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
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...
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Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 8. Johnson practiced in full Friday after being limited early in the week. He'll continue to play through his ankle injury. Johnson is a mid-range WR2 for Sunday's game...
Oct 24 5:19PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Johnson doesn't need full practices at this stage of his career. He's a solid WR2 for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Oct 23 4:37PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he'd be surprised if he doesn't play in Sunday's game... Clowney hasn't played since tearing his meniscus in Week 1. He says he plans to "push through" the soreness that's still in his knee. If the training staff lets...
Oct 23 11:41AM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Ryan Fitzpatrick admitted he "didn't get it to Andre [Johnson] nearly enough early"... Johnson finished with 5-77-0 on nine targets, but had just one catch for four yards through the first three quarters. After the game, coach Bill O'Brien said that Johnson...
Oct 23 8:03AM Read More
Brian Cushing - LB
Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury. It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside...
Oct 22 8:32PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps coming off Monday night's loss. He'll remain a WR2 for Week 8 against the Titans.
Oct 22 5:22PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run...
Oct 22 5:15PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to HoustonTexans.com, there's a "decent chance" Jadeveon Clowney (knee)... "He feels good," coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether...
Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught two passes for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers. Graham was targeted three times, but dropped the other. It can be considered one of Graham's better statistical games of the season, which obviously means he's nowhere near...
Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
Oct 20 11:16PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
Oct 20 11:09PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
Oct 20 10:56PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
Oct 20 10:47PM Read More

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