NFL Power Rankings: Week 13

NFL Power Rankings: Week 13
November 27, 2013, 10:00 am
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Week 12 has come and gone. Here are our NFL power rankings heading into Week 13 of the season.

Rank Team Record  

1.

LW: 2

 (10-1)

Coming out of their bye week, the Seahawks put the NFL’s best record on the line on Monday night football against the Saints.

2.

LW: 3

 (9-2)

Of the three teams that are 9-2 right now, the Saints have the best balance. Let’s see if they can avoid another “Beast Mode” moment in Seattle.

3.

LW: 1

 (9-2)

It’s clear Von Miller is regaining his form after being suspended earlier this year. It’s unfortunate how the Broncos battle in Foxboro ended.

4.

LW: 6

 (8-3)

Tom Brady just wins football games. If I’m Mr. Gisele, I demand that any running back that fumbles never see the field again.

5.

LW: 5

 (8-3)

That’s two weeks in a row Cam Newton has executed a game-winning drive. The Panthers have won an NFL-best seven straight games.

6.

LW: 4

 (9-2)

The Chiefs' once-dominant defense has surrendered 68 points in their back-to-back losses, and now they are dealing with injuries to stars Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Peyton Manning will be licking his chops Sunday.

7.

LW: 8

 (7-4)

The 49ers reminded everyone why they reached the Super Bowl Monday night by dominating the Redskins. Michael Crabtree’s return will be a huge jolt to the offense.

8.

LW: 13

 (7-4)

Much like the Panthers, the Cardinals are lead by their defense, but get a rise in the rankings due to their QB play. Carson Palmer has thrown for 733 yards and four touchdowns in the last two weeks.

9.

LW: 9

 (7-4)

The Bengals trip to San Diego after their bye week looks much tougher now that the Chargers and Phillip Rivers are firing on all cylinders.

10.

LW: 12

 (6-5)

Birds of prey: The Eagles have a monumental game against the Cardinals this weekend.

11.

LW: 7

 (7-4)

Another slow start for the Colts, and this time it doomed them in the dessert. This is a one-and-done team in the playoffs. Thankfully the AFC South is the weakest division in football. Yes, I said it.

12.

LW: 14

 (6-5)

Tony Romo engineered his 11th fourth-quarter comeback since 2011, best in the NFL during that span. Let’s see if he changes history and finds a way to do it in December.

13.

LW: 18

 (5-5-1)

I believe two things about the Packers: 1. They are the best team in the NFC North. 2. If they beat Detroit on Thanksgiving they will make a run during the back end of the season and in the playoffs when Aaron Rodgers returns.

14.

LW: 20

 (5-6)

It’s shaping up for another black-and-blue battle against the Ravens Thanksgiving night. Expect the winner to claim the six-seed in the AFC.

15.

LW: 11

 (6-5)

The Bears' defense fell on its face in a loss to the Rams. It’s clear Chicago can’t stop the run, and everyone around the league knows it.

16.

LW: 19

 (5-6)

The choice to run the Wildcat with backup QB Tyrod Taylor might not have gone over well with Joe Flacco, but it was a brilliant way to milk the clock in a win over the Jets. Kudos to John Harbaugh.

17.

LW: 25

 (5-6)

OK, I was wrong about the Chargers – they can win close games. Phillip Rivers was clutch in a huge road win at Kansas City.

18.

LW: 10

 (6-5)

Their offensive weapons are great for Fantasy Football purposes. Too bad that doesn’t translate to the actual game. Matthew Stafford (four INTs vs. Tampa Bay) must be better.

19.

LW: 23

 (5-6)

Robert Quinn (13 sacks, six forced fumbles) should be defensive player of the year this season.

20.

LW: 21

 (5-6)

There’s a Ryan Fitzpatrick-Kendall Wright chemistry brewing in Nashville. The Titans can make things very interesting in the AFC South if they beat the Colts Sunday.

21.

LW: 16

 (5-6)

Good to see Mike Sherman opening up the playbook and getting Mike Wallace involved down the field. Too bad their defense couldn’t hold in a loss to the Panthers.

22.

LW: 15

 (4-7)

Andre Brown is making a huge difference for the offense, but if they want to make a run in the division Hakeem Nicks needs to be a factor.

