The day of the backup quarterback ...
Week 12 Power Rankings were as heavily influenced as ever by men who usually wear OxiClean jerseys while holding clipboards and maybe even Trapper Keepers. No less than five reserves reserved their right to air it out for their teams Sunday, with the results muddying up the ranks. And that's not counting Shaun Hill having to come in for a series in Minnesota or Dallas starting a new/old quarterback in Tony Romo. The latter came out victorious, as did three of the backups: the Broncos' Brock Osweiler, the Colts' Matt Hasselbeck and T.J. Yates down in Houston ...
Darn skippy, Adam. And Yates was good for a 0.5-spot rise.
Let the dissension commence!
Side note: Danny Amendola's injury is a rather large concern.
**a)** Going UN-defeated is OVER-rated.
**b)** [The loss to the Cardinals](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2015112209/2015/REG11/bengals@cardinals) was by three points, with the [Bengals](/teams/cincinnatibengals/profile?team=CIN)' secondary decimated. Various reports indicate that a senior drive-thru manager at Dairy Queen got a phone call about whether he could play free safety.
**c)** This football team is not going anywhere. The [Bengals](/teams/cincinnatibengals/profile?team=CIN) will finish with at least a 12-4 record, win the AFC North and probably nab a playoff bye, too. </content:power-ranking>
Tuesday morning quarterbacking aside, St. Louis is now in the 4-6 morass with seemingly everyone else in the NFL.
No matter what, at least we'll always have this ...
***(UPDATE:** [Pettine said Tuesday](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000587260/article/browns-name-mccown-starting-qb-demote-manziel) that [Josh McCown](/player/joshmccown/2505076/profile) will start against the [Ravens](/teams/baltimoreravens/profile?team=BAL) on Monday, with Manziel serving as the third quarterback. [Pettine had said earlier](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000587108/article/mike-pettine-we-may-bench-johnny-manziel) that he was considering benching Manziel after images surfaced that appeared to show Manziel holding a champagne bottle at a club in Austin, Texas.)*
While all that goes on, many fans have failed to notice the brilliant play of Gary Barnidge -- his seven touchdowns trail only Rob Gronkowski and Tyler Eifert among tight ends.