NFL Energy Rankings Week 14: 1-32 ballot, plus the gamers and coaches with essentially the most at stake

Lastly, the NFL Energy Rankings do not need to cope with any extra byes, as each staff has had its scheduled bye week. That makes this the right time to determine which NFL gamers and coaches have essentially the most at stake throughout the season’s remaining month.

From gamers who’re attempting to stake a long-term declare to a place and coaches attempting to maintain their jobs to gamers and coaches auditioning for future alternatives, our NFL Nation writers establish the league personnel who want to have a December to recollect.

How we rank in our Energy Rankings: Our energy panel — a gaggle of greater than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — evaluates how groups stack up all through the season.

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Week 13 rating: 2

Particular person with most at stake: Head coach Andy Reid

Regardless of profitable the Tremendous Bowl final season, Reid is not but assured to be an eventual Corridor of Fame choice. Successful back-to-back championships would look like sufficient to place Reid excessive. Of the six coaches who’ve achieved it, 4 are within the Corridor, and one who is not, Invoice Belichick, is a lock as soon as his profession is completed. — Adam Teicher

Week 13 rating: 1

Particular person with most at stake: Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner

There’s one thing of an influence wrestle between Fichtner and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. When the performs go properly and the offense runs easily, Fichtner downplays Roethlisberger’s skill to successfully run a no-huddle offense and draw performs up within the grime. However when there was a breakdown within the pink zone towards Baltimore, Fichtner stated that Roethlisberger was working a no-huddle offense and calling the performs. Fichtner and Roethlisberger have labored collectively for a very long time and have to get on the identical web page down the stretch for the Steelers to make a deep playoff run. — Brooke Pryor



Stephania Bell breaks down why there may very well be an opportunity Drew Brees returns subsequent week, however that it nonetheless feels too early.

Week 13 rating: 3

Particular person with most at stake: QB Taysom Hill

Hill most likely will not get 4 weeks. We do not even know for certain but that he’ll get one other begin, relying on when Drew Brees can return from his damaged ribs and punctured lung. However each audition will rely for Hill as he tries to show that he can grow to be Brees’ successor. Hill has exceeded some expectations as a pocket passer throughout his 3-0 stint because the Saints’ beginning QB, however he additionally has proven some inconsistency and inexperience within the position. — Mike Triplett

Week 13 rating: 4

Particular person with most at stake: Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine

Is the Packers’ protection rounding into type or did it simply feast on two struggling quarterbacks/offenses within the Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky and the Eagles’ Carson Wentz? How the Packers maintain up on protection will decide how far they will go within the playoffs and even whether or not coach Matt LaFleur sticks with Pettine or ponders a change. — Rob Demovsky

Week 13 rating: 5

Particular person with most at stake: TE Dawson Knox

The Payments’ second-year tight finish has underwhelmed in 2020. A part of that is because of accidents and COVID-19, however he hasn’t achieved a lot to construct on an inspiring rookie season. With John Brown out not less than the following two weeks, there are extra targets to go round in Buffalo’s offense — and Knox can have a possibility to point out the entrance workplace it would not have to search for different choices on the place this upcoming offseason. — Marcel Louis-Jacques



Brady Henderson breaks down Chris Carson’s lingering damage to his foot and the way that can influence his fantasy worth going ahead.

Week 13 rating: 6

Particular person with most at stake: RB Chris Carson

Carson is taking part in for a brand new contract as he finishes the ultimate 12 months of his rookie deal. His quest for a pleasant payday was going properly till he sprained his foot in Week 7, sidelining him for 4 video games. He has been again for the previous two contests however nonetheless isn’t 100 percent, in accordance with coach Pete Carroll. Carson can do all of it: run over defenders, make them miss and catch the ball out of the backfield. However he has missed 19 of a doable 60 regular-season video games. A powerful end will not get rid of the sturdiness issues, however it could remind potential suitors that he’s an elite working again when wholesome. — Brady Henderson

