NFL Power Rankings: Week 13
Well, it's December and we still have two undefeated teams (for the first time in NFL history). The Saints remained unbeaten by blowing out the Patriots, 38-17, a much more convincing victory than the Colts' 35-34 win over New England in Week 10.
Because of that, New Orleans jumps ahead of Indy in the Power Rankings. Could we be headed for a 'perfect' Super Bowl? Still two months to go.
1. (2) New Orleans Saints (11-0)
2. (1) Indianapolis Colts (11-0)
Indy has won five consecutive games when trailing in the final quarter.
3. (3) Minnesota Vikings (10-1)
Brett Favre has thrown 12 touchdowns since last being picked off.
4. (5) Cincinnati Bengals (8-3)
5. (4) New England Patriots (7-4)
6. (7) Green Bay Packers (7-4)
7. (8) Dallas Cowboys (8-3)
The schedule makers have smiled on the Cowboys as well. After a delicious Turkey Day serving of the Raiders, Dallas enjoys a long week before traveling to the Meadowlands for a crucial NFC East showdown with the Giants.
8. (9) Baltimore Ravens (6-5)
Yet another overtime game won by the team that didn't start with the football.
9. (10) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)
Ben Roethlisberger's late scratch combined with the NFL's current push to force players to sit out a game following a concussion makes me believe the league may have had something to do with the Steelers' quarterback missing the game against Baltimore.
10. (11) San Diego Chargers (8-3)
The Chargers have won six straight, including a string of 15 consecutive quarters with a score, but with their best wins coming over the Broncos, Eagles and Giants, I have a hard time putting San Diego ahead of Baltimore and Pittsburgh, two teams they lost to earlier this season.
11. (12) Denver Broncos (7-4)
The Broncos , who were averaging just 9.25 points a game over their recent four-game slide, put up 26 on the exhausted Giants defense.
12. (13) Philadelphia Eagles (7-4)
Philly is 4-1 when LeSean McCoy leads the team in rushing.
13. (6) Arizona Cardinals (7-4)
That's Arizona's first road loss since Dec. 21.
14. (14) New York Giants (6-5)
The G-Men stood little chance of picking up a victory after traveling to Mile Hile on a short week. We should see a completely different team on Sunday, when a rested Big Blue hosts Dallas.
15. (15) Atlanta Falcons (6-5)
Atlanta escaped with a victory over the Bucs, but the Falcons lost quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner to injury. They'll need both of those guys at full strength when they welcome Philly to town on Sunday for a game with big NFC playoff implications.
16. (16) Miami Dolphins (5-6)
With New England, Pittsburgh and a surging Tennessee team still left on the schedule, Miami could not afford to lose at Buffalo this week, especially when they had three extra days of rest.
17. (18) Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5)
The Jags have been outscored, 61-3, in their two West Coast games this year.
18. (19) New York Jets (5-6)
The Jets defense is tied for 11th in the NFL with 11 picks.
19. (20) Tennessee Titans (5-6)
Chris Johnson has been the main reason for the Titans' turnaround, as he's rushed for at least 125 yards in a record-tying six consecutive games, but the victory over the Cardinals was all about Vince Young, who was 9-of-16 for 94 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown to Kenny Britt, which capped the 99-yard game-winning drive.
20. (21) Carolina Panthers (4-7)
Jake Delhomme's broken finger on his throwing hand might be the best thing to happen to the Panthers all season. Look for backup Matt Moore to lead Carolina past Tampa Bay before tossing three picks at New England, leading to Carolina fans clamoring for Delhomme's return.
21. (22) Houston Texans (5-6)
That's the fourth straight time the Texans have blown a second half lead vs. the Colts.
22. (23) San Francisco 49ers (5-6)
Alex Smith has thrown five touchdowns with just one interception over the past two weeks.
23. (26) Buffalo Bills (4-7)
The Bills scored more points (24) in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins than they did in their previous eight quarters combined.
24. (17) Chicago Bears (4-7)
Jay Cutler leads the league with 20 interceptions.
25. (24) Kansas City Chiefs (3-8)
26. (25) Oakland Raiders (3-8)
Bruce Gradkowski's quarterback rating (66.3) is still 18.6 points higher than JaMarcus Russell's 47.7.
27. (27) Seattle Seahawks (4-7)
Over the past two seasons, the Seahawks are 2-0 at St. Louis and 1-12 in all other road games.
28. (28) Washington Redskins (3-8)
That's nine straight road losses for the 'Skins.
29. (29) Tampa Bay Bucs (1-10)
No Buc has rushed for more than 56 yards in their last five games.
30. (30) St. Louis Rams (1-10)
31. (31) Detroit Lions (2-9)
Six consecutive Thanksgiving Day losses for the Lions, and yet the NFL keeps serving us these putrid holiday games.
32. (32) Cleveland Browns (1-10)
The Browns have lost eight straight divisional games.
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