NFL Power Rankings: Don't overlook them

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser's pre-Week 12 2018 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

Rank.Team (record) | Comment

1.New Orleans Saints (9-1) | 2 | Don't overlook them as Super Bowl favorites

2.Los Angeles Rams (10-1) | 3 | Personifying new NFL

3.Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) | 1 | Losses at Rams and Patriots

4.Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2-1) | 5 | Remember when they were "done" in September?

5.New England Patriots (7-3) | 6 | Remember when they were "done" in September?

6.Houston Texans (7-3) | 9 | Remember when they were "done" in September

7.Los Angeles Chargers (7-3) | 4 | Still have the look of a dangerous playoff team

8.Chicago Bears (7-3) | 10 | Your first-place Chicago Bears

9.Carolina Panthers (6-4) | 7 | Riverboat Ron …

10.Minnesota Vikings (5-4-1) | 8 | Uphill climb to win NFC North now

11.Washington Redskins (6-4) | 11 | Quarterback situation will make last six weeks tough

12.Indianapolis Colts (5-5) | 21 | Suddenly contending again

13.Baltimore Ravens (5-5) | 19 | Stayed afloat in muddled AFC

14.Tennessee Titans (5-5) | 12 | Can they overcome Mariota's continuing injuries

15.Cincinnati Bengals (5-5) | 13 | Fading fast after good start

16.Green Bay Packers (4-5-1) | 14 | Trouble on the tundra

17.Dallas Cowboys (5-5) | 15 | Up again, down again

18.Atlanta Falcons (4-6) | 16 | Wait 'til next year

19.Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) | 17 | Champs continue to fade fast

20.Miami Dolphins (5-5) | 18 | Still very much in the muddled AFC

21.Seattle Seahawks (5-5) | 20 | One of the surprise stories of '18

22.Detroit Lions (4-6) | 23 | Not out of it … yet

23.Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) | 22 | Had a really impressive bye week

24.Denver Broncos (4-6) | 28 | Pulled one of season's bigger upsets Sunday

25.New York Giants (3-7) | 30 | Serious signs of life for Eli, Giants offense

26.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7) | 24 | Quarterback carousel continues and continues

27.Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) | 25 | Stunningly fast fade

28.Buffalo Bills (3-7) | 28 | Up next: the fading Jaguars

29.New York Jets (3-7) | 27 | Will have to do a lot of winning to save head coach's job

30.San Francisco 49ers (2-8) | 31 | Waiting to get their quarterback back next year

31.Oakland Raiders (2-8) | 32 | Moving on up

32.Arizona Cardinals (2-8) | 29 | Settling in at No. 32

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