By Bill Seals - Fred Altieri
Sports Reporters - PFWA Members 

2023 NFL Power Rankings – Week 12


November 23, 2023

Derek Campbell

Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua celebrates touchdown against Seahawks on Sunday at SoFi Stadium

1. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1): The Eagles held on to defeat the Chiefs in Kansas City, 21-17. Quarterback Jalen Hurts only threw for 150 yards and had an interception, but the Eagles continue to find a way to come through with unimpressive wins. Next: -3 vs Buffalo Bills – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 48.5 (ATS: 6-2-2 – O/U: 5-5)

2. Detroit Lions (8-2): The Lions trailed 26-14 with three minutes remaining in the game but found a way to score 17 points in the final three minutes to stun the Bears, 31-26 in Detroit. The Lions lead the NFC North division and the second place Vikings by 2.5 games, three in the lost column. Next: -7.5 vs Green Bay Packers – Thu, Nov. 23 – O/U: 46.5 (ATS: 7-3 – O/U: 6-4)

3. Miami Dolphins (7-3): The Dolphins beat the Raiders as expected and are all alone in first place in the AFC East. The Dolphins lead the NFL in scoring at 30.5 points per game and total offensive yardage per game at 434 yards per game. Next: -9.5 at New York Jets - Fri, Nov. 24 – O/U: 41 (ATS: 6-4 – O/U: 5-5)

4. Dallas Cowboys (7-3): The Cowboys easily defeated the Panthers 33-10 on the road. Cornerback DaRon Bland tied an NFL record with his fourth pick-6 of the season in the rout. Bland was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Week for Week 11 of the 2023 NFL season. Next: -12.5 vs Washington Commanders - Thu, Nov. 23 – O/U: 48.5 (ATS: 7-3 – O/U: 6-4)

5. San Francisco 49ers (7-3): The 49ers defeated the Buccaneers to improve their record to 7-3, tying them with the Cowboys for the third best record in the NFC. They beat the Cowboys head-to-head, 42-7, in Week 5. But following three consecutive losses the Niners slid behind the Cowboys two weeks ago. There's a reason why they call them the whining Niner fans. Tsk, tsk. Next: -7 at Seattle Seahawks – Thu, Nov. 23 – O/U: 43.5 (ATS: 5-5 – O/U: 5-5)

6. Baltimore Ravens (7-3): The Ravens beat the Bengals and have the best record in the AFC, but they lost three-time Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews for the season after he suffered a cracked fibula and an ankle ligament injury. Next: -3.5 at Los Angeles Chargers – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U 47.5 (ATS: 7-4 – O/U: 5-6)

7. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3): The Chiefs suffered a loss at home to the Eagles but might have won the game if their receivers could simply stop dropping passes. The quality of wide receivers with the Chiefs needs to get better next season. Next: -8.5 vs Las Vegas Raiders - Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 43 (ATS: 6-4 – O/U: 2-8)

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3): Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was named the AFC Offensive Player of Week 11 in leading the Jaguars to an easy 34-14 win over the Titans. Lawrence threw for two touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns in the rout. Next: -1.5 at Houston Texans - Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 48.5 (ATS: 7-3 – O/U: 5-5)

9. Cleveland Browns (7-3): Former UCLA star quarterback Dorian-Thompson-Robinson drove the Browns to a game-winning field goal in his first victory as a rookie starter in the NFL, a 13-10 win over the Steelers. The Browns have the best defense in the NFL and that should help DTR. Next: +1.5 at Denver Broncos – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 35.5 (ATS: 6-3-1 – O/U: 5-5)

10. Seattle Seahawks (6-4): The Seahawks blew a 16-7 lead in the fourth quarter and lost to the Rams, 17-16. The Rams swept the Seahawks this season. Former UCLA star running back Zach Charbonnet will likely get his first start in the NFL this week with an injury to Kenneth Walker III. Charbonnet was a second-round pick of the Seahawks in the 2023 NFL Draft. Next: +7 vs San Francisco 49ers - Thu, Nov. 23 – O/U: 43.5 (ATS: 5-4-1 – O/U: 4-6)

