NFL power rankings for Week 12 in 2023 Cowboys, Niners, Ravens, and the rest of the top teams

– While there weren't as many nail-biting finishes as a week before, there were still some really tight games. It sets up an intriguing Week 12 with 10 of the 16 games being divisional matchups, four of which are rematches from earlier in the season.

Unlike in prior weeks, there was little change at the top of the NFL Power Rankings when compared to the previous edition. Due to a severe loss or some slippage by a declining club, several teams actually climbed up a spot or two despite a loss. 

The Panthers entered Week 11 with the worst record in the NFL and faced the dynamic Cowboys.  

– Credit should be given where credit is due. Frank Reich's undermanned team hung tough despite a 10-0 deficit early in the second quarter. With less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter, the NFC South's basement dwellers trailed only 17-10.

Unfortunately for Carolina, they had reached their point total for the game. Dallas scored offensive and defensive touchdowns to pull away. This season, the Panthers are 0-7 against NFC opponents. 

To illustrate how bad things have been for the Patriots, go back to Bill Belichick's first season in 2000. The offense has struggled significantly, and the normally stalwart defense has been unpredictable.  

– For a long time, the latter has been without pass-rusher Matt Judon and promising rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez. – Mac Jones was benched for Bailey Zappe when this team last played. Both quarterbacks threw interceptions in the fourth quarter of the Colts' loss in Germany. The Pats have the worst record in the AFC.

– The Cardinals were in Houston searching for their first back-to-back wins since Weeks 11 and 13 of the 2021 season. Despite Jonathan Gannon's club's best efforts, it wasn't meant to be. Kyler Murray has played two games in 2023 and has shown little rust, particularly when leaving the pocket.

The OpenAI Board of Directors maintains its decision to force Sam Altman out of his position as CEO. 

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