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NFL Week 12 Power Rankings: Cowboys, 49ers Rising

After Week 11’s action, divisional races are getting tight. The NFC West, NFC East, and AFC East are up for grabs with multiple teams on track to appear in the playoffs. The Kansas City Chiefs continue to separate themselves from the crowd. Also, the Minnesota Vikings’ seven-game winning streak was brutally snapped by the Dallas Cowboys.

Keep reading for our NFL Week 12 power rankings.

NFL Week 12 Power Rankings: Cowboys, 49ers Rising
Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys - Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

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32. Texans

Last Week: 32

The Houston Texans lost their fifth consecutive game in Week 11, falling 23-10 to the Washington Commanders. Houston fell behind 20-0 in the first half, making it nearly impossible to utilize talented rookie running back Dameon Pierce. Following another bad outing from quarterback Davis Mills, including a pick-six, Houston seems on its way to selecting a QB with the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

  • +100000 Super Bowl odds

31. Panthers

Last Week: 30

In the 13-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Panthers’ defense allowed only three points through three quarters. The Panthers held up particularly well against Baltimore’s run game, allowing only 3.8 yards per carry. Defensive end Brian Burns was a game-wrecker with one sack and two tackles for loss. Ultimately, Carolina’s offense is still struggling with bad quarterback play.

  • +50000 Super Bowl odds

30. Bears

Last Week: 26

For the third consecutive game, the Chicago Bears failed on a potential game-winning drive. In the 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago also had its lowest scoring total over the last five games. Quarterback Justin Fields was not as efficient through the air, and the Bears’ running backs could not find success. Chicago is in a position to land one of the top picks of the 2023 NFL Draft. The Bears desperately need a game-changer on defense.

  • +100000 Super Bowl odd

29. Broncos

Last Week: 21

The Denver Broncos dropped their sixth consecutive game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. Like its last matchup against the Raiders, Denver’s secondary had a poor game and could not stop wide receiver Davante Adams. At 3-7, making the playoffs looks near-impossible. It’s been a miserable season for the Broncos.

  • +50000 Super Bowl odds

28. Browns

Last Week: 29

The Cleveland Browns got off to a strong start against the Buffalo Bills with a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter. From there, Buffalo scored 25 unanswered points, leading to the 31-23 loss. The run game struggled at 3.1 yards per carry, and the defensive line rarely produced following a hot start. At 3-7, the Browns’ hopes for a miracle playoff run are over.

  • +20000 Super Bowl odds

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27. Steelers

NFL Week 12 Power Rankings: Cowboys, 49ers Rising
Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Steelers – Joe Sargent/Getty Images/AFP

Last Week: 27

In the 37-30 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Pittsburgh Steelers squandered a solid game from quarterback Kenny Pickett. Still, it was encouraging to see the rookie signal-caller make progress and have zero turnovers. On defense, the Steelers’ secondary is too bad to consistently win games. Pittsburgh did not get enough pressure on the Bengals, which led to over 300 passing yards allowed.

  • +50000 Super Bowl odds

26. Raiders

Last Week: 31

Quarterback Derek Carr was emotional in Week 10’s postgame press conference following a loss and the Las Vegas Raiders responded. Carr had his best game over the last month while Adams dominated with over 140 yards and two touchdowns. Las Vegas’ run game is still not producing like it was in October. This will make it difficult for the Raiders to turn things around from a 3-7 record. At least Las Vegas finally grabbed its first road win of the season.

  • +25000 Super Bowl odds

25. Jaguars

Last Week: 22

After losing 27-17 to the Kansas City Chiefs the previous week, the Jacksonville Jaguars had a chance to reset on their bye week. The 3-7 Jags are out of the picture in the AFC South. In the final seven games, Jacksonville hopes to see progress from key young players like running back Travis Etienne Jr., quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and defensive end Trevon Walker.

  • +20000 Super Bowl odds

24. Rams

Last Week: 20

With wide receiver Cooper Kupp out, the Los Angeles Rams looked to run the ball more often. They finished with 30 rush attempts compared to the season average of 22.1 (32nd), and it was effective with 148 rushing yards on 4.9 yards per carry. Running back Cam Akers could be out of the doghouse after leading the team with 14 carries. Despite the encouraging balance on offense, the defense had a rough game, allowing 21 combined points in the second and third quarters against the New Orleans Saints. At 3-7 with few draft picks at its disposal, things look grim in Los Angeles.

  • +25000 Super Bowl odds

23. Colts

Last Week: 28

The Indianapolis Colts are clearly a changed team under interim coach Jeff Saturday. Indy nearly handed the Philadelphia Eagles their second straight loss. While the Colts lost 17-16, this looks like the team we expected this season. The defense was great most of the game but allowed 14 points in the fourth quarter. The loss certainly stings, Indianapolis should have won this game. However, the Colts are making huge strides.

  • +25000 Super Bowl odds

22. Cardinals

Last Week: 19

The Arizona Cardinals entered halftime down 17-10 against the San Francisco 49ers. In the second half, the Cardinals were dismantled and lost 38-10. Arizona struggled to run the ball at 2.8 yards per carry while the 49ers totaled 5.7 yards per carry. Plus, the Cards’ offensive line played poorly in pass protection and the defensive line failed to generate pressure on San Francisco. Losing in the run game and trenches is a recipe for disaster, as it was in Week 11.

