Week 12 2018 NFL Power Rankings

It's that time of year again to count your blessings, and the NFL teams should also do it.

In the 12th edition of Power Rankings, our NFL Nation reporters adopted the theme of Turkey Day and found a reason why each team should be saying thanks.

How we ranked: our power panel, a group of more than 80 writers, editors and television personalities, evaluated how teams accumulate during the first 11 weeks of the season.

Previous ranking: 11 | 10 | 9 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | Pre-season

Clbadification of week 11: one

Grateful for: Drew Brees and Sean Payton are better than ever in year 13 together. Brees has been doing amazing things for a long time, but nothing compares to the crazy season he has at 39 (25 TD pbades, one interception and a completion rate of 76.9). Meanwhile, Payton continues to generate new creative wrinkles weekly for an offense that averages 48 points per game in the last three weeks. – Mike Triplett

Clbadification of week 11: 3

Grateful for: Owner Stan Kroenke. Kroenke not only committed to build the team's new stadium in Inglewood, which will open in 2020, but also committed to large paydays for several players, including NFL defensive player of the year, Aaron Donald, with a six-year prize and $ 135 million. extension, and the defender of the Offensive Player of the Year of the NFL, Todd Gurley, with an extension of four years by value up to $ 60 million. Kroenke's willingness to trim the controls ensures that the Rams will have the opportunity to be a dominant team in the coming seasons. – Lindsey Thiry

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Clbadification of week 11: two

Grateful for: A field marshal homegrown. For most of their first 58 seasons, the Chiefs went almost exclusively with the discarding of another team in the most important position of the game. They finally committed to making it work with one of their own and were rewarded with Patrick Mahomes. Although he is in his first season as a starter, Mahomes seems to be one of the best in the coming years. – Adam teicher

Clbadification of week 11: 5

Grateful for: I'll see Bell. So what if the Steelers got tired of answering Bell's questions? His absence has galvanized the team on the way to a 7-2-1 record. Hell, they should not have cleaned their locker. They should have left their things there as a reminder that this wild season is working. The Steelers may miss Bell at the end of the year, but they clearly wanted to prove they can win without him. – Jeremy Fowler

Clbadification of week 11: 6

Grateful for: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady for 19 consecutive season. Around this time in 2017, some questioned how much longer the duo would be together due to the tension, with the speculation that maybe 2018 was not even a guarantee. But that would be like breaking the turkey and stuffing it, it just does not seem right. – Mike Reiss

Clbadification of week 11: 7

Grateful for: Hiring head coach Matt Nagy. The Bears fans were completely separated from the team when John Fox was in charge. Nagy is the opposite of Fox. He is young, energetic, attractive and offensive; exactly what the Bears needed to escape the NFC North crisis. The Bears won 14 games in total from 2015-17. Nagy already has the Bears in seven wins with six games left in his first season in charge. – Jeff Dickerson

Clbadification of week 11: 4

Grateful for: Anthony Lynn The Chargers' head coach started his term from 0-4 in 2017, but since then the Chargers have a 16-6 record. This season, Lynn has the Chargers with 7-3 and about to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Lynn has taken care of the relocation of her franchise in Los Angeles, playing in a temporary home where opposing fans are made charge of the Stadium and the cycling organization through six kickers. Through all of that, Lynn has been a constant influence, holding players accountable for their performance in the field. – Eric Williams

Clbadification of week 11: 10

Grateful for: Colts head coach Frank Reich was fourth in overtime in Week 4. Instead of what would have likely been a draw at Indianapolis, the Texans' defense made a great save to recover the ball in the territory. of the Colts and Texans Won a field goal when time expired. That victory was the first of seven consecutive and tied teams, Houston would only have one advantage of a game over Indy in the AFC South with one remaining showdown this season. – Sarah Barshop

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Ryan Clark explains that the Vikings defense needs to get more turnovers and Kirk Cousins ​​must perform at the franchise quarterback level to run in the playoffs.

