Bengals rising, Eagles on top

Bengals rising, Eagles on top

Any predictions of a Tremendous Bowl 47 rematch took an enormous hit final weekend.

The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens each misplaced their beginning quarterbacks. Make that two season-ending accidents at quarterback within the top-heavy NFC for the 49ers, as free-agent-to-be Jimmy Garoppolo joins Trey Lance on the bench.

The information is doubtlessly higher for the Ravens, who take into account Lamar Jackson’s availability “week to week” with a sprained knee. The Ravens’ 2021 season fell aside in December when Jackson missed 5 begins. The AFC — and the North Division’s hard-charging Bengals — doesn’t provide a lot margin for error once more.

Listed below are The Publish’s NFL energy rankings for Week 14:

1. Philadelphia Eagles 11-1 (2)

A.J. Brown completed with eight catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in his first recreation again in Tennessee since a blockbuster commerce on draft evening. Jalen Hurts retains climbing up MVP ballots, as he threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for an additional in a 35-10 win in opposition to the Titans. The Eagles are 11-1 for the fourth time — first since 2004.

Jalen Hurts and the Eagles are again at No. 1.AP

2. Buffalo Payments 9-3 (4)

Josh Allen turned the primary participant in NFL historical past with three seasons of at the very least 25 landing passes and 5 speeding touchdowns because the Payments gained in Foxborough, Mass., for the third straight time, with a 24-10 victory in opposition to the Patriots. The Payments, who had began 0-2 within the AFC East, pressured Mac Jones a lot, even with out the injured Von Miller.

3. Dallas Cowboys 9-3 (5)

Who wants free agent Odell Beckham Jr.? Dak Prescott threw two landing passes to Michael Gallup and one other to CeeDee Lamb in a 54-19 demolition of the Colts. Tony Pollard rushed for 2 scores. One interception helped flip a one-point lead into eight earlier than halftime and a second basically ended the sport with lower than 11 minutes remaining.

4. Minnesota Vikings 10-2 (6)

The Vikings improved to 9-0 in one-score video games and accomplished a four-game sweep of the AFC East with a 27-22 win in opposition to the Jets. Camryn Bynum sealed the victory with an interception on the 1-yard line with 10 seconds remaining, assuring {that a} 20-3 third-quarter lead didn’t go to waste. Justin Jefferson scored a landing and arrange one other with a troublesome over-the-middle catch.

5. Cincinnati Bengals 8-4 (8)

Joe Burrow is proving to be a worthy nemesis for Patrick Mahomes. The Bengals beat the Chiefs for the third time within the 2022 calendar 12 months, with Burrow finishing 6 of seven passes on the game-winning 53-yard landing drive. Ja’Marr Chase returned, however Joe Mixon didn’t. Samaje Perine rushed for 106 yards in Mixon’s absence.

Tee Higgins celebrates in the course of the Bengal’s win over the Chiefs.USA TODAY Sports activities

6. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 9-3 (1)

Harrison Butker missed a possible game-tying area purpose as time expired in a 27-24 loss to the Bengals. The larger shock was that Travis Kelce misplaced a fumble on the finish of a 19-yard achieve with the Chiefs main by 4 factors early within the fourth quarter. The loss allowed Buffalo to take the lead within the chase for the No. 1 seed within the AFC playoffs.

7. San Francisco 49ers 8-4 (7)

Welcome to the Brock Purdy Period. Garoppolo suffered a damaged foot in a 33-17 win in opposition to the Dolphins. The final choose of the 2022 draft, Purdy didn’t appear like a Mr. Irrelevant as he threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns. A dominant protection pressured two interceptions that led to area objectives and scored a landing on a fumble return.

8. Miami Dolphins 8-4 (3)

Head coach Mike McDaniels’ first recreation in opposition to the 49ers since spending 5 years there as an offensive assistant didn’t go effectively. Lip readers caught him admitting that he “f–ked up” after burning a first-half timeout. The Dolphins’ streaks of 5 straight wins and 4 video games with 30-plus factors have been snapped regardless of one Tua Tagovailoa-to-Tyreek Hill landing bomb.

9. Baltimore Ravens 8-4 (9)

Tyler Huntley led a 16-play, 91-yard drive (aided by two defensive penalties) that he capped with a 2-yard landing run with 28 seconds remaining to beat the Broncos, 10-9. The protection’s 14-game streak of forcing a takeaway ended, however Roquan Smith (11 tackles) had his most-active recreation since he was acquired on the commerce deadline.

Lamar JacksonGetty Photographs

10. Tennessee Titans 7-5 (10)

Treylon Burks — drafted with the choose acquired from the Eagles for A.J. Brown — caught a landing go, however Ryan Tannehill (141 passing yards and 6 sacks) and Derrick Henry (11 carries for 30 yards) couldn’t get something going. In dropping a second straight, the Titans’ final six possessions ended with 5 punts and a turnover on downs.

11. Seattle Seahawks 7-5 (12)

12. Washington Commanders 7-5-1 (11)

13.New York Giants 7-4-1 (13)

5 totally different gamers had sacks, together with Azeez Ojulari’s that led to a fumble he additionally recovered. That takeaway arrange Daniel Jones’ lone landing go in a 20-20 tie in opposition to Washington, which has misplaced simply as soon as in its final eight video games. Practically computerized kicker Graham Gano missed a 58-yard area purpose into the wind as time expired in additional time.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-6 (17)

15. New England Patriots 6-6 (15)

16. New York Jets 7-5 (16)

One landing on six journeys into the purple zone and three conversions on 16 third downs weighed down all of the positives within the loss to the Vikings. Garrett Wilson went off with eight catches for 162 yards, however a late fourth-and-goal throw went to Braxton Berrios and slipped by his fingers. Mike White’s 57 passes are too many for a supposedly run-based offense.

17. Los Angeles Chargers 6-6 (14)

18. Pittsburgh Steelers 5-7 (22)

19. Detroit Lions 5-7 (23)

20. Las Vegas Raiders 5-7 (25)

21. Atlanta Falcons 5-8 (18)

22. Arizona Cardinals 4-8 (21)

23. Cleveland Browns 5-7 (28)

24. Inexperienced Bay Packers 5-8 (26)

25. Indianapolis Colts 4-8-1 (20)

26. Jacksonville Jaguars 4-8 (19)

27. New Orleans Saints 4-9 (24)

28. Carolina Panthers 4-8 (27)

29. Los Angeles Rams 3-9 (29)

30. Chicago Bears 3-10 (30)

31. Denver Broncos 3-9 (31)

32. Houston Texans 1-10-1 (32)

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