NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Rank Heading into Week 14?

December 7, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Hope is grasped tightly around the NFL in December. It comes in a few forms: Playoff hope is the most common, though there's also the hope that gainful employment as a coach won't end soon.
The latter sort of hope leads to desperation, which we're perhaps seeing with the Cleveland Browns as head coach Mike Pettine continues his quarterback musical chairs. Playoff aspirations, however, are a driving force that can producing ballooning digits.
Like the ones posted by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who scored three touchdowns Sunday and finished with 118 receiving yards. Or the five touchdown passes thrown by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Respectively, they're trying to push a team into the playoffs and maintain a flawless record.
But along the way there's plenty to derail those hopes and wild December dreams. Like, say, the 61-yard Hail Mary completed Thursday night or the nine extra-point attempts missed Sunday after only eight misfires throu...

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