GoLocalProv | Crowe – NFL Week #12 Power Rankings 2022: Patriots Thanksgiving Edition

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Happy Thanksgiving to all. Thank you for joining us for our acclaimed NFL Power Rankings every week. As we all try to enjoy the holidays with family, friends, and of course a trio of football games, let’s share a few other things about the National Football League that we’re grateful for this season.

Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill – Though they’re no longer teammates in Kansas City, both are thriving well for the Chiefs and the Dolphins. Mahomes ranks first in the NFL with 28 touchdown passes, leading KC to an 8-2 record. Hill is the league’s top pass catcher in Miami with 81 catches and 1,148 receiving yards while leading a rebound for the Dolphins.

Tom Brady’s resilience – He may be 45, is dealing with his high-profile divorce from supermodel-turned-ex-wife Gisele Bundchen and his team is struggling to just three wins in eight games, but all Tom Brady does is push through. The Bucs have now won back-to-back and sit atop the NFC South as Tampa Bay travels to Cleveland this Sunday to take on the Browns. Brady wasn’t spectacular, but he did throw 12 touchdowns against just two interceptions. Don’t count TB out for another run through the NFC and a possible 8th Super Bowl championship. Right now, the Buccaneers would host the Cowboys, a team they defeated in the wild card round in week one

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Parity in the NFL – The first 11 weeks of the season saw a record 125 games that were within a score in the fourth quarter. Of these competitions, 71 games were decided by six points or fewer, matching the 2016 mark. It really creates a win-every-game scenario, meaning more eyes are on the product until the end. All of which means good business for the NFL.

The beasts of the east – Both the AFC and NFC East divisions have all four teams with winning records. In the AFC, the Bills, Dolphins, Jets and Patriots would all make the playoffs if they started today. Only the Commanders would be absent from the NFC, as the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants would all dance into the postseason.

Patriots record win – Heading into Thursday night’s matchup in Minnesota, New England is 6-4, still in the playoff chase and within sight of our own power rankings. It all comes after a 10-3 win over the Jets, in which they needed a last-second 84-yard punt return from Marcus Jones for a touchdown to win the game. I currently have the Pats in 12th place, right behind the Seahawks in 11th and just outside of our full top 10.

10. NY Giants (7-3, ranked 5th last week)

Maybe I was more correct in week 10 when I left the Giants out of our top 10. Last week New York was at it again and all they did was promptly lay an egg and lose 31-18 at home to the lowly Lions. Detroit has won three times in a row, but when Saquon Barkley (15 carries, 22 yards) and the then-fourth-ranked rushing offense can haul just 89 yards against the 31-ranked rushing defense, that’s a problem. Of course, you knew it was going to be a bad day when kicker Graham Gano missed two extra points. Let’s see how the G-Men fare in Big D this Thanksgiving in a game that could speak volumes about how the rest of the season goes for Boys in Blue.

9. Tennessee Titans (7-3, Not ranked last week)

Here’s the problem with the titans. They have seven wins and sit comfortably in first place in the AFC South with a three-game lead over the Colts. The problem is that they beat exactly one team, the Commanders, with a winning record. Is this her fault now? no You can only play whoever is in front of you, and they did that last Thursday night when they thrashed a bad Packers team in Green Bay 27-17. However, Week 12 will be a tougher test as the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Tennessee in a possible playoff preview.

8. San Francisco 49ers (6-4, last week 10th)

If the 49ers play like they’ve been playing for the past three weeks, they’ll be climbing higher and higher every week. San Francisco, now a three-game winner, overwhelmed the Cardinals 38-10 Monday night in Mexico City, with Jimmy Garoppolo throwing four touchdown passes. In those three victories over the Rams, Chargers and Cardinals, the Niners have outplayed their opponents 51-0. Well that wraps things up in style. Of course, Jimmy G will make it a bit easier to have guns like Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, and Elijah Mitchell to get that done. So too will it be the number one defense in the league, giving up just 283 yards per game.

