Everyone knew the Vikings would fall off the top of the power ladder after being crushed by the Cowboys, it was just a question of how far.
We edged them down three spots to 4th, which is pretty generous considering they were knocked out by 37 points at home. Dropping them below the Bills and Dolphins would have been fine since both teams were missing many key players from those Minnesota wins, namely the Dolphins, who played without their starting QB.
The blowout was so bad it’s hard not to wonder if the Ravens and Titans are superior to Minnesota. But it’s a loss and they won’t fall further until they lose more, so the pressure is on when they take on Belichick and the Patriots on Thursday night.
Week 12 Power Rankings
- (2) Kansas City chiefs (8-2) – Back up where they probably belonged all along.
- (3) Philly Eagles (9-1) – Don’t panic at Indy, but no convincing win.
- (7) Dallas Cowboys (7-3) – That looked like a Super Bowl caliber team in Minnesota.
- (1) Minnesota Vikings (8-2) – 40:3 lost and still fourth? If they run up to the Patriots, there’s a risk of a free fall.
- (5) Buffalo Beaks (7-3) – Her streak of 10 consecutive quarter averages ends with an impressive second half.
- (4) Miami Dolphins (7-3) – One week off and they’re fully charged for the stretch run.
- (8) Baltimore Ravens (7-3) – The schedule screams at least 13 wins for the Ravens.
- (9) Tennessee Titans (7-3) – How good are they? We’ll find out over the next two weeks when they face the Bengals and Eagles.
- (12) San Francisco 49ers (6-4) – When they are in motion, they are extremely robust.
- (14) Cincinnati Bengal (6-4) – The AFC champions end up with an unreal schedule: Titans, Chiefs, Browns, Bucs, Patriots, Bills and Ravens.
- (6) New York Giants (7-3) – Was Sunday’s loss to the Lions the start of a free fall?
- (13) Washington Commanders (6-5) – They won five out of six and pose a very big challenge every week.
- (10) New York Jets (6-4) – It’s Zach Wilson’s fault, but he doesn’t know.
- (11) Seattle Seahawks (6-4) – Should go 9-4 with Raiders, Rams and Panthers.
- (15) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) – Fresh from the goodbyes, the Bucs were able to charge.
- (16) Chargers from Los Angeles (5-5) – Dangerous if they make the playoffs.
- (17) New England Patriots (6-4) – Win in Minnesota and everyone buys in.
- (19) Atlanta Falcons (5-6) – About as average as any team in the NFL.
- (26) Detroit Lions (4-6) – Check out those knee biters swelling after 1-6 start.
- (21) Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1) – Had the Eagles dead and screwed up.
- (18) Green Bay Packers (4-7) – You’re not good, but Christian Watson has a bright future.
- (28) New Orleans Saints (4-7) – You won a game and gained six places. That’s less of a compliment and more of a slap in the face for the teams below them.
- (20) Arizona Cardinals (4-7) – You were bad with Kyler Murray and worse with Colt McCoy.
- (22) Chicago Bears (3-8) – Justin Fields will be a problem for a long time.
- (23) Cleveland Browns (3-7) – Deshaun Watson is back, but it’s too late.
- (31) Las Vegas Raiders (3-7) – Never stop throwing Davante Adams
- (24) Denver-Broncos (3-7) – Russell Wilson rides the Broncos to his heir in the NFL draft.
- (25) Los Angeles Rams (3-7) – No future QB and no first-round picks. Not good.
- (27) Pittsburgh Steelers (3-7) – Lots of talent to build on, but it’s up to Kenny Pickett to live up to his first-round draft slot.
- (29) Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) – Trevor Lawrence needs to show he has the long-term plan. How long is the line is the question.
- (30) Carolina Panthers (3-8) – They can’t wait for the NFL Draft.
- (32) Houston Texans (1-8-1) – There is really nothing to say here …
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