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Wild weather and crazy finishes were on the slate across the country this week in the NFL. While there was not quite as much movement as last week, there are two new teams that have entered the playoff picture this week. Find out who they are, and where your team fell in this week’s edition of the NFL power rankings!

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers

Last Week: 36-10 win vs CIN

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Trending: —

Next Week: 11/22 @ JAX

For anyone that has been waiting for Pittsburgh not to play down to an opponent, you got it this week. The Steelers took control of the game from the beginning by containing Joe Burrow. Ben Roethlisberger’s four touchdown passes went a long way in proving he can still run an offense, too.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs

Last Week: Bye

Trending: ↑2

Next Week: 11/22 @ LV

The Chiefs got to enjoy a bye week, and they definitely couldn’t have gotten it at a better time. They got some extra time to prepare for a Raiders team that embarrassed them earlier this season. 

  1. New Orleans Saints

Last Week: 27-13 win vs SF

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Next Week: 11/22 vs ATL

The Saints got a pretty dominant win against San Francisco, but the biggest storyline out of this game is Drew Brees’ health. Brees didn’t play in the second half due to a rib injury after a hard sack, and a combo of Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill finished the game. If Brees misses time, it just makes the NFC even more wide open.

  1. Arizona Cardinals

Last Week: 32-30 win vs BUF

Trending: ↑2

Next Week: 11/19 @ SEA

The defense still has its issues, and there were times when the offensive line struggled to keep Kyler Murray upright, but all is forgiven after the incredible Murray/Hopkins hail mary to win the game. Next up is a huge rematch with Seattle, and a win would greatly help Arizona’s campaign to win the NFC West. 

  1. Buffalo Bills

Last Week: 30-32 loss @ ARI

Trending: ↑2

Next Week: Bye

Josh Allen did just about everything he could in this game, including leading a touchdown drive that left just 18 seconds on the clock. But, because DeAndre Hopkins exists, Buffalo enters their bye week on a sour note. 

  1. Baltimore Ravens

Last Week: 17-23 loss @ NE

Trending: ↓1

Next Week: 11/22 vs TEN

I’m hoping for Baltimore’s sake that most of this loss was due to the monsoon that went through Foxborough. Any hope of Mark Ingram’s return revitalizing the Ravens run game was dashed on Sunday night. Lamar Jackson was left to do everything himself once again as he ran for 55 of Baltimore’s 115 rushing yards. The issues are becoming increasingly concerning as Cleveland gets closer and closer in the division standings. 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last Week: 46-23 win @ CAR

Trending: ↑3

Next Week: 11/23 vs LAC

Tampa Bay hopped right up after their embarrassing loss to the Saints last week. Tom Brady was good, and Ronald Jones rushed for nearly 200 yards en route to a blowout win of Carolina. Due to Drew Brees’ injury, this team should be hopeful that they can overtake the division lead despite losing to the Saints twice this year.

  1. Green Bay Packers

Last Week: 24-20 win vs JAX

Trending: ↓6

Next Week: 11/22 @ IND

We know about the Packers’ issues on defense, but that wasn’t really the problem in this one. The offensive line should come away from this game absolutely embarrassed. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams had very little impact because of the lackluster performance, and Aaron Rodgers finally threw an interception. If they played against any other team other than the Jags or Jets, Green Bay would have lost this game. 

  1. Miami Dolphins

Last Week: 29-21 win @ LAC

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Next Week: 11/22 @ DEN

Tua played very well for the second consecutive start. He is now 3-0 with five touchdown passes and zero interceptions. The defense continues to perform as well; they held the Chargers to under 300 yards of offense. 

  1. Seattle Seahawks

Last Week: 16-23 loss @ LAR

Trending: ↓2

Next Week: 11/19 vs ARI

Russell Wilson is pressing. That’s what my conclusion was after this game. He is rushing plays, and he threw two more interceptions today and zero touchdowns on the way to Seattle’s third loss in four weeks. The season can still be salvaged if they pull off a win against Arizona, but it’s starting to look troubling.

  1. Las Vegas Raiders

Last Week: 37-12 win vs DEN

Trending: ↑1

Next Week: 11/22 vs KC

Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker were dominant in this win, rushing for four touchdowns and nearly 200 yards. It always helps when the defense can force five turnovers as well. Next week’s rematch with Kansas City is yet another opportunity to prove they are a legit playoff contender. 

  1. Los Angeles Rams

Last Week: 23-16 win vs SEA

Trending: ↑1

Next Week: 11/23 @ TB

The Rams front seven absolutely dominated Seattle’s offensive line this week. Russell Wilson was forced into a ton of bad throws, and the result was a Los Angeles win. They got six sacks this week, and that is the recipe to continue winning next week in Tampa. 

  1. Indianapolis Colts

Last Week: 34-17 win @ TEN

Trending: ↑2

Next Week: 11/22 vs GB

Philip Rivers’ trend of following up bad games with good ones continued. Nyheim Hines also had another good game. If the defense can hold up, this team could be set up to make a playoff run. 

  1. New York Giants

Last Week: 27-17 win vs PHI

Trending: ↑14

Next Week: Bye

Here we are. The Giants are my newest choice atop the NFC East. I think it’s validated, though. This team has a fighting mentality that I just haven’t seen in Philadelphia this season, and that showed in New York’s big win this week. 

  1. Tennessee Titans

Last Week: 17-34 loss vs IND

Trending: ↓4

Next Week: 11/22 @ BAL

The Titans are not looking good right now. The defense continues to be a problem, and it’s just hard to trust Ryan Tannehill in big games at this point. Next week against Baltimore could put one of the final nails in the coffin for this team. 

