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.