At the beginning of the 15th week of the 2023 NFL season, the following teams are ranked in the power rankings of the NFL:
1. San Francisco 49ers (1): The first team to secure a postseason place this season, they have won 11 consecutive games against their “competition” in the NFC West, putting them on the verge of winning consecutive division crowns for the first time in eleven years. It is certainly beneficial to have a quartet that is capable of providing you with more than 500 yards from scrimmage on any given Sunday. This quartet consists of running back Christian McCaffrey, tight end George Kittle, wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.
Despite the fact that they will still want some assistance in order to win the NFC East, particularly over such a challenging stretch of the schedule, there is no question that the Dallas Cowboys are currently playing the best football in the division at this juncture. And while we’re on the subject of football and kickoffs, Brandon Aubrey continued his historic season by becoming the only kicker in the history of the game to connect from 59 yards or more on two separate occasions. He was flawless on all thirty from goal attempts during the Eagles matchup on Sunday night. Additionally, Head Coach Mike McCarthy has never lost a fight without an appendix.
3. The Baltimore Ravens (2): They are now engaged in a fierce competition for the second-best postseason seed in the history of the franchise (2019). Along with that, they will have to compete against teams that are now in first place (Jacksonville, San Francisco, and Miami) every single week for the next three weeks before the regular-season finale against their bitter rivals, Pittsburgh.
Fourth place goes to the Philadelphia Eagles (3), who are no longer in first place. Their quarterback is adding authority to the recommendation made by NFL Network expert David Carr that he should wait until he is completely healthy before playing again. Assuming that they are able to catch the ball at all, the wide receivers are releasing it into the air. In addition, they did not score an offensive touchdown for the first time in 95 games played during the regular season. Aside from that, everything is OK.
The Kansas City Chiefs, number five: To what extent is quarterback Patrick Mahomes truly upset with the officials? Or do they provide a handy outlet for his receivers who are not producing up to their potential? Or the fact that he is currently in the midst of a six-game streak that is the worst of his career in terms of not topping 300 yards passing? Is it the same ball of wax? The likelihood of the team playing its first road playoff game in eight years is growing ever more likely.
The Miami Dolphins have not been the top playoff seed in the American Football Conference (AFC) since Dan Marino and his team succeeded in doing so in 1984. That is expected to continue following the Fins’ disastrous performance against Tennessee on Monday night, when they appeared to be at a loss without wide out Tyreek Hill.
The quarterback for the Detroit Lions, Jared Goff, has been absolutely unremarkable over the course of the last seven games, with a record of 4-3, 10 touchdowns, and 10 turnovers. However, at this point in time, the franchise might not have much of a choice except to make him the long-term option, which might still be the best decision, depending on the price.
8. Buffalo Bills (9): In light of the fact that the Bills won their game against Kansas City on Sunday, it seems like the appropriate time to mention that Josh Allen is currently in first place in the National Football League with 35 touchdown passes (25 passing and 10 rushing). In the history of the NFL, he is only the third quarterback to ever achieve those pass/rush touchdown totals in a single season, joining Kyler Murray and Cam Newton in that regard.
Look at the Denver Broncos (12), who are currently one game behind the leaders in the AFC West. Since the sixth week of the season, the Broncos have managed to win six of their last seven games and have allowed only sixteen points per game.
10. The Los Angeles Rams (11) suffered their first loss from a bye in Week 10 when they were defeated by Baltimore in overtime. This is especially true in light of quarterback Matthew Stafford’s outstanding performance as of late, which includes 992 yards, 11 touchdown passes, 2 interceptions, and a 102.2 quarterback rating over the course of the last four games. However, the next three games are against teams who have a record of less than.500.
The Cleveland Browns (14) became the sixth team in the history of the National Football League to have four different starting quarterbacks earn wins in the same season. This accomplishment was made possible by Joe Flacco. The fact that they have Joe Flacco means that they do not intend to require a fifth different quarterback going forward.
12. The Jacksonville Jaguars (10) should award quarterback Trevor Lawrence points for his toughness when he threw fifty passes just six days after suffering an ankle injury. But this does not hide the fact that the Jaguars have lost wide receiver Christian Kirk to surgery on his core muscles, nor does it hide the fact that their defense has allowed 65 points and over 900 yards during their two-game losing streak.
13. Houston Texans (8): An example of how the script in the National Football League may be turned upside down. One week ago, it seemed as though the injury sustained by Jacksonville’s quarterback would make it easier for the Texans to achieve their goal of winning the AFC South. Following a defeat at the hands of the New York Jets, the situation has completely shifted in the opposite direction.
