Week 14 NFL Power Rankings: Brady Beats Buffalo Again

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Tom Brady faces off with his longtime rivals, the Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/AP Photo)

Week 14 of the NFL season saw several matchups with playoff implications. One saw the Bills reunited with an old friend, Tom Brady. Would Buffalo be able to take down their old rival and keep the pressure on New England? Here are the power rankings for Week 14 of the NFL season.

32. Houston Texans (2-11) (Eliminated) Prev: 32

Houston was eliminated from playoff contention last week and came away with another loss this week. Davis Mills earned the start at quarterback this week, and while he played well, he didn’t put the points on the board. Houston’s eyes are on the NFL Draft right now, as they will likely be landing a top 5 draft pick at worst.

Team MVP: Davis Mills (33/49, 331 yds, TD)

Next: at Jaguars

31. Detroit Lions (1-11-1) (Eliminated) Prev: 31

Surprisingly, Detroit was not the first team eliminated from playoff contention. Nonetheless, they’re eliminated now, after a loss to the Broncos. For all the heart that Detroit has shown on the field all season, it has not yielded the results that the Lions wanted.

Team MVP: Amon-Ra St. Brown (8 rec, 73 yds)

Next: vs Cardinals

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11) (Eliminated) Prev: 30

Jacksonville was eliminated from playoff contention as well this week. The biggest story, however, came earlier this week. It was leaked that Urban Meyer essentially called all of his assistant coaches losers while he is a winner, and he got into an argument with Marvin Jones Jr, one of the team’s veteran leaders. Expect Meyer to be fired after this season.

Team MVP: Damien Wilson (10 tackles, sack)

Next: vs Texans

29. New York Jets (3-10) (Eliminated) Prev: 29

The Jets were also eliminated from playoff contention this week. With a first-year head coach and a first-year quarterback, it was always going to be a rough first year for the Jets. But with two good-looking first-round picks, the Jets rebuild looks like it could be picking up.

Team MVP: CJ Mosley (17 tackles)

Next: at Dolphins

28. New York Giants (4-9) Prev: 28

The Giants ran into a freight train in the Chargers this week. Mike Glennon ended up clearing concussion protocol and being able to play, but it wouldn’t have mattered who they put out at quarterback this week the way the Chargers played. The Giants appear to be on the verge of elimination.

Team MVP: Dexter Lawrence (7 tackles, sack)

Next: vs Cowboys

27. Chicago Bears (4-9) Prev: 27

The Bears were competitive for a half of football against the Packers. In the second half, Green Bay mopped the floor with them. The turning point was when Robert Quinn mocked Aaron Rodgers’ signature celebration. As it turns out, Rodgers does own the Bears.

Team MVP: Jakeem Grant Sr (1 rec, 46 yds, TD, punt return TD)

Next: vs Vikings

26. Carolina Panthers (5-8) Prev: 25

Cam Newton was benched for the second straight week but returned during the game. Newton has been given the chance to win the starting job next season, but it looks like that may be dead in the water. Unless Newton turns it around drastically, this may be it for Cam’s NFL career.

Team MVP: Robby Anderson (7 rec, 84 yds, TD)

Next: at Bills

25. Seattle Seahawks (5-8) Prev: 26

Seattle now has back-to-back wins. Don’t look now, but they’re two games from a Wild Card spot. If Russell Wilson can keep up this current level of play, Seattle might be able to squeeze into the NFC playoff picture.

Team MVP: Rashaad Penny (137 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Rams

24. Atlanta Falcons (6-7) Prev: 24

Speaking of sneaking into the NFC playoff picture, the Atlanta Falcons won this week and now have the same record as Washington, who currently holds the seventh seed in the NFC. If enough goes right for them, Atlanta could somehow make their way into the playoffs.

Team MVP: Mykal Walker (INT, TD)

Next: at 49ers

23. Minnesota Vikings (6-7) Prev: 23

Minnesota almost blew a tremendous performance from Dalvin Cook but held on for the win. The Vikings currently sit just outside the playoff bubble, but there are several teams with the same record as them, looking at that same spot. They’ll need to start playing 60 minutes of football rather than 30 minutes.

