Now that Week 12 of the 2022 NFL season is in the books, it’s time for everyone’s favorite meaningful exercise: NFL Power Rankings! What sets these rankings apart from others is that they are unique truly accurate across the universe. And then let’s take a look at how all 32 teams stack up ahead of Week 13.
BLG’S WEEK 13 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 – Kansas City Chiefs (Last week: 1) – Patrick Mahomes turned in one of his worst statistical performances of the season… in a game the Chiefs won by 16 points anyway.
2 – Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 2) – Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders, Jeff Stoutland and the Eagles offensive line deserve all the credit for Philly’s ability to run all over Green Bay. It was a historic night for the Eagles. The Birds couldn’t end the game any sooner than they could and should have…but they will clinch the victory that keeps them at the top of the NFC with a 10-1 record. It is increasingly likely that the road to the Super Bowl will run through Philadelphia.
3 – Buffalo Bills (LW:3) – They’ve certainly looked deadlier lately. But having to stop Josh Allen in a critical situation is not an exciting proposition.
4 – Miami Dolphins (LW:4) – The Dolphins raced to a 30-0 lead before pulling Tua Tagovailoa with over three minutes left in the third quarter. Miami’s offense is red hot. Still undefeated when Tua is in the starting line-up and doesn’t leave the game early due to injury.
5 – Dallas Cowboys (LW:5) – The Cowboys can hurry up and sign Odell Beckham Jr. already? This long and time consuming process is getting very old. A lot of hype for a guy who wasn’t even that great last year and is coming off an ACL injury in mid-February.
6 – San Francisco 49ers (LW: 6) – Four straight games the 49ers have not allowed the opposition to score in the second half. A back-to-back game where the 49ers have not allowed their opponent to score a single point. I think DeMeco Ryans can be a good defensive coordinator.
7 – Minnesota Vikings (LW:8) – There is evidence to suggest that the Vikings are huge frauds.
8 – Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 10) – At several points this season, it didn’t look like Cincy was prepared to repeat as AFC North champions. But the Bengals are back with Ja’Marr Chase returning soon. Can they beat KC at home this week? Yes, they can. But will they?
9 – Tennessee Titans (LW:9) – The Titans haven’t allowed more than 20 points in a game since their Week 6 bye. That’s the good news. The Titans have scored 20+ points in just one game since their Week 6 bye. That’s the bad news.
10 – Baltimore Ravens (LW:7) – We all thought Justin Tucker’s field goal was going in, right? Well, that didn’t happen. But it shouldn’t have to come down to that. Lamar Jackson needs to do better than completing 50% of his passes for an 87.2 passing rating. He has produced just eight total touchdowns to seven total turnovers since Week 4.
11 – New York Jets (LW: 13) – Is Mike White really that good? It is unclear. Is Mike White better than Zach Wilson? Yup. At the very least, White can be a ‘win with’ quarterback, while Wilson is a ‘win despite’ quarterback.
12 – Washington Commanders (LW: 15) – Make six wins in their last seven games. Five of them made it to a score, so it’s not like they’re a steamroller. But they found a winning formula playing ball control offense to complement a robust defense. The Commanders have a chance to cement themselves as a wildcard team with back-to-back games against NYG… with their bye in between.
13 – New England Patriots (LW:12) – Nelson Agholor with an expensive game-ending error in a loss? You do not say.
14 – Seattle Seahawks (LW:11) – Seattle’s run defense is a problem. In consecutive losses, the Seahawks allowed their opponents to have their best performances of the season.
15 – Los Angeles Chargers (LW:17) – Brandon Staley’s aggressive approach paid off. As a result, the Bolts are still out there in the wildcard conversation.
16 – Cleveland Browns (LW: 24) – The Browns really needed to beat Tampa to have a shot at an unlikely playoff bid with the return of Deshaun Watson. And that’s what they did. Jacoby Brissett did a good job of holding the fort before that team’s sympathy immediately plummeted. Everyone outside of Cleveland (and many inside) will be rooting for Watson.
17 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW:14) – The Bucs have failed to take control of the NFC South so far. If they can’t beat New Orleans on Monday night, they really don’t deserve to win. But they still can anyway.
