NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 18:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 18, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Have Saints on Top

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Where has the NFL season gone? Now 11 games in, the dust is starting to settle at the top and that means there isn't much movement in this week's Power Rankings. It includes teams with three of the longest winning streaks in the NFL this season and the two teams that played in one of the best football games in a very long time. Here's a look at the Week 12 Power Rankings.

5. Houston Texans (7-3) >> Week 11: NR

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Seven a row. That's right, following three losses to start the season, the Houston Texans have won seven straight games. Coming off their second 2-point road win in as many weeks, the Texans have the second longest winning streak in the NFL, behind only the New Orleans Saints' nine consecutive victories.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2-1) >> Week 11: 5

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And speaking of streaks, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won six straight. Three dominating home victories and three tight wins on the road. Last week's 20-16 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars was the exclamation point. The Steelers were all but done, trailing 16-0 mid-way through the third, when the team flipped a switch, scoring 20 unanswered points for the 4-point win. 

3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) >> Week 11: No. 3

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What a game Monday night! A contest between arguably two of the top three teams in the league, someone had to lose. Despite being the first team in the NFL to reach 400 points (404 to be exact), the Chiefs fell, 54-51, in the third highest-scoring game in NFL history. We can only hope that game was a preview of a potential Super Bowl matchup.

2. Los Angeles Rams (10-1) >> Week 11: No. 2

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And then there's the team that came out with the win on Monday night. It was a true heavyweight boxing match in LA, but every blow the Chiefs delivered, the Rams had an answer. The most amazing part of the Rams' win was Todd Gurley wasn't the focal point of the team's offense. He only went for 55 yards on 12 carries and added an additional three catches for 39 yards through the air. To me, this means the Rams still have room to grow.

1. New Orleans Saints (9-1) >> Week 11: No. 1

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To be the best, you have to beat the best. And that's just what the Saints did on Sunday, in the biggest blowout of a Week 11 chocked full of close games, when they dominated the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles, 48-7. It was a complete dismantling and also the worst loss ever by a defending champion in the NFL. Maybe, just maybe, it was the passing of the torch and the Saints will take come the Lombardi Trophy this season.

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