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NFL power rankings, Week 14: Bengals make move

The Cincinnati Bengals are moving up in the AFC version of our NFL power rankings, beating the Kansas City Chiefs once again.

16. Houston Texans (LW: 16)

The Texans are going back to Davis Mills under center, but does it really matter? Houston isn’t winning regardless.

15. Denver Broncos (LW: 15)

Denver can’t score. The question this week is whether the Chiefs come out flying after a loss in Cincinnati, or is Kansas City flat afterwards?

14. Indianapolis Colts (LW: 14)

The Colts gave up more than 30 points in the fourth quarter against Dallas on Sunday. That pretty much says it all.

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 11)

Jacksonville has made progress since last year, but the Jaguars are still far, far away from rising in the NFL power rankings.

 

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12. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 13)

The Steelers are 5-7 and getting a backup quarterback in Tyler Huntley when the Baltimore Ravens come to Pittsburgh this Sunday. Big opportunity.

11. Cleveland Browns (LW: 10)

Cleveland was able to beat the Texans in Houston for Deshaun Watson’s return, but the defense/special teams needed to score three touchdowns for the victory.

10. Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 12)

Are the Raiders making a late playoff push? They’ve won three straight games and now get the Rams in what should be a friendly SoFi Stadium.

9. New England Patriots (LW: 9)

It’s time for the Patriots to make their move towards the postseason, or start preparing for the draft. First up, the Cardinals on Monday night.

8. Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 8)

How many times are the Chargers going to give up a ton of rushing yardage, underwhelm on offense and lose to a lesser team?

7. New York Jets (LW: 7)

The Jets took Minnesota to the limit, but couldn’t get into the end zone at the end, losing to the Vikings.

6. Tennessee Titans (LW: 6)

Tennessee got hammered by the Eagles up in Philadelphia. Now, the Titans need to recalibrate and handle business at home against the Titans.

 

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5. Baltimore Ravens (LW: 5)

It’s time for the Ravens to rally around Tyler Huntley. They need him to make some plays while Lamar Jackson recovers.

4. Miami Dolphins (LW: 2)

Tua Tagovailoa struggled to handle the 49ers defense, missing some easy throws. Can he rebound against a much lesser unit facing the Chargers?

3. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 4)

Cincinnati has to move up into the top three, and has a case for being right at the top. The Bengals absolutely own the Chiefs.

2. Buffalo Bills (LW: 3)

Buffalo also slots up, now holding the AFC’s top seed. However, the loss of Von Miller is enormous.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 1)

The Chiefs lost but retain the top spot. Why? Because Kansas City, Buffalo and Cincinnati are interchangeable, and the Chiefs have the highest ceiling when they hit their top gear.

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