In week 13 we saw three Thanksgiving day games show us big offensive numbers. All six teams that played on turkey day gained over 400 yards of offense and only the Jets scored fewer than 31 points thanks to their five turnovers.
But on Sunday the league was a different story. Out of the 24 teams that played Sunday, only four gained over 400 yards and just two scored more than 31 points. After those kind of results I think it's safe to say that tryptophan is a performance enhancing drug.
Previous week's ranking and current record in parentheses
1. (1) Houston Texans (10-1) – Another big day on offense was helped by a controversial penalty on the lions that made a touchdown non-reviewable. The Texans' defensive struggles is starting to worry me though.
2. (2) San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1) – A second consecutive win by Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers have many wondering if the future is now for the quarterback position in San Francisco.
3. (3) New England Patriots (8-3) – New England had another big day as they again forced turnover after turnover, including scoring three touchdowns in under a minute thanks to two turnovers returned for touchdowns.
4. (5) Atlanta Falcons (10-1) – Yet again, Atlanta pulls out a close win late. Their ability to get these close wins could come in handy in the playoffs, or their magic could run out at the worst time.
5. (12) New York Giants (7-4) – The Giants came out of the gate quick off their bye week destroying the Packers. This team has the potential to be the best in the league when firing on all cylinders.
6. (4) Green Bay Packers (7-4) – Green Bay just couldn't get anything going against a very impressive New York defense. This team needs to play better and not rely so heavily on Aaron Rodgers to carry them.
7. (7) Chicago Bears (8-3) – Jay Cutler apparently cures all ails in Chicago as he led the Bears to an easy divisional win over the Vikings. His performance over the season combined with the team's poor performance without him gives Cutler a good case for league MVP.
8. (6) Baltimore Ravens (9-2) – Another week where the Ravens just can't seem to put points on the board but still manage to get the win. This team just screams first round loss to me once the playoffs come around.
9. (8) Denver Broncos (8-3) – The Broncos started slowly against the Chiefs on the road, but were able to coast to an easy win. The win combined with the Chargers' loss this week clinches the division for the Broncos.
10. (11) Cincinnati Bengals (6-5) – Cincinnati is just one game out of the final playoff spot in the AFC after a huge game by Andy Dalton. The defense was able to overwhelm former Bengal quarterback Carson Palmer in a dominant effort as well.
11. (9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5) – A good close game for the Bucs against the Falcons even though they failed to get the win at home. The offense is still playing well enough that I'm not worried about their playoff chances.
12. (16) Indianapolis Colts (7-4) – The Colts bounced back against the woeful Bills behind rookie receiver/returner T.Y. Hilton's two touchdowns. Indianapolis is still in position to face Peyton Manning in the first round of the playoffs.
13. (13) Minnesota Vikings (6-5) – Turnovers killed as the Vikings couldn't overcome a 25-3 halftime deficit against the Bears.
14. (10) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) – Ben Roethlisberger can't come back sooner for the Steelers. I don't know that Pittsburgh can sink any lower than eight turnovers against the Browns, but anything is possible once you get down to your fourth string QB.
15. (20) Washington Redskins (5-6) – Robert Griffin III throws four touchdowns on the road in the win over divisional rival Dallas and continues his impressive push in the rookie of the year race.
16. (15) New Orleans Saints (5-6) – The Saints played a pretty even game against the 49ers, but in the end their defense just gave up way too many yards and points to survive.
17. (21) St. Louis Rams (4-6-1) – The offense did just enough to get the win on the road, but the story of the game was Janoris Jenkins' two pick six's.
18. (14) Seattle Seahawks (6-5) – The Seahawks are still terrible on the road and have a worse road record (1-5) than the Chiefs or Jaguars (both 1-4)
19. (18) Detroit Lions (4-7) – The Lions put up a good fight against the #1 team in the NFL. But a critical error by Jim Schwartz, throwing a challenge flag when he wasn't allowed to, rendered the play non-reviewable. The Lions seemed doomed from that point on.
20. (24) Miami Dolphins (5-6) – The Dolphins snapped their losing streak with a 17 point comeback in the fourth quarter. Ryan Tannehill is looking more and more like the quarterback of the future for this team.
21. (17) Dallas Cowboys (5-6) – Dallas nearly made a huge comeback against the Redskins thanks to Tony Romo's 441 passing yards and three touchdowns, but ultimately fell short thanks to three turnovers.
22. (19) Tennessee Titans (4-7) – So much for the barn burner against Jacksonville. The Titans had trouble getting into a groove on the road against a bad Jaguars defense.
23. (22) Arizona Cardinals (4-7) – Quarterback Ryan Lindley got the first start of his career, but it was more of the same for the Cardinals as they turned the ball over four times.
24. (23) Buffalo Bills (4-7) – I have no idea when the Bills are going to wake up and start scoring some points….but I fear it won't be any time this year.
25. (28) Cleveland Browns (3-8) – The Browns didn't move the ball well against the Steelers defense, but didn't need to as Cleveland's defense forced eight turnovers in a rare divisional win.
26. (25) San Diego Chargers (4-7) – More close games by the Chargers result in more frustrating losses for the San Diego faithful. But if your team can't stop a team on 4th and 28, you don't deserve to win.
27. (29) Carolina Panthers (3-8) – The best cure for a bad season is sometimes facing a team that is playing worse than you. The Panthers' win over Philadelphia was not as close as the score shows thanks to Cam Newton's four touchdowns.
28. (26) New York Jets (4-7) – From last week's article, "Next weeks game against the Patriots should show us exactly what the Jets are, a woefully bad team." I love being right, and five turnovers helped prove me right.
29. (31) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) – With Blaine Gabbert out for the season, Chad Henne has completely taken control of the Jaguars offense and helped them snap a seven game losing streak with a win at home. Temper expectations the rest of the way out though, because this team is more than just one player away from being good.
30. (27) Philadelphia Eagles (3-8) – Rookie Bryce Brown gave the Eagles a spark against Carolina despite his two fumbles, but the rest of the team looks like they've given up on the season.
31. (30) Oakland Raiders (3-8) – Oakland couldn't get the ball moving on sunday as they were completely overwhelmed by the Cincinnati defense. This franchise needs a top to bottom overhaul this offseason. Mark Davis, I'm available to rebuild that sorry excuse you have for a team.
32. (32) Kansas City Chiefs (1-10) – The Chiefs are terrible, they can't score points, and other than Jamaal Charles nobody on the team can move the ball.
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