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4): The Steelers struggled again on offense in their 13-10 loss to the Browns and decided that the solution to their offensive problems might be solved by firing offensive coordinator Matt Canada. They need an offensive coordinator that can block. Next: -1.5 at Cincinnati Bengals – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 35.5 (ATS: 6-4 – O/U: 2-8)

12. Houston Texans (6-4): Rookie Quarterback C.J. Stroud came down to earth a bit, throwing three interceptions in the Texans 21-16 victory over the Cardinals. Stroud did throw for 336 yards and two touchdowns and running back Devin Singletary rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown in the win. Next: +1.5 vs Jacksonville Jaguars – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U 48.5 (ATS: 5-5 – O/U: 4-6)

13. Denver Broncos (5-5): The Broncos won their third straight game, beating the Vikings, 21-20. The Broncos have beaten the Chiefs, Bills, and Vikings in consecutive weeks, a good sign for the team under head coach Sean Payton. Next: -1.5 vs Cleveland Browns - Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 35.5 (ATS: 3-6-1 – O/U: 4-6)

14. Buffalo Bills (6-5): The Bills got their offense going this week in a 32-6 win over the Jets. Quarterback Josh Allen threw for three touchdowns, one an 81-yard touchdown to wide receiver Khalil Shakir, the former Vista Murrieta high school star. Next: -3 at Philadelphia Eagles - Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 48.5 (ATS: 4-7 – O/U: 3-8)

15. Minnesota Vikings (6-5): Quarterback Joshua Dobbs became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw a touchdown and run for a touchdown in each of his first three games with a team. Unfortunately, Dobbs could not lead the Viking to victory, as the Vikings lost to the Broncos, 21-20. Next: -3.5 vs Chicago Bears – Mon, Nov. 27 – O/U: 43.5 (ATS: 7-3-1 – O/U: 3-8)

16. Cincinnati Bengals (5-5): Quarterback Joe Burrow is done for the season and so are the Bengals. Burrow suffered a torn ligament in his right wrist in the loss to the Ravens. Jake Browning, the former Washington Huskies star, will become the starting quarterback for the Bengals. Next: +1.5 vs Pittsburgh Steelers – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U 35.5 (ATS: 4-5-1 – O/U: 5-5)

17. Indianapolis Colts (5-5): The Colts are coming off their bye week and decided to make a roster move, cutting three-time All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard, a surprising move to many people, including Leonard, who is coming off two back surgeries. Next: -2.5 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 43.5 (ATS: 6-4 – O/U: 6-4)

18. New Orleans Saints (5-5): The Saints are coming off their bye week and remain all alone in first place in the NFC South with a 5-5 record, the only non-losing record in the NFC South. The Saint only have one team with a winning record in their final seven games. They should win the NFC South. Next: +1.5 at Atlanta Falcons – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 42.5 (ATS: 2-7-1 – O/U: 3-7)

19. Las Vegas Raiders (5-6): The Raiders battled the Dolphins in Miami, but fell short, losing 20-13. The Raiders will find out just how good they are in the next four weeks, with a pair of games against the Chiefs, starting this weekend. Next: -8.5 vs Kansas City Chiefs - Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 43 (ATS: 6-5 – O/U: 2-9)

20. Green Bay Packers (4-6): Quarterback Jordan Love had a career best day on Sunday, throwing for 322 yards and two touchdowns in beating the Chargers, 23-20. The porous Chargers defense allowed 397 yards in offense to the previously struggling Packer offense. Next: +7.5 at Detroit Lions - Thu, Nov. 23 – O/U: 46.5 (ATS: 5-5 – O/U: 4-6)

21. Los Angeles Chargers (4-6): In what has become a familiar weekly issue, the Chargers wasted another terrific performance by quarterback Justin Herbert in a 23-20 loss to the Packers. Herbert threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 73 yards. Pro Football Focus gave Herbert a grade of 92.7 for the week. Herbert had six drops in the game by receivers. Next: +3.5 vs Baltimore Ravens - Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 47.5 (ATS: 4-6 – O/U: 3-7)

22. Los Angeles Rams (4-6): The Rams only scored 17 points against the Seahawks, but that was that was needed in the 17-16 victory over the Seahawks. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald had just one tackle in the game, but it was his hit on quarterback Geno Smith that knocked him out of the game and led to the Rams victory, ending a three-game losing streak. Next: -1.5 at Arizona Cardinals – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 44.5 (ATS: 4-5-1 – O/U: 3-7)

