NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Top Two Teams Set To Meet on Monday Night Football
1. (1) New York Jets (9-2)
2. (2) New England Patriots (9-2)
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)
5. (5) New Orleans Saints (8-3)
Who will win the Jets-Patriots game on Monday?
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)
8. (7) Philadelphia Eagles (7-4)
Andy Reid must think field goals are worth nine points.
9. (10) New York Giants (7-4)
10. (9) Green Bay Packers (7-4)
11. (19) San Diego Chargers (6-5)
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)
16. (16) Houston Texans (5-6)
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)
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)
22. (21) Cleveland Browns (4-7)
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)
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)
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.
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