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Week 14 was highlighted by several ten-win teams losing. The New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks all lost their third game of the year while the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers earned their 11th wins.
With the flurry of action on Sunday, the 49ers regained the first seed in the NFC after vacating the spot last week. The Seahawks dropped back to the fifth seed. The Green Bay Packers moved into the third seed, and the Saints fell into the four seed.
In the AFC, the Ravens expanded their lead over the rest of the conference. The Patriots retained their second seed, and the Kanas City Chiefs moved one game ahead of the Houston Texans. The Texans still hold the fourth seed at 8-5, but the 8-5 Tennessee Titans are hunting for the AFC South division crown.
While the top two spots in the quarterback hierarchy remained the same this week, there were some notable shifts in the top ten. Notably, some future Hall of Famers fell toward the bottom of the top ten.
Last week’s ranking: 1
Both the Ravens and Buffalo Bills flashed their strong defenses on Sunday, but Jackson’s dynamic playmaking won out in the end. Jackson threw his first interception since Week 5. He’s thrown interceptions in just three games this season.
Last week’s ranking: 2
In Seattle’s last four games, Wilson has four touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating is 82.7, and he’s completing 63.49% of his pass attempts during that time. Those numbers are a far cry from where he was earlier in the season during his MVP-caliber stretch.
Last week’s ranking: 5
The future Hall of Fame quarterback was close to perfect against the 49ers. Responsible for all of New Orleans’ touchdowns, Brees must be disappointed that the defense gave up a game-winning field goal. Brees completed 72.5% of his pass attempts and posted a 138.4 passer rating.
Last week’s ranking: 10
Tannehill is one of the hottest quarterbacks in football. Since he took over as the starter, the Titans are 6-1. During that time, Tannehill has 15 passing touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating as a starter is 121.7.
Last week’s ranking: 3
After losing to the Patriots in last year’s AFC Championship game, the Chiefs handed the Patriots their third loss of the season on Sunday. Since returning from his injury, Mahomes has played well but not at an MVP level.
Last week’s ranking: 7
While Cousins didn’t post gaudy numbers, the Minnesota Vikings easily defeated the Detroit Lions. He completed 80% of his pass attempts and posted a 111.4 passer rating. Cousins has nine games this season with at least a 111.0 passer rating.
Last week’s ranking: 4
The Texans and Watson are up one week and down the next. After defeating the New England Patriots in Week 13, the Texans were dominated 38-24 by the Denver Broncos. It was Watson’s third multi-interception game this season.
Last week’s ranking: 12
Garoppolo led the 49ers on a game-winning drive against the Saints, propelling San Francisco to 11-2. In the high-scoring 48-46 affair, Garoppolo completed 74.29% of his pass attempts and posted a 131.7 passer rating. He has 11 touchdowns and three interceptions in the last four games.
Last week’s ranking: 6
We’re not going to know if this is the end of Brady’s reign until the playoffs. However, he is posting his worst completion percentage since 2013, and his 86.5 passer rating is his worst since 2008. The Patriots have lost their last two games.
Last week’s ranking: 8
The Packers are 10-3, but the team is far from among the best in the league. The Packers defeated the Washington Redskins 20-15 on Sunday. Rodgers has three games with fewer than 200 passing yards in his last five appearances.
Last week’s ranking: 9
Between Weeks 7 and 11, Prescott posted four consecutive games with a passer rating over 100.0. Since then, his passer rating is 81.6, and the Dallas Cowboys have lost three straight games. Prescott is having perhaps the best year of his career, but the Cowboys cannot win games right now.
Last week’s ranking: 13
The Philadelphia Eagles looked lost in the first half of Sunday night’s game, but they came to their senses and landed a big overtime win against the New York Giants. If the Eagles win their final three games, they’ll make the playoffs.
Last week’s ranking: 14
After two horrendous weeks, Carr found his footing in Week 14. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to stop Oakland’s late-season slide into irrelevancy. The Raiders have lost three games in a row by a combined total of 83 points and have given up 116 total points during those matchups.
Last week’s ranking: 16
A week removed from throwing two interceptions against the Saints, Ryan rebounded against the Carolina Panthers. Thanks to a 93-yard touchdown to Olamide Zaccheaus, Ryan posted his largest passing yardage total since Week 6.
Last week’s ranking: 11
The Bills strung together three straight wins, and Allen was on a hot streak entering Sunday. That all ended against the Ravens. Allen completed just 43.59% of his pass attempts and turned in his lowest passing yardage total this season.
Last week’s ranking: 25
Just like that, Lock is 2-0 in his NFL career. Last week, the rookie flashed potential, but he put together an inconsistent performance. However, Lock dominated the Texans on Sunday. He completed 81.48% of his pass attempts and posted a 136.0 passer rating.
