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NFL Power Rankings Entering Week 15: Philly Falls from Top 3

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) attempts a pass with pressure from Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nolan Smith (3) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. Dallas moves up to third in this week's NFL Power Rankings (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)

The Philadelphia Eagles enjoyed a lengthy stay atop the NFL Power Rankings. But after consecutive losses, Philadelphia now finds themselves outside of the top three. With all four 4-8 teams winning last week, there are still a lot of teams clinging to playoff hopes with four games to play. All of the bye weeks are now through, so records are on an even playing field.

The Browns, Bengals, and Broncos are among this week’s biggest risers. In addition to the Eagles, others moving in the wrong direction include the Colts, Rams, and Raiders.

Once again, these NFL Power Rankings are not based on hypotheticals, potential or feelings. These rankings are based on reality. As Bill Parcells noted, “you are what your record says you are.” The only team with fewer than three losses deserves to be up top, which they are. Likewise, the teams with fewer than three wins should take up the rear, which they do.

With that in mind, the NFL Power Rankings from Patriots Football Now

1. San Francisco 49ers (10-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 2
Week 14: Beat Seattle 28-16
Week 15: Sunday 4:05 at Arizona
Question: Is Christian McCaffrey or Brock Purdy their MVP?

2. Dallas Cowboys (10-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 3
Week 14: Beat Philadelphia 33-13
Week 15: Sunday 4:25 at Buffalo
Question: Can PFN’s preseason Super Bowl champion prediction actually do this?

3. Baltimore Ravens (10-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 5
Week 14: Beat LA Rams 37-31
Week 15: Sunday 8:20 at Jacksonville
Question: Is Baltimore now the team to beat in the AFC?

4. Philadelphia Eagles (10-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 1
Week 14: Lost to Dallas 33-13
Week 15: Monday 8:15 at Seattle
Question: Can they rebound after losing two straight?

5. Miami Dolphins (9-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 4
Week 14: Lost to Tennessee 28-27
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 vs. NY Jets
Question: Is Miami for real? They only have one win against a winning team (who was 0-2 at the time)

6. Detroit Lions (9-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 6
Week 14: Lost to Chicago 28-13
Week 15: Saturday 8:15 vs. Denver
Question: Was getting trounced by the Bears a bump in the road or sign of bad things to come?

7. Cleveland Browns (8-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 12
Week 14: Beat Jacksonville 31-27
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 vs. Chicago
Question: How far can they go with Joe Flacco at quarterback?

8. Kansas City Chiefs (8-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 7
Week 14: Lost to Buffalo 20-17
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 vs. New England
Question: Will they remember to stay onside this week?

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 8
Week 14: Lost to Cleveland 31-27
Week 15: Sunday 8:20 vs. Baltimore
Question: Can they take advantage of a chance to impress on Sunday Night Football?

10. Cincinnati Bengals (7-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 13
Week 14: Beat Indianapolis 34-14
Week 15: Saturday 1:00 vs. Minnesota
Question: Would the CFB Playoff committee let them in with Joe Burrow out?

11. Denver Broncos (7-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 14
Week 14: Beat LA Chargers 24-7
Week 15: Saturday 8:15 at Detroit
Question: Has winning 6-of-7 gotten Sean Payton in the Coach of the Year discussions yet?

12. Houston Texans (7-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 12
Week 14: Lost to NY Jets 30-6
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 at Tennessee
Question: Will they be able to return to the Top 10 of the NFL Power Rankings without C.J. Stroud?

13. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 11
Week 14: Lost to New England 21-18
Week 15: Saturday 4:30 at Indianapolis
Question: Is Mitchell Trubisky going to remain QB1 or is it time to turn to Mason Rudolph?

14. Indianapolis Colts (7-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 9
Week 14: Lost to Cincinnati 34-14
Week 15: Saturday 1:00 vs Minnesota
Question: Can the Colts get back on track with Jonathan Taylor remaining out?

15. Minnesota Vikings (7-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 15
Week 14: Beat Las Vegas 3-0
Week 15: Thursday 8:15 vs LA Chargers
Question: Will a QB switch to Nick Mullens get them back in the win column?

16. Buffalo Bills (7-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 19
Week 14: Beat Kansas City 20-17
Week 15: Sunday 4:25 vs Dallas
Question: Is momentum from beating the Chiefs going to carry over vs. the Cowboys?

17. Atlanta Falcons (6-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 17
Week 14: Lost to Tampa Bay 29-25
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 at Carolina
Question: Will the 2023 NFC South champion finish with a winning record?

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 19
Week 14: Beat Atlanta 29-25
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 at Green Bay
Question: Can they record their first three-game win streak of the season on Sunday?

19. Green Bay Packers (6-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 18
Week 14: Lost to NY Giants 24-22
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 vs Tampa Bay
Question: Can they shake off losing to the Giants following their three-game win streak?

20. Los Angeles Rams (6-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 16
Week 14: Lost to Baltimore 37-31
Week 15: Sunday 4:05 vs Washington
Question: Will the Rams stay healthy enough to make a playoff push?

21. Seattle Seahawks (6-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 20
Week 14: Lost to San Francisco 28-16
Week 15: Monday 8:15 vs Philadelphia
Question: Is Geno Smith’s return going to help end their four-game losing streak?

22. New Orleans Saints (6-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 24
Week 14: Beat Carolina 28-6
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 vs NY Giants
Question: Can they move to 6-0 against teams below them in the NFL Power Rankings?

23. Tennessee Titans (5-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 25
Week 14: Beat Miami 28-27
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 vs Houston
Question: Are the Titans better than their record, or are the Dolphins just worse than their’s?

24. Los Angeles Chargers (5-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 22
Week 14: Lost to Denver 24-7
Week 15: Thursday 8:15 at Las Vegas
Question: If they were 4-8 with Justin Herbert, what will life be like without him?

25. Chicago Bears (5-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 28
Week 14: Beat Detroit 28-13
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 at Cleveland
Question: Has HC Matt Eberflus and QB Justin Fields saved their jobs?

26. Las Vegas Raiders (5-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 23
Week 14: Lost to Minnesota 3-0
Week 15: Thursday 8:15 vs LA Chargers
Question: Will QB Aidan O’Connell continue to start after three losses in a row?

27. New York Jets (5-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 26
Week 14: Beat Houston 30-6
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 at Miami
Question: Can Zach Wilson repeat his impressive Week 14 performance against the Dolphins?

28. New York Giants (5-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 27
Week 14: Beat Green Bay 24-22
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 at New Orleans
Question: How long can Tommy DeVito keep rolling for the hometown team?

29. Washington Commanders (4-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 29
Week 14: Bye
Week 15: Sunday 4:05 at LA Rams
Question: Will they beat anyone other than the Patriots after Week 6?

30. Arizona Cardinals (3-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 30
Week 14: Bye
Week 15: Sunday 4:05 vs San Francisco
Question: Is the upset of the year coming on Sunday?

31. New England Patriots (3-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 31
Week 14: Beat Pittsburgh 21-18
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 vs Kansas City
Question: Is Bill Belichick getting fired by New England?

32. Carolina Panthers (1-12)

Last Week’s Ranking: 32
Week 14: Lost to New Orleans 28-6
Week 15: Sunday 1:00 vs Atlanta
Question: Are they locked in at the number one pick (which they’ll give to Chicago)?

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