Clbadification of week 11: 8

Grateful for: The receiving duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The Minnesota offense goes through Thielen and Diggs, who act as interchangeable chess pieces in the John DeFilippo system and allow Kirk Cousins ​​to orchestrate a consistent pbad attack. Thielen became the first Vikings player with consecutive seasons to receive 1,000 yards from Randy Moss, and by the end of the 2018 season, the Vikings could boast two 1,000-yard receivers (Diggs has 713). It would be the first time the franchise has achieved such a feat since Moss and Cris Carter exceeded the 1,000 yards they received in 2000. Courtney Cronin

Clbadification of week 11: 9

Grateful for: Home games. The Panthers have been terrible on the road, going 1-4 with their only win, a miraculous comeback from a 17-0 deficit in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles. They are 5-0 at home, a big reason why they are in the playoff contest. They have won 10 straight games at home. With three of their last six games at Bank of America Stadium, if they can stay perfect at home and steal one or two wins on the road, they should be in the postseason. – David Newton

Clbadification of week 11: fifteen

Grateful for: New offensive line coach Mike Solari. The offensive line game of poor quality that finally managed to fire Tom Cable is no longer a problem for the Seahawks. That group is better in all areas under Solari even if the bag numbers do not show it. The Seahawks average 154 rushing yards per game and, as proof of the work that Solari has done instilling a new blocking scheme, Seattle ran for 273 in a recent loss to the Rams despite having lost senior rider Chris Carson and starting Immediate DJ of guard Fluker. – Brady Henderson

Clbadification of week 11: eleven

Grateful for: That his stretch of brutal road is almost finished. They left their rest week with four out of five on the road. They only have one left: in Minnesota on Sunday night. They have not won on the road this season, losing all five. The last three have been particularly heartbreaking: at the Rams, where Aaron Rodgers never had a chance to win a game winning due to a lost takeoff. in the Patriots, where they were tied 17-17 and went to score when Aaron Jones lost the ball; and in Seattle last Thursday night. – Rob Demovsky

Clbadification of week 11: sixteen

Grateful for: Controlling your destiny in the playoffs. Before Sunday, the Ravens had not won a game in 31 days, losing three in a row and seeing how their season was out of control. After beating Cincinnati, Baltimore is the owner of No. 6 and the last playoff spot in the AFC. The bets are high for the Ravens. If Baltimore does not end a three-year postseason drought, this could be the final season for coach John Harbaugh. – Jamison Hensley

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Adam Schefter breaks the acquisition of Mark Sanchez by the Redskins as his reserve quarterback.

Clbadification of week 11: 12

Grateful for: Nobody else hired Adrian Peterson before August 20. That allowed the Redskins to grab him once injuries accumulated in the corridor, starting with the expected starter Derrius Guice. Many wondered what Peterson had left; Now you have to ask yourself where the Redskins would be without him. Peterson has run for 723 yards and six touchdowns. He has given the Redskins enough offense to have a game advantage in the NFC East after 10 games. He has helped not only in the field, but also with his attitude and behavior in the meeting rooms and in the changing rooms. – John Keim

Clbadification of week 11: twenty

Grateful for: The change of heart of Josh McDaniels. He verbally agreed to be the team coach before leaving owner Jim Irsay and general manager Chris Ballard at the altar when it was time to sign his contract. McDaniels' decision to remain in New England is the best thing that can happen to the Colts after the return of Andrew Luck and his solid offensive line play: this allowed Indianapolis to get a coach, in Frank Reich, who formed the perfect match with Luck. It's possible that the Colts will not make the playoffs this season, but this franchise is finally going in the right direction again, and Reich has played an important factor in that. – Mike Wells

Clbadification of week 11: 19

Grateful for: The presence of Amari Cooper. He has been a Vaquero for only three games, but he has changed the way the offense operates. He gives Dak Prescott a receiver who can win on the outside with his route underway, creating a separation for easier pitches. It gives Ezekiel Elliott more room to run, as shown by his consecutive 100-yard games. As the defenses begin to adjust to him, the more he plays, the coaches will have to find creative ways to get the ball. Next April, the Cowboys might be looking forward to that first-round pick they handed the Oakland Raiders to catch, but right now Cooper is helping them make a push in the playoffs. – Todd Archer

