The Around the League entry for the NFL.com Power Poll doesn't look a ton different than a week ago, with most of the top teams winning in Week 12. We do have a different No. 2 team overall and top AFC squad: The New England Patriots.
The Patriots' endless lineup tinkering is slowing down, the offense remains the most explosive in the NFL, and the defense has made strides. The Houston Texans' overtime victories the last two weeks over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions have masked the fact that their defense is struggling. Injuries have taken a toll. While the Patriots and Denver Broncos are peaking, the Texans are struggling with defensive injuries.