NFL POWER RANKINGS – WEEK 13
1. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (9-2)
Just taking care of business.
2. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-1)
The Eagles won a whacky shootout with Green Bay on Sunday Night Football. I’m curious to see if they can maintain this caliber of play into the postseason – my guess is yes.
3. MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-3)
Miami helped their cause to remain in the top 5 by giving Houston an absolute thumping.
4. BUFFALO BILLS (8-3)
Listen, this is one of the best teams in the NFL – arguably THE best team in the NFL. But these last few weeks have been slightly concerning.
5. DALLAS COWBOYS (8-3)
Dallas won by 8, but the Giants scored a TD in garbage time to make the game look closer than it was. Dallas has bounced back from that Green Bay loss with consecutive great performances.
6. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (9-2)
The Vikings answered their 2nd loss of the season with a win against New England, as they are eager to prove that they are still a top contender after their 37-point loss to Dallas.
7. BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-4)
Man, I wish Justin Tucker would have made that kick. I never thought I would say this about a kicker, but it’s a privilege to see what he’s capable of in clutch moments.
8. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7-4)
This 49ers defense has been humming. This week they held the Saints scoreless, which had been the first time New Orleans was shutout since 2001.
9. CINCINNATI BENGALS (7-4)
The Bengals have been playing well in the absence of Ja’Marr Chase. He should be a huge boost when he returns.
10. TENNESSEE TITANS (7-4)
The Titans failed to exact their revenge against Cincinnati from the playoffs last season. The fact still remains, however, that Tennessee will be an extremely tough out for whoever matches up against them in the postseason.
11. WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (7-5)
Is this team actually going to make the playoffs after starting 1-4? I’m rooting for it.
12. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-5)
The Patriots fell to Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day in a game that featured some… let’s say “frustrating” rulings from the refs.
13. NEW YORK JETS (7-4)
Only a team like the Jets could have this many locker room issues despite having a 7-4 record.
14. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-5)
Have the Seahawks finally come back down to Earth? This was an ugly loss to take at home, but they are still in contention to win the NFC West.
15. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (6-5)
The return of Mike Williams was short-lived, but the Chargers still managed to eek out a win in the desert.
16. NEW YORK GIANTS (7-4)
I think the Giants have also finally come back down to Earth. It was only a matter of time considering what their injury report has looked like.
17. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-6)
We saw Brady lose off a bye week on Sunday – a feat that is more rare than Hailie’s Comet.
18. DETROIT LIONS (4-7)
Dan Campbell drew the ire of some Lions fans due to questionable clock management at the end of their 28-25 loss to Buffalo. However, the way I see it is that he deserves a little bit of credit because the game shouldn’t have been that close to begin with.
19. ATLANTA FALCONS (5-7)
The Falcons have been sputtering along, unable to gain much traction, but the NFC South is still within reach. A big win vs the Steelers before they enter their bye week could be a big momentum booster as we enter the home stretch of the season.
20. CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-7)
Get your popcorn ready. Deshaun Watson makes his Cleveland debut, against his former team nonetheless.
21. ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-8)
That was just a brutal loss to take. I think it’s safe to say any postseason ambitions are now dead.
22. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-7-1)
The Colts held a lead late in the game after an absolutely abysmal start, but they failed to close the game out for new coach Jeff Saturday.
23. GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-8)
Jordan Love szn?
24. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (4-7)
The roll of the dice paid off in Jacksonville. Head coach Doug Pederson opted to go for the win instead of kicking the extra point to tie the Ravens, and they pulled off a stunner.
25. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (4-7)
The Raiders earned a big win in Seattle but it’s too little, too late. It’s been that way for a while now, which is disappointing after last season.
26. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-7)
Things look to be coming along for Kenny Pickett. It’s obviously still too early to tell, but I think there is some potential there.
27. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-8)
I thought things had hit rock bottom for the Saints a couple weeks ago… and then they were shutout for the first time since 2001.
28. LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-8)
Time to start thinking about next year.
29. CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-8)
Are the Panthers undeniable proof that NFL teams don’t “tank”? This roster could go 0-17 and it wouldn’t be that surprising.
30. DENVER BRONCOS (3-8)
I keep expecting to see an update on my phone that the Broncos have fired Nathaniel Hackett.
31. CHICAGO BEARS (3-9)
Things are just getting ugly in Chicago now.
32. HOUSTON TEXANS (1-9-1)
I mean do I even have to say anything here? These guys stink.