14. Cincinnati Bengals (21): quarterback #2 In the history of the Super Bowl (which began in 1966), Jake Browning has set a record with a completion percentage of 79.3 percent through his first three starts. He and Chad Pennington are the only quarterbacks in that span to connect on seventy percent of their passes and to earn a quarterback rating of at least ninety-five percent through their first three starts. Browning’s rating is an astounding eleven point three point four.
There is a question regarding the Green Bay Packers (13): Will the 2023 Pack of Jordan Love be similar to the 2022 Pack of Aaron Rodgers? Such that it is possible to pull oneself out of a deep hole and make a late run… However, if the tank runs out of gas before the postseason, perhaps not much more than that?
16. Indianapolis Colts (15): Since All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor suffered surgery on his thumb, the Colts’ run game has been a complete and utter failure. The two games that Taylor has missed due to the operation have resulted in a total of 101 running yards for the Indianapolis Colts.
Things have come to such a poor point, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (16) A brilliant wide receiver is being criticized by Mike Tomlin for his lack of maturity, and the coach is now two wins away from achieving a 17th consecutive season in which the team does not lose. If such a posture had been taken five years later, it might have made a significant difference.
18th place: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20): Antoine Winfield Jr., the top-ranked safety in the Pro Football Focus rankings for 2023, is having an outstanding season. The only defensive backs since the year 2000 to have at least three sacks, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries in a single season is him, joining the ranks of Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins (2002) as the only defensive backs to accomplish this feat.
Twenty-nineth, the Minnesota Vikings (17): Kevin O’Connell, the free agent… Southern Miss quarterbacks have a long and illustrious history with the Vikings, at least for one season. Nick Mullens is one of those quarterbacks.
20. The Atlanta Falcons (18): After their loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, it is true that they have lost control of the NFC South. Desmond Ridder, the quarterback, threw 18 completions for 283 yards to receiver Drake London, tight end Kyle Pitts, and running back Bijan Robinson. Perhaps this is the moment when they finally found something to work with in their passing game.
Congratulations are in order for Mickey Loomis, the general manager of the New Orleans Saints, who is the ninth NFL general manager to be recognized with 200 victories. However, in order for him to consider the 2023 season a success, he might need to reach 204 by the beginning of the following month.
Tennessee Titans (22): All rookie quarterback Will Levis did on Monday night was outduel Tua Tagovailoa, who was a finalist for the Most Valuable Player award. This victory was the first time the Titans had won away from home this season, and it may have insured that the Dolphins will not be able to stay at home for the postseason.
23. The Seattle Seahawks (19): This is the first time in head coach Pete Carroll’s 14 seasons that the Seahawks have lost four games in a row. With salty Philadelphia on its way to the Pacific Northwest, it appears that the number of people will certainly increase to five.
The Chicago Bears (27) have won three of their last four games and are currently inflicting havoc on teams that are anticipated to make the playoffs. Since the signing of defensive lineman Montez Sweat, the defense has been ranked among the top five in the league, according to NFL Research.
Maxx Crosby, a defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders (44): How good is he? Since the year 2000, he has been one of only four players, along with Khalil Mack, DeMarcus Ware, and J.J. Watt, to receive at least fifty sacks and three hundred tackles in his first five seasons. This is an impressive accomplishment.
26. New York Jets (28): Wide receiver Garrett Wilson is projected to finish with 1,115 receiving yards, which is 12 more than he had in his 2022 Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign. This is despite the fact that he has had numerous issues at quarterback during both of his national football league seasons.
27. New York Giants (29): How is it possible for injured milquetoast quarterback Daniel Jones to ever return his job from Jersey folk hero Tommy DeVito, who has already won three consecutive games while infusing the locker room with new life?
28. Arizona Cardinals (26): Are you anticipating their arrival after they have completed their bye week today? Those Niners, who are now in first place in their conference, have defeated the Cardinals three times in a row by an average of 24 points.
Are you familiar with the 83-yard punt that JK Scott made on Sunday for the Los Angeles Chargers? It is tied for the longest punt in the history of the league in the last ten years. It was the only positive thing that could have happened to the Bolts on a day when quarterback Justin Herbert had a terrible day with his passing hand.
30. Washington Commanders (30): Now the owners of the poorest defense in the league, they have dropped four games in a row, dropping the last two games by a combined score of 90-25 and allowing 837 yards of total offense. Since the ninth week of the season, the Commanders have not forced a turnover.
31. The New England Patriots (31): The game that they played against the Kansas City Chiefs this week was the very first time that a Monday night time slot was flexed out. However, there is no need to be concerned. A Christmas Eve showcase will take place on Sunday night at Denver, and the Patriots will be playing there. This is a Christmas miracle, unless the Grinch makes another appearance.
There is no way to blame Derrick Brown for the 32nd-ranked Carolina Panthers. Sunday’s game was a loss, but he had ten tackles, a quarterback hit, and an interception. Furthermore, he is a defensive tackle.