Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

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Nick Glennon

Week 13 brought many surprising and interesting games but for the most part everything remained the same from recent weeks. The Seahawks continued their dominance, the Patriots had another come from behind win against the Texans, the Chiefs won another tough one, the Packers continue to struggle without Aaron Rodgers and subpar teams such as the Browns, Jets and Buccaneers showed why they’re amongst the NFL’s worst. It’s almost playoffs time and the last few games of the season are approaching. Where does your team stand right now?

 

1. Seattle Seahawks (11-1)

A convincing win against the 9-3 Saints showed how they’re a defensive force and the NFL’s most dominant team.

2. Denver Broncos (10-2)

Peyton Manning and the boys came from behind to beat the rival Chiefs in a shootout. Nice way to rebound from a bitter loss to the Patriots.

3. Carolina Panthers (9-3)

An easy win against the Bucs and a very solid performance from QB Cam Newton and the stellar defense keeps them right around the top.

4. New England Patriots (9-3)

The good news about a close win over the very mediocre Texans team? Tom Brady is looking as good as ever and the offense is nearly unstoppable in the 2nd half of games.

5. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3)

Despite a tough loss against the Broncos the Chiefs are still optimistic about a playoff run and Alex Smith has what it takes to lead one.

6. San Francisco 49ers (8-4)

It would be an understatement to say that the 49ers are happy to have Michael Crabtree back.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)

Andy Dalton and AJ Green have great chemistry and that could take this team deep in the playoffs.

8. New Orleans Saints (9-3)

The Saints are a good team but they just cannot beat other good teams. They lost to the Patriots before Rob Gronkowski was back on the field and they were dominated by Seattle on Monday night. At times they look to be contenders but at other times look like total pretenders.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (7-5)

The Eagles are 5-0 when Nick Foles starts. Michael Vick better get used to warming the bench because Philly has found their next star quarterback.

10. Indianapolis Colts (8-4)

The Colts are a very solid team overall but they often get thrashed in games where they don’t show up to play. Also, the midseason trade for Trent Richardson hasn’t brought the results that they hoped for.

11. Detroit Lions (7-5)

A Thanksgiving Day rout of the Packers only further cemented their spot atop the NFC North. Ziggy Ansah has proved his worth as he leads all rookies with seven sacks.

12. Dallas Cowboys (7-5)

The Cowboys narrowly edged out the Raiders on Thanksgiving Day. Not exactly an assuring victory but good enough to pace them right behind the Eagles in the NFC East.

13. Arizona Cardinals (7-5)

A very close loss to the red hot Eagles is truly nothing to be ashamed of. The Cardinals have won four of their last five games.

14. Baltimore Ravens (6-6)

As mediocre as their record and on field play seems, the Ravens still have a very legitimate shot to make the playoffs or even win their division.

15. Chicago Bears (6-6)

If the Bears want to catch the Lions and win their division then they need to bench Jay Cutler for Josh McCown immediately.

16. Miami Dolphins (6-6)

The Dolphins have no hopes of catching up to the Patriots for the division crown. However, they’re still a valid contender for the 2nd wild card spot in the AFC.

17. San Diego Chargers (5-7)

They can play very well when they want to but overall this team is just very inconsistent as they started the season 4-3 but have lost 4 of their last 5 games.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7)

The Steelers have won 5 of their last 8 games but the 0-4 start is what really damages their playoffs hopes. It’s still possible though and if theres a quarterback who could do it then it’s Ben Roethlisberger.

19. St. Louis Rams (5-7)

The Rams rank 26th in the NFL in passing yards per game. Maybe it’s time that they ditch Sam Bradford and look for a future QB.

20. Tennessee Titans (5-7)

In the next two games the Titans play the Broncos and Cardinals. 5-9 is looking much more likely than 7-7 two weeks down the road.

21. Green Bay Packers (5-6-1)

The Packers just aren’t the same without Aaron Rodgers. Lately they’re just playing uninspired football and a 40-10 thrashing on Thanksgiving only continued that trend.

22. New York Jets (5-7)

The Jets still have a chance at the playoffs but is it even worth it this year? Geno Smith is playing so poorly that he was benched for Matt Simms last week. The QB situation has always been the achillies heel for this team.

23. New York Giants (5-7)

The Giants are a very mediocre team in every phase of the game. They’re solid on paper but when the lights come on they fail to perform. The good news is that they’re still only 2 games behind the Eagles.

24. Oakland Raiders (4-8)

The Raiders have zero chance at the playoffs but on the bright side WR Andre Holmes had a breakout game last week against Dallas and he could become a fixture in the offense.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-9)

The Bucs had won 3 in a row but a 27-6 thrashing reassured their place as one of the NFL’s worst.

26. Buffalo Bills (4-8)

CJ Spiller is a bright spot in an otherwise very dark season for the annual last place Bills.

27. Cleveland Browns (4-8)

WR Josh Gordon shows some star potential. He’s going to have a huge game against a week New England secondary next week.

28. Minnesota Vikings (3-8-1)

Adrian Peterson proves his worth year after year. The Vikings just need a star QB to compliment him. An improved defense wouldn’t hurt either.

29. Washington Redskins (3-9)

The season is just about wrapped up. So should the Redskins just sit RG3 for the remainder of the season?

30. Atlanta Falcons (3-9)

The offense has many weapons but Matt Ryan is just a shell of his former self. Don’t be shocked if this team clears house after the season.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9)

On the brightside Cecil Shorts is a great young WR and the Jags are 3-1 after an 0-8 start to the season. However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, the defense is a wreck, Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t the running back he used to be and the quarterback situation is still very unclear.

32. Houston Texans (2-10)

The biggest disappointment in the whole league. Matt Schaub has no hopes of ever getting back on the field for the Texans. A 34-31 loss to the Patriots last week is a moral victory for them but much work has to be done on this team. It’s looking very likely that the team will clean house after the season.