NFL Power Rankings: Week 13: New Orleans Saints Back on Top
Last night, the New Orleans Saints made all the hype surrounding their matchup with the New England Patriots seem quite silly.
1. New Orleans Saints (11-0)
Drew Brees had a perfect passer rating (158.3) Monday night against the Patriots.
It's amazing how he's being so overlooked in the MVP race so far.
2. Indianapolis Colts (11-0)
Another week, another fourth quarter comeback win for the Colts.
Their upcoming game against the red-hot Titans may be Indy's toughest test yet.
3. Minnesota Vikings (10-1)
Every week, they make it look easier and easier.
Sidney Rice has two consecutive games with the same stat line: six catches, 89 yards.
4. San Diego Chargers (8-3)
Don't expect the San Diego train to stop rolling this weekend, as they travel to Cleveland.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (8-3)
What better way to rebound from a terrible loss than with a game against the Browns?
Rookie Bernard Scott has filled in quite capably for the injured Cedric Benson.
6. Dallas Cowboys (8-3)
The Cowboys have a great opportunity to all-but end the Giants' season this Sunday in the Meadowlands.
On another note, Roy Williams scored a touchdown against the Raiders.
7. Green Bay Packers (7-4)
Green Bay has quietly gotten right back into the NFC playoff picture with three straight wins.
All eyes will be on Aaron Rodgers as the Ravens come to Lambeau Monday night.
8. New England Patriots (7-4)
New England looked completely overmatched against the Saints.
The Pats' 1-4 road record has to be of some concern.
9. Arizona Cardinals (7-4)
Hard to punish the Cardinals for a tough loss at Tennessee.
They're just the latest victims to get run over by the train known as Vince Young and Chris Johnson.
10. Denver Broncos (7-4)
The Broncos looked like the team that started 6-0 in Thanksgiving's whipping of the Giants.
With an extremely light schedule the rest of the way, the Broncos are still in great position to make the playoffs.
11. Philadelphia Eagles (7-4)
They showed lots of heart in Sunday's comeback win over the Redskins.
However, with the talent they have, they should have never been down against the Redskins in the first place.
12. Tennessee Titans (5-6)
Suddenly, Chris Johnson's "wild" proclamation that the Titans would run the table to end the season isn't looking so crazy.
If they beat undefeated Indianapolis Sunday, they could miraculously find themselves in the playoffs.
13. Atlanta Falcons (6-5)
Mark Redman filled in quite well for the injured Matt Ryan in the Falcons' victory over the Bucs, throwing for 243 yards with a pair of touchdowns.
This weekend presents a tougher matchup for Redman as the Eagles fly into town.
14. Baltimore Ravens (6-5)
The Ravens were able to notch a huge win over the wounded Steelers Sunday night to stay alive in the playoff hunt.
They head into Green Bay on Monday night in what could be another must-win game.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)
Other than the interception that ended up costing the Steelers the game, Dennis Dixon looked solid in his first NFL start.
Unfortunately, Pittsburgh is now on the outside looking in on the playoffs.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5)
The Jags' offense was essentially non-existent in their 20-3 loss at the hands of San Francisco.
Sunday's matchup with the Texans could make-or-break Jacksonville's season.
17. New York Giants (6-5)
It's incredible to think that this team was once 5-0, and we were debating about whether or not they were the NFL's best.
Now, their season really comes down to this weekend's home game with Dallas.
18. Houston Texans (5-6)
The lack of a killer instinct from Gary Kubiak is likely going to lead to his unemployment this spring.
Nobody was surprised when Houston blew a 17-0 lead against the Colts and lost the game in embarrassing fashion.
19. Miami Dolphins (5-6)
The Dolphins laid an egg against the Bills in a game they had to win in order to maintain any playoff aspirations.
Their next three are tough: vs. New England, at Jacksonville, at Tennessee.
20. New York Jets (5-6)
It had to be a confidence-booster for Mark Sanchez to get to watch Jake Delhomme play quarterback Sunday.
21. San Francisco 49ers (5-6)
Alex Smith played perhaps the best game of his career Sunday against Jacksonville, going 27-41 for 232 yards and two touchdowns.
Smith is only 25-years-old, and has plenty of time to turn his career completely around.
22. Carolina Panthers (4-7)
Sunday's debacle against the Jets added yet another chapter to Jake Delhomme's awful season.
The Panthers QB was 14-34 for 130 yards, with no touchdowns and four interceptions in the 17-6 defeat.
23. Chicago Bears (4-7)
The Bears have lost four straight, and the Jay Cutler trade is looking worse and worse every week.
24. Seattle Seahawks (4-7)
After his terrible eight attempts for nine yards rushing against Minnesota last week, Justin Forsett rebounded against the Rams for 130 yards on 22 carries, with two touchdowns.
25. Buffalo Bills (4-7)
So far, so good for Ryan Fitzpatrick since he was named Buffalo's permanent starting quarterback, as he recorded his second straight stellar game in the win over Miami.
26. Washington Redskins (3-8)
For the second straight week, the Redskins managed to snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
27. Kansas City Chiefs (3-8)
Jamaal Charles has been fantastic since the departure of Larry Johnson, rushing 14 times for 93 yards with a touchdown and catching three more for 54 yards Sunday against the Chargers.
On the season, Charles is averaging a whopping 5.2 yards per carry.
28. Oakland Raiders (3-8)
JaMarcus Russell completed 96 passes for 1,064 yards, with two touchdowns and nine interceptions in nine games as Oakland's starting quarterback this season.
Bruce Gradkowski has completed 52 passes for 546 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in two starts (plus parts of three other games).
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-10)
Josh Freeman was great in the loss to Atlanta.
Freeman was 20-29 for 250 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
So far, he's looked like a nice steal.
30. Detroit Lions (2-9)
Coming off of his heroic effort against Cleveland, Matthew Stafford had a Thanksgiving to forget against Green Bay.
He was 20-43 with 213 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions.
31. St. Louis Rams (1-10)
The Rams remaining schedule: at Chicago, at Tennessee, vs. Houston, at Arizona, vs. San Francisco.
Steve Spagnuolo is staring at a 1-15 record in his first year as an NFL head coach.
32. Cleveland Browns: (1-10)
The Browns still have games remaining against both KC and Oakland.
It remains to be seen whether or not a single person will be watching either game.
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