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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates after his fourth quarter touhdown against the Houston Texans on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the
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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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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Running back Mike Goodson #33 of the Carolina Panthers scores a touchdown in front of defensive back Abram Elam #26 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sull
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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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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Dhani Jones #57 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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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    DETROIT - NOVEMBER 07: Detroit Lions team doctor Kyle Anderson checks the right shoulder of Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions after leaving the game during the third quarter of the game at Ford Field on November 7, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Je
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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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    GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 29, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christia
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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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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 28:  Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills reacts after dropping a pass in the end zone during overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Karl Wa
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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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    ENGLEWOOD, CO - AUGUST 18:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos addresses the media prior to during training camp practice at Dove Valley on August 18, 2010 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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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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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 25:  Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys carries the ball after making a reception against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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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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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14:  Frank Groe #21 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the sidelines during their game against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 28: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings stiff arms Philip Buchanon #31 the Washington Redskins at FedExField November 28, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings won the game 17-13. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty
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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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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball by linebacker Jon Beason #52 of the Carolina Panthers for a touchdown at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sulli
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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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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders is congratulated by fan after he scored a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Im
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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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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 24:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field on October 24, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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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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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28:  Cornerback Cortland Finnegan #31 of the Tennessee Titans is held back by an official after getting into a fight with Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Leve
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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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    NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21:  Coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins watches his team against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Redskins won 19-16 in overtime.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Image
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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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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams makes a pass during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Rams defeated the Broncos 36-33. (Photo b
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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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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans avoids a tackle from linebacker Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Tennessee Tians at Reliant Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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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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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 28:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts waits for a play to come from the sidelines during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Chargers won 3
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 28:  David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguarsin action against  the New York Giants during the second Quarter of their game on November 28, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by A
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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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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins throws the ball during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Running back Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball while being pursued by Joey Porter #55 of the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Cha
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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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    SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 28:  Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes against Lofa Tatupu #51 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 28, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Chiefs defeated the Seahawks 42-24. (Photo by Otto Greul
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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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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 21:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers rushes upfield away from Corey Peters #91 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 28, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17: Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants against the Detroit Lions at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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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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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 28: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks for a receiver as teammate Jason Peters #71 and Israel Idonije #71 of the Chicago Bears trail the play at Soldier Field on November 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated t
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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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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 28: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears yells at a referee, earning an unsportsman-like conduct penalty, against of the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on November 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Eagles 31-26.
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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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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21:  Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches his team during the game against the Oakland Raiders on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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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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    BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 28:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Buccaneers at the half 17-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Imag
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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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    NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 21:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints signals a first down against the Seattle Seahawks at Louisiana Superdome on November 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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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    DETROIT - NOVEMBER 25:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots drops back to pass during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 25, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. New England defeated Detroit 45-24.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 25:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets looks to throw a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at New Meadowlands Stadium on November 25, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Bengal 26-10.
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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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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after watching a replay during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Georgia Dome on November 28, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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