NFL power rankings, Week 14: Lions win (not a typo)

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 05: Zach Allen #94 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes against James Daniels #68 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 05, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Bears 33-22. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


New England Patriots 8-4

Last week: MNF at BUF
Last rank: 3rd

Bill Belichick’s club took a six-game winning streak into their Monday night showdown with the Bills. It’s been a pretty amazing turnaround after a 2-4 start. And the New England’s eight wins tops their total from 2020 when the club finished 7-9.

Quarterback Mac Jones has settled in nicely and is in the conversation for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The ball-hawking Patriots have 25 takeaways in 12 games, including an impressive 19 interceptions.


Green Bay Packers 9-3

Last week: OFF
Last rank: 2nd

Following a tough loss at Minnesota, Matt LaFleur’s club rebounded with a win over the Rams. And the Packers remain the only team in the NFC North with a winning record.

In fact, Green Bay can clinch a third straight division title if the Vikings stub their toes Thursday night vs. the Steelers and Aaron Rodgers and company complete a sweep of the Bears on Sunday night. The Pack has already forced 19 turnovers, one more than in all of 2020 (18).


Arizona Cardinals 10-2

Last week: W, 33-22 at CHI
Last rank: 1st

The Cardinals were back after a week off and made their way to the Windy City to take on the struggling Bears. And both quarterback Kyler Murray and wideout DeAndre Hopkins returned to the lineup.

Arizona’s defense came up big on an afternoon in which Kliff Kingsbury’s offense managed only 257 total yards. The Cards sacked Bears’ quarterback Andy Dalton three times and picked him off on four occasions. The club is now 7-0 away from home.

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