Arizona Sports Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: Little movement at top and bottom

Nov 22, 2016, 4:13 PM
Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott (4) and Tony Romo (9) talk on the sideline in the first half of an NFL...
Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott (4) and Tony Romo (9) talk on the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Tony Romo stole a lot of headlines leading up to game action in Week 11 by delivering what some thought was a heartfelt concession of his starting job in Dallas.

The man he conceded to continued to write his own headlines on Sunday while Romo wore a ball cap and a headset.

Dak Prescott threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 27-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens — their ninth straight win. With their latest triumph, the Cowboys held on to the top spot in the Arizona Sports Week 12 NFL Power Rankings, holding off the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, who both scored convincing wins.

There was very little movement near the top of this week’s pecking order; the top four teams remained the same. There’s also been no shuffling at the bottom of the rankings as the Jets, Bears, Jaguars, 49ers and winless Browns can’t seem to do anything to improve their lot.

Here’s how our seven-person panel voted in Week 12

cowboys751. Dallas Cowboys (9-1)

High: 1 (Marotta, Grialou, Morgan, Dimakos, Burns)
Low: 3 (Green)
Comment: “Cowboys’ offensive line for MVP. Seriously.” — Burns
Next: vs. Washington

seahawks752. Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1)

High: 1 (Green)
Low: 4 (Lapinski)
Comment: “Wait, Russell Wilson is catching TDs now? I give up.” — Grialou

patriots753. New England Patriots (8-2)

High: 1 (Lapinski)
Low: 4 (Marotta)
Comment: “How will the Patriots torture the Jets this week?” — Morgan
Next: at New York Jets

raiders754. Oakland Raiders (8-2)

High: 3 (Marotta, Lapinski)
Low: 4 (Grialou, Morgan, Green, Dimakos, Burns)
Comment: “Helped by some garbage refs in Mexico. Helped more by talented roster.” — Green
Next: vs. Carolina

broncos755. Denver Broncos (7-3)

High: 5 (Marotta, Dimakos, Burns)
Low: 9 (Green)
Movement: ▲ 1
Comment: “On a bye week, they move up because the Chiefs lost.” — Dimakos
Next: vs. Kansas City

giants756. New York Giants (7-3)

High: 5 (Grialou)
Low: 7 (Morgan, Burns)
Movement: ▲ 1
Comment: “Giants are streaking. They’ve won 5 in a row — by a combined 23 points!” — Marotta
Next: at Cleveland

chiefs757. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3)

High: 5 (Morgan, Green)
Low: 9 (Marotta, Burns)
Movement: ▼ 2
Comment: “Had the rare slip-up at Arrowhead.” — Lapinski
Next: at Denver

redskins758. Washington Redskins (6-3-1)

High: 7 (Marotta, Grialou, Green)
Low: 9 (Morgan, Dimakos, Lapinski)
Movement: ▲ 1
Comment: “Kirk Cousins was good, but Green Bay’s secondary is hardly a litmus test.” — Morgan
Next: at Dallas

falcons759. Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

High: 6 (Burns)
Low: 10 (Dimakos)
Movement: ▼ 1
Comment: “Coming off the bye, they’ll get right against the Cardinals — just like everyone else has.” — Dimakos
Next: vs. Arizona

lions7510. Detroit Lions (6-4)

High: 7 (Dimakos)
Low: 14 (Grialou)
Movement: ▲ 2
Comment: “Lions are doing what Cardinals did last year — winning close games.” — Grialou
Next: vs. Minnesota

Vikings7511. Minnesota Vikings (6-4)

High: 10 (Grialou, Morgan)
Low: 13 (Dimakos, Lapinski)
Movement: ▲ 3
Comment: “If they can just get two 100-yard returns each week, they should be fine.” — Lapinski
Next: at Detroit

steelers7512. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5)

High: 19 (Lapinski)
Low: 16 (Marotta, Morgan)
Movement: ▲ 3
Comment: “Still see them as the best team in the AFC North, although that means very little.” — Green
Next: at Indianapolis

dolphins7513. Miami Dolphins (6-4)

High: 12 (Marotta, Morgan, Dimakos, Lapinski)
Low: 15 (Grialou, Green)
Movement: ▲ 5
Comment: “They’ve beaten Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jared Goff this month, so there.” — Lapinski
Next: vs. San Francisco

texans7514. Houston Texans (6-4)

High: 11 (Dimakos)
Low: 16 (Burns, Lapinski)
Movement: ▼ 4
Comment: “Played scared in late stages vs. Oakland — seems to be a trend.” — Marotta
Next: vs. San Diego

eagles7515. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)