  • +25000 Super Bowl odds

21. Saints

Last Week: 24

Coach Dennis Allen has stayed the course with quarterback Andy Dalton, despite his up-and-down play. That paid off in the 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams as Dalton completed 21 of 25 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns with a 149.6 passer rating. Rookie wide receiver Chris Olave generated more big plays with 102 receiving yards. On defense, the Saints could not stop the run. This was a crucial win for New Orleans ahead of two tough games against the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • +15000 Super Bowl odds

20. Falcons

Last Week: 23

Despite losing the turnover battle against the Chicago Bears, the Atlanta Falcons came away with a 27-24 win. Cordarrelle Patterson’s 103-yard kickoff return and the pass rush were the difference-makers. Atlanta’s four-sack total was one of its most productive performances of the season. The passing game took a big hit as tight end Kyle Pitts suffered a potential season-ending knee injury. The Falcons are still in the NFC South race with several winnable games coming up.

  • +15000 Super Bowl odds

19. Packers

NFL Week 12 Power Rankings: Cowboys, 49ers Rising
Jordan Love #10 of the Green Bay Packers – Patrick McDermott/Getty Images/AFP

Last Week: 17

It certainly seems like the previous week’s win over the Dallas Cowboys was a fluke. The Green Bay Packers’ offense was back to square one in the 27-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans. The run game was stuffed on 2.9 yards per attempt. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers did enough and rookie wideout Christian Watson had two touchdowns. However, Green Bay will not win games when it cannot run the ball and the secondary gets shredded.

  • +12500 Super Bowl odds

18. Lions

Last Week: 25

The Detroit Lions are making notable progress as many expected ahead of the season. After defeating the New York Giants 31-18, the Lions are on their first three-game winning streak since 2017. Detroit has won the turnover battle in three consecutive games and the defense has forced seven turnovers during the winning streak. This team could get better and better as running back D’Andre Swift gets healthy and first-round rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams is nearing his debut. The Lions have a huge opportunity against the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving.

  • +15000 Super Bowl odds

17. Giants

Last Week: 14

Is it time for the New York Giants to panic? Over the last four games, the Giants were easily beaten by the Seattle Seahawks (27-13) and Detroit Lions (31-18) while barely beating the Jacksonville Jaguars (23-17) and Houston Texans (24-16). The Giants must get it together quickly as they battle the Dallas Cowboys on Turkey Day.

  • +8000 Super Bowl odds

16. Jets

Last Week: 9

Quarterback Zach Wilson has been a roller coaster. In a horrible showing against the New England Patriots, the New York Jets managed to only score three points with 103 yards. After totaling only six first downs, the Jets could be nearing a QB change. Coach Robert Saleh did not commit to Wilson starting ahead of Week 12. Wilson did not help his case after claiming his poor performance did not disappoint the defense. New York is still in the playoff picture, but it needs to quickly figure out the inept offense.

  • +10000 Super Bowl odds

15. Chargers

Last Week: 15

Following a 6-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Palmer, the Los Angeles Chargers were nearing a huge win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Instead, the Chargers’ defense folded once again, giving up a game-winning touchdown to the Chiefs with 31 seconds left on the clock. Los Angeles’ defense allowed 485 yards and 322 passing yards, and Kansas City converted 5 of 10 third downs. The defense now ranks 29th in points allowed per game and 25th in yards allowed per game. Coach Brandon Staley is supposed to earn his chops on the defensive side, yet it has been a constant issue for the Chargers during his tenure.

  • +4500 Super Bowl odds

14. Patriots

Last Week: 16

The New England Patriots won their 14th consecutive game against the New York Jets on Sunday. The 10-3 win was ugly, but New England got it done. As usual, the Pats were led by a dominant defense. Edge rusher Matthew Judon added to his Defensive Player of the Year resume (+550) with 1.5 sacks. New England’s special teams won the game as Marcus Jones returned an 84-yard punt with five seconds on the clock. It was a classic finish, but a controversial block helped spring Jones free. Regardless, the Patriots won their third straight and are fighting for a playoff spot.

  • +6000 Super Bowl odds

13. Commanders

Last Week: 18

As usual, the Washington Commanders leaned on their defensive line, totaling five sacks and nine QB hits in the 23-10 win against the Houston Texans. Washington’s secondary is thriving after holding back-to-back opponents to under 175 passing yards, one of which was the Philadelphia Eagles. The Commanders have a good chance of landing a Wild Card spot.

  • +10000 Super Bowl odds

12. Titans

Last Week: 13

The Tennessee Titans are becoming more dangerous by the week. The defense put on another clinic, holding the Green Bay Packers to 17 points and 271 yards. Tennessee’s eighth ranking in points allowed per game does not do the defense justice. This is one of the NFL’s top units right now. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has played well since returning from injury. He had his best game of the season on Thursday with over 300 passing yards and a 127.3 passer rating. Off the injured reserve list, rookie WR Treylon Burks instantly gave the Titans a No. 1 option with 111 receiving yards. If Tennessee can get solid production through the air, look out, NFL.

