Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1.New Orleans Saints12-2beat Carolina 12-9(▲1)Have been held to under 13 points in two of their last three games. 28.Detroit Lions5-9lost to Buffalo 14-13(▼5)Matt Patricia dropping ‘F bombs’ after losses now, but his posture is perfect. 26.Buffalo Bills5-9beat Detroit 14-13(▼4)The Bills have five wins…let that sink in. It’s mid-December, and defense has made a return to the NFL.After some wild nationally-televised games in recent weeks, the offensive fireworks that highlighted play have been replaced by some good, old-fashioned low-scoring games.The New Orleans Saints have been on both sides of things. They’re second in league with 459 points scored, but proved they could win a knuckle-dragger, too, Monday night when they beat the Carolina Panthers 12-9 in Charlotte. With that win, and Kansas City’s loss to the Chargers, Drew Brees and company have moved back into the top spot in this week’s Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings. 7.New England Patriots9-5lost to Pittsburgh 17-10(▼2)Two weeks in a row with a boneheaded play from Brady. 22.New York Giants5-9lost to Tennessee 17-0(▼2)Were averaging 31.4 points per game over last five…then a goose egg. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5.Chicago Bears10-4beat Green Bay 24-17(▲1)Trubisky’s back, and the Bears are NFC North champs! 3.Kansas City Chiefs11-3lost to LA Chargers 29-28(▼2)Mahomes held to season-low 243 yards by Chargers defense. 0 Comments Share 20.Denver Broncos6-8lost to Cleveland 17-16(▼3)Welcome back to the hot seat, Vance Joseph. 17.Washington Redskins7-7beat Jacksonville 16-13(▲5)Josh Johnson picks up first career win — 10 years after he was drafted! 15.Minnesota Vikings7-6-1beat Miami 41-17(▲1)Offense rolls up season-high 41 points in first game since DeFilippo got fired. 11.Baltimore Ravens8-6beat Tampa Bay 20-12(–)Since taking over as starter, Lamar Jackson is the fifth-leading rusher in the league. New Orleans Saints’ Alvin Kamara (41) celebrates his run against the Carolina Panthers in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) 12.Dallas Cowboys8-6lost to Indianapolis 23-0(▼5)Manhandled in Indy. 23.Atlanta Falcons5-9beat Arizona 40-14(▲5)Struggling offense breaks out against Cardinals. 2.Los Angeles Chargers11-3beat Kansas City 29-28(▲2)Anthony Lynn again showing guts with 2-point conversion call. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 18.Miami Dolphins7-7lost to Minnesota 41-17(▼5)Outside of a long run by Kalen Ballage, the Dolphins managed 118 yards of offense. 8.Indianapolis Colts8-6beat Dallas 23-0(▲2)Handed Cowboys their first shutout loss since Week 11 of 2003. 19.Green Bay Packers5-8-1lost to Chicago 24-17(▼1)Aaron Rodgers no TD passes for first time this year (13th time in 156 starts). Speaking of the Chargers, they’ve elevated all the way up to No. 2 after their gutsy win at Arrowhead.On the other end of the spectrum, the Arizona Cardinals suffered their fourth loss by 25 or more points this season and stay in the 32nd spot, only because they can’t go any lower.Here’s a look at this week’s order:Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings – Week 16 4.Los Angeles Rams11-3lost to Philadelphia 30-23(▼1)There’s a growing concern about Jared Goff’s recent play. RankTeamRecordResultMovementComment 27.San Francisco 49ers4-10beat Seattle 26-23 (OT)(▲3)Back-to-back wins for the Niners. 31.Oakland Raiders3-11lost to Cincinnati 30-16(–)You knew they couldn’t win two in a row. 9.Pittsburgh Steelers8-5-1beat New England 17-10(▲3)Jaylen Samuels in for James Connor, Steelers keep on running the ball. 25.Cincinnati Bengals6-8beat Oakland 30-16(▲1)Losing streak halts at five in a row. 14.Philadelphia Eagles7-7beat LA Rams 30-23(▲1)Nick Foles directing December wins? Where have I heard this before? 29.New York Jets4-10lost to Houston 29-22(▼4)Had a lead with five minutes to go, just couldn’t hang on. 30.Jacksonville Jaguars4-10lost to Washington 16-13(▼3)Easy winner for the ‘Disappointment of the Year’ Award. 13.Seattle Seahawks8-6lost to San Francisco 26-23 (OT)(▼4)Seahawks set new team record with 148 yards in penalties. 24.Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-9lost to Baltimore 20-12(–)Koetter era just about over in Tampa. 21.Carolina Panthers6-8lost to New Orleans 12-9(▼2)Cam Newton isn’t right. 16.Cleveland Browns6-7-1beat Denver 17-16(▲5)Browns have won four out of their last five. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 6.Houston Texans10-4beat NY Jets 29-22(▲2)Beat the Jets despite a season-low 47 rushing yards. 32.Arizona Cardinals3-11lost to Atlanta 40-14(–)Have a chance to tie the record for most losses by 25 or more points. 10.Tennessee Titans8-6beat NY Giants 17-0(▲4)Derrick Henry has nearly doubled his yardage and touchdowns totals in just the last two weeks.