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NFL Power Rankings: Breaking Down State of the League Entering Week 14

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass in the first half against the Washington Redskins during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Ryan DavenportContributor IDecember 3, 2013

So far, it's been an exhilarating first 13 weeks of the 2013 NFL campaign, and things are only going to get better from here.

There've been big disappointments, such as the performances of the Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, as well as stirring surprises like the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers. So it's been a very unpredictable season thus far.

Sure, Seattle, Indianapolis and New England seem be cruising to division titles, but beyond those, every divisional crown is up for grabs.

Heading into an all-important Week 14 slate of games, here's a look at how each team stacks up going into the final four weekends of play, as well as a breakdown of which teams are on the way up and which appear to be trending downward. 

NFL Week 14 Power Rankings
Rank Team
1Seahawks
2Broncos
3Saints
4Panthers
5Chiefs
6Patriots
749ers
8Colts
9Bengals
10Lions
11Eagles
12Cowboys
13Cardinals
14Ravens
15Bears
16Dolphins
17Chargers
18Packers
19Steelers
20Rams
21Titans
22Jets
23Giants
24Bills
25Browns
26Raiders
27Vikings
28Redskins
29Falcons
30Buccaneers
31Jaguars
32Texans
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Risers

Philadelphia

After an inconsistent start to the season, Chip Kelly's Eagles are heading in the right direction, as Philadelphia is suddenly in a good position to steal the NFC East title. 

Yes, the Cowboys currently hold the No. 1 spot due to tiebreakers, but Nick Foles and company have won four straight, and with only games against the Lions, Vikings, Bears and Cowboys left, there's no reason this team can't finish at 11-5. 

The defense still hasn't been great, but as we saw against the Cardinals this week, it's a unit that's capable of getting stops when needed. 

And, one can't overlook how dominant Foles has been, with 19 touchdowns and no picks in his first real opportunity to start in the NFL. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles can't catch an over thrown ball as cornerback Orlando Scandrick #32 and linebacker Sean Lee #50 of the Dallas Cowboys defend in the third quarter during a game at L
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Foles, DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper and LeSean McCoy have all stepped up in Kelly's fast-paced offense, so this is a team to keep an eye on going forward. 

 

Cincinnati

The Bengals have dropped some disappointing games to the Ravens, Bears, Browns and Dolphins, but due to the lack of competition within their division, Marvin Lewis' boys appear to be well on their way to the postseason. 

Now, with games against the Colts, Steelers, Vikings and Ravens remaining, the Bengals are firmly in control of their own destiny, even with a showdown with Andrew Luck and the Colts on tap. 

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 10:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals is sacked by outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil #58 of the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of the Ravens 20-17 overtime win at M&T Bank Stadium on November 10, 2013
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Andy Dalton has produced offensively, with 22 touchdowns to date, but the 2011 second-rounder has also tossed 16 picks, including 10 in his last five outings. 

Cincinnati has picked up wins in six of eight games, but we'll see how good this team really is during the final four weeks of the season. 

 

Falling

Kansas City

Not so long ago, the Chiefs looked unstoppable, and they had orchestrated one of the most stunning 9-0 starts in recent memory.

However, since then, Andy Reid's troops have looked rather mortal, losing a pair of clashes to the Broncos, as well as another to the Chargers.

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 20:  Outside linebacker Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs is congratulated by outside linebacker Justin Houston #50 after sacking quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Texans late in the 2nd half of the game at Arrowhe
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Three straight losses isn't the end of the world, but compensating for the absence of Justin Houston will be difficult, even if three of their four remaining opponents have sub-.500 records. 

Alex Smith has been adequate, but whether he's able to generate enough offense to out-gun Philip Rivers, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck in the coming weeks remains to be seen. 

 

Chicago

After starting the season at 3-0, the Bears have been in a tailspin, in part due to the continued absence of starting quarterback Jay Cutler

However, at 6-6, Chicago is very much still within reach of the playoffs, but Cutler has to return soon for this team to make the postseason. 

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 17:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears talks to a teammate on the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field on November 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Ravens 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Jonath
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Games against struggling Cleveland and Green Bay still remain on the schedule, but so do tilts with the surging Eagles and Cowboys, so it's not exactly the easiest road ahead for Marc Trestman's group. 

Josh McCown has been good, but he hasn't been able to lift his team over either the Vikings or Rams in the last two weeks, and if the franchise quarterback doesn't return soon, his replacement will have to be able deliver in the clutch going forward. 

Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte have been solid, but unless the Bears' last-ranked run defense improves, this team won't bounce back in time to turn things around. 

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