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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be the Most Valuable Player for 2014 if the National Football League regular season ended on November 18th, and voting really wouldn't be all that close. That is but one of several takeaways from Week 11 of the current campaign. Rodgers and the Packers are just about unbeatable when playing at home, and they could be on the verge of a special run if they end up winning the division and hosting multiple playoff games come January.

Elsewhere around the league, two Ohio sides, who were seemingly headed in different directions, changed paths after just a few hours of football. The Cleveland Browns were thoroughly embarrassed at home by a Houston Texans side that wouldn't make the postseason as of today, while the Cincinnati Bengals did well to put an ugly loss to the Browns out of memories by going to New Orleans and beating Drew Brees and the Saints.

As has been noted by just about ever sports website out there that is looking to get easy web hits, the Manning brothers had rough outings on Sunday. Peyton Manning was outplayed by Shaun Hill, -- no, seriously, he was -- while younger brother Eli Manning tossed five, count 'em, five interceptions in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Peyton and the Denver Broncos will be just fine moving forward, which is something you can't say about Eli and the New York Giants; more on Big Blue later.

Last but certainly not least for Week 12 NFL power rankings are the New England Patriots. All-time great and future member of the Hall of Fame Tom Brady had a clear message for Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts during what was a one-sided Sunday Night Football contest: Your time may come down the road, but my reign isn't up yet. Brady and the Patriots have a championship feel to them, and they deserve to be kings of all NFL power rankings for another week.

30 Oakland Raiders (0-10)

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29 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)

Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

28 Washington Redskins (3-7)

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8)

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

26 New York Jets (2-8)

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

25 New York Giants (3-7)

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

24 Carolina Panthers (3-7-1)

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

23 Minnesota Vikings (4-6)

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

22 Chicago Bears (4-6)

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

21 New Orleans Saints (4-6)

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

20 Buffalo Bills (5-5)

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

19 Atlanta Falcons (4-6)

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

18 St. Louis Rams (4-6)

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

17 Cleveland Browns (6-4)

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

16 Houston Texans (5-5)

Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

15 San Diego Chargers (6-4)

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

14 Miami Dolphins (6-4)

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

13 San Francisco 49ers (6-4)

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

12 Seattle Seahawks (6-4)

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

11 Indianapolis Colts (6-4)

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

10 Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4)

Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

9 Philadelphia Eagles (7-3)

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

8 Cincinnati Bengals (6-3-1)

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

7 Dallas Cowboys (7-3)

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

6 Denver Broncos (7-3)

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

5 Detroit Lions (7-3)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

4 Kansas City Chiefs (7-3)

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

3 Green Bay Packers (7-3)

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

2 Arizona Cardinals (9-1)

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

1 New England Patriots (8-2)

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Of course Jonas Gray struck for four touchdown runs as New England blew the Colts out in Indianapolis on Sunday Night Football. Who didn't see that coming? Kidding aside, not even the 9-1 Cardinals deserve to be ahead of the Patriots in NFL power rankings at this stage of the campaign. Tom Brady and his offense have turned the clock back a decade, so much so that it is difficult to even imagine New England losing to any team in the league right now.

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