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As the NFL power rankings enter their critical phase, we checked with our friends from the Football Power Index (FPI) to see how strong each team really is.
From the good (Chiefs’ offense) to the bad (Lions’ defense) to the mediocre, our NFL editors explain attack, defense and special team rankings for the teams they cover. How we stand in the energy field: Our panel of more than 80 editors, publishers and broadcasters evaluate the team’s performance throughout the season.
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NE | NO YG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH
Week 14 State of affairs: 1
The offense: 1Protection : 19Special teams : 21
Not surprisingly, the Chiefs are by far the best attack team given the seasons of Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. It’s scary to imagine how the leaders would have played if they had played well in other stages. Their defensive ranking is extremely disappointing. The chiefs have awarded 20 points over the past six weeks. So defensively, that’s not what they’re looking for in the main part of the season. — Adam Thacher.
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Stephen A. Smith claims that chiefs are not inviolable and can be defeated by firing Patrick Mahomes.
Week 14 State of affairs: 4
The offense: 2-Defense: 22Special teams : 29
Is there really something amazing here? The attack is almost unstoppable, the defense has its moments (she gives up a lot of meters, but sometimes manages to get to the dugout in time), and the special teams are largely a disaster, with the exception of Mason Crosby, whose set piece is almost perfect. The problem is the same as most years: Will the cost of the defense and/or special teams cost the Packers at the main moment? — Rob Demovsky
Week 14 State of affairs: 5
The offense: 9Defense: 15 special orders : 18
The Bill’s attack is a complete reversal of last season’s anemic unit as Josh Allen and Stephon Diggs combined to form one of the strongest QB-WR duos in the NFL. Despite the early season defense, he has returned to his form of 2018 and 2019 in recent weeks. Add a special team unit with the best player in the league, Andre Roberts, and you have a team ready for a playoff series. — Marcel Louis-Jacques
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Stephen A. Smith seems to say that the Steelers don’t have a racing game, so they have too much faith in Ben Roethlisberger who throws too much.
Week 14 State of affairs: 2
The offense: 20Protection : 1 Special orders : 25
It’s not surprising that the Steelers again have a first class defense with a core that came back from last season. Surprisingly, the attack, reinforced by the return of Ben Roethlisberger, is only in 20th place of the FPI rankings. Roethlisberger and the attack were very effective at the beginning of the season with the short pass game, especially when it was complemented by a balanced running game. But the offensive line hasn’t been physical enough in recent weeks, the opposing defense has thwarted short passes, and the running game has evaporated. The attack is incoherent, but the Steelers keep trying to force what worked earlier in the season. It costs them games and positioning for the playoffs. — Brooke Pryor.
Week 14 State of affairs: 3
The offense: 5Protection: 8 special teams : 11
It would have been a lot easier to identify the Saints’ strengths if they hadn’t won nine games in Sunday’s game in Philadelphia. On the whole, their strength lies in their depth and diversity. They are well enough designed to win races based on their passing, running, defending or special teams if necessary. Prior to Sunday’s collapse, the Saints’ defence dominated five games, allowing them to continue to succeed despite Drew Brees’ injury. — Mike Triplett
Week 14 State of affairs: 7
The offense: 14Protection : 2 Special orders : 27
Sean McVay took a risk when he hired an unknown and unproven defensive coordinator, Brandon Staley, who had coached outdoor linebackers in the NFL for the previous three seasons. McVay’s offer paid off when Staley took charge of a good defense with Aaron Donald and Jaylen Ramsey, maintained a basic 3-4 pattern and added a few tricks to make it look great. The Rams were in second place in terms of efficiency and slaughter, with an average of 18.9 points per game, which put them in third place and masked some inconsistencies on the offensive and special teams. The defense has come back for a touchdown in the last three games. — Lindsay Tyree
Week 14 State of affairs: 6
The offense: 4Protection : 21 Special orders : 9
Russell Wilson was the MVP for most of the first half of the season, which the Seahawks needed, and their defense is historically exhausted. Seattle still ranks second in the offensive scores, even though Wilson has proven himself. Seattle’s defense changed things, even though it faced a terrible crime. After Sunday’s 40-3 victory over the Jets, this group scored only 14.5 points per game in their last four games (fourth best score of the period), about half of what they scored in their first nine games. Seattle’s special teams were strong throughout the league, led by Jason Myers, who scored 18 out of 18 goals on the field. — Brady Henderson
Week 14 State of affairs: 10
The offense: 3Protection : 28 Special orders : 15
