NFL Week 15 Power Rankings: Patriots, Cowboys, Chiefs Form Top Three

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Here’s a look at where each team stands in NESN.com’s NFL power rankings as we head into Week 15. (To see our Week 14 rankings, click here.)

1. New England Patriots (11-2; last week: 2): The Pats are back on top after hanging 496 yards on a Ravens defense that’s widely regarded as one of the league’s best.

2. Dallas Cowboys (11-2; 1): The Cowboys’ 11-game win streak came to an end Sunday night, and the winds of quarterback controversy are beginning to swirl in Big D after Dak Prescott’s subpar showing.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3, 5): Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs outslugged the Raiders in a pivotal Thursday night showdown, winning 21-13 despite losing the turnover battle 3-0.

4. Oakland Raiders (10-3; 3): A busted pinky finger, the frigid conditions at Arrowhead and nearly half a dozen dropped passes by Oakland receivers all were factors in one of the worst games of Derek Carr’s career.

5. Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1; 4): In their first game without Earl Thomas, the Seahawks allowed 38 points in a humiliating loss to the late-surging Packers. Russell Wilson also did not help matters, throwing five interceptions in what coach Pete Carroll called “a terrible night.”

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5; 8): Le’Veon Bell ran wild in the Buffalo snow, and Pittsburgh is back in the driver’s seat in the AFC North.

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7. Atlanta Falcons (8-5; 9): The Falcons faced little resistance in a 42-14 beatdown of the Rams.

8. Detroit Lions (9-4; 10): Detroit pulled off yet another fourth-quarter comeback in a win over Chicago, but can they survive with injured QB Matthew Stafford operating at less than 100 percent?

9. New York Giants (9-4; 11): Eli Manning & Co. won ugly Sunday night, and they’re now 2-0 against a Cowboys team that’s 11-o against everyone else.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5; 12): Jameis Winston’s troops won their fifth a row to maintain their grip on a wild-card spot.

11. Denver Broncos (8-5; 6): This Sunday’s showdown with the Patriots will be tremendously important for the Broncos after their 13-10 loss to the Titans.

12. Green Bay Packers (7-6; 14): The Packers might not catch the Lions, but they’re hitting their stride at the right time.

13. Miami Dolphins (8-5; 16): The Dolphins are staying within striking distance of a wild-card berth, but Ryan Tannehill’s knee injury could derail any playoff hopes they’re still harboring.

14. Baltimore Ravens (7-6; 7): The Ravens fell flat Monday night in Foxboro, allowing 30 points and nearly 500 yards of offense in a loss to the rival Pats.

15. Washington Redskins (7-5-1; 12): The Redskins’ defense allowed just three second-half points in a win over the Eagles.

16. Tennessee Titans (7-6; 20): Tennessee is tied for first place in the wide-open AFC South.

17. Houston Texans (7-6; 19): A 2-yard touchdown run and five Nick Novak field goals were enough to get Houston past Indianapolis in a pivotal AFC South tilt.

18. Minnesota Vikings (7-6; 23): The Vikings are back above .500 after edging the Jaguars, and they sit just one game back of a wild-card spot.

19. Indianapolis Colts (6-7; 18): Indy suddenly finds itself in third place in the AFC South.

20. Buffalo Bills (6-7; 14): Rex Ryan’s Bills tenure could be nearing its end.

21. New Orleans Saints (6-7; 17): The Saints are 1-4 in their last five games, with that lone win coming over the Rams.

22. Carolina Panthers (5-8; 26): The Panthers forced five Philip Rivers turnovers in an easy win over the Chargers.

23. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7-1; 25): Cincinnati led 20-0 early in the second quarter and never looked back in a beatdown of the winless Browns.

24. Philadelphia Eagles (5-8; 22): The Eagles were forced to use three(!) different long snappers in their five-point loss to the Redskins.

25. San Diego Chargers (5-8; 21): The Bolts are the black sheep in the otherwise competitive AFC West.

26. Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1; 24): An overtime loss to the Dolphins nailed the Cardinals’ coffin shut.

27. New York Jets (4-9; 27): The least watchable game of this NFL season actually featured a thrilling finish, with the Jets rallying late to knock off the atrocious 49ers in overtime.

28. Chicago Bears (3-10; 29): The Bears became the latest victim of one of the Lions’ signature fourth-quarter comebacks.

29. Los Angeles Rams (4-8; 27): Everyone wave goodbye to Jeff Fisher, whose team was outscored 117-45 over his final three games as head coach.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11; 30): If you like boring, tedious football, you must have loved the first three quarters of Jags-Vikings.

31. San Francisco 49ers (1-12; 31): What’s worse than a loss to the Jets? A loss to the Jets during which you blow a 14-point third-quarter lead.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-13; 32): Adam Jones could have been describing the entire Browns organization when he called Terrelle Pryor “garbage.”

Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images

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