NFL Week 12 Power Rankings 2022

Welcome to Week 12 of the NFL common season. We have now up to date our Power Rankings!

Our energy panel — a gaggle of greater than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — have evaluated how groups are stacking up by way of 11 weeks.

After struggling losses this weekend, the place do the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and New York Jets land? And the way far do the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Commanders rise after notching wins?

Along with our up to date rankings, we checked in with NFL Nation reporters throughout the league and requested them to call one particular person or facet of their crew that’s underachieving this season. Whether or not it’s a participant, coach, place group or particular on-field play, we establish the place there’s a want for enchancment on each squad.

Let’s check out the up to date rankings.

Bounce to a crew:
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN
CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND
JAX | KC | LV | LAC | LAR | MIA | MIN
NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH

Week 11 rating: 1

What/who’s underachieving? Particular groups

The Chiefs are among the many greatest within the kicking recreation yr in and yr out — however not a lot this season. They’ve struggled with returns, particularly, with a fumbled punt return being the largest play in one in all their two losses. Harrison Butker additionally has been inconsistent with a discipline aim charge of 72.7%, which might be the bottom of his six-year profession if the season ended as we speak. — Adam Teicher


Week 11 rating: 2

What/who’s underachieving? Particular groups

Coming into Week 11, the Eagles ranked third on offense, fourth on protection and fourth total, in keeping with Soccer Outsiders’ defense-adjusted worth over common (DVOA) metrics. Every thing is top-notch — aside from particular groups, which is ranked twenty second. There have been mishaps in virtually each recreation, starting from roughing the kicker infractions to getting beat on faux punts. It has been a little bit of a high-wire act that appears destined to harm Philadelphia in one in all these video games. — Tim McManus


Week 11 rating: 5

What/who’s underachieving? Ball safety

The Payments’ offense began the season wanting unstoppable, and whereas Josh Allen’s total efficiency has been down over the previous 4 weeks because the bye, the unit has been hurting itself by turning the ball over. The Payments have the third-most turnovers within the league (18) — eight prior to now 4 video games — and Allen is second within the NFL in interceptions (10). The Payments additionally lead the league in turnovers per drive (17%). Defending the ball persistently with 4 AFC East video games to go can be key down the stretch. — Alaina Getzenberg


Week 11 rating: 4

What/who’s underachieving? Particular groups

Sure, the Dolphins’ protection hasn’t met its lofty expectations getting into the season, however outdoors of punter Thomas Morstead, Miami’s particular groups have been one of many worst models within the NFL. Jason Sanders has hit simply 76.5% of his discipline objectives this season, leaving Miami with the fifth-worst discipline aim charge within the league. The Dolphins are also averaging a league-worst 5 yards per punt return and permitting a league-high 30.15 yards per kick return. There have been highlights, like a blocked punt returned for a landing in Week 9, however there are many areas for enchancment because the season enters its closing stretch. — Marcel Louis-Jacques


Week 11 rating: 9

What/who’s underachieving? Run protection

After permitting greater than 200 yards speeding in back-to-back video games towards the Lions and Packers, the Cowboys had been a lot better towards Minnesota, giving up simply 73 yards. However for the season, the run protection has been missing. The Cowboys have allowed no less than 117 yards in seven video games and have given up 43 runs of 10 yards or extra. With Saquon Barkley, Jonathan Taylor, Derrick Henry, Travis Etienne Jr., Miles Sanders and Dameon Pierce remaining on the schedule, the run protection can be examined. If the protection really needs to be elite, it should stand as much as the take a look at. — Todd Archer


Week 11 rating: 3

What/who’s underachieving? Go protection

Some well-timed interceptions and sacks have minimized the injury of what has been one of many NFL’s most porous cross defenses. Opponents are finishing 69% of their passes, the second-worst defensive mark within the league. It is not as if these throws are significantly quick. At a mean of seven.8 air yards, they’re increased than the league common. The Vikings’ comfortable protection leaves them susceptible, except one in all their playmakers can compensate. — Kevin Seifert

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Ryan Clark, Rex Ryan and Dan Orlovsky query whether or not the Vikings are worthy of sitting close to the highest of the NFC.


