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NFL Power Rankings 2014 Week 12: A New Bird On Top

Our weekly look at the power rankings around the league.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Like I said last night, there are no moral victories in the NFL.  That doesn't mean, however, that a team shouldn't move up in the power rankings after a close lost.  I am not going to act like last night means the Titans are even a middle-tier team in the league, but they were impressive last night- even in a loss.

The most impressive win this week was the Cardinals over the Lions.  Detroit has been playing really well, and they had Arizona at home with a back-up quarterback.  Bruce Arians is an offensive guru, and not in the Ken Whisenhunt sense of the word guru, the actual sense of the word guru.

Here are my power rankings for this week:

1. Arizona Cardinals (LW:2)

2. New England Patriots (LW:3)

3. Green Bay Packers (LW:6)

4. Philadelphia Eagles (LW:1)

5. Denver Broncos (LW:4)

6. Detroit Lions (LW:5)

7. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 8)

8. Indianapolis Colts (LW:7)

9. Kansas City Chiefs (LW:11)

10. Seattle Seahawks (LW:9)

11. Dallas Cowboys (LW:12)

12. New Orleans Saints (LW:10)

13. San Francisco 49ers (LW:13)

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW:14)

15. Baltimore Ravens (LW:16)

16. San Diego Chargers (LW:15)

17. Miami Dolphins (LW:18)

18. Atlanta Falcons (LW:19)

19. Cleveland Browns (LW:17)

20. Houston Texans (LW:24)

21. Buffalo Bills (LW:20)

22. Chicago Bears (LW:23)

23. Carolina Panthers (LW:21)

24. St. Louis Rams (LW:25)

25. Minnesota Vikings (LW:22)

26. New York Giants (LW:26)

27. Washington Redskins (LW:27)

28. Tennessee Titans (LW:29)

29. New York Jets (LW:28)

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW:32)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW:30)

32. Oakland Raiders (LW:31)

I will add the Titans rankings from around the web as they come out.

SB Nation: 30

ESPN: 27

Zach Mettenberger was 15-of-24 for 263 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but rookie QBs are now 2-18 against Dick LeBeau's Steeler defenses since 2004.

CBS Sports: 28

Zach Mettenberger is getting better. That's the good news. The defense was gashed by the Steelers.

FOX: 29

Zach Mettenberger showed some serious signs of improvement against the Steelers, but in the end it was the Titans defense that failed them again.