Week 13 rating: 10

Particular person with most at stake: LT Joe Noteboom

The Rams chosen Noteboom with a third-round decide in 2018 with the intention he would study beneath veteran lineman Andrew Whitworth and finally take over at left sort out. However Whitworth performed the length of his three-year contract he signed in 2017, then inked a brand new three-year extension over the offseason, leaving Noteboom’s future — not less than at left sort out — unsure. With Whitworth on injured reserve due to a knee damage, Noteboom has the prospect over the ultimate 4 video games to show he can play left sort out within the NFL, whether or not that be with the Rams or elsewhere, as his contract expires after the 2021 season. — Lindsey Thiry



Stephen A. Smith nonetheless would not anticipate Baker Mayfield to constantly play like he did within the Browns’ win towards the Titans.

Week 13 rating: 12

Particular person with most at stake: QB Baker Mayfield

Mayfield has the prospect to do what no quarterback in Cleveland has achieved in 18 years — lead the Browns to the playoffs. After a tough begin to the marketing campaign, Mayfield has been spectacular in current weeks. In consequence, Cleveland is in place to snap the NFL’s longest playoff drought. Past that, although, Mayfield can solidify his standing as Cleveland’s franchise quarterback within the coming weeks, which most definitely would immediate the Browns to choose up his fifth-year possibility — and, doubtlessly, strongly take into account giving him a profitable extension within the offseason. — Jake Trotter

Week 13 rating: 8

Particular person with most at stake: Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich

The complete Buccaneers teaching workers suits right here, however this particularly holds true for Leftwich. With a six-time Tremendous Bowl-winning quarterback in Tom Brady and one of the vital proficient teams of offensive weapons on paper, the pressure is on in to take this 7-5 squad and never solely make the playoffs (that is nonetheless not a given, and, realistically, the Bucs most likely have to win three of their final 4), however flip it right into a respectable Tremendous Bowl contender. — Jenna Laine

Week 13 rating: 7

Particular person with most at stake: WR Corey Davis

Davis is within the remaining 12 months of his contract. After not having his fifth-year possibility picked up, Davis saved his head down and put in intensive work throughout the offseason. His chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill improved drastically, and now Davis is on tempo for his first 1,000-yard receiving season. The timing is ideal, since he’s taking part in for a brand new deal. A powerful end over the following 4 video games might imply a good-looking free-agent deal for the fourth-year wideout. — Turron Davenport



Discipline Yates and Stephania Bell agree that Corey Davis’ inventory has risen in current weeks and that Davis is a viable WR possibility for the remainder of the season.

Week 13 rating: 9

Particular person with most at stake: WR T.Y. Hilton

Hilton appeared more likely to be headed out of the door through free company throughout the upcoming offseason due to the gradual begin to his ninth NFL season. However the 31-year-old Hilton has proven some constructive indicators over the previous two weeks. He adopted up an 81-yard receiving recreation towards Tennessee in Week 12 by including 110 yards — his first 100-yard game since December 2018 — and a landing towards Houston on Sunday. The ultimate 4 video games are usually not solely huge for the Colts to presumably make the playoffs however for Hilton’s future in Indianapolis. — Mike Wells

Week 13 rating: 11

Particular person with most at stake: OLB Yannick Ngakoue

Ngakoue wants to start out making influence performs once more to warrant both a long-term extension or one other franchise tag. Since being acquired in a commerce from the Vikings, Ngakoue has disappeared, totaling 5 tackles and one sack in 5 video games. He hasn’t proved to be an every-down participant, averaging 34 snaps per recreation. Ngakoue has been projected to be one of many prime free brokers within the NFL this offseason, however Baltimore can be confronted with a tough resolution if he stays a nonfactor. — Jamison Hensley

