We are heading into Week 14 of the NFL season and as I say every week, we are starting to find out who the contenders are and who the pretenders are.
Last week I said that I felt like there were 8 true contenders, the top 8 teams in the Power Rankings. This week those same 8 teams remain but I am dropping the 49ers and Dolphins from my list of contenders. Unfortunately, for the 49ers they lost Jimmy G for 7-8 weeks (reportedly) and that same team that lost Jimmy G defeated the Dolphins. And listen, I like Phins, I do, I just don’t think they’re there yet. As for the Niners, they will roll with Mr. Irrelvant Brock Purdy and as fun of a story as that would be, I don’t see it happening.
That leaves the top 6.
Inside the top 6, the Bengals defeated the Chiefs 27-24 knocking them off of their top spot and the Bills with a road win over the Patriots quietly moved back into the top spot in the AFC. Those are your 3 contenders in the AFC. The Bills, Chiefs, and Bengals. A great rivalry is brewing for these QBs for years to come with Mahomes seemingly in the middle of it.
Over in the NFC, the 11-1 Eagles take their spot back atop the Power Rankings after throttling the Titans. The Cowboys made easy work of Matt Ryan and the Colts putting up a 50 burger in the game and the Vikings moved to 9-3 after defeating the Jets in a tight game. Those are your 3 contenders in the NFC. The Eagles, Cowboys, and Vikings.
Elsewhere, the Commanders and Giants played to a tie. Moving the Commanders to 7-5-1 and the Giants to 7-4-1. And while those two teams tied, their competition for the last Wild Card spot the Seahawks got back to their winning ways moving to 7-4. It should be a fun race down the stretch. Let’s take a look at this week’s Power Rankings.
Week 14 Power Rankings
|4||Kansas City Chiefs||9-3||-3|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||8-4||1|
|12||New York Giants||7-4-1||2|
|14||New York Jets||7-4||-2|
|15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6-6||2|
|16||Los Angeles Chargers||6-6||-1|
|18||Las Vegas Raiders||5-7||3|
|19||New England Patriots||6-6||-3|
|22||Green Bay Packers||5-8||–|
|26||New Orleans Saints||4-9||–|
|28||Los Angeles Rams||3-9||–|