Week 14 NFL Power Rankings: Buffalo on the Rise

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Buffalo is on a roll late in the year. Photo by Matt Durisko/Associated Press

In Week 14 of the NFL season, the playoff race has started to heat up. For some teams, their chances have essentially gone up in smoke. But for other teams, their chances look much better than they did before. Here are the power rankings for Week 14 of the NFL season.

32. New York Jets (0-13) (Eliminated) Prev: 32

The race for the tank continues, as the Jets lost again this week. The only positive is that they did not even give their fans that slight bit of hope this week. Only three more painful weeks remain for the Jets, as they seem to be a virtual lock to finish this season 0-16.

Team MVP: Marcus Maye (4 tackles, INT)

Next: at Rams

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-12) (Eliminated) Prev: 31

The Jags were Derrick Henry’s latest victim this week. Jacksonville has not won a game since week one, and have had three different starting quarterbacks this year. We have now cycled back to Gardner Minshew.

Team MVP: Keelan Cole Sr. (7 rec, 67 yds, TD)

Next: at Ravens

30. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1) (Eliminated) Prev: 30

Cincinnati was dominated by Dallas on Sunday. With both Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon out with injuries, there is not much that will get the Bengals’ offense going this season, even against a defense like Dallas’. The Bengals are already onto the offseason, so they can improve their offensive line and get Burrow and Mixon back.

Team MVP: A.J. Green (6 rec, 62 yds, TD)

Next: vs Steelers

29. Atlanta Falcons (4-9) (Eliminated) Prev: 26

The Falcons were officially eliminated this week. The Falcons have so much talent on offense, yet the team has been unable to put it together for years now. Perhaps a new head coach in the offseason can help them with that.

Team MVP: Calvin Ridley (8 rec, 124 yds, TD)

Next: vs Buccaneers

28. Los Angeles Chargers (4-9) (Eliminated) Prev: 28

The Chargers were victorious this week, eliminating the Falcons. This win does not change much, as they still will need a new head coach next season, as Anthony Lynn does not do a good enough job in the role.

Team MVP: Austin Ekeler (79 rush yds, 9 rec, 67 yds)

Next: at Raiders

27. Houston Texans (4-9) (Eliminated) Prev: 25

From last year’s AFC South champions to eliminated three weeks early this year. The Texans are set for a lengthy rebuild, that will have to start a year later due to Miami having their first and second-round picks this year.

Team MVP: Eric Murray (11 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: at Colts

26. Dallas Cowboys (4-9) (Eliminated) Prev: 29

Dem Boys got a win this week. Andy Dalton got his revenge on the Bengals for replacing him, as he has put together two solid games in a row. Dallas still should not be expected to come out of the NFC East.

Team MVP: Aldon Smith (3 tackles, fumble recovery, TD)

Next: vs 49ers

25. Detroit Lions (5-8) Prev: 23

Detroit ran into a Green Bay team looking for the number one seed in the NFC this week. The Lions are another team that will be getting a head coach change this offseason, and there is a lot more that can change than just the head coach.

Team MVP: Matthew Stafford (24/34, 244 yds, TD)

Next: at Titans

24. Philadelphia Eagles (4-8-1) Prev: 27

The Eagles looked like a team revitalized last week, as they scored upset of the year over the Saints. In a week where they could have been effectively eliminated from NFC East contention, Jalen Hurts lead Philly to their biggest win yet. The Eagles aren’t dead just yet.

Team MVP: Miles Sanders (115 rush yds, 4 rec, 21 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Cardinals

23. Carolina Panthers (4-9) Prev: 22

Carolina was dotted up by Drew Lock this week. Carolina has been competitive in almost every game they have played to this point in the season, though most of them have not been wins. The Panthers could give playoff hopefuls on their schedule something to worry about.

Team MVP: Mike Davis (51 rush yds, 5 rec, 42 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Packers

22. Denver Broncos (5-8) Prev: 24

Drew Lock played arguably his best game as a pro, with a high completion percentage and a career-high in touchdowns in a win over the Panthers. The Broncos would love to see more games like this out of their potential franchise QB.

Team MVP: Drew Lock (21/27, 280 yds, 4 TDs)

Next: vs Bills

21. San Francisco 49ers (5-8) Prev: 21

The Niners were losers again this week, this time to Washington. Last year’s NFC champions are dangerously close to being eliminated from playoff contention, though it is not their fault they have been bit by the injury bug this year.

Team MVP: Brandon Aiyuk (10 rec, 119 yds)

Next: at Cowboys

20. Chicago Bears (6-7) Prev: 20

Chicago dominated the Texans this week. Despite their unimpressive stretch over the last few weeks, Chicago remains firmly in the playoff hunt. They will need two of Arizona, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay to start to slip, however.

Team MVP: David Montgomery (113 rush yds, 3 rec, 42 yds, TD)

Next: at Minnesota

19. New England Patriots (6-7) Prev: 17

New England was dominated in almost every aspect of the game by the Rams on Thursday night. The Pats never really had control of their destiny, but now one loss would cripple their playoff chances. With only a 2% chance of making the playoffs, and needing a lot of help to make the postseason, do not count on seeing New England in the postseason this year.

Team MVP: Myles Bryant (INT)

Next: at Dolphins

18. New York Giants (5-8) Prev: 18

New York took a loss to Arizona on Sunday. Haason Redick had five sacks for the Cardinals, and Daniel Jones did not look 100% either. The Giants’ momentum may be slipping as another NFC East team is on the rise.

Team MVP: Jabrill Peppers (13 tackles)

Next: vs Browns

17. Washington Football Team (6-7) Prev: 19

Washington seized control of the NFC East with a victory over San Francisco on Sunday. Their pass rush has been merciless over the last few weeks, collecting four more sacks this week. Washington appears to be in the driver’s seat in the NFC East for now.

