NFL power rankings, Week 14: Steelers rise, 49ers fall

As the contenders and pretenders start separating, we look at the NFL power rankings going into Week 14 with an idea of the playoff pictures.

32

Detroit Lions

1-10-1 LW: 32

Genuinely happy for the Lions. What a moment for the young team.

31

Jacksonville Jaguars

2-10 LW: 31

The Jaguars are a total disaster. Just comical.

30

Houston Texans

2-10 LW: 30

Houston can’t throw, can’t run or play defense. Otherwise things are great.

29

Robert Saleh really used to coach good defenses. Long time ago.

28

If the Bears fired Matt Nagy and cut Andy Dalton yesterday, it wouldn’t be soon enough.

27

New York Giants

4-8 LW: 26

Tons of injuries, no coaching and hideous quarterback play. Good times.

26

Seattle Seahawks

4-8 LW: 28

The Seahawks managed to pull the upset over the Niners, impacting the playoff picture.

25

Carolina Panthers

5-7 LW: 25

Carolina is somehow in the playoff picture despite being objectively terrible.

24

Atlanta Falcons

5-7 LW: 24

See above.

23

New Orleans Saints

5-7 LW: 22

See above again, with the caveat they’re all kinds of injured.

22

Minnesota Vikings

5-7 LW: 16

The Vikings’ fans deserve better. Just a total mess of an operation from the top down.

21

Cleveland Browns

6-6 LW: 21

Coming off the bye, it’s a home game against Baltimore. Now or never.

20

Miami Dolphins

6-7 LW: 20

Miami has won five straight and has the Jets next. This is one hell of a turnaround.

19

Denver Broncos

6-6 LW: 17

Denver’s defense was terrific in Kansas City, but the offense was a horror show.

18

Pittsburgh Steelers

6-5-1 LW: 23

A quick turnaround on Thursday in Minnesota, but a huge win that keeps hope alive.

17

Philadelphia Eagles

6-7 LW: 19

Gardner Minshew sliced up the Jets, and the Eagles are back in the hunt.

16

Las Vegas Raiders

6-6 LW: 13

Can’t be a playoff contender in the AFC and lose to Washington at home. Now, Arrowhead.

15

Washington Football Team

6-6 LW: 18

At 6-6, it suddenly feels like Washington is going to comfortably make the playoffs.

14

San Francisco 49ers

6-6 LW: 12

Horrid loss for San Francisco, although the standings still favor it getting to the postseason.

13

Indianapolis Colts

7-6 LW: 14

The Colts basically had a bye on Sunday that comes with a free victory.

12

Cincinnati Bengals

7-5 LW: 11

Tough day for the Bengals, who beat themselves with turnovers and poor defense.

11

And with that loss, the Bills are in real danger of missing the playoffs.

10

Los Angeles Chargers

7-5 LW: 15

The Chargers get a huge win in Cincy, and they’re right in the mix for the AFC West title.

9

Dallas Cowboys

8-4 LW: 10

Dallas gets the win on Thursday, and is in firm control of the NFC East.

8

Los Angeles Rams

8-4 LW: 9

Los Angeles crushed the Jaguars, now can it beat the teams that matter? Arizona on Sunday.

7

Tennessee Titans

8-4 LW: 8

If the Titans can get healthy, they’re a Super Bowl contender … but that’s a huge if.

6

Baltimore Ravens

8-4 LW: 6

A loss in Pittsburgh and now Marlon Humphrey is out for the season. Very tough weekend.

5

New England Patriots

9-4 LW: 5

The Patriots beat the Bills without a quarterback. That’s just unbelievable.

4

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

9-3 LW: 4

Nice, easy win in Atlanta. The Bucs have a test this weekend with the Bills coming in.

3

Kansas City Chiefs

8-4 LW: 3

The offense is struggling, but suddenly the Chiefs’ defense is absolutely rolling.

2

Green Bay Packers

9-3 LW: 2

Arguably the best team in football, and they get the Bears at home off its bye. Amazing.

1

Arizona Cardinals

10-2 LW: 1

Nobody is playing better all-around football than the Cardinals.

Source: FanSided

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