NFL Power Rankings Week 12 | What Are the Latest Team Power Rankings 2021

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2021

Week 11 saw several elite teams lose and a few others re-establish themselves as potential Super Bowl contenders. But which team will top our power rankings this week and who had the biggest fall?

Let’s dive in with our NFL Week 12 power rankings.

All playoff lines and odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook and are current as of Tuesday, November 23 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 12

32. Detroit Lions (0-9-1) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • Super Bowl Odds: +500000

The Detroit Lions are getting closer and closer to a win, but haven’t been able to get over the hump. Can they do it on Thursday at home against the 3-7 Chicago Bears?

31. New York Jets (2-8) ⬇️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • Super Bowl Odds: +500000

Joe Flacco actually helped the New York Jets move the ball on Sunday and kept them competitive against the Miami Dolphins.

More importantly, Elijah Moore looks like he’s going to be a star on offense. Over the last three games, he has totaled 284 yards and four touchdowns. Not too bad for a 21-year-old rookie.

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30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) ⬇️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • Super Bowl Odds: +500000

After strong performances against the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts in back-to-back weeks, the Jacksonville Jaguars returned to form with an ugly loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11. The defense did not show up and the offense didn’t help much either.

29. Houston Texans (2-8) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • Super Bowl Odds: +500000

With Tyrod Taylor back in the lineup, the Houston Texans are a much more competitive team. They got an impressive win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 11 and could easily win a few more games before the season ends.

28. Atlanta Falcons (4-6) ⬇️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +1200
  • Super Bowl Odds: +50000

You could make a strong case that the Atlanta Falcons deserve to be even lower on this list. They’ve been outscored 68-3 in their last two games and have an alarming lack of talent on both sides of the ball. It’s time for Atlanta to hit the reset button and start rebuilding in earnest.

27. Miami Dolphins (4-7) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: +2500
  • Super Bowl Odds: +50000

After an awful start to the season, the Miami Dolphins have won three straight games. Their next three opponents are the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, and New York Jets, all at home with a bye week mixed in. Miami could easily be 7-7 going into Christmas weekend.

26. Seattle Seahawks (3-7) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +1000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +15000

The Seattle Seahawks desperately needed a win in Week 11 to keep their playoff hopes alive and they hardly showed up, losing by double digits to the Kyler Murray-less Arizona Cardinals. Russell Wilson hasn’t been the same since his injury and Seattle’s defense can’t get a stop when they need one.

With how poorly the season has gone for the Seahawks, it’s fair to wonder if the team will seriously consider trading Wilson this offseason.

25. New York Giants (3-7) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • Super Bowl Odds: +100000

The ill-fated Jason Garrett era came to an end on Tuesday, as he was fired after his offense managed just 10 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football despite having 15 days to prepare for the game. Canning Garrett won’t fix their injury-riddled offensive line, however.

24. Chicago Bears (3-7) ⬇️ 3

  • Playoffs Odds: +4000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +75000

The Chicago Bears were unable to beat a Baltimore Ravens squad without Lamar Jackson and Marquise Brown in Week 11, losing their fifth game in a row. If the Bears lose to the Lions on Thanksgiving, you can bet that Matt Nagy will be fired before Week 13.

23. Carolina Panthers (5-6) ⬆️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +650
  • Super Bowl Odds: +25000

The Carolina Panthers moved up slightly in our rankings despite a Week 11 loss to Washington. That actually has more to do with how poorly some of the teams behind them played last week rather than their performance.

On the plus side, Cam Newton‘s return to Carolina has rejuvenated the Panthers’ offense, as he’s a clear upgrade over Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker.

22. Washington Football Team (4-6) ⬆️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +550
  • Super Bowl Odds: +30000

Taylor Heinicke had one of the best games of his career in Week 11, throwing three touchdowns on just 22 passing attempts against a rugged Panthers defense. Washington’s defense has played well over the last few weeks, allowing 21 points or less in three straight games.

21. Denver Broncos (5-5) ⬇️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: +375
  • Super Bowl Odds: +10000

The Broncos were off in Week 11 but slid slightly down our rankings due to some impressive wins by teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and San Francisco 49ers. Denver is still on the outside looking in for a playoff spot, so they need to start stacking wins in order to stay in the hunt.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: +130
  • Super Bowl Odds: +8000

Over the last four weeks, Jalen Hurts is averaging only 19.5 passing attempts per game as the Philadelphia Eagles have put a greater emphasis on running the ball. That’s resulted in more success for the offense, which is averaging well over 30 points per game during that stretch.

With a soft schedule coming up as well, the Eagles are very much alive in the NFC Wild Card race.

Bet Tip: Philadelphia has just one game remaining against a team with a winning record (Dallas) the rest of the season. Bet on them making the playoffs, as they should easily get to 9 or 10 wins in the NFC.

Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles QB

Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles are primed for a big second half after winning three of their last four games. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

19. New Orleans Saints (5-5) ⬇️ 7

  • Playoffs Odds: +140
  • Super Bowl Odds: +10000

The New Orleans Saints have lost three games in a row as their offense has been decimated by injuries. Sean Payton is doing everything he can to keep them competitive, but their lack of talent on offense is holding them back.

18. Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) ⬇️ 4

  • Playoffs Odds: +550
  • Super Bowl Odds: +10000

Like the Saints, the Las Vegas Raiders have lost three straight games after starting the year 5-2. Their offense has disappeared lately, managing just 43 points over their last three games combined.

Their season will be on the line in Week 12 when they take on the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.

17. Cleveland Browns (6-5) ⬆️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +140
  • Super Bowl Odds: +4000

The Cleveland Browns barely beat the Detroit Lions in Week 11, and it wasn’t pretty. Baker Mayfield is still struggling with injuries and the offense remains a mess, scoring 17 points or fewer in five of its last six games.

