Week 12 NFL power rankings: Cardinals reclaim No. 1 spot, but who’s leading AFC pack?

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The NFL Power Rankings are entering week 12 of the 2021 season (previous rank in parentheses,

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1. Cardinals (4): Give them their flowers as the league’s lone nine-win team takes the top spot for the second time in the past four weeks. Give them a full bouquet as the league’s only 6-0 road team – all wins coming from double-digit margins. Yet if Arizona can maintain its current position, as QBs Kyler Murray (ankles) and WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstrings) continue to recover in bye week, the Cards won’t have to leave the desert after Jan.

2. Buccaneers (5): their mini skid finished monday night, but they will really need the NT Vita V to stop the Indy Ground attack in Week 12.

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3. Packers (1): So for his upcoming date with the Rams, OL in Green Bay. Will not done Elgaton Jenkins (torn ACL) OR LT David Bakhtiari (ACL Recovery) as QB Aaron Rodgers tries to dodge DT Aaron Donald and OLB Von Miller. nothing to see here,

4. Head (10): A defense that has conceded a total of 47 points over the past four weeks (all victories) while carrying the ball eight times has really rode the AFC West leaders’ defense. Maybe QB Patrick Mahomes is ready to take up the torch after a week off.

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5. Cowboys (2): Lost two of his last three and were beaten unbelievably Going Against Las Vegas in a Brief Thanksgiving Week, The good news is that Dallas’ adversity has come up against the AFC West competition, which should limit any losses at the tiebreaker front.

6. Patriot (8): You may question how much quality wins they have, but when you’re beating NFL competition by a total of 94-13 scores over a three-week period, it speaks volumes. Their next four games are against Tennessee, Buffalo (twice) and Indianapolis, a stretch that should put New England in clear perspective.

7. Titans (3): RB Derrick Henry’s absence was ultimately to hurt, but give him credit for what he has achieved from a personnel standpoint. Tennessee has played a league-high 82 players this season, eight more than any other team.

8. Rams (7): QB Matthew Stafford goes back to Lambeau Field, where he is 3-7 all the time… though he split his final six in Wisconsin.

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9. Ravens (9): Stable at No. 2 in the conference even if they were lucky To split the last four competitions. Now the leaders of AFC North have entered a crucial phase as they face each of their formidable divisional foes over the next three weeks.

10. Vikings (11): Even QB Kirk Cousins ​​is looking for room on the Minnesota bandwagon. Not much on the Cousins ​​bandwagon either, with Pro Football Focus ranking him as the league’s second-best passer, after Green Bay’s upset on Sunday, partly due to his 0.5% interception rate.

11. Colts (16): rb Jonathan Taylor’s Ascension to NFL Superstar – He became the fifth player in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to collect 200 yards and five touchdowns in a game – which happens when HBO cameras first “hard knocks” during the regular season began to document.

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12. Bill (6): Investigations on a struggling squad were already building, and now Buffalo must address its issues nationally – the next two games on Thanksgiving Night (in New Orleans) and Monday Night against New England in Week 13… A road trip to Tampa.

13. Chargers (12): In another notable performance on Sunday night, QB Justin Herbert became the first player in the Super Bowl era to cross 350 yards and score 90 runs in a single game. And he’s certainly breaking the mold for Bolt, who had never had a QB run for at least 90 in the team’s 62-season history.

14. Brown (14): The two games against Baltimore have a much-needed Week 13 bye week sandwich—meaning a caring Cleveland team will find little relief. Baker Mayfield & Co. could use it,

15. Bengal (15): There are only two road games left for the team returning to the AFC’s top wild-card slot. And Ewan McPherson, a DeadEye rookie, was comforted to know after scoring three field goals from 50+ yards, a team record, in Sunday’s walkover in Las Vegas.

16. 49ers (19): They are in the weeds after beating the Rams Monday night before taking the win despite a 1 p.m. ET kickoff in Jacksonville and a cross-country flight during the shorter week. Sunday’s home date with Minnesota could have major playoff implications.

17. Steelers (13): With no team left with a seven-game lineup on its schedule, Pittsburgh holds a losing record with none of its remaining opponents. OLB TJ Watts and S Minka Fitzpatrick can’t make a comeback soon.

18. Eagles (21): They are now the No. 1 running team in the NFC (153.4 yards per game) and no longer have a goose egg in the win column at Lincoln Financial Field. Fortunately, their next two are against the lowly Giants and Jets in New Jersey – golden opportunities to turn Philadelphia into wild-card position.

19. Panthers (17): There really should be the next two games (in Miami, Atlanta) if they’re going to be relevant during the final month of the season. Good Thing QB Cam Newton and RB Christian McCaffrey have good chemistry as both try to navigate an offense and neither has played much.

20. Saint (18): now that he Once again paid part time QB Tessome Hill, is it perhaps not time to play him behind the center, given the team is 0-3 with Trevor Simian as the starter?

21. Raiders (20): For a team that should turn things around, we’d suggest running more… but this offensive line doesn’t allow much.

22. Broncos (22): If nothing else, they are clearly happy with their wide receivers, expanding Cortland Sutton and Tim Patrick last week. Good selling point for their next quarterback,

23. Washington (24): Why didn’t anyone make the big deal of QB Taylor Heineke’s Carolina Revenge Tour last week? Did Charlotte or something really have more prominent prodigal sons?

24. Seahawks (23): QB Russell Wilson has three consecutive losses for the first time in his 10-season NFL career, after making 150 consecutive starts without such notoriety. During this, Frustrated coach Pete Carroll is exiting the press conference prematurely, It just seems that this organization is fast faltering.

25. Falcon (25): They were the first team in 21 years to have three quarterbacks in the same game. Matt Ryan is still the only person to throw a TD pass this year, but he hasn’t done so in nearly nine quarters.

26. Dolphins (29): Their next three are against the Panthers, Giants and Jets in Miami. Legitimate chance 4-7 Finns can return to .500 in the home stretch.

27. Giants (26): Just a shame what RB Saxon fell on Barkley, it was easy to miss his 12 irreverent touches after returning to action on Monday night.

28. Bear (27): With Khaleel Mack out, OLB Robert Quinn somehow managed a career-best three-and-a-half sacks on Sunday. At least something is going well in Chicago.

29. Jaguar (28): They’ve got five takeaways this season, three fewer than any other team.

30. Jet (30): Their last divisional win came in 2019… meaning they have lost 10 straight against AFC East.

31. Texans (32): When you’re getting paid for not playing your only superstar while constantly churning out the roster, it’s no wonder David Cooley can’t afford to release any game balls. Nice win, though, coach.

32. Lion (31): 1 pick of the 2022 draft for Detroit, will the Lions quarterback reach for one of the prospects? Or play it safe by snagging another Oregon product, DE Kevon Thibodaux, in this case?

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