My favorite week of the NFL season is finally here… Well, whatever week they have games being played on Thanksgiving, that is.
It has been quite the season for the NFL thus far, filled with ties, shitty quarterback play, the Cowboys (lame) and Raiders both being back, the Browns on the verge of making history (and not in a good way), Tony Romo getting hurt for the millionth time and losing his job, declining ratings, and more stupid Peyton Manning ads than ever before. Nothing too eventful. With six weeks still left in the season, both the AFC and NFC playoff races are still wide open for a good amount of teams in the league, which means we’re due for some missed field goals and late interceptions that end a team’s season. LET’S GO. Anyways, there isn’t too much change in the power rankings this week. The Cowboys are still at the top of the list, which makes me hate everything, but everything gets a bit better when I see my red hot New York Football Giants not too much further down the list.
The following is the NFL’s Week 12 ranking.
1. Dallas Cowboys
As much as I hate the Cowboys, which is a lot, they are damn good this year. The nicest thing I can say about the Cowboys is not that the most impressive thing they’ve done so far this year is not dominating teams led by two rookies, but it’s actually that they’re 9-1 against the spread, which has been beneficial to all of the gamblers out there. You’re welcome Dallas for the kind comment, now go piss off and stop winning games. To be fair I actually don’t hate Dan Bailey, he’s been pretty awesome for my fantasy team, and it’s pretty hard to hate kickers.
2. New England Patriots
To nobody’s surprise, the Patriots beat up on the 49ers yesterday and remain the top team in the AFC. I don’t really take away too much from this game because the 49ers are bad, but it was a good win for New England, and they’re now a step closer to securing home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Their defense is still shaky, but luckily Tom Brady still kicks ass at football and they still have the best coach in the league.
3. Seattle Seahawks
This is the team that’s going to give Dallas the most trouble if they meet in the playoffs After beating the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday, Russell Wilson proved that he not only seems to be 100% healthy (for the record I’m not a doctor, so my information could be inaccurate) but also that he’s a better receiver than anyone on the Eagles by being the first Seahawks quarterback to ever catch a touchdown pass. Their defense is starting to click, so look out for the Seahawks to make a run this postseason. Also, their fans referring themselves as “12s” is so goddamn lame, that’s my one criticism for Seattle.
4. Oakland Raiders
I’m writing this on Monday before they’ve played their game against the Texans, but win or lose I’ll still have Oakland in this spot. Their offense continues to be one of the most explosive in the league, and Jack Del Rio has done one of his best coaching jobs of his career by getting these young players to buy into his system. Their defense needs some work, but these Raiders are going to be around for a while, or at least I hope so because the NFL is way more fun when the Raiders are good.
5. Denver Broncos
Broncos remain in the fifth spot after having the week off. Nothing too new to say about the Broncos other than what I’ve already written about them in previous articles: their defense is the best in the league and I still don’t trust Trevor Siemian to win me a big game, but I also think he benefits from having good, skilled players around him on offense. It will be interesting to see how they’ll fare out if they meet the Patriots again in the playoffs, but this time (probably) in Foxboro.
6. New York Giants
Five in a row! Ain’t no stopping us now! I don’t know how the Giants are continuing to win all of these close games, but they are and now they’re sitting at 7-3 in the midst of a five-game winning streak. Their defense is finally starting to come together and generate both sacks and turnovers, and second-year safety Landon Collins is emerging as one of the best defensive players in the league this year. Their offense hasn’t looked as good as I thought it would, but they make enough plays to keep winning games. If we’re being honest, though, I’m actually kind of terrified for the Browns game on Sunday because I do not want my G-Men to be the Browns’ first and probably only win this year. Do your job and beat up on shitty teams Big Blue.
7. Kansas City Chiefs
They may have lost on Sunday, but the Chiefs are still one of the betters teams in the league. The problem with Kansas City is that while I do like Alex Smith and think he got a raw deal in San Francisco, he isn’t a quarterback that can take your team to the next level and hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Their defense is elite, without a doubt, but they’ve had too many injuries at running back, and I don’t really trust any of their receivers, minus Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin. I think they’ll get into the playoffs, but I don’t see them making any noise come January.
8. Washington Redskins
I need the Redskins, especially Kirk Cousins, to cool it. In a contract year, Cousins has been playing some awesome football and has Washington in prime position to get into the playoffs. I’m still not sold on their defense, but they’ve been playing their best football over the last month or so, and have me a bit concerned as a Giants fan. Man, I hate these guys.
9. Atlanta Falcons
I don’t know how much longer Atlanta will be in this spot because the Buccaneers are only a game out of first place in their division. Their schedule isn’t too tough for the final six games of the season, so they should win the division, but crazier things have happened. So while it’s likely they end up winning their shitty division, I can’t imagine them winning more than one playoff game, and definitely not one on the road.
10. Detroit Lions
The freakin’ Lions, man. They just keep pulling these wins out of their asses, with repeated ‘come from behind’ wins in the forth quarter, which is how they’ve gotten all their wins this year! Detroit Clutch City! Stafford continues his elevated level of play this season and has done a great job spreading the ball around to all of his weapons on offense. They have a HUGE game on Thanksgiving against the Vikings, and can get a real strangle hold on the division with taking both games from Minnesota this year, and Green Bay just seeming to flat out quit on Mike McCarthy. What a time for Lions fans everywhere.