Even though the Titans are 9-4, their defenses have been weak. They are last in the NFL in terms of the opponent’s conversion rate at the third attempt and the touchdowns allowed in the red zone. During the passages, 14 NFL low bags were produced. Tennessee added outside defenders Vic Beasley and Jadeveon Clowney to support their passing game. I don’t have a bag this season either. Beasley’s been released and Clowney’s in the injured reserve. It also didn’t help the Titans stay in second place, especially when they were out of the game, even in third and transient situations. The defence has shown signs of life in two victories against the Colts and Ravens and recently in a 31-10 victory over the Jaguars. — Turron Davenport
Week 14 State of affairs: 11
The offense: 19Defense: 12 special orders : 17
The foals… Yeah, the Colts… are led by their defenses. This season the unit was number 1 in the league in total defense. They are currently in sixth place in the competition in this category. The Colts are a little overwhelmed as they struggle to give up the yards. But what has helped them win four of their last five games is that the defense has been forced 22 times a day, putting the Colts in second place in the championship this season. — Mike Wells
Week 14 State of affairs: 12
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The offense: 6Protection : 9 Special orders : 3
The Ravens are the only NFL team in the top 10 in attack, defense and special teams. Then why is Baltimore fighting for his life in the playoffs? Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have gone from unstoppable force to crime. Baltimore went from a single offense last season to an average of over 30 points per game to be in the middle of the league. An All-Pro left injury tackled Ronnie Stanley, hard playoff criticism and the lack of a dominant wide receiver sometimes contributed to the Ravens’ difficult attack. — Jamison Hensley
Week 14 State of affairs: 8
The offense: 10Protection : 27 Special orders : 22
The attack of the Browns was fuelled by the best running attack in the league, with rearguard duo Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt and one of the most improved offensive lines in the NFL. But as FPI notes, the defense has problems outside Myles Garrett’s rush to pass, especially in high school, where injuries and inconsistent play have plagued Cleveland all season. — Jake Trotter
Week 14 State of affairs: 9
The offense: 7Defense: 3 special teams: 28
The Bucs have encircled quarterback Tom Brady with an attack that rivals the fantasy championship team of 2017. But some of these protagonists – Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown – didn’t have full seasons, so sometimes they seemed like the best attack in the league, but their lack of continuity manifested itself at other times. Defensively, the Bucs gave up parts of the game, but their backbone was their solid defense and play behind the line of scrimmage. They may not do much in the return game in the special teams, but Ryan Succop is one of the most consistent shooters in the league. — Jenna Lane.
Week 14 Ranking: 13
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The offense: 25Defense: 10 Special Orders : 2
The Dolphins have been excellent in defense and special teams this season, with a total of three touchdowns against these units. The dolphins defense forced 25 turnarounds, the best in the league, and finished second in terms of points per game (18.8). The Dolphins have a seasonal defender (a major league interception) in Xavien Howard cornerback and Pro Bowl seasons thanks to striker Emmanuel Ogbah, returning Jakeem Grant and striker Jason Sanders. All this allows us to resume the battle that has not led to a coherent game. — Cameron Wolfe
Week 14 Ranking: 14
The offense: 11Protection : 17Special teams : 6
The defense of the cardinals has been underestimated throughout the season, as can be seen from their FPI ranking. The defense coordinator, Vance Joseph, got the staff he needed to succeed, and he did most of it. Injuries sometimes affect the defense, but this keeps the Cardinals in the game while the attack continues to work on its own. Losing the Chandler Jones All-Pro in week 5 was a big blow, but the Cardinals’ defense has also been the basis of Arizona’s success this season. — Josh Weinfuss.
Week 14 Ranking: 15
The offense: 8Protection : 30 Special orders : 20
Las Vegas, in the words of Mr. Miyagi, needs balance, Raider Nation. Of course, the Raiders’ villains are always more Cobra Kai than Miyagi-Do, but the numbers and FPI rankings don’t lie – not with an above-average offense (2.8, ranked seventh), a terrible defense (-4.0, 30) and an average special teams unit (0.0, 21). Coach Jon Gruden of the Raiders said that to be a championship and a decision game, you have to be a good football team. Do not grow or let grow according to this logic. — Paul Gutierrez
Week 14 State of affairs: 17
The offense: 13Protection: 18 special groups : 31
Given the way the Vikings’ defense began the season, with a series of injuries and an early recruiting class, their current FPI ranking is remarkable. The attack was effective in getting the ball behind Dalvin Cook and many options to get it, but the problems with the special teams turned into a real crisis. The Vikings lost on Sunday from the Bucs mainly due to four missed shots by Dan Bailey, who left 10 points on the board. Minnesota cannot afford to continue their misery after their play-off chances were compromised by the game against Tampa Bay. Another loss due to an error is likely to put an end to the Vikings’ hopes of qualifying for the playoffs. — Courtney Cronin
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Damien Woody says the loss of the Patirots to the Rams is likely to result in a charged CFA.
