New England Patriots run away with top spot in the Week 12 NFL Power Rankings, while Cincinnati Bengals rebound after offensive meltdown.
Usually by this point of the NFL season, at least a few of the division races are essentially over.
But heading into Week 12 this season, only the AFC East and NFC West are even bordering on that distinction, and both outlooks could change in a hurry if the Patriots (vs. Detroit) or Cardinals (at Seattle) drop games this weekend. Even the pitiful NFC South is still up for grabs, with the last-place 2-8 Buccaneers just two games behind the leaders, the 4-6 Falcons.
A lot of the races are tightly clustered, both in the standings and in this week's Power Rankings.