Week 13 rating: 14

Particular person with most at stake: DE Emmanuel Ogbah

Ogbah has been among the best worth signings of 2020 free company, delivering the very best 12 months of his profession after signing a two-year, $15 million deal. He’s within the prime 10 amongst all defenders in sacks, QB hits and QB pressures, shortly establishing himself as one of many Dolphins’ greatest gamers. Ogbah has stated he would like to have a long-term residence in Miami, and with no assured cash left on his deal after 2020, he is an ideal candidate for a contract extension, so long as he stays wholesome and finishes the season robust. — Cameron Wolfe

Week 13 rating: 13

Particular person with most at stake: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury

Whereas Kingsbury’s job is not in jeopardy in the intervening time, a foul end will not sit properly with possession, which employed him to win and win now — and that was anticipated when it paired Kyler Murray with him after which introduced in DeAndre Hopkins this offseason. The instruments are there, they usually’ve labored at occasions. The Cardinals began 5-2, however they’re 1-4 in their past five games. If the Playing cards end with solely a win or two of their remaining 9 contests, Kingsbury will enter the 2021 season on the recent seat regardless of ending with extra victories than in 2019. — Josh Weinfuss

Week 13 rating: 15

Particular person with most at stake: Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther

Look, when the very best skill is availability and security Johnathan Abram misses practices and now video games, cornerback Damon Arnette retains knocking himself out of video games early and neither Cory Littleton nor Maliek Collins have been the game-changers hoped for up to now, that is what you get. Nonetheless, it’s as much as Guenther to dial up one thing constructive for a protection that ranks twenty second general, twenty third towards the move, nineteenth towards the run, twenty eighth in factors allowed, nineteenth in takeaways and thirtieth in sacks. Particularly with a playoff shot inside Las Vegas’ grasp. Buckle up. — Paul Gutierrez



Discipline Yates marvels over Cam Newton’s efficiency in a 45-0 shutout of the Chargers in Week 13.

Week 13 rating: 17

Particular person with most at stake: QB Cam Newton

Enjoying on a modest, one-year contract in a marketing campaign he stated was extra about respect than cash, Newton has an opportunity to form his soccer future with a robust end. The Patriots’ passing recreation is without doubt one of the NFL’s least productive, however Newton (11 dashing TDs) remains a threat with his legs, and the staff’s future QB plans (and whether or not Newton is a part of them) have been a hot-button subject. — Mike Reiss

Week 13 rating: 18

Particular person with most at stake: QB Kirk Cousins

This would possibly appear to be a bizarre reply provided that Cousins’ contract completely makes him the starter in 2021. Cousins had the very best passer ranking (123.4) within the month of November and orchestrated game-winning drives in Weeks 12 and 13 to maintain the Vikings within the playoff hunt. Coming off their bye at 1-5 after Cousins threw 10 interceptions, the Vikings determined to run the offense by Dalvin Cook. That technique bought them to .500, however Prepare dinner is extra banged up now than he was a month in the past. Over the following 4 weeks, Cousins has a possibility to show he can win important games against top NFC talent (Buccaneers, Saints) with out having to rely closely on his working again. — Courtney Cronin

Week 13 rating: 16

Particular person with most at stake: QB Jimmy Garoppolo

The 49ers stay within the NFC playoff combine, and though Garoppolo remains to be working his method again from a excessive ankle sprain, the chance to return and lead the Niners again to the postseason can be an enormous one. Coach Kyle Shanahan has stated he expects Garoppolo to be his starter in 2021 however that no selections have been made on anybody’s future. Garoppolo’s damage historical past and price ticket may lead the Niners to hunt different choices to exchange him or be part of him in San Francisco. A wholesome ending flourish would assist Garoppolo’s case to stay the starter past this season. — Nick Wagoner

Week 13 rating: 20

Particular person with most at stake: QB Teddy Bridgewater

Bridgewater is the reply right here, as a result of if he actually is the “franchise quarterback” that OC Joe Brady referred to as him, Bridgewater must show he can win huge video games. In any other case, with a top-10 decide, at minimal, Carolina possible can be in place to draft a franchise QB within the first spherical to proceed its youth motion. The staff cannot transfer on from Bridgewater in 2021 based mostly on the way in which his contract is structured; there can be $27 million in lifeless cash. However should you spend a top-10 decide on a QB, the handwriting is on the wall for 2022. — David Newton

