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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Fall After Cowboys Loss

The Vikings tumble down in the NerdBall NFL Power Rankings after losing to the Cowboys. Here’s how the teams stack up heading into Week 12.

Welcome to the NerdBall NFL Power Rankings. We love data here, and produce many statistics to help you identify those edges needed to help you win your fantasy leagues and DFS bets. One of the key stats we bring to you are out team NEFF rating. This is a statistical analysis of team performance that allows us to rank the 32 NFL teams to show you who’s statistically good, and not so good.

In these weekly power rankings, I take each team’s NEFF rankings and add layer of my own tape review to give an alternative view of how the teams in the NFL should be ranked.

The dominant defenses of the Cowboys and Patriots see both teams climbs the ranks this week, with the Cowboys on the verge of breaking into the top-3. Dallas’ defense sent the Vikings careening down the rankings.

Without further ado, let’s get into my NFL power rankings heading into Week 12.

RankTeamLast Week+/-NEFF RankONEFF RankDNEFF RankNotes
1Philadelphia Eagles
10333Stuttered past the Colts but still the team to beat in the NFL right now
2Kansas City Chiefs
205121The game-winning drive vs the Chargers was nails and Mahomes is playing at an MVP level
3Buffalo Bills
30245Back on track against the Browns in a super competitive AFC
4Dallas Cowboys
51171Demolished the Vikings to bounce back from the loss to Green Bay. The best defense in the NFL right now
5San Francisco 49ers
61484Impressive victory over the hapless Cardinals and they look like a force in the NFC
6Miami Dolphins
7112229Move up a spot due to the Vikings' capitulation
7Minnesota Vikings
4-3272122Found out by the Cowboys' smothering defense and now face another top outfit in the Patriots in Week 12
8Baltimore Ravens
8091010It wasn't pretty but the defense is beginning to soar and dominated the Panthers bottom-3 offense
9Cincinnati Bengals
907513Winning what turned out to be a near shootout with the Steelers to keep pace with the Ravens
10Tennessee Titans
100112612Produced their best offensive output of 2022 and are head and shoulders above the rest of the AFC South
11Seattle Seahawks
110201827Bye week keeps the Seahawks in 11th
12Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12010167Another bye week non-mover
13New England Patriots
1638212Offense is misfiring but the defense is becoming dominant for New England
14Los Angeles Chargers
140171223Ran the Chiefs close but defensively not good enough to contend at the moment
15New York Giants
13-2222319Poor loss to the Lions and now facing the Cowboys on the road on Thanksgiving
16New York Jets
15-114288A QB change is coming and is needed if the Jets want to keep pace and reach the playoffs
17Atlanta Falcons
192301830The Falcons keep hanging around despite that saloon door defense
18Arizona Cardinals
17-1261528Looked underprepared against the 49ers in Mexico and need Kyler back asap
19Washington Commanders
22362411Dominated the Texans to remain in the NFC playoff hunt
20Cleveland Browns
18-215926Started well but faded badly on defense against the Bills
21Green Bay Packers
20-1191717Bullied by the Titans to stop the momentum from the Cowboys win in its tracks
22New Orleans Saints
231131316Took care of the woeful Rams in the NFC's disppointment bowl but still an underwhelming team
23Detroit Lions
25218632The Lions are back to looking frisky and will give the Bills everything in the early Thanksgiving game
24Los Angeles Rams
21-3252914A disappointing season continues and now they get to face the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium this week
25Indianapolis Colts
26128319Took the Eagles all the way and the Colts are looking much tougher under Jeff Saturday
26Denver Broncos
24-223276Another game and another no-show on offense from the Broncos
27Jacksonville Jaguars
270151120Bye week sees the Jaguars stay put
28Pittsburgh Steelers
280292524Their first 30 point game of the season but never really looked like beating the Bengals
29Las Vegas Raiders
312241431Completed a season sweep against the Broncos but remain far from impressive
30Chicago Bears
29-1212025The Bears remain fun to watch but The Bears are missing too many pieces
31Carolina Panthers
30-1313017Another anaemic offensive performance and now its Sam Darnold's turn again under center
32Houston Texans
320323215Non-competitive against the Commanders and the Texans remain bottom of the rankings

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