The Ravens held off the 49ers in the rain in Baltimore. Lamar Jackson didn’t post his usual superstar numbers but still did enough in poor conditions. The Patriots, meanwhile, fell short in Houston, as both the offense and defense had issues. The Seahawks move up after taking down the Vikings in Seattle. Here’s a look at the rest of the NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 14:
1. Baltimore (10-2) – Lamar Jackson killed the final 6:28 of game clock with a 12-play drive before leaving it to Justin Tucker to beat the Niners with a 49-yard field goal as time expired. Perfection.
2. Seattle (10-2) – Pivotal game, home field, national TV audience, does Russell Wilson ever lose those games?
3. San Francisco (10-2) – They may have lost the battle with the Ravens. But in some ways, limiting Lamar Jackson and that offense on the road, they won the war.
4. PATRIOTS (10-2) – How bad does the offense look? Tom Brady is now being compared with Bears bust Mitchell Trubisky.
5. New Orleans (10-2) – After Thanksgiving win over the Falcons locked up NFC South, Saints have had extra time to prepare for showdown with 49ers, a game that could determine NFC’s top seed.
6. Green Bay (9-3) – They must have felt right at home in the snow at MetLife Stadium. Thirty-one points seemed way too easy.
7. Kansas City (8-4) – They have to be encouraged by the fact they can blow out an opponent with a pedestrian version of Patrick Mahomes.
8. Houston (8-4) – Statement win over the Patriots. Bill O’Brien finally one-upped mentor Bill Belichick on his sixth try.
9. Minnesota (8-4) – Not that anyone is counting, but Kirk Cousins is now 0-8 on Monday night.
10. Buffalo (9-3) – The NFL has recognized the Bills as being legitimate. Why else would the league flex their Week 15 game with the Steelers? It’s their only prime-time game of the season.
11. L.A. Rams (7-5) – They had a 180-degree turnaround from their previous game. Where was that team against the Ravens?
12. Tennessee (7-5) – Whenever Derrick Henry rumbles for 100 yards, it’s automatic, Titans win. They’re unbeaten every time he hits triple digits on the ground.
13. Pittsburgh (7-5) – Devlin “Duck” Hodges is the first undrafted rookie quarterback in the NFL to win each of his first two career starts going back 32 years. He’ll need a bigger streak for the Steelers to make the playoffs.
14. Dallas (6-7) – They’re in first place in the NFC East, but winless against teams with a winning record, with Thursday night’s Bears loss the latest. Hardly the recipe for success in the postseason.
15. Indianapolis (6-6) – They’ve gone from the top of the AFC South, to barely hanging on to a playoff spot. An unreliable kicking game is finally catching up.
16. Oakland (6-6) – If the Raiders thought they were ready to challenge in the NFC West, think again.
17. Philadelphia (5-7) – They keep losing, but haven’t lost much ground in the playoff chase in the division. Crazy.
18. Chicago (7-6) – Mitchell Trubisky actually looks the part of a bonafide NFL quarterback when he plays against the Lions. Add on the Cowboys, too. Let him run, and suddenly, he doesn’t look like the worst No. 2 overall pick ever taken.
19. Carolina (5-7) – Being overwhelmed by a two-win team while clinging to scant playoff hopes didn’t do Ron Rivera any favors. No surprise the pink slip followed.
20. Cleveland (5-7) – Not sure what was worse, Freddie Kitchen’s fashion sense, or being beaten by a third string quarterback who goes by the name of “Duck” in return grudge match with the Steelers.
21. L.A. Chargers (4-8) – Eight losses by seven points or fewer. The latest? A pass-interference penalty against cornerback Casey Hayward that killed the Bolts after they’d tied the game in the closing seconds.
22. Tampa Bay (5-7) – Signs of progress last week. The defense rocked and Jameis Winston didn’t throw an interception.
23. Denver (4-8) – Drew Luck, the seventh starting quarterback the Broncos have used in three seasons, showed some promise. They’ll take it. Maybe seven proves their lucky number.
24. Jacksonville (4-8) – During a blowout loss, the Jags might have unearthed a valuable but costly piece of information: the offense is better with Gardner Minshew as opposed to $22 million a year man Nick Foles.
25. Arizona (3-8-1) – Not one positive takeaway from being throttled by the Rams last week. This was as bad as it gets for any team.
26. Atlanta (3-9) – At least it was fun watching Younghoe Koo and the Falcons perfectly execute three onside kicks in Thursday’s home loss to the Saints, including one that was wiped out by penalty.
27. Detroit (3-7-1) – David Bough’s first career completion was a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay. The undrafted rookie quarterback was an instant hit. Then the Lions defense showed up and spoiled the party.
28. N.Y. Jets (4-8) – Forget the three-game winning streak. They’ve now helped two winless teams get off the schneid.
29. Miami (3-9) – They’re 3-2 in their last five games, and scoring with trick plays. What happened to the real Dolphins? Brian Flores, what have you done?
30. Washington (3-9) – Have they stumbled upon a legitimate running game? Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson seem to think so. They combined for 228 yards and 3 TDs last week.
31. N.Y. Giants (2-10) – Eight straight losses. The case continues to build against Pat Shurmer.
32. Cincinnati (1-11) – Fabulous week for the Bengals. They win, to avoid a winless season. And still hold the lead in the race for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft.