Is the game of football becoming too physical? If you say no, I challenge you to sit through the Steelers/Bengals Monday Night Football game that took place a few days ago.

For those playing the game, it was difficult and painful to play. To those watching the game, it was difficult and painful to have to sit (or stand) and see people try to kill each other. That’s not the game of football that needs to be displayed. I don’t care if people think it was Kharma or not; you just don’t go out of your way to physically harm somebody. The same goes for Rob Gronkowski who had a dirty hit in the Bills game Sunday and is now suspended for a game.

In regards to the Bengals and Steelers, we saw this same thing happen when the two went at it in the playoffs a few seasons ago. The Bengals had a meltdown. Antonio Brown got laid out. Everything that is ugly about football was on our television screens. And this year, it was a very good game that was overshadowed by what might be the eventual demise of the NFL.

The NFL Playoffs are almost here too. The current standings in both the AFC and NFC are below.


  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2)
  2. New England Patriots (10-2)
  3. Tennessee Titans (8-4)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-6)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4)
  6. Baltimore Ravens (7-5)
  7. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)
  8. Buffalo Bills (6-6)
  9. Oakland Raiders (6-6)
  10. New York Jets (5-7)
  11. Miami Dolphins (5-7)
  12. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7)
  13. Houston Texans (4-8)
  14. Indianapolis Colts (3-9)
  15. Denver Broncos (3-9)


  1. Minnesota Vikings (10-2)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles (10-2)
  3. Los Angeles Rams (9-3)
  4. New Orleans Saints (9-3)
  5. Seattle Seahawks (8-4)
  6. Carolina Panthers (8-4)
  7. Atlanta Falcons (7-5)
  8. Detroit Lions (6-6)
  9. Green Bay Packers (6-6)
  10. Dallas Cowboys (6-6)
  11. Washington Redskins (5-7)
  12. Arizona Cardinals (5-7)
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8)

There are still a lot of teams that have a shot at going to the postseason as we head into Week 14, but at the same time, do we really think the Colts have a chance? The NFL Week 14 Power Rankings are below. – Matthew Jones

1. New England Patriots (10-2)

Points: 94

  • I’ve never really liked Gronk. – Matthew Jones
  • During the Patriots’ eight-game win streak they’ve allowed 95 points. In their first four games, they allowed 128. It looks like the defense has finally arrived to back up Tom Brady and make his job a whole lot easier. But Brady and his offense still need to find a way to finish drives better. And not having Gronk against the Dolphins won’t help. – Jason Walker

2. Minnesota Vikings (10-2)

Points: 93

  • I’m not going to make pronouncements about teams being contenders or pretenders for a long time because I got burned by saying the Chiefs were not pretenders like they have been in recent years. So I’ll just say as long as Case Keenum plays well, the Vikings will be Super Bowl contenders and the NFC favorites. I’ll let you decide how you feel about that. – Jason Walker

T3. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2)

Points: 88

  • Nearly losing to the mediocrity that is the Bengals didn’t help the case of the Steelers, but here they sit at number 3 (tied I guess). At this point all anyone is doing with Pittsburgh is counting the days until they face off against the Patriots to see if they are for real. – Jason Walker

T3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-2)

Points: 88

  • Is anyone else concerned that the Eagles are benefiting from an easy schedule? According to Pro Football Reference, the Eagles have had the easiest schedule in the NFC. And the two times they had played good teams (the Chiefs when they were good and the Seahawks last week) they have lost. – Jason Walker

5. Los Angeles Rams (9-3)

Points: 85

  • The Rams continue to impress under the radar, and if underestimated they could take out some of the favorites in the playoffs this year. – Jason Walker

6. New Orleans Saints (9-3)

Points: 82

  • Drew Brees is making the most of this season. Last year I had nothing to say about the Saints except that they were wasting one of the greatest quarterbacks in history. Now that they have a good team, they can maybe get back to the Super Bowl. – Jason Walker

7. Seattle Seahawks (8-4)

Points: 77

  • One game against the Seahawks has turned them from a charity case due to injuries to Russell Wilson’s MVP squad. But they have games against the Jaguars and Rams coming up, so they have no time to gloat. – Jason Walker

