NFL Power Rankings 2019: Where 49ers, Raiders stand entering Week 15
A Tale of Two Teams
Coming off tough losses, the 49ers and Raiders went in opposite directions in Week 14.
The 49ers put on a show against the New Orleans Saints, as Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle and others on the team’s offense picked up the slack for a rare stinker from the defense.
The 49ers are back atop the NFC with an 11-3 record. They control their own destiny for the NFC West, as well as home-field advantage.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are seeing it slip away in their final season in Oakland. They needed that one Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, but they got drilled. So much for going out in style.
Here’s a look at how the entire NFL shakes down, heading into Week 15.
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32. Cincinnati Bengals (1-12)
Last week's rank: 30
We all knew that the Bengals’ amazing one-game winning streak would have to end at some point.
31. N.Y. Giants (2-11)
Last week's rank: 32
Too bad Eli didn't get a chance in OT to work his magic on Monday night.
30. Arizona Cardinals (3-9-1)
Last week's rank: 29
What did you expect when you hired a losing college coach for an NFL job?
29. Washington (3-10)
Last week's rank: 26
Officially eliminated from the playoff picture with three games remaining. You can set a calendar by Washington’s annual futility.
28. Detroit Lions (3-9-1)
Last week's rank: 28
After a promising start to the season, the Lions always revert back to being the Lions.
27. Miami Dolphins (3-10)
Last week's rank: 27
The Dolphins are so creative that when they score 21 points, it’s not three touchdowns. It’s actually seven field goals.
26. N.Y. Jets (5-8)
Last week's rank: 31
The folks in the New York office gave a break to the team in New Jersey with a rare overturned no-call of pass interference. Go figure.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9)
Last week's rank: 24
It was not long ago that the Jaguars had themselves a good team. Now they’re utterly pathetic.
24. Carolina Panthers (5-8)
Last week's rank: 23
Riverboat Ron, a good and decent man, will be atop the list for any team looking for a little sanity and stability.
23. Atlanta Falcons (4-9)
Last week’s rank: 25
It has taken a while -- and it might be too late to save Dan Quinn’s job -- but the Falcons are playing some good ball as they come to Levi’s Stadium.
22. L.A. Chargers (5-8)
Last week's rank: 22
Old man Rivers can still sling it. On Sunday, he completed the longest pass of his career -- an 84-yarder to Austin Ekeler.
21. Denver Broncos (5-8)
Last week's rank: 21
The Broncos took their time with Drew Lock. That seems to have been a wise decision. Either that, or they really screwed up by not playing him sooner.
20. Indianapolis Colts (6-7)
Last week's rank: 13
Well, at least Andrew Luck woke up this morning feeling good. That’s more than his former teammates can say.
19. Oakland Raiders (6-7)
Last week's rank: 19
The dream dies hard.
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18. Cleveland Browns (6-7)
Last week's rank: 20
The Browns are getting tantalizingly close to ending their 17-year playoff drought. All they have to do is run the table and hope the Steelers slip up.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7)
Last week's rank: 18
It’s difficult to tell sometimes whether the Bucs are winning because of or despite Jameis Winston.
16. Dallas Cowboys (6-7)
Last week's rank: 16
Jerry Jones has himself a team, and a coach, who can still deliver a division championship. Good times in Big D.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)
Last week's rank: 17
That was some ugly stuff on Monday night, but the Eagles did enough to pull out the overtime win to still control their own destiny in the NFC East.
14. Houston Texans (8-5)
Last week's rank: 10
C’mon, Texans. That’s embarrassing to get destroyed like that against Denver.
13. Chicago Bears (7-6)
Last week's rank: 14
As we were saying, there are times when Mitch Trubisky can be really good. At other times ... uh, not so much.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5)
Last week's rank: 15
The Steelers won for the seventh time in eight games, and Mike Tomlin deserves a certificate or something for that.
11. Tennessee Titans (8-5)
Last week's rank: 11
Ryan Tannehill is carrying this team on his back. And that’s a sentence that previously had only been written with extreme sarcasm.
10. L.A. Rams (8-5)
Last week's rank: 11
The defending NFC champs are not going down without a fight.
9. Buffalo Bills (9-4)
Last week's rank: 9
The Bills are going to be a tough out for some team in the AFC wild-card round.
8. Seattle Seahawks (10-3)
Last week's rank: 4
Pete Carroll was so upset Sunday night he chewed his gum especially hard.
7. New England Patriots (10-3)
Last week's rank: 5
Something is wrong here. The Patriots usually have their stumbles early in the season. We could be witnessing the end of something. (Please hold your applause until the conclusion.)
6. Minnesota Vikings (8-4)
Last week's rank: 6
The Vikings are flashing a championship-caliber defense and if Kirk Cousins can actually keep it together in big games, they could be trouble.
5. New Orleans Saints (10-2)
Last week's rank: 3
The view from N’awlins: Dadgum refs!
4. Green Bay Packers (10-3)
Last week's rank: 8
Rodgers might not be the most important Aaron on the Packers’ offense. Running back Aaron Jones accounted for more yards (192) than the entire Washington offense (187) on Sunday.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-4)
Last week's rank: 7
Patrick Mahomes is back to being Patrick Mahomes.
2. San Francisco 49ers (11-2)
Last week's rank: 2
Everybody has fun in New Orleans. The 49ers had a special kind of fun, and it had nothing to do with the great city’s food-and-beverage scene.
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1. Baltimore Ravens (11-2)
Last week's rank: 1
The Ravens are rolling with a franchise-best nine-game winning streak. Lamar Jackson’s winning ways continue. The club is 17-3 with him as the starting quarterback.