Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: Can Bills reclaim AFC East?

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This week is U.S. Thanksgiving which means a Thursday triple-header, something football fans everywhere can be thankful for.

After a poor performance against Indianapolis, the Buffalo Bills have dropped all the way down to No. 9 in our latest NFL Power Rankings -- and now are looking up at the New England Patriots in the AFC East standings.

This week is U.S. Thanksgiving which means a Thursday triple-header, something football fans everywhere can be thankful for.

at New England in the AFC East standings.THANKFUL MURRAY DIDN’T NEED TO RUSH BACKThanks to solid play from backup Colt McCoy, clutch running from James Conner, some crafty coaching calls and of course sound performances on defence, Arizona has managed to stay on top. That both wins came on the road against divisional opponents (at San Francisco and Seattle) makes this club even more impressive. Now, the Cardinals get a perfectly-timed bye after which Murray and Hopkins are both expected to be back just in time for the stretch run.

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0 This week marks American Thanksgiving – or, as our friends to the south simply call it.0 When Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry’s went down with a long-term injury earlier this month, Indianapolis Colts second-year running back Jonathan Taylor didn’t waste any time filling that power vacuum.Create Free Account VIKINGS 34, PACKERS 31 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Greg Joseph made a 29-yard field goal as time expired to give the Minnesota Vikings a 34-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, finishing a classic back-and-forth with Aaron Rodgers by making sure the three-time NFL MVP didn’t get to touch the ball last.Strahan, who turned 50 on Sunday, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on the Dec.

.. Taylor ran for 185 yards and four touchdowns, adding 19 receiving yards and TD reception, and from a fantasy football perspective, Taylor joined the elusive 50-burger club. Thanksgiving. Justin Jefferson had eight receptions for 169 yards and two scores, including a third-down catch against rookie Eric Stokes that Cousins delivered for a 23-yard touchdown while being decked on a blitz by Darnell Savage. The holiday means a Thursday triple-header, something football fans everywhere can be thankful for.4 standard fantasy points, becoming the eighth player in NFL history to have such a game. This year’s Thanksgiving slate features Bears-Lions, Raiders-Cowboys and Bills-Saints with Buffalo all of a sudden looking slightly up at New England in the AFC East standings. Similar to previous jaunts, Strahan's flight is likely to include about three minutes of weightlessness and a view of the curvature of the Earth.

All six teams playing on Thursday are coming off losses, so we should see some desperation and hopefully it leads to exciting games. Here’s what else you missed from an exciting Sunday in Week 11. Green Bay had given up just 34 points over its previous three games. Sunday’s notable matchups include the Bucs visiting the Colts, the red-hot Patriots hosting the Titans, the Rams travelling to Green Bay and the Browns and Ravens meeting in an AFC North showdown. The Cardinals and Chiefs have an extra week to recover and rest up as the only teams with byes. Here’s how things are looking heading into Week 12. Los Angeles (6-4) had a 27-10 lead going into the fourth quarter before the Steelers (5-4-1) rallied to take a 37-34 lead on Chris Boswell’s 45-yard field goal with 3:24 left. THANKFUL MURRAY DIDN’T NEED TO RUSH BACK 1." Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Star Trek star William Shatner flew to space on separate New Shepard flights this year.

Arizona Cardinals (9-2; Last week: 2) Patience is a luxury most teams cannot afford — but the Cardinals, who have gone 2-1 in three games without starting quarterback Kyler Murray and top weapon DeAndre Hopkins, are not most teams. Thanks to solid play from backup Colt McCoy, clutch running from James Conner, some crafty coaching calls and of course sound performances on defence, Arizona has managed to stay on top. He had 90 yards rushing, which is the most by a Chargers quarterback in a game. That both wins came on the road against divisional opponents (at San Francisco and Seattle) makes this club even more impressive. Now, the Cardinals get a perfectly-timed bye after which Murray and Hopkins are both expected to be back just in time for the stretch run. - Sadler THANKFUL FOR MOMENTUM, CUSHION IN STANDINGS 2. Ekeler, who had 115 scrimmage yards (65 receiving, 50 rushing), is the ninth player in the Super Bowl era with at least two rushing and two receiving scores in a game.

Green Bay Packers (8-3; Last week: 1) 3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3; Last week: 6) 4. New England Patriots (7-4; Last week: 8) 5. (AP) – Tyrod Taylor ran for two touchdowns and threw for 107 yards and Houston snapped the NFL’s longest active skid, beating Tennessee to end the league’s longest winning streak. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4; Last week: 10) 6. Dallas Cowboys (7-3; Last week: 4) 7.

Baltimore Ravens (7-3; Last week: 9) 8. Desmond King had two of the Texans’ four interceptions – three in the fourth quarter to snuff out the Titans’ attempted rally. Tennessee Titans (8-3; Last week: 3) New England and Kansas City have more momentum than the 30 other teams with the Pats winners of five straight and the Chiefs notching four consecutive Ws. New England is rolling on both sides of the ball, while Kansas City’s defence has allowed fewer than 12 points per game during their streak. The Titans are two games up on the Colts and hold the tiebreaker, but the AFC South race is not yet finished, and they’ve got a daunting matchup against the Patriots to prepare for. The Titans (8-3) snapped their six-game winning streak with their first loss since Oct. - Johnston THANKFUL THERE’S TIME TO GAIN GROUND, MAKE IMPROVEMENTS 9.