T8. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4)

Points: 74

  • If Jacksonville can win against the Seahawks this week, the AFC South will be their division to lose. And should they win the division it would be their first since 1999 and third in franchise history. – Jason Walker

T8. Carolina Panthers (8-4)

Points: 74

  • The Panthers may have lost most of their chances to win the division with the loss to the Saints. But their focus needs to be on taking down the Vikings. If they don’t, they could open the door to the Falcons taking over second-place in the division — and more importantly — the final playoff spot in the NFC. – Jason Walker

10. Atlanta Falcons (7-5)

Points: 69

  • Sitting on the outside looking in, perhaps the only thing Matt Ryan’s squad can do at this point is to look forward to their Week 17 matchup with the Panthers what may essentially be an early playoff game. – Jason Walker

11. Baltimore Ravens (7-5)

Points: 68

  • So far, the Ravens are the most forgettable team that’s in the playoffs, perhaps other than the Tennessee Titans. – Jason Walker

12. Tennessee Titans (8-4)

Points: 63

  • I still don’t get how this team is 8-4. – Jason Walker

T13. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)

Points: 55

  • Whenever I do my rankings, I start panicking when I get about here because I keep telling myself, “That team doesn’t deserve to be this high up.” But someone has to be here. Just make sure to note the gap between the top 10 teams and everyone else. – Jason Walker

T13. Dallas Cowboys (6-6)

Points: 55

  • Cowboys fans are hot for their team right now. After another dominating victory over the Redskins last Thursday, fans of Big D think that they are on a one-way track to the postseason. Although it might happen, we all know it won’t. Also, congrats to Dez Bryant for becoming the Cowboys all-time leader in receiving touchdowns. – Matthew Jones

15. Detroit Lions (6-6)

Points: 53

  • The Lions just aren’t that good against quality opponents. – Matthew Jones

16. Oakland Raiders (6-6)

Points: 52

  • Many predicted them to go on to win the AFC West this season. Now that the Chiefs are a joke, they might just do that. – Matthew Jones

17. Washington Redskins (5-7)

Points: 47

  • The injuries hurt and I understand that, but the play on the field is embarrassing at times. – Matthew Jones

T18. Green Bay Packers (6-6)

Points: 44

  • The Packers aren’t on life supports right now. In fact, I’d say that they’re partially thriving because they get the Browns this week. 7-6 is not a bad spot to be in heading into Week 15 next week. After the Browns, the Packers get the Panthers, Vikings, and Lions. They can escape with one of those wins. If they beat the Panthers and are at 8-8 to end the year, they could make the playoffs. It’s super slim at this point, but you’ve got to have hope. – Matthew Jones

T18. Buffalo Bills (6-6)

Points: 44

  • Remember when the Bills were hot on the heels of the Patriots for the division lead after Week 8? Well that team has lost four of five and failed to get a single touchdown against they team they thought for just a moment they might be able to overtake. – Jason Walker

T18. Kansas City Chiefs (6-6)

Points: 44

  • Seeing (the now suspended) Marcus Peters chuck the flag into the stands against the Jets was the funniest thing I saw this weekend. Why would you even do that though? The flag being chucked into the stands was a prime example of how the Chiefs are imploding. They’ve lost six of their last seven and are now in a three-way tie for first in the AFC West after it looked as if they would run away with the division. – Matthew Jones
  • If the Chiefs were a college team we’d just say “Hey, at least they’re still bowl eligible.”

