Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Giants Beginning to Look Super Again
It’s been five days since Turkey Day and I’m still full.
The Texans and Lions got the week started off with one of the more exciting games of the season and as usual, the Lions lost a close one.
The Redskins and Cowboys followed that up with an equally exciting game. Dallas trailed 28-3 but had their chances to tie the game late.
Then in the nightcap, the Patriots absolutely hammered the Jets, at one point scoring three touchdowns in a 52-second span.
In other news, the Falcons and Texans maintained the No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences by winning thrilling games on the road by three points or less.
The Rams moved up five spots with their win against the Cardinals, but among playoff contenders, the Giants and Packers shifted the most. Each team shifted three spots; the Giants up to No. 7 and the Packers down to No. 9.
Here are the rest of the Week 13 Power Rankings.
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1. Houston Texans (1): What has happened to that Texans defense? They’ve allowed 68 points in the last two weeks. If they can get that figured out, they will be in great shape.
2. San Francisco 49ers (3): San Francisco’s defense continues to carry them, but perhaps most importantly, they have two quarterbacks who can win games.
3. Atlanta Falcons (2): Even with the win, the Falcons drop a spot. At 10-1, I’m just not impressed by them. Don’t get me wrong, they are good, but until I see something in the playoffs, I’m just not going to sing their praises.
4. Baltimore Ravens (4): In one of the unlikeliest comebacks of the weekend, the Ravens beat the Chargers in overtime to increase their division lead. A win this week against a banged-up Steelers team will all but clinch them the division.
5. New England Patriots (5): Don’t let Fireman Ed fool you. The pounding the Pats put on his Jets on Turkey Day was the final straw and the reason he has retired as the Jets’ Superfan.
6. Chicago Bears (7): The Bears’ defense continues to shine. Their season is likely to be defined by their game against the Packers on December 16. If they can beat Green Bay, they will have the confidence to beat any team they face.
7. New York Giants (10): Give a team a bye week and look what happens. The Giants absolutely punished Green Bay for the second straight time. New York might be the only team in the league that actually looks forward to facing the Packers.
8. Denver Broncos (8): The Broncos struggled against the Chiefs but still managed to walk away with a win. They pretty much have the division wrapped up and are now trying to play their way into a first-round bye.
9. Green Bay Packers (6): After five straight wins, the Packers got manhandled by the G-men. The Packers have proven before that they can win anywhere, so their main focus simply needs to be on getting healthy and winning just enough games to make the playoffs. Oh, and protecting Aaron Rodgers would be a good idea, too.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (9): The Steelers drop just one spot, simply because when Big Ben is healthy, they can compete with anybody. If he misses much more time, though, their playoff hopes are going to disappear.
11. Indianapolis Colts (14): Seven wins already? I’ll be honest, I thought if Andrew Luck could reach seven wins in his first two seasons combined, that would be an accomplishment. He has them in the thick of the playoff hunt.
12. New Orleans Saints (12): The Saints were finally slowed down (and as a result, so was my fantasy team) but it doesn’t make sense to drop them. They can still score a boatload of points and if they find a way to win out, you never know what might happen.
13. Seattle Seahawks (11): Seattle really needed to get a win down in Miami. Now at 6-5, they have very little room for error. This week’s game against Chicago is close to a must-win.
14. Minnesota Vikings (13): The Vikings only fall one spot, but with their upcoming schedule, I imagine they will finish the season somewhere in the 20-24 range.
15. Cincinnati Bengals (17): The Bengals have recovered and have even tied the Steelers for second in the AFC North. The division is likely out of reach, but they have gotten themselves right back into the Wild-Card hunt.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16): The Bucs played good football but came up just short against the Falcons. Nevertheless, the Bucs have been a surprise this year and still have some playoff hopes.
17. Washington Redskins (19): RGIII might be the most exciting player in the NFL right now. That Thanksgiving performance was one for the ages, in my opinion. And at 5-6, they are only two games behind the Giants for the division. Don’t count them out yet.
18. Dallas Cowboys (15): For the first time in a month and a half, the Cowboys moved from the No. 15 spot. Unfortunately for Dallas, they moved down. However, at 5-6 they too are still within striking distance of the division-leading Giants.
19. Detroit Lions (18): Matthew Stafford continues to impress. I’m going to say he’s a top-five quarterback in this league. Sure he has Calvin Johnson, but who else? Rodgers and Drew Brees have significantly more weapons, and yet Stafford continues to put up pretty similar numbers.
20. Miami Dolphins (22): I continue to be impressed anytime the Dolphins win. It just doesn’t seem like they should be anywhere near .500, and yet with a win in Week 13, that’s exactly where they will be. If Ryan Tannehill continues to mature, they might have found themselves a gem.
21. Tennessee Titans (20): Losing to the Jaguars is never a good thing. The Titans' slim chance at the playoffs officially ended on Sunday and things don’t get any easier, as they face the 10-1 Texans this week.
22. St. Louis Rams (27): The Rams' defense took full advantage of a rookie quarterback, recording four interceptions and taking two of them to the house. Despite a poor record, Jeff Fisher has clearly had an impact in St. Louis. I expect them to be a very competitive team in the next couple of seasons.
23. Philadelphia Eagles (21): The Eagles continue to fall in the standings, slowly but surely. As much as I love to toot my own horn when I am right, I have to admit when I’m wrong. I thought this team might be the most dangerous team in the NFC this year. The most dangerous thing about the Eagles is that they have an ex-con playing for them.
24. San Diego Chargers (24): San Diego has lost six of seven and their only win was against the Chiefs. Their playoff hopes are likely over, even if they miraculously win out. How is Norv Turner still employed?
25. Buffalo Bills (25): The Bills have lost four of five, and their playoff hopes have officially crashed as well. They can still salvage their season, though, as they have four more winnable games on their schedule.
26. Arizona Cardinals (23): I bet Cardinal fans never thought they would be so desperate to have Kevin Kolb back in the lineup. The Cards have lost seven straight, and their best shot at getting another win this year comes this week against the Jets.
27. New York Jets (26): New York is 3-1 against teams with losing records. That’s good. However, they are 1-6 against teams with winning records. That simply won’t get it done.
28. Carolina Panthers (31): Welcome to the 2012 season, Cam Newton. Fantasy owners everywhere were waiting. Those with incredible patience were finally blessed with a super performance. Newton needs to build off this win and create some momentum going forward for the Panthers for next season.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (29): Even with they win, the Jags don’t move up. However, they have looked like an NFL team the past two weeks, and that is saying something. Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts have really started to play well. Is Blaine Gabbert’s future in Jacksonville in danger?
30. Cleveland Browns (30): The Browns forced eight turnovers against the Steelers, and yet the game was not decided until the final moments, when they forced their final turnover.
31. Oakland Raiders (28): The Raiders have lost four straight, and have only one win all year against teams with more than two wins. Yikes.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (32): The Chiefs have found a home here at No. 32, and they now control their own destiny for that No. 1 pick.
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