NFL Power Rankings Week 15: Cowboys Rolling, Patriots Tumble

The Week 14 NFL action was filled with overtime thrillers, huge divisional wins and even setbacks for a few specific teams. One thing that's certain is that the playoff outlook became at least a bit more clear following a busy day of games. For those teams who improved their overall outlook, many walked away as big winners in the power rankings, while others find themselves trending in the wrong direction.

The week started with a huge Thursday Night Football victory for the Tennessee Titans behind a career day from Derrick Henry. They find themselves among the teams who saved their playoff hopes for at least one week. In turn, the Titans and a few others have a chance to be among the big winners in the latest edition of the power rankings.

For every team such as the Titans who picked up a big win, there was one such as the Philadelphia Eagles who watched a big situation fall by the wayside. The Eagles are still very much in the playoff mix after their loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but they have work to do and a tough schedule ahead.

Before we get there, let's take a look at a few interesting storylines from the action this week, starting with those teams who picked up key wins.

Dolphins Save Season With 'Miami Miracle,' Colts & Titans Join

There may be no play of the 2018 NFL season that's nearly as memorable as the final one of the Miami Dolphins' game against the New England Patriots. It took a 69-yard touchdown as time expired, complete with a hook-and-ladder for the Dolphins to win this game. Regardless, they got it done, and if you missed it then sit back and enjoy.

It's already being dubbed as the 'Miami Miracle' and understandably so, as it saved their playoff chances. The Dolphins (7-6) weren't the only ones who picked up a big Week 14 win, though, as the Indianapolis Colts and aforementioned Titans both won, moving to 7-6 in the process.

It's a logjam for the No. 6 seed in the AFC, and it's likely going to take the final three weeks to sort it out. There may be no more interesting race in the NFL currently than the push for that last playoff spot.

Cowboys Distance Themselves in NFC East

The Dallas Cowboys are an intriguing name to monitor in the power rankings, as they picked up their fifth-straight win Sunday, and it was arguably as big as last weeks. After knocking off the red-hot New Orleans Saints in Week 13, they welcomed the rival Philadelphia Eagles, who were just one game behind them in the division.

Week 14 brought a handful of big matchups, but the one pitting the Eagles against the Cowboys was one of the most important. Jerry's World was rocking for the matchup, and when all was said and done it didn't disappoint.

Dallas got the job done to move to 8-5 on the year and created a full two-game lead over the rest of the NFC East with three games left. Let's dive in and see where the Cowboys, among other teams, sit compared to the rest of the league currently. Click the next arrow to see this week's NFL power rankings heading into Week 15.

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