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Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

Week 13 Power Rankings
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The Patriots are the dominant team in the NFL and the week 13 power rankings reflect that. Over the past 5 weeks, New England has been the only consistent team.

Meanwhile, the race for the NFC remains tight with Tampa Bay and Green Bay coming away with big wins this week. A lot of playoff hopefuls also came away with big wins this week.

It was another great week for football. Let’s see where every team is at before week 13.

1. New England Patriots

The Patriots are back. They dominated the Titans in a game that wasn’t even close. Mac Jones looked like a franchise quarterback, with 310 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jakobi Meyers looked like a true top receiver, with 98 yards. Kendrick Bourne also had a big game with 2 touchdowns. With the rest of the AFC struggling, the Patriots could get the first seed in the playoffs.

Previous Rank: 1

2. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals had their bye week in week 12 and only look to improve moving forward. Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins both look to return in week 13. With an easy slate of games moving forward, the Cardinals have a real chance at finishing with the 1st seed in the NFC.

Previous Rank: 2

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers got a signature win in Indianapolis. The Buccaneers struggled, but were able to overcome their mistakes after halftime. Leonard Fournette led the way, with 4 total touchdowns and 131 scrimmage yards. Tom Brady’s primary job was ensuring the ball got to Fournette. Rob Gronkowski was the most reliable target, with 123 receiving yards. The Buccaneers continue to be dominant as they get offensive weapons back from injury. Expect this to continue, with Antonio Brown’s eventual return.

Previous Rank: 3

4. Green Bay Packers

The Packers were dominant in a win over the Rams. A fractured toe couldn’t stop Aaron Rodgers, as he threw for 307 yards and 2 touchdowns. Aaron Jones was slow returning from injury, with AJ Dillon picking up the slack. Davante Adams was again the star receiver, finishing with 104 yards. Green Bay looks destined to play in the NFC Championship once again.

Previous Rank: 4

5. Buffalo Bills

The Bills needed a get right game and that’s what they got on Thanksgiving. Josh Allen was the star of the show, with 260 yards and 4 touchdowns. Stefon Diggs showed why he’s the best route runner in the league, with an impressive touchdown catch. The Bills’ defense also played well, only allowing 6 points from the Saints. The Bills’ true test lays before them, with a tough slate of games ahead. If the Bills want to stay a top team in the league, they’re going to have to prove it multiple times.

Previous Rank: 5

6. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are the dominant force in the AFC North. They dismantled the Steelers in a 41-10 win. Joe Burrow was efficient moving the ball but didn’t have stellar stats. Tee Higgins was the dominant receiver with 114 yards and 1 touchdown. The true star of the game was Joe Mixon, who finished with 165 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Bengals have shown all season that they are a tough team that can win a variety of ways. With the other AFC North teams struggling, the Bengals look like a lock to make the playoffs.

Previous Rank: 9

7. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams struggles start and end with Matthew Stafford. Stafford had another terrible turnover against the Packers. The Rams’ receiving core is still elite. Copper Kupp, Van Jefferson, and Odell Beckham all had over 80 yards. Beckham had his first touchdown in a Rams uniform. Stafford started this season elite, but if he can’t limit turnovers he’ll continue to hold the Rams back.

Previous Rank: 13

8. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens didn’t deserve to win on Sunday. Lamar Jackson’s 4 interceptions were awful. Fortunately, they were able to overcome those mistakes to beat the Browns. No receivers stood out and the running game was efficient but not explosive. The Ravens’ defense is to thank for this win. It was enough to beat the Browns, but won’t be enough to beat good teams. Jackson needs to play better than this if the Ravens want to be a contender.

Previous Rank: 8

9. Dallas Cowboys

We’ve seen this before from the Cowboys. Dak Prescott was elite, with 375 yards and 2 touchdowns. The issue is Prescott isn’t the whole team. The Cowboys lost to the Raiders on Thanksgiving, mostly because of their secondary’s inability to cover. The Cowboys’ secondary had many pass interference penalties, including one that setup the game winning field goal for the Raiders. Do the Cowboys really have what it takes to make a deep playoff run? Unless things change soon, it looks like they don’t.

