NFL Power Rankings: Where All 32 Teams Stand Entering Today's Week 14 Slate
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos did the expected on Thursday night, doubling up the Oakland Raiders on the West Coast to improve to 10-3, building on No. 18's MVP case and dropping AFC West rival Oakland to 3-10.
But what about the rest of Week 14's games?
Here we get you set for Sunday's slate of matchups and Monday night's primetime showdown with a breakdown of all 32 teams and where they stand heading into the weekend's action.
1. Houston Texans (11-1)
The Texans are tied for the best record in football, have won six in a row and are the NFL's only undefeated road team. Sounds like a Super Bowl favorite to me.
2. Atlanta Falcons (11-1)
Atlanta may not boast the impressive winning streak that Houston does, but nonetheless the Falcons are 11-1 and headed for a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
3. New England Patriots (9-3)
The Pats have won six straight coming into their Monday night potential playoff preview against the Houston Texans. At +170 New England boasts the highest scoring differential of any team in the league.
Houston is second at +130.
4. Denver Broncos (10-3)
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have won eight straight games and have already wrapped up the AFC West division title. They haven't lost since the first weekend of October.
5. San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1)
No team has allowed fewer points than the San Francisco 49ers this season. The Niners have surrendered just 171 total points since Week 1. Only one other team (Chicago) has given up fewer than 200 points through the first 13 weeks of the season.
6. Green Bay Packers (8-4)
Green Bay has won six of its last seven games and is currently in first place in the NFC North. A win over the Detroit Lions in Week 14 will run the Pack's record to 4-0 against the rest of the division.
7. Baltimore Ravens (9-3)
The Ravens had their lengthy winning streak against the AFC North snapped last Sunday, but can reassert their dominance with a victory over RG3 and the 'Skins this weekend.
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8. New York Giants (7-5)
Just when it seemed like the defending Super Bowl champions had righted the ship they lose to the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. Now, Week 14's clash with the New Orleans Saints is critical to New York and its NFC East hopes.
If the G-Men lose this Sunday they will have dropped four of their last five.
9. Chicago Bears (8-4)
The Chicago Bears looked anything like what fans have become accustomed to seeing in Week 13, giving up a late drive to the Seahawks to lose at home. The Bears will need to escape Minneapolis with a W in Week 14 to avoid losing their fourth game in five weeks.
10. Indianapolis Colts (8-4)
Indianapolis is the only team above .500 with a negative scoring differential. The Colts are -41 on the scoreboard this season, but 8-4 overall. With a win over the Titans on Sunday's they'll be 9-4 and poised for a Wild Card.
11. Cincinnati Bengals (7-5)
The Bengals were 3-5 and searching for answers coming into Week 10, but four weeks later they're right back into the AFC North race, just two games behind the Ravens. If Cincinnati can win its fifth in a row this weekend, it'll be primed for an AFC wild-card berth at the very least.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5)
If the Steelers can knock off the Ravens on the road without Big Ben, they can beat the Chargers at Heinz Field with him.
13. Seattle Seahawks (7-5)
As long as Seattle keeps winning at home its horrendous road record won't keep it from reaching the playoffs. The Seahawks are 5-0 at home, where three of their last four games will be played, including Sunday's against the Arizona Cardinals.
14. Washington Redskins (6-6)
Winners of their last three games, the Washington Redskins can make a giant leap towards reaching the playoffs with a win over beltway rival Baltimore in Week 14.
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15. Dallas Cowboys (6-6)
The Cowboys have yet to lose or win more than two games in a row this season, providing the definition of inconsistency. But thanks to the Giants' shortcomings, Dallas is actually still alive to the win the NFC East in 2012.
A loss at surging Cincinnati in Week 14 would deliver a huge blow to its chances, however.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)
Tampa's playoff hopes have taken a major hit over the last two weeks, but a win over the Eagles this weekend will propel the Bucs above .500 and reignite their postseason flame.
17. St. Louis Rams (5-6-1)
The Rams have played the 49ers tough twice now this season, and thanks to their tie against San Francisco last month, can still finish with a record slightly better than 9-7 assuming they keep up their winning ways this Sunday at Buffalo.
18. Minnesota Vikings (6-6)
Don't let Minnesota's 6-6 record fool you; at one point the Vikings were 5-2 this season. Losers of four of their last five overall, the Vikings are relying too heavily on Adrian Peterson and their defense is proving to be rather mediocre.
A win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday would stop the bleeding, but that's a tall task for reeling Minnesota.
19. New Orleans Saints (5-7)
The Saints are in danger of losing for a third straight time this Sunday at MetLife Stadium, where they will take on the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
Can Drew Brees throw New Orleans back into the playoff race in Week 14? If not the Saints will be headed on vacation early this year.
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20. Buffalo Bills (5-7)
Buffalo has a very favorable schedule to end the year. Three of its last four games are at home and only one game is against a team with a winning record (Seattle). If the Bills can defeat the St. Louis Rams on Sunday they'll be back in the AFC playoff hunt with three games to play.
21. Miami Dolphins (5-7)
The Fins were 4-3 coming into the month of November, but have lost four of five to fall out of the playoff race and live up to their pitiful preseason expectations.
Don't expect Miami to break through at San Francisco this weekend.
22. New York Jets (5-7)
New York is almost guaranteed a win this Sunday taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars, but even at 6-7 no one will be taking Rex Ryan and the Jets seriously.
23. Cleveland Browns (4-8)
The Browns have won two in a row for the first time since Week 3 of last season. If they can top the Chiefs at home in Week 14 they'll have their first three-game winning streak since late 2009.
24. Detroit Lions (4-8)
At 4-4, making the playoffs seemed more than realistic for the Detroit Lions. But after four straight losses Detroit is on the verge of being eliminated from postseason contention.
If they fall at Green Bay this Sunday, stick a fork in them.
25. San Diego Chargers (4-8)
It's hard to comprehend just how bad the Chargers have been in 2012. San Diego has lost four straight games, and two of its four wins are against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Bolts haven't beaten a team other than Kansas City since Week 2, and haven't beaten a team with a record better than 4-8 in 2012. The smart money is on Pittsburgh at home in Week 14.
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26. Tennessee Titans (4-8)
Aside from a random blowout victory in Miami, the Titans have been dreadful recently, and that means they're in for trouble this Sunday at Indy, where the Colts will try to sweep them out of the picture.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10)
Jacksonville has two wins this season, and both are against AFC South rivals. Unfortunately the Jags' Week 14 opponent, the New York Jets, play in the AFC East.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (2-10)
Kansas City overcame a mountain of adversity to win last weekend, and regardless of what happens in Week 14 at Cleveland, Romeo Crennel and the Chiefs have issues bigger than football to tackle as their season comes to a close.
29. Carolina Panthers (3-9)
Only two of the Panthers' nine losses this season have come by more than six points. Sure, Carolina is competitive, but it can't finish. Expect another narrow loss to the powerhouse Falcons this weekend.
30. Oakland Raiders (3-10)
Oakland was doubled up for the fourth time in five weeks by the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. The Raiders have lost six straight games overall and are headed for a high draft pick once again.
31. Arizona Cardinals (4-8)
Arizona has dropped eight in a row after starting 4-0. The Cardinals are no longer sinking. They're sunk.
32. Philadelphia Eagles (3-9)
The Eagles have lost eight straight games, which is tied for the longest current losing streak in the league.
Philadelphia is also without question the most talented of the league's terrible teams this season, which makes them even more deserving of the No. 32 spot in these power rankings.
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