NFL Power Rankings Week 13: Projecting Best Teams of Both Conferences

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIINovember 30, 2011

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers roles out to pass during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  The Packers defeated the Lions 27-15.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens have separated themselves from the pack as the best teams in the NFL and also the best in their respective conferences. Right now I don't see anyone catching either team because of how well they are playing.

What more can be said about the Packers? They are 11-0 and on a franchise-best 17-game winning streak. Their offense is one of the most efficient I've ever seen and quarterback Aaron Rodgers is having what may be the best single season by a quarterback in NFL history. 

The Packers currently rank fourth in the league in total offense, averaging 401.3 yards per game. They are also averaging an NFL-best 34.7 points per game, while Rodgers leads the league's third-best passing attack (304.1 yards per game).

The 27-year-old Cal product's numbers this season are just flat-out ridiculous. He has completed 260 of 362 passes for 3,475 yards, with an NFL-best 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He also leads the league in completion percentage (71.8), yards per attempt (9.60) and passer rating (127.7). In fact, his quarterback rating is an insane 22.6 points higher than second place (Tom Brady).

Quite simply, the Packers cannot be stopped right now. Until an opponent proves that Rodgers and that offense can be slowed down, I don't think there is anything standing between Green Bay and a return trip to the Super Bowl.

The Ravens are 8-3 and sit atop the AFC but for a completely different reason. Baltimore is where it is because of its incredible defense. 

The Ravens currently rank third in the NFL in yards allowed (292.3 per game), and are also third in points allowed per game (16.5). Meanwhile they are fifth against the pass (200.5 yards per game) and third against the run (91.5 yards per game) making them the league's most balanced defensive unit.

While their offense won't blow anyone's doors off, it does just enough to get the job done, ranking 17th in total yards (335.6 per game) and seventh in points scored (24.7 per game). Thanks to that defense led by Ed Reed, Ray Lewis and Haloti Ngata, the Ravens will be incredibly difficult to beat down the stretch and I see them finishing as the top team in the AFC. 

NFL Power Rankings, Week 13
1. Green Bay Packers
2. Baltimore Ravens
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. New Orleans Saints 
5. New England Patriots
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Houston Texans
8. Dallas Cowboys
9. Oakland Raiders
10. Cincinnati Bengals
11. Atlanta Falcons
12. Chicago Bears
13. Detroit Lions
14. New York Jets
15. New York Giants
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
17. Miami Dolphins
18. Denver Broncos
19. Seattle Seahawks
20. Buffalo Bills
21. Tennessee Titans
22. Kansas City Chiefs
23. Arizona Cardinals
24. San Diego Chargers
25. Philadelphia Eagles
26. Jacksonville Jaguars
27. Minnesota Vikings
28. Washington Redskins
29. Carolina Panthers
30. Cleveland Browns
31. St. Louis Rams
32. Indianapolis Colts