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

Thursday, November 24, 2022

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We thank you for joining us each and every week for our highly lauded NFL Power Rankings. 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 National Football League things we’re thankful for this season.

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

Tom Brady’s resilience – He may be 45 years old, having to deal with his high-profile divorce from supermodel and now ex-wife Gisele Bundchen, and his team struggling to just three wins in eight games, but all Tom Brady does is outdo himself. The Bucs have now won two straight, sit atop the NFC South as Tampa Bay travels to Cleveland to face the Browns this Sunday. Brady hasn’t been spectacular but he has thrown for 12 touchdowns against just two interceptions. He’s not ruling TB out for another NFC run and a possible eighth Super Bowl championship. Right now, the Buccaneers would host the Cowboys, a team they beat in week one, in the wild card round.

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Parity in the NFL – Through the first 11 weeks of the season, there have been a record 125 games that have gone within a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Of those contests, 71 games have been decided by six points or less, matching the mark in 2016. It really creates a scenario where each and every game is on the line, which means more eyes on the product until the very end. . All of that means good business for the NFL.

beasts from the east – Both the AFC and NFC East division have the four teams with winning records. In the AFC, the Bills, Dolphins, Jets, and Patriots would make the playoffs if they started today. In the NFC, only the Commanders would miss out, as the Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants would all be dancing in the postseason.

Patriots winning record – Heading into Thursday night’s matchup in Minnesota, New England is 6-4, still in the playoff hunt and in light of our own power rankings. That 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 game-winning touchdown. Currently, I have the Pats at No. 12, just behind the Seahawks at No. 11 and just barely out of our entire top 10.

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

Perhaps I was more correct in Week 10 when I knocked the Giants out of our top 10. Last week, New York was back and all they did was quickly lay an egg, losing at home 31-18 to the humble lions. Detroit has won three in a row, but when Saquon Barkley (15 carries, 22 yards) and the fourth-ranked run offense only manage 89 yards against the 31st-ranked run 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 at Big D on Thanksgiving in a game that could say a lot about how the rest of the season goes for the boys in blue.

9. Tennessee Titans (7-3, last week unranked)

Here is the problem with the titans. They have seven wins and comfortably sit in first place in the AFC South with a three-game lead over the Colts. The problem is that they have beaten exactly one team, the commanders, with a winning record. Now is it your fault? No. You can only play whoever is in front of you and that’s what they did last Thursday night when they beat a bad Packers team in Green Bay, 27-17. Week 12 will be a tougher test, however, as the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Tennessee in what could be a potential playoff preview.

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

If the 49ers keep playing the way they have in the last three weeks, they will go higher and higher each week. San Francisco, now winners of three straight, completely overwhelmed the Cardinals on Monday night in Mexico City 38-10 with Jimmy Garoppolo throwing four touchdown passes. In those three wins over the Rams, Chargers and Cardinals, the Niners have outscored their opponents 51-0. That’s closing things in style. Of course, having the likes of Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and Elijah Mitchell will make things a little easier for Jimmy G. So will the number one defense in the league, allowing just 283 yards per game.

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

After the bye week, the Ravens thought they would have an easy matchup with the Panthers in Week 11. Unfortunately for Baltimore, no one told Carolina. However, thanks to a Lamar Jackson rushing touchdown run in the fourth quarter, the Ravens clinched a 13–3 victory. At this point in the season, a win is a win and that’s the fourth straight for the AFC North-leading Ravens.

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

In just seven days, the Vikings went from feeling really good about their seven-game winning streak after an overtime victory in Buffalo to feeling pretty bad about themselves due to a 40-3 thrashing at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys. Fortunately, the Vikes won’t have to hold on to that collective bad taste for long as they welcome the Patriots to Minnesota on Thanksgiving Night.

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

Neither six feet of snow, an unscheduled trip to Detroit, nor the Cleveland Browns could keep the Bills from getting back into the win column after two straight losses. It took the Bills nearly three quarters to get back on track, but they did so with a balanced run/pass attack that led them to a 31-23 victory. Week 12 finds them back in Detroit on Thanksgiving to face the Lions, which hasn’t been good for Buffalo. The Bills faced the Lions twice over the holidays and lost them both, 35-21 in 1994 and 27-14 in 1976.

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

No game in week 11 meant the Dolphins held on to first place in the AFC East. Now they have to share that position with the Bills at 7-3, just one game ahead of the Patriots and Jets in a division where all four teams not only have winning records, but would go on to make the AFC playoffs. if they started today they don’t. Miami hosts the Texans 1-8-1 on Sunday, which should lead to another comfortable win for the Finns.

3. Dallas Cowboys (7-3, ranked No. 7 last week)

Talk about a rebound. After a disappointing overtime loss at Lambeau Field to the woeful Packers in week 10, all the Cowboys did in week 11 was go into Minnesota and beat the Vikings 8-1, 40-3. Quarterback Dak Prescott threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Dallas defense sacked Kirk Cousins ​​seven times in a game that even saw Cowboys kicker Brett Maher score two field goals from 60 yards later. of one being overturned due to a cabin overhaul. The NFC East rival Giants come to Dallas on Turkey Day and the winner gets second place in the division.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1, last week they were in third place)

If it weren’t for a lackluster last-second victory in Indianapolis on Sunday, the Eagles might have earned their first seed. Instead, they’re in second place after having to capitalize on Jalen Hurts’ 7-yard TD run to beat the Colts, 17-16 in the final minutes. Philadelphia welcomes the Packers and Titans to town for the next two weeks before a racy matchup on the Giants in week 14.

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

If it’s prime time, it must be time for a Chiefs comeback win. Just as he did earlier this season against Tennessee, Patrick Mahomes rallied his team from a last-minute deficit to beat the Chargers on Sunday night, 30-27 on his third touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. Even without wide receivers JuJu Schuster and Mecole Hardman due to a concussion and abdominal injuries, KC’s offense didn’t miss a beat to earn its eighth win and stay atop the AFC standings. The Chiefs will try to complete the sweep in Los Angeles on Sunday when they host the defending Super Bowl champion Rams.

Games to watch week 12
Bills at Lions (Thursday 12:30 pm CBS) – Two games in Detroit in five days for the Bills.
Giants at Cowboys (Thursday 4:30 pm FOX) – Dallas goes for a sweep of the Giants.
Patriots at Vikings (Thursday 8:20 pm NBC) – First game of Thanksgiving in Minnesota.
Bengals at Titans (Sunday 1 pm CBS) – WR Ja’Marr Chase is close to returning for the Bengals.
Packers at Eagles (Sunday 8:20 pm NBC) – The Eagles try to end the Packers’ playoff hopes.

In the past week:
10. Seahawks/49ers
9. Jets
8. Ravens
7. jeans
6. Invoices
5. Giants
4. Dolphins
3. Eagles
2. Bosses
1. Vikings

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