NFL Power Rankings: Top 30 NFL Players Through Week 14
As the season comes closer to an end the attention goes to the playoff race focusing on which teams are in control and what teams are on the verge of making it in. The focus on individual performances slips away as people look at what each team needs to do to keep their playoff spot and every other scenario that could bring another team into the postseason.
Before everyone gets lost in the playoff hype and division races, take a look at the individual performers throughout the year that got their team to the place they are now.
After a close look at the overall stats of the season as well as how much a player is dominating at their position, 30 players were put into a list of the top performers through week 14 of the season.
This is not a list of the 30 greatest players in the NFL but a list of the best performers throughout the 2012 football season. This is why some of the best players are not found on this list such as Troy Polamalu or Ray Lewis. Even though those are two amazing players, their play this season has been outperformed by others who have taken the spotlight this season.
Through this season, some rookies have made it seem like they have been in league for years while the top performers over the years have continued to show they are still the best.
Here are the top 30 NFL players through week 14:
30. Seattle Seahawks -Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman has six interceptions this year including one returned for a touchdown along with three forced fumbles.
29. Minnesota Vikings - Chad Greenway
Chad Greenway is second in the league in tackles with 126.
28. Baltimore Ravens - Ray Rice
Ray Rice has rushed just under 1,000-yards and nine touchdowns.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Vincent Jackson
Vincent Jackson has eight receiving touchdowns this year and an average of 20.4-yards a catch which leads the NFL.
26. Denver Broncos- Von Miller
Von Miller has made a strong case this year for defensive player of the year totaling 16 sacks and six forced fumbles.
25. Cincinnati Bengals - Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton has thrown for the fifth most touchdowns in the league with 26.
24. Washington Redskins - Alfred Morris
In his rookie year, Alfred Morris has rushed for 1,235-yards putting him third in the league.
23. Dallas Cowboys - Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant is tied for third in the NFL with nine receiving touchdowns and has totaled over 1,000-yards.
22. Chicago Bears - Charles Tillman
Charles Tillman has recorded 70 tackles as a corner and leads the league in forced fumbles with an impressive total of nine.
21. Carolina Panthers - Luke Kuechly
Luke Kuechly has been one of the best defensive players in the league and it is his rookie year. Kuechly leads the league in tackles with 130.
20. Denver Broncos - Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas has averaged 16.2-yards a reception this season. Thomas has totaled 1,197-yards and eight touchdowns.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman has thrown for over 3,000-yards this season with 25 touchdowns. Freeman’s 91.1 passer rating racks top 10 in the league.
18. Houston Texans - J.J. Watt
J.J. Watt is second in the league in sacks with 16.5 sacks. Watt has been a dominating force for the Houston Texans.
17. Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan is third in the league in passing yards with 3,932-yards with 24 touchdowns. Ryan is leading his team at a high level and his numbers prove just that.
16. Cincinnati Bengals - A.J. Green
A.J. Green leads the league in receiving touchdowns with 11.
15. New England Patriots - Stevan Ridley
Stevan Ridley has rushed for over 1,000-yards and is tied for second in the league with 10 touchdowns.
14. New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees
Drew Brees leads the league is passing touchdowns with 32 and in passing yards with a total of 4,028-yards.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Doug Martin
Doug Martin is having a breakout rookie year rushing for over 1,200-yards with 10 touchdowns which is tied for second in the NFL.
12. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III has the best passer rating in the league with 104.2.
11. Chicago Bears - Tim Jennings
Tim Jennings has been a ball hawk this year totaling eight interceptions which leads the league. Jennings has been the most dominating corner this year.
10. Seattle Seahawks - Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch had an amazing performance against the Arizona Cardinals were he rushed for three touchdowns. Lynch has ran for nine touchdowns this season averaging just under five-yards a carry.
9. San Francisco 49rs - Aldon Smith
Aldon Smith has dominated every offensive line he has come up against leading the league in sacks with 19.5.
8. Chicago Bears - Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall has over 100 receptions which leads the NFL. Marshall has totaled nine touchdowns with a 13.3 average.
7. Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers has thrown for over 3,000-yards with 29 touchdowns and only eight interceptions.
6. Detroit Lions - Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson has totaled more receiving yards than any other player in the league. Johnson’s 1,546-yards receiving is 200-yards more than anyone else.
5. New England Patriots - Rob Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski is arguably the best tight end in the league. Gronkowski has totaled 10 touchdowns averaging 14.1 yards a catch.
4. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning has led his team to a division title throwing for 30 touchdowns with 10 interceptions and 3,812 yards.
3. Houston Texans - Arian Foster
Arian Foster leads the league in rushing touchdowns in 14 which is four more than anyone else.
2. New England Patriots - Tom Brady
Tom Brady has been one of the most consistent passers over the last decade and this season nothing has changed. Brady has thrown 29 touchdowns with only four interceptions. His 104.2 passer rating along with throwing for over 3800-yards passing shows Brady is still a top player in the NFL.
1. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson has dominated this entire season leading the league in rushing yards a game averaging 123.1-yards. Along with that, Peterson is averaging six yards a gain where is a huge accomplishment. With a total of 1600-yards and 10 touchdowns, Peterson’s performance this year has earned him the number one spot.