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Big Ben Roethlisberger returned to the field, but the Pittsburgh Steelers struggled this week.
Athlon Sports' weekly rankings of NFL teams. The New England Patriots have moved into the top spot after knocking out previous the No. 1 Houston Texans, while no team is playing worse than the recently humiliated Arizona Cardinals.
Here are our NFL Power Rankings following Week 14 of the season:
1. Patriots (10-3) March to seventh straight victory in MNF statement.
2. Texans (11-2) Six-game winning streak ends in decisive fashion.
3. Falcons (11-2) Lose to Panthers for second time in last 10 games.
4. Broncos (10-3) Stampede to eighth straight victory against Raiders.
5. 49ers (9-3-1) Aldon Smith sets team single-season sacks record with 19.5.
6. Packers (9-4) Earn 22nd consecutive home win over rival Lions.
7. Seahawks (8-5) Rush for 284, hold Cards to 43 yards on ground.
8. Redskins (7-6) Griffin suffers mild LCL sprain in fourth straight win.
9. Giants (8-5) Eli throws four TDs for first time since Sept. 2011.
10. Ravens (9-4) Defense can’t stop RG3 backup rookie Kirk Cousins.
11. Colts (9-4) Andrew Luck leads sixth fourth-quarter comeback.
12. Vikings (7-6) Adrian Peterson on pace for 1,969 rushing yards.
13. Bears (8-5) Jay Cutler suffers neck injury in upset loss to Vikes.
14. Steelers (7-6) Ben Roethlisberger returns, throws three TDs in loss.
15. Cowboys (7-6) Dedicate victory to fallen teammate Jerry Brown.
16. Bengals (7-6) Burn timeouts early, unable to stop clock late in loss.
17. Rams (6-6-1) Win three straight games for first time since 2006.
18. Saints (5-8) Paul Tagliabue vacates player bounty suspensions.
19. Buccaneers (6-7) Post second three-game losing streak of season.
20. Jets (6-7) Tim Tebow spends J-Ville homecoming on bench.
21. Panthers (4-9) Back up Hardy’s promise of “payback” vs. Falcons.
22. Chargers (5-8) First win at Pittsburgh in 15 regular-season visits.
23. Browns (5-8) Have more wins than 2011 after three-game streak.
24. Titans (4-9) Confused, call QB sneak on first down in loss at Indy.
25. Bills (5-8) C.J. Spiller to carry load after Fred Jackson injury.
26. Dolphins (5-8) Jonathan Martin struggles to replace Jake Long at LT.
27. Lions (4-9) Fifth straight loss in prime time at snowy Lambeau.
28. Eagles (4-9) End eight-game slide with Nick Foles’ first victory.
29. Raiders (3-10) Is it Terrelle Pryor time after sixth straight defeat?
30. Jaguars (2-11) Mike Mularkey hospitalized for undisclosed illness.
31. Chiefs (2-11) Dwayne Bowe done for season due to broken ribs.
32. Cardinals (4-9) Ken Whisenhunt’s ninth straight loss a 58–0 margin.