2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 14

 
NFL Power Rankings: Week 14
Mike and Mike weigh in on week 14 of the ESPN NFL Power Rankings.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 14

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The Packers have been steady risers for weeks. Now they finally reign supreme. Winners of four straight, Green Bay was an overwhelming choice at No. 1 after knocking off New England Sunday.

 

The significant changes don’t stop there. The Seahawks and Eagles, who delivered convincing Thanksgiving Day victories, also were rewarded by ESPN’s Power Panel (a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities). Philadelphia and Seattle, who meet in Week 14, gained enough traction to move into the top five (at No. 4 and No. 5).

 

Those climbs put the Cardinals (No. 7) outside of the top five for the first time since Week 8. The Cowboys fell from No. 5 to No. 8.

 

Are the Packers poised for a lengthy run at No. 1? Their remaining schedule — vs. Atlanta, at Buffalo, at Tampa Bay, vs. Detroit — isn’t daunting. So even though it took almost all season for Green Bay to reach the peak, it appears to have a good chance to remain there for the duration.

 

 

2014 Power Rankings: Week 14
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1
Last Week: 2

The Packers keep rolling. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 20 touchdowns without a pick at home this season, twice as many as any other quarterback in a season in NFL history.
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1
Last Week: 1

Holding the tiebreaker over Denver is critical after dropping Sunday’s game in Green Bay. Winning out against the Chargers and all three division foes keeps the Pats in Foxborough.
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Last Week: 3

Denver has won 11 straight divisional road games, and Peyton Manning has never lost to the Chiefs as Broncos quarterback. There just isn’t a real divisional challenge yet.
4
Eagles
9-3
 

2
Last Week: 6

The Eagles gained 244 yards on 40 designed rushes (excluding scrambles and kneeldowns) Thursday, the most yards on designed rushes by Philadelphia since Week 16 of 2013.
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2
Last Week: 7

Seattle needed Thursday’s win. The Seahawks will close the season against their division and the 9-3 Eagles (.625 win pct), the second-hardest closing stretch of any team in the league.
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Colts
8-4
 

2
Last Week: 8

Andrew Luck has thrown for at least 300 yards in 19 games since 2012. The only quarterbacks with more 300-yard games in that span are Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.
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3
Last Week: 4

How much longer will Arizona sit atop the NFC West? With games remaining against the three NFC West opponents and the Chiefs, this could get ugly fast.
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3
Last Week: 5

Tony Romo was 3-of-12 (25 percent) with two interceptions on attempts more than 10 yards downfield Thursday, his worst completion percentage on such passes this season.
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6
Last Week: 15

Philip Rivers turned in a great performance Sunday, especially on third down. He was 8-for-8 for 156 yards on third down and converted on eight of his 10 dropbacks.
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Bengals
8-3-1

Last Week: 10

Mohamed Sanu might be the best QB on the roster. Sanu is 5-for-5 for 177 yards and two touchdowns in his career, while Andy Dalton won despite throwing three picks (again).
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Lions
8-4
 

2
Last Week: 13

Megatron caught 11 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns Thursday, a dominant performance in doubling up the rival Bears 34-17.
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49ers
7-5
 

3
Last Week: 9

Colin Kaepernick is 1-3 with two touchdowns and seven interceptions in his career against the Seahawks. He is 23-8 with a plus-32 TD-Int differential against everyone else.
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Ravens
7-5
 

2
Last Week: 11

Before Sunday, the Ravens had won 12 straight games with a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. Baltimore blew a 23-13 lead in the fourth quarter against the Chargers.
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Chiefs
7-5
 

2
Last Week: 12

Arrowhead Stadium is known as a tough place to play, but the Chiefs have lost eight of their past nine divisional games there, including Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.
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2
Last Week: 17

Survive and advance. Hard to gauge how much credit the Dolphins deserve for Monday night (as opposed to Jets blame), but a mission-critical matchup with 7-5 Baltimore is next.
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2
Last Week: 14

Pittsburgh allowed Erik Lorig, Ben Watson and Nick Toon to score their first receiving touchdowns of the season Sunday, the Steelers’ second loss to an NFC South team this year.
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Bills
7-5
 

1
Last Week: 18

While the world watched Johnny Manziel, Buffalo quietly won by 16 points. Though the Bills still play the Raiders, they will likely need to find two wins against the Broncos, Packers and Patriots.
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Browns
7-5
 

2
Last Week: 16

Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football.
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Saints
5-7
 

2
Last Week: 21

Sunday was Drew Brees’ ninth career game with at least five touchdowns, tied with Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history. Was it also a turning point for New Orleans?
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Texans
6-6

Last Week: 20

The Texans’ franchise record for passing touchdowns in a game belongs to Ryan Fitzpatrick (six), the second Ivy League QB with a six-TD game (Sid Luckman, Columbia).
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Rams
5-7
 