21. New York Jets (5-7)

Points: 39

  • New York’s fighting spirit finally came back a bit over the last two weeks. But it’s too little too late. And now the tank is ruined. No franchise QB’s for you in the draft. – Jason Walker

22. Houston Texans (4-8)

Points: 36

  • Random fact of the day, the Texans have the worst road winning percentage (.167) of any third-place team in the NFL. I don’t know what else to say about this team that doesn’t involve their injured rookie QB. – Jason Walker

23. Miami Dolphins (5-7)

Points: 33

  • Is this the part of the season where Dolphins players say to give them another chance? No? Good. It was the Broncos they blew out after all. – Matthew Jones

24. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7)

Points: 32

  • The whole Kharma thing is silly because I never want to wish upon someone to get hurt. However, if there was anyone who had it coming to them, it would be the criminal that is Vontaze Burfict who was carted off the field after taking a cheap shot on Monday. – Matthew Jones

T25. Arizona Cardinals (5-7)

Points: 24

  • Aside from the Jaguars win, the Cardinals don’t have any victories over quality opponents. #25 is a good spot for them. – Matthew Jones
  • I remember when I picked them to win the NFC before last year. My how far this team has fallen. – Jason Walker

T25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8)

Points: 24

  • Jameis Winston put up a good game in his return, but unfortunately, Tampa Bay’s playoff shot appears to be done at this time. They have as good of a chance of getting to the postseason as I do getting a girlfriend. It’s not happening. – Matthew Jones

27. Chicago Bears (3-9)

Points: 16

  • In case you forgot, the Bears still have wins over the Steelers, Ravens, and Panthers. I don’t know how it’s possible, but it happened. – Matthew Jones

28. Denver Broncos (3-9)

Points: 15

  • Below is a video of Sergio Dipp’s sideline report on Monday Night Football in Week 1. You can’t tell me that there’s not a curse. – Matthew Jones

  • “The Dipp Curse” has a nice ring to it. – Jason Walker

29. Indianapolis Colts (3-9)

Points: 14

  • Indy fans just want Chuck Pagano gone as soon as humanly possible. – Matthew Jones

30. San Francisco 49ers (2-10)

Points: 13

  • People said that Jimmy Garoppolo looked like a younger Tom Brady on Sunday. That’s scary. Please hold me, mommy. – Matthew Jones
  • Jimmy Garoppolo was the third quarterback to start a game this season who began the year with the Patriots (Jacoby Brissett and some sixth-round pick from a few years back).

31. New York Giants (2-10)

Points: 8

  • Ben McAdoo to the Pit of Misery! DILLY DILLY! – Matthew Jones

32. Cleveland Browns (0-12)

Points: 4

  • Did you know that the Browns are 2-38 in their last 40 games? They’ve won 5% of their games for crying out loud! Why is that even a stat? – Matthew Jones

To wrap up the list this week, I think that it’s fair to talk about Colin Kaepernick for a hot minute as he officially accepted the Muhammed Ali Legacy Award on Sunday. He said that he stood up for what is right. Shouldn’t it technically be “sit” for what is right? Just sign him already. – Matthew Jones

That’ll do it for the NFL Week 14 Power Rankings. What did you think of the list this week? Where would you rank these teams? Be sure to tell us about it in the comment section below. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on our Instagram page for all of the latest information from Power Rankings and More.

Published on 12/6/17 at 6:27 PM EST.
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Matthew "Joneszee" Jones

Core Group leader at Ball State Chi Alpha. I currently do PRAM on the side for fun.

What others say about : NFL Week 14 Power Rankings..

Ken Conklin

Gotta agree with the demise of the NFL. Too many thugs out there trying to seriously injure other players. It’s one thing to play hard and hit hard — that’s always been part of the game; but aim for the head or bend a limb to try and sprain or break, that’s not football; that’s a street fight. It’s not a totally new thing. I remember players like Bill Romanowski and Lyle Alzado who bragged about trying to put an opponent out of the game. Alzado, in particular, tried to prove his toughness by picking fights with hos own teammates and any poor slob on the street. Before his death, Alzado wrote a book about his addiction to massive doses of steroids to enhance his strength and ferociousness. His brain cancer was blamed on the heavy steroid use.. In his book, Alzado tried to caution players against these performance-enhancing steroids.
I would also put some blame on coaches who encourage hard hitting (and there have been some coaches who told their players to go take out an opposing player). And what about the top dogs in the NFL? They don’t seem to have a clue how to cut down on the deliberate illegal hits; or they just don’t care as long as the revenues keep coming in.
However, whether it’s blamed on steroid, just plain meanness, inept coaching, officiating, or bad NFL management, this gangsta type of play has got to stop.

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