NFL Power Rankings: Updated Outlook for All 32 Teams Heading into Week 13

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 17:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Thanksgiving holiday is Thursday, and the focus has already shifted from how teams handled their tests Sunday to how those same franchises will fare during the holiday slate of games in Week 13 and where they sit on the latest power rankings board.

With every team in action during this festive period of the season, this is where each team stands heading into this week’s action.

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1. Seattle Seahawks (10-1)

The Seattle Seahawks deserved the bye this week. Instead of sliding down the rankings as teams stepped up, the loss for the Denver Broncos catapulted Seattle into the No. 1 spot. The Seahawks square off against Saints and 49ers over the next two weeks.


2. Denver Broncos (9-2)

The stunning loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night has exposed the flaws of the Broncos. Unless the defensive unit in Denver can improve how it plays against the run and rushes the passer, the Broncos won’t make the Super Bowl.


3. Carolina Panthers (8-3)

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers pulled out a hard-fought victory over the Miami Dolphins to extend their winning streak to seven in a row. While the team has its flaws, the defense makes the Panthers legitimate contenders.


4. New England Patriots (8-3)

The loss to the Panthers in Week 11 made the Week 12 matchup with the Broncos a must-win for the New England Patriots. In glorious fashion, Tom Brady and the entire New England roster stepped up Sunday night when needed and helped steal the show.


5. New Orleans Saints (9-2)

A win over the Atlanta Falcons is a good start to the homestretch of the schedule, but a matchup with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday and two games left against the Panthers will test the legitimacy of the New Orleans Saints' hopes of winning the NFC South.


6. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)

Andy Reid has turned around the culture of the Kansas City Chiefs, but the head coach must keep his team focused as it faces the toughest portion of the schedule. With two straight losses, the Chiefs must regain their momentum immediately.


7. San Francisco 49ers (6-4)

The San Francisco 49ers will face off against the Washington Redskins Monday night. If the franchise doesn’t pull out this win, the 49ers do not deserve to make the postseason.


8. Arizona Cardinals (7-4)

The Arizona Cardinals bust into the top 10 with four straight wins. The team may lack the offensive consistency to be a legitimate threat, but the stout defense will keep the Cardinals in contention for the rest of the season.


9. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)

A bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Cincinnati Bengals. The team must come out fast in Week 13 and beat the San Diego Chargers in order to maintain its spot in the top 10.


10. Indianapolis Colts (7-4)

It’s hard to imagine that the Indianapolis Colts team that lost to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13 is the same one that beat the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos earlier this season. What a difference a few weeks can make.


11. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)

As the battle for the NFC East heats up, the Philadelphia Eagles must play their best football of the season. With four of its final five games against winning teams, Philadelphia must shine its brightest to close out the regular season.


12. Dallas Cowboys (6-5)

The Dallas Cowboys staked their claim on the NFC East crown by beating the New York Giants Sunday, but it’s looking more and more like the Week 17 matchup with the Eagles could decide which team makes the postseason.


13. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6)

After an abysmal start to the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won three straight games and five of their last seven. Winning the weak AFC North is not out of the realm of possibility.


14. Detroit Lions (6-5)

Back-to-back losses have the Detroit Lions reeling, but a midday matchup with the struggling Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving is the perfect recipe for the team to get back on the winning track.


15. San Diego Chargers (5-6)

The San Diego Chargers stunned the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday using the team’s high-powered offense, but the road only gets tougher. Three out of San Diego’s last five games come against teams with winning records.


16. Chicago Bears (6-5)

Consistency has been the Chicago Bears' biggest weakness this season. With the inability to develop a steady offensive rhythm or stop the run, the Bears have suffered too many injuries to be a legitimate contender this season.


17. Green Bay Packers (5-5-1)

Sunday’s tie proves the Green Bay Packers need Aaron Rodgers under center to make the playoffs. It’s that simple.


18. Baltimore Ravens (5-6)

A big win over the New York Jets will help the Baltimore Ravens build momentum, but a tough matchup against AFC North foe the Steelers on Thanksgiving could be the biggest trap of the season.


19. St. Louis Rams (5-6)

The emergence of rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin and running back Zac Stacy have made the St. Louis Rams dangerous, but a tough remaining schedule that features games against teams like Seattle, San Francisco and New Orleans is not favorable.


20. Miami Dolphins (5-6)

The controversy surrounding the Miami Dolphins off the field has continued to be a distraction, and the team blew a lead to the Carolina Panthers Sunday. Miami has the talent to be a contender, but the mental fortitude isn’t there.


21. Tennessee Titans (5-6)

As one of the most enigmatic teams in the NFL, it’s hard to tell just how good the Tennessee Titans are this year. Three upcoming games against the Colts, Broncos and Cardinals will be a good gauge of the talent on the roster.


22. New York Jets (5-6)

The New York Jets only play as well as rookie quarterback Geno Smith allows them. After another poor outing against the Ravens, the calls for the team to pull the starter have already begun.


23. New York Giants (4-7)

After winning four straight games, the New York Giants once again faltered against the Dallas Cowboys in a pivotal divisional matchup. All hope of making the playoffs looks to have been extinguished, but never say never in the putrid NFC East.


24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8)

There was a point this season when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were winless and few fans knew who quarterback Mike Glennon was. After three wins, the team is turning a corner heading into 2014.


25. Cleveland Browns (4-7)

As if injuries hadn’t played enough of a role in the season, the Cleveland Browns lost their second game in a row and slid back into last place in the AFC North with Brandon Weeden under center.


26. Buffalo Bills (4-7)

The Buffalo Bills needed a week to get healthy and regain the team’s composure. A bye week was needed, but a favorable matchup with the lowly Atlanta Falcons in Week 13 should be the perfect way to start building momentum for the second half of the season.


27. Oakland Raiders (4-7)

Another close loss for the Oakland Raiders has resulted in broken spirits and a lack of faith in the franchise’s direction. The wheels are coming off in Oakland.


28. Washington Redskins (3-7)

If the Washington Redskins do not beat the 49ers on Monday Night Football, all hope that the franchise will make the postseason will be gone. On the other hand, a win puts the team in the heart of contention in the NFC East.


29. Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1)

It takes a bad team to blow a lead to the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers, but it takes an extraordinarily awful franchise to end a game in a tie. The Minnesota Vikings just want the 2013 regular season to be over.


30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)

The Jacksonville Jaguars now have two wins. That’s two more than most fans expected.


31. Atlanta Falcons (2-9)

Another loss to a divisional foe has resulted in a drop for the Atlanta Falcons in the power rankings. With the Houston Texans ranked No. 32, these two preseason Super Bowl contenders have become the laughing stock of the NFL.


32. Houston Texans (2-9)

The Texans entered the 2013 season as Super Bowl favorites. After a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and with a meeting in Week 13 against the Patriots, the team has fallen to No. 32 in the latest power rankings.



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