Week 14 State of affairs: 16
The offense: 21Protection : 11 Special orders : 1
This violation was a frustration that revealed a multitude of problems: Cam Newton’s inaccurate short pass, a huge gap at the end of the line (the Patriots are the last NFL team in the production of the post), and a receiving corps that do not respect opposing defenses, allowing opponents to start the race. — Mike Travel
Week 14 State of affairs: 26
The offense: 28Protection : 6 Special orders : 13
It’s what everyone expected at the beginning of the season: The defense has to run this franchise, and it does. With five first-round pickets along the defensive line and Chase Young’s second overall picket, he should be. Washington’s defense is in the top ten in both directions and in terms of permitted points, and hasn’t been ready like this since 2008. The crime needs work and remains inconsistent; that’s no surprise. At the start of the season, coach Ron Rivera said the offense can’t really start humming until 2021. This team is better with quarterback Alex Smith, but still inconsistent. The coverage of the special teams was good and the Tress Way gambler was excellent. — John Keim.
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Week 14 State of affairs: 18
The offense: 16Protection : 7Special teams : 10
The fact that the 49ers coaching staff was able to get these statistics from a team that has been suffering from injuries all season speaks volumes. But the Niners, despite a generally strong overall record, still have a negative balance due to the team’s inconsistency and rotation problems. This was largely due to several injuries that made it difficult for San Francisco to win and stay in the NFC playoff draw. — Nick Wagoner
Week 14 State of affairs: 20
The offense: 22Protection : 16Special teams : 19
The Giants’ worst unit is their offense? Shouldn’t this be their best unit? For several reasons (starting with the injury of Saquon Barkley) this is not the case, and it is at the top of the list of reasons why they have a losing record. Daniel Jones didn’t make the jump in the second year as expected and the Giants are struggling to score. Luckily, the defense saved them and she won a few matches. They were probably even better than FPI. — Jordan Ranan.
Week 14 State of affairs: 21
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The offense: 27Protection : 5 Special orders : 23
The difference between Chicago’s attack and defense is huge. The Bears and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky have played much better in attack in the last three weeks, but their overall use has been bad. The Bears have spent most of the season trying to score points, play soccer or reach third place. Conversely, the defense was relatively strong, led by third-year All-Pro player Rockan Smith. Chicago’s special teams are better than the ratings show. Veteran Cairo Santos put 18 goals on the field and became the first Bears goalscorer since Robbie Gould in 2006. Turner Cordarrelle Patterson is a threat to the score every time he touches the ball. — Jeff Dickerson
Week 14 State of affairs: 23
The offense: 30Defense: 4 special teams: 16
The special teams – Dayonta Spencer returned a TD in Sunday’s victory – have had a lot of headaches this season, probably more than the classification suggests. But this team was especially lucky with an attack that turned the ball over too many times and scored too few touchdowns. The rpm is a number with a red alarm. The Broncos are at the bottom of the league table in terms of turning margin (minus 18), and their quarterbacks have thrown most interceptions (21). The total number of interceptions, although none were carried out against the Panthers on Sunday, is five more than the second worst team. It’s not a recipe for victory. -Jeff Legwold
Week 14 State of affairs: 28
The offense: 26Protection : 14 Special orders : 32
In general, little has gone to the chargers, except ….. and that’s the big exception. Quarterback Justin Herbert. Although the team won only four times, Herbert saved the season and gave the Chargers fans something to look forward to next season. What hasn’t been good are the special teams, which are at the bottom for a reason. Head Coach Anthony Lynn had to take over this unit. — Shelley Smith
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Ryan Clark discovers why the Eagles seem to play better if Carson Wentz isn’t the starting quarterback.
Week 14 State of affairs: 27
The offense: 31Protection : 13Special teams : 24
Carson Wentz declined sharply in 2020, falling into most QB statistical categories before being replaced on the team by debutant Jalen Hurts. Although there is criticism, the negative games, caused by the reversals of Wentz (19) and the bags (50), bring the Eagles too often in trouble. — Tim McManus.
