NFL power rankings, Week 14: Broncos keep climbing, Eagles keep falling

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Losses by teams ranked in the top 10 shook up SB Nation's NFL power rankings this week.

The NFL's two best teams won last weekend but four of SB Nation's top 10 teams lost, causing a shake-up at the top of our Week 14 NFL power rankings. We can expect another shake-up next week after the Texans, the No. 1 ranked team, face the Patriots, the No. 3 ranked team.

The Broncos continue to climb their way up the rankings, landing at No. 4 this week, which is the highest they've been all year long. On the other end of the spectrum, the Eagles really do look like the league's worst team.

Some teams are ranked too high. Others are too low. Let us know in the comments which ranking is our biggest error.


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1. Houston Texans (LW: 1, 11-1): They're close to wrapping up the AFC South and could do so with a little help in Week 14. The biggest game of their season comes on Monday night when they visit the 9-3 Patriots. Lots on the line there, including home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Texans can actually clinch homefield advantage so long as they win and the Broncos, Ravens and Colts lose.

2. Atlanta Falcons (LW: 2, 11-1): They should be wrapping up home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs in a few weeks. A win this weekend over Carolina will secure a first-round bye.

3. New England Patriots (LW: 5, 9-3): According to this poll, 87 percent of Patriots fans are at least a little a concerned about Brandon Lloyd's lack of involvement in the offense. Every team would love to have that problem if they're scoring over 35 points per game like New England is.

4. Denver Broncos (LW: 6, 9-3): The Broncos are AFC West champs for the second straight year. The AFC West isn't even competitive this year. Peyton Manning was worth every penny this year.

5. San Francisco 49ers (LW: 3, 8-3-1): So the lowly Rams are the 49ers' kryptonite. For whatever reason, the four-win Rams can play with the 49ers -- they have twice this season -- while many other teams can not.

6. Baltimore Ravens (LW: 4, 9-3): Goes to show that no matter who is at quarterback, Steelers vs. Ravens is going to be a dogfight. Sunday's game will forever be known as "The Charlie Batch game."

7. Green Bay Packers (LW: 9, 8-4): Yes the Giants beat the Packers two weeks ago so they should be ahead of them. But Green Bay has won six of seven while New York has lost three of four. They're heading in different directions right now.

8. New York Giants (LW: 8, 7-5): The Giants had the NFC East wrapped up a few weeks ago. Now they are losers of three of their last four and the Redskins and Cowboys are nipping at their heels, one game behind. Looking at the Giants' schedule, this thing is most definitely NOT over. The Giants still play New Orleans, at Atlanta, at Baltimore and then Philadelphia.

9. Chicago Bears (LW: 7, 8-4): The Bears choked down the stretch last year when Jay Cutler went down. This year, they've lost three of their last four. Just sayin'.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 10, 7-5): It sure would be something to be a Steelers fan. Playing your third string quarterback against one of the NFL's best teams and knowing you still have a chance. Incredible performance from the Steelers, and much-needed.


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11. Indianapolis Colts (LW: 11, 8-4): Andrew Luck needed 12 games to win eight games in the NFL. Peyton Manning needed 23 games to do that.

12. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 13, 7-5): Gotta find a way to beat Pittsburgh and/or Baltimore. That's how they end the season, at Pittsburgh and then Baltimore.

13. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 15, 7-5): We keep talking about Luck and RGIII but Russell Wilson is having a terrific rookie season, completing over 63 percent of his passes. He has the usual rookie struggles but winning seven of your first 12 career games is nothing to sneeze at. The Seahawks are in the thick of the NFC playoff race.

14. Washington Redskins (LW: 16, 6-6): It wasn't RGIII's best game but he threw one touchdown and fumbled another one in for six (somehow) as the Redskins beat the Giants. Are we about to have three rookie quarterbacks lead their team to the playoffs?

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 12, 6-6): After a 1-3 start, they caught fire for a few weeks before coming back to earth. Credit them for playing two of the NFL's best teams (Atlanta and Denver) tough.

16. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 18, 6-6): If you're beating the Eagles, does it really count as a win anymore?

17. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 17, 6-6): Adrian Peterson is so ridiculous. The 6.2 yards per carry would be one of the highest averages in NFL history. Jim Brown holds the all-time record at 6.4. And AP is doing this off of a torn ACL.

18. New Orleans Saints (LW: 14, 5-7): The 1992 Chargers were the last team to start 0-4 and make the playoffs. The Saints likely won't follow them.

19. Buffalo Bills (LW: 23, 5-7): Give it to the Bills, they beat the teams they should. Their wins this year came against Kansas City, Cleveland, Arizona, Miami and Jacksonville.

20. Miami Dolphins (LW: 20, 5-7): The Patriots have a four-game lead on the division. The better question is who among the 5-7 teams is better -- Bills, Jets or Dolphins?


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21. Tennessee Titans (LW: 22, 4-8): I don't think it's a good thing when your fan base is already profiling head coaching candidates.

22. Detroit Lions (LW: 19, 4-8): Are there going to be any changes in Detroit after the season? The Lions this year finally had some expectations, which only exacerbates the situation.

23. New York Jets (LW: 25, 5-7): Is this the saddest QB controversy in the NFL this year?

24. St. Louis Rams (LW: 26, 5-6-1): Six teams are ahead of them for the Wild Card. It's incredibly unlikely, but not impossible.

25. Cleveland Browns (LW: 28, 4-8): The Browns can end the season on a high note. They've won four of seven and their next two are winnable.

26. San Diego Chargers (LW: 21, 4-8): Norv watch 2012: still not fired.

27. Carolina Panthers (LW: 24, 3-9): The Panthers ran into an emotional Chiefs team at the wrong time.

28. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 27, 4-8): Wonder if Ken Whisenhunt will stick around if the Cardinals end the season on a 12-game losing streak.

29. Oakland Raiders (LW: 29, 3-9): Suddenly they're a strong candidate for the No. 1 pick. That week 15 game against the Chiefs is looking like a big one.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 30, 2-10): You don't want Chad Henne throwing it 41 times. Ever.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 32, 2-10): The Chiefs nearly played a perfect game -- no turnovers and just one penalty, a delay of game late in the fourth quarter -- on a somber day.

32 Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 26, 3-9): They look like the worst team in the league.

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