NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Top Two Teams Set To Meet on Monday Night Football

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Top Two Teams Set To Meet on Monday Night Football
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1. (1) New York Jets (9-2)

Jets-Patriots should be a minor upgrade from Niners-Cardinals in the Monday Night Football lineup. 


2. (2) New England Patriots (9-2)

Tom Brady and the Patriots rallied from a halftime deficit at Detroit on Thanksgiving to blow out the Lions and set up the much-anticipated rematch with the Jets.

 

3. (3) Atlanta Falcons (9-2)

The Falcons have won seven consecutive home games, but now face the difficult task of going on the road for the next three weeks.

 

4. (4) Baltimore Ravens (8-3)

An appetizer for that Jets-Patriots game will be Steelers-Ravens on Sunday night.

 

5. (5) New Orleans Saints (8-3)

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Drew Brees had his streak of six consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes snapped, but a great defensive play by Malcolm Jenkins set up the Saints' quarterback for the only TD strike he would need against the Cowboys.

 

6. (6) Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)

The Steelers were fortunate to escape Buffalo with an overtime win, but in a trap game, they'll take the victory any way they can get it.

 

7. (11) Chicago Bears (8-3)

By handing the Eagles their first loss in a game in which Michael Vick played the full 60 minutes, the Bears established themselves as a legitimate contender in the NFC.

 

8. (7) Philadelphia Eagles (7-4)

Andy Reid must think field goals are worth nine points.

 

9. (10) New York Giants (7-4)

Eli Manning and the Giants overcame a 17-6 deficit and the absence of their top two receivers to beat the Jags.

 

10. (9) Green Bay Packers (7-4)

Aaron Rodgers had 395 all-purpose yards and two scores, but a goal-line fumble proved to be the difference in the Packers' loss in Atlanta.

 

11. (19) San Diego Chargers (6-5) 

The Chargers kept a great deal of pressure on Peyton Manning to improve to 38-8 over the last five seasons in games played after their bye week.

 

12. (8) Indianapolis Colts (6-5)

Quick passes into the flat to guys like running back Donald Brown helped the Colts score a touchdown on their first drive, but they strayed from that plan and turned the ball over four times en route to their first home loss of the season. (Yes, I lost by 0.25 points with Brown on my fantasy team Sunday night.)

 

13. (12) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4)

The Bucs are 0-4 against winning teams.

 

14. (14) Miami Dolphins (6-5)

The Dolphins have alternated wins and losses for the past eight games.

 

15. (18) Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)

The Chiefs' top-ranked rushing attack racked up 270 yards in Seattle, but it was Dwayne Bowe's 170-yard, three-touchdown receiving day that highlighted KC's victory.

 

16. (16) Houston Texans (5-6)

That was the Texans' first shutout since they blanked Jacksonville, 21-0, on Dec. 26, 2004.

 

17. (17) Oakland Raiders (5-6)

The Raiders' fifth-ranked rushing offense was held to just 16 yards by the Dolphins.

 

18. (25) Minnesota Vikings (4-7)

Should only be about two weeks before Brett Favre calls out his new coach.

 

19. (13) Washington Redskins (5-6)

With Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis both out with injuries, the Redskins managed just 29 yards on the ground against the Vikings.

 

20. (20) Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5)

The Jags' 27th-ranked pass defense couldn't even stop a Giants offense playing without Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith.

 

21. (15) Tennessee Titans (5-6)

Cortland Finnegan's tired antics helped to overshadow an incredibly bad debut by Rusty Smith. The Titans are 0-3 since acquiring Randy Moss.

 

22. (21) Cleveland Browns (4-7)

The Browns needed a last-second miss by John Kasay to avoid falling at home to the woeful Panthers.

 

23. (23) Seattle Seahawks (5-6)

The Seahawks dropped to the worst rushing offense in the league following their 20-yard performance at home against the Chiefs.

 

24. (24) St. Louis Rams (5-6)

You don't have to be a winning football team to win the NFC West.

 

25. (22) Denver Broncos (3-8)

The Broncos became the first home team to lose to the Rams since Nov. 1, 2009.

 

26. (27) San Francisco 49ers (4-7)

Just one game out of the playoffs!

 

27. (26) Arizona Cardinals (3-8)

Just two games out of the playoffs and two games out of the No. 1 Draft pick.


28. (28) Dallas Cowboys (3-8)

The Cowboys had been playing cleaner football under Jason Garrett, but three turnovers, including a crucial fumble by Roy Williams in the fourth quarter, snapped their four-game Thanksgiving Day winning streak.

 

29. (29) Buffalo Bills (2-9)

Thou shall not blame the Lord for your dropped game-winner.

 

30. (30) Cincinnati Bengals (2-9)

If the Bengals keep playing this poorly, they may get to play on Thanksgiving every year.

 

31. (31) Detroit Lions (2-9)

See above.

 

32. (32) Carolina Panthers (1-10)

That's the first time Kasay missed two field goals in one game since Week 7 of last year.

 

Follow me on Twitter at @  JordanHarrison .

Jordan Schwartz is one of Bleacher Report's New York Yankees and College Basketball Featured Columnists. His book Memoirs of the Unaccomplished Man is available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and authorhouse.com.

Jordan can be reached at jordanschwartz2003@yahoo.com

 

 

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