High: 12 (Grialou)
Low: 19 (Burns)
Movement: ▼ 4
Comment: “Can’t get home fast enough after fifth straight road loss.” — Grialou
Next: vs. Green Bay

bills7516. Buffalo Bills (5-5)

High: 13 (Marotta)
Low: 23 (Green)
Movement: ▲ 5
Comment: “The Bills’ 16-12 win over the Bengals is exactly why the TV ratings are down.” — Morgan
Next: vs. Jacksonville

ravens7517. Baltimore Ravens (5-5)

High: 14 (Dimakos)
Low: 20 (Grialou)
Movement: ▼ 1
Comment: “Joe Flacco’s ego isn’t the first thing Ray Lewis has helped murder.” — Green
Next: vs. Cincinnati

Cardinals7518. Arizona Cardinals (4-5-1)

High: 15 (Lapinski)
Low: 22 (Burns)
Movement: ▼ 5
Comment: “Uh, 27 yards in the second half is just not going to cut it.” — Grialou
Next: at Atlanta

colts7519. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

High: 16 (Dimakos)
Low: 22 (Green)
Movement: ▲ 4
Comment: “No Luck Thursday against Pittsburgh? Good luck, Colts.” — Green
Next: vs. Pittsburgh

titans7520. Tennessee Titans (5-6)

High: 17 (Dimakos)
Low: 25 (Lapinski)
Movement: ▼ 3
Comment: “Taking a step this year — I just don’t think it’s a playoff step.” — Dimakos
Next: at Chicago

buccaneers7521. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5)

High: 17 (Green)
Low: 23 (Grialou, Morgan)
Movement: ▲ 4
Comment: Great win vs. Chiefs. I’m impressed by Koetter’s first season.” — Burns
Next: vs. Seattle

panthers7522. Carolina Panthers (4-6)

High: 19 (Marotta, Burns)
Low: 25 (Green)
Movement: ▲ 4
Comment: “The Panthers will be stewing on that loss to the Chiefs when the season ends.” — Morgan
Next: at Oakland

packers7523. Green Bay Packers (4-6)

High: 16 (Grialou)
Low: 24 (Morgan, Lapinski)
Movement: ▼ 3
Comment: “Like the Cardinals — this team just doesn’t have it.” — Green
Next: at Philadelphia

saints7524. New Orleans Saints (4-6)

High: 22 (Morgan, Lapinski)
Low: 26 (Green, Dimakos)
Movement: ▼ 5
Comment: “Back-to-back losses to last year’s Super Bowl teams by a combined five points.” — Marotta
Next: vs. Los Angeles

rams7525. Los Angeles Rams (4-6)

High: 21 (Green)
Low: 27 (Burns, Lapinski)
Movement: ▲ 2
Comment: “Are the Rams the most unwatchable team in NFL history?” — Morgan
Next: at New Orleans

chargers7526. San Diego Chargers (4-6)

High: 23 (Lapinski)
Low: 27 (Grialou)
Movement: ▼ 4
Comment: “Hey, they didn’t blow a game in the fourth quarter this week.” — Burns
Next: at Houston

bengals7527. Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1)

High: 26 (Grialou, Burns, Lapinski)
Low: 27 (Marotta, Morgan, Green, Dimakos)
Movement: ▼ 3
Comment: “Changing their name to the ‘Pacifists’ — they won’t beat anyone.” — Marotta
Next: at Baltimore

jets7528. New York Jets (3-7)

High: 28 (unanimous)
Low: 28 (unanimous)
Comment: “These bottom five teams never change, do they?” — Lapinski
Next: vs. New England

bears7529. Chicago Bears (2-8)

High: 29 (Marotta, Grialou, Morgan, Dimakos, Burns)
Low: 31 (Green)
Comment: “John Fox has the second-warmest seat in football.” — Burns
Next: vs. Tennessee

jaguars7530. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8)

High: 29 (Lapinski)
Low: 30 (Marotta, Grialou, Morgan, Green, Dimakos, Burns)
Comment: “Remember when Jacksonville was a fashionable pick? That was cute.” — Morgan
Next: at Buffalo

49ers7531. San Francisco 49ers (1-9)

High: 29 (Green)
Low: 31 (Marotta, Grialou, Morgan, Dimakos, Burns, Lapinski)
Comment: “A little more competitive these days. So there’s that.” — Green
Next: at Miami

browns7532. Cleveland Browns (0-11)

High: 32 (unanimous)
Low: 32 (unanimous)
Comment: “I’d hate to be the best player in college football this year.” — Lapinski
Next: vs. New York Giants


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