Updated: December 3, 2013, 3:35 PM ET
2013 NFL Power Rankings: Week 14
In the AFC, mediocre teams still have plenty of life.
Heading into Week 14, six teams at 6-6 or 5-7 remain in the running for the conference's final playoff spot. If the season ended today, the Ravens would be the team to advance -- and that falls in line with how our voters (John Clayton, Ashley Fox, Dan Graziano, Jamison Hensley, Mike Sando and Kevin Seifert) see things.
Baltimore, buoyed by a Thanksgiving night victory over rival Pittsburgh, has jumped four spots to No. 14. Next in line among those vying for the AFC's No. 6 seed are the Chargers at No. 16, followed by the Dolphins (No. 17), Steelers (No. 18), Titans (No. 21) and Jets (No. 23).
Scintillating? Not exactly, but it will be interesting to see how the race plays out. Like it or not, mediocre teams are part of the story in the AFC.
Note: The comments below are provided by ESPN Stats & Information.
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|Russell Wilson completed 8 of 9 attempts against five or more rushers Monday. That 88.9 completion percentage is tied for the worst the Saints have allowed in a game since 2006.|
|Way to bounce back. Peyton Manning completed as many deep passes to Eric Decker (5-of-6, 3 TDs) as he had total deep completions in his previous three games combined.|
|Cam Newton's 56-yard scramble in the first quarter Sunday was his longest career scramble and the second-longest rush of his career (72 yards, Week 14 in 2012 vs. Falcons).|
|Tom Brady was 2-of-7 for 22 yards and a pick against Houston's blitz in the first half, but was 7-of-9 for 137 yards and a touchdown in the second half.|
|Russell Wilson and Drew Brees each attempted eight passes of at least 15 yards downfield Monday. Wilson completed five. Brees completed zero (for the second time since 2006). There's your difference.|
|Welcome back. It took Michael Crabtree less than three quarters to set season highs for Niners wideouts with a 60-yard reception and 43 yards after catch.|
|Jamaal Charles had almost twice as many yards from scrimmage (120) than in the Chiefs' Week 11 loss to Denver (66). No one has more 120-yard games than Charles (eight).|
|Andy Dalton connected with A.J. Green for a 21-yard TD Sunday. Dalton is averaging almost twice as many yards per deep attempt to Green (17.4) than everyone else (9.0).|
|Indy averaged 2.0 yards per rush for the first 11 drives Sunday, but ran well when it needed to. The Colts averaged 8.7 yards per rush on the final drive.|
|The Cardinals blitzed on 70 percent of Nick Foles' first-half dropbacks Sunday. Foles was 10-of-14 for 138 yards and two touchdowns against the blitz before Arizona adjusted. Too little, too late.|
|Oakland had seven rushes for no gain Thursday, tied for the most by Dallas' defense this season. The Cowboys allowed a league-worst 5.1 yards per rush entering Week 13.|
|Only two teams this season have recorded more sacks in a game than the Lions did Thursday, sacking Matt Flynn seven times. Ziggy Ansah leads all rookies this season with seven sacks.|
|The Eagles exploited a hole in Arizona's defense, with tight ends catching all three touchdowns. The Cardinals' defense has allowed the most yards and touchdowns by opposing tight ends.|
|Joe Flacco was 6-for-10 for 93 yards targeting Torrey Smith Thursday night. Smith caught the Ravens' only touchdown, with Justin Tucker's career-high five field goals doing the rest.|
|Alshon Jeffery caught 12 of 15 targets Sunday for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Jeffery has caught 68 percent of attempts from Josh McCown and 54.5 percent from Jay Cutler this season.|
|The Chargers had 11 drives Sunday, but reached the red zone only once (lost fumble). San Diego had at least three red zone scores in every game this season entering Sunday.|
|Sunday made it back-to-back games with a touchdown catch for Mike Wallace, something he hadn't done since Weeks 9 and 10 of last season. Is this production here to stay?|
|Antonio Brown had five catches for 59 yards against Baltimore, continuing his streak as the only player with at least five receptions and 50 yards in every game this season.|
|Green Bay's average point of contact on rushing plays was behind the line of scrimmage Thursday. The Packers finished with minus-2 yards before first contact on 13 designed rushes.|
|A fake punt in the fourth quarter at your own 22-yard line is a bold call, especially considering San Fran saw it twice last season. The Niners were ready Sunday.|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick made the Colts' defense look good. He threw three interceptions deeper than 10 yards downfield. Before Sunday, Indy's QBR allowed on those throws was worst in the league.|
|With no games remaining against the Eagles or Cowboys, and the NFC West and South producing wild-card locks, the Giants need a miracle to make the playoffs.|
|Yikes. Geno Smith's numbers against the blitz (49.2 completion percentage, 6.8 yards per attempt) are almost identical to Mark Sanchez's in 2012 (49.7, 6.7).|
|C.J. Spiller had 131 total rushing yards before contact Sunday, the fourth-highest total by a running back this season. Spiller's 140 yards between the tackles was a season high.|
|Andre Holmes had seven catches for 136 yards Thursday against the Cowboys. Going into the game, Holmes had five catches for 76 yards in his career.|
|Mike Glennon completed all 11 passes over the middle of the field Sunday, but went just 3-of-10 with an interception on passes outside the painted numbers.|
|Josh Gordon posted at least 200 receiving yards in his second straight game, catching 10 of 15 targets for a franchise-record 261 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday.|
|Even loading the box couldn't stop Adrian Peterson on Sunday. He rushed for more yards (147) against at least eight defenders than he had total rushing yards in any game this season.|
|Matt Ryan was 4-of-10 on passes at least 15 yards downfield Sunday, with all four completions going to Roddy White. White had two receptions on such throws entering Sunday.|
|A fourth straight loss Sunday mathematically eliminated Washington from the playoffs, officially making this season a disappointment. Will they play spoiler for the Cowboys and Giants in Weeks 16 and 17?|
|The Jags went 3-1 in November after losing eight straight to open the season. Only five teams have a better turnover margin in the past four weeks than Jacksonville (plus-3).|
|Houston is in a total free fall. Ten straight losses, and only the Jets (minus-18) have a worse turnover margin than the Texans (minus-12). Will Houston clean house?|