NFL Power Rankings: Week 12

By Matt Fargo - Covers Expert

There is a new king of the mountain in this week's power rankings as the New England Patriots go from No. 5 to No. 1 after defeating the Colts. The Broncos drop a spot after their poor showing in St. Louis.

NFL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 5 up 4 8-2-0
(6-4-0)
-7 New England
After dropping last week, the Patriots leapfrogged everyone and moved into the top spot after blowing out Indy. The next four games are all against winning teams.
2 1 down 1 7-3-0
(5-5-0)
-6.5 Denver
The Broncos dropped a spot after scoring the lowest point total since Manning arrived. Back home after a three-game roadtrip to face Miami before heading to KC.
3 2 down 1 7-3-0
(8-2-0)
-6 Kansas City
Kansas City remains near the top after its fifth straight win. The Chiefs head to Oakland on short rest before hosting Denver. 6-0 ATS L6 vs. AFC teams.
4 4 same 9-1-0
(8-2-0)
-5.75 Arizona
The Cardinals remain fourth following a victory over Detroit, their sixth straight win. Three-game lead in the division still isn't safe with 3 division road games left.
5 9 up 4 7-3-0
(6-3-1)
-4.75 Green Bay
Green Bay has scored 330 points, the most in the NFL after back-to-back 50+ efforts. They hit the road this week at Minnesota where they are 8-1-1 L10 meetings.
6 7 up 1 6-4-0
(6-4-0)
-4.75 Miami
Miami kept pace with the Patriots as it remains two games back and has extra time to get ready for its road game at Denver. 8-1 ATS L9 after allowing 250 or less yards.
7 3 down 4 6-4-0
(7-3-0)
-4.5 Indianapolis
Indianapolis took a big drop after home loss to New England and is just one game in front of the Texans. Next 2 home games are against Jaguars and Redskins (4-16).
8 6 down 2 7-3-0
(6-4-0)
-3.5 Philadelphia
The Eagles have to be concerned after their effort in Green Bay and have to wonder if Mark Sanchez can rally. Three of their next four games are at home.
9 13 up 4 6-4-0
(6-4-0)
-3 San Francisco
After being counted out, the 49ers have won their last two games on the road and finish with four of their last six games at home, one road game being at Oakland.
10 8 down 2 6-4-0
(5-4-1)
-2.75 Baltimore
The Ravens dropped a couple spots despite being off this past week. At New Orleans this week and they have the easiest remaining schedule of the four AFC North teams.
11 11 same 6-4-0
(4-6-0)
-2.75 Seattle
Seattle didn't move after losing in Kansas City and face a must win this week against Arizona to remain in the division. Toughest remaining schedule in the NFL.
12 10 down 2 6-4-0
(5-5-0)
-2.25 San Diego
San Diego snapped a three-game slide but it was an unimpressive win over Oakland. They catch the Rams at home this week off a big win over Denver at home.
13 12 down 1 7-3-0
(5-5-0)
-2 Detroit
The Lions offense continues to sputter but their defense is still tops in the league. Another tough test this week at New England before hosting Bears on Thanksgiving.
14 14 same 7-3-0
(6-4-0)
-1.75 Dallas
The Cowboys bye came at a good time to rest the wounded and get ready for the stretch run that includes four divisional games left including two against the Eagles.
15 17 up 2 5-5-0
(6-4-0)
-1.25 Houston
Houston remains in the hunt in the AFC South after upsetting Cleveland on the road. Four of the final six games are at home with one of those road games at Jacksonville.
16 15 down 1 5-5-0
(4-6-0)
-1 Buffalo
The Bills playoff chances took a big hit with loss at Miami and it looks like an 8-8 record is the best they can do. 6-0 ATS L6 after gaining 250 or less yards.
17 20 up 3 6-3-1
(5-4-1)
0.25 Cincinnati
Cincinnati has won three of four to get back into first place in the AFC North where a half-game is separating all four teams. Need to avoid a letdown after Saints win.
18 16 down 2 4-6-0
(4-6-0)
0.75 New Orleans
New Orleans has lost two straight at home and has never lost three straight home games under Sean Payton. Host Baltimore Monday night where they are 5-1 ATS L6.
19 19 same 7-4-0
(5-6-0)
0.75 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh came from behind to defeat the Titans as they head into their bye week. Final five games are against teams in either first or second place in their divisions.
20 18 down 2 6-4-0
(5-3-2)
1.5 Cleveland
The Browns failed to keep a grasp on first place in the AFC North and now hit the road for two straight games. 0-4 ATS L4 games after a double-digit home loss.
21 24 up 3 4-6-0
(4-6-0)
1.5 St. Louis
St. Louis has alternated wins and losses its last six games and is 9-19 its last 28 games after a win. 3-3 L6 games but the Rams have been outgained in every game.
22 25 up 3 4-6-0
(4-6-0)
2.5 Chicago
The Bears needed a win to quiet the critics and they got it. They host Tampa Bay before heading to Detroit for Thanksgiving. 3-11 ATS L14 games following a win.
23 27 up 4 4-6-0
(4-6-0)
3 Atlanta
After five straight losses, Atlanta went on the road and won two straight and are tied for first in the woeful NFC South. Next 5 games all against playoff contenders.
24 21 down 3 3-7-0
(3-7-0)
3 N.Y. Giants
The Giants are all but done after 5th straight loss as is head coach Tom Coughlin. They host Dallas in a revenge game Sunday night before two straight road games.
25 22 down 3 4-6-0
(5-5-0)
3.25 Minnesota
Minnesota is last in the NFC in points scored and will be facing three top seven defenses in their last six games. 7-0 ATS L7 after gaining 150 or fewer passing yards.
26 26 same 3-7-1
(6-5-0)
4.5 Carolina
Despite going 0-5-1 their last six games, the Panthers are just one game behind the Falcons and Saints. They head into their bye week with 2 road games up next.
27 28 up 1 2-8-0
(2-7-1)
5 N.Y. Jets
The Jets have to play four of their final six games on the road with the two home games coming against Patriots and Dolphins. Revenge game at Buffalo this week.
28 23 down 5 3-7-0
(3-7-0)
5.25 Washington
Washington takes the biggest fall of the week after a home loss to Tampa Bay. Now the Redskins head to San Francisco and Indianapolis for consecutive road games.
29 29 same 2-8-0
(3-6-1)
6 Tennessee
The Titans put up a fight Monday night but lost their fourth straight and eighth out of their last nine. 1-8 ATS L9 games following playing on Monday night.
30 30 same 0-10-0
(5-5-0)
6.25 Oakland
Despite not having won yet this season, Oakland keeps avoiding the basement thanks to having played the toughest schedule. Host Kansas City on Thursday night.
31 32 up 1 2-8-0
(4-6-0)
7.25 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay moved out of last place thanks to a win at Washington. At Chicago this week in the second of four road games in a five-game stretch. 4-0 ATS L4 away.
32 31 down 1 1-9-0
(2-7-1)
7.5 Jacksonville
Jacksonville is off its bye week to find itself in the basement yet again. Jaguars haven't played at home since 10/26 and are 8-21-2 ATS L31 games on the road.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.