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NFL Week 12 Power Rankings: Bear down for a new king of the North.

Chicago’s defense looks unstoppable as they head towards NFC North supremacy.

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Things got chaotic once again in Week 11 of the NFL season. The Super Bowl champions floundered, we saw a potential preview of the next Super Bowl and the NFC North race became much clearer. Here is where everyone stands as we reach the home stretch of the 2018 season:

1. New Orleans Saints (9-1; won 48-7 vs PHI) (- No change from last week)

Drew Brees continued his MVP campaign this week with another 363 yards and four touchdowns. The Saints put the defending champions to the sword as they has already wiped them out by halftime.

2. Los Angeles Rams (10-1; won 54-51 vs KC) (-)

Los Angeles won what may have been one of the greatest football games of all time Monday night. They outlasted the Kansas City Chiefs in a 105-point thriller that features anything you could ever dream of. Neither Jared Goff nor Todd Gurley really added to their MVP resume but they keep pace with the Saints in the NFC.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2; lost 54-51 vs LAR) (-)

Kansas City came out on the losing end of an instant classic Monday. Patrick Mahomes threw six touchdowns but two late interceptions cost his team a chance at a late game-winning score.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2-1; won 20-16 vs JAX) (-)

The Steelers offense had an off day but a good team was still able to win ugly. Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster both crossed the 100-yard mark and the defense did enough against a lowly Jags offense.

5. Chicago Bears (7-3; won 25-20 vs MIN) (+2)

The Chicago Bears defense made a statement on “Sunday Night Football.” They were all over Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, intercepting him twice. Issues on offense reared their head once again but right now it looks like the defense may be good enough to cover for them.

6. New England Patriots (7-3; BYE) (-)

Patriots got a week off following an embarrassing loss to the Titans last week. They will be back in action against the Jets in week 12.

7. Los Angeles Chargers (7-3; lost 23-22 vs DEN) (-2)

Philip Rivers was not near perfect for the first time in a long time and it cost the Chargers. Los Angeles looked like the better team for much of their divisional match up against the Denver Broncos but sloppy turnovers and failed execution cost them a chance to extend their win streak to seven. Fortunately, the Chiefs also lost, keeping the Chargers on pace with them before they meet in a few weeks.

8. Houston Texans (7-3; won 23-21 vs WAS) (+1)

Houston looked abysmal to start the season but a win against a good Washington team in Week 11 makes in seven in a row. Deshaun Watson was not at his best but the run game—led by 86 yards from Lamar Miller—and the defense kept the Texans win streak alive. They have a chance to put a stranglehold on the AFC South when they face the Titans next week.

9. Seattle Seahawks (5-5; won 27-24 vs GB) (+3)

The three-headed dragon of Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis is finally all put together and Seattle’s ground attack looks unstoppable. They combined for over 150 yards Thursday night and led Seattle to a huge win that keeps them alive in the Wild Card conversation.

10. Minnesota Vikings (5-4-1; lost 25-20 vs CHI) (-2)

Minnesota had a chance to regain control of the NFC North Sunday night, but they just could not crack the Bears defense. They were clearly second best all night and would have been blown out if not for a few careless Bears turnovers. A team with Super Bowl aspirations is suddenly barely staying afloat.

11. Washington (6-4; lost 23-21 vs. HOU) (-1)

Quarterback Alex Smith suffered a devastating injury in Washington’s loss to the Houston Texans. Colt McCoy will be the guy going forward, and he will instantly be tested as they face the Cowboys for first in the NFC East on Thanksgiving.

12. Carolina Panthers (6-4; lost 20-19 vs DET) (-1)

If Cam Newton does not miss an open receiver in the end zone of the Panthers final two point try then they would be 7-3 and around three spots higher here. Carolina lost a winnable game against the Lions because of small miscues throughout. They face their good old friends the Seattle Seahawks next week in a game that may shape the NFC Wildcard race.

13. Baltimore Ravens (5-5; won 24-21 vs CIN) (+3)

The Lamar Jackson show kicked off in the Charm City this week. He had 150 yards through the air and another 117 on the ground as the rookie led the Ravens to a huge victory in his first career start. Gus Edwards eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark as well, as Baltimore got their season back on track.