Previous Rank: 6

10. Indianapolis Colts

Despite their loss, the Colts looked like the best team in the AFC South. The Buccaneers rushing defense made sure Jonathan Taylor was quiet for the first half. The Colts’ solution was to rely on Carson Wentz and the passing attack. Wentz looked lethal for the first half, as he threw for 3 touchdowns all in one quarter. However, relying on Wentz also hurt the Colts as Wentz struggled to move the ball in the second half. The Colts have shown the ability to dominate teams, when they’re not limited by their quarterback.

Previous Rank: 14

11. Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders outlasted the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Derek Carr was aggressive throwing the ball, finishing with 373 total yards. Josh Jacobs provided an excellent rushing attack. Hunter Renfrow and DeSean Jackson proved to be stable targets for Carr, with both receivers finishing with over 100 yards. The Raiders have been inconsistent all season. Facing a tough schedule ahead, they need a win like this to gain momentum.

Previous Rank: 15

12. Los Angeles Chargers

If a team forces Justin Herbert to throw short, the Chargers will lose. That was the case on Sunday. The Chargers only put up 13 points in a loss against the Broncos. Justin Herbert remains the identity of the chargers, as he threw for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he also threw 2 costly interceptions. Keenan Allen was again the top target for Herbert, finishing with 85 yards. At this point in the season, the Chargers one-dimensional offense might be their downfall.

Previous Rank: 10

13. Tennessee Titans

The Titans have no identity without Derrick Henry. They struggled against the Patriots, only scoring 13 points. The fault lays with Ryan Tannehill who only threw for 93 yards and 1 interception. No Tennessee receiver went over 100 yards. The lone bright spot was the run game, Dontrell Hilliard and D’Onta Foreman running for over 100 yards. With the Colts playing strong, the Titans have a chance at losing the division.

Previous Rank: 11

14. Minnesota Vikings

The argument can be made that the Vikings should have won on Sunday. However, the Vikings lost because of their mistakes. 2 turnovers by Minnesota led to 2 touchdowns by the 49ers. Kirk Cousins was aggressive, but it cost him with an ugly interception. Adam Thielen was the stand out receiver in this game, with 62 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Vikings defense was also ugly for most of the game. The defensive line couldn’t stop the run. Unfortunately, the biggest impact from this game might be the loss of Dalvin Cook. Cook left the game after dislocating his shoulder. If Cook misses significant time, the Vikings may struggle offensively.

Previous Rank: 14

15. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs had their bye week in week 12. The Chiefs have looked like a different team this season, relying on their defense to win. Moving forward, the Chiefs find themselves in favorable games against weak defenses. The Chiefs offense has a chance to recover and gain some steam before moving into the playoffs.

Previous Rank: 16

16. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers took advantage of key mistakes made by the Vikings to get the win on Sunday. Minnesota had 2 turnovers that the 49ers turned into 2 touchdowns. Jimmy Garoppolo was efficient, despite an ugly interception. Elijah Mitchell had a great game with 133 yards and 1 touchdown. Deebo Samuel continued to be the difference maker for the 49ers, being a threat in both the running game and passing game. Samuel did leave the game with an injury. If Samuel misses significant time, the 49ers may struggle moving the ball as well as they have over the past weeks.

Previous Rank: 21

17. Denver Broncos

The Broncos remain relevant in a tight race for the AFC West. They scored 28 points in a win over the Chargers. Drew Lock replaced Teddy Bridgewater after Teddy suffered a leg injury. Lock showed why Bridgewater was chosen as the starter, as he was inefficient for the rest of the game. The real star was Patrick Surtain, who’s 2 interceptions ensured the Chargers couldn’t get back into the game. With Bridgewater injured however, the Broncos offense may struggle moving forward. Drew Lock has shown he can’t lead an offense before.