23. New York Jets (4-6): The offensively challenged Jets managed to score six points in a 32-6 loss to the Bills. The Jets decided to bench and demote quarterback Zach Wilson and promote Tim Doyle to the starting quarterback position. Wilson has been demoted to the 3rd string quarterback, or for use in emergency purposes only. Next: +9.5 vs Miami Dolphins - Fri, Nov. 24 – O/U: 41 (ATS: 4-5-1 – O/U: 3-7)

24. Atlanta Falcons (4-6): The Falcons are coming off their bye week and have decided to return to Desmond Ritter as their starting quarterback in Week 12. The Falcons need a starting quarterback to have any chance of improving offensively next season. Next: -1.5 vs New Orleans Saints – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 42.5 (ATS: 2-8 – O/U: 4-6)

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6): The Buccaneers lost to the 49ers, as expected and they fell to 4-6 for the season. The Bucs simply cannot run the football. They are last in the NFL in rushing yardage per game at 76.9 yards per game and last in the NFL in rushing yardage per carry at 3.1 yards per carry. That means Baker Mayfield has to win games with his arm. Good luck with that. Next: +2.5 at Indianapolis Colts - Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 43.5 (ATS: 7-3 – O/U: 2-8)

26. Tennessee Titans (3-7): The fading Titans got blown out on the road by the Jaguars, 34-14. The Titans have lost three in a row and five of their last six games and are headed for an interesting offseason with the changes that will be coming in Nashville. Next: -4 vs Carolina Panthers – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 37 (ATS: 4-6 – O/U: 3-7)

27. Chicago Bears (3-8): The Bears managed to blow a 26-14 lead in the final three minutes of the game with the Lions, losing 31-26. Bears head coach Matt Eberflus is 6-22 as a head coach and is on the hottest of coaching seats and the loss to the Lions may serve as his signature loss. Next: +3.5 at Minnesota Vikings - Mon, Nov. 27 – O/U: 43.5 (ATS: 4-5-2 – O/U: 7-4)

28. New York Giants (3-8): Quarterback Tommy DeVito, despite being sacked nine times, found a way to lead the Giants to a 31-19 win over the Commanders. DeVito threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns in the victory, only the second victory for the Giants since September 17th. Both wins are over the Commanders. Next: +3.5 vs New England Patriots – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 34.5 (ATS: 3-7-1 – O/U: 3-8)

29. Washington Commanders (4-7): The Commanders sacked Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito nine times yet somehow managed to lose on Sunday, 31-19. The Commanders also somehow managed to get swept by the Giants. Things got worse after the game when there was no hot water in the stadium to shower with. Unfortunately for head coach Ron Rivera, he will not avoid the hot water. Next: +12.5 at Dallas Cowboys – Thu, Nov. 23 – O/U: 48.5 (ATS: 5-5-1 – O/U: 6-5)

30. Arizona Cardinals (2-9): Quarterback Kyler Murray, a two-time pro bowl selection, is back in action, and despite the loss at Houston on Sunday, looked good. Murray threw for 214 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown in his second game back from injury. The Cardinals have two 1st round picks in the 2024 NFL Draft and could get better around Murray. Next: +1.5 vs Los Angeles Rams - Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 44.5 (ATS: 6-5 – O/U: 6-5)

Mike Nowak

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen celebrates touchdown against Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field

31. New England Patriots (2-8): The Patriots avoided losing last week due to a bye. The Patriots are in a good position to finish with a top five pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. The Pats roster has so many holes that just drafting a top quarterback prospect will not solve their problems. Next: -3.5 at New York Giants – Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 34.5 (ATS: 2-8 – O/U: 3-7)

32. Carolina Panthers (1-9): It will be interesting to find out what rookie quarterback Bryce Young is learning from this first season with the Panthers about NFL football. Young has thrown for an average of 187 yards per game, with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games. He has been sacked 36 times. Young has rushed for 138 yards, which is not particularly impressive given the many times he has had to run for safety. Young might have been better off staying at Alabama another season. Next: +4 at Tennessee Titans - Sun, Nov. 26 – O/U: 37 (ATS: 1-7-2 – O/U: 3-7)


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