Buffalo Bills (6-4; Last week: 5) 10. Los Angeles Rams (7-3; Last week: 7) 11. Tennessee outgained Houston 420-190. Los Angeles Chargers (6-4; Last week: 12) 12. Indianapolis Colts (6-5: Last week: 11) 13. Cleveland Browns (6-5; Last week: 13) 14. Brown was knocked out of the game in the third quarter with an injured chest.

Cincinnati Bengals (6-4; Last week: 14) The Bills hit another hurdle at the worst time on Sunday, their Week 11 loss to the Colts presenting the Patriots with sole possession of the AFC East’s top spot thanks to their win against Atlanta. Let's talk about those Colts, whose every thanks this U.S. (AP) – Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 63 yards and a touchdown in his return from injured reserve, Chris Jones and the Kansas City defence made life miserable for Dak Prescott, and Kansas City beat Dallas. Thanksgiving should be directed at none other than the incredible Jonathan Taylor. Winners of three straight games and five of their last six thanks to a string of absolutely dominant performances by the star running back (including a five-TD outing in Week 12!), the Colts are one of the hottest teams going right now.

But unless Tennessee plays out the rest of the season like the Titans we saw in Sunday's loss to the Texans, Indianapolis' way into the playoffs is through the wild card considering they've twice lost to Tennessee already. The result: Kansas City (7-4) improved to 4-0 against the NFC East with their fourth straight win overall. Things should get interesting there... COLTS 41, BILLS 15 ORCHARD PARK, N. though, perhaps not quite as interesting as in the AFC North, where all four clubs are over .

500 and Cincinnati is breathing down Cleveland's neck. - Sadler THANKFUL TO STILL BE IN PLAYOFF HUNT 15. Taylor scored three times in the first half, including a 23-yard catch, en route to the first five-touchdown game in the league this season. New Orleans Saints (5-5; Last week: 15) 16. Minnesota Vikings (5-5; Last week: 16) 17. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6; Last week: 22) 18. Taylor topped 100 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown for the eighth consecutive game, matching an NFL record set by Lydell Mitchell of the Colts in 1975-76 and the Chargers’ LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006.

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1; Last week: 17) 19. San Francisco 49ers (5-5; Last week: 19) The Vikings appear to have the highest ceiling of any team in this group, coming off back-to-back wins over the Packers and Chargers and only losing to teams that are currently above .500. The Bills (6-4) fell a half-game behind New England in the AFC East. The Eagles are also better than their record indicates. Philly’s heavy ground attack was bolstered with Miles Sanders coming off IR and Jalen Hurts continuing to improve and use his legs to make plays.

- Johnston THANKFUL TO HAVE SOME LONG-TERM OPTIMISM 20. The 2019 MVP was a full participant in practice Friday after being held out the previous two days. Washington Football Team (4-6; Last week: 21) 21. Carolina Panthers (5-6; Last week: 20) 22. Miami Dolphins (4-7; Last week: 24) 23. The Bears (3-7) lost their fifth straight. Las Vegas Raiders (5-5; Last week: 18) 24.

Denver Broncos (5-5; Last week: 23) "Optimism" isn't something that's thrown around a lot among these teams right now, but ‘tis the season of gratitude and that applies to these middling clubs, too. It just might take another season to see it all come together. But the Ravens answered with the 72-yard touchdown drive. Let's look at the Dolphins, for example. They've quietly registered three consecutive wins (albeit two have come against Houston and the Jets) and are showing glimpses of that strong defence we expected to see this season. Is that hope on the horizon? - Sadler THANKFUL SEASON IS WINDING DOWN 25. CARDINALS 23, SEAHAWKS 13 SEATTLE (AP) – Colt McCoy was outstanding filling in for Kyler Murray, throwing for 328 yards and two touchdowns, Arizona beat Seattle.

Seattle Seahawks (3-7; Last week: 25) 26. Atlanta Falcons (4-6; Last week: 26) 27. New York Giants (3-7; Last week: 27) 28. This season, it was with Murray missing a third straight game due to an ankle injury. Houston Texans (2-8; Last week: 31) 29. Chicago Bears (3-7; Last week: 28) 30.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8; Last week: 29) 31. Arizona (9-2) had scoring drives of 92 and 82 yards in the first half that ate up 16 minutes. New York Jets (2-8; Last week: 30) 32. Detroit Lions (0-9-1; Last week: 32) You wouldn’t think the Seahawks would find themselves keeping this type of company and, sure, they’ve only lost to quality teams this season but this offence – even with Russell Wilson back from a finger injury – has been quite frustrating to watch. Oh, speaking of things that are frustrating to watch, the Falcons lost again. James Conner capped the drive with a 1-yard run with 2:20 left. Atlanta’s 25-0 defeat to the Patriots last Thursday was perhaps the most predictable result of the season (random math question: what does 28 minus 3 equal?).

That game was a not-so-subtle ego check courtesy of the cosmos directed at any Falcons fan possessing a shred of dignity and/or optimism about this football team. - Johnston . (AP) – Taylor Heinicke threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns against the league’s top-ranked pass defence, and Washington beat Carolina in Cam Newton’s return to Bank of America Stadium.