Week 13 NFL Power Rankings
Week 13 NFL Power Ranks
Cue the famous Jim Mora "playoffs" clip. You wanna talk playoffs? Ok. It is after all clinching season. Four, count em' four teams clinched a spot in the playoffs so far with three divisions already being locked up. That is 25 percent of your playoff teams right there. Now, being the first to clinch doesn't make the playoff push a cinch. Nosiree. If that were the case all the teams that looked good on paper would just be handed the title. That would mean the team I have ranked number one this week should just be crowned champion. Why bother to play the games? Why? Because they are fun to watch and anything can happen. Truly. The best team on paper may not necessarily win but, well, let's see how they look on paper anyway. Shall we?
1. Houston Texans (11-1) They have set a club record for wins in one season and still have four games left to play. They also wrapped up the second playoff spot in franchise history making it back-to-back years the Texans will play on after Week 17. (Note : Since I missed last week I will not be posting a Last Week's Ranking. It just wouldn't be right.)
2. Atlanta Falcons (11-1) Atlanta exacted revenge on the New Orleans Saints, clinched their division and may have quashed the Saints playoff chances in the process. All in all a good weekend for the Falcons.
3. New England Patriots (9-3) Another season another AFC East division crown for the Pats. Was there ever a doubt? Oh yeah, when they were 3-3. There's no doubt anymore surrounding this team.
4. San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1) They were 26 seconds away from tying the St. Louis Rams again. You don't know how badly I wish that happened.
5. Baltimore Ravens (9-3) Losing at home to a Charlie Batch led Steelers team was bad enough. Now they may lose Terrell Suggs to a torn biceps muscle. I still like Baltimore a lot but that would not be good news.
6. Denver Broncos (9-3) Peyton Manning set a new franchise record for touchdown passes in a season. Not too shabby when you pass John Elway (OK, and Jake Plummer) in the record books.
7. Green Bay Packers (8-4) I already forgot they were blown out by the New York Giants a week ago. This team should make noise in January.
8. Chicago Bears (8-4) The defense gave up two 80-plus yard touchdown drives in the fourth quarter at home to rookie QB Russell Wilson and the woefully bad on the road Seattle Seahawks. The Bears needed this one if they want to overtake Green Bay.
9. Indianapolis Colts (8-4) When my game ended the TV cut to the end of the Colts-Lions game. Boy am I glad it did. If Andrew Luck isn't a unanimous rookie of the year choice I am going to protest something.
10. Seattle Seahawks (7-5) Ok. They got me. After that win in Chicago I will finally give Seattle some dap.
11. New York Giants (7-5) Things are all of a sudden very interesting in a wide open NFC East. Presumably only one of these teams will earn a playoff spot. A month ago I was sure it was the Giants. Now, not so much.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) Currently one spot out of a playoff spot the Bengals look poised to jump past the Steelers and make it back-to-back playoff years in Cincy.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) The Bucs have lost two in a row but have no fear as Philadelphia comes to town next week. Christmas comes early in Tampa.
14. Washington Redskins (6-6) One game out. One game behind the Giants for the NFC East lead. RGIII and company ended a 10-game Monday Night Football home losing streak.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) I know the win in Baltimore was impressive but let's be real here. Without Ben Roethlisberger the Steelers are going nowhere fast.
16. Dallas Cowboys (6-6) If they could only play the Eagles every week. Then again, I bet most teams feel that way this year.
17. Minnesota Vikings (6-6) All day. Adrian Peterson 21 carries for 210 yards. Eye-popping numbers. If only he had a quarterback to complement him.
18. New Orleans Saints (5-7) News flash: Drew Brees did not throw a touchdown pass last week snapping his NFL record of consecutive games at 54. He did, however, throw a cringe-worthy five interceptions. Not his best game.
19. St. Louis Rams (5-6-1) They were 26 seconds away from tying the 49ers again. You don't know how badly I wish that happened.
20. Buffalo Bills (5-7) They throttled Jacksonville and play host to the Rams next week. A win there might make things interesting in Buffalo.
21. Miami Dolphins (5-7) Just another reminder of what the Dolphins let go in Wes Welker. Dude kills his former team.
22. Detroit Lions (4-8) Last week a guy at the bar told me to get on the Lions bandwagon. Sadly, his team is better than my Eagles.
23. Cleveland Browns (4-8) Cleveland is 4-3 after an 0-5 start. Things may not be so bleak for once.
24. New York Jets (5-7) Only the Jets can be downgraded after a win. A 7-6 snoozefest that saw Greg McElroy lead the team to their only score.
25. San Diego Chargers (4-8) The Chargers are Philadelphia West. So much talent that it is mind-boggling they are this bad.
26. Tennessee Titans (4-8) The Titans have but one win against a team with a winning record. On deck? The playoff probable bound Colts.
27. Arizona Cardinals (4-8) To be ranked this high while mired in an eight game losing streak says something about the teams I haven't listed yet.
28. Oakland Raiders (3-9) Rumor has it Darren McFadden will in fact play Thursday night against Denver. They don't have much left but they can try and derail Denver's hopes at a first round bye.
29. Carolina Panthers (3-9) They made the Eagles look silly and had a winnable game in Kansas City. Had being the operative word.
30. Philadelphia Eagles (3-9) Defensive line coach Jim Washburn is the lastest to be fired. There is zero chance Andy Reid is the coach next year in Philly. Fair or not it is fact.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) Well, they have a shot at the number one pick in the draft. So there's that.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (2-10) My thoughts go out to the baby girl who was orphaned due to the tragedy in KC. How the team pulled together for a win is beyond me and beyond words.