt, either.
7 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers 7-4
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Another ugly win. The Niners have averaged just 17.4 points in their last five games – and the only game in which they scored more than 17 points went to overtime.
8 Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 7-4
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The Colts struggled at home against Jacksonville – they led just 6-3 at halftime – before rolling in the second half. No worries. This team is a shoe-in for a division title.
9 Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 7-4
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Dominant win over Arizona. The Seahawks looked like the defending Super Bowl champions for the first time since Week 1.
10 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 7-3-1
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Andy Dalton exorcised some Houston demons, but you never got the sense that the Bengals – despite controlling the ball for almost 40 minutes – were in total control of that game.
11 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 7-4
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With two games remaining against Cincinnati, the Steelers still have a great opportunity to win the AFC North.
12 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 7-4
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Justin Forsett is a beast.
13 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 7-4
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Short week or no short week, trap game or no trap game, it’s the Raiders. Come on!
14 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions 7-4
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The Lions haven’t scored a touchdown in their last two games.
15 San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers 7-4
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Another one-score win over a losing team. San Diego hasn’t beaten a winning team since Week 3 at Buffalo.
16 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns 7-4
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Billy Cundiff has had his ups and downs this year, but he’s drilled two come-from-behind, game-winning field goals. That’s clutch. So was Brian Hoyer (despite his three interceptions). Seven plays in 44 seconds? Nice
17 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins 6-5
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The Dolphins led the Broncos in Denver by 11 points entering the fourth quarter. They also trailed by 11 with under four minutes to go. The lesson learned? Miami can play with elite teams but is still learning how to finish against elite teams. Given the youth on both sides of the ball, that’s okay.
18 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills 6-5
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The playoffs might be a stretch, but the Bills have a chance to finish with their first winning record since 2004, when they went 9-7.
19 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears 5-6
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It wasn’t pretty, but that was a must-win game for the Bears. They couldn’t let woeful Tampa – with Lovie Smith and Josh McCown – waltz into Soldier Field and win. Couldn’t happen.
20 Houston Texans Houston Texans 5-6
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If the Texans had any chance of catching Indy in the AFC South, they needed to beat Cincinnati on Sunday. They did not.
21 St. Louis Rams St. Louis Rams 4-7
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The Rams continue to hang tough against better teams despite being out of the playoff race. You got to respect that.
22 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons 4-7
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With upcoming games against Arizona, Green Bay and Pittsburgh, that’s one the Falcons really, really needed. And they didn’t get it.
23 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints 4-7
Three straight home losses? It’s unthinkable. Even more unthinkable? The Saints are still in first place.
24 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 4-7
Tough loss for the Vikings. In fact, they’re 2-3 in their last five games, with all three losses coming by a touchdown or less.
25 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins 3-8
Another rough performance from RG3. Washington may have some choices to make this offseason.
26 Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers 3-7-1
The Panthers head to Minnesota this week looking for their first road win since Week 1 (Tampa Bay) and their first win period since Week 5 (Chicago).
27 New York Giants New York Giants 3-8
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Odell Beckham Jr. is your Catch of the Year winner. No contest.
28 New York Jets New York Jets 2-9
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The 35-point loss to Buffalo was the most lopsided defeat in an utterly miserable season. Rex might not last all 16 games.
29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-9
The Buccaneers put up a decent fight against the Bears – aside from the third quarter, when they were outscored 21-0.
30 Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 2-9
The Titans trailed the Eagles by 17 after the first quarter and by 17 entering the fourth. That’s not going to cut it.
31 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders 1-10
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After 16 straight losses, a win. Raiders fans rejoice.
32 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1-10
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Gritty performance in the first half, but then the second half happened. Still a long way to go for this franchise.

Tony Meale is the author of The Chosen Ones: The Team That Beat LeBron. He lives in Chicago and won’t be mad if you follow him on Twitter @TonyMeale.