Week 12 Powerless Ranking: Time to get off this ride

Week 12 Powerless Ranking: Time to get off this ride

Russell Wilson continues to lead Denver Broncos off a cliff

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It’s time to check in on the teams that can’t get out of their own way. We’re approaching the final quarter of the 2022 NFL season, and much of it has been unpredictable, but there are always a few teams we expect to disappoint their fanbases. Now let’s get into the powerless ranking for Week 12.

Teams on the doorstep: Arizona Cardinals (4-8), Carolina Panthers (4-8), Pittsburgh Steelers (4-7), Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7).

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5. Los Angeles Rams (3-8)

5. Los Angeles Rams (3-8)

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Saying the Rams are suffering from a Super Bowl hangover would be the understatement of the year. Los Angeles never really got out of the gates this season and hasn’t been able to recover. Hell, there’s a reason they’re on this list. Injuries have been the primary culprit as Sean McVay’s squad has failed to adjust.

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Rams (cont’d)

Rams (cont’d)

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Coming into the season, Week 12's matchup with the Chiefs was seen as one of the marquee games of 2022, but this one was never close. Kansas City dominated the Rams, who were without Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp on offense. Since those two have been the entire offense most of the year, the Rams never stood a chance.

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4. Chicago Bears (3-9)

4. Chicago Bears (3-9)

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You can’t say the Bears aren’t playing hard, especially after management traded away their best defensive players before the deadline. Justin Fields has taken a big leap over the past month, but without him against the Jets this week, Chicago didn’t stand a chance. (Sound familiar?)

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Bears (cont’d)

Bears (cont’d)

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Bears backup QB Trevor Siemian isn’t the dual threat Fields is, and the Jets capitalized on holding the Bears to just 10 points. But Chicago has found its franchise QB in Fields, and once it adds a few more pieces around him, Da Bears should be ready to compete in the NFC North.

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3. New Orleans Saints (4-8)

3. New Orleans Saints (4-8)

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The Saints got shut out for the first time since 2001 on Sunday against the 49ers, losing 13-0. It’s been a struggle with former head coach Sean Payton stepping away after last season and losing Drew Brees to retirement the year before. The Saints are tied for last place in the league’s worst division.

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Saints (cont’d)

Saints (cont’d)

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New Orleans’ quarterback position has been in flux all year, and they have yet to win back-to-back games this season. There’s no doubt New Orleans should be in line to snag one of the many QBs that will be available in the 2023 draft next spring.

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2. Denver Broncos (3-8)

2. Denver Broncos (3-8)

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Denver put in another putrid offensive performance, with Russell Wilson struggling to the tune of 142 passing yards and a 29.1 QBR. The consensus at this stage is Nathaniel Hackett will be done after one year as head coach if he makes it through the final six games.

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Broncos (cont’d)

Broncos (cont’d)

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Denver’s defense has played well enough to win many of these games, but they can only hold up so long when the offense repeatedly offers zero support.

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1. Houston Texans (1-9-1)

1. Houston Texans (1-9-1)

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There’s no real point in winning games at this point of the season for Houston as the Texans are in firm control of the No. 1 pick in the draft. So there is no need to mess that up. Although, they’ll probably win at least one more game when they play the Cleveland Browns in Week 13, facing their former QB DeShaun Watson as he makes his debut for the Browns.

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Texans (cont’d)

Texans (cont’d)

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The Texans will likely be hyped for that Browns game and could very well come out with the victory. But after that, there’s no need to get too adventurous. This team needs a franchise QB, and if they don’t get the No. 1 pick, Bryce Young will likely slip away.

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