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Three NFC teams claim the top three spots in the NFL power rankings going into Week 14.
The Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings sit on the top of the league with five games left in the regular season. Philadelphia holds the top spot in the NFC East with the Cowboys hanging on to a wild-card spot in the tough NFC East. Philadelphia can clinch a playoff berth with win or tie or a San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks loss.
The Vikings barely got past the New York Jets on Sunday and were lucky enough to avoid a Mike White-led comeback. Now, they have to turn their attention to an NFC North rival. Minnesota can clinch the NFC North title with a win or tie.
The Kansas City Chiefs could also clinch an AFC West division title with a win and a Los Angeles Chargers loss in Week 14.
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Here’s how the power rankings play out.
1). Philadelphia Eagles (11-1)
Philadelphia Eagles’ Josh Sweat, from left, Javon Hargrave and Fletcher Cox celebrate a tackle by Hargrave during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Philadelphia.
(AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Previous rank: 1
Week 13 result: 35-10 win over Titans
Week 14 matchup: Sunday @ Giants
The Eagles looked dominant against the Titans in Week 13 and maintained their stranglehold on the NFC. Philly could wrap up a playoff spot in Week 14.
2). Dallas Cowboys (9-3)
Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott, #21, celebrates a touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Previous rank: 4
Week 13 result: 54-19 win over Colts
Week 14 matchup: Sunday vs. Texans
Outscoring your opponent 33-0 in the fourth quarter is an accomplishment in itself no matter the team and the Cowboys did it on Sunday night. The Cowboys look great heading into Week 14.
3). Minnesota Vikings (10-2)
Previous rank: 3
Week 13 result: 27-22 win over Jets
Week 14 matchup: Sunday @ Lions
The Vikings escaped with a win against the Jets on Sunday but will have to buckle down to beat the Lions, who have played well as of late. Minnesota cannot just brush Detroit off this time around.
4). Kansas City Chiefs (9-3)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, #15, waves to fans before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Joshua Bickel)
Previous rank: 2
Week 13 result: 27-24 loss to Bengals
Week 14 matchup: Sunday @ Broncos
Kansas City drops to four in the power rankings after a close loss to the Bengals. The Chiefs run into a tough defense in Denver in Week 14.
5). Buffalo Bills (9-3)
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, #17, throws under pressure from New England Patriots defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, #92, during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Previous rank: 6
Week 13 result: 24-10 win over Patriots
Week 14 matchup: Sunday vs. Jets
Josh Allen and the Bills have put together a three-game winning streak and are winning over the confidences of the rest of the NFL world. A big AFC East matchup awaits.
6). Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)
Previous rank: 7
Week 13 result: 27-24 win over Chiefs
Week 14 matchup: Sunday vs. Browns
Joe Burrow looked real cool Sunday against the Chiefs, but he enters a matchup against the Browns on Sunday looking for his first win against the franchise.
7). San Francisco 49ers (8-4)
Previous rank: 8
Week 13 result: 33-17 win over Dolphins
Week 14 matchup: Sunday vs. Buccaneers
The 49ers will have Brock Purdy at quarterback but a stellar defense to contend with. As long as they hold Tom Brady for all four quarters, San Francisco will be able to pull out the win.
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8). Miami Dolphins (8-4)
Previous rank: 5
Week 13 result: 33-17 loss to 49ers
Week 14 matchup: Sunday @ Chargers
The Dolphins have a very important matchup against the Chargers in a meeting of 2020 top quarterback selections. Miami will look to bounce back from a loss to the 49ers.
9). Seattle Seahawks (7-5)
Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III, #9, celebrates his rushing touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Seattle.
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Previous rank: 14
Week 13 result: 27-23 win over Rams
Week 14 matchup: Sunday vs. Panthers
For whatever reason, Geno Smith is in MVP form and got back in the win column against the Rams. Now, Smith will have to face off against the Panthers in Week 14.
10). Baltimore Ravens (8-4)
Baltimore Ravens players celebrate a touchdown by Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley, #2, in the final minute of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Baltimore.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Previous rank: 10
Week 13 result: 10-9 win over Broncos
Week 14 matchup: Bye
The Ravens got a bye at the right time. Lamar Jackson is reportedly set to miss 1-3 weeks with a knee injury.
11). Tennessee Titans (7-5)
12). New York Jets (7-5)
13). New York Giants (7-4-1)
14). Washington Commanders (7-5-1)
15). New England Patriots (6-6)
16). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)
17). Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)
18). Detroit Lions (5-7)
19). Las Vegas Raiders (5-7)
20). Atlanta Falcons (5-8)
21). Cleveland Browns (5-7)
22). Green Bay Packers (5-8)
23). Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7)
24). Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)
25). Carolina Panthers (4-8)
26). New Orleans Saints (4-9)
27). Arizona Cardinals (4-8)
28). Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1)
29). Denver Broncos (3-9)
30). Los Angeles Rams (3-9)
31). Chicago Bears (3-10)
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32). Houston Texans (1-10-1)