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Brad Biggs' Week 12 NFL rankings

Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Ravens 8-2 (1)

Lamar Jackson surged ahead in the MVP race, throwing four touchdown passes in a 41-7 rout of the Texans on Sunday. Jackson is now the 7-5 favorite to win the award at Caesars Sportsbook in Las Vegas. He also accounted for 86 rushing yards in the win and has 788 on the season, the most by a quarterback through 10 games in the Super Bowl era.

2. Patriots 9-1 (2)

Bill Belichick waited about two years to get a laugh out of folks but sure did when he made a veiled reference to Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson after defeating the Eagles on Sunday. "The players covered well, rushed well and they tackled real well," Belichick said. "They just did a good job. It looked like everyone had fun out there today and we played with a lot of good energy and it was good to come down here and get a win." The "fun" clearly was in reference to Johnson's comments after the Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Johnson said, "Obviously, do they win? Hell, yes, they win. They won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy and can say, 'I had a lot of fun playing there'? No, I don't. That's just the God's honest truth." The Pats had fun in winning this time.

3. Packers 8-2 (3)

The Packers fell flat the last time they traveled to California, losing to the Chargers in Los Angeles, and now they're mixing up their approach after a week off as they prepare for Sunday night's game against the 49ers in Santa Clara,

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