Last week’s ranking: 18
This is just how Winston is. He’s going to turn the ball over, but he’s also capable of generating tons of yardage. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can win games with Winston, but the team will never be contenders unless he perfects his game.
Last week’s ranking: 22
Amidst rumors that Chargers might bench him, on his 38th birthday, Rivers delivered a near-perfect performance. He posted a 154.4 passer rating in a 45-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Before the end of the year, Rivers will become the sixth quarterback to pass for 400 touchdowns in a career.
Last week’s ranking: Unranked (DNP)
The first half was the Manning show, as Eli went 11/19 for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Things collapsed for the Giants in the second half and Philadelphia spoiled Manning’s return. With three losses this season, Eli’s career record is 116-117. This spot is probably too high for Manning, but consider it a potential final tip of the cap to a great career.
Last week’s ranking: 17
After leading the Cincinnati Bengals to their first win of the season, Dalton failed to throw a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns. Fans can’t blame Dalton for Cincinnati’s litany of issues, but his time with the Bengals might be winding down.
Last week’s ranking: 15
The Arizona Cardinals should have beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but Murray repeatedly turned the ball over in enemy territory. The rookie has a good foundation, but he needs to produce more big plays and cut down on his mistakes next year.
Last week’s ranking: 24
After throwing two interceptions last week, Brissett posted a clean performance on Sunday. However, the Indianapolis Colts struggled running the ball and did not keep up with Tampa Bay’s high-powered pass attack. Indianapolis fell to 6-7.
Last week’s ranking: 20
Before Sunday night, the Los Angeles Rams were 3-1 when Goff throws multiple interceptions. Fortunately for the Rams, Seattle’s offense didn’t show up to play the Los Angeles walked away with an easy win. At 8-5, the Rams are still one game behind the sixth seed.
Last week’s ranking: 27
While Chicago’s season will be viewed as a disappointment no matter what they do late in the year, the Bears have won three straight games. Since Week 10, Trubisky has thrown 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Three of his four games with a passer rating higher than 100.0 came during that stretch.
Last week’s ranking: 26
The New York Jets lost to the Bengals last week and lost to the Miami Dolphins back in Week 9. This is a bad team, but they pulled off the 22-21 victory on a last-second field goal. Since Week 10, Darnold has thrown nine touchdowns and two interceptions.
Last week’s ranking: 19
If the Dolphins scored one touchdown, they would have beaten the Jets. Instead, the Dolphins kicked seven field goals and lost 22-21 on a last-second field goal attempt by New York. To be fair, Fitzpatrick didn’t have a lot of help. He led Miami in rushing yards.
Last week’s ranking: 21
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Panthers are open to trading Cam Newton for the right price. With how Allen is playing, Carolina might want to reconsider. Since Week 8, Allen has thrown nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Last week’s ranking: 29
Is Minshew better than Nick Foles? Probably, but that’s not setting a very high bar right now. Jacksonville has lost five games in a row, all by at least 17 points. At this point, the franchise needs to analyze what its direction moving forward should be.
Last week’s ranking: 23
The Browns escaped Sunday with a win because they played one of the only less-competent teams in the NFL. Mayfield played terribly, completing 45.83% of his pass attempts and posting a 38.9 passer rating. He’s thrown four touchdowns and interceptions in the last three games.
30. Devlin Hodges 16/19 152 yards, one touchdown, 34 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 31
Underrated? Maybe. Mediocre? Extremely. Undefeated? Yes. Switching from Mason Rudolph to Hodges might be Mike Tomlin’s best decision this adventurous season. While the offense is limited with Hodges at the helm, the Pittsburgh Steelers kept the sixth seed in the AFC for another week.
Last week’s ranking: 32
Surprisingly, the Redskins took the Packers to the end of the game. Since becoming Washington’s starter in Week 9, Haskins has three touchdowns and three interceptions. 2019 is a year to forget for the rookie first-round pick.
Last week’s ranking: 28
More than a week after captivating the country on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys, Blough came back to earth against the Vikings. Detroit’s only score came in garbage time. The Lions desperately need Matthew Stafford back on the field.
Ryan Griffin 2/4 18 yards
The former undrafted prospect from Tulane saw action for the first time since 2014 when Winston injured his hand on Sunday. Winston did return to the game and propel Tampa Bay to a 38-35 win.
Tyrod Taylor 3/5 26 yards, one touchdown
There were rumors that the Chargers might replace Rivers with Taylor going into Week 13. However, Rivers put together two solid performances and a blowout victory in Week 14 seems to have cemented his place as the team’s starter for the rest of the season.
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