  1. New England Patriots

Last Week: 23-17 win vs BAL

Trending: ↑3

Next Week: 11/22 @ HOU

This was an impressive and much needed win for the Pats after a few weeks of struggling. Once again, Damian Harris led the way from the backfield, taking a ton of pressure off of Cam Newton. If this continues, they could find their way into the postseason after all. 

  1. Chicago Bears

Last Week: 13-19 loss vs MIN

Trending: —

Next Week: Bye

The Bears offense struggled once again in their fourth consecutive loss. They relied on their special teams for the only touchdown of this game and managed just 149 yards of offense on Monday night. The defense continues to be one of the top units in the NFL, but with this offense, Chicago is going to struggle to win games. 

  1. Cleveland Browns

Last Week: 10-7 win vs HOU

Trending: ↓2

Next Week: 11/22 vs PHI

The weather was anything but ideal this week in Cleveland, and that played a huge part in this low scoring affair. However, the Browns did just enough to come away with a win, and now they get another matchup that should end in victory against Philadelphia. 

  1. Minnesota Vikings

Last Week: 19-13 win @ CHI

Trending: ↑1

Next Week: 11/22 vs DAL

The Vikings got a key road victory at Soldier Field, and they did it even with Chicago mostly containing Dalvin Cook. Kirk Cousins played very well, and the defense continues to improve by the week. With a home matchup against Dallas on the slate, Minnesota is on the cusp of reaching .500 after their 1-5 start. 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals

Last Week: 10-36 loss @ PIT

Trending: ↓2

Next Week: 11/22 @ WSH

This was Joe Burrow’s first real bad game as a starter, and Pittsburgh’s defense got the better of Cincinnati. The defense also reared its ugly head, and Big Ben did not let them off the hook. 

  1. San Francisco 49ers

Last Week: 13-27 loss @ NO

Trending: ↑1

Next Week: Bye

The Niners ability to stay competitive is admirable. This game should have honestly been much closer than it was if the special teams unit didn’t muff two punts. The Saints went on to score two touchdowns off these turnovers, and that turned out to be the difference in the game. 

  1. Carolina Panthers

Last Week: 23-46 loss vs TB

Trending: ↓1

Next Week: 11/22 vs DET

Teddy Bridgewater played decently in this game, but with no Christian McCaffrey, it was going to be difficult to keep their subpar defense off the field. The defense was especially bad too, giving up nearly 550 yards. 

  1. Houston Texans

Last Week: 7-10 loss @ CLE

Trending: ↑3

Next Week: 11/22 vs NE

In a game where Houston’s defense finally stopped someone, the offense just couldn’t get rolling. It probably had a lot to do with the weather, but the Texans just find a way to lose these close games this year.

  1. Detroit Lions

Last Week: 30-27 win vs WSH

Trending: ↑1

Next Week: 11/22 @ CAR

The Lions nearly blew another game. They were up 24-3 at one point before Washington came roaring back, but Matt Prater saved them with a 58-yard field goal to win the game. 

  1. Los Angeles Chargers

Last Week: 21-29 loss @ MIA

Trending: ↓1

Next Week: 11/22 vs NYJ

In a battle of rookie quarterbacks, this was the first week where I didn’t leave blown away by multiple Justin Herbert throws. The Miami defense did a great of containing this offense, and that was the difference at the end of the day. 

  1. Washington Football Team

Last Week: 27-30 loss @ DET

Trending: ↑3

Next Week: 11/22 vs CIN

Alex Smith’s first start in nearly two years couldn’t have gone much better. He threw for 394 yards, nearly leadling a comeback victory for Washington. Prater ruined the party with the game winning field goal, but Smith is still absolutely the feel good story of 2020. 

  1. Denver Broncos

Last Week: 12-37 loss @ LV

Trending: ↓4

Next Week: 11/22 vs MIA

Yikes, Drew Lock was on the struggle bus this week. His four interceptions did not let Denver get into any kind of rhythm, and Las Vegas ran away with this one. It doesn’t get any easier, though. Denver has another tough matchup with Miami next week.

  1. Atlanta Falcons

Last Week: Bye

Trending: ↓1

Next Week: 11/22 @ NO

Atlanta has not had a fun time this season, but if they want anything to celebrate, it might be next week in the Superdome. With Brees’ injury, there is a good chance he is limited or doesn’t play at all, opening the door for a rivalry win.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles

Last Week: 17-27 loss @ NYG

Trending: ↓15

Next Week: 11/22 @ CLE

The Eagles still hold the NFC East lead, but that lead is growing slimmer by the week. With a road matchup in Cleveland next week, they might not be holding that lead much longer. 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Last Week: 20-24 loss @ GB

Trending: ↑1

Next Week: 11/22 vs PIT

The Jaguars’ defense played their best game of the season, but the rookie quarterback couldn’t make enough plays down the stretch. Jake Luton was sacked on three consecutive plays on the last drive of the game, and Green Bay barely snuck out with a win. 

  1. Dallas Cowboys

Last Week: Bye

Trending: ↓1

Next Week: 11/22 @ MIN

Hopefully Dallas enjoyed their bye week because it’s back to the real world this week. They get a rude welcome back with a matchup against a surging Vikings team led by Dalvin Cook. 

  1. New York Jets

Last Week: Bye

Trending: ↑1

Next Week: 11/22 @ LAC

Well, the Jets can no longer be ranked number 33 now that their bye week has come and gone. It doesn’t change the fact that they are a terrible team.

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