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Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 14: Patriots back on top

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks on the field prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Patriots won 23-3. (AP Photo/Rich Barnes)

Well, well, well, look who’s back on top.

The New England Patriots dismantled the Buffalo Bills, 23-3, for their eighth straight win. Coupled with the Philadelphia Eagles’ loss on the road at Seattle, we’ve got a new No. 1 team in the Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings.

Here’s a look at our 1-32 NFL pecking order heading into Week 14.

Ties will go to the team that receives the majority of higher rankings from our panel.


Burns | Jurecki | Lapinski | Marotta | Morgan

Week 14 Composite

 

Biggest Risers: Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers ▲6
Biggest Fallers: Washington Redskins ▼6


1. New England Patriots (10-2)

Shift: ▲1
Hi: 1
Lo: 1
Comment: Gronk suspension A) is warranted and B) doesn’t hurt the Pats at all. — Lapinski
Next: at Miami (Monday night)

2. Philadelphia Eagles (10-2)

Shift: ▼1
Hi: 2
Lo: 4
Comment: First leg of West Coast journey didn’t go so well. — Burns
Next: at LA Rams

3. Minnesota Vikings (10-2)

Shift: ▲1
Hi: 2
Lo: 4
Comment: The Vikings are the latest team to flirt with the possibility of hosting the Super Bowl. — Morgan
Next: at Carolina

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2)

Shift: ▼1
Hi: 3
Lo: 5
Comment: Came back from 17-0 deficit on Monday Night Football in Cincinnati. — Jurecki
Next: vs. Baltimore

5. Los Angeles Rams (9-3)

Shift: —
Hi: 4
Lo: 6
Comment: Unspectacular, but solid win over the Cardinals in Arizona. — Marotta
Next: vs. Philadelphia

6. New Orleans Saints (9-3)

Shift: —
Hi: 5
Lo: 7
Comment: Sweeping the Panthers gives them the inside track on the NFC South. — Lapinski
Next: at Atlanta (Thursday night)

7. Seattle Seahawks (8-4)

Shift: ▲2
Hi: 6
Lo: 7
Comment: Seahawks get their best win of the season. Russell Wilson is building a real MVP case. — Marotta
Next: at Jacksonville

8. Carolina Panthers (8-4)

Shift: ▼1
Hi: 8
Lo: 10
Comment: Coming off a division loss to the Saints, currently would be a Wild Card team. — Jurecki
Next: vs. Minnesota

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4)

Shift: ▲1
Hi: 8
Lo: 11
Comment: Another sack for Calais, he’s now Jags’ single-season record holder. — Burns
Next: vs. Seattle

10. Atlanta Falcons (7-5)

Shift: ▼2
Hi: 9
Lo: 11
Comment: The Falcons were held without a touchdown against the Vikings, the first time that has happened since Dec. 13, 2015. — Morgan
Next: vs. New Orleans (Thursday night)

11. Tennessee Titans (8-4)

Shift: —
Hi: 9
Lo: 12
Comment: I, for the life of me, can’t figure out how this team is 8-4. — Marotta
Next: at Arizona

12. Baltimore Ravens (7-5)

Shift: ▲1
Hi: 12
Lo: 13
Comment: Big game against the Steelers on the road coming up. — Jurecki
Next: at Pittsburgh

13. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)

Shift: ▲2
Hi: 10
Lo: 15
Comment: At this point, they look like the team to beat in the AFC West. — Lapinski
Next: vs. Washington

14. Oakland Raiders (6-6)

Shift: ▲4
Hi: 16
Lo: 16
Comment: Well, now. The Raiders are in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West with Kansas City and the LA Chargers. — Morgan
Next: at Kansas City

15. Dallas Cowboys (6-6)

Shift: ▲6
Hi: 14
Lo: 18
Comment: Cowboys have lost three of the last four games, it may be difficult to make the postseason. — Jurecki
Next: at NY Giants

16. Green Bay Packers (6-6)

Shift: ▲6
Hi: 15
Lo: 18
Comment: Still hanging around with the hope that Rodgers could be back in Week 15. — Lapinski
Next: at Cleveland

17. Detroit Lions (6-6)

Shift: ▼5
Hi: 14
Lo: 19
Comment: Stafford’s hand injury (even though he might play) should take care of the Lions’ season. — Marotta
Next: at Tampa Bay

18. Kansas City Chiefs (6-6)

Shift: ▼4
Hi: 11
Lo: 16
Comment: A tale of two seasons: Kansas City has dropped six of its last seven after opening the season 5-0. — Morgan
Next: vs. Oakland

19. Buffalo Bills (6-6)

Shift: ▼2
Hi: 19
Lo: 22
Comment: After getting off to good start, they’re 1-4 in their last five games. — Jurecki
Next: vs. Indianapolis

20. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7)

Shift: —
Hi: 20
Lo: 22
Comment: Their best half of football this year followed by their worst. — Burns
Next: vs. Chicago

21. New York Jets (5-7)

Shift: ▲4
Hi: 18
Lo: 24
Comment: Raise your hand if you thought the Jets and Cardinals would have the same record 12 weeks in. Liar! — Marotta
Next: at Denver

22. Washington Redskins (5-7)

Shift: ▼6
Hi: 19
Lo: 22
Comment: Seems like we can stop trying to convince ourselves Washington is a good team at this point. — Lapinski
Next: at LA Chargers

23. Arizona Cardinals (5-7)

Shift: ▼4
Hi: 21
Lo: 25
Comment: Special teams coordinator Amos Jones has to go. — Morgan
Next: vs. Tennessee

24. Miami Dolphins (5-7)

Shift: ▲2
Hi: 23
Lo: 25
Comment: Ended that pesky five-game losing streak by running it up on Adam Gase’s former team. — Lapinski
Next: vs. New England (Monday night)

25. Houston Texans (4-8)

Shift: ▼2
Hi: 24
Lo: 26
Comment: Honestly feels like they just left the NFL after Watson got injured. — Lapinski
Next: vs. San Francisco

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8)

Shift: ▼2
Hi: 24
Lo: 26
Comment: Can Dirk Koetter’s “NFL guys” help him survive this season? — Morgan
Next: vs. Detroit

27. Denver Broncos (3-9)

Shift: ▲1
Hi: 27
Lo: 30
Comment: I’m starting to wonder if Vance Joseph is one and done in Denver. — Jurecki
Next: vs. NY Jets

28. Chicago Bears (3-9)

Shift: ▼1
Hi: 27
Lo: 30
Comment: Coach John Fox is 12-32 in three seasons with the Bears. — Morgan
Next: at Cincinnati

29. Indianapolis Colts (3-9)

Shift: —
Hi: 28
Lo: 30
Comment: They’ve scored more than 25 points in a game once since September. — Lapinski
Next: at Buffalo

30. San Francisco 49ers (2-10)

Shift: ▲1
Hi: 27
Lo: 31
Comment: Robbie Gould made 5 FGs in his first appearance at Soldier Field since Chicago cut him before the 2016 opener. — Morgan
Next: at Houston

31. New York Giants (2-10)

Shift: ▼1
Hi: 30
Lo: 32
Comment: Geno Smith started. Ben McAdoo got fired. Will Eli be back vs. Dallas? — Marotta
Next: vs. Dallas

32. Cleveland Browns (0-12)

Shift: —
Hi: 31
Lo: 32
Comment: The Browns are 1-27 in their last 28 games. The expansion Bucs (1976), regarded as the worst team ever, were 2-26 in their first 28 games. — Morgan
Next: vs. Green Bay


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