Previous Rank: 18

18. Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles showed what happens when Jalen Hurts can’t rush. They only scored 1 touchdown and lost 13-7. Jalen Hurts could not move the ball through the air. He threw for 129 yards and 3 interceptions. Offensively, the only other thing to note is that Jalen Reagor had 7 targets and only 2 catches. Drafting Reagor before Justin Jefferson might be one of the biggest draft blunders in recent years.

Previous Rank: 12

19. Cleveland Browns

The Browns should have won against the Ravens. The offense wasn’t efficient. Baker Mayfield was inconsistent the entire game. The run game couldn’t get going. The only bright spot was Jarvis Laundry, who finished with 111 yards. It seems we were all to high on the Browns this season.

Previous Rank: 20

20. Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa is the future of the Dolphins. He had another good showing in a win over the Panthers, with 230 yards and 1 touchdown. Myles Gaskin recorded 2 touchdowns for Miami. Jaylen Waddle was Tua’s favorite target with 137 yards and 1 touchdown. The Dolphins face easy teams moving forward. If they can continue this hot streak, they stand a chance at sneaking into the wild card round of the playoffs.

Previous Rank: 22

21. New Orleans Saints

Thanksgiving wasn’t good to the Saints. Trevor Siemian threw for 163 yards and an interception.The run game was a non-factor without AlviMarkn Kamara and Mark Ingram. No Saints wide receiver made an impact on this game. It might be a long rest of the season for Saints’ fan.

Previous Rank: 17

22. Washington Football Team

History may repeat itself for Washington. Last year, Washington limped into the playoffs after a mid-season surge. With a win over the Seahawks, they stand a chance at doing that again this year with the Cowboys struggling. They’re now 2nd in the NFC East with a lot of division match-ups ahead of them. If Taylor Heinicke continues to be efficient and Antonio Gibson stays healthy, Washington stands a chance at upsetting the Cowboys.

Previous Rank: 23

23. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers were a dumpster fire on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger’s performance was horrid. Najee Harris wasn’t a factor because the Steelers were behind the entire game. TJ Watt’s return made zero impact for a struggling defense. Big Ben’s team in Pittsburgh is done. The question now is if the Steelers will stick with him for the rest of the season.

Previous Rank: 19

24. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have a serious problem. Russell Wilson is probably playing injured. The run game isn’t effective. DK Metcalf isn’t getting the ball. At this point, the question has to be asked if benching Wilson is the best option for this team.

Previous Rank: 25

25. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton was benched and Christian McCaffrey was injured. History always seems to repeat itself in Carolina.

Previous Rank: 24

26. New York Giants

The Giants’ defense helped the team edge out a win over the Eagles. Daniel Jones was efficient, but not a difference maker. Saquon Barkley only had 40 yards and was shut down for another game. The Giants’ secondary was the reason they won the game. New York’s offense has zero life and no urgency. Joe Judge will likely be looking for a job come February.

Previous Rank: 26

27. Atlanta Falcons

Cordarrelle Patterson was back from injury and the Falcons were all the better for it. Matt Ryan was efficient, but not exciting in the game. Patterson was again the star of the game. He recorded 108 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns. Outside of Patterson however, no one shined on the Falcons’ offense. The Falcons have been one dimensional all year, over relying on Patterson. It worked against the Jaguars, but won’t work against good defenses.

Previous Rank: 27

28. New York Jets

The Jets struggled to beat the Texans. Zach Wilson struggled returning from injury. This might be the Jets’ last win of the year, so Jet fans need to enjoy it.

Previous Rank: 29

29. Houston Texans

The Texans lost, despite the Jets doing everything they could to throw the game away. It’s no secret that the Texans’ have the worst run organization in the NFL.

Previous Rank: 28

30. Chicago Bears

The breaking news out of Chicago this week is that Matt Nagy somehow still has a job. The Bears barely beat the Lions on Thanksgiving.

Previous Rank: 30

31. Jacksonville Jaguars

Someone check on Trevor Lawrence. He went from never losing in college to losing every week in the NFL. It’s hard to watch.

Previous Rank: 31

32. Detroit Lions

Every year, millions of people are subjected to watching the Lions play on Thanksgiving. No one should have to suffer that fate.

Previous Rank: 32

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