NFL Power Rankings: Week 14

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

Denver is not the top team in our power ranking for the first time all season, thanks to Seattle's dominating performance vs. the Saints on Monday night. Find out where your favorite team sits in our latest NFL Power Rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

Week 14 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 11-1-0
(8-4-0)
-8 Seattle
After Monday Night's blowout over the Saints, Seattle is now 18-0 SU, 15-3 ATS playing at home since the start of the 2012 preseason.
2 1 down 1 10-2-0
(7-4-1)
-7.5 Denver
The Broncos fall out of my #1 spot this week for the first time since early September, in part due to their 25 giveaways on offense, behind only the Jets and Giants in turnovers.
3 5 up 2 8-4-0
(9-3-0)
-6.5 San Francisco
Michael Crabtree caught only two passes in his first game back from injury, but his presence on the field opened things up for Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis to notch 13 receptions.
4 3 down 1 9-3-0
(6-6-0)
-6 New England
Without the injured Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly on their defensive line, the Pats have allowed more than 400 rushing yards and five rushing TD's over the past two weeks.
5 4 down 1 9-3-0
(6-6-0)
-6 New Orleans
The Saints have averaged more than 33 points per game at the Superdome; 6-0 SU and 5-0-1 ATS. But they're just 3-3 SU, 1-5 ATS in their six road games; a very sharp dichotomy.
6 6 same 9-3-0
(8-4-0)
-5.5 Carolina
'Riverboat Ron' Rivera has changed his stripes when it comes to going for it on fourth down this year, and the Panthers have reaped the rewards: 9-11 YTD on their fourth down tries.
7 9 up 2 7-5-0
(6-6-0)
-4 Detroit
The Lions committed four turnovers, failed to score TD's on three red zone tries and had more penalties than Green Bay on Turkey Day. They still won by 30, a testament to their talent level.
8 7 down 1 8-4-0
(7-4-1)
-3.5 Cincinnati
The Bengals enjoy a two game lead in the AFC North, and three of their last four contests will be played in the friendly confines of Paul Brown Stadium.
9 8 down 1 7-5-0
(8-4-0)
-3 Dallas
For the entirety of his NFL career, Cowboys QB Tony Romo has led his team to a 24-5 SU record in November. For December and January, however, he's just 12-20 straight up!
10 14 up 4 7-5-0
(6-6-0)
-2.5 Philadelphia
One hidden factor in the Eagles recent success, reeling off four straight victories has been continuity on the offensive line. The same five guys have started every game all year.
11 10 down 1 7-5-0
(8-4-0)
-2 Arizona
Very quietly, Carson Palmer is starting to put up huge numbers for the Cardinals: three straight 300+ yard passing games with seven passing TD's during that span.
12 11 down 1 8-4-0
(7-5-0)
-2 Indianapolis
The wiseguys absolutely despise this team. Indy's stats are lousy, just like they were last year, yet the Colts are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after closing out last year on a 9-3 ATS run.
13 12 down 1 9-3-0
(6-6-0)
-1.5 Kansas City
The Chiefs defense allowed only 11 touchdowns during their 9-0 start to the season. During their current 0-3 skid while stepping up in class, that same stop unit has allowed 13 TD's.
14 18 up 4 6-6-0
(6-6-0)
0 Baltimore
The Ravens converted for touchdowns on only one of their four red zone tries on Thanksgiving, now under 50% for the year converting red zone opportunities into TD's.
15 13 down 2 6-6-0
(2-9-1)
0 Chicago
Robbie Gould is the second most accurate kicker in NFL history, but his 47 yard miss indoors at the Mall of America Field dropped the Bears to 2-9-1 ATS, the worst spread record in the NFL.
16 15 down 1 5-7-0
(6-6-0)
0 Pittsburgh
Ben Roethlisberger following Pittsburgh's heartbreaking loss at Baltimore: "I don't expect any quit. We haven't quit to this point... I'm going to fight my butt off all the way to the end."
17 17 same 5-7-0
(5-7-0)
1 N.Y. Giants
Eli Manning's quote following the Giants win at Washington on Sunday. "After last week's loss we were probably going to have to win five in a row, and this is the first one."
18 16 down 2 5-7-0
(6-5-1)
1 San Diego
San Diego is the ultimate 'one play away from victory' team this year, with six of their seven losses coming by a single score.
19 21 up 2 6-6-0
(7-5-0)
2 Miami
Since the whole Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito fiasco went public, the Dolphins have reeled off three wins in five games thanks to a defense that's allowed 20 points or less each time.
20 19 down 1 5-7-0
(6-5-1)
2.5 Tennessee
The Titans won the battle of the box score at Indy on Sunday, but backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three ugly picks and lost a fumble, dooming their chances.
21 20 down 1 5-7-0
(5-7-0)
3 St. Louis
The Rams offense was toothless at San Fran last week, failing to gain 100 yards or to produce a single TD before garbage time in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss.
22 23 up 1 4-8-0
(6-6-0)
4.5 Buffalo
Buffalo snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Atlanta last Sunday, fumbling away the football in Falcons territory on each of their last two possessions of an overtime loss.
23 22 down 1 3-9-0
(5-7-0)
4.5 Tampa Bay
It's pretty stunning to me that I have 10 teams ranked lower than Tampa right now, especially considering that the Bucs have notched only ten first downs in each of their last two games.
24 28 up 4 3-9-0
(4-8-0)
5 Atlanta
Roddy White is getting healthier and it's making a real difference. After failing to gain 50 receiving yards in any game this year, White had 10 catches for 143 yards against the Bills.
25 29 up 4 3-8-1
(6-6-0)
5 Minnesota
The single most maligned quarterback of the 2012 season, Matt Cassel has now come off the bench twice in the last month to rally Minnesota for a victory.
26 24 down 2 5-7-0
(6-6-0)
5.5 N.Y. Jets
This ranking might be too high for the Jets, who have now failed to produce a single offensive touchdown in four of their last seven games (all losses).
27 30 up 3 4-8-0
(7-4-1)
5.5 Oakland
The Raiders have the single best pointspread record in the NFL among any team at or below .500; including three straight ATS covers in their last three tries as road underdogs.
28 25 down 3 4-8-0
(5-7-0)
6 Cleveland
Cleveland could be the first team this year to start four different quarterbacks, with undrafted Alex Tanney from Monmouth College next in line if Brandon Weeden can't go on Sunday.
29 31 up 2 2-10-0
(3-9-0)
6 Houston
The Texans earned their backers the pointspread cover in a 'max effort' game against the Patriots last Sunday, but they still couldn't snap their NFL-worst 10 game losing streak.
30 32 up 2 3-9-0
(4-8-0)
6.5 Jacksonville
The Jaguars had been dead last in my power rankings since their Week 1 loss to Kansas City, but after reeling off three wins in their last four games, Gus Bradley's squad deserves an upgrade.
31 27 down 4 3-9-0
(3-9-0)
6.5 Washington
The vultures are circling around Mike Shanahan. He's notched only one winning season in four years in DC, and has only one playoff victory since John Elway retired.
32 26 down 6 5-6-1
(5-7-0)
7 Green Bay
A Packers team that ranked in my Top 5 six weeks ago now ranks dead last. Everything has fallen apart since Aaron Rodgers got hurt, not just the passing game.
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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.