NFL Week 13 Power Rankings: Falcons and Patriots Battle for Top Spot

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 06:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Chris J. NelsonSenior Writer IDecember 9, 2010

My Miami vacation has pushed back some features this week, but I'm finally posting Week 13 power rankings.

While I'm here, I'll also throw it out there that I like the Colts tonight over the Titans. I can't see Peyton Manning playing this bad. He's just too talented, and eventually, he's going to pick this team up. The Titans just aren't scoring right now, while the Colts still are.

Now on to the power rankings:

The Top 10

1. Atlanta Falcons (10-2; last week: first) — The Falcons continue to roll with a big divisional win over the Buccaneers and look like the cream of the NFC crop.

2. New England Patriots (10-2; last week: second) — Can I say the Patriots are 1b to the Falcons' 1a. After a dominant performance over a good Jets team, the Pats are looking as good as ever.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3; last week: fifth) — They haven't been killing teams by any stretch, but winning on the road in Baltimore was huge.

4. Baltimore Ravens (8-4; last week: fourth) — I can't fault them too much for losing to their extremely talented division foe, so I'm not going to drop them.

5. New Orleans Saints (9-3; last week: sixth) — Things got a little close against the Bengals, but they pulled it out for their ninth win and are still playing good football.

6. New York Jets (9-3; last week: third) — Their loss to New England was a flat-out whooping, but the Jets are too talented to let it happen twice.

7. Chicago Bears (9-3; last week: seventh) — No doubt the Bears are playing well right now, but I just like the above six teams better and, thus, can't move Chicago up this week.

8. Green Bay Packers (8-4; last week: eighth) — They handled the 49ers easily as they should have and are very much alive in the NFC North hunt.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4; last week: ninth) — The Eagles got back on track with a win over Houston and are scary on offense.

10. Kansas City Chiefs (8-4; last week: 10th) — They weren't all that impressive in a 10-6 win over the Broncos, and it remains to be seen if they can survive a potential absence of Matt Cassel (appendectomy).


The Other 22

11. New York Giants (8-4; last week: 12th)
12. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5; last week: 15th)
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5; last week; 13th)
14. Cleveland Browns (5-7; last week: 17th)
15. San Diego Chargers (6-6; last week: 11th)
16. Miami Dolphins (6-6; last week: 14th)
17. Indianapolis Colts (6-6; last week: 16th)
18. St. Louis Rams (6-6; last week: 19th)
19. Oakland Raiders (6-6; last week: 20th)
20. Houston Texans (5-7; last week: 18th)
21. Minnesota Vikings (5-7; last week: 22nd)
22. Dallas Cowboys (4-8; last week: 24th)
23. Tennessee Titans (5-7; last week: 23rd)
24. Washington Redskins (5-7; last week: 21st)
25. Seattle Seahawks (6-6; last week: 25th)
26. Denver Broncos (3-9; last week: 26th)
27. Buffalo Bills (2-10; last week: 27th)
28. San Francisco 49ers (4-8; last week: 28th)
29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10; last week: 29th)
30. Detroit Lions (2-10; last week: 30th)
31. Arizona Cardinals (3-9; last week: 31st)
32. Carolina Panthers (1-11; last week: 32nd)

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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.

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