2
Last Week: 23

St. Louis tied for the fourth-largest shutout win of any team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, and it was the franchise’s biggest shutout since 1976.
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Last Week: 22

Julio Jones absolutely torched Patrick Peterson on Sunday, recording a career-high 189 yards on 10 catches with a touchdown. The NFC South “race” is down to the Falcons and Saints.
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Bears
5-7
 

4
Last Week: 19

The Bears ran five plays on third-and-18-plus Thursday, the most in any NFL game since Week 2 of 2012 — also by the Bears (against the Packers).
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Last Week: 24

Elias tells us that Sunday was the fourth time a team had two blocked punt return touchdowns in a half and the first time it happened since the Ford administration (1975).
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Panthers
3-8-1

Last Week: 25

Carolina has lost six games in a row and appears to be slipping out of contention even in the NFC South. Is the decision on Cam Newton’s future getting harder?
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Giants
3-9

Last Week: 26

The Giants blew a 21-0 lead to the Jaguars, the largest deficit overcome in a win in Jacksonville’s team history. What does rock bottom look like for Big Blue?
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Last Week: 27

Washington’s QB situation just couldn’t be messier. Colt McCoy was 31-of-47 for a career-high 392 yards Sunday, his first career game with three passing touchdowns. What’s next for RG III and Kirk Cousins?
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1
Last Week: 29

At 2-10, the Bucs have the strength of schedule tiebreaker over the Titans, Jaguars and Jets for the second overall pick. So they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.
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Jets
2-10
 

1
Last Week: 30

Geno Smith was 7-of-13 for 65 yards and a game-clinching interception Monday. The Jets’ leading receiver was tight end Zach Sudfeld, who had one 20-yard catch. Just another day in Jersey.
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Titans
2-10
 

2
Last Week: 28

Tennessee doesn’t have a single qualified quarterback this season. That’s not commentary on anyone’s credentials; no Titans quarterback has thrown enough attempts to qualify. Yikes.
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Jaguars
2-10
 

1
Last Week: 32

Nice win for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars, coming back from a 21-0 deficit. Bortles’ passing numbers weren’t special (21-of-35, 194 yds, TD), but 68 rush yards helped.
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Raiders
1-11
 

1
Last Week: 31

After an uncharacteristic victory, Oakland responded by being shut out 52-0 at the hands of the Rams. The first overall pick appears close to a lock after the Jags’ victory.
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15 Responses to “2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 14”

  1. ck says:

    Looks like the Jets are doing great, NOT!!!:)

  2. ck says:

    Gosh, they are tied w/JAGS…LOL!!!

  3. ck says:

    Thanks for the updates Buzzy!

  4. Rickdove says:

    The two teams that publicly humiliated tebow are now 4-20. This is kind of like the curse of the bambino.

  5. BuzzyBuzzard says:

    Nice win for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars, coming back from a 21-0 deficit. Bortles’ passing numbers weren’t special (21-of-35, 194 yds, TD), but 68 rush yards helped
    Yes 17 INTs 2 TDs 6 Pick 6s 4 fumbles 2 lost
    Giants Game
    Defence 2 Tds 6 sacks Offence 4FGs
    Mr Caldwell “NOT EVEN IF RELEASED” UR Building 4-26 out of the last 30 games

  6. The Major says:

    I can only imagine how rough the Thanksgiving/Christmas family dinners must be for Eli… Wow has he fallen off a cliff.

    • ck says:

      Yes, kinda shocked that the Giants lost and look at who they lost to, too!?!
      Well, everytime I see a commercial w/PM in it then I have to turn the channel that is for sure and looks like “little brother” is not so hot either…maybe it rubbed off on him, LOL! Looks like Rick Dove is right (“curse of the bambino”)…What say u Major?

    • Sage says:

      He probably feels pretty confident knowing he has 2 SB rings. Next time he makes the playoffs he’ll be a threat again.

      Almost the opposite of his brother.

  7. The Major says:

    He’s been clutch in January, for sure. The problem is his play lately is preventing them from getting there.

  8. andrea says:

    Eli Manning has 3 wins so far this year. 7 wins last year I believe.

    Put a fork in him – he’s done.

    I would not be surprised if he is traded next year.

    Agree with Sage that Peyton Manning is one of the biggest choke artists of all time.

    • Sage says:

      It’s interesting to speculate. But I can’t foresee them canning Eli after this year. Maybe if he performs poorly next year as well.

      Arguably, it doesn’t matter if you miss the SB by an inch or a mile, as long as you can deliver when you get there. That’s not necessarily my position, but it makes sense to give extra weight to the playoff performance.

      The Broncos and Colts fans were wussies because they take (and took) comfort in lopsided regular season wins, without really having a team of champs.

      Tebow is a champ.

      • The Major says:

        That’s true, but his major worry should be if Coughlin is canned this offseason. New HCs usually want to bring in their own guy, unless the QB they inherit is playing like a stud.

        Next year is a pivotal one for Eli in NYC, IMO.

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