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Evan’s Guide to All Things NFL – Recapping Week 14
Evan Dorian, Co-Editor-in-Chief
I’m back with more power rankings after another hiatus from my column. I’ll be recapping the events of Week 14 and dishing out some fantasy football advice for the end of the season.
#1: Kansas City Chiefs (11-2)
The Chiefs seem like the clear best team in the league now that each of the last two weeks has featured a loss by either the Saints or the Rams, and Patrick Mahomes and friends show no signs of slowing down.
#2: New Orleans Saints (11-2)
The Saints didn’t play the prettiest game against the Buccaneers on Sunday, but after the Rams lost, it seems like the Saints and Chiefs are on a level of their own.
#3: Los Angeles Rams (11-2)
This is where the top five gets a little clustered – the Patriots beat the Bears, who beat the Rams, but ultimately I still think the Rams are the best team of the three.
#4: Chicago Bears (9-4)
The Bears may have demolished the Rams on Sunday night, but I attribute much of their defensive success to Jared Goff’s rustiness in the cold weather in primetime. That being said, the Bears are still an elite team.
#5: New England Patriots (9-4)
The Patriots have a huge game against the Steelers coming up this week, and they must win to start their annual late-season surge.
#6: Los Angeles Chargers (10-3)
Despite playing well all season, the Chargers’ fate essentially rests on their performance this Thursday night against the Chiefs – if they win, their future and playoff chances look very bright.
#7: Houston Texans (9-4)
The Texans couldn’t extend their winning streak to 10, but luckily for them, they’re still in a great position to win their division and even make a playoff run.
#8: Dallas Cowboys (8-5)
After having been doomed to irrelevance in 2017, the Cowboys are back and almost assuredly in the playoffs, thanks in large part to Amari Cooper’s emergence since joining the team.
#9: Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
The Seahawks played horrible on offense in their Monday night showdown with the Vikings, but their defense was good enough, as it often is at home, to secure the win.
#10: Baltimore Ravens (7-6)
Despite the loss, the Ravens still land in the top 10 thanks to staying competitive with the Chiefs. Lamar Jackson looks like a fine NFL quarterback, and I’m impressed by the Ravens for letting him play the way he did in college.
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