NFL Power Rankings: Week 13
After another week in the NFL, the power rankings are updated as we head into week 13. To see the Week 12 rankings click here!
Power Rankings Week 13:
1. Houston Texans (10-1) – To the average fan, one might look at two close losses to below average opponents and think they don’t deserve this spot. However, they have played 10 quarters in just 5 days. They went deep into overtime after coming back from being down in the 4th quarter, forced overtime in both, and ultimately won the games. The 2nd game being more impressive, especially since they were banged up, and coming off the other OT game.
2. Atlanta Falcons (10-1) – When I think of the Falcons, I can only help but think of the Atlanta Hawks. Like the Hawks, the Falcons are really good, but I just don’t see them taking the next step to greatness. Sure 10-1 looks great, but come playoff time, they will need to impress.
3. San Francisco 49′ers (8-2-1) – Alex Smith, though maybe not admitting it, has to be upset at the situation. He got hurt, and then his backup has out-shined him the last few weeks, and it doesn’t seem like he will get his job back. Not to worry Alex, the money and the job will be there for you in another city next year.
4. Baltimore Ravens (9-2) – After the loss of their key players within a few weeks of each other, I thought it would be the end of the Ravens. Sure they may have caught a break last week, but this team is still one of the best in the AFC.
5. New England Patriots (8-3) – The Patriots may be the most exciting team in football to watch. They will score at will on offense, and their defense and special teams are capable of giving up exciting plays, as well as making exciting plays. Just ask Mr. Sanchez!
6. Denver Broncos (8-3) – Maybe the AFC’s most underrated threat to come out of the AFC, the Broncos have everything it takes to march into the Super Bowl. They offense can put up points, the defense is led by Von Miller, and their special teams is capable of scoring as well.
7. Green Bay Packers (7-4) – The Packers displayed on national TV, what it’s like going against a good team when your team is banged up. The Packers should be fine come playoff time when both Woodson and Mathews are healthy.
8. Chicago Bears (8-3) – The Bears are lucky to have a tough quarterback like Cutler. Not many quarterbacks would be able to sustain the beating that he has taken the last few years. The team has a few key injuries which could cost them, especially when they need to be playing their best for the last 5 games of the season.
9. New York Giants (7-4) – It seems like the bye week really helped Eli’s dead arm. He was able to make some good throws against the Packers, and hopefully the arm keeps up the rest of the season.
10. Indianapolis Colts (7-4) – The Colts maybe one of the most surprising team so far in terms of it being a positive surprise. Luck has been great this year and has seemed to revived Reggie Wayne’s career. If they want to continue on to the playoff, their defense will need to improve.
11. New Orleans Saints (5-6) – The Saints lost a big game against the 49’ers, and now have to go into the Falcons and try to win there tonight. The Saints have the offense to go far into the playoffs, but it will be up to the defense if they can make the run.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5) – The Buccaneers have also been hot the last several weeks. They were finally cooled down in a back-and-forth game against the division leading Falcons. They will likely be in the hunt for the Wild Card, but need their pass defense to improve from being the worst in the league.
13. Seattle Seahawks (6-5) – Oh the Seahawks. Let’s say they are able of making the playoffs as a wild card team. If they manage to even do that, do they know they will have to play on the road throughout the playoffs? This team is terrible on the road, though unstoppable at home.
14. Minnesota Vikings (6-5) – The Vikings seem to be a bit out of rhythm without their Pro-Bowl wide receiver, Percy Harvin. It looks like he will be out another week which means they will have to rely on Rudolph, Wright, and Simpson to catch the balls thrown from Ponder. Of course they could make it simpler and give the ball to Peterson all day.
15. Cincinnati Bengals (6-5) – The Bengals seem like the only other option for the AFC wild card other than the Colts and Steelers (currently occupying the two spots). The Bengals will need to continue winning, though there is no doubt they will be monitoring the Big Ben situation in Pittsburgh.
16. Washington Redskins (5-6) – Just two weeks ago the Redskins seemed like they were done for, but now they are looking at possibly making the playoffs. This next game against the Giants will virtually decide for the Skins if they will be in it to win it, or watching from their couches come January.
17. Dallas Cowboys (5-6) – The Cowboys lost a huge game against the Redskins on Thanksgiving and now are in a deep hole if they want to make the playoffs. They will need to win out for any shot at the playoffs.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) – All eyes are on Ben Roethlisberger. For the Steelers it is simple. If Big Ben is healthy soon, they have a chance to make the playoffs. If he is out a few more weeks, they are done.
19. Miami Dolphins (5-6) – The Dolphins have a brutal schedule, though they started their 6 game tough stretch with a win. A win against the Patriots could do really well for their confidence, a loss would probably lead to the end of their playoff hopes with the rest of their schedule still very tough.
20. Detroit Lions (4-7) – Sure Lions fans may think they were cheated out of the win, but their head coach blew that one for them. The good news is they are playing well now, but they will need to win out for a shot at a wild card berth.
21. Philadelphia Eagles (3-8) – And the award for the most disappointing team of the year goes to…”The Dream Team”. Vick, Mccoy, Asomugha, Ryans, and Reid, please come up and collect your trophies.
22. San Diego Chargers (4-7) – I have just three words to say about this team; “Fire Norv Turner!”
23. New York Jets (4-7) – The Jets were embarrassed on primetime t.v. last week against the Patriots, though they still have a glimmer of hope in the weak AFC.
24. Tennessee Titans (4-7) – The Titans lost a must-win game against the Jaguars, and now go up against the tough Houston Texans. They just made a switch at Offensive Coordinator, though it’s likely to not make much of a difference for the rest of the year.
25. St. Louis Rams (4-6-1) – Their seem to be two different Rams teams. There is the team that doesn’t fight at all, and gets blown out with relative ease. Then there is the fighting Rams who come out with a sense of pride, and want, and come out and win. They could be a spoiler team against all their opponents the rest of the way.
26. Buffalo Bills (4-7) – The Bills also lost a must-win game against the Colts last week. They still have the weapons on both sides of the ball to win out, but it will be very tough for the Bills to make the playoffs.
27. Arizona Cardinals (4-7) – “They are who we though they were.” 4-0 to start the season, and some people were ready to call them one of the favorites in the NFC. With no quarterback it is hard to win football games.
28. Carolina Panthers (3-8) – Cam Newton had the best performance of his sophomore year last week (ok, it was against the Eagles). Stewart is now gimpy, and the defense has been banged up all year.
29. Cleveland Browns (3-8) – They were able to create an impressive eight turnovers against the Steelers last week. There are several impressive pieces on this team, but this is not their year.
30. Oakland Raiders (3-8) – The Raiders have been able to put up points recently, but they can not stop other teams from doing the same.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) – Suddenly this offense looks like its capable of moving the ball. It’s amazing to see what a decent quarterback could do to a team and its receivers.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-10) – Oh the Chiefs. They played really well on defense against the Broncos but all their offense could muster up was a few field goals.
Thursday Night Game of the Week:
Falcons at home are really tough to beat, however, the Saints need this one more than ever.
Prediction: Saints 31 Falcons 27
What do you guys think of these rankings? Someone too high? too low? Leave a comment or tweet me @YoniPollak.