Week 13 rating: 26

Particular person with most at stake: S Jabrill Peppers

Peppers has been taking part in the very best soccer of his profession in current weeks. If he continues to play at this degree over the ultimate 4 video games, it ought to result in an enormous payday. The Giants can have cash to spend, and utilizing it on an ascending 25-year-old makes a ton of sense. Peppers is at present within the remaining 12 months of his rookie deal and has the fifth-year possibility looming. — Jordan Raanan

Week 13 rating: 19

Particular person with most at stake: Head coach Matt Nagy

Nagy — named NFL coach of 12 months simply two quick seasons in the past — is combating for his job with 4 video games left to play. The Bears, losers of six straight, have plummeted out of the NFC playoff image after starting the 12 months 5-1. Chicago’s offense carried out higher in final Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to the Lions, however general, it has once more proved to be a significant disappointment. Nagy’s incapacity to develop Mitchell Trubisky right into a franchise quarterback — coupled with the mediocre play of veteran Nick Foles (Nagy’s most well-liked QB) — places the 42-year-old coach squarely on the hot seat, together with basic supervisor Ryan Tempo. — Jeff Dickerson

Week 13 rating: 21

Particular person with most at stake: Interim head coach Raheem Morris

A powerful end to the common season might assist Morris get Atlanta’s everlasting head-coaching place. After this Sunday’s recreation towards the Chargers, the schedule will get demanding, with two video games versus the Bucs and one towards the Chiefs. A 4-0 conclusion to the common season and towards these opponents would make a strong statement that he is the best man. — Adam Teicher

Week 13 rating: 22

Particular person with most at stake: QB Drew Lock

And it isn’t shut. Lock has 4 video games to assist his personal trigger with regards to what the staff does for 2021. If he ramps up his play by enhancing some primary, in-the-moment decision-making, the Broncos might get the 2 or so wins it could take to push them out of the draft’s prime 10 and reduce outdoors strain to pick a quarterback. However Lock has to shut the season as he did in 2019 and cut back his turnovers. He has the arm power, the mobility and the power to bounce again from errors. Nonetheless, his penchant for dangerous selections that lead to turnovers is at present a pink flag. — Jeff Legwold



Sarah Barshop breaks down how Duke Johnson’s fantasy worth is impacted by David Johnson’s return from damage.

Week 13 rating: 25

Particular person with most at stake: RB David Johnson

With a $9 million cap hit subsequent season, it could make sense for whomever takes over Houston’s soccer operations to maneuver on from Johnson. In 9 video games this season, Johnson has 452 dashing yards and 4 touchdowns on 113 carries. He missed three video games with a concussion. However whereas Johnson may not be again in Houston, he’s definitely taking part in for his subsequent contract. Backup working again Duke Johnson additionally may very well be on this record. With a cap hit of $5.1 million in 2021 and one 12 months left on his contract, the brand new entrance workplace/teaching workers might transfer on from Duke Johnson, as properly, and begin from scratch on the place subsequent season. — Sarah Barshop

Week 13 rating: 27

Particular person with most at stake: Interim head coach Darrell Bevell

The true reply right here is everybody: With a possible regime change coming, the coaches are performing for brand new jobs or to retain theirs, and the gamers are doing the identical. However Bevell may need essentially the most to realize or lose right here. Bevell has been waiting for years for his likelihood to grow to be a head coach, and if he can handle Detroit properly down the stretch, that might assist his candidacy with the Lions (at this level unlikely) or elsewhere, both this offseason or sooner or later. — Michael Rothstein

