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By The MMQB Staff
December 12, 2017

Patriots lost, Vikings lost, Steelers scraped by the Ravens at home. Eagles won but lost Carson Wentz for the season. Saints lost, Rams lost. That was last week’s top six in The MMQB NFL Power Rankings Poll. So, weirdly, even with all the carnage, there wasn’t that much of a shuffle at the top. That includes the top spot, where the Patriots get something of a pass after going to Miami shorthanded (most notably without the suspended Rob Gronkowski).

You have to look deep within your soul to see who the true big movers are in this week’s poll. Or scroll down. To where it says “Biggest Risers” and “Biggest Fallers.” Your answers are also there.

BIGGEST RISERS

Green Bay Packers (19th to 15th): They were outplayed by bad teams the past two weeks, but managed to pull out overtime wins both times. And now Aaron Rodgers is on the verge of a return, setting off what will surely be one of the great quarterback controversies of this era. (I mean, can’t bench a QB on a two-game winning streak, right? Right?)

Buffalo Bills (22nd to 18th): Sometimes I think the easiest job in football is whoever gets to hand the ball to LeSean McCoy.

Miami Dolphins (26th to 20th): I don’t know what black magic Adam Gase has summoned to keep this Dolphins team in the playoff hunt, but if they make the playoffs for a second straight year we should all be very afraid. I’m not sure of what, but just afraid.

San Francisco 49ers (27th to 23rd): Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be good. He might already be good. And that’s why it makes perfect sense that the Browns didn’t trade for him.

BIGGEST FALLERS

Seattle Seahawks (seventh to 11th): It wasn’t exactly a stunner that they dropped one in Jacksonville, having to travel across the country after an emotional Sunday night upset over the Eagles. But you know about the injury problems in the secondary, and now linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright might miss what could end up being an NFC West title game with the Rams on Sunday. The only good news for Seattle is that Michael Bennett and Sheldon Richardson seem to have somehow avoided suspensions for the end-game nonsense in Jacksonville. (The stuff those two did, not to be confused with the nonsense with the idiot fans.)

Tennessee Titans (13th to 17th): A couple weeks ago their path to the playoffs looked so easy that all they needed to do was remember to put on pants every Sunday afternoon. But now? With the way they’re playing (especially their prized young QB)? Tennessee is in for a battle down the stretch.

New York Jets (21st to 29th): A real lack of confidence in Bryce Petty around these parts.

Introduction by Gary Gramling

This week’s voters:

Ben Baskin, NFL Reporter
Greg Bishop, Senior Writer
Andrew Brandt, Business of Football Columnist
Adam Duerson, Assistant Managing Editor
Jacob Feldman, NFL Reporter
Gary Gramling, Senior Editor
Jonathan Jones, Staff Writer
Kalyn Kahler, Editorial Assistant
Peter King, Editor-In-Chief
Mark Mravic, Executive Editor
Tim Rohan, NFL Writer


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Last Week’s Rank: 1

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 349

First-Place Votes: 9 (Baskin, Bishop, Brandt, Duerson, Feldman, Gramling, Kahler, King, Rohan)

Lowest-Place Vote: Third

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Miami, 27-20

Week 15 Opponent: at Pittsburgh

Last Week’s Rank: 2

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 330

Highest-Place Vote: Second (6)

Lowest-Place Vote: Sixth

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Carolina, 31-24

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Green Bay

Last Week’s Rank: 3

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 330

First-Place Vote: 2 (Jones, Mravic)

Lowest-Place Vote: Fifth

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Baltimore, 39-38

Week 15 Opponent: vs. New England

Last Week’s Rank: 6

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 312

Highest-Place Vote: Second

Lowest-Place Vote: Ninth

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Philadelphia, 43-35

Week 15 Opponent: at Seattle

Last Week’s Rank: 5

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 308

Highest-Place Vote: Second

Lowest-Place Vote: Seventh (2)

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Atlanta, 20-17

Week 15 Opponent: vs. N.Y. Jets

Last Week’s Rank: 4

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 289

Highest-Place Vote: Fourth (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 11th

Last Week’s Result: Win at L.A. Rams, 43-35

Week 15 Opponent: at N.Y. Giants

Last Week’s Rank: 9

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 286

Highest-Place Vote: Fourth (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 10th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Seattle, 30-24

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Houston

Last Week’s Rank: 10

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 275

Highest-Place Vote: Fifth

Lowest-Place Vote: 10th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Minnesota, 31-24

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Green Bay

Last Week’s Rank: 11

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 273

Highest-Place Vote: Fifth

Lowest-Place Vote: 10th (4)

