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Glenn Clark's NFL Power Rankings: Week 12

November 21, 2017
Here are my power rankings for Week 12 of the NFL season. 

1. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1, No. 1 ranking last week)

Eagles fans are starting to have that dream where they wake up and find that what they're looking for (a Super Bowl title) is finally there after all this time. 

2. New England Patriots (8-2, No. 2)

I don't know if they feel the island breeze much in New England, but I see how this is going to go. The Patriots are going to be completely untested en route to another Super Bowl. Are you ready for it?

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2, No. 3)

Now they and offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert aren't going to see each other in a month. Because he's suspended. It's not like they called things off. I'm telling you … they are probably, in four weeks, getting back together. Luckily that means the Ravens will miss him though.

4. Minnesota Vikings (8-2, No. 5)

I don't know how it can get better than this for the Vikings. Even though quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is back, Case Keenum is playing completely fearless ahead of him. 

5. New Orleans Saints (8-2, No. 6)

Considering they just rallied from 15 points down in the closing minutes to get their eighth straight win, I wonder how I'd react as a Saints fan if quarterback Drew Brees were to walk by me. I probably wouldn't be able to breathe. He's been going so perfectly ... it's really the kind of flawless I wish I could be.

6. Los Angeles Rams (7-3, No. 4)

There are now rumors that after firing Jim Mora, UCLA is considering making former Rams head coach Jeff Fisher its next mistake. They'd probably be better off leaving the head coaching position as just a blank space. 

7. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3, No. 8)

Jaguars fans should take it as a compliment that football fans like everyone but their quarterback. Blake Bortles might have his issues, but that defense is gorgeous. 

8. Carolina Panthers (7-3, No. 9)

When you think happiness, I hope you think of wide receiver Devin Funchess ... going off for three touchdowns against the Jets this weekend to try to save the season for one of my fantasy teams. Honestly, I hope you think of me. 

9. Atlanta Falcons (6-4, No. 12)

Give them credit. When they go crashing down, they come back every time. Well … except for when they blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl. Those jokes will never go out of style. 

10. Kansas City Chiefs (6-4, No. 7)

With the Chiefs having lost four of their past five, rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes wouldn't mind being head coach Andy Reid's end game, ya know? His first string? His A-team?

11. Tennessee Titans (6-4, No. 10)

Their castle kind of crumbled overnight when they got wrecked by the Steelers. Call it what you want, but they kind of looked fraudulent. 

12. Detroit Lions (6-4, No. 13)

But no matter how well they perform, it feels like they could use one more piece. In fact, they might just keep calling former receiver Calvin Johnson's name until he comes back home. He's not going to live forever, you know. 

13. Seattle Seahawks (6-4, No. 11)

Considering how the Raiders have struggled this season and how the Seahawks would really have a chance to be good if they could just run the ball, you have to imagine Seattle is probably dying to know if it's killing Marshawn Lynch like it's killing them. 

14. Baltimore Ravens (5-5, No. 19)

Are they out of the woods yet? No. But given how their defense is playing and how open their schedule is, they could be in the clear soon. Good. 

15. Dallas Cowboys (5-5, No. 14)

When you're fifteen(th in the power rankings), nobody actually tells you they love you. You wouldn't believe them because you know how bad you've been without offensive tackle Tyron Smith and running back Ezekiel Elliott. 

16. Los Angeles Chargers (4-6, No. 22)

They're getting smarter and harder in the nick of time and could end up being a factor in the AFC playoff race. Plus, look what the Bills made them do defensively (five interceptions) when they started Nathan Peterman at quarterback.

17. Oakland Raiders (4-6, No. 15)

You have to wonder if Lynch is going to start talking real slow. You know, because it's late (in his career) and his mama don't know (why President Trump wants him suspended). 

18. Buffalo Bills (5-5, No. 17)

Maybe quarterback Tyrod Taylor isn't perfect, but when head coach Sean McDermott was thinking about starting Peterman he obviously … should've said no. The Bills might still have a hold on a playoff spot if he had.

19. Green Bay Packers (5-5, No. 16)

Maybe quarterback Aaron Rodgers can return in Week 15. But Green Bay isn't Hollywood. It's a small town. And the way they're playing it would probably be too late for Rodgers and his white horse to come around. 

20. Washington Redskins (4-6, No. 18)

The NFL apparently admitted it screwed up a late intentional grounding call on quarterback Kirk Cousins, but those words probably just felt like knives or swords or weapons to Redskins fans. Being a Redskins fan has just got to be so mean. 

21. New York Jets (4-6, No. 21)

Trying to tank the season but ending up just a game out of the playoffs with six weeks left? Welcome to New York. Everybody there wanted something more. Namely, USC quarterback Sam Darnold. Whom they still might get.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6, No. 28)

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22 (in the power rankings) isn't so bad for a team that was 2-6 two weeks ago. 

23. Houston Texans (4-6, No. 23)

The Ravens face defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and the Texans on "Monday Night Football" this week. We'll see if he can take Houston somewhere it can get quarterback Joe Flacco alone … on the ground. If they do, all that's left for the Ravens to do is run, I guess. 

24. Arizona Cardinals (4-6, No. 20)

They're going to have to play Blaine Gabbert at quarterback for another week and may be looking at him for next season. So ... now they've got problems. I don't think he solves them. And if the Cardinals don't give receiver Larry Fitzgerald a better chance to win at the end of his career, there may be some bad blood. 

25. Indianapolis Colts (3-7, No. 25)

As a franchise, the Colts just appear to have nothing figured out. For their fans it's got to be hard to take. It's probably even tough for a Colts fan to refer to the team as "mine."

26. Cincinnati Bengals (4-6, No. 27)

Sure, the Bengals beat the Broncos, but nothing lasts forever. Will they be a legitimate threat in the AFC playoff race? Not in your wildest dreams.

27. Miami Dolphins (4-6, No. 24)

It's kind of hard to remember that the Dolphins won seven of their last nine games last season. You get the feeling they wouldn't mind going back to December (2016) to turn around and make it all right. 

28. Chicago Bears (3-7, No. 26)

Chicago kind of rushed into things with rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky this season. And while the Bears have struggled, he's given fans reason to get lost in the idea that they might have found a franchise quarterback wonderland. 

29. New York Giants (2-8, No. 31)

A team that looked like a mess knocking off the AFC West-leading Chiefs? There must have been a few Giants fans who were wondering if Nov. 19 was a fairytale. 

30. Denver Broncos (3-7, No. 29)

You get the feeling Broncos fans are probably burning just about every picture of quarterback Brock Osweiler they can find. They should probably strike a match on the wasted time they've had with him and give Paxton Lynch a shot. 

31. San Francisco 49ers (1-9, No. 30)

To the fella over there in San Francisco with the hella good hair, just shake this season off. Things should get better for you in the future. 

32. Cleveland Browns (0-10, No. 32)

And all they can think about in Cleveland is if the time will come for them to finally win. If they do, they'll almost certainly sing hallelujah. 

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