Week 11 rating: 6

What/who’s underachieving? Deep passing recreation

Lamar Jackson has struggled to stretch the sphere, connecting on simply 24.2% of his passes (8-of-23) which have traveled no less than 20 yards within the air. That is the second-worst completion charge within the NFL (forward of solely Zach Wilson). It is not a shock that Baltimore has struggled to stretch the sphere since Marquise Brown was traded this offseason and Rashod Bateman went on injured reserve after six video games this season due to a foot damage. Defenses are going to stack the field towards the Ravens till Jackson could make them pay for doing so. — Jamison Hensley


Week 11 rating: 8

What/who’s underachieving? Particular groups

The 49ers invested closely on this group in hopes of enhancing what was the Twenty sixth ranked unit within the league in 2021, as measured by anticipated factors added (EPA). The return work of Ray-Ray McCloud III, particularly, has been noticeable as of late and appears to be a robust addition. However the kicking recreation stays a query mark, as Robbie Gould has an 81.3% discipline aim charge and has had two kicks blocked, whereas punter Mitch Wishnowsky has had an try deflected, as effectively. — Nick Wagoner


Week 11 rating: 11

What/who’s underachieving? Passing recreation

The Titans’ passing recreation has proven indicators of life over the previous two weeks. However Tennessee’s 1,830 passing yards are good for simply thirty first within the league. Nobody participant has emerged as a dominant, go-to pass-catcher for the Titans. Solely two gamers have posted a 100-yard receiving recreation this season. Rookie Treylon Burks was a robust candidate to emerge as a high receiver for the Titans, however a turf toe damage clipped Burks for 4 video games when he was getting near having a breakout efficiency. Burks returned to motion in Week 10 with three catches, and in Week 11, he posted 5 receptions for 111 yards. — Turron Davenport


Week 11 rating: 7

What/who’s underachieving? Large receivers

Get Daniel Jones some assist; it has been 4 years. This yr’s group has flopped once more. Kadarius Toney was traded; Kenny Golladay has been nonexistent (4 catches, 51 yards … this season); Sterling Shepard is out for the remainder of the marketing campaign following surgical procedure on his left ACL; and rookie Wan’Dale Robinson completed his rookie season with six video games after struggling a proper ACL damage on Sunday. The Giants have began in-season additions Marcus Johnson and Isaiah Hodgins already this season, and Darius Slayton is their main receiver. No marvel their receivers have produced the Twenty sixth-most yards (1,323) and simply 5 touchdowns. — Jordan Raanan


Week 11 rating: 13

What/who’s underachieving? Run protection

Certainly one of Cincinnati’s strengths from final season has quietly gotten considerably worse. In accordance with ESPN Stats & Info, the Bengals enable their opponents to transform on third-down rushes 69.6% of the time, which is worst within the league. Getting defensive deal with DJ Reader again within the fold ought to enhance the unit, however Cincinnati has been gashed on the bottom far too usually this season. — Ben Child


Week 11 rating: 12

What/who’s underachieving? WR Dee Eskridge

There aren’t numerous decisions on the Seahawks as a result of, as a crew, they’ve overachieved based mostly on outdoors expectations. However they have not gotten a lot from Eskridge, their 2021 second-round decide. He produced sparingly throughout an injury-shortened rookie season, and he hasn’t performed a lot this yr, both, with seven catches for 58 yards. Eskridge’s explosiveness ought to make him an enormous play ready to occur, however as Seattle’s fourth receiver, his greatest likelihood is likely to be on particular groups now that he has taken over kickoff return duties. — Brady Henderson