Week 14 State of affairs: 25
The offense: 18Protection : 32 Special orders : 14
There’s not much here that’s overwhelming: Detroit’s biggest concern during the preseason (and even in the last two years) has been the defense. Injuries, lack of playing talent and poor training were part of the problem. Sunday’s game against Green Bay showed that the effort is there, but the level of the game is questionable. The attack was effective despite the injuries, and the special teams led by Brayden Coombs were a positive point. But the defense is the reason Detroit is now in a hole and preparing for a complete elimination of the season. — Michael Rothstein
Week 14 State of affairs: 22
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The offense: 15Defense: 20 Special Orders : 7
The Falcons have lost six games with one touchdown or less, largely because their defense is struggling in the red zone (29th out of 32 teams) and cannot enforce regular late play interruptions. The Atlanta game dragged on, averaging 98.3 yards per game. The spark that Todd Gurley II had been waiting for did not happen, but a mid-level offense with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hurst certainly hinted at it. Now that the Falcons are officially out of the playoffs, it’s time to focus on 2021 and possibly move on to the quarterback position to fill other spots on the grid. — Courtney Cronin
Week 14 State of affairs: 19
The offense: 17Defense: 23Special teams : 26
Let’s keep it simple. The Panthers have scored 30 or more points three times, two of which with Christian McCaffrey. The running back only played in three parts. So if you look at what happened on the offensive, it starts with the fact that he’s not the best all-round player in the NFL. This is also the reason why the team was unable to convert seven win or tie practices. More McCaffrey probably means more points, more wins and less stress for a poorly prepared defense. — David Newton
Week 14 State of affairs: 29
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The offense: 24Protection : 26 Special orders : 30
You don’t need analysts to tell you that this season has been bad for the Cowboys. After losing Dak Prescott, they have an average of 16.9 points per race. The defence has awarded 34 points or more on seven occasions. The ad hoc groups have made great progress recently, but there are concerns about questionable decisions taken at important moments. It’s hard to determine what went well for the Cowboys. Apart from the individual development there is nothing to report here. Add it all up and the Cowboys are looking for a top-five pick in next spring’s draw. — Todd Archer
Week 14 State of affairs: 24
The offense: 12Protection : 31 Special orders : 12
While the Texans have reorganized their offense – minus quarterback Dashon Watson – they haven’t made many changes in defense this season. That’s why they are in 31st place in the defensive ranking of the REIT. The unit that gave up 51 points to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in January has not progressed this season, and even a healthy J.J. Mahomes has not progressed. Houston lost 36 points to the bears on Sunday in a performance that Watt described as embarrassing. -Sarah Barshop
Week 14 Rank: 30
The offense: 23Protection : 25 Special orders : 5
The Bengalis aren’t going anywhere. It’s been ineffective since Joe Burrow suffered a knee injury late in the season. The defence is dealing with its own injury issues, in addition to a list that still needs to be updated. Although the unit of defense coordinator Lou Anarumo has improved in recent weeks, there are questions about his long-term prospects. Even special teams have their share in the accidents. While he is currently one of the best in the NFL, the Bengal are trying to find a solution for the kicker. Veteran Randy Bullock was put on the bench in favor of Austin Seibert in the loss of the Cowboys to the Bengal in week 14. — Ben Baby
Week 14 State of affairs: 31
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The offense: 29Protection : 29 Special orders : 8
The Jaguars used three quarterbacks in at least three games each, giving them five games with less than 300 yards of attack. The only advantage in terms of attack is the return of James Robinson, who became the fourth rookie in NFL history to run more than 1,000 yards. Unfortunately, that didn’t help the team win. The passing rush is anemic (16 sacks), DE Josh Allen (2.5 sacks) had a disappointing season and is now on IR, and injuries did the rest (at one point the Jaguars were in four of the top five corners). The fact that the special teams are in the top 10 despite the use of six shooters is surprising. — Mike DiRocco.
Week 14 State of affairs: 32
The offense: 32Defense: 24 special teams: 4
Nothing went well. Of course they are well placed in the special teams, but that ring was empty after a game in which Sergio Castillo missed three goals in a quarter. Jets aren’t just bad, they’re bad historically. Their points difference is minus 210, the second worst in the team’s history. The worst is the minus 214 score of the 1976 Jets in a 14-game season. That mark is to be destroyed on Sunday when the Jets run into the Rams. — Rich Cimini
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