NFL Power Rankings Week 14: AFC Sweet 'n Weak 16

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NFL Power Rankings Week 14: AFC Sweet 'n Weak 16

Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis throws the ref flag to challenge a call during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Bengals won 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Another week where the Tennessee Titans couldn’t put anything together to keep their No. 6 playoff berth. A 22-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts means that the Baltimore Ravens have captured control of that honor. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will look to coach the defending Super Bowl champions into a sixth consecutive playoff appearance with him at the helm.

Two teams are starting to flex their muscle as the AFC’s elite. The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos have the advantage because of their quarterbacks. The Bengals’ playoff hopes will fall on the ability of Andy Dalton. One could make the same observation about the Kansas City Chiefs with Alex Smith.

Let’s take a look at some Week 14 NFL power rankings for the 2013-14 season. These rankings include all 16 playoff teams. They’re not a listing of each team’s playoff seeding.

Week 14 NFL Power Rankings: AFC 1-16 (TW LW Team Record)

They’ve got the Hall of Fame Quarterbacks
01 01 Denver Broncos 10-2
02 02 New England Patriots 9-3

…Good Enough to Pull Off Playoff Upsets
03 04 Cincinnati Bengals 8-4
04 03 Kansas City Chiefs 9-3
05- 05 Indianapolis Colts 8-4

Contenders for No. 6 Seed
06 09 Baltimore Ravens 6-6
07 07 Miami Dolphins 6-6

Barring Something Drastic, Pretenders…
08 06 San Diego Chargers 5-7
09 08 Tennessee Titans 5-7
10 10 Pittsburgh Steelers 5-7

Stick a Fork in ‘Em: They’re Done
11 11 New York Jets 5-7
12 12 Cleveland Browns 4-8
13 13 Oakland Raiders 4-8
14 14 Buffalo Bills 4-8

Could They Finish Ahead of Titans in AFC South Standings?
15 15 Jacksonville Jaguars 3-9

So Good, Everybody Scouts Them before Games
16 16 Houston Texans 2-10

Observations on next page.

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