  • +2800 Super Bowl odds

11. Buccaneers

NFL Week 12 Power Rankings: Cowboys, 49ers Rising
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Last Week: 12

After winning back-to-back games ahead of their bye week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are rounding into form. Most importantly, the Bucs have finally made progress in the run game. Tampa Bay has two favorable upcoming games against the Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints. Afterward, consecutive matchups against the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals are looming large.

  • +1800 Super Bowl odds

10. Bengals

Last Week: 11

The 37-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers showed what the Cincinnati Bengals’ identity will be for the remainder of the season. This will be a pass-heavy team that looks to outscore opponents. With top cornerback Chidobe Awuzie out for the season, Cincinnati’s defense will struggle with weak corners. The Bengals will continue to ride quarterback Joe Burrow, who has been red-hot since Week 5. With star wideout Ja’Marr Chase nearing his return, Cincy is eyeing a playoff spot.

  • +2500 Super Bowl odds

9. Seahawks

Last Week: 10

Before their bye week, the Seattle Seahawks’ four-game winning streak was snapped. The San Francisco 49ers have vaulted into the top of the NFC West. Seattle is on track to appear in the playoffs, but it wants to win the division for a higher seed. Don’t count the Seahawks out; they have a favorable upcoming schedule.

  • +5000 Super Bowl odds

8. Vikings

Last Week: 2

The NFL’s longest winning streak was put to an end in Week 11 as the Minnesota Vikings lost 40-3 against the Dallas Cowboys. As the eye-popping score suggests, there were no positive takeaways for Minnesota. The offensive line is a concern after it was manhandled. Star left tackle Christian Darrisaw left the game with a concussion. The Vikings could be in trouble on Thanksgiving as they face another imposing pass rush vs. New England.

  • +1800 Super Bowl odds

7. Dolphins

Last Week: 7

Coming off a rest week, the Miami Dolphins are hoping to win the AFC East. They currently hold +250 odds, behind the Buffalo Bills priced at -225. Miami has a difficult schedule to finish the regular season, including games against the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo, New England Patriots, and New York Jets. If the Dolphins stay hot during this tough stretch, they will become true Super Bowl betting contenders.

  • +1600 Super Bowl odds

6. Ravens

Last Week: 5

The Baltimore Ravens’ offense had a rough day against the Carolina Panthers, but the defense continued its great play. The front seven’s dominance led to the win. After posting seven tackles and a sack, linebacker Roquan Smith already looks like a perfect fit. However, the run game’s struggles are surely a concern. Without the run, the Ravens have a tough time scoring with a mediocre passing attack, at best. Baltimore’s running backs have yet to get healthy. The Ravens could surely use Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins.

  • +1200 Super Bowl odds

5. Cowboys

Last Week: 8

Following a disappointing loss against the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys made a statement in Week 11. Before defeating the Minnesota Vikings 40-3, Micah Parson and the pass rush were not playing up to its standards. By generating constant pressure, the Cowboys completely erased the Vikings’ dangerous passing game. Plus, quarterback Dak Prescott was extremely efficient, leading to a humming offense. Week 11 showed what Dallas’ ceiling is. The menacing defensive line can wreck game plans, while the offense can generate explosive plays.

  • +1000 Super Bowl odds

4. 49ers

Last Week: 6

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k Jimmy Garoppolo continues to provide this level of play, the 49ers have a great shot of winning it all. Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk kept his hot streak going with two touchdowns. San Francisco now holds the top spot in the NFC West and will look to extend its three-game winning streak next week.

  • +700 Super Bowl odds

3. Bills

NFL Week 12 Power Rankings: Cowboys, 49ers Rising
Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills – Nic Antaya/Getty Images/AFP

Last Week: 4

Against the Cleveland Browns’ weak secondary, quarterback Josh Allen ended his slump. He was efficient and avoided turnovers, leading to a comfortable win. The win showed once again that Allen does not have to be the NFL’s best QB for the Buffalo Bills to succeed. This is a loaded roster with a defense that is capable of carrying its weight. For now, Allen needs to be efficient and take care of the ball, as he did in Week 11.

  • +425 Super Bowl odds

2. Eagles

Last Week: 3

After losing their first game of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles are back in the win column. It was an ugly 17-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts and took a game-winning drive with 1:20 remaining on the clock, but a win is a win. Perhaps the most encouraging area was the run defense’s improvement. Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph made instant impacts. Once rookie DT Jordan Davis returns, the Eagles will be just fine.

  • +550 Super Bowl odds

1. Chiefs

Last Week: 1

Never count out Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas Chiefs. Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce delivered in the clutch yet again, combining for a game-winning touchdown with 31 seconds remaining. The Chiefs have separated themselves as the top team in the NFL. It could be time to label Kansas City as the Super Bowl favorite. The offense is producing at an alarming rate while Mahomes is pulling away as the MVP favorite (-165).

  • +475 Super Bowl odds

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