Week 11 rating: 17

What/who’s underachieving? Passing recreation

Washington invested in a brand new quarterback (Carson Wentz) and drafted a large receiver within the first spherical (Jahan Dotson) to pair with Terry McLaurin and a wholesome Curtis Samuel. But the passing assault has struggled, rating twenty first in yards per recreation, twenty fifth in yards per try and twenty eighth in completion share. The explanations range: Wentz wanted time to totally acclimate within the offense, however the safety did not give it to him, and the run recreation left the Commanders in dangerous third-down conditions. Accidents have performed a job, to Wentz, Dotson and tight finish Logan Thomas. And whereas they’re 4-1 with quarterback Taylor Heinicke, it is extra a perform of the run recreation and protection — and a few well timed throws by him. However with the safety enhancing and gamers getting wholesome, the passing recreation might enhance down the stretch. — John Keim


Week 11 rating: 14

What/who’s underachieving? Passing offense

The Patriots are the one crew within the NFL and not using a first-quarter landing, and Mac Jones has taken no less than 4 sacks in three straight video games. Previous to this stretch, he solely had one recreation by which he took no less than 4 sacks. The aim within the offseason was to simplify the offense and hopefully enable the Patriots to play sooner, however it hasn’t produced the specified outcomes. — Mike Reiss


Week 11 rating: 10

What/who’s underachieving? QB Zach Wilson

Look, nobody anticipated Wilson to be Josh Allen in yr two, however the 2021 No. 2 total decide hasn’t improved as a lot as hoped. His completion charge (55.6%) is the very same as final season — and that is not good. Sure, Wilson has reduce down on his interceptions. And, sure, his QBR is up (from 28.2 to 45.2), however his total command of the place and his fundamentals have regressed in some respects. The Jets could be 8-2 if Wilson had been merely common in his two losses. — Wealthy Cimini

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Rex Ryan calls out Zach Wilson for not taking the blame for his awful efficiency towards the Patriots.


Week 11 rating: 15

What/who’s underachieving? Offense

It is no secret that Tom Brady has a very rebuilt inside offensive line and that Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown are now not on the crew. However this group’s scoring manufacturing has virtually been reduce in half this yr, and it has means an excessive amount of expertise for that to occur. The Buccaneers are beginning to faucet into their potential, however they’re nonetheless having to rely means an excessive amount of on the protection — Jenna Laine


Week 11 rating: 16

What/who’s underachieving? Run protection

The Chargers are permitting a mean of 5.5 yards per carry, which is worst within the league. Sure, they’re skinny up entrance, with accidents to edge rusher Joey Bosa and linemen Austin Johnson, Otito Ogbonnia and Christian Covington, however it’s inexplicable how poorly they’ve stopped the run. Coach Brandon Staley has usually blamed their incapability to cease explosive runs, which is true. The Chargers have allowed among the many most runs of greater than 40 yards and 50 yards this season, however now getting into Week 12, it’s a downside they have to appropriate. — Lindsey Thiry


Week 11 rating: 20

What/who’s underachieving? TE Kyle Pitts

The expectations on Pitts may need been unfair to start out the season. Whereas he put up a 1,000-yard marketing campaign as a rookie, the tight finish primarily moved into a brand new offense with a brand new quarterback, Marcus Mariota. And he’s being requested to do various things in a run-heavy offense, like block extra — one thing he takes immense satisfaction in. However the receiving manufacturing isn’t even near a season in the past, with 28 catches for 356 yards and two touchdowns. Pitts left Sunday’s recreation towards the Bears with an MCL damage in his proper knee and was positioned on injured reserve on Monday, which means he can be out no less than 4 video games. — Michael Rothstein


Week 11 rating: 18

What/who’s underachieving? Defensive teaching employees

Common supervisor Brian Gutekunst gave defensive coordinator Joe Barry and his employees a unit with seven first-round picks plus 4 veteran free brokers who had been supposed to assist offset what everybody knew could be a transition yr for the Packers’ offense. The defensive employees has been sluggish to regulate in video games and from week to week. Protection breakdowns and an incapability to cease the run (the Pack rank twenty fourth in speeding yards allowed per recreation) have helped destroy this season. — Rob Demovsky


