ESPN's Power Rankings "1. Dallas Cowboys 2016 record: 10-1 | Week 12 ranking: 1 QB Dak Prescott has now completed 30 of his past 33 pass attempts in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, as the Cowboys have won 10 consecutive games. Prescott has an NFL-best 89.8 Total QBR in the fourth quarter and overtime this season. The Cowboys take their show on the road Thursday against Minnesota. 2. Oakland Raiders 2016 record: 9-2 | Week 12 ranking: 4 The Raiders have clinched their first winning season since 2002, thanks to Derek Carr's late-game heroics. Carr has 13 game-tying or go-ahead touchdown passes in the fourth quarter or overtime the past two seasons, six more than any other QB, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. 3. New England Patriots 2016 record: 9-2 | Week 12 ranking: 3 QB Tom Brady is always the talk when it comes to the Patriots, but the defense has once again fallen under the radar. The Patriots have held opponents to fewer than 20 points seven times this season, tied with the Chiefs and Seahawks for most such games. The Rams and their low-powered offense are next for New England. 4. Seattle Seahawks 2016 record: 7-3-1 | Week 12 ranking: 2 The Seahawks have the third-best record in the NFC, so there's no need to panic. But Week 12 marked the third time this season that the Seahawks failed to score a touchdown. The Seahawks, with their 23rd-ranked scoring offense (20.4 points per game), host the Panthers in Week 13. 5. Denver Broncos 2016 record: 7-4 | Week 12 ranking: 5 It's a pretty simple formula for the Broncos: win the turnover battle, and win the game (5-0 this season). Break even or worse in the turnover battle, and lose the game (2-4). Can Denver win the turnover battle this week at Jacksonville? 6. Kansas City Chiefs 2016 record: 8-3 | Week 12 ranking: 7 Whenever you're the "first since Gale Sayers," you're probably doing something right. Tyreek Hill became the first since Sayers with rushing, receiving and kick return touchdowns in the same game, which was a very good thing for the Chiefs, as they improved to 8-3. The Chiefs head to Atlanta this week. 7. Detroit Lions 2016 record: 7-4 | Week 12 ranking: 10 Who is the more valuable Matt in Detroit? Is it Matthew Stafford, who has seven game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime this season? Or is it Matt Prater, who has never missed a game-tying or go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter or overtime in his career (25-of-25 and 6-of-6 this season). The division-leading Lions play at New Orleans this week. 8. Atlanta Falcons 2016 record: 7-4 | Week 12 ranking: 8 The Falcons continue to fly high offensively, leading the NFL in points and scoring at least 30 in four of their past five games. The Chiefs, who have allowed fewer than 20 points in seven games this season, come to town Sunday. 9. Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 record: 6-5 | Week 12 ranking: 13 Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown have accounted for 63 percent of the Steelers' yards from scrimmage since Bell's return to the lineup, the highest of any duo since Week 4. They'll look to continue racking up yards against the Giants in Week 13. 10. New York Giants 2016 record: 8-3 | Week 12 ranking: 6 According to Elias Sports Bureau research, the Giants have played the fourth-easiest schedule so far this season, so that six-game win streak (which featured wins against the Rams, Bears and Browns) might need to be taken with a grain of salt. The Steelers should provide a tougher test this weekend." -VIA ESPN
Djack's Power Rankings 1. New England Patriots 2016 record: 9-2 Week 12 ranking: 1 Patriots are still my favorite to win the Super Bowl despite looking lackluster on defense the past few weeks. Their offense is the best in the league when Gronk is healthy so no real concerns on that side of the ball. Belichick is a defensive genius so I'm sure he'll have no problem getting that defense prepared for a big game come January. 2. Dallas Cowboys 2016 record: 10-1 Week 12 ranking: 2 Cowboys offense is nearly flawless, Dak Prescott continues to prove he's matured as a quarterback way beyond his years, and the Dallas offensive line bully's everyone in front of them. That's great and all, but after watching the Redskins scorch that defense on Thanksgiving, some serious red flags shot up. If the Cowboys want to win playoff games the defense is going to have to play a lot better. Offense will get you into the playoffs, but defense wins championships. 3. Oakland Raiders 2016 record: 9-2 Week 12 ranking: 4 Raiders just win baby. I love this team, bunch of hungry young players balling out, and finding ways to win football games. Derek Carr continues to prove why he's the MVP of this league serving up a gutsy performance in a comeback win over the Panthers. Khalil Mack, won AFC defensive player of the week honors after his huge week, he's finally starting to get going after a slow start which is bad news for opposing offenses. This Raider team is the real deal, they're a team that can make serious noise in the playoffs, and possibly give the Patriots a run for their money. 4. Seattle Seahawks 2016 record: 7-3-1 Week 12 ranking: 3 This team really boggles my mind to be honest, one week they beat the Patriots playing stellar football, and then two week later they lose 14-5 to the Bucs. This team is just so talented at basically every position on the field that I won't doubt them for a second, but they better hope they don't lay one of these eggs in the playoffs. 5. Kansas City Chiefs 2016 record: 8-3 Week 12 ranking: 5 Find it hilarious how ESPN has Denver over Kansas City despite the Chiefs beating the Broncos on Sunday night football last week. It's pretty clear who the better team is, the defenses are both extremely good, but the Chiefs have the better quarterback in Alex Smith. Smith has proven he can step up when it matters most, with 3 minutes left against Denver he led a game tying touchdown drive to end regulation. Ultimately, putting his team in position to win in overtime, which is exactly what they did. 6. New York Giants 2016 record: 8-3 Week 12 ranking: 8 ESPN has the Giants at 10, they have the second best record in the NFC but you drop them 4 spots because they didn't win with enough style points. Comedy, pure comedy. I don't care how they look, the Giants are winning football games while improving drastically week to week. Their next three games are against potential playoff teams so lets find out how real this Giants team is. 7. Denver Broncos 2016 record: 7-4 Week 12 ranking: 5 Siemian had some bright moments and some big time passes against the Chiefs, no one can deny that. I still don't think he can provide like that on a consistent basis to make this team for real. If they still had their running game I'd say the Broncos are more of a threat, but C.J. Anderson is out for the year so it's slow for this offense. Broncos better hope their defense can start scoring more or they'll be done by wildcard weekend. 8. Atlanta Falcons 2016 record: 7-4 Week 12 ranking: 8 The Falcons are a funny team, they have such a good offense, but their secondary can't stop a nosebleed. Falcons won't be able to stop playoff teams late in games to hold their leads, so you better pray the Falcons get the ball last with a chance to win because that defense ain't closing out any game. 9. Washington Redskins 2016 record: 6-4-1 Week 12 ranking: N/A There's no ignoring the fact that the Redskins have one of the best offenses in the league. Cousins has a ton of weapons around him and Jay Gruden is an offensive genius. The defensive is decent, but clearly flawed. The Redskins will be a wildcard team and are definitely a team that could pull off an upset in the first round. They won't get very far though. 10. Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 record: 6-5 Week 12 ranking: 10 Steelers seem to be back on the right track winning their last two games soundly. With that being said those wins came against the Browns and the Colts without Andrew Luck, so I don't know how much that really means. Wins are wins though, and in that shitty AFC North division they could probably win it at 9-7 maybe even 8-8 if the Ravens come back to earth a little.