Some fast sincerity as we hurtle towards Thanksgiving: I am very grateful for soccer, and the chance to speak about it for a residing.
However am I grateful for the facility rankings — particularly the center of the facility rankings, the place we should kind out a dozen completely different variations of the identical flawed staff? That is the actual query.
It is a weekly headache, however one I am grateful to have. And one other wild weekend within the NFL made it harder than ever.
Earlier than we tuck into some turkey, listed below are the Week 12 energy rankings.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) no change
In contrast to the one in your oven, these Birds by no means appear to be executed. It by no means appears to look fairly, however at this level who cares? The flexibility and resilience of this staff is the one fixed in a league of mediocrity. For the higher a part of two years, they have been rattling close to not possible to kill. Stealing a win at Arrowhead is likely one of the most spectacular on their lengthy record of wins going again to the beginning of 2022, they usually’re fairly simply the perfect staff to this point in 2023.
2. Detroit Lions (7-3) +2
I used to be hesitant to leap the Lions over a Baltimore staff that thumped them, however that miracle rally was sufficient to vault Detroit into second place. The sport is meant to be over once you’re down by 12 with 4:15 to play, however the toughness and confidence of this Lions staff appeared particular in a giant second. If this season goes someplace memorable, that sport might be appeared again on as a launching pad.
[This Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET: Packers vs Lions on FOX and the FOX Sports app]
3. Baltimore Ravens (7-3) no change
Baltimore wound up with a giant, massive division win, however dropping Mark Andrews is a steep worth to pay. Hopefully, Odell Beckham Jr.’s shoulder damage is not extreme, as a result of the Ravens want all fingers on deck to switch Andrews’ manufacturing within the passing sport — significantly within the crimson zone.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) -2
You do not have to panic in regards to the Chiefs if you happen to do not need to, however can somebody please step up and be reliable? The protection is nice. Patrick Mahomes continues to be That Dude. Can somebody, anybody, reliably catch a go? I do not blame you if you happen to’re beginning to assume the reply is not any.
5. San Francisco 49ers (7-3) no change
This might be an insane 17-day stretch in San Francisco, that includes two video games towards Seattle with an enormous date in Philadelphia sandwiched in between. The 49ers have gotten on observe with out actually breaking a sweat the final two weeks, however these three video games can go a good distance towards setting them up for playoff success.
6. Miami Dolphins (7-3) no change
It by no means really felt just like the Dolphins have been in peril of giving up the result in Las Vegas. And but, in some way, the Raiders have been throwing towards the Miami finish zone with an opportunity to tie the sport within the ultimate minute. Jalen Ramsey’s game-sealing choose was price celebrating. So was the truth that Tyreek Hill’s hand damage does not appear critical. The remainder of Sunday was forgettable.
7. Dallas Cowboys (7-3) +1
The Cowboys have been favored by a mixed 27.5 factors in these final two video games, they usually have gained them by a mixed 55 factors. That is all you possibly can ask for. Up subsequent, one final sport as a heavy favourite on Thursday (against the Commanders), earlier than the schedule picks again up in a giant approach.
8. Cleveland Browns (7-3) -1
This was not a enjoyable watch, however give credit score to Dorian Thompson-Robinson for going 4-of-4 for 39 yards to arrange Cleveland’s game-winning area aim. If the Browns attain the postseason, this might be a memorable second. All of that mentioned, the mixture of DTR and Joe Flacco is definitely the worst QB scenario among the many Prime 10, which is why I dropped the Browns one spot.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3) no change
Comparable story to the Cowboys — not precisely a win that is going to maneuver the needle, however not less than it was dominant. It was good to see Calvin Ridley present again up. It is a development the Jags must proceed.
10. Houston Texans (6-4) +1
On the day when C.J. Stroud lastly made some errors, his protection was there to choose him up. Arizona went for it on fourth down thrice within the fourth quarter alone — all three makes an attempt approaching the Texans’ facet of the sphere. DeMeco Ryans’ protection stood tall each time. This isn’t only a good, younger staff in Houston however a complementary one.