Week 11 rating: 19

What/who’s underachieving? Exterior cross rush

The Cardinals’ cross rush hasn’t been closely depending on the sting rushers prefer it has been prior to now. Of Arizona’s 19 sacks this season, solely 5.5 have been from edge rushers. Final season, no less than 15 of the Cardinals’ 24 sacks by way of 10 video games had been from the sting. Shedding Chandler Jones has been a significant component within the edge rush’s struggles. This season, the Cardinals have relied closely on an inside push, specifically from J.J. Watt and Zach Allen, who account for 9 of the 19 sacks. Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph mentioned these two are, primarily, the Cardinals’ cross rush at this level. — Josh Weinfuss


Week 11 rating: 24

What/who’s underachieving? Defensive backs

Defensive again was thought-about one of many Saints’ deepest positions within the offseason. However with the commerce of C.J. Gardner-Johnson (now main the league in interceptions), accidents to Marshon Lattimore (six missed video games) and Bradley Roby (on IR), and disappointing outcomes from free agent additions Marcus Maye and Tyrann Mathieu, this group hasn’t lived as much as expectations. There are brilliant spots, such because the emergence of rookie Alontae Taylor. However this group — with simply two crew interceptions — and the protection as an entire have not carried out as hoped. — Katherine Terrell


Week 11 rating: 21

What/who’s underachieving? Offensive line

The Colts relied too closely on the speculation that having three stable gamers on the offensive line might make up for weaknesses at left deal with and proper guard. It seems they weren’t solely flawed about that, however additionally they overestimated the efficiency they’d get from their returning veterans. The Colts have had a revolving door at left deal with, which is a recipe for catastrophe, in addition to proper guard. Add to that the beautiful regression of Professional Bowl middle Ryan Kelly and one in all this crew’s perceived weaknesses has grow to be a detriment to the whole offense. The cascading impact may be seen within the drop in manufacturing by the Colts’ high talent gamers, with operating again Jonathan Taylor and wideout Michael Pittman Jr. experiencing respective profession lows in yards per rush and yards per catch. — Stephen Holder


Week 11 rating: 29

What/who’s underachieving? Run protection

With the Lions successful three straight video games for the primary time since 2017 and recent off limiting Giants operating again Saquon Barkley to only 22 yards off 15 carries, it isn’t a perfect time to level this out. However total, defending the run remains to be a weak level. Detroit is permitting 153.7 speeding yards per recreation (second most within the league) and 5.18 yards per speeding try (third most). — Eric Woodyard

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Liz Loza and Daniel Dopp break down the fantasy productions of Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift.


Week 11 rating: 22

What/who’s underachieving? Offense

Even earlier than quarterback Matthew Stafford and extensive receiver Cooper Kupp had been injured, this Rams’ offense did not seem like the unit that gained the Tremendous Bowl final season. Plenty of that has to do with the unbelievable variety of accidents they’ve handled on the offensive line. The Rams have used a distinct beginning offensive line in all 10 video games this season. In accordance with Elias Sports activities Bureau, they’re the one crew within the Tremendous Bowl period (since 1966) to make use of a distinct beginning five-man offensive line mixture in every of their first 10 video games of a season. Los Angeles hasn’t been in a position to transfer the ball persistently all season, and that continued Sunday within the Rams’ loss to the Saints. — Sarah Barshop


Week 11 rating: 25

What/who’s underachieving? Go rush

The Bears’ incapability to generate strain on opposing quarterbacks is a significant issue. Not a single defensive lineman has greater than 2.0 sacks this season. As a crew, the Bears rank thirty first with 15 sacks by way of 11 video games, and the uptick of blitz packages to fabricate extra strain is not sufficient to proper the ship. Chicago walked away with out sacking Marcus Mariota in Week 11 and solely obtained strain on 4 of the Atlanta quarterback’s 20 dropbacks. A mix of talent and scheme has the Bears ranked twenty seventh in sack charge (4.82%), twenty fourth in tackles for loss (43) and final in quarterback hits (31). — Courtney Cronin


