NFL power rankings Week 12: Monday morning ranks

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Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; General view of an NFL logo with a salute to the military before a game between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It was another entertaining Sunday of NFL action, as the wild twists and turns of the NFL season continued to come our way. Teams like the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans proved that their seasons are in the tanks, while the Denver Broncos were able to take down the Kansas City Chiefs and ensure that we wouldn’t have an undefeated team this season.

Two teams who are beginning to climb the rankings are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who won their second game of the season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers who have been able to string together big wins and claim second place in the AFC North after starting the year 2-6.

There is still plenty of football left to go this season and one game remaining in Week 11, but we have a good idea of how things currently stand.

Where does your team as they prepare for Week 12?

Here are the updated power rankings as we head in to the final game of the week:

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  • Mark Bustamante

    I think the Chiefs gained a lot of respect last night. They are a good football team. Had their chances but didn’t capitalize on them. It’s ok we will get them in KC

    • Roc

      If Sherman doesn’t fumble it’s a completely different game. I’m proud of the way the Choefs kept fighting even while they clearly couldn’t even breathe on Denver’s WR’s without getting holding calls while Denver’s WR’s were using shady picks all day and not getting called for that. Hopefully the officials give us those calls in KC

      • mike

        Missed calls on both sides, Bowes push-off for the touchdown was obviously offensive pass interference. But that is how every game is, can’t blame the refs in this one, they called it even.

      • Anthony

        And if Ball doesn’t fumble it’s a different game too. What’s your point? We can talk in hypotheticals all day, doesn’t mean jack. And the calls were abysmal on both sides. Oh, by the way, Denver had way more calls on them than KC. So, yeah, KC got beat bad, and there’s no way to justify it.

      • FesterFoot43

        Typical “blame it on somebody else” mentality. I watched that game, too. Nobody was getting shanked by bad calls. If anything, bad calls where evenly dispersed. I’ve also maintained that KC isn’t the best team in the league or even close. They lost to the only team they’ve played with a winning record.

      • Guest

        Roc, your entire paragraph is a list of excuses. You lost to a better team. Get over it

  • DXW

    The refs did everything they could to hand this game to the Chiefs. Taunting? Really? That weak call gave the Chiefs a touchdown. This game was nowhere near as close as the score implies. The Jags game was more of a challenge.

    The Arrowhead game isn’t the least bit scary… unless the Chiefs switch stadiums with the Saints for a week.

    • Roc

      Good luck in two weeks, you won’t be getting those bullshit holding calls in KC

      • DXW

        That’s fine as long as we get the same KC offense we saw last night.

  • FesterFoot43

    I’ve said throughout the season that KC needed to play somebody of consequence before I believed they were the best team in the league. They played well last night, but they showed they aren’t number one. I don’t think the Broncos are, either, however. Personally (and, I think, with logic on my side), I think the Seahawks are the best team – not because they’re my team, but because I know how they match up with the Broncos and KC, both. We’ve beaten the Broncos in the 3rd game of preseason (when most of your starters are in) last year and this year and both were convincing enough. When the Hawks and the Saints play, you’ll know who deserves the top spot.

    • DXW

      They don’t game plan for preseason. The fact you’d use a preseason game as a measuring stick for anything other than which practice squad players are going to make the final roster is ridiculous.

      Seattle is good, but with the way they play away from home, I don’t see them doing much in the post season. This year is most likely going to be Denver vs NO in the SB. Those are the two best teams in the NFL, and it’ll be a good game with Manning getting his second ring.

      • Taydude

        They have lost ONE game on the road this year. The same team that the Broncos lost to… Where is the logic there, how are we playing poorly on the road? How are the saints WHO LOST TO THE JETS better than Seattle? The Saints BARELY beat SF at home….the Seahawks demolished them in every facet. One mid season slump (where you still win) cannot define a team who is now blowing everyone out. I am fine with the Broncos at #1 since they just beat the only undefeated team…but NO ONE ELSE makes sense to put above the Seahawks. The saints are #3 or #4 at best.

        • buffalo

          The Saints also had the benefit of the Brees call and a blatant no-call on pass interference in the end zone,either one one of which would have turned the game for the Niners. Any coach I’ve ever heard break down a game almost always says it comes down to five or six big plays and if those plays get crap calls it can and did change the result of the game.

  • FesterFoot43

    Hey, Josh! How do you “author” something that doesn’t explain anything with words? WHY do you rank the teams as you do? So far, I see you can count, but…