Team MVP: Kamren Curl (7 tackles, INT, TD)

Next: vs Seahawks

16. Minnesota Vikings (6-7) Prev: 16

Minnesota had its momentum slowed by the Bucs last week. This was largely due to their struggles in the kicking game, as Dan Bailey cost them ten points. The Vikings will need to bounce back fast if they want to make the playoffs.

Team MVP: Dalvin Cook (102 rush yds, TD)

Next: vs Bears

15. Las Vegas Raiders (7-6) Prev: 13

The Raiders are running out of time to make the postseason. They’ve now dropped two straight, and have fired their defensive coordinator in an attempt to get the ship back on course. The Raiders will now need some help if they want the seventh seed in the AFC.

Team MVP: Nelson Agholor (5 rec, 100 yds, TD)

Next: vs Chargers

14. Baltimore Ravens (8-5) Prev: 15

Baltimore got the win in a game of the year candidate on Monday night. The Ravens and Browns were trading scores late, and Lamar Jackson, who left the game earlier, made a dramatic return to lead a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. The Ravens may have their momentum back.

Team MVP: Lamar Jackson (11/17, 163 yds, 124 rush yds, 3 TDs)

Next: vs Jaguars

13. Arizona Cardinals (7-6) Prev: 14

Arizona had dropped their last three games, but they got it back on track against the Giants. Haason Redick stole the show, setting a Cardinals franchise record with five sacks in a single game. Arizona currently has possession of the seventh seed in the NFC.

Team MVP: Haason Redick (5 sacks)

Next: vs Eagles

12. Miami Dolphins (8-5) Prev: 12

Miami gave the Chiefs a run for their money on Sunday, but could not come away with the victory. Mahomes doubled his interception total on the season in this game, and the offense put up 27 on the defending champs. Miami can feel good about this loss.

Team MVP: Eric Rowe (7 tackles, INT)

Next: vs Patriots

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) Prev: 11

The Bucs got their season back on track with a win over the Vikings. This was huge for their playoff hopes, as they took down their biggest threat to their playoff hopes. The Bucs look on track to make the playoffs.

Team MVP: Antoine Winfield Jr. (12 tackles, sack)

Next: at Falcons

10. Indianapolis Colts (9-4) Prev: 10

Indy solidified their playoff spot with a win over the Raiders. The Colts defense continues to be their strongest spot, but Jonathan Taylor is also starting to break out. Indy could be dangerous in the playoffs.

Team MVP: Jonathan Taylor (150 rush yds, 15 rec yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Texans

9. Cleveland Browns (9-4) Prev: 8

The Browns came up just short against the Ravens on Monday night. Baker Mayfield has played out of his mind the last few weeks and is giving Browns fans what they expected out of the former first overall pick. The Browns look to be locked in as a playoff team.

Team MVP: Baker Mayfield (27/46, 341 yds, 23 rush yds, 2 TDs, INT)

Next: at Giants

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

Derrick Henry ran for the second-most yards in his career in a win over the Jaguars. Tennessee will be hoping for a repeat of his performance from last year’s playoffs when he could not be stopped in the first two rounds. If that happens, Tennessee may be unstoppable.

Team MVP: Derrick Henry (215 rush yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Lions

7. Seattle Seahawks (9-4) Prev: 7

Seattle had no problem with the Jets this week. They currently trail the Rams for the division, and they have the tiebreaker at the moment. Seattle will need some help to take back the division.

Team MVP: Russell Wilson (21/27, 206 yds, 4 TDs, INT)

Next: at Washington

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) Prev: 4

Pittsburgh has now dropped back-to-back games. The offense has been struggling as both Ben Roethlisberger and the receiving core have been struggling to get things going. No matter how good the defense may be, last year showed that if the offense can’t get it together, this team will go nowhere.

Team MVP: Mike Hilton (5 tackles, INT)

Next: at Bengals

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

The Rams steamrolled New England on Thursday night. After a loss two weeks ago, the Rams looked like they may have been in trouble, but now they are picking up where they were before that loss. The Rams could be dangerous come playoff time

Team MVP: Cam Akers (171 rush yds, 23 rec yds)

Next: vs Jets

4. New Orleans Saints (10-3) Prev: 2

The Saints ran into a trap game against the Jalen Hurts-led Eagles. New Orleans has now fallen to the number two seed in the NFC due to a loss to Green Bay earlier in the season. They will need help to get back to the top spot in the NFC.

Team MVP: Taysom Hill (28/38, 291 yds, 33 rush yds, 2 TDs, INT)

Next: vs Chiefs

3. Buffalo Bills (10-3) Prev: 5

Buffalo got their statement win of the season over the Steelers in primetime. Josh Allen threw an interception early, but bounced back nicely, connecting with Stefon Diggs throughout the game. If Pittsburgh loses one more, Buffalo takes the second seed in the AFC.

Team MVP: Stefon Diggs (10 rec, 130 yds, TD)

Next: at Broncos

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

Green Bay got a win over the Lions and moved into the number one seed in the NFC. The rest of their schedule consists of very winnable games, against Carolina, Tennessee, and Chicago. Green Bay is poised to have a first-round bye.

Team MVP: Davante Adams (7 rec, 115 yds, TD)

Next: vs Panthers

1. Kansas City Chiefs (12-1) Prev: 1

Kansas City struggled early against Miami but was eventually able to secure the win. Patrick Mahomes threw three interceptions, which more than doubled his season total, but he was still able to throw for almost 400 yards. Kansas City is the Super Bowl favorite until further notice.

Team MVP: Travis Kelce (8 rec, 136 yds, TD)

Next: at Saints