Week 11 rating: 26

What/who’s underachieving? Go rush

The Jaguars have simply 16 sacks (tied for twenty ninth within the NFL), which is a large disappointment contemplating they’ve a pair of first-round picks on the perimeters. Travon Walker, who was the 2022 No. 1 total decide, has 2.5 sacks and 6 QB hits. Josh Allen, the 2019 No. 7 total decide, has three sacks and a team-high 13 QB hits. Allen is among the many league leaders in QB pressures (34, tied for 14th), however the Jaguars had been anticipating extra from him. The crew’s greatest rusher is reserve Dawuane Smoot with 5 sacks. — Michael DiRocco


Week 11 rating: 31

What/who’s underachieving? Go rush

Certain, defensive finish Maxx Crosby is tied for fifth within the NFL with 9 sacks, however no different Raiders participant has a couple of. Chandler Jones, the free-agent pickup who signed a three-year, $51 million deal to hitch Las Vegas, is credited with half a sack; that’s lower than follow squad call-up Tyler Corridor, a cornerback. And as a crew, the Raiders have a league-low 13 sacks. — Paul Gutierrez


Week 11 rating: 27

What/who’s underachieving? Pink zone offense

The Steelers have underachieved in a couple of space this season, however probably the most obtrusive is the purple zone offense. They’re scoring touchdowns on about 48% of purple zone journeys. Though they managed to attain TDs on three of 5 such journeys in Sunday’s loss, the Steelers have not scored sufficient factors total, averaging simply 17 factors per recreation. Sunday’s efficiency is likely to be an indication issues are near turning round, however the offense will not have proved something till it’s constant. — Brooke Pryor


Week 11 rating: 23

What/who’s underachieving? Complete protection

On paper, the Browns boast one of the vital proficient defenses within the league. In actuality, it has inexplicably been among the many worst. The defensive backfield continues to undergo busts in protection at inopportune moments, and the defensive entrance has been totally porous towards the run. The Browns have not been in a position to power many turnovers, both (solely eight all season). The result’s a unit that ranks subsequent to final in precise factors allowed (26.9) and anticipated factors allowed (minus-66.84). Cleveland is now on the verge of being eradicated from the postseason earlier than December, and an underachieving protection is the largest motive. — Jake Trotter


Week 11 rating: 28

What/who’s underachieving? OFFENSE

That is proper, it is in all caps. Everyone from the coaches to quarterback Russell Wilson to every participant throughout the formation bears some accountability. Coach Nathaniel Hackett and Wilson ought to get many of the warmth, however the Broncos have had too many errors, too many curious calls, too many what-was-that choices by Wilson, too many fumbles and much too few touchdowns. The league-leading record of gamers on injured reserve, together with operating again Javonte Williams, has not helped, however the recap of this season can be topped with this offense’s failings. — Jeff Legwold


Week 11 rating: 30

What/who’s underachieving? Quarterback

There is a easy motive the Panthers are 3-8: poor play at quarterback. Baker Mayfield is 1-5 because the starter with a league-worst 17.8 Complete QBR. PJ Walker is 2-3 because the starter with a Complete QBR of 23.8, which might be subsequent to final if he had sufficient enjoying time to qualify. It hasn’t been fairly, and there is a likelihood Sam Darnold could possibly be named the starter this week. Darnold’s Complete QBR final season (38.6) was higher than solely two certified quarterbacks. — David Newton


Week 11 rating: 32

What/who’s underachieving? QB Davis Mills

Mills had a chance this season to show he could possibly be the signal-caller of the long run. However he has regressed in just a few essential classes from his rookie marketing campaign. Mills’ completion charge was 66% then, and it’s 61.9% now. His passer ranking is 10 factors decrease this yr, and he has already thrown 11 interceptions, which has surpassed his rookie whole of 10. — DJ Bien-Aime