SportsTips’ NFL Power Rankings: Week 12

SportsTips’ NFL Power Rankings: Week 12
Tue 24th November 2020

Once again, this weekend’s NFL results shook things up across the league. Baltimore suffered their third loss in four games, Seattle got revenge against Arizona, the Jets and Steelers continued their historic seasons, while the race to win the NFC East has slowly become one of the league’s most interesting storylines. 

Here’s where all 32 NFL teams stand ahead of Week 12 of the 2020 NFL season

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0)

Super Bowl Odds: +600
Previous Rank: 1

The Steelers are 10-0 for the first time in franchise victory after their 24-point victory over Jacksonville on Sunday. Pittsburgh’s defense was locked in, restricting the Jaguars to only 206 total yards and three points for the game, while also bringing in four interceptions. A huge Thanksgiving divisional matchup against the Ravens awaits in Week 12, as Pittsburgh will look to take another big scalp and continue their undefeated season.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1)

Super Bowl Odds: +300
Previous Rank: 2

Kansas City survived a scare and avoided a season sweep after defeating the Raiders 35-31 on Sunday Night Football. Despite trailing on their final drive, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs marched down the field with ease, travelling 75 yards in just one minute and 15 seconds to secure the game winning touchdown. No, they aren’t unbeaten but they are a seriously good football team. Arguably the best in the league.

3. New Orleans Saints (8-2)

Super Bowl Odds: +650
Previous Rank: 3

Despite missing veteran quarterback Drew Brees, New Orleans recorded another dominant victory, defeating Atlanta 24-9. Multipurpose backup quarterback Taysom Hill stepped up for the Saints, completing 18/23 passes for 233 yards, while also rushing for 51 yards and two touchdowns. But it was the Saints defense that proved to be the difference, allowing only nine points and 248 total yards for the game, while also bringing in two interceptions. Strengthening their case as the best team in the NFC.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4)

Super Bowl Odds: +850
Previous Rank: 4

The Bucs came off second best in their Week 11 matchup against the Rams on Monday Night Football, going down 27-24. Despite only being sacked once, Tom Brady struggled against the Rams pass rush, throwing two second half interceptions. Another prime time loss for Tampa Bay ahead of their Week 12 matchup against the Super Bowl favourite Kansas City Chiefs.

5. Seattle Seahawks (7-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +1100
Previous Rank: 11

The Seahawks played a well-rounded game on Thursday Night Football and in doing so, recorded an important 28-21 victory over the Cardinals. Russell Wilson was back to his efficient and reliable self (23/28, 197 yards and two TD’s), however it was Seattle’s inspired pass rushing defense that got them the victory. Seattle are now back on top of the competitive NFC West as a result of their best team win of the season.

6. Los Angeles Rams (7-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +1300
Previous Rank: 9

The Rams advanced to 7-3 and equal top spot in the NFC West as a result of their three point win on Monday Night Football. Despite two second half interceptions from Jared Goff, the Rams held on for the win. Goff did however throw for three touchdowns and 376 yards, finding Cooper Kupp 11 times for 145 yards as well as Robert Woods 10 times for 130 yards and a touchdown.

7. Indianapolis Colts (7-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +2000
Previous Rank: 12

The Colts continued to impress in Week 11, recording a three-point overtime victory against Green Bay. Indianapolis were once again well balanced on offense, recording 140 rushing yards and 288 yards, three touchdowns and a pick from Phillip Rivers. Despite allowing 31 Green Bay points, the Colts defense was also solid, only giving up 66 rushing yards while also forcing four Packers turnovers. Indianapolis now has the chance to sweep Tennessee if they can register another victory over their AFC South rival in Week 12.

8. Buffalo Bills (7-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +2200
Previous Rank: 7

The Bills enjoyed a bye and a Dolphins loss in Week 11 to remain a game clear in the AFC East.

9. Green Bay Packers (7-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +1100
Previous Rank: 6

Despite a 311 yard, three touchdown performance from Aaron Rodgers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s overtime fumble was the defining moment of the Packers 34-31 loss to the Colts. Davante Adams once again recorded 100+ yards and a touchdown receiving, however the Packers ability to run the ball is cause for concern going forward as are their issues defensively. Green Bay will look to bounce back in Week 12, in their NFC North matchup against Chicago on Sunday Night Football. 

10. Tennessee Titans (7-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +2800
Previous Rank: 14

Tennessee bounced back from their Week 10 loss to the Colts with a huge 30-24 overtime victory against Baltimore on Sunday. Derrick Henry rushed for 133 yards and the game winning touchdown in overtime. Now tied with the 7-3 Colts for top spot in the AFC South, the Titans will get their chance at redemption in Week 12 as they look to surpass Indianapolis and reclaim top spot in their division.

