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NFL power rankings, Week 13: All quiet at the top

The NFL's top teams came away with victories in Week 12, keeping their spot at the top of the power rankings.

Thomas B. Shea

Few upsets in Week 12 lead to few changes in SB Nation's 2012 NFL power rankings. The top five teams remain the same after all of them came away with a victory this week.

There's a very good chance we ranked your team too low. Let us know in the comments if we did.

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1. Houston Texans (LW: 1, 10-1): Houston needed overtime (and a fortunate call ... he was down) to beat the Lions on Thanksgiving. They play the Colts twice the rest of the way, and the Patriots on Monday night in two weeks. Barring a surprise meltdown, this should be your No. 1 seed in the AFC.

2. Atlanta Falcons (LW: 2, 10-1): Love how they just keep winning with different adversity each week. Games coming up against the Saints, Giants and Bucs mean this season has a ways to go, but Atlanta is en route to the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

3. San Francisco 49ers (LW: 3, 8-2-1): Usually a quarterback controversy is a bad thing because it's a sign you have two quarterbacks who aren't good enough. In San Francisco, the quarterback controversy is a good thing. Jim Harbaugh has two "hot hands" he can roll with. And for Harbaugh, once you get the label of a quarterback guru, you'll never be out of work again.

4. Baltimore Ravens (LW: 4, 9-2): Baltimore can bury Pittsburgh on Sunday and set itself up to win the AFC North. Already. That was supposed to be one of the best divisions in football, yet the Ravens could clinch in November.

5. New England Patriots (LW: 5, 8-3): Almost seems a little too quiet around New England. They've averaging 37 points per game, which is comically high. They've scored 45 or or more points in four of their games. They're the best offense and it's not even close. The Texans and 49ers should be their only possible slip-ups down the road.

6. Denver Broncos (LW: 7, 8-3): Romeo Crennel is supposed to be Peyton Manning's kryptonite. Manning threw a touchdown against a Crennel defense for the first time in five years. In fact, he threw two of them.

7. Chicago Bears (LW: 8, 8-3): Makes a difference when you have Jay Cutler and not Jason Campbell, huh? The Bears should be favored in every remaining game down the stretch.

8. New York Giants (LW: 10, 7-4): If Eli Manning's arm was tired in November, what's going to happen in January? The Giants will probably go one some batshit crazy playoff run to win it all.

9. Green Bay Packers (LW: 6, 7-4): Some games you just don't see coming. The Pack had won five in a row, including one over top-ranked Houston, so I did not expect a four touchdown beatdown courtesy of the Giants on Sunday night. Green Bay leads the Wild Card chase anyway. It also holds the current tiebreaker over Chicago after beating the Bears earlier this season.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 9, 6-5): Suddenly the Steelers playoff hopes aren't so certain. Big Ben could come back this weekend against Baltimore, which is nearing must-win category for the Steelers. Be prepared for NFL reporters to talk about the gutsiest performance of all-time.

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11. Indianapolis Colts (LW: 14, 7-4): Should we be that surprised about the Colts this year? Outside of the Packers game, they've beaten teams like Buffalo, Tennessee and Jacksonville. Beating the teams you should goes a long way to continued success, as a certain former Colts quarterback knows.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 11, 6-5): After winning four in a row, the Bucs finally go down. How's this for a murderer's row in three of their final five games: at Denver, at New Orleans, at Atlanta. Those are separated by games against the Eagles and Rams but still, that's a hell of a lineup when you need to go 4-1 down the stretch.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 17, 6-5): Bengals offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth was ejected protecting his quarterback and after the game delivered the quote of the week: "I've got two contracts in my life. One, with my wife because we're married. And, two, I've got a contract to protect Andy Dalton. I'll do both of those to the best of my ability."

14. New Orleans Saints (LW: 12, 5-6): The 2012 Saints are likely dead, done in by the 0-4 start. They need to win five in a row. Their next two games are in New York against the defending Super Bowl champs and then in Atlanta against the one of the two best teams in football. So, yeah. It's probably over.

15. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 13, 6-5): Two Seahawks defensive backs were hit with suspensions this week. Richard Sherman reportedly claims he drank from a bottle which had crushed up Adderall pills in it. Brandon Browner reportedly claims the drug tested screwed up. Which one is more likely?

16. Washington Redskins (LW: 20, 5-6): RGIII's next miracle will have to be beating the Giants and Ravens in December.

17. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 15, 6-5): Why did the Vikings start so hot? Because they didn't have to play the Bears or Packers until late November.

18. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 16, 5-6): Cowboys vs. Eagles is another opportunity for an NFL head coach to be fired at halftime.

19. Detroit Lions (LW: 19, 4-7): The bad Lions are back. I kinda enjoyed when they were a good team last year.

20. Miami Dolphins (LW: 21, 5-6): You gotta feel bad for those AFC East teams who know they can't compete with the Patriots' 37 points per game.

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21. San Diego Chargers (LW: 18, 4-7): We are in Norv Watch 2012. I think a December home loss to Carolina ought to do it.

22. Tennessee Titans (LW: 23, 4-7): Chris Palmer has been fired. That'll solve it!

23. Buffalo Bills (LW: 24, 4-7): With Jacksonville and St. Louis coming up, it's time to string together some wins to put together momentum heading into 2013.

24. Carolina Panthers (LW: 30, 3-8): Finally, Cam plays like we thought he would this season. Too bad it's two months late.

25. New York Jets (LW: 22, 4-7): Of their seven losses, five have come in blowouts. They're not even competitive.

26. St. Louis Rams (LW: 25, 4-6-1): My surprise 2012 playoff team appears dead in the water. Note: don't listen to me next time I have a surprise playoff pick.

27. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 27, 4-7): 4-0 to 4-7. I'm kinda hoping they run the table. Twelve straight losses to end the season.

28. Cleveland Browns (LW: 29, 3-8): The Browns have won three of five. They haven't been blown out since the first week of October. Progress?

29. Oakland Raiders (LW: 28, 3-8): They haven't given up less than 34 points since playing the lowly Chiefs in Week 8.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 31, 2-9): Chad Henne will play