Arizona Sports Week 14 NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Patriots, Raiders stay in top three

Dec 6, 2016, 4:29 PM
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For the second straight week, the Dallas Cowboys got a scare.

For the second straight week, they survived.

For the 11th straight week, they won.

The Cowboys are in the top spot again this week in the Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings, following a controversial 17-15 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football. The New England Patriots, who slogged through a win over the punchless Los Angeles Rams, and the Oakland Raiders, who staged a furious rally to beat the Buffalo Bills, stayed in the top three.

There was movement in the top five, however. The Seattle Seahawks leapfrogged the Kansas City Chiefs — who scored a crazy, one-point win in Atlanta — by virtue of Adam Green’s ballot. Green, apparently unimpressed by what Andy Reid’s team has cooking, has the Chiefs sixth in his pecking order, so feel free to call him out (@TheAdamGreen on Twitter). Just kidding. Maybe.

Locally, the Arizona Cardinals surged for the first time in a while after a nice 31-23 win over the Washington Redskins that actually resembled something from their special 2015 season.

Here’s the way our panel voted this week

Here’s each member’s individual ballot

cowboys751. Dallas Cowboys (11-1) —

Too much Dallas garb in the Valley…can they suck again? — Dimakos

Next: at New York Giants

patriots752. New England Patriots (10-2) —

Losing Gronk is a legitimate big-picture concern. — Lapinksi

Next: vs. Baltimore

raiders753. Oakland Raiders (10-2) —

Derek Carr for MVP? — Grialou

Next: at Kansas City

seahawks754. Seattle Seahawks (8-3-1) ▲ 1

The injuries are mounting. How do they deal with losing Earl Thomas? — Marotta

Next: at Green Bay

chiefs755. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) ▼ 1

Keep inventing new ways to win games, like Eric Berry’s INT 2-point conversion. — Morgan

Next: vs. Oakland

broncos756. Denver Broncos (8-4) ▲ 1

Not exactly a convincing win over Jacksonville, though I’m not convinced this team can win convincingly. — Green

Next: at Tennessee

lions757. Detroit Lions (8-4) ▲ 2

*Dory voice* “Just keep winning, just keep winning.” — Green

Next: vs. Chicago

steelers758. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) ▲ 2

The team New England should fear in the AFC. — Burns

Next: at Buffalo

giants759. New York Giants (8-4) ▼ 3

Schedule now tougher…two WRs talking about not getting targets — trouble! — Marotta

Next: vs. Dallas

falcons7510. Atlanta Falcons (7-5) ▼ 3

A Sirius/XM NFL radio caller said Matt Ryan is “a human piece of garbage” who must be cut. — Morgan

Next: at Los Angeles

ravens7511. Baltimore Ravens (7-5) ▲ 2

They always seem to get better as the weather gets colder. — Lapinski

Next: at New England

buccaneers7512. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) ▲ 4

Dirk Koetter, coach of the year? — Burns

Next: vs. New Orleans

packers7513. Green Bay Packers (6-6) ▲ 5

My money’s on Aaron Rodgers earning the NFC’s final Wild Card spot. — Morgan

Next: vs. Seattle

redskins7514. Washington Redskins (6-5-1) ▼ 2

Tough loss in Arizona. Offense is good. Defense needs work. — Green

Next: at Philadelphia

dolphins7515. Miami Dolphins (7-4) ▼ 4

Getting shredded by Joe Flacco doesn’t exactly scream “contender.” — Lapinski

Next: vs. Arizona

Vikings7516. Minnesota Vikings (6-6) ▼ 1

Even Mike Zimmer could see that Sam Bradford got hit in the face on the potential game-tying two-point conversion. What?! Too soon? — Grialou

Next: at Jacksonville

titans7517. Tennessee Titans (6-6) ▲ 2

I think they’re a year away from the playoffs. — Dimakos

Next: vs. Denver

Cardinals7518. Arizona Cardinals (5-6-1) ▲ 5

Too little, too late? Either way, that was easily their best win of the year. — Burns

Next: at Miami

bills7519. Buffalo Bills (6-6) ▼ 5

So average, you’d think Jeff Fisher was their coach. — Green

Next: vs. Pittsburgh

colts7520. Indianapolis Colts (5-6) ▲ 5

With Andrew Luck back, we’ve got ’em winning the AFC South. — Morgan

Next: vs. Houston

texans7521. Houston Texans (6-6) ▼ 4

Money wasted. — Burns

Next: at Indianapolis

saints7522. New Orleans Saints (5-7) ▼ 2

Remember when the Superdome was a tough venue for visitors? Saints are 10-13 at home since ’14. –Marotta

Next: at Tampa Bay

eagles7523. Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) ▼ 2

I think the Carson Wentz hype train has officially died down. — Dimakos

Next: vs. Washington

chargers7524. San Diego Chargers (5-7) ▼ 2

Rivers threw a big pick-six? Weird. I know, I know, he’s awesome. — Marotta

Next: at Carolina

bengals7525. Cincinnati Bengals (4-7-1) ▲ 1

Marvin Lewis is still talking playoffs. He’s not getting there and he’s 0-7 when he does. — Morgan

Next: at Cleveland

panthers7526. Carolina Panthers (4-8) ▼ 1

If Cam would have only worn a tie, they might have stayed within four touchdowns of the Seahawks. — Green

Next: vs. San Diego

rams7527. Los Angeles Rams (4-8) —

When I think of the Rams, I hear Nelson Muntz’s “Ha-ha” on a loop in my head. — Marotta

Next: vs. Atlanta

bears7528. Chicago Bears (3-9) ▲ 1

Matt Barkley is the superstar we’ve been waiting for (text from my Dad). — Dimakos

Next: at Detroit

jets7529. New York Jets (3-9) ▼ 1

It cost more to buy a beer than it did to go to a MNF game. It’s a new low in New York. — Dimakos

Next: at San Francisco

jaguars7530. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) —

Calling them a dumpster fire is offensive to garbage receptacles that have been set aflame. — Green

Next: vs. Minnesota

49ers7531. San Francisco 49ers (1-11) —

1-for-5 with 4 yards and you’re surprised you got benched, Colin? — Burns

Next: vs. NY Jets

browns7532. Cleveland Browns (0-11) —

There’s somebody like this in every office: do nothing for 12 weeks and they get a vacation. — Lapinski

Next: vs. Cincinnati


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