7. Baltimore Ravens (7-3, ranked 8th last week)

After bye week, the Ravens had an easy matchup with the Panthers in Week 11. Unfortunately for Baltimore, no one told Carolina. However, the Ravens held on to the 13-3 win thanks to a quick touchdown by Lamar Jackson in the fourth quarter. At this point in the season, a win is a win and that makes four straight for the AFC North leaders Ravens.

6. Minnesota Vikings (8-2, ranked 1st last week)

In just seven days, the Vikings went from feeling really good about their seven-game winning streak after an overtime win in Buffalo to feeling pretty bad about themselves from a 40-3 thumb up against the Dallas Cowboys. Thankfully, the Vikes don’t have to hold that bad taste in their collective mouth for too long as they welcome the Patriots to Minnesota on Thanksgiving Night.

5. Buffalo Bills (7-3, ranked 6th last week)

Neither six feet of snow, an unscheduled trip to Detroit, nor the Cleveland Browns could stop the Bills from returning to the Victory Column after back-to-back losses. It took the Bills nearly three quarters to get out on the stretch, but they made it with a balanced run/pass attack that led them to the 31-23 win. Week 12 finds her right back in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day to face the Lions, which hasn’t been good for Buffalo. The Bills twice faced the Lions over the holidays, losing them both, 35-21 in 1994 and 27-14 in 1976.

4. Miami Dolphins (7-3, ranked 4th last week)

No game in Week 11 meant the Dolphins remained at the top of the AFC East. They now have to share that stat 7-3 with the Bills, just one game ahead of the Patriots and Jets in a division where all four teams not only have a track record, but would also make it to the AFC playoffs if they would start today. what they don’t do. Miami hosts the 1-8-1 Texans Sunday that should result in another comfortable win for the Finns.

3. Dallas Cowboys (7-3, ranked 7th last week)

Talk about a recovery. After a disappointing overtime loss at Lambeau Field to the woeful Packers in Week 10, all the Cowboys did in Week 11 was invade Minnesota and oust the vaunted 8-1 Vikings 40-3. Quarterback Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes and the Dallas defense sacked Kirk Cousins ​​seven times in a game that even saw Cowboys kicker Brett Maher hit two 60-yard field goals after one was wiped out due to a stand check . NFC East rivals Giants come to Dallas on Turkey Day, with the winner finishing second in the division.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1, ranked 3rd last week)

The Eagles might have secured their top spot had it not been for a lackluster last-second win Sunday in Indianapolis. Instead, they’re in second place after having to drive Jalen Hurt’s 7-yard touchdown run to beat the Colts 17-16 in the closing minutes. Philly welcomes the Packers and Titans to town for the next two weeks before a keen showdown at the Giants in Week 14.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-2, ranked 2nd last week)

If it’s prime time, it must be time for a Chiefs comeback win. Just like he did against Tennessee earlier this season, Patrick Mahomes rallied his team from a last-minute deficit to beat the Chargers 30-27 on his third touchdown pass to Travis Kelce on Sunday night. Even without wide receivers JuJu Schuster and Mecole Hardman from concussion and abdominal injuries, the KC offense didn’t miss a beat and picked up their eighth win to keep them atop the AFC standings. The Chiefs are looking to wrap up LA sweep Sunday when they host reigning Super Bowl champion Rams.

Games to watch week 12
Bills at Lions (Thursday 12:30 p.m. CBS) – Two games in Detroit in five days for the Bills.
Giants at Cowboys (Thursday 4:30 p.m. FOX) – Dallas wants the win at the Giants.
Patriots at Vikings (Thursday 8:20 p.m. NBC) – Minnesota’s first-ever Thanksgiving Day game.
Bengals at Titans (Sunday 1 p.m. CBS) — WR Ja’Marr Chase is poised to make a return for the Bengals.
Packers at Eagles (Sunday 8:20 p.m. NBC) — The Eagles are looking to put an end to the Packers’ playoff hopes.

Last week:
10. Seahawks/49ers
9. Nozzles
8. Ravens
7. Cowboys
6. Invoices
5. Giants
4. Dolphins
3. Eagle
2. Bosses
1. Vikings

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