Welcome back NFL Fans! Week 12 of the 2022 season is behind us, and it’s time to recalculate the NFL Power Rankings for Week 13. @TheBrysh Power Rankings (PR’s) are calculated using a proprietary algorithm, each week the PR calculations will be represented in a 1-16 rating for each Conference. @TheBrysh Power Rankings are also used to calculate weekly predictions, which will be published as well. Week 12 predictions for @TheBrysh were 10/16, for a season total of 102/179 or 57% on straight up wins. As the weeks progress, the numbers get dialed in and the predictions become even more dependable.
WEEK 12: RECAP
THANKSGIVING DAY GAMES
Buffalo Bills @ Detroit Lions The Bills were able to pull off a 28-25 win against the Lions, thanks to QB Josh Allen’s 2 TD passes and another running. The Lions looked dangerous in the 1st half but faded in the 2nd. The Bills are cemented at 1st in the AFC, the Lions climb to 10th due to a close score.
NY Giants @ Dallas Cowboys This game got off to a slow start, but turned into a shootout in the 2nd half. The Cowboys defence led the way holding Giants RB Saquon Barkley to 39 yards, and LB Micah Parsons grabbing 2 sacks. Dallas wins 28-20 to hold onto 1st, the Giants are 14th in the NFC PR’s.
New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings Patriots TE Hunter Henry can preach all he wants, he obviously did not have control of the ball when he hit the ground. Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins outmaneuvered Bill Belichick’s squad for a 33-26 win. The Vikings climb to 4th in the NFC, Patriots drop to 6th in the AFC.
EARLY SUNDAY GAMES
The following Sunday games did not result in significant changes in individual Power Ranking Scores, but may affect relative PR’s. The Miami Dolphins beat the Houston Texans 30-15, the Washington Commanders beat the Atlanta Falcons 19-13 and climb to 6th in the NFC. The LA Chargers beat the Arizona Cardinals 25-24, the LA Rams drop to 9th in the NFC after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10. The San Francisco 49ers sent the New Orleans Saints to 11th in the NFC with a 13-0 shutout.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Cleveland Browns The Bucc’s controlled this game for the majority of regulation, until Browns TE David Njoku forced OT with a one-handed TD catch. In the end, the Browns marched downfield capped by a RB Nick Chubb TD run. The Bucc’s are 7th in the NFC, the Browns are 10th in AFC PR’s.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Tennessee Titans Tennessee hosted Cincinnati, with intentions of out playing the Bengals physically. This strategy proved ineffective, as Cincy QB Joe Burrow hit WR Tee Higgins with a 27 yard TD strike in the 4th quarter. Bengals climb to 4th in the AFC with a 20-16 victory.
Chicago Bears @ NY Jets When is it permissible to bench your starting QB and go with largely untested Mike White? When you face a beat up Bears team, and White puts up 315 yards passing with a 79% completion rate. The Jets blind-sided the hapless Bears 31-10 and climbed to an unbelievable 3rd in NFC PR’s.
Denver Broncos @ Carolina Panthers Anyone expecting to see a big turnaround game for the Bronc’s and QB Russell Wilson was in for a long game. The Panthers held Wilson to 142 yards passing and sacked him 3 times. A 23-10 win was easy picking’s for the Panthers who climbed to 8th in NFC PR’s.
Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars Over-reliance on quarterback Lamar Jackson was the downfall for the Baltimore Ravens this week, the QB accounted for 343 of the total 415 yards. Jag’s QB Trevor Lawrence did enough to give his team an UPSET win 28-27 to lift them to 13th in the AFC.
SUNDAY NIGHT GAME
Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles Scoring 33 points in a game is usually a good thing, except when the opponent scores 40! Eagles RB Miles Sanders rushed for 143 yards, but had his thunder stolen by QB Jalen Hurts who scrambled for 157 and a team record. A 7 point differential wasn’t enough to lift the Eagles from 3rd in NFC PR’s.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts The Canadian Football League plays games on Saturday’s, maybe that is a good (or bad) omen for Colt’s HC Jeff Saturday. The Pittsburgh coaching staff DID pay attention to the clock, and walked off with a 24-17 win on Monday. The win lifts the Steelers to 12th in AFC PR’s.
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Written by: Jack Cameron @TheBrysh