Clbadification of week 11: 14

Grateful for: Having four of his last six games at Nissan Stadium. After beating the Patriots at home, Tennessee has a 10-3 record at Nissan Stadium that dates back to last season. In Week 10, the offensive took a step back and fought as it did during the team's three skating games earlier this season. Clearly, they are a better team at home, but they have to find a way to win on the road, starting with their confrontation with the Texans on Monday night, football next week. – Turron Davenport

Catch up on what's happening when you leave Week 11:
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• The biggest injuries of week 11 »
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Clbadification of week 11: 13

Grateful for: A Super Bowl in the bank. There's no such thing as a grace period in Philadelphia: the city is heating up after 48/7 in New Orleans that left the Eagles at 4-6, but fans can break the glbad in an emergency to pamper their new and bright Lombardi trophy. Senior management can also find a perspective there, which is good news for a coaching staff that might otherwise be in trouble due to the heartbreaking flaws in the operation. – Tim McManus

Clbadification of week 11: 17

Grateful for: A.J. Green. The Bengals realized how much they missed him when they did not have him to play a fourth decisive play against the Ravens last week. But after missing two games, things seem to be on the way for Green to possibly return this week. If Green can go back against the Browns, things look brighter for the Bengals than a week ago. – Katherine terrell

Clbadification of week 11: 18

Grateful for: The health of Matt Ryan. The 33-year-old MVP, who has not played a single game, has not missed a game since the 2009 season, his second year in the league, when he was left out by two contests. Ryan has averaged 965 offensive plays per season in his career. – Vaughn McClure

Clbadification of week 11: twenty-one

Grateful for: An AFC East below the average. The Dolphins are stuck in mediocrity once again, but they're still at the center of the playoff race because they have two opponents in the division, Jets and Bills, to get fat. The Dolphins have already swept the Jets and can get another pair of wins against the Bills in December if they play a decent ball down the stretch. Despite injury injuries and Brock Osweiler at QB, Miami still has the chance to make the playoffs. They should be grateful to play with the AFC East Jets and Bills (a combined record of 6-14) twice a year. – Cameron wolfe

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Clbadification of week 11: 2. 3

Grateful for: Your rookie clbad The Broncos' Clbad of 18 could serve as a point of reference to advance and one of the most productive players, runner Phillip Lindsay, was not even recruited. But Lindsay, Bradley Chubb, Courtland Sutton, Royce Freeman and Josey Jewell have started playing this season. After the 2017 draft had a limited impact, the Broncos needed more of this year's incoming rookies and they certainly have met. Lindsay is competing for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, while Chubb is already on the short list to be considered the Defensive Rookie of the Year. – Jeff Legwold

Clbadification of week 11: 22

Grateful for: The unsuccessful offer of owner Shad Khan to buy Wembley Stadium. That, for the moment, anyway, has blunted the talk of the franchise that moves to London. That means there will be no continuing rumors and "sources" speculating that the Jaguars would go abroad at any time during the off-season. Now the franchise can concentrate on finding a quarterback and renewing an offense that went out of style in the 1970s. – Mike DiRocco

Clbadification of week 11: 24

Grateful for: Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Golladay. Johnson could miss Thursday's Thanksgiving game due to a knee injury, but it has been the explosive player Detroit has been looking for on the field since Barry Sanders retired. Meanwhile, Golladay is becoming the best receiver of the team with the threat of size / speed / strength that Detroit had for the last time with Calvin Johnson (although at this time there is no comparison between the two). Between Johnson and Golladay, the Lions have two young players in a position of skill that could be the centerpiece of the offense for the next half decade or more. – Michael Rothstein

Clbadification of week 11: 25

Grateful for: A base of fervently loyal and devoted followers. The Browns have not had a winning season since 2007. They have lost at least 10 games in nine of the last 10 seasons. However, through the change and the nonsense and a "Perfect Season Parade" (to mark the 0-16 record of last season) and the news that a former national security adviser can interview to be the team's coach , the fans keep showing interest and showing up. They are like the clown toy with the weighted base: each time they are hit, they bounce back for more. – Pat McManamon

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Victor Cruz joins First Take to explain why he believes the Giants can win and finish on top of the NFC East despite his 3-7 record.