11. Arizona Cardinals (6-4)

Super Bowl Odds: +2500
Previous Rank: 5

The Cardinals missed out on their opportunity to sweep Seattle and claim top spot in the NFC West as a result of their 28-21 loss on Thursday Night Football. Kyler Murray was hindered by an apparent shoulder injury; however, it was Arizona’s lack of a running game that proved costly. Averaging 168 rushing yards per game prior this week, the Cardinals were held to 66 rushing yards against Seattle.

12. Las Vegas Raiders (6-4)

Super Bowl Odds: +5000
Previous Rank: 13

After taking the lead with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Raiders looked like they were about to do the unthinkable and defeat the Chiefs for a second time in 2020. Kansas City’s touchdown on their final drive put an end to that dream, however Las Vegas proved once again that they can compete with the reigning champs.

13. Baltimore Ravens (6-4)

Super Bowl Odds: +1800
Previous Rank: 10

Having now recorded back to back losses, the Ravens are no longer a force to be reckoned with in the AFC and are no longer a certainty to make the playoffs. Despite holding a 21-10 lead in the third quarter, the Ravens allowed the Titans to score 20 of the next 23 points, including a Derrick Henry 29 yard game winning touchdown run in overtime. A Week 12 Thanksgiving matchup against the undefeated Steelers will be a season defining game for Baltimore.

14. Miami Dolphins (6-4)

Super Bowl Odds: +4000
Previous Rank: 8

The Tua bubble had to burst at some point, and it did in the Dolphins 20-13 loss to the Broncos on Sunday. Having completed 11/20 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, Tagovailoa was benched and replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter, however head coach Brian Flores said after the game that Tua will get the start next week. The Dolphins ability to defend against the run looked sloppy, allowing 189 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

15. Cleveland Browns (7-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +4000
Previous Rank: 15

It was another ugly win in ugly conditions for the Browns who are now 7-3 after defeating the Eagles 22-17 on Sunday. The Browns defense was solid, forcing three Eagles turnovers while also holding Philadelphia scoreless in the first half. With a Week 12 matchup against the lowly Jaguars, Cleveland have a real chance at being 8-3 at this time next week.

16. Carolina Panthers (4-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +25000
Previous Rank: 25

Despite being without Christian McCaffrey and Teddy Bridgewater, the Panthers defense kept the Lions scoreless on Sunday, winning the game 20-0. Backup quarterback P.J. Walker threw for 258 yards and a touchdown as well as two picks, while running back Mike Davis filled in for McCaffrey with 69 yards and a TD to help Carolina snap their five game losing streak.

17. Minnesota Vikings (4-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +6600
Previous Rank: 17

The Vikings defense relapsed into their early season form, giving up 31 points to Andy Dalton and the Cowboys, in their 31-28 loss on Sunday. Despite 314 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions from Kirk Cousins, 160 scrimmage yards and a touchdown from Dalvin Cook as well as 123 receiving yards and two touchdowns from Adam Thielen, Minnesota suffered their sixth loss for the season. The Vikings pass defense was disappointing, allowing the Cowboys loaded receiving corps to run riot and bring in three touchdowns off Andy Dalton passes. Minnesota will need to win against Carolina next week if they are any chance of stealing an NFC Wild Card spot.

18. Chicago Bears (5-5)

Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Previous Rank: 18

The Bears had a bye in Week 11, giving either Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky a week to get healthy and take the reins at quarterback for their must win game against the Packers in Week 12. As good as it is, Chicago’s defense simply isn’t enough to win them a playoff spot.

19. Denver Broncos (4-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +35000
Previous Rank: 28

The Broncos recorded the upset of Week 11, defeating the Dolphins 20-13. Drew Lock responded from his abysmal four interception performance in Week 10 to only throw one pick against Miami. Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay saved the day, both rushing for 80+ yards with Gordon scoring two touchdowns. Denver are a competent quarterback away from being a consistently competitive team.

20. Atlanta Falcons (3-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +15000
Previous Rank: 20

The Falcons couldn’t stop Taysom Hill and the New Orleans offense in their 24-9 loss on Sunday. Despite not being able to slow down the ‘Brees-less’ Saints on defense, Atlanta failed to score a touchdown with Todd Gurley, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley at their disposal on offense. Two Matt Ryan interceptions didn’t help their cause.

21. New England Patriots (4-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +15000
Previous Rank: 16

Given that Buffalo had a bye and the Dolphins suffered a loss, Week 11 was the Patriots opportunity to shake up the AFC East with a win over the then 2-7 Texans. Now, as a result of their 27-20 loss, New England’s playoff chances are non-existent. Uncharacteristically, Cam Newton and the New England offense weren’t the issue, with Newton throwing for 365 yards and a touchdown while once again not registering a turnover. However, the defense couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain, allowing Deshaun Watson to wreak havoc.

