NFL Power Rankings: Where Pats stand after stunning loss to Raiders Original publication: NBC Sports Boston
The NFL’s best teams all got tested Sunday. Some of them passed, but others fell flat on their faces.
Bears gave the Philadelphia Eagles All they could manage on the lakefront, but ultimately, Jalen Hurts A.J. A.J. Justin Fields To overcome. Josh Allen led Bills to a remarkable comeback in the snow. Miami Dolphins. However, Patrick Mahomes And the Kansas City Chiefs We narrowly avoided disaster in the face of the Houston Texans.
The Dallas Cowboys weren’t so lucky. Jerry’s ‘Boys blew a 17-point lead to the red-hot Jacksonville JaguarsOvertime: – a fall of 40-34 In Tampa Bay, Joe Burrow And the Bengals To erase a 17 point gap, they scored 33 unanswered goals deal Tom Brady Another crushing loss.
Here’s where each team stands after Sunday’s Week 15 action:
32. Houston Texans (1-12-1): The Texans are still waiting for their names to be called to the start of the 2023 NFL Draft.
30. Chicago Bears (3-11): Matt Eberflus’ team continues to be a thorn in the side of almost every team they play, but they lack the talent and winning plays to get over the top.
28. Indianapolis Colts (4-9-1): Jim Irsay should have tried and locked Jeff Saturday in U.S. Bank Stadium. blowing a 33-0 lead To the Vikings. Hey, at least Saturday wasn’t afraid to blow the lead. That has to mean something.
26. Atlanta Falcons (5-9): Here is the NFC South grouping. Desmond Ridder, in his NFL debut, graded himself as either a C or D. This is generous for a 97 yard showing.
25. New Orleans Saints (5-9): The Saints’ win Sunday guaranteed the Bears a top-four pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Halas Hall is sending a thank-you card.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8): The Bucs blew a 17-0 lead to Bengals. But there’s good news on the horizon: a Christmas Day date with the corpse of the Cardinals.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8): The Steelers raped the Panthers in their trenches Sunday. They should see that this is the pathway to their return to contention in 2023.
20. Green Bay Packers (5-8): Green Bay must win and make some magic to be in the playoffs again this season. It’s impossible to say no, but the curtain is about drop for the 2022 Packers.
19. New England Patriots (7-7): Mac Jones We took the blame for not dealing with it. Chandler Jones on the Patriots’ game-ending blunder against the Raiders. That’s leadership, but it’s hard to blame the quarterback for Rhamondre Stevenson And Jakobi Meyers Deciding to play pitchy-pitchy, woo-woo rather than going to overtime.
18. Tennessee Titans (7-7): We believed the Titans were the best team from a bad division. Both of these things are false.
16. Seattle Seahawks (7-7): Is it worth mentioning the Seahawks as a playoff contender? No.
15. New York Jets (7-7): Zach Wilson’s return was a mixed bag Sunday. He threw 2 touchdowns and 317 yards in the loss to Detroit Lions. However, he made some poor decisions in half two which resulted in an uneven performance. Following the loss to the Lions, Wilson said he “had to be better.” Accountability is a sign of growth for the former No. 2 pick.
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-8): Trevor Lawrence now looks like the future generational prospect he was promised, with Urban Meyer gone. The Jags might just be able to beat the Titans and get into the playoffs.
13. Washington Commanders (7-6-1): The Commanders lost the chance to tie the game against Giants due to a ticky-tack, illegal formation and a nonPI call. It was a brutal night for D.C. officials.
12. New York Giants (8-5-1): Kayvon Thibodeaux arrived Sunday evening against Washington. One-man wrecking crew.
11. Detroit Lions (7-7): Each week, the Lions look more and more like a playoff squad. I find it both exciting and terrifying to think about Dan Campbell leading a playoff team.
10. Miami Dolphins (8-6): Miami has lost three straight games and is now leaking oil as the playoffs near. Can Tua stop them sinking before they reach the playoffs?
9. Baltimore Ravens (9-5): Lamar Jackson should bring the film from the Ravens’ 13-3 loss to the Browns to his next contract negotiation. The Ravens are without Lamar Jackson.
8. Minnesota Vikings (11-3): This is the ceiling for the Vikings until they prove they aren’t fraudulent. It was wrong to dig a 33-point hole against Jeff on Saturday.
7. Los Angeles Chargers (8-6): The Chargers are getting healthier and may be one the most dangerous AFC teams when it comes to playoffs. Face it, no one wants to. Justin Herbert A single-elimination tournament.
6. Dallas Cowboys (10-4): The Cowboys can’t be trusted in the clutch.
5. San Francisco 49ers (10-4): It’s not crazy to envision Brock Purdy The Lombardi Trophy was presented at the conclusion of the season. This speaks volumes about the amazing roster John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan created.
4. Buffalo Bills (11-3): Josh Allen was a reincarnation of himself when he saved the Bills from a loss to the Dolphins. Do you think he has enough in his MVP bag for decades of Buffalo misery?
3. Kansas City Chiefs (11-3). Josh Allen and Jalenhurts were great, but Patrick Mahomes has been your MVP. At least, he should.
2. Cincinnati Bengals (10-4): Joe Burrow has had two 17 point comebacks during his career. One victory over Patrick Mahomes, one victory over Tom Brady. Joe Cool is impossible not to kill.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (13-1): The Eagles are among the most bullies on the NFL block, and they should be considered heavy favorites to win the NFC. Brock Purdy is the only obstacle in their path.