Week 13 rating: 28

Particular person with most at stake: QB Alex Smith

Smith already has proved fairly a bit in simply returning to the sector after his grotesque leg damage. However is he only a good story for 2020? His numbers are pretty modest — 4 touchdowns, 5 interceptions. However he’s managing the sport properly, and the staff is 3-1 with him because the starter. However can he direct wins versus good groups? (Monday’s outing was an excellent begin.) Can he be productive for an extended time frame? Is he able to beginning sooner or later and grooming one other younger quarterback? If Smith needs to proceed, his future position will rely partially on how properly he performs down the stretch. — John Keim



Dan Orlovsky explains the hurt the Eagles have achieved to Carson Wentz, in addition to why Philadelphia has to start out Jalen Hurts subsequent week.

Week 13 rating: 23

Particular person with most at stake: Head coach Doug Pederson

It is onerous to consider that after delivering the town its first-ever Tremendous Bowl in 2017 and making the playoffs three years straight, Pederson’s job may very well be in jeopardy, however that exhibits you simply how brutal issues have gotten in Philadelphia this 12 months. Carson Wentz — the staff’s franchise quarterback and Pederson’s No. 1 duty — is damaged. The offense has turned stale and sloppy. And now there is a full-blown quarterback controversy. Pederson must string collectively some wins and get both Wentz or Jalen Hurts taking part in at a excessive degree down the stretch to chill off his seat. — Tim McManus

Week 13 rating: 24

Particular person with most at stake: Head coach Anthony Lynn

Lynn has been on the recent seat for the previous few weeks, with questions on clock and recreation administration. Sunday’s 45-0 loss to New England, which was stuffed with penalties and special-teams miscues, did not assist. He’s a very nice man, and the gamers love him (not less than outwardly), however possession must be getting fed up with all of the losses … by one rating or not. — Shelley Smith

Week 13 rating: 29

Particular person with most at stake: QB Andy Dalton

Dalton got here to the Cowboys to reset his profession and doubtlessly grow to be a starter in 2021. The Cowboys by no means imagined him taking part in a lot, however Dak Prescott was misplaced for the 12 months to damage in Week 5. Dalton has an opportunity within the remaining month of the season to point out he generally is a starter for the following part of his profession if he performs properly. The issue? There aren’t a variety of openings, and the very best spots is likely to be the place he would simply be a bridge starter till a staff palms the keys over to a excessive draft decide. — Todd Archer

Week 13 rating: 30

Particular person with most at stake: Head coach Zac Taylor

At this level, Taylor wants wins to instill some confidence and present that issues are shifting in the best path. Up to now, the Bengals have 4 wins since Taylor grew to become coach in 2019, they usually want one victory to keep away from their second straight two-win season. Whether or not it is doing sufficient to maintain his job or constructing momentum for 2021, Taylor might use a couple of wins to shut his second 12 months. — Ben Child

Week 13 rating: 31

Particular person with most at stake: LT Cam Robinson

The simple reply is head coach Doug Marrone, however he’s unlikely to return with a brand new GM coming. Robinson is in a contract 12 months, although, and whereas he has been an excellent run-blocker, he has struggled in move safety. His move block win price of 80.9% ranks 59th amongst offensive tackles. The brand new regime goes to need to resolve whether or not to pay him — 20 offensive tackles made $10 million or extra in 2020 — or let him stroll. Robinson wants a robust efficiency over the following 4 video games (Tennessee, Baltimore, Chicago and Indianapolis). — Mike DiRocco

Week 13 rating: 32

Particular person with most at stake: QB Sam Darnold

No, it isn’t head coach Adam Gase, as a result of his ouster is considered a foregone conclusion. Darnold’s future, nonetheless, is unsure. He has 4 video games to persuade the entrance workplace he needs to be the 2021 starter, however that call possible can be decided by draft place. If the Jets get the No. 1 decide, they nearly definitely will take Trevor Lawrence, no matter how Darnold performs. That stated, Darnold may very well be taking part in to be one other staff’s starter in 2021. — Wealthy Cimini

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