NFL Power Rankings: Week 13

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer INovember 25, 2008

1. (2) New York Giants (10-1)

The G-Men are not only 10-1, but they're 9-2 against the spread.  That type of domination reminds me of a certain undefeated team from last year.  The Giants just hope their season doesn't end the same way.

2. (6) New York Jets (8-3)

I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to the New York Jets.  I was wrong.  But I still see Brett Favre blowing up for a multiple interception game that knocks Gang Green out of the playoffs.

3. (1) Tennessee Titans (10-1)

Two years ago, the Colts started 9-0 before dropping four of their last seven games.  They then won the Super Bowl.  With upcoming games against Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, the Titans are probably hoping to follow that same formula.

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

I face a must-win situation in the final week of one of my fantasy leagues and I can start either Ben Roethlisberger against the Patriots or Joe Flacco against the Bengals.  Thoughts?

5. (5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3)

In their past three games, the Bucs have overcome deficits of 21 and 17 points to the Chiefs and Lions.  I can't tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

6. (10) Atlanta Falcons (7-4)

In the two weeks I have faced Michael Turner in one of my fantasy leagues, he has rushed for a total of 337 yards and six scores.  I do not like Michael Turner.

7. (3) Carolina Panthers (8-3)

Nor am I a fan of the Panthers' defense.

8. (8) Indianapolis Colts (7-4)

That's four straight for Indy and they have four more very winnable games coming up against Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit and Jacksonville.

9. (9) Washington Redskins (7-4)

At Seattle on Sunday, Clinton Portis reached the century mark for the sixth time in his last eight games.

10. (7) Arizona Cardinals (7-4)

They hung with the Giants but came up a little short.

11. (11) Baltimore Ravens (7-4)

The Ravens handle another mediocre team.

12. (13) New England Patriots (7-4)

Matt Cassel has thrown for at least 400 yards in each of his last two games.

13. (14) Dallas Cowboys (7-4)

It looks like Tony Romo and Terrell Owens are clicking at just the right time.

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

Well, that was certainly a weak defensive showing at home.

15. (19) Chicago Bears (6-5)

My sleeper pick for the Super Bowl remains alive for one more week.

16. (17) Minnesota Vikings (6-5)

The Vikes square off against the Bears Sunday night in a game that could determine the NFC North's sole representative in the playoffs.

17. (15) Denver Broncos (6-5)

Hand Atlanta its first home loss and then get blown out by the Raiders in Mile High.  That makes sense, right?

18. (20) New Orleans Saints (6-5)

If you took all the overs this week, you made a lot of money.

19. (22) Buffalo Bills (6-5)

I guess Trent Edwards remembered how to throw down field.

20. (16) Philadelphia Eagles (5-5-1)

I was so embarrassed that Donovan McNabb, a fellow Syracuse alum, admitted last week that he didn't know the overtime rules, that I had to fly to Indiana this weekend and watch SU shock Notre Dame.  I'm bleeding orange again.

21. (18) Green Bay Packers (5-6)

You never want to give up 51 points in front of a national audience.

22. (23) San Diego Chargers (4-7)

A .364 winning percentage means playoff contention in the AFC West.  And the NL West.

23. (26) Oakland Raiders (3-8)

The Raiders scored the same amount of points Sunday against the Broncos as they did in their previous four games combined.

24. (24) Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7)

The best looking thing in a Jaguars jersey this Sunday was our waitress at the South Bend Buffalo Wild Wings.

25. (25) Houston Texans (4-7)

Pick up their first road win at Cleveland.

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

After scoring only six points against Houston's defense, I think the Browns should start Derek Anderson this week.  And I'm not only saying that because he and Matt Schaub are my only two QBs in a league in which I have exhausted all my pick-ups.

27. (28) Seattle Seahawks (2-9)

Come up a little short against Washington to drop to 1-5 at home.

28. (29) San Francisco 49ers (3-8)

Good start, bad finish against the 'Boys.

29. (30) St. Louis Rams (2-9)

Over the past three weeks, teams are averaging 33 points in the first half against the Rams.

30. (31) Cincinnati Bengals (1-9-1)

At least the Bengals got the losing out of the way early last week.

31. (27) Kansas City Chiefs (1-10)

Remember when Arrowhead used to be a tough place to play in November?

32. (32) Detroit Lions (0-11)

The whole country gets a chance to see the Lions' awfulness this Thursday.

Jordan Schwartz is Bleacher Report's New York Yankees Community Leader. His book "Memoirs of the Unaccomplished Man" is available at,, and

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