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Patriots fall in ESPN’s Power Rankings

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The New England Patriots fell, but not far after their close loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The Pats fell from one to two in ESPN’s power rankings and the Packers took over the number one spot. The Pats next game will be against the Chargers, who jumped 6 spots from 15 to 9 overall.

On NFL.com the Patriots fell from one to two. The Packers took the top spot and the Chargers moved from 17th to 13th overall. To see the entire rankings go here: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000437856/article/nfl-power-rankings-week-14-green-bay-packers-rise-to-no-1

To see the rest of the ESPN.com’s rankings look no further¬†than below.

RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
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1
Last Week: 2

The Packers keep rolling. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 20 touchdowns without a pick at home this season, twice as many as any other quarterback in a season in NFL history.
2

1
Last Week: 1

Holding the tiebreaker over Denver is critical after dropping Sunday’s game in Green Bay. Winning out against the Chargers and all three division foes keeps the Pats in Foxborough.
3

Last Week: 3

Denver has won 11 straight divisional road games, and Peyton Manning has never lost to the Chiefs as Broncos quarterback. There just isn’t a real divisional challenge yet.
4
Eagles
9-3

2
Last Week: 6

The Eagles gained 244 yards on 40 designed rushes (excluding scrambles and kneeldowns) Thursday, the most yards on designed rushes by Philadelphia since Week 16 of 2013.
5

2
Last Week: 7

Seattle needed Thursday’s win. The Seahawks will close the season against their division and the 9-3 Eagles (.625 win pct), the second-hardest closing stretch of any team in the league.
6
Colts
8-4

2
Last Week: 8

Andrew Luck has thrown for at least 300 yards in 19 games since 2012. The only quarterbacks with more 300-yard games in that span are Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.
7

3
Last Week: 4

How much longer will Arizona sit atop the NFC West? With games remaining against the three NFC West opponents and the Chiefs, this could get ugly fast.
8

3
Last Week: 5

Tony Romo was 3-of-12 (25 percent) with two interceptions on attempts more than 10 yards downfield Thursday, his worst completion percentage on such passes this season.
9

6
Last Week: 15

Philip Rivers turned in a great performance Sunday, especially on third down. He was 8-for-8 for 156 yards on third down and converted on eight of his 10 dropbacks.
10
Bengals
8-3-1

Last Week: 10

Mohamed Sanu might be the best QB on the roster. Sanu is 5-for-5 for 177 yards and two touchdowns in his career, while Andy Dalton won despite throwing three picks (again).
11
Lions
8-4

2
Last Week: 13

Megatron caught 11 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns Thursday, a dominant performance in doubling up the rival Bears 34-17.
12
49ers
7-5

3
Last Week: 9

Colin Kaepernick is 1-3 with two touchdowns and seven interceptions in his career against the Seahawks. He is 23-8 with a plus-32 TD-Int differential against everyone else.
13
Ravens
7-5

2
Last Week: 11

Before Sunday, the Ravens had won 12 straight games with a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. Baltimore blew a 23-13 lead in the fourth quarter against the Chargers.
14
Chiefs
7-5

2
Last Week: 12

Arrowhead Stadium is known as a tough place to play, but the Chiefs have lost eight of their past nine divisional games there, including Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.
15

2
Last Week: 17

Survive and advance. Hard to gauge how much credit the Dolphins deserve for Monday night (as opposed to Jets blame), but a mission-critical matchup with 7-5 Baltimore is next.
16

2
Last Week: 14

Pittsburgh allowed Erik Lorig, Ben Watson and Nick Toon to score their first receiving touchdowns of the season Sunday, the Steelers’ second loss to an NFC South team this year.
17
Bills
7-5

1
Last Week: 18

While the world watched Johnny Manziel, Buffalo quietly won by 16 points. Though the Bills still play the Raiders, they will likely need to find two wins against the Broncos, Packers and Patriots.
18
Browns
7-5

2
Last Week: 16

Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football. Johnny Football.
19
Saints
5-7

2
Last Week: 21

Sunday was Drew Brees’ ninth career game with at least five touchdowns, tied with Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history. Was it also a turning point for New Orleans?
20
Texans
6-6

Last Week: 20

The Texans’ franchise record for passing touchdowns in a game belongs to Ryan Fitzpatrick (six), the second Ivy League QB with a six-TD game (Sid Luckman, Columbia).
21
Rams
5-7

2
Last Week: 23

St. Louis tied for the fourth-largest shutout win of any team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, and it was the franchise’s biggest shutout since 1976.
22

Last Week: 22

Julio Jones absolutely torched Patrick Peterson on Sunday, recording a career-high 189 yards on 10 catches with a touchdown. The NFC South “race” is down to the Falcons and Saints.
23
Bears
5-7

4
Last Week: 19

The Bears ran five plays on third-and-18-plus Thursday, the most in any NFL game since Week 2 of 2012 — also by the Bears (against the Packers).
24

Last Week: 24

Elias tells us that Sunday was the fourth time a team had two blocked punt return touchdowns in a half and the first time it happened since the Ford administration (1975).
25
Panthers
3-8-1

Last Week: 25

Carolina has lost six games in a row and appears to be slipping out of contention even in the NFC South. Is the decision on Cam Newton’s future getting harder?
26
Giants
3-9

Last Week: 26

The Giants blew a 21-0 lead to the Jaguars, the largest deficit overcome in a win in Jacksonville’s team history. What does rock bottom look like for Big Blue?
27

Last Week: 27

Washington’s QB situation just couldn’t be messier. Colt McCoy was 31-of-47 for a career-high 392 yards Sunday, his first career game with three passing touchdowns. What’s next for RG III and Kirk Cousins?
28

1
Last Week: 29

At 2-10, the Bucs have the strength of schedule tiebreaker over the Titans, Jaguars and Jets for the second overall pick. So they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.
29
Jets
2-10

1
Last Week: 30

Geno Smith was 7-of-13 for 65 yards and a game-clinching interception Monday. The Jets’ leading receiver was tight end Zach Sudfeld, who had one 20-yard catch. Just another day in Jersey.
30
Titans
2-10

2
Last Week: 28

Tennessee doesn’t have a single qualified quarterback this season. That’s not commentary on anyone’s credentials; no Titans quarterback has thrown enough attempts to qualify. Yikes.
31
Jaguars
2-10

1
Last Week: 32

Nice win for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars, coming back from a 21-0 deficit. Bortles’ passing numbers weren’t special (21-of-35, 194 yds, TD), but 68 rush yards helped.
32
Raiders
1-11

1
Last Week: 31

After an uncharacteristic victory, Oakland responded by being shut out 52-0 at the hands of the Rams. The first overall pick appears close to a lock after the Jags’ victory.

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