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. New Orleans, 20-17

Week 15 Opponent: at Tampa Bay (Monday)

Last Week’s Rank: 8

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 270

Highest-Place Vote: Sixth

Lowest-Place Vote: 12th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Washington, 30-13

Week 15 Opponent: at Kansas City (Saturday)

Last Week’s Rank: 7

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 239

Highest-Place Vote: 10th

Lowest-Place Vote: 13th

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Jacksonville, 30-24

Week 15 Opponent: vs. L.A. Rams

Last Week’s Rank: 12

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 216

Highest-Place Vote: 11th

Lowest-Place Vote: 17th

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Pittsburgh, 39-38

Week 15 Opponent: at Cleveland

Last Week’s Rank: 15

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 211

Highest-Place Vote: 12th (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 17th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Oakland, 26-15

Week 15 Opponent: vs. L.A. Chargers (Saturday)

Last Week’s Rank: 14

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 208

Highest-Place Vote: 12th (3)

Lowest-Place Vote: 17th

Last Week’s Result: Win at N.Y. Giants, 30-10

Week 15 Opponent: at Oakland

Last Week’s Rank: 19

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 202

Highest-Place Vote: 10th

Lowest-Place Vote: 20th

Last Week’s Result: Win at Cleveland, 27-21 (OT)

Week 15 Opponent: at Carolina

Last Week’s Rank: 17

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 184

Highest-Place Vote: 13th

Lowest-Place Vote: 20th (2)

Last Week’s Result: Win at Tampa Bay, 24-21

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Chicago (Saturday)

Last Week’s Rank: 13

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 181

Highest-Place Vote: 11th

Lowest-Place Vote: 21st

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Arizona, 12-7

Week 15 Opponent: at San Francisco

Last Week’s Rank: 22

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 169

Highest-Place Vote: 16th (3)

Lowest-Place Vote: 20th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Indianapolis, 13-7 (OT)

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Miami

Last Week’s Rank: 16

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 150

Highest-Place Vote: 14th

Lowest-Place Vote: 23rd

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Kansas City, 26-15

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Dallas

Last Week’s Rank: 26

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 145

Highest-Place Vote: 13th

Lowest-Place Vote: 28th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. New England, 27-20

Week 15 Opponent: at Buffalo

Last Week’s Rank: 18

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 127

Highest-Place Vote: 18th

Lowest-Place Vote: 26th

Last Week’s Result: Loss at L.A. Chargers, 30-13

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Arizona

Last Week’s Rank: 23

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 108

Highest-Place Vote: 18th

Lowest-Place Vote: 29th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Tennessee, 12-7

Week 15 Opponent: at Washington

Last Week’s Rank: 27

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 99

Highest-Place Vote: 21st

Lowest-Place Vote: 29th (2)

Last Week’s Result: Win at Houston, 26-16

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Tennessee

Last Week’s Rank: 20

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 93

Highest-Place Vote: 22nd (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 30th

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Chicago, 33-7

Week 15 Opponent: at Minnesota

Last Week’s Rank: 28

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 83

Highest-Place Vote: 22nd (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 28th (4)

Last Week’s Result: Win at Cincinnati, 33-7

Week 15 Opponent: at Detroit (Saturday)

Last Week’s Rank: 29

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 80

Highest-Place Vote: 23rd

Lowest-Place Vote: 29th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. N.Y. Jets, 23-0

Week 15 Opponent: at Indianapolis (Thursday)

Last Week’s Rank: 24

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 79

Highest-Place Vote: 21st (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 30th (2)

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. San Francisco, 26-16

Week 15 Opponent: at Jacksonville

Last Week’s Rank: 25

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 74

Highest-Place Vote: 24th (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 29th

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Detroit, 24-21

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Atlanta (Monday)

Last Week’s Rank: 21

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 61

Highest-Place Vote: 22nd

Lowest-Place Vote: 30th (5)

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Denver, 23-0

Week 15 Opponent: at New Orleans

Last Week’s Rank: 30

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 44

Highest-Place Vote: 28th (3)

Last-Place Votes: 30th (3)

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Buffalo, 13-7 (OT)

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Denver (Thursday)

Last Week’s Rank: 31

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 21

Highest-Place Vote: 31st (10)

Last-Place Votes: 1 (Mravic)

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Dallas, 30-10

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Philadelphia

Last Week’s Rank: 32

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 12

Highest-Place Vote: 31st

Last-Place Votes: 10 (Baskin, Bishop, Brandt, Duerson, Feldman, Gramling, Jones, Kahler, King, Rohan)

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Green Bay, 27-21 (OT)

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Baltimore

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