The Browns are last in the AFC North despite posting a winning record, but they have a chance to gain some ground there with their next two games coming against the first-place Ravens.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1) ⬇️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +300
  • Super Bowl Odds: +8000

The Pittsburgh Steelers have played in a lot of close games this season and they finally lost one in Week 11. Their depleted defense allowed 41 points to the Los Angeles Chargers as Justin Herbert totaled almost 500 yards, wasting a season-high 37 points from the Steelers’ offense.

15. San Francisco 49ers (5-5) ⬆️ 5

  • Playoffs Odds: +100
  • Super Bowl Odds: +6000

The San Francisco 49ers have played much better over the last month as their run game finally seems to be clicking. With their pass rush improving as well, the 49ers have a real chance to be playoff contenders in the NFC.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: -120
  • Super Bowl Odds: +4000

The Cincinnati Bengals bounced back from their first losing streak of the season with a huge win over the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 11. The rushing attack was phenomenal as Joe Mixon tallied 123 yards and two touchdowns, while Cincy’s defense limited Vegas to just 13 points.

13. Minnesota Vikings (5-5) ⬆️ 4

  • Playoffs Odds: -110
  • Super Bowl Odds: +6000

Justin Jefferson took over in Week 11 as the Green Bay Packers could not cover him, letting him get loose for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He and Kirk Cousins played their best game of the season and they are now firmly in the playoff hunt in the NFC.

12. Los Angeles Chargers (6-4) ⬆️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: -260
  • Super Bowl Odds: +2500

Justin Herbert played the best game of his career on Sunday Night Football in Week 11, throwing for 382 yards and three touchdowns while adding 90 yards on the ground. LA’s defense continues to be a problem, but Herbert makes them a legit contender in the AFC.

11. Buffalo Bills (6-4) ⬇️ 4

  • Playoffs Odds: -600
  • Super Bowl Odds: +800

The Buffalo Bills are one of the most difficult teams in the league to figure out. When they’re on they might be the best team in the NFL, but they are consistently inconsistent. Buffalo needs Josh Allen to start playing better or else they’ll be in real danger of not winning the AFC East.

10. Indianapolis Colts (6-5) ⬆️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: -140
  • Super Bowl Odds: +3000

The Indianapolis Colts started off the season incredibly slow but have found their rhythm over the last few weeks. Jonathan Taylor has catapulted himself into the MVP conversation and is taking a lot of pressure off Carson Wentz while the defense excels at forcing turnovers.

Indianapolis should make the playoffs and could be a real sleeper in the AFC.

9. Tennessee Titans (8-3) ⬇️ 6

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1800

Ryan Tannehill has not played well over the last few weeks and it finally caught up to him and the Tennessee Titans last week, as they suffered an embarrassing loss to the Houston Texans. With a difficult schedule coming up, we could see the Titans tumble down the power rankings over the next month.

8. New England Patriots (7-4) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: -500
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1500

The New England Patriots might just be the most balanced team in the NFL right now. Their run game is clicking and they have the league’s stingiest defense. As long as Mac Jones continues his positive progression, the Patriots are a real threat to win the AFC East and could make a run at the No. 1 seed as well.

7. Baltimore Ravens (7-3) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: -500
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1200

The Baltimore Ravens went on the road without their starting quarterback or top receiver and still found a way to win. That’s been the story of their season so far, as they’ve engineered multiple late-game comebacks largely thanks to Lamar Jackson‘s heroics.

6. Los Angeles Rams (7-3) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: -1600
  • Super Bowl Odds: +850

The Los Angeles Rams were off in Week 11, but they are quickly losing ground in the NFC West despite their recent high-profile additions. They’ll need a win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 12 if they want to avoid going on the road in the first round of the playoffs.

5. Dallas Cowboys (7-3) ⬇️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: -5000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1100

The Dallas Cowboys lost on the road to the Kansas City Chiefs without Tyron Smith, Amari Cooper, Demarcus Lawrence, and Randy Gregory. Looks for them to bounce back at home against the reeling Raiders on Thanksgiving.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) ⬆️ 6

  • Playoffs Odds: -1000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +750

The Kansas City Chiefs are back. Their much-maligned defense has been phenomenal over the past month, and if their offense can figure things out the Chiefs will be the team to beat in the AFC once again.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • Super Bowl Odds: +600

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bounced back from back-to-back losses with a huge win over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, proving why they should still be considered the Super Bowl favorites in the NFC. Their defense was dominant and Tom Brady was stellar once again, adding to his case for the 2021-22 MVP award.

2. Green Bay Packers (8-3) ⬇️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1000

The Green Bay Packers lost a wild shootout to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11 as their typically strong defense surrendered 34 points. There’s no reason to panic about this team, however, as they still have the look of a Super Bowl contender going forward.

1. Arizona Cardinals (9-2) ⬆️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • Super Bowl Odds: +900

The Arizona Cardinals did it again, winning a divisional game on the road without Kyler Murray or DeAndre Hopkins for the second time in three weeks. The Cardinals will look to get healthy during a much-needed bye this week, setting them up for a strong finish.

This is the best team in the NFL as they continue to win games despite dealing with major injuries.

Thanks for reading our NFL Week 12 Power Rankings! For more NFL betting tips, check out our NFL Week 12 Best Bets.


Marcus Mosher

Marcus Mosher is an NFL analyst at The Game Day, residing in Erie, PA. He covers the NFL from a betting and fantasy perspective, producing written and video content. Marcus currently hosts multiple football-related podcasts and is a managing editor at USA Today’s Sports Media Group covering the Las Vegas Raiders. He has previously worked at The Athletic and Bleacher Report.

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