Chris Moore| BKD TV Insiders
At this point in the season, losing one time to a good team will not drop you far in our Power Rankings. The Cardinals and Patriots meanwhile do not appear as though they are going to lose. After the Week 11 that was full of big games, here are our Week 12 NFL Power Rankings.
1. Arizona Cardinals. Average Rank: 1.2. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 1.
Next Week: at Seattle
Another week, another win for the Cardinals. After two first quarter touchdowns thrown Drew Stanton, the Cardinals offense went south. Fortunately for them, the defense stepped up and had one of it’s best games of the season holding the Lions to just six points. Expect another low scoring game this week when Arizona heads to Seattle.
2. New England Patriots. Average Rank: 1.8. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 2.
Next Week: vs. Detroit
Jonas Gray ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns just as we all expected right? Another no name guy that Bill Beichick plugs into the lineup to become a star. New England went into Indianapolis and dominated the Colts. New England has established themselves as the best team in the AFC without question with that win.
3. Green Bay Packers. Average Rank: 3.4. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 7.
Next Week: at Minnesota
Aaron Rodgers has dominated so much on Sunday, that he was smiling as he walked up to the line of scrimmage. Sometimes the game looks easy to him and it certainly did on Sunday. Green Bay buried the Eagles early and continue to dominate games played at home. They head on the road this weekend to Minnesota who usually gives them trouble when the game is in Minnesota.
4. Kansas City Chiefs. Average Rank: 4.6. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 10.
Next Week: at Oakland
The Chiefs made a power move to the number four spot in our rankings after hanging on to beat the Seahawks. Alex Smith continues to not throw touchdowns to wide receivers and yet the Chiefs continue to win as they are now 7-3 and heading to Oakland on Thursday night with a good chance to make it 8-3.
5. Denver Broncos. Average Rank: 5. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 3.
Next Week: vs. Miami
The Broncos laid an egg in St. Louis getting beat 22-7 and losing some there key offensive weapons in the process. Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Montee Ball all went down with injuries at different points in the game. Now they get another team who can really rush the passer and may be in danger of an upset against the Dolphins.
6. Detroit Lions. Average Rank: 6.2. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 4.
Next Week: at New England
Losing to the number one team in our power rankings won’t drop you far as the Lions only fall two spots. They looked very lethargic against a very good defense. This week they head to New England in danger of losing two straight and behind the Packers in the NFC North.
7. Dallas Cowboys. Average Rank: 6.6. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 8.
Next Week: at New York (G)
Dallas remained idle during the bye week and got to watch their division rivals get rolled Sunday. Now they go to New York for a tough rivalry game this Sunday night. We’ll see how Tony Romo looks after a week of rest for his ailing back.
8. Philadelphia Eagles. Average Rank: 8.75. Votes Received: 4. Last Week Ranking: 5.
Next Week: vs. Tennessee
Sunday was ugly. Very ugly if you’re an Eagles fan. To keep things in perspective, it was on the road, on a short week, against the hottest quarterback in the league. Now they get the Titans. The only hope is that they’re not overlooking them to the Thanksgiving Day showdown against the Cowboys.
9. Indianapolis Colts. Average Rank: 9. Votes Received: 4. Last Week Ranking: 6.
Next Week: vs. Jacksonville
The Colts run defense got man handled by the New England running game. It could be troubling if you’re a Colts fan but fortunately, they host Jacksonville this week and hopefully they can straighten things out in a game they should dominate.
10. Cincinnati Bengals. Average Rank: 8.33. Votes Received: 3. Last Week Ranking: 17.
Next Week: at Houston
The Bengals made a statement last Sunday. When they come to play, they are very difficult to deal with. They went to one of the toughest places to play and took it to Drew Brees and the Saints. Now they head to Houston against a solid defensive unit and the man JJ Watt.
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