More movement in the top ten, but not at the top. The Ravens continue to rule. As for the Patriots, they continue to drop, losers of two straight to AFC division leaders. They’re not alone. The Seahawks and Saints were also losers. That allowed the Niners and Chiefs to move up. Here’s how the rest of the NFL Power Rankings in Week 15 shape up:
1. Baltimore (12-2) – Their playoff berth is locked up. All that’s left is securing the AFC’s top seed, and that looks more like a formality.
2. San Francisco (11-2) – Do game managers win 48-46 shootouts? Jimmy Garoppolo is doing more and more to help win games down the stretch.
3. Seattle (10-3) – Can’t remember the last time the Seahawks were held without a touchdown. For once, Russell Wilson didn’t look like an MVP against the Rams.
4. New Orleans (10-3) – Drew Brees and the offense couldn’t be stopped. The problem? The Saints defense had the same problem with the 49ers offense.
5. Kansas City (9-4) – They ended Pats 21-game home winning streak, got a measure of revenge for last year’s AFC Championship loss, and clinched a playoff berth. The bad news? Patrick Mahomes still doesn’t look right.
6. PATRIOTS (10-3) – If losing two straight to AFC division leaders wasn’t enough of a kick in the pants, throw in a round of illegal videotaping by a production crew. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a winning streak.
7. Green Bay (10-3) – The Packers have been short on style points of late, and that has some people worried.
8. Minnesota (9-4) – At this stage, they’ll take any win, whether it’s good, bad or boring.
9. Buffalo (9-4) – The Josh Allen that showed up the previous three games was a distant memory against the Ravens.
10. Tennessee (8-5) – They might wind up the Texans worst nightmare before all is said and done.
11. Houston (8-5) – Trapped by a trap game. At home. Unforgivable this time of year.
12. L.A. Rams (8-5) – Defending NFC champs aren’t going down without a fight. The offense has really come alive the past two weeks.
13. Pittsburgh (8-5) – At worse, they’ll finish .500. At best, they’ll stay the course and finish with a wild card spot. Both amazing feats considering they started 1-4 and lost Ben Roethlisberger.
14. Chicago (7-6) – Give Matt Nagy points for resurrecting Mitch Trubisky from the dead and making him look good in recent weeks.
15. Dallas (6-7) – Jason Garrett might be in place, but the coaching search has begun behind the scenes. Effort against the Bears Thursday night had to make Jerry Jones ill.
16. Philadelphia (6-7) – Season-saving comeback win over the Giants. Carson Wentz found a way with no receivers. Tight ends still work.
17. Indianapolis (6-7) – The Colts have forgotten how to close out games. No lead has been safe, including the one they had atop the division.
18. Oakland (6-7) – Three straight losses have tossed the Raiders into the Black Hole and left them with little or no shot of a playoff berth.
19. Cleveland (6-7) – The Browns have won four out of the last five, but there’s more attention on Odell Beckham Jr.’s future with the team, and Baker Mayfield ripping the training staff.
20. L.A. Chargers (5-8) – Phillip Rivers had one of his best games of the year on his 38th birthday. Still bittersweet, with Chargers eliminated from the playoffs.
21. Tampa Bay (6-7) – Jameis Winston had his 23rd multiple interception game. He countered that with four touchdown passes while running for another to account for five scores.
22. Denver (5-8) – Amazing what the Broncos can do with a quarterback. Drew Lock just might save the franchise and a few jobs.
23. Carolina (5-8) – The housecleaning began with head coach Ron Rivera. Looks like Cam Newton might be on his way out, too.
24. Atlanta (4-9) – Better late than never. The Falcons have actually been playing pretty well in recent games.
25. N.Y. Jets (5-9) – They avoided the embarrassment of being swept by the Dolphins on Sunday. Their reward? A date with Ravens. With Lamar Jackson touching them up for 5 touchdown passes Thursday night, they still wound up looking bad.
26. Arizona (3-9-1) – The losses are starting to pile up. Kyler Murray can’t save the Cardinals from their woeful defense.
27. Detroit (3-8-1) – Not much solace in the fact they’ve led in just about every game this year.
28. Jacksonville (4-9) – Tick, tick, tick. You have to figure time is running out on Doug Marrone. He’s about to expire as head coach.
29. Miami (3-10) – Ryan Fitzpatrick did his best Fitzmagic act with 65 rushing yards. Too bad he couldn’t find the endzone. They had to settle for seven field goals.
30. Washington (3-10) – At least the Redskins have been battling and playing hard for their interim coach.
31. N.Y. Giants (2-11) – No storybook return for Eli Manning. Just another crushing loss.
32. Cincinnati (1-12) – At this point, Andy Dalton is basically auditioning for his next team.
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