NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Patriots Remain At Top As Cardinals Fall To Bottom

SB Nation's Week 13 NFL power rankings have been released and the Arizona Cardinals are holding up the rear as the Patriots remain the No. 1 team.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Falcons Pushing Patriots

We're down to the top 10 in SB Nation's Week 13 NFL power rankings. Sitting at the top is a familiar face in the New England Patriots, who overcame an early deficit to beat the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. Nipping at their heels is the Atlanta Falcons who sport a matching 9-2 record. Atlanta can definitely make a case that they should be No. 1.

Meanwhile the Indianapolis Colts are falling. Peyton Manning played miserable on Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers but that's more the exception than the rule so we're betting he gets back on track before the season's end.

Here's the top 10 of our Week 13 NFL power rankings:

10. Indianapolis Colts (6-5): Yes, these guys are ranked directly ahead of the Chargers, the team that throttled them last week. I think I need one more week to see if the Colts really are falling off. LW: 9

9. Philadelphia Eagles (7-4): Well, I did not see that coming. I thought last Sunday would be the week the Eagles put the stamp on their playoff run and put the Bears in their place. I was wrong. The Eagles are still very good but not as hot as I thought they were. LW: 5

8. Chicago Bears (8-3): I've been keeping the Bears out of the top 10 because I've been waiting (and waiting) for them to falter. Maybe I've been wrong. Winning eight of your first 11 is an impressive run anyway you slice it. LW: 11

7. Green Bay Packers (7-4): That's a tough loss against the Falcons. Though I do think the Packers are one of the top NFC teams, the playoffs aren't guaranteed in Green Bay. The NFC is tough this year so the Packers will need to go on a little winning streak to take the pressure off. LW: 2

6. New Orleans Saints (8-3): Watch out. The Saints have won four in a row and have games against the Bengals and Rams coming up. They should move to 10-3. LW: 8

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3): I don't want to say the Steelers are lucky but WR Steve Johnson catches that ball nine out of ten times. Either way, Pittsburgh will take it. This Sunday they travel to Baltimore in what could be one of the top games of the year. LW: 7

4. Baltimore Ravens (8-3): You think Pittsburgh should be ranked here? We'll find out Sunday night when the two teams meet. LW: 6

3. New York Jets (9-2): 10th ranked offense and fourth ranked defense. This is a great team. I'm salivating over what might be two of the best games coming up this year: Jets at Patriots and Jets at Steelers. LW: 4

2. Atlanta Falcons (9-2): I hear you Falcons fans. This team has an argument to be at the top but, for now, we'll keep them at No. 2 and make them prove it again next week versus the Bucs. LW: 3

1. New England Patriots (9-2): New England fans were worried on Thanksgiving -- for a quarter at least. The Patriots dominated the Lions and Tom Brady looked like an All-Pro. Biggest game of the year coming against the Jets on Monday Night Football. LW:1


NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Chargers On Cusp Of Top 10

We're counting down SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 13 and the San Diego Chargers are sitting on the cusp of the top 10. They've now won four consecutive games and look like they're going on their annual end of the season run. The Chargers sit one game behind the Chiefs and face that KC team on Dec. 12.

Meanwhile the Redskins have dug themselves into a hole where they'll likely now need to win out to have a shot at the postseason. The Raiders tumbled and the Titans, despite the loss, stand in the thick of the AFC playoff race.

Here are No. 20-11 for SB Nation's Week 13 NFL power rankings.

20. Washington Redskins (5-6): If you wanted to make the playoffs, you have to beat a three-win team late in November. The Redskins probably need to run the table to make the playoffs at this point. LW: 18

19. Oakland Raiders (5-6): After three consecutive convincing wins, the Raiders lost by 32 and 16 points in the last two weeks. They now sit one game behind the Chargers and two behind the Chiefs. In other words, the playoffs probably aren't happening this year. LW: 17

18. Tennessee Titans (5-6): For all the turmoil that's going on in Tennessee right now, this team sits one game out of first place. The next three weeks, they host all three other AFC South foes and end the season at Indianapolis. If they want it, they can win the division. LW: 16

