The NFL is almost down to its final month of play and Week 12 proved that the rankings could shake up. As some teams like the Chiefs, Rams, and Saints look like a clear lock for a first week bye in the playoffs, other make last ditch efforts to sneak in or ruin the establishment.
The beauty of this time of year is that many teams have their most difficult matchups against divisional foes. Others are just looking for a reason to ruin someone’s holiday spirits.
Finally, there are no more Bye Weeks as Kansas City and Los Angeles (R) were the last two teams to get rest.
There are still plenty of questions to be answered and breakout performance to be seen.
Here are our Week 13 NFL Power Rankings:
- Los Angeles Rams (10-1) – The Rams got some rest Week 12 and have a relatively easy schedule to finish out the season. Their biggest games will be against the Bears and the Eagles in consecutive weeks.
- New Orleans Saints (10-1) – Drew Brees keeps adding to his resume and MVP case with yet another great game. He was 15-of-22 with four touchdowns and an interception. He has 29 touchdowns to just two interceptions this season.
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3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) – Kansas City returns from their Bye Week to face a horrible Raiders team. They need keep winning to fend off the Patriots who are trying to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
4. Chicago Bears (8-3) – Chase Daniel filled in for Mitchell Trubisky and got a huge win for the Bears. The defense was again a huge part in their win as they held the Lions at bay in the final frame. Chicago is close to winning their first NFC North title in quite some time.
5. New England Patriots (8-3) – Tom Brady eclipsed Peyton Manning for the all-time passing leader in NFL history. New England isn’t the main focus of the NFL, but they should be. Especially after the Steelers loss boost them closer to getting home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
6. Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) – Philip Rivers and the Chargers recovered from their Week 11 loss with a crushing defeat of the Cardinals. Rivers was ridiculous and completed 28 of his 29 passes with three touchdowns. The running game was also effective as he ran the ball 30 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns.
7. Houston Texans (8-3) – Deshaun Watson and company made a mockery out of the Titans on Monday night. Watson, the sophomore quarterback, accounted for three touchdowns and Lamar Miller had one of his best games this season with 162 yards and a score.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1) – The Steelers played quite the sloppy game. Ben Roethlisberger threw two horrible interceptions with one deciding the game. They also have lost home-field advantage which may hurt them like it did in last season’s playoffs.
9. Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1) – A dominant third quarter helped propel the Vikings in a key matchup against the Packers. Kirk Cousins was exceptional and went 29-of-38 with three touchdowns. The defense also did their part to slow down one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
10. Indianapolis Colts (6-5) – Andrew Luck is not getting the attention he deserves after his long break due to injury. He’s thrown 32 touchdowns this season to 11 interceptions with a 68.4% completion. No wonder why Le’Veon Bell has his eye on Indy.
343 passing yards. And his 8th straight 3+ passing TD game.
11. Seattle Seahawks (6-4) – Russell Wilson lead the Seahawks to another great victory in the last two weeks. Wilson was able to get Seattle down the field and Sebastian Janikowski kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired.
12. Carolina Panthers (6-5) – The Panthers have lost three straight to drop to 6-5 for the season. This is huge for this team considering that they were trying to keep up with the division leading Saints as they play New Orleans twice in the final three weeks of the season.
13. Dallas Cowboys (6-5) – The Cowboys look like they’re primed to make a run at the NFC East crown. However, you have to consider that they were only able to beat the Redskins by 8 points with their main quarterback done for the season. They have a tough game against the Saints in Week 13 and still have two divisional games and a visit to the Colts.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) – Eagles fans must be having heart attacks these days. They have had some satisfying wins and some devastating losses. Week 12’s win saves their playoff hopes for more week as the NFC East is now open for the taking.
15. Denver Broncos (5-6) – The Broncos season has some hope. They have not turned the ball over in two consecutive weeks against two of the AFC’s top teams. Can they win out and make a surprise trip to the playoff?
16. Baltimore Ravens (6-5) – Lamar Jackson is already 2-0 as the Ravens starter. It wasn’t pretty and much of his game depends on his rushing effort. Regardless of how they win, Baltimore is still in good shape to sneak in and win the AFC North.
17. Washington Redskins (6-5) – The Redskins couldn’t pull of an upset against the Cowboys, but are still in the running for the NFC East title. Life without Alex Smith will be hard, although this team is considerably better than what is assumed.
18. Cleveland Browns (4-6-1) – The Browns went savage on their division rival in the Bengals in Week 12. Cleveland made sure to leave Cincinnati in the dust by score four times in the first half. They also enjoyed the win more since their former coach Hue Jackson was coaching on the opposing side.
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19. Green Bay Packers (4-6-1) – We all know Aaron Rodgers is one of the best at what he does in the league. We also know that this team has plenty of vulnerability and that their playoff aspirations slip away more by the week.
20. Tennessee Titans (5-6) – The Titans needed a win to keep pace with the Colts and to shrink the gap that the Texans have on the division. Tennessee played a relatively great game, but Houston was just too much for them in the end.
22. Cincinnati Bengals (5-6) – The Bengals season isn’t completely lost, but it’s getting there. Andy Dalton was moved to the IR after their loss to Cleveland and the team will have Jeff Driskel fill in. They need to win in Week 13 against the red-hot Broncos.
23. Miami Dolphins (5-6) – Ryan Tannehill returned but fell short in Indianapolis. He went 17-of-25 for 204 yards and two touchdowns in this loss. However, the Dolphins are still slipping out of the playoff picture.
26. Buffalo Bills (4-7) – Controversial or not, the Bills won their fourth game of the year against the Jaguars. Josh Allen was mediocre and Buffalo relied mainly on its run game. The Bills also used turnovers to their advantage in this game.
28. New York Jets (3-8) – Josh McCown actually came in and did a decent job leading the Jets last week. The problem was that they faced a really good New England team. The Jets look poised to finish the season with another top pick.
29. New York Giants (3-8) – The Giants were rolling early against Philly but lost traction in the second half. With this loss, Odell Beckham Jr. was vocal that he should have got the ball more. The truth is that Saquon Barkley should have got the ball more after he torched the Eagles in the first half.
30. San Francisco 49ers (2-9) – The 49ers and Nick Mullens have stumbled since he won his first game. He threw two interceptions and was sacked four times. On the plus side, Matt Breida had a huge game posting 106 yards on 14 carries.
31. Oakland Raiders (2-9) – The Raiders are a really bad team. Derek Carr completed less than 50% of his passes and the run game is clearly nothing to talk about. At this point, all Oakland can do is try to get the top pick in next year’s draft.
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