NFL Insider Week 13 Power Rankings

I found ranking teams this week much easier after the games last weekend. Teams are starting to separate themselves as we go down the stretch and closer to playoff time. It looks like the cliche "defense wins championships" is out the window. The Packers, Saints, and Patriots are all proving you can win consistently in this league with a mediocre defense. We're getting a clearer picture of how each division is going to unfold. It looks like the NFC East is the division that's still up in the air, but the Giants are slumping against all of the playoff bound teams and may miss out on the playoffs again this season. Let's take a look at the rankings for this week.

Week 13 Power Rankings

1
Green Bay Packers
The Packers did not play well on Thanksgiving and still found a way to win the game, and pretty easily. They are going to be tough to beat.
2
New Orleans Saints
The Saints destroyed the Giants last night proving that they are one of the top teams in the league.
3
Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens used shear defense to defeat the 49ers Thanksgiving night. They are still an up and down team but you can't deny they are one of the greatest defensive teams in the league. Now Flacco just needs to become consistent.
4
San Francisco 49ers
The Niners lost a hard fought defensive battle to the Ravens. They are still a great team, but they need to get more stability on offense.
5
New England Patriots
The Patriots defense is now sparked by utility man Julian Edelman. Welker and Gronkowski are two of the top receivers in the league and the Patriots are most likely on their way to suring up the top seed with the Texans on their third string QB.
6
Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers did not look very impressive against a mediocre Chiefs team on Sunday night. They still have the Bengals one more time and the Browns twice. This will determine how the division unfolds for them.
7
Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals overcome a double digit deficit in the third quarter to beat the Browns. Dalton shows a lot of poise and is leading this team to a possible playoff birth.
8
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas has had two straight games that they could've lost to mediocre teams. Still, they've manage to win four out of five and take sole possession of first place in the East.
9
Oakland Raiders
The Raiders have strung together some wins and have a slight edge over the surging Broncos in the West. They will only get better when McFadden comes back.
10
Houston Texans
Houston is down to their third string QB. It's a shame that the one year they had a chance to do something special this happens. They will still be good, but I look for them to drop to the third or fourth seed before it's all said and done.
11
Chicago Bears
Hanie struggled early on but got better as the game progressed. I think the Bears will be fine because they have a tough defense and running game. All Hanie needs to do is manage the game.
12
Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are winning games but I'm not sure if they can compete for the division with the Saints on fire. They are in position for a wild card though, and this may be a better position for them than last year.
13
New York Giants
The Giants are struggling with no running game. The defense is the worst it's been too. They are wasting Eli's best season and look to be out of the playoff picture.
14
Detroit Lions
Suh is going to be suspended for his "thuggish" behavior, and this team is going nowhere fast. They were moving the ball very well with Kevin Smith in the game. As soon as he went out the game turned for the worst.
15
Tennessee Titans
Matt Hasselback is quietly one of the top rated passers in the AFC. The Titans may have a chance to make a move with the Texans ailing.
16
New York Jets
The Jets edged out the Bills last weekend to remain in second place in the East. Is it too late for them? They believe if they win out they can have a shot at a playoff birth.
17
Philadelphia Eagles
Vince Young's 400 yards was not enough to propel the Eagles over the Pats. They look to be officially out of the playoff race.
18
Buffalo Bills
The Bills have crumbled. Fred Jackson is out for the year and Stevie Johnson worries about antics more than catching the ball, and the defense can't create turnovers anymore. They are officially done.
19
Denver Broncos
Tim Tebow has now won five games and has this team in the thick of things. Who says he can't lead this team to the playoffs without being able to throw?
20
San Diego Chargers
The Chargers seem to be in most games but can't close the deal. Look for Norv Turner's job to be in jeopardy at the end of the season.
21
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman is one of a number of quarterbacks that was good last year and not so much this year. Blount is running hard for a team that is now out of the running.
22
Kansas City Chiefs
Tyler Palko is awful! Orton needs to learn this offense quick or the Chiefs will not win another game this year.
23
Arizona Cardinals
My rookie of the year vote goes to Patrick Peterson if Dalton doesn't win. He has single handedly won this team two games this year.
24
Minnesota Vikings
This is a team with a bright future offensively, they just need a few more weapons. The competition is too steep right now for them to be a threat.
25
Cleveland Browns
It looked like the Browns may get a big win against the Bengals but they choked like they usually do. Peyton Hillis' return did spark the offense. Look for them to play spoiler in the division.
26
Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins played hard on Thanksgiving but came up just short against the Cowboys. I actually look for them to move ahead of Buffalo by seasons end.
27
Washington Redskins
This team is still bad, but they have looked much better under Rex Grossman. Helu looks to be a viable threat on offense as well. Too bad their season is already over.
28
Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are a bad football team. They have a good young defense but offensively, all they have is Lynch. Look for them to make a move for Luck or another QB in the draft next year.
29
Jacksonville Jaguars
Del Rio didn't make it to the end of the season as they let him go today. Their playoff chances have been gone for a few weeks now and they have no quarterback or receivers to speak of.
30
Carolina Panthers
The Panthers struggled with the Colts last week and Newton is still putting up big plays and big numbers, but he makes a lot more mistakes and arid throws than that of his rookie counter part Andy Dalton.
31
St Louis Rams
Bradford is awful this year. That's the bottom line. I'm not sure where the Rams are going to go from here. They could use some more weapons, maybe a better tight end and a legit slot receiver to help the young quarterback.
32
Indianapolis Colts
The Colts played hard last week but still fell hard at home to the Panthers. I actually spoke with Antwan Bethea last night and he said the team is really just going through the motions right now and trying to just get through the year. I guess that's about all you can do.

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Mr.FantasyLand 5 years ago from Grasonville

Tim Tebow will get the hang of throwing and the wether the Ravens win or not depends on how many time we decide to run the ball. So This falls on the Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. I agree with your thoughts on Green Bay.


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Paul Edmondson 5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

If there is such a thing as a good loss, the niners had it. Looking forward to them clinching this weekend.


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Bigpayno 5 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana Author

Cam Cameron may lose his job. He's had several games where he's given the ball to Ray Rice less than 10 times. You just can't win games like that. He doesn't have Drew Brees or Tom Brady. They don't run those systems either. They are a run balanced offense because of the personnel they have and he's trying to open it up too much. As for Tebow, he's a tremendous athlete and I think he'll keep this going throughout the year. In the off season, he'll have to learn how to throw. Teams will have time to watch film and put a stop to this option game just like they did the wildcat a few years ago.


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Bigpayno 5 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana Author

The 49ers played great defense but I was not impressed with their offensive line play. (And that was without Ray Lewis on the other side). If they're going to be competitive in the playoffs, they're going to have to protect Alex Smith, or they will be in trouble. The good thing for them is not too many of the playoff teams can play defense. If you look at Green Bay, Atlanta, New Orleans, they all give up points and yards in bunches, but they score a lot of points to make up for that.


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Mr.FantasyLand 5 years ago from Grasonville

Bigpayno dude I agree the Ravens are a run first pass second kind of team. Flacco is decent Quarterback but not a top 3. I agree with your opnions of Tebow I think he will get the hang of the passing game in the off season. Yes defence and playoff teams is like oil and water for some reason for the past couple years. The west coast offense is really getting popular in the NFL.

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