17. Houston Texans (5-6): Houston got a much-needed division win over the Titans but two bigger tests are coming: at Philly and hosting the Ravens. LW: 21

16. Miami Dolphins (6-5): The Dolphins are hanging around in the playoff race. With a tough AFC, they might be able to afford one slipup the rest of the way. LW: 20

15. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5): The Jaguars are sitting in what appears to be a mediocre division. They're tied with the Colts for the AFC South lead through 12 weeks so it's there if they want it. LW: 15

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4): Yeah, the Bucs don't beat anyone good but they also don't make the schedule. With games coming up against the Redskins, Lions and Seahawks, they may not have to beat anyone good to get to 10 wins. LW: 10

13. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4): The Chiefs looked sharp on Sunday against the Seahawks. It's looking more and more like the Dec. 12 matchup with the Chargers will decide the division. LW: 14

12. New York Giants (7-4): The Giants returned to first place with a win over the Jaguars last Sunday. They're a good team -- there's no doubt about that. Looking at their schedule, I see three more should-be-victories. LW: 12

11. San Diego Chargers (5-5): The Chargers put up one of the best performances of the year against Peyton Manning and the Colts on Sunday night. Their slow start is hurting them in the AFC West but it appears they're in the midst of a serious run to end the season. LW: 13


NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Cardinals Enter Last Place; Cowboys, Raiders Stumble

NFL power rankings for Week 13 are out and the Arizona Cardinals have a new spot -- No. 32. The Cardinals were embarrassed on Monday Night Football -- as was Derek Anderson -- and take home the honor of our worst team this week. The bottom of our power rankings are also littered with NFC West teams -- all four of them, in fact. The division leaders are the 5-6 Rams and 5-6 Seahawks so there still isn't a front-runner in the division.

Here are No. 32-21 in SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 13:

32. Arizona Cardinals (3-8): After the Monday Night Football beat down, the Cardinals are making the case for the NFL's worst team. They've lost six in a row but are incredibly just two games out of first place in the NFC West. LW: 31

31. Carolina Panthers (1-10): The nightmare season continues for the Panthers. They kept it close against the Browns in a 24-23 loss but they're still the favorites to land the No. 1 pick. LW: 32

30. Detroit Lions (2-9): Give Detroit credit for hanging with the Patriots for one half. Unfortunately, they couldn't do much else. This is another season to forget in Detroit. LW: 30

29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-9): I just don't get it. I don't understand how this team is 2-9. They are so much better than their record indicates. Actually, after watching last Thursday's game against the Jets, they're probably not as good as I think they are. LW: 29

28. Minnesota Vikings (4-7): Maybe there's some life left in these guys after all. The playoffs are a pipe dream at this point Leslie Frazier is said to be the real deal. We'll see if he can get this group on the right track to finish out the year. LW: 28

27. Denver Broncos (3-8): The Rams walked into Invesco Field and jumped out to a big lead before holding off a Denver comeback. This team has zero consistency. LW: 27

26. Buffalo Bills (2-9): Oh, no, Steve Johnson. How do you drop that catch? That would have been Buffalo's signature win in a year that has them competing for the No. 1 draft pick. LW: 25

25. Dallas Cowboys (3-8): They had won two in a row before dropping Thursday's game to the Saints. But, hey, they didn't look so bad doing it. I think Jason Garrett is stating his case for 2011 and beyond. LW: 24

24. San Francisco 49ers (4-7): Kudos to the 49ers for taking care of the Cardinals. Unfortunately, they're just one of many who has taken care of the Cardinals. Somehow the 49ers are just one game out of first place in the NFC West. LW: 26

23. St. Louis Rams (5-6): Someone has to win the NFC Wet, right? Someone? The Rams are one of the favorites at this point as they stand at 5-6 and tied for the division lead with the Seahawks. Sam Bradford is turning out to be the right pick. LW: 23

22. Cleveland Browns (4-7): Cleveland is proving they're not an easy out for anyone. They beat Carolina over the weekend, as expected. Since an 18-point loss to the Steelers on Oct. 17, the Browns have been playing great football. LW: 22

21. Seattle Seahawks (5-6): The Seahawks have lost four of their last five and all four losses were blowouts. Yet...they're still in first place. LW: 19

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