22. San Francisco 49’ers (4-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Previous Rank: 21

After their bye in Week 11, the undermanned 49ers will prepare for a difficult divisional matchup against the Rams in Week 12. Unfortunately for San Francisco no one great importance had the chance to recover during their week off as the 49’ers will likely finish the 2020 season depleted on both offense and defense.

23. New York Giants (3-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +15000
Previous Rank: 22

The Giants had their bye in Week 11. On a positive note, Philadelphia lost to remain on three wins, however unfortunately for New York, Dallas and Washington were also able to pull even in the NFC East standings. The Giants will aim to make it three straight wins when they visit the ‘Burrow-less’ Bengals in Week 12.

24. Los Angeles Chargers (3-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Previous Rank: 23

366 yards and three touchdowns for Justin Herbert on the same day that Joe Burrow tore his ACL all but locks the Chargers quarterback in for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Despite Herbert’s big day the Chargers defense still allowed the winless New York Jets to put up 28 points in Los Angeles’ 34-28 win. The Chargers have found their franchise quarterback for the next 10+ years, however their defense leaves a lot to be desired, allowing the 0-10 Jets to put up 22 second half points and get within one touchdown of the upset win.

25. Houston Texans (3-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +25000
Previous Rank: 27

Houston recorded their third win for the season after defeating the Patriots 27-20. The Texans defense is still a major issue, failing to force a turnover and allowing Cam Newton to throw for 365 yards. However, Deshaun Watson ran riot on the Patriots undermanned defense, throwing for 344 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 36 yards and a touchdown. A talented roster that will benefit greatly from a new head coach in 2021.

26. Dallas Cowboys (3-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Previous Rank: 31

The Cowboys returned from their bye to upset the in form Vikings 31-28. Dallas finally got the performance that they expected from Andy Dalton in Week 11. Dalton threw for 203 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard led the charge for the Cowboys, running for 163 yards combined. Dallas will look to earn a big NFC East victory over Washington in Week 12, and potentially claim top spot in the division.

27. Detroit Lions (4-5)

Super Bowl Odds: +20000
Previous Rank: 19

Time may finally be up for Matt Patricia, as a result of the Lions ugly 20-0 loss to the injury riddled Panthers. Detroit missed Kenny Golladay and D’Andre Swift on offense this weekend, as the Lions accumulated 185 total yards, only 40 of which were rushing yards.

28. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1)

Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Previous Rank: 24

The Eagles Week 3 tie against the Bengals is the only thing currently keeping them in top spot of the NFC East. Carson Wentz’s disappointing season continued in Philadelphia’s 22-17 loss to the Browns. Wentz threw two interceptions, including a pick-six to bring his tally for the season up to a league high 14. With the Seahawks, Packers, Saints and Cardinals over the next month, it’s going to be tough for Philadelphia to win the division if they play like they did in Week 11.

29. Washington Football Team (3-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +50000
Previous Rank: 29

Washington joined the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys on three wins in the NFC East after their 20-9 win over the Bengals. Washington once again played gritty defense, forcing two turnovers and recording four sacks. While on offense Alex Smith, Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson made the necessary plays to give Washington an important win. A Week 12 divisional matchup against Dallas awaits for Washington, the winner of which still has a good chance of taking out the NFC East division.

30. Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1)

Super Bowl Odds: +200000
Previous Rank: 26

The only shining light of Cincinnati’s 2020 season was put to rest on Sunday, with Joe Burrow suffering a torn ACL/MCL in the Bengals 20-9 loss to Washington. Given the severity of the injury, Burrow is out for the remainder of the season, and potentially the entirety of the 2021 season. Cincinnati will likely turn to Ryan Finley to lead them to victory against the Giants in Week 12.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)

Super Bowl Odds: +150000
Previous Rank: 30

After showing plenty of spirit in their Week 10 loss to the Packers, Jake Luton and the Jaguars failed to show the same levels of fight against the undefeated Steelers in Week 11, going down 27-3. Luton failed to complete more than 50% of his passes, while also throwing four interceptions. However, the Jaguars lack of a running game and poor defense failed to take any of the pressure off their backup quarterback. Jacksonville’s Week 1 victory over the Colts is now a distant memory and somewhat hard to comprehend. 

32. New York Jets (0-10)

Super Bowl Odds: +200000
Previous Rank: 32

Another week and another loss for the New York Jets who failed to complete their comeback against the Chargers, going down 34-28. Joe Flacco led the Jets on a 22-10 second half run, however Justin Herbert carved up New York’s defense to secure the win. With six games to go, the Jets are getting closer and closer to finishing the 2020 season without a win. 

*Odds correct at time of publication.

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