NFC Power Rankings: Week 13

Richard ReschCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with fans after their 38-17 win over the New England Patriots at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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1. Saints (11-0)

In thoroughly dispatching of the Patriots, Drew Brees has put himself in front of the pack for the MVP award. That may be hotly debated, but one thing is for sure: The Saints are the odds-on favorite to win the NFC. (Last Week: 1)

2. Vikings (10-1)

Brett Favre continues his unbelievable play, and his wide receiver corps continues to prove itself. Sidney Rice may be the most improved wide receiver, and Percy Harvin looks like he might win offensive rookie of the year. Adrian Peterson's fumble problems are troublesome, but that's about the only thing not going right for the Vikings right now. (2)

3. Cardinals (7-4)

You think Matt Leinart is tired of Vince Young already? The Titans are a much improved team under Young, so I am not overly concerned with this week's loss. Once Kurt Warner returns, this offense is still dynamic, and the defense isn't bad. The defending NFC champs get the benefit of the doubt. (3)

4. Cowboys (8-3)

Their shellacking of the Raiders on Thanksgiving doesn't change anyone's perceptions of either team, but Cowboys fans have to be happy with the way Tony Romo got the ball to his best receiver, Miles Austin. (4)

5. Packers (7-4)

Like the Cowboys, the Packers did what they were supposed to do on Thanksgiving and beat up on a bad Lions team. Aaron Rodgers continues to play great, and the wild card is theirs for the taking. I don't have enough faith in their offensive line to see them doing any damage in the playoffs. (5)

6. Eagles (7-4)

They were outplayed by an undermanned Redskins team for most of the game but pulled it out in the end. What does this say about the Eagles? I don't know, but they came away with the all-important W. Unfortunately, they may be without DeSean Jackson for some time, as he was lost to a concussion. (6)

7. Falcons (6-5)

They overcame the loss of Matt Ryan to beat a frisky Tampa Bay team. Unfortunately, they face the Eagles in a must-win game and will find life much tougher without their QB against real competition. (8)

8. Giants (6-5)

In yet another embarrassing performance, the Giants played like turkeys against the Broncos on Thanksgiving. Things look grim for the Giants, as they must win their next two games against the Cowboys and Eagles to have a realistic shot. (7)

9. 49ers (5-6)

Don't sleep on the Niners. When Alex Smith plays well, this team can play with anyone. The offensive triplet of Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, and Michael Crabtree creates as good a young core as there is in the league. With a relatively easy schedule, a 9-7 finish is well within their grasp. That might not be enough to make the playoffs, but this team is moving in the right direction. (9)

10. Panthers (4-7)

All right, I think we can all agree the Jake Delhomme Era comes to a close by the end of this season. (10)

11. Bears (4-7)

These are some bad old Bears. Hopefully Jake Cutler is suffering from first season jitters, because he can't really be this bad. Right? (11)

12. Seahawks (4-7)

I watched the 1:00 games at a bar. From my table, I could see about 18 televisions. Not one of them was on the Seahawks vs. Rams game. Enough said. (13)

13. Redskins (3-8)

Seriously? You have to blow back-to-back games in the final minutes to the Cowboys and Eagles? Giants fans can't be happy. (They're not. I know this.) (12)

14. Lions (2-9)

Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Kevin Smith will make the Lions relevant again. But not yet...not yet... (14)

15. Buccaneers (1-10)

They played the Falcons tough. I referred to them as "frisky" earlier, and I stand by that assessment. (16)

16. Rams (1-10)

Just read what I wrote for the Seahawks. Or don't. I don't want to waste anyone's time. (15)


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