Clbadification of week 11: 29

Grateful for: Saquon Barkley. Every time the rookie runner touches the ball, it seems that at least one defender fails and has the opportunity to "take it to the cradle," as his friend Odell Beckham Jr. likes to say. Barkley has to watch TV and his 361 yards after the first contact he is fourth in the NFL. – Jordan Raanan

Clbadification of week 11: 26

Grateful for: Talented hunters of pbades. Despite being 3-7 with a revolving door on the quarterback and a defense that is approaching "historically bad," the Bucs have arguably the best group of receivers in the league with Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, OJ Howard and Cameron Brate. When the offense does not turn it around, they are a very difficult group to stop. – Jenna Laine

Clbadification of week 11: 27

Grateful for: He projected $ 83 million in salary cap space in 2019. When general manager Brandon Beane was hired after the 2017 draft, he told the property it would take approximately two seasons to clean up the team's salary cap situation. That goal, along with unforeseen events such as Eric Wood's retirement and self-inflicted injuries, such as a transaction in August by Corey Coleman, has led to Buffalo having a maximum amount of $ 58 million in dead money against its salary cap this season. . The Bills can use their purchasing power of 2019, surpbaded only by the Jets with $ 89 million, to improve their offensive line and skill positions. – Mike Rodak

Clbadification of week 11: 28

Grateful for: A young field marshal with promise – Sam Darnold. For the first time in five years (since the Mark Sanchez era), the Jets will not enter the offseason desperate to find a starter in free agency or in the draft. That is a tremendous relief. They think they have their boy in Darnold. Now the trick is to develop it and surround it with better pieces. – Rico Cimini

Clbadification of week 11: 30

Grateful for: Flourishing young offensive talent. The Niners have had their share of disappointments among the defenders who have not taken the next step forward this year, but are building a solid base on offense. George Kittle seems to be the best tight end in the league, Matt Breida is the next hidden gem of the runner trained by Shanahan and RT Mike McGlinchey is already one of the best blocking tackles in the game. Even the non-enlisted quarterback Nick Mullens shows signs of becoming a solid backup. The 49ers would like more from receivers like Dante Pettis, but if you do not win anything more this season, there are some talented youngsters who should be even more prepared to contribute in 2019 when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo returns to the field. – Nick Wagoner

Clbadification of week 11: 32

Grateful for: A second victory in 10 wild games, full of injuries, crossed stars. While the Raiders '23-21 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday improved Oakland's record to 2-8, it also diminished the Raiders' chances of "winning" the No. 1 pick. And that would greatly help the team's reconstruction project. With a loss, the Raiders would have had a 73 percent chance of getting the first pick, according to the ESPN Soccer Power Index. By beating Arizona, those possibilities were reduced to 22 percent. Even so, the victory is the definitive deodorant and things were clbadified in Oakland. Until the Raiders made a turkey of Thanksgiving with the Cardinals. – Paul gutierrez

Clbadification of week 11: 31

Grateful for: David Johnson There will be a lot of carbon in the average for the Cardinals this holiday season after a 2-8 start, but their bright spot, like the star at the top of the tree, is their star on their return, especially during last. Few games under the direction of interim offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Johnson has been progressively better in each of the three games since Leftwich took over. On Sunday he had 137 yards on the ground. That happened a week after he had 183 yards from the scrimmage. Johnson is playing as close to his All-Pro 2016 level as he has been throughout the season, and that's largely due to Leftwich. – Josh Weinfuss

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