NFL power rankings, Week 15: Chiefs roll, Browns escape

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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 12: Davante Adams #17 of the Green Bay Packers scores on a 38-yard touchdown reception past Jaylon Johnson #33 of the Chicago Bears during the second quarter of the NFL game at Lambeau Field on December 12, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)


New England Patriots 9-4

Last week: OFF
Last rank: 3rd

A year ago, the organization suffered through its first losing season since 2000. And things looked bleak when Bill Belichick’s club dropped four of their first six games this year. But the Patriots have now won seven straight and hold the top spot in the AFC East.

Rookie quarterback Mac Jones has been solid and improved on a weekly basis. New England has gotten solid play in the trenches. And the Pats have come up with 26 takeaways in 13 contests.


Green Bay Packers 10-3

Last week: W, 45-30 vs CHI
Last rank: 2nd

The NFC North leaders will be without wide receiver Randall Cobb (via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky) for some time. On Sunday night, the Packers hosted the rival Bears and looked to complete the sweep. And Matt LaFleur’s club was actually down by six at intermission.

But Green Bay would score 24 consecutive points and take control of the game. Aaron Rodgers threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns and the Packers rolled up 439 total yards.


Arizona Cardinals 10-2

Last week: MNF vs LAR
Last rank: 1st

A victory (or tie) on Monday night at home against the Los Angeles Rams and the Cardinals are headed to the postseason for the first time since 2015. The team has come a long way under head coach Kliff Kingsbury and has proven it could win without several key players, including Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins.

Arizona is a perfect 7-0 away from home this season (4-4 in 2020) and also owns a perfect 4-0 record vs. their divisional rivals this year.

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