2022 NFL Power Rankings Week 12: Cowboys rising quickly, Jets tumbling

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NFL Power Rankings; Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

14. Washington Commanders


Washington Commanders

Last rank: 18

The Washington Commanders are rolling with Taylor Heinicke, and how could they not? The guy is going to have to find a pair of red and blue Jordan 1s after beating the Houston Texans this past week and getting himself another hefty “win” bonus. The Commanders are now 6-5 this season and frankly, they are rolling with Heinicke under center. Head coach Ron Rivera has informed Carson Wentz that they’re sticking with Taylor until the winning stops.

They play a very interesting matchup this coming week against the Atlanta Falcons. There are reasons to believe that could be the game of the week in the NFL, with the offensive output we’ve seen from the Falcons so far this season and the fact that Chase Young is coming back to the lineup in Week 12.

13. New York Giants


New York Giants

Last rank: 5

After a stellar start to the season, the New York Giants have come crashing back to reality a little bit here in recent weeks. They just suffered a rather humbling loss at home to the now-4-6 Detroit Lions, and they are losing some ground in the super-competitive NFC East.

As we head into Week 12 action, the Giants are going to have to put that loss against the Lions behind them quickly because they have to go on the road and play the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, and the Cowboys are coming off of one of the most dominant wins of the year for any team against any opponent.

And Dallas beat a really good one in Minnesota. The Giants have their work cut out for them this coming week and they did not look like a top-five team against the Lions.

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