Our NFL Week 14 power rankings have created some interesting discussions. In Week 13, we saw the 49ers lose quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a foot injury that will sideline him for at least seven weeks. We also witnessed a Bengals upset over the Chiefs in a thrilling showdown. The Detroit Lions have strung a couple of wins together and have solidified their legitimacy as a threat any given week in the NFC. Finally, the debates over the 10-win Minnesota Vikings have experts around the league asking whether this team is for real or not.
The 49ers were one of the significant movers in our NFL power rankings this week. Reminder, we do NFL power rankings differently than the rest. These aren’t Super Bowl futures opinions. Instead, we only rank based on who we’d favor on a neutral field for this week. The ranks are a composite of eight staff members. Three intriguing teams are on the move up this week.
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NO. 17 DETROIT LIONS
The Lions offense looked lethal in their dominant win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13. Detroit scored on all five of their drives in the first half and their first three possessions of the second half to pull away. The Lions were rolling on offense all game and, as a result, did not have to punt once. Jamaal Williams ran for his 14th touchdown early in the first quarter to help the Lions get off to a strong start and they did not slow down in a 40-14 rout. Amon-Ra St. Brown had 11 receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns, while Williams and D’Andre Swift combined for 97 yards rushing and two scores for the Lions.
We also got to witness the return of hyped rookie WR Jameson Williams. This is the healthiest the Lions have been all season. Detroit is unlikely to catch the NFC North-leading Vikings but is still not eliminated from playoff contention. The Lions are averaging an impressive 31.9 points per game (No. 2 in NFL). Detroit is also tallying 6.1 yards per play at home, which is tied for the third-best mark.
Detroit’s pivotal upcoming schedule will testify to whether they belong in the playoffs in 2022. The Lions are slated to face their division rival Vikings in Week 14 while facing the Jets and Panthers in their next two games after that.
Week 14 Spread: Lions .
Who’s highest on the Lions? Stephen Andress (No. 15).
Who’s lowest on the Lions? Brett Gibbons (No. 20).
NO. 4 CINCINNATI BENGALS
The Bengals upset the Chiefs for the third time in as many games against them in Week 13. Joe Burrow and the Bengals have won four straight overall, and their last three meetings with Kansas City, all in the last calendar year. Cincinnati won on Jan. 2 to clinch the AFC North title. Four weeks later, the Bengals beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in overtime to reach the Super Bowl.
Burrow finished week 13 going 25 of 31 with two passing touchdowns and one rushing TD. Burrow is playing at an MVP level, completing 69% of his passes for 279 yards per game with 8 TDs over the last four contests despite playing three without top receiver Ja’Marr Chase. Chase, in his return after missing four games with a hip injury, had seven receptions for 97 yards.
Week 14 Spread: Bengals .
Who’s highest on the Bengals? Mo Nuwwarah (No. 3).
Who’s lowest on the Bengals? Brett Gibbons (No. 6).
NO. 6 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
The NFL’s most significant news leading into NFL Week 14 Power Rankings was 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo getting hurt. This is a massive blow to the 49ers chances of making a Super Bowl run if Garoppolo cant return this season. Garoppolo was taken to the locker room on a cart and didn’t return, leaving the game in the hands of “Mr. Irrelavent” (QB Brock Purdy), who had thrown his only nine passes in mop-up duty of a Week 7 loss to Kansas City.
The good news for this 2022 49ers team is that they are not built in a way to be heavily reliant on elite quarterback play. The defense will play the roll of a knight and shining armor for San Francisco. In Week 13’s dominant win, Defensive end Nick Bosa wreaked havoc with three sacks, while three San Francisco defenders had interceptions. San Francisco is giving up just 15.8 points per game (No. 1 in NFL).
Count on the 49ers to be even more run-oriented with Purdy at the controls. All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey paced the offense with 146 yards and 1 touchdown in last week’s win.
Week 14 Spread: 49ers .
Who’s highest on the 49ers? Nate Weitzer (No. 4).
Who’s lowest on the 49ers? Matt Brown (No. 8).