14. Dallas Cowboys (5-5; won 22-19 vs ATL) (-3)

A late field goal gave Dallas their second-straight victory as they have played their way back into the NFC East race. Ezekiel Elliott had 201 all-purpose yards, the defense played well and Dak Prescott did just enough to get his team to the finish line. A Thanksgiving showdown against Washington that could decide the NFC East looms.

15. Green Bay Packers (4-5-1; lost 27-24 vs SEA) (-1)

Aaron Rodgers was not at is best Thursday night and Green Bay fell just short in Seattle. Davante Adams looks like an absolute star this season, though, and he added another 166 yards to his resume. The Packers rematch against the Vikings on “Sunday Night Football” feels like a must-win as they can not afford another slip up in the NFC wild card race.

16. Indianapolis Colts (5-5; won 38-10 vs TEN) (+4)

The Colts are... good? Andrew Luck is returning to pre-injury form and he has quietly been playing at an MVP level. T.Y. Hilton is still an elite receiver, as well. The defense has concerns, but stars like Malik Hooker and rookie Darius Leonard are keeping everyone else afloat. A dominant win over the Titans keeps them in the race for the AFC South.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (5-5; lost 24-21 vs BAL) (-2)

Andy Dalton had a bad game and the Bengals’ tailspin continued. The quarterback’s inconsistency held the offense back and the defense had trouble containing Lamar Jackson. Their record is still fine, but they need to right the ship if they want to make the playoffs.

18. Miami Dolphins (5-5; BYE) (+1)

Miami got a bye week in preparation for a match up with the Colts next week that has huge playoff implications.

19. Tennessee Titans (5-5; lost 38-10 vs IND) (-6)

The NFL’s most confusing team was back at it again this week. Only a week after dominating the New England Patriots they put together a stinker and were crushed by the Colts. A win on Monday night against the Texans this week could have them right back in the AFC South race, though.

20. Denver Broncos (4-6; won 23-22 vs LAC) (+2)

Denver’s defense swarmed all over the Chargers offense Sunday and the rookie duo of running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman scored three touchdowns as they upset their divisional foes. The Broncos won’t go anywhere this season but they have at least proven that their incredible pass rush can be a thorn in anyone's side this season.

21. Detroit Lions (4-6; won 20-19 vs CAR) (+2)

22. Atlanta Falcons (4-6; lost 22-19 vs DAL) (-1)

They lost late to the Dallas Cowboys but Julio Jones scored a touchdown, so I guess that’s fine. Their season has been lost for months now. They have been just masquerading as a good team long enough to confuse us.

23. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6; lost 48-7 vs NO) (-5)

The Super Bowl hangover is hitting the Eagles big time. Carson Wentz still does not look 100 percent from the knee injury he faced last season. The offensive line is bad. Everyone in the secondary is injured. They still won the Super Bowl, though.

24. Cleveland Browns (3-6-1; BYE) (-)

The circus had a week off before they are back in action against the Bengals next week.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7; lost 20-16 vs PIT) (-)

Jacksonville’s defense had their best game of the season but the offense could not capitalize. A few late flags and incredible plays by the Steelers’ skill position players stole a victory as Jacksonville is a shell of the Super Bowl contender they once were.

26. New York Giants (3-7; won 38-35 vs TB) (+3)

A team with Odell Beckham Jr, Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram scored a lot of points against one of the worst defenses to ever play football.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7; lost 38-35 vs NYG) (-1)

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions and got benched for Jameis Winston.

28. Buffalo Bills (3-7; BYE) (-1)

Buffalo had a week off in preparation for a rematch of last season’s AFC Wildcard game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

29. New York Jets (3-7; BYE) (-1)

New York had an extra week to prepare for getting bludgeoned by the Patriots next week in the Meadowlands.

30. San Francisco 49ers (2-8; BYE) (+1)

The 49ers had a week off. Next week there is potential for another huge Nick Mullens game as they take on the Bucs.

31. Oakland Raiders (2-8; won 23-21 vs ARI) (+1)

32. Arizona Cardinals (2-8; lost 23-21 vs OAK) (-2)

These two teams played a football game against each other this week.

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