Team MVP: Dalvin Cook (205 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Bears

22. New Orleans Saints (6-7) Prev: 22

New Orleans was able to snap their skid and get back in the win column this week. A game against the Jets will usually help a struggling team get back in the win column. The Saints don’t look like playoff contenders, but they’re in the hunt.

Team MVP: Alvin Kamara (120 yds, TD)

Next: at Buccaneers

21. Miami Dolphins (6-7) Prev: 21

Miami had their bye week this week. It came at a bad time for them, as they were just starting to get hot.

Next: vs Jets

20. Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) Prev: 20

The Eagles also had their bye this week. They’ll need to make their final preparations for a playoff push.

Next: vs Washington

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6-1) Prev: 19

The Steelers almost came back against the Vikings but fell just short, as Pat Friermuth dropped a pass in the endzone on the final play. Pittsburgh has been passed by several teams in the playoff picture and now faces an uphill battle to get into the playoffs.

Team MVP: Ahkello Witherspoon (4 tackles, 2 INTs)

Next: vs Titans

18. Las Vegas Raiders (6-7) Prev: 17

The Raiders started their matchup against the Chiefs by huddling on the Chiefs’ logo. It proved to be a big mistake, as they were stomped on by their division rivals. The raiders once looked like a team that belonged in the playoff picture, but it appears as if their annual midseason collapse is in full effect.

Team MVP: Hunter Renfrow (13 rec, 117 yds, TD)

Next: at Browns

17. Washington Football Team (6-7) Prev: 14

In a big game against the Cowboys, Washington came up short and killed the momentum that they had been building. They still have the seventh seed in the NFC at the moment, but there are several teams now breathing down their neck. Add a Taylor Heinicke injury to the mix, and Washington may be panicking.

Team MVP: Cole Holcomb (8 tackles, INT, TD)

Next: at Eagles

16. Denver Broncos (7-6) Prev: 18

Denver, playing in honor of the late great Demaryius Thomas, got a win over the Lions to put them over .500 and squarely in the AFC playoff picture. Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams scored twice for Denver, as their rushing attack looks elite. They have the same record as the sixth and seventh seeds and now control their destiny.

Team MVP: Melvin Gordon III (111 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Bengals

15. Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) Prev: 13

The Bengals took an overtime loss to the 49ers, although Joe Burrow lead a dramatic game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter. The Bengals have bungled away their playoff spot, currently sitting behind the Browns and on the bubble of the playoff picture. Their last two games were two games that Cincy needed to win, and they lost both of them. While the future may look bright, the present is a little iffy for the Bengals.

Team MVP: Joe Burrow (25/34, 348 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Broncos

14. Cleveland Browns (7-6) Prev: 15

There has been so much drama and negativity that has come out of Cleveland this year. Yet here they are, over .500 and the first team on the bubble in the AFC. A big win over the Ravens may have revived their season, which could have died at several points this season. They’ll have another important matchup in terms of playoff seeding this week.

Team MVP: Jadeveon Clowney (3 tackles, 1.5 sacks)

Next: vs Raiders

13. San Francisco 49ers (7-6) Prev: 16

With an overtime win over the Bengals, San Francisco is now over .500 on the season. They currently hold the sixth seed in the NFC and have a quarterback playing way better than anybody could have anticipated. Jimmy Garoppolo has been playing very well, and his connection with George Kittle is back on track. Jimmy G is making his case to start for somebody else next year when the Niners inevitably move on to Trey Lance.

Team MVP: George Kittle (13 rec, 151 yds, TD)

Next: vs Falcons

12. Buffalo Bills (7-6) Prev: 9

That darn Tom Brady did to the Bills again. The Bills took their second straight loss and now trail the Patriots by two full games in the AFC East. The Bills now have to get right quick as their rematch with New England looms, and they are faced with a game they should win.

