Everyone knew that the Vikings would fall from the top power ranking after being crushed by the Cowboys, it was just a matter of how far.
We’ve dropped them three spots to No. 4, which is pretty generous considering they were blown out at home by 37 points. It would have been nice to drop them below the Bills and Dolphins as both teams were missing many key players in those Minnesota victories, namely the Dolphins playing without their starting QB.
The beating was so bad that it’s hard not to wonder if the Ravens and Titans are better than Minnesota. But it’s a loss and they won’t fall further until they lose more, so the pressure is on when they face Belichick and the Patriots on Thursday night.
Week 12 Power Rankings
- (2) Kansas City Chiefs (8-2) – Back on top where they probably belonged all along.
- (3) Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) – No panic at Indy, but not a convincing win.
- (7) Dallas Cowboys (7-3) – That looked like a Super Bowl-caliber team in Minnesota.
- (1) Minnesota Vikings (8-2) – Losing 40-3 and being fourth? In danger of free fall if they beat the Patriots.
- (5) Buffalo Bills (7-3) – His streak of 10 consecutive averages to the quarterfinals ends with an impressive second half.
- (4) Miami Dolphins (7-3) – A week off and they are fully loaded for the stage.
- (8) Baltimore Ravens (7-3) – The schedule screams at least 13 wins for the Ravens.
- (9) Tennessee Titans (7-3) – How good are they? We find out about the next two weeks when they take on the Bengals and Eagles.
- (12) San Francisco 49ers (6-4) – When they’re on a roll, they’re extremely tough.
- (14) Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) – The AFC champions end up with an unreal schedule: Titans, Chiefs, Browns, Bucs, Patriots, Bills and Ravens.
- (6) New York Giants (7-3) – Was Sunday’s loss to the Lions the start of a free fall?
- (13) Washington Commanders (6-5) – They have won five out of six and are proving to be a great challenge every week.
- (10) New York Jets (6-4) – It’s Zach Wilson’s fault but he doesn’t know it.
- (11) Seattle Seahawks (6-4) – Should be 9-4 with Raiders, Rams and Panthers closing in.
- (15) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) – Fresh off the bye the Bucs could cash in.
- (16) Los Angeles Chargers (5-5) – Dangerous if they make the playoffs.
- (17) New England Patriots (6-4) – Win in Minnesota and everyone will participate.
- (19) Atlanta Falcons (5-6) – As average as any team in the NFL.
- (26) Detroit Lions (4-6) – Look at these knee biters that came up after the 1-6 start.
- (21) Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1) – He had the Eagles dead on the right and he blew it.
- (18) Green Bay Packers (4-7) – They are not good but Christian Watson has a bright future.
- (28) New Orleans Saints (4-7) – They won a game and jumped six points. That’s not so much a compliment as it is a slap in the face for the teams below them.
- (20) Arizona Cardinals (4-7) – They were bad with Kyler Murray and worse with Colt McCoy.
- (22) Chicago Bears (3-8) – Justin Fields is going to be a problem for a long time.
- (23) Cleveland Browns (3-7) – Deshaun Watson is back but it’s too late.
- (31) Las Vegas Raiders (3-7) – Never stop shooting Davante Adams
- (24) Denver Broncos (3-7) – Russell Wilson leads the Broncos to his replacement in the NFL Draft.
- (25) Los Angeles Rams (3-7) – No future QBs and no first-round picks. Not good.
- (27) Pittsburgh Steelers (3-7) – Lots of talent to develop, but it all hinges on Kenny Pickett living up to his spot in the first round of the draft.
- (29) Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) – Trevor Lawrence has to prove that it’s the long-term plan. How long is the leash is the question.
- (30) Carolina Panthers (3-8) – They can’t wait for the NFL Draft.
- (32) Houston Texans (1-8-1) – There’s really nothing to say here…
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