NFL Power Rankings Week 13: Are New York Jets or New England Patriots No. 1?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer INovember 30, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 13: Are New York Jets or New England Patriots No. 1?

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    NFL power rankings for Week 13 in the 2010 NFL regular season are here.

    It has taken 13 weeks, but a team has finally lasted for three straight weeks. That in itself is an accomplishment since there are no powerhouse teams in the NFL like there have been in seasons past.

    Or are there?

    Without delay, here are the updated power rankings for Week 13.

     

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32. Carolina Panthers (1-10)

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    Last game: Lost 24-23 to the Browns

    Last week's ranking: 32

     

    The Panthers may be the lone team with double-digit losses in the NFL right now, but they have a budding star in running back Mike Goodson. Does this mean that DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart are trade bait?

    There is a good chance of that this offseason.

     

    Next game: At Seahawks

31. Cincinnati Bengals (2-9)

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    Last game: Lost 26-10 to the Jets

    Last week's ranking: 31

     

    Dhani Jones will be "tackling the globe" sooner than expected in his Travel Channel show, since the Bengals will not be making it to the postseason.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Saints

30. Detroit Lions (2-9)

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    Last game: Lost 45-24 to the Patriots

    Last week's ranking: 30

     

    Quarterback Shaun Hill may be putting up big numbers, but his 78.6 quarterback rating does not compare to Matthew Stafford's 91.3 rating. The Lions need Stafford back to win more than two games.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Bears

29. Arizona Cardinals (3-8)

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    Last game: Lost 27-6 to the 49ers

    Last week's ranking: 27

     

    Isn't it time to have Derek Anderson take a seat on the bench? You can bet Cardinals scouts are out looking at college quarterback prospects right this moment.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Rams

28. Buffalo Bills (2-9)

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    Last game: Lost 19-16 to the Steelers

    Last week's ranking: 29

     

    Blame who you want to Steve Johnson, but it was your hands that missed the ball, not some higher power who made you lose concentration. Just be happy that you are on the best 2-9 team in the NFL.

     

    Next game: At Vikings

27. Denver Broncos (3-8)

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    Last game: Lost 36-33 to the Rams

    Last week's ranking: 26

     

    If your house is not up for sale in Denver Josh McDaniels, then you better find an agent to help you sell it right now. Your days are numbered in Colorado and, quite possibly, in the NFL as a head coach, too.

     

    Next game: At Chiefs

26. Dallas Cowboys (3-8)

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    Last game: Lost 30-27 to the Saints

    Last week's ranking: 22

     

    Still have no clue how the Cowboys running game is ranked 27th in the NFL with the talent they have in the backfield. Upgrades on the offensive line will be coming this offseason.

     

    Next game: At Colts

25. San Francisco 49ers (4-7)

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    Last game: Won  27-6 over the Cardinals

    Last week's ranking: 28

     

    Running back Frank Gore's broken hip only hurts the Niners' chances of winning the NFC West if Brian Westbrook is not the next to have a LaDainian Tomlinson resurgence, which seems to be the case after Monday Night Football.

     

    Next game: At Packers

24. Minnesota Vikings (4-7)

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    Last game: Won 17-13 over the Redskins

    Last week's ranking: 25

     

    Brad Childress gets fired and the Vikings win. Now they have to hope that Adrian Peterson's injury will not keep him out of any games.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Bills

23. Cleveland Browns (4-7)

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    Last game: Won 24-23 over the Panthers

    Last week's ranking: 24

     

    Running back Peyton Hillis may not be the most popular back in the AFC, but he is one of the most deserving to go the this year's Pro Bowl. Vote for him if you haven't already by clicking here.

     

    Next game: At Dolphins

22. Oakland Raiders (5-6)

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    Last game: Lost 33-17 to the Dolphins

    Last week's rankings: 19

     

    Rookie speedster Jacoby Ford was the lone bright spot in the Raiders' loss to Miami. It was Ford's second 100-yard game in the NFL and he caught his first touchdown, too.

     

    Next game: At Chargers

21. Seattle Seahawks (5-6)

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    Last game: Lost 42-24 to the Chiefs

    Last week's ranking: 18

     

    Hopefully those two undisclosed draft picks the Seahawks sent to the Bills for Marshawn Lynch are not high picks because he has yet to make much of on impact in the running game in seven weeks in Seattle.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Panthers

20. Tennessee Titans (5-6)

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    Last game: Lost 20-0 to the Texans

    Last week's ranking: 16

     

    Cortland Finnegan smiling after getting hit twice by Andre Johnson was really classless. That made the fight look premeditated.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Jaguars

19. Washington Redskins (5-6)

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    Last game: Lost 17-13 to the Vikings

    Last week's ranking: 15

     

    A Mike Shanahan-coached team is ranked 26th in rushing in the NFL and that is not very Shanahan-like. Look for the Redskins to shop for running backs in both free agency and in the draft in the offseason.

     

    Next game: At Giants

18. St. Louis Rams (5-6)

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    Last game: Won 36-33 over the Broncos

    Last week's ranking: 23

     

    Sam Bradford is the Offensive Rookie of the Year, period.