Team MVP: Josh Allen (36/54, 308 yds, 2 TDs, INT, 109 yds, TD)

Next: vs Panthers

11. Indianapolis Colts (7-6) Prev: 11

The Colts had their bye this week. Indy is preparing for the red-hot Patriots this week.

Next: vs Patriots

10. Los Angeles Chargers (8-5) Prev: 12

The Chargers put themselves a game ahead of the competition with a win over the Giants. Justin Herbert was outstanding, as even without his top receiver, he threw lasers all over the field. The Chargers, now finally fully healthy for a change, appear to be playoff-bound.

Team MVP: Justin Herbert (23/31, 275 yds, 3 TDs)

Next: vs Chiefs

9. Baltimore Ravens (8-5) Prev: 5

Lamar Jackson sprained his ankle in a Ravens’ loss to the Browns. Baltimore has not ruled him out yet, but they should not strain him ahead of the playoffs, even in a tight division race. The Ravens still lead the AFC North, but the gap is getting smaller by the week.

Team MVP: Mark Andrews (11 rec, 115 yds, TD)

Next: vs Packers

8. Tennessee Titans (9-4) Prev: 10

The Titans shut out the Jaguars, ensuring that they will have a full two-game lead over the Colts in the AFC South. Derrick Henry could reportedly return around playoff time or even at the end of the regular season, and that would make Tennesse a very dangerous threat.

Team MVP: Rashaan Evans (6 tackles, INT)

Next: at Steelers

7. Kansas City Chiefs (9-4) Prev: 8

The Raiders had a team huddle on the Chiefs logo before the game, and Kansas City took that personally. The Chiefs beat the brakes off their division rivals, even with Mahomes throwing for under 300 yards. The Chiefs’ defense has seemingly been revitalized and could be the key to their success come playoff time.

Team MVP: Tyrann Mathieu (5 tackles, INT)

Next: at Chargers

6. Los Angeles Rams (9-4) Prev: 7

The Rams got a huge win over Arizona on Monday. Los Angeles now trails Arizona by one game for the lead in the NFC West. The Rams could very well win the NFC West, but they will need a little help.

Team MVP: Cooper Kupp (13 rec, 123 yds, TD)

Next: vs Seahawks

5. Dallas Cowboys (9-4) Prev: 6

Dallas fended off their most threatening challenger in the NFC East, Washington. It got a little close for comfort at the end, with Dak throwing a pick-six near the end of the game, but Dallas pulled through. While the defense continues to play well, the offense is showing cracks. More specifically, with the quarterback play.

Team MVP: Micah Parsons (3 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: at Giants

4. New England Patriots (9-4) Prev: 4

New England had their bye this week. Bill Belichick likely enjoyed watching Navy upset Army.

Next: at Colts

3. Arizona Cardinals (10-3) Prev: 1

Arizona fell to their division rivals on Monday night. Kyler Murray had a rough night, throwing two interceptions and no touchdowns. He was also terrorized by Aaron Donald all night, including on the final play, where Donald sacked Murray. Arizona still controls the NFC West but has fallen to the third seed.

Team MVP: AJ Green (7 rec, 102 yds)

Next: at Lions

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3) Prev: 3

The Bucs got an overtime win over the Bills, as they keep pace with the top of the NFC. Tom Brady threw the game-winner to Breshad Perriman, clinching the big win. The Bucs currently have the second seed in the NFC and show no signs of slowing down.

Team MVP: Tom Brady (31/46, 363 yds, 2 TDs, 16 yds, TD)

Next: vs Saints

1. Green Bay Packers (10-3) Prev: 2

Green Bay moves into the top spot after their win against the Bears. Green Bay has shown very few weaknesses all season, despite being banged up in several spots. The Packers have been stopped at the NFC Championship several years in a row now, but with the way this team is playing, this could be the year for Green Bay to finally return to the Super Bowl.

Team MVP: Davante Adams (10 rec, 121 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Ravens