11. Buffalo Bills (6-5) +3
Not a nasty debut from Joe Brady as Payments OC. The much-maligned offense scored 30 factors for the primary time since Oct. 1, Josh Allen managed his finest passer score because the Week 5 loss to Jacksonville and the staff grabbed a simple win towards a division rival that has tortured them in recent times. A strong begin.
12. Seattle Seahawks (6-4) -2
I am enjoying armchair quarterback, and that is not honest. However with no timeouts and his headset not working, it makes a ton of sense for Geno Smith to spike the ball and get the lay of the land. Clearly, there are one million different variables that might’ve swung the sport within the Seahawks’ favor in L.A. and it does not all come down to 1 missed kick. However I wager Seattle’s feeling the stress of this Thanksgiving sport towards San Francisco a heck of much more at 6-4 than they might’ve been at 7-3.
13. Denver Broncos (5-5) +9
They’re formally .500 and three of those 4 straight wins have come towards successful groups. I am not attempting to let you know the Broncos are a reasonably watch, however they do appear to be a ache within the butt for each staff they play. Wanting over the lengthy record of mediocre groups within the AFC proper now, there aren’t many I like greater than the Broncos.
14. Minnesota Vikings (6-5) -1
Even when Kirk Cousins was wholesome, the Vikings fell into an 0-3 gap as a result of they could not maintain on to the soccer. If that is what occurs when the starter is accessible, it is in all probability not going to get higher with a backup. Denver beat Minnesota by one level, having scored 9 factors off Vikings turnovers. Few groups are able to overcoming turnover points, and the Josh Dobbs-led Vikings aren’t considered one of them.
15. Cincinnati Bengals (5-5) -3
Clearly, the 34-20 loss in Baltimore just isn’t why I am dropping the Bengals. There is no disgrace in dropping to the Ravens on the street when your beginning quarterback goes down. The difficulty is that Joe Burrow will not be again this season, which adjustments the calculus of what the Bengals are able to the remainder of the best way.
16. Indianapolis Colts (5-5) +2
It is easy to overlook in regards to the Colts as a result of they’re .500 and beginning a backup quarterback. However have a look at their remaining schedule and inform me which opponent they can not beat — particularly now that Cincinnati is enjoying with out Joe Burrow. There’s loads of alternative in entrance of the Colts, which is greater than I considered them in September.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) -2
Because of this individuals have been important of the Steelers’ offense. It is not hating, it is simply that successful is not sustainable with out scoring factors. Granted, the Browns are nearly as good of a protection as they’re going to play this 12 months, but it surely’s nonetheless been abysmal. Pittsburgh has didn’t handle even 300 yards of offense in additional than half of their video games. On Tuesday morning, a determined fanbase was appeased: Offensive coordinator Matt Canada was let go.
18. Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) -2
There is no must level fingers when everybody had a hand in an unpleasant loss. Chargers receivers dropped not less than 4 balls, the offense was 1-of-4 within the crimson zone, and the protection allowed Jordan Like to throw for 300 yards for the primary time in his profession. It is objectively true that this staff underperforms relative to its expertise stage, and it makes you marvel about Brandon Staley’s future.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) -2
The Bucs do not belong within the dialog with any of the NFC’s finest, however I am fairly certain we already knew that. The humorous factor about Sunday’s loss to San Francisco is that it does not do a lot to alter their outlook. There are 4 video games remaining towards the NFC South, and loads of time to win the league’s worst division.
20. New Orleans Saints (5-5) no change
An skilled quarterback with high quality receivers, but an total uninspiring offense. A veteran protection that has had combined outcomes. Am I describing the Saints or the Bucs? Does it even matter? A flawed staff not named the Panthers goes to win the NFC South, and the Saints have each bit nearly as good an opportunity because the Buccaneers or Falcons.
21. Atlanta Falcons (4-6) +2
Why not simply lump all of the NFC South contenders into one class? Very similar to New Orleans and Tampa Bay, it is all on the market in entrance of the Falcons. Somebody’s going to host a playoff sport. Can Desmond Ridder discover some consistency, beginning this weekend towards the hated Saints?