18 – New York Giants (LW: 16) – As discussed on the latest episode of the NFC East Mixtape, Saquon Barkley isn’t delivering the same impact he did earlier this year. Barkley’s last six games: 3.6 yards per carry (459 total), 4.7 yards per reception (80 total). His longest rush: 27 yards (came against Houston’s poor run defense). His longest reception: 12 yards. The combination of Barkley regressing and the Giants being utterly beaten leaves them poised to collapse in the NFC playoffs.
19 – New Orleans Saints (LW:18) – Do you think Saints management regret trading their 2023 first-round pick to Philly after seeing their team drop to 4-8 with a loss? A pick that is currently set to be 7th overall. Of course, they’re still not really dead in the NFL’s playoff picture by virtue of their terrible split. But they MUST beat the Bucs in Tampa on Monday night to stay alive.
20 – Atlanta Falcons (LW: 19) – If you’re a masochist, the Falcons are for you. No team is better at maximizing the pain of their losses. They are elite when it comes to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The best anti-clutch team.
21 – Detroit Lions (LW: 20) – Facing 4th and 1 from Buffalo’s 33-yard line, Dan Campbell opted to kick a game-tying 51-yard field goal (with his kicker previously missing a 29-yard attempt ) that left 23 seconds on the clock. Idiot. They should have bet and tried to win in regulation…or at least take the game into overtime. Jared Goff deserves criticism for missing an open touchdown drive to bring up fourth down, sure, but Campbell didn’t maximize Detroit’s chances of winning after that error.
22 – Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 23) – I don’t know if Kenny Pickett will make a good starting quarterback in the NFL. I know he belongs in the league somehow. The Steelers are 3-4 through seven games. A ‘win-with’ player perhaps. Especially in a stable environment like Pittsburgh. I just have to wonder if he might have them trapped in quarterback purgatory.
23 – Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 28) – “The rocks on that guy. I would die for Doug Pederson, I swear. I would race into battle with Doug Pederson, 100%. I love the guy.” 🇧🇷 Jags Security, Andrew Wingard🇧🇷 Doug’s fearless coaching once helped the Eagles win Super Bowl LII. More recently, he helped the Jags defeat Baltimore. With Pederson steering the ship and Trevor Lawrence getting hot, there’s reason to believe the arrow is pointing towards Duval County.
24 – Arizona Cardinals (LW: 21) – The Cards needed a win to stay on life support in the NFC playoff picture. Instead, a one-point loss dropped them to 4-8. Difficult. Who will answer for your struggles?
25 – Los Angeles Rams (LW: 22) – With the Rams down five in a row, they are expected to pick third overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. Expect them to owe this selection to Detroit. They certainly aren’t regretting that trade after winning the Super Bowl. But its prospects moving forward are not so bright.
26 – Green Bay Packers (LW:26) – His run defense is atrocious. Aaron Rodgers claims he’s capable of playing despite an injury scare… but it really doesn’t make sense to play him at this stage of the season. Put Jordan Love in there and see what he can do. The 2020 first-round quarterback shined during a short preview in Philadelphia.
27 – Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 30) – The Raiders are on a two-game winning streak, with both wins coming in overtime. Josh Jacobs is a beast.
28 – Carolina Panthers (LW: 31) – The Panthers continue to be more competent under Steve Wilkes than under Matt Rhule. They’re still not good, but they’re not the worst team in the league anymore. Progress.
29 – Denver Broncos (LW:25) – Russell Wilson is cooked and his teammates know it. Vibes are immensely bad in Denver. They’re screwed now and moving on.
30 – Indianapolis Colts (LW: 29) – From an article titled “Jeff Saturday Isn’t The Answer, But He Shouldn’t Be” by our friends at Stampede Blue: “The Colts, led by Irsay, are going under. They have no interest in winning irrelevant football games this season and further delay progress, especially after a 5 year tenure with Reich that resulted in only one playoff win.
31 – Chicago Bears (LW:27) – Everyone knows I’m not a Justin Fields guy. But even I can admit that he at least brought some entertainment value to this Bears team. It really doesn’t make sense to watch this team play if Trevor Siemian (or worse, Nathan Peterman) is starting. Bears fans must be praying for a way for Madden to simulate the rest of the season if Fields’ injury continues to keep him out.
32 – Houston Texans (LW: 32) – The good news for them is that they are earmarked for the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. The bad news for them is that Cleveland’s pick is likely about to get less favorable with the return of Deshaun Watson.