NFL Top 12 Power Rankings Week 14 Edition
14 weeks of the NFL season have come to an end and the playoff races are hot. We had quite possibly the craziest week of the NFL season yesterday. The New York Giants pulled off an improbable comeback on the Dallas Cowboys, down 34-22 with under 5:30 to play and Eli Manning drove them down field twice to win the game. The Cowboys had the ball with :7 seconds left and kicker Dan Bailey nailed a game tying 47 yard field goal, but Giants head coach Tom Coughlin called timeout to ice him. In Bailey’s second try to tie the game, the field goal was blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants to seal the win for the Giants and regain control of first place in the NFC East, by virtue of tiebreaker at 7-6. The New England Patriots won a nail biter in D.C. by beating the Redskins 34-27 on a Rex Grossman interception with under a minute left in the red zone. The Saints beat the Titans 22-17 after Titans rookie quarterback Jake Locker almost pulled off a comeback but was sacked as time expired in the red zone as Tennessee went for the win. The Texans came back to beat the Bengals 20-19 after being down 16-3 at one point. Houston quarterback T.J. Yates threw the game winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Walter with :2 seconds left to pretty much end the game. The packers undefeated season continued with a demolishing of the Raiders, 46-16. The Jets thrashed the Chiefs 37-10, and with the win and the Bengals, Titans, and Raiders losing, the Jets hold the sixth seed in the AFC right now. Also, the Denver Broncos came back to beat the Chicago Bears 13-10 in overtime after being down 10-0 with under three minutes left in the fourth, thanks to a Tim Tebow touchdown pass and Matt Prater game tying 59 yard field goal as time expired. Marion Barber, who went out of bounds in the fourth on a run with under two minutes left as Denver had no timeouts left, would end up fumbling in overtime as it appeared he had an open lane for 35 more yards to a game ending touchdown and the Broncos would recover and Prater would kick a game winning 51 yard field goal to seal the victory and widen the Broncos first place AFC West lead. Now it’s time for my NFL Top 12 Power Rankings Week 14 Edition. Enjoy.
1.Green Bay Packers (13-0) defeated Oakland Raiders 46-16. Last week (1). The Packers are well on their way to a perfect regular season but lost star wide receiver Greg Jennings to injury for two-three weeks.
2.New Orleans Saints (10-3) defeated Tennessee Titans 22-17. Last week (2). The Saints survive a late scare in Nashville, and take a big step forward to possibly getting a first round playoff bye with San Frans loss.
3.Houston Texans (10-3) defeated Cincinnati Bengals 20-19. Last week (3). The Texans continue to win with rookie QB T.J. Yates as they rally big time to upset the Bengals in Cincy. If the playoffs started today, Houston would be the 1 seed in the AFC, and they also locked up the AFC South and their first ever postseason trip.
4.Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) defeated Cleveland Browns 14-3. Last week (5). The Steelers shutdown the Browns offense, but James Harrison’s helmet to helmet hit to Colt McCoy might keep him out the next game or two.
5.New England Patriots (10-3) defeated Washington Redskins 34-27. Last week (6). The Pats barely escape FedEx Field with a win. The big highlight came during a shouting match on the Patriots sideline between Tom Brady and one of the coaches.
6.Baltimore Ravens (10-3) defeated Indianapolis Colts 24-10. Last week (7). The Ravens beat down the Colts and continue to fight the Steelers for the AFC North and the Pats and Texans for the 1 seed in the AFC.
7.Denver Broncos (8-5) defeated Chicago Bears 13-10 (OT). Last week (9). The Broncos keep winning with Tebow as quarterback and look like they’re on their way to an AFC West title.
8.New York Jets (8-5) defeated Kansas City Chiefs 37-10. Last week (10). The Jets are on a three game winning streak and took over the final wild card spot as they face a tough final three games @ Eagles, vs Giants, and @ Dolphins.
9.Atlanta Falcons (8-5) defeated Carolina Panthers 31-23. Last week (8). The Panthers were up big early but 24 second half points by the Falcons propelled them to victory and the current 5 seed holder in the NFC.
10.San Francisco 49ers (10-3) lost to Arizona Cardinals 21-19. Last week (4). After starting the season 9-1 and looking like the clear cut #2 team in the NFC, the Niners are 1-2 in their last three games and now are tied with the Saints for the two seed in the NFC.
11.New York Giants (7-6) defeated Dallas Cowboys 37-34. Last week (N/R). The Giants went from possibly being two games out of a playoff spot to being in first place in the NFC East and controlling their own destiny courtesy of JPP blocking a field goal with two seconds left.
12.Detroit Lions (8-5) defeated Minnesota Vikings 34-28. Last week (N/R). The Lions roar back into the power rankings with a very shaky six point win at home against their division rivals and are the current six seed in the NFC.
NFC Player Of The Week: New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees – 36 of 47, 337 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT.
HM: New York Giants QB Eli Manning – 27 of 47, 400 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT.
AFC Player Of The Week: New England Patriots QB Tom Brady – 22 of 37, 357 yards, 3 TDS, 1 INT.
HM: New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski – 6 catches, 160 yards, 2 TDs.
Upset Of The Week: Arizona Cardinals defeat San Francisco 49ers 21-19.
HM: Houston Texans defeat Cincinnati Bengals 20-19.
Most Exciting Game Of The Week: New York Giants defeat Dallas Cowboys 37-34.
HM: New England Patriots defeat Washington Redskins 34-27.
1.Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Last week (1).
2.New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. Last week (2).
3.New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. Last week (3).
Defensive Player Of The Year:
1.Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen. Last week (1).
2.New York Jets CB Darrell Revis. Last week (3).
3.Dallas Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware. Last week (2).
Rookie Of The Year:
1.Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. Last week (1).
2.Denver Broncos LB Von Miller. Last week (3).
3.Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton. Last week (2).