23.

LW: 17

 (5-6)

Geno Smith is turning into a turnover machine. The rookie has seven in the last two games – both Jet losses.

24.

LW: 26

 (4-7)

Mark it down: The Bills will be 7-7 in three weeks. Don’t laugh! They have a very friendly schedule (vs ATL, @ TB, @ Jax).

25.

LW: 24

 (4-7)

Please go back to Terrelle Pryor and make the Raiders watchable again.

26.

LW: 22

 (4-7) The Browns were completely dominated by Pittsburgh and now must turn to Brandon Weeden. Ouch.

27.

LW: 30

 (2-8-1)

I hope Adrian Peterson wins the NFL rushing title. Otherwise, it’s been a forgettable season for the league’s best running back.

28.

LW: 27

 (3-8)

The finger pointing started weeks ago, and things are only going to get worse for the Redskins before the end of the regular season.

29.

LW: 29

 (3-8)

The schizophrenic Bucs have won three straight after losing their first 8 games, which may have saved Greg Schiano his job.

30.

LW: 31

 (2-9)

They showed a little bit of fight against the Saints. “Little bit” being the operative words.

31.

LW: 32

 (2-9) The Jags are 2-1 in their last three games.

32.

LW: 28

 (2-9)

It’s rock-bottom with the Texans, and now Tom Brady comes to town.

Texans - Team News
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Arian Foster's caddie is in no danger of missing Week 9.
Oct 30 3:41PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. Johnson was never in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Eagles. With six teams on bye for Week 9, Johnson is a WR1.
Oct 30 3:40PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. The Texans are just managing their superstar back's reps. With DeMarco Murray facing the Cardinals' elite run defense, there's a case to be made for Foster as Week 9's No. 1...
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Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Blue got first-team reps with Arian Foster (knee) not practicing. The Texans also held out Andre Johnson (ankle) on Wednesday.
Oct 29 5:15PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps for rest purposes. He didn't suffer any setbacks last week and should be fine for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Oct 29 3:43PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It's a new injury for Foster. Coming off his three-touchdown performance, it's possible the Texans are getting him some rest. Foster will be a top-three running back in Week...
Oct 29 3:18PM Read More
Zac Diles - LB
Texans signed LB Zac Diles. CB Elbert Mack was waived in a corresponding roster move. Diles' addition is a sign the Texans aren't expecting Brian Cushing (knee) back for Week 9.
Oct 28 4:04PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham was held without a catch in the Texans' Week 8 win over Tennessee. Graham was targeted just one time on the day, a seam shot from Ryan Fitzpatrick that predictably fell incomplete. Graham has been a very minor part of the offense, making...
Oct 26 4:53PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 55 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Johnson saw a team-high dozen targets. He was followed by Titans top CB Jason McCourty for much of the afternoon, leaving DeAndre Hopkins to work on sophomore Blidi...
Oct 26 4:44PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 95 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Hopkins was targeted 11 times compared to 12 for Andre Johnson. Hopkins picked up chunk yards on all of his grabs, and was stopped at the five-yard line on one grab where...
Oct 26 4:24PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Blue added a 22-yard catch. With the Texans clobbering the Titans late and Arian Foster having already piled up 173 yards and three touchdowns, Blue got plenty of run late...
Oct 26 4:11PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed just 19-of-35 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown, and zero... Fitzpatrick was pretty bad for most of the day, begging to be picked off, but the Texans rode Arian Foster's legs to victory. Fitzpatrick's lone touchdown went to Foster on...
Oct 26 3:45PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-16, Week 8... Foster managed just 36 yards on his first 10 carries, but broke a 34-yard touchdown and had no trouble finding holes in the Tennessee defense from there on. Foster caught a...
Oct 26 3:21PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is active for Week 8 against the Titans. Clowney will play on a "pitch count," likely in pass-rushing and third-down situations. Good luck with Clowney and J.J. Watt, Zach Mettenberger. Inactive for the...
Oct 26 10:34AM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is likely to play against the Titans, but will be on a... "I thought what he did what he had to do this week," coach Bill O’Brien said. "I think he’s got a good shot to play on Sunday." Clowney has been...
Oct 25 9:13AM Read More

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