The World’s Most Prestigious Power Poll: Week 12

01. Dallas Cowboys (9-1): As good as Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are, it’s that offensive line that has put Dallas up here. (NC)

02. Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1): Playing as well as anyone in the NFL — including Dallas — but the injury to CJ Prosise is a worry. (NC)

03. New England Patriots (8-2): Barely broke a sweat dusting off the Niners in Tom Brady’s youthful stomping grounds. (NC)

04. Oakland Raiders (8-2): Winning ugly is often a sign of a good team and on Monday night, they won very ugly. (+1)

05. Denver Broncos (7-3): Aqib Talib’s return from injury is welcome, but Paxton Lynch got first team reps this week. Is a late-season switch in the cards? (+1)

06. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3): Mind-boggling home loss to the Bucs cannot be repeated. (-2)

07. Atlanta Falcons (6-4): Matt Ryan spent his bye week in therapy to help him cope with the Falcons’ 28th-ranked defense. (NC)

08. Washington Redskins (6-3-1): Brutal 3-game road trip, beginning in Dallas on Thanksgiving, will define their season. (NC)

09. New York Giants (7-3): Feasting on an easy schedule, but they ARE winning. Tough games start in 2 weeks. (NC)

10. Miami Dolphins (6-4): 5 straight wins, though the last one was pretty ugly. (+1)

11. Detroit Lions (6-4): Somehow won a football game 12 rushing yards on 21 attempts. (+1)

12. Minnesota Vikings (6-4): After being pushed around by the Redskins, the Vikings defense returned in time to maul Carson Palmer like an angry grizzly bear. Thanksgiving game in Detroit might decide the NFC North. (+5)

13. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5): Losers of five of their last 7, their struggling rookie QB Carson Wentz needs a break. Fortunately, the Green Bay Packers and their non-existent secondary are next on the schedule. (-3)

14. Buffalo Bills (5-5): Manage to hold on for a tough road victory in Cincy despite losing Shady to yet another injury. (NC)

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5): Very difficult to figure this team out, but they’re clearly still good enough to humiliate the Browns. (NC)

16. Baltimore Ravens (5-5): I love Steve Smith, but a 37-year-old should not be  your best skill player. (NC)

17. Houston Texans (6-4): Their QB still sucks, but they got jobbed by the refs on Monday Night. (+2)

18. Arizona Cardinals (4-5-1): Does the offensive line really hate Carson Palmer or does it just look that way? (-5)

19. Indianapolis Colts (5-6): Andrew Luck got help this week, as his defense shut down DeMarco Murray. (+7)

20. Tennessee Titans (5-6): These guys are pretenders. Don’t believe in them this year. (NC)

21. Green Bay Packers (4-6): There’s nothing wrong with Aaron Rodgers apart from his defense and running backs. (-3)

22. Carolina Panthers (4-6): Big win shows this team is finally getting right, but losing Luke Kuechly is devastating. (+2)

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5): Jameis Winston is playing better and that’s why they’ve won 2 straight. Winning streak comes to an end this week, though, when they play the Seahawks. (+2)

24. New Orleans Saints (4-6): Should be done, but the NFC South is still basically anyone’s game. (-3)

25. San Diego Chargers (4-6): Hard-luck team will see its schedule get a lot easier from now on. Bank some wins. (-3)

26. Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1): Under-achieving team will simply be bad now that AJ Green is injured. (-3)

27. Los Angeles Rams (4-6): Turns out Jared Goff actually is worse than Case Keenum. (NC)

28. New York Jets (3-7): Spent the bye week enjoying not watching their quarterbacks play football. (NC)

29. Chicago Bears (2-8): Is the clock ticking on what should be Jon Fox’s last head coaching gig in the NFL? (NC)

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8): United Kingdom reportedly considering sanctions against United States if the NFL keep sending the Jags to London to play games. (NC)

31. San Francisco 49ers (1-10): Chip Kelly’s hurry-up offense proving very popular because it helps the games end faster. (NC)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-11): 0-16 starting to look very possible. (NC)