22. Las Vegas Raiders (5-6) +2
This was positively a extra aggressive exhibiting than I anticipated in Miami. I do not assume the Raiders have sufficient to really compete, particularly not caught within the AFC West, but it surely’s past apparent the impact Antonio Pierce has had on these guys. Even when they don’t seem to be a playoff staff, they do not appear to be they’re going to be a simple out the remainder of the best way.
23. Green Bay Packers (3-6) +2
If I am being utterly sincere, I feel Sunday was extra in regards to the Chargers discovering a technique to lose than the Packers discovering a technique to win. However you can also’t low cost the impact a come-from-behind win can have on a younger staff’s confidence. It issues that Jordan Love and the gamers round him are having these moments. It could pay dividends in the long term.
24. New York Jets (4-6) -3
There is no level whining about how badly the Jets bungled the backup quarterback spot. What’s executed is finished, and now we wait to see if they will maintain the rope lengthy sufficient for this supposed Aaron Rodgers return. I can not say I really like Tim Boyle’s possibilities towards Miami, however what different alternative did they’ve however to make a swap?
25. Washington Commanders (4-7) -6
It is mind-boggling to see an NFL staff flip the ball over six occasions in a single sport. That kind of stuff is usually reserved for unhealthy highschool groups. What would possibly’ve been even worse, although, was the best way the Washington secondary was diced up by Tommy DeVito and a woeful New York offense. I nonetheless assume the longer term is vivid for the staff itself, but it surely’s beginning to really feel like a matter of “when,” not “if” massive adjustments come for the teaching employees.
26. Los Angeles Rams (4-6) no change
Simply once you assume you are out on the Rams, they pull you again in. They’ve now swept Seattle and are inside shouting distance of a wildcard spot. The issue, after all, is that we do not know when Cooper Kupp comes again and the schedule’s not straightforward. You’ve got nonetheless acquired to think about these guys a nice shock.
I recognize Jonathan Gannon empowering his staff by letting them go for it on fourth down in so many essential spots. Sadly, the Playing cards did not choose any of them up. Including Kyler Murray to a staff that was already scrappy makes them an opponent you’d moderately not must play.
28. Chicago Bears (3-8) +1
Getting outscored 17-0 within the final 4 minutes of a sport you have been simply successful is actually fairly embarrassing. However that failure is offset by a strong efficiency from Justin Fields. That is how vital it’s for the Bears to determine the quarterback spot: a this actual second in time, Fields’ particular person improvement is extra invaluable than wins. The problem now’s constructing on it.
29. Tennessee Titans (3-7) -2
All issues thought-about, this was not a nasty day from Will Levis! It says lots about the place the Titans are that Levis not utterly melting down in Jacksonville is an accomplishment, however that is the place we’re at once you’re breaking in a rookie QB.
30. New York Giants (3-8) +2
The place have been you when the legend of Tommy DeVito took on a brand new life? It doesn’t matter what occurs from right here, it is unimaginable that the man was sacked 9 occasions and nonetheless managed to complete with the third-best passer score of the week. And it doesn’t matter what else occurs, Giants followers can all the time say this sorry staff swept the Commanders.
31. New England Patriots (2-8) -1
The Pats journey to face the Giants coming off their bye, and it isn’t a stretch to say that is their finest shot at a 3rd win for the remainder of the 12 months. Possibly this can be a probability to right the vibes coming off a disastrous sport in Germany. Realistically, perhaps not.
32. Carolina Panthers (1-9) -1
Credit score to them: Sunday noticed the Panthers march 70 yards in 17 performs for a landing — their longest scoring drive of the season! That is about all the nice that occurred, as Bryce Young was sacked 5 occasions and threw a pick-six. Child steps, I suppose?
David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports activities and hosts the NFL on FOX podcast. He beforehand spent 9 seasons protecting the Cowboys for the staff’s official web site. In 2018, he gained a regional Emmy for his position in producing “Dak Prescott: A Household Reunion” in regards to the quarterback’s time at Mississippi State. Comply with him on Twitter at @davidhelman_.
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