NFL power rankings: Steelers fall out of top five as Seahawks, Ravens steadily climb

NFL power rankings, post-Week 12 edition:.

1. Saints (1): Even on a night when stars are coasting, they’ll score 31. New Orleans hasn’t even bothered to incorporate Brandon Marshall on game day yet.

2. Rams (2): Magic number to clinch NFC West remains at one. They should get job done in Detroit on Sunday, when they’d enjoy boost if Aqib Talib returns.

3. Chiefs (3): Remaining schedule is a Raiders sandwich with Ravens, Chargers and Seahawks in between. K.C.’S path to No. 1 seed likely to be very bumpy.

4. Patriots (5): Sunday would seem to be strong indication they’ve got all primary chess pieces back and are ready to peak at just right time. Per usual.

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5. Chargers (6): Not sure why Melvin Gordon was still playing with Bolts up by 18, but it’s kind of move franchise averse to prosperity too often makes.

6. Steelers (4): If they’d done right thing and continued deploying 6-9, 320-pounder Alejandro Villanueva in red zone, this other nonsense is immaterial.

7. Texans (8): Franchise record eighth consecutive victory comes on night they rush for franchise record 281 yards. First team ever to win eight straight following 0-3 start to season. Throw out those record books when Houston takes field.

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8. Bears (7): S Eddie Jackson has five TDs since the start of the 2017 season. Atlanta’s Julio Jones has six TDs since the start of the 2017 season.

9. Vikings (9): My favorite play of weekend was G Mike Remmers taking phrase “human turnstile” to an entirely unfamiliar level. Uh, sorry, Kirk??!!

10. Colts (11): I like just about everything Frank Reich has done to help Andrew Luck, but I don’t understand recent obsession to make him a receiver.

11. Broncos (21): If any AFC team set up to sweep its final five games (at Bengals, at 49ers, Browns, at Raiders, Chargers), could be these streak snappers.

12. Seahawks (13): On a day they couldn’t stop a nosebleed or run the ball, you wouldn’t think they’d hand Carolina first home loss. Bravo, Russell Wilson.

13. Ravens (14): Lamar Jackson has lifted them back into playoff picture, albeit against two of league’s worst defenses. Now, is he ready for next level?

14. Cowboys (16): Amari Cooper has caught 22 of 32 targets for both Oakland and Dallas in 2018 but averages nearly twice as many yards per game for Cowboys.

15. Redskins (12): Kudos to S D.J. Swearinger for keepin’ it 100. “If you don’t do the simple things right, you gonna get embarrassed on national TV.” Yup.

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16. Panthers (10): Christian McCaffrey has shot to join Roger Craig, Marshall Faulk as only players with 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in same season.

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17. Titans (15): Defense suddenly unraveling, allowing 72 points in consecutive losses to AFC South foes. Can’t expect Marcus Mariota and Co. To overcome that.

18. Eagles (22): Too bad they don’t see Giants every week. Philly’s beaten Big Blue five straight and nine of 10 … But won’t see them again until 2019.

19. Lions (18): Did you know they’ve never won NFC North crown? It’s been 25 years since their last first-place finish, that coming in defunct NFC Central.

20. Packers (20): If any NFC team set up to sweep its final five games (Cardinals, Falcons, at Bears, at Jets, Lions), could be these road worriers.

21. Browns (23): So maybe Baker Mayfield doesn’t yet appreciate NFL’s business side. But some Hue Jackson shade gives Cincy-Cleveland rivalry needed flair.

22. Bengals (17): Crazy to think they got off to 4-1 start. But this season was over long before Andy Dalton’s thumb gave out. Is Marvin Watch back on?

23. Falcons (24): Welp. At least they can be entertaining on way down, and maybe that means a push to make Julio Jones first to reach 2,000 receiving yards.

24. Dolphins (19): Just no weapons on this offense. Kenyan Drake is only player on pace to reach 1,000 yards from scrimmage, and he’s in line for 1,027.

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25. Giants (26): Well, Odell, if Pat Shurmur did let you call the plays, hopefully you’d have good sense to force feed Saquon Barkley rather than yourself.

26. Buccaneers (27): Jameis Winston has played really well in stretches and now eaten Ws in half his 2018 starts. But could Bucs get anything in a trade?

27. Bills (28): They’re bad. They’re bland. They’re probably a long way from contending. But they sure do continue playing hard for coach Sean McDermott.

28. Jaguars (25): They’re bad. They’re colorful. They could turn around fast in 2019. But will they play for Doug Marrone now that he’s cleaning house?

29. Jets (29): Allowed 28.4 points per game during five-game losing streak, and defense doesn’t have one takeaway. Still a long way from being competitive.

30. 49ers (30): Latest chapter of 2018 debacle occurred over weekend when troubled LB Reuben Foster essentially forced team to cut cord after yet another arrest.

31. Raiders (31): Sigh. Now they must go “home” to face two teams looking to get right coming off streak-snapping losses, Kansas City and Pittsburgh.

32. Cardinals (32): Getting blown out is one thing — it’s been a regular occurrence in 2018. Appearing listless while being blown out? See ya, Coach Wilks.

(Previous week’s rank in parentheses).

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