NFL Power Rankings for Week 14: Bengals move up with new team


Any predictions of a Super Bowl 47 rematch took a big hit last weekend.

The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens both lost their starting quarterbacks. Make that two season-ending injuries at quarterback the toughest in the NFC for the 49ers, as free agent-to-be Jimmy Garoppolo joins Trey Lance on the bench.

The news is better for the Ravens, who consider Lamar Jackson’s sprained knee to be “week-to-week.” The Ravens’ 2021 season was cut short in December after Jackson missed five starts. The AFC — and the hard-charging Bengals of the North Division — again don’t offer much margin for error.

Here are The Post’s NFL power rankings for Week 14:

1. Philadelphia Eagles 11-1 (2)

AJ Brown finished with eight catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in his first game since his blockbuster draft night trade to Tennessee. Jalen Hurts continues to rack up MVP ballots as he threw for three touchdowns and a 35-10 win against the Titans. The Eagles are 11-1 for the fourth time since 2004.

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Jalen Hurts and the Eagles are back at No. 1.
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2. Buffalo Bills 9-3 (4)

Josh Allen became the first player in NFL history with at least 25 touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns in three seasons in a 24-10 win over the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., for the third time. The Bills, who are off to an 0-2 start in the AFC East, have put plenty of pressure on Mack Jones even without the injured Von Miller.

3. Dallas Cowboys 9-3 (5)

Who needs free agent Odell Beckham? Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Michael Gallup and another to CeeDee Lamb in a 54-19 elimination of the Colts. Tony Pollard rushed for two goals. One interception helped turn a one-point lead into eight before halftime, and another tied the game with less than 11 minutes remaining.

4. Minnesota Vikings 10-2 (6)

The Vikings improved to 9-0 in one-score games and snapped a four-game sweep of the AFC East with a 27-22 win over the Jets. Camryn Bynum made sure a 20-3 third-quarter lead didn’t go to waste with a 1-yard touchdown run with 10 seconds left. Justin Jefferson scored and set up another goal with a powerful shot up the middle.

5. Cincinnati Bengals 8-4 (8)

Joe Burrow is proving to be a worthy foe for Patrick Mahomes. The Bengals beat the Chiefs for the third time in the 2022 calendar year, with Burrow completing 6 of 7 passes on a game-winning 53-yard touchdown. Ja’Marr Chase is back, but Joe Mixon is not. Samaje rushed for 106 yards in Perine Mixon’s absence.

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Tee Higgins celebrates the Bengals’ win over the Chiefs.
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6. Kansas City Chiefs 9-3 (1)

Harrison Butker missed a potential field goal as time expired in a 27-24 loss to the Bengals. The biggest surprise was Travis Kelce’s 19-yard fumble at the end of the fourth quarter with the Chiefs up by four points. The loss gave Buffalo the lead in the race for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

7. San Francisco 49ers 8-4 (7)

Welcome to the era of Brock Purdy. Garoppolo broke his leg in a 33-17 win against the Dolphins. The last pick of the 2022 draft, Purdy didn’t seem like a big deal as he threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns. The dominating defense forced two fumbles, which led to a field goal and a fumble return.

8. Miami Dolphins 8-4 (3)

Head coach Mike McDaniels’ first game against the 49ers in five years as an offensive assistant didn’t go well. Lip readers called him “f-ked” after blowing a first-half timeout. The Dolphins’ five-game winning streak and four-game streak of 30-plus points was snapped despite a Tua Tagovailoa-Tyreek Hill touchdown bomb.

9. Baltimore Ravens 8-4 (9)

Tyler Huntley led a 16-play, 91-yard drive (aided by two defensive penalties) that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left to put the Broncos up 10-9. The defense’s 14-game losing streak ended, but Roquan Smith (11 sacks) had his most active game since the trade deadline.

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Lamar Jackson
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10. Tennessee Titans 7-5 (10)

Treylon Burks, drafted by the Eagles for AJ Brown, caught a pass, but Ryan Tannehill (141 passing yards and six sacks) and Derrick Henry (11 for 30 yards) were unable to get anything going. In their second straight loss, the Titans’ final six possessions ended with five punts and a turnover.

11. Seattle Seahawks 7-5 (12)

12. Washington Rangers 7-5-1 (11)

13. New York Giants 7-4-1 (13)

Five different players had sacks, including Azeez Ojuari, who also had a fumble. Set up Daniel Jones’ lone touchdown pass in a 20-20 win over Washington, which has lost just once in its last eight games. Almost automatic kicker Graham Gano missed a 58-yard field goal as time expired in overtime.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-6 (17)

15. New England Patriots 6-6 (15)

16. New York Jets 7-5 (16)

One touchdown on six trips to the red zone and three conversions on 16 third downs weighed on all the positives in the loss to the Vikings. Garrett Wilson went with eight catches for 162 yards, but a fourth-and-goal shot that went to Braxton Berrios slipped through his fingers. Mike White’s 57 touchdown passes is a lot for a ostensibly run-based offense.

17. Los Angeles Chargers 6-6 (14)

18. Pittsburgh Steelers 5-7 (22)

19. Detroit Lions 5-7 (23)

20. Las Vegas Raiders 5-7 (25)

21. Atlanta Falcons 5-8 (18)

22. Arizona Cardinals 4-8 (21)

23. Cleveland Browns 5-7 (28)

24. Green Bay Packers 5-8 (26)

25. Indianapolis Colts 4-8-1 (20)

26. Jacksonville Jaguars 4-8 (19)

27. New Orleans Saints 4-9 (24)

28. Carolina Panthers 4-8 (27)

29. Los Angeles Rams 3-9 (29)

30. Chicago Bears 3-10 (30)

31. Denver Broncos 3-9 (31)

32. Houston Texans 1-10-1 (32)

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