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NFL Power Rankings Week 14: AFC Strikes Back!

Week 13 in the NFL saw some big moves by contenders in the AFC, but the NFC’s top teams basically just held serve. For this week’s ranks, I really decided to order teams less on what their record is and more on how I feel like they’re playing. That’s why this week’s schedule is very kind to teams like the Browns, Cowboys and Vikings, who have poor records but are playing well as of late. Also, if you want to do well in these ranks, you better have some quality wins. So Jets fans, before you get upset with your rank… take a look at your team's schedule this year.

Here we go with the Week 14 power ranks.

(1) New England Patriots (10-2) – A blowout win on Monday Night football solidifies the Pats' spot on top of the Week 14 power rankings. At this point New England is a deserved Super Bowl favorite. (LW: 1)

(2) Atlanta Falcons (10-2) – Took a big step toward getting the #1 seed in the NFC, which should scare pretty much every other team in the conference. Atlanta is a great team at home. They’re a good team on the road. (LW: 3)

(3) Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) – The Steelers are one of those teams that you can never bet against in a fight. The uglier the game, the better they play. (LW: 6)

(4) New Orleans Saints (9-3) – The second best team in the NFC is the second best team in the NFC South. (LW: 4)

(5) Chicago Bears (9-3) – They just keep winning… We’ll find out whether the Bears are real contenders these next couple weeks. They have the toughest last four games of any team in football. (LW: 7)

(6) Baltimore Ravens (8-4) – Joe Flacco came up small when the Ravens really needed him to make a play. That seems to becoming a theme for them. Can you trust that guy at playoff time? Not yet. (LW: 5)

(7) New York Jets (9-3) – The Jets have beat exactly one team with a winning record this year. They’ve been eking out wins against bad teams the past few weeks. They ran up against a good team and got smoked. (LW: 2)

(8) Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) – With Dallas and Minnesota playing better, the Eagles suddenly have a tough stretch run in front of them. (LW: 9)

(9) New York Giants (8-4) – Every team should get to play the Redskins at least once, just as a gift to their fans. (LW: 10)

(10) Green Bay Packers (8-4) – Another team with a tough run to the end of the season that we’re going to learn a lot about. (LW: 8)

(11) Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) – This is a team that should scare anyone at home. They’re eventually going to have to go on the road in the playoffs and I have a hard time seeing how anyone could bet on them in that spot. (LW: 12)

(12) Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5) – Your AFC South leaders. That division is the AFC’s answer to the NFC South. (LW: 16)

(13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) – This a decent team, but their record was inflated by a very easy schedule. They’ve yet to beat a winning team all year. (LW: 13)

(14) St. Louis Rams (6-6) – The NFC West has a .500 team! In the next couple years, this team has shot to be actually good. (LW: 19)

(15) Seattle Seahawks (6-6) – What an exciting race for the NFC West! Who will be best of the worst? (LW: 20)

(16) Oakland Raiders (6-6) – This is the spot in the power rankings where things really go downhill. (LW: 18)

(17) San Diego Chargers (6-6) – They needed to be flawless to overcome their awful start. Instead, they got smoked at home by the Raiders. (LW: 14)

(18) Minnesota Vikings (5-7) – Of all the interim coaches, I think Leslie Frazier has the best shot at keeping the job. (LW: 25)

(19) Cleveland Browns (5-7) – The Browns have a winning record in the second half of the season. (LW: 23)

(20) Dallas Cowboys (4-8) – Still a terrible record, but they’re playing better than most of these 6-6 teams. Although now they’ve lost Dez Bryant for the year. (LW: 26)

(21) Indianapolis Colts (6-6) – 8 INTS for Manning over two weeks. I’m talking about Peyton by the way. (LW: 14)

(22) Miami Dolphins (6-6) – Last week I said “I have absolutely no idea what to expect of this team from week to week.” I’m starting to expect them to stink now, and they aren’t letting me down. (LW: 15)

(23) Houston Texans (5-7) – The Texans are like watching re-reruns of a bad horror movie. (LW: 17)

(24) Tennessee Titans (5-7) – That Randy Moss trade has worked out great! (LW: 18)

(25) Washington Redskins (5-7) – I was going to say it’s getting ugly in Washington, but I realized there’s no reason to use the word “getting.” (LW: 22)

(26) San Francisco 49ers (4-8) – Mike Singletary is going back to Alex Smith this week. I was going to explore why, but I just decided to go on living my life instead. (LW: 24)

(27) Buffalo Bills (2-10) – Last week was one of only two times this season they’ve beaten by more than one score. (LW: 28).

(28) Denver Broncos (3-9) – Maybe I should have moved them up simply because they shed themselves of Josh McDaniels. (LW: 27)

(29) Detroit Lions (2-10) – Got screwed by the refs against the Bears… again! (LW: 29)

(30) Cincinnati Bengals (2-10) – If they get the top pick, should they take a QB? The Bengals now have the longest losing streak in the NFL: Nine games. (LW: 30)

(31) Arizona Cardinals (3-9) – Meet the owners of the second longest losing streak in the NFL. Seven straight. (LW: 30)

(32) Carolina Panthers (1-11) – This show “The Walking Dead” is really good huh? (LW: 32)