     

    Next game: At Cardinals

17. Houston Texans (5-6)

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    Last game: Won 20-0 over the Titans

    Last week's ranking: 21

     

    The Andre Johnson-Cortland Finnegan fight might have made headlines on Sunday, but running back Arian Foster is on pace for nearly 1,700 yards in only his second season and that should be the biggest headline in Houston. What will become of rookie runner Ben Tate, who has been on the injured reserve all year, in 2011? That is a scary backfield combo.

     

    Next game: At Eagles

16. Indianapolis Colts (6-5)

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    Last game: Lost 36-14 to the Chargers

    Last week's ranking: 11

     

    Peyton Manning and the Colts are learning first-hand about the injury bug and how devastating it can be to a season. Look for the Colts to beef up their depth in many areas of the roster after this season.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Cowboys

15. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5)

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    Last game: Lost 24-20 to the Giants

    Last week's ranking: 14

     

    If you would have said the Jaguars would be tied for the AFC South lead with a 6-5 record before the season started, then you would have been made fun of like no other. Funny how things can happen in the NFL—that is what makes it such a dramatic and entertaining league.

     

    Next game: At Titans

14. Miami Dolphins (6-5)

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    Last game: Won 33-17 over the Raiders

    Last week's ranking: 20

     

    Quarterback Chad Henne comes back to start and he helps his team win without Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall, which is even more impressive.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Browns

13. San Diego Chargers (6-5)

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    Last game: Won 36-14 over the Colts

    Last week's ranking: 17

     

    Mike Tolbert is a 5'9", 245-pound tank with the football in his hands. Who is Ryan Mathews?

     

    Next game: Home vs. Raiders

12. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)

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    Last game: Won 42-24 over the Seahawks

    Last week's ranking: 13

     

    Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is absolutely on fire with 13 touchdown catches in the last seven weeks.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Broncos

11.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4)

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    Last game: Lost 17-10 to the Ravens

    Last week's ranking: 10

     

    The Bucs need to fight harder this upcoming week to have a chance at a Wild Card spot in the ultra-competitive NFC South.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Falcons

10. Green Bay Packers (7-4)

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    Last game: Lost 20-17 to the Falcons

    Last week's ranking: 9

     

    When your team's leading rusher is your quarterback in Week 12, then you know you need to upgrade the running back position in the offseason.

     

    Next game: Home vs. 49ers

9. NY Giants (7-4)

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    Last game: Won 24-20 over the Jaguars

    Last week's ranking: 12

     

    Even though they won, the Giants really need to get either receiver Steve Smith or Hakeem Nicks back soon to continue their fight for a chance to win the NFC East.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Redskins

8. Philadelphia Eagles (7-4)

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    Last game: Lost 31-25 to the Bears

    Last week's ranking: 3

     

    Michael Vick may have thrown his first interception since 2006 this past Sunday, but that didn't effect his 106 quarterback rating much, and he still played a solid game in Chicago.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Texans

7. Chicago Bears (8-3)

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    Last game: Won 31-25 over the Eagles

    Last week's ranking: 8

     

    Jay Cutler had one of his best games of his career against the Eagles in Week 12, throwing for four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

     

    Next game: At Lions

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)

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    Last game: Won 19-16 over the Bills

    Last week's ranking: 7

     

    Mike Tomlin's Steelers barely got by the Bills in Week 12, and they need to play much better to overtake the Ravens for the AFC North title in Week 13.

     

    Next game: At Ravens

5. Baltimore Ravens (8-3)

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    Last game: Won 17-10 over the Buccaneers

    Last week's ranking: 6

     

    The Ravens fought hard against a good, young Bucs team last weekend, but now they need to focus on the Steelers this Sunday in what is one of two huge games with tremendous playoff implications.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Steelers

4. New Orleans Saints (8-3)

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    Last game: Won 30-27 over the Cowboys

    Last week's ranking: 5

     

    Drew Brees has thrown four more interceptions this season than he threw during all of the 2009 season, but he still has his team fighting to retain its Super Bowl title for one more year.

     

    Next game: At Bengals

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

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    Last game: Won 45-24 over the Lions

    Last week's ranking: 2

     

    The Patriots face the Jets in Week 13 and all eyes will be on this game. This is the matchup that might determine the No .1 seed in the AFC playoffs and which team will come out on top in the AFC East, too.

     

    Next game: Home vs. Jets

(tie) 2. NY Jets (9-2)

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    Last game: Won 26-10 over the Bengals

    Last week's ranking: 4

     

    Mark Sanchez will face one of his biggest challenges in his young career as he faces the Patriots in a game with a ton of playoff implications.

     

    Next game: At Patriots

1. Atlanta Falcons (9-2)

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    Last game: Won 20-17 over the Falcons

    Last week's ranking: 1

     

    For the third straight week, the Falcons are in the top spot, and finally many of the other NFL analysts online are following suit and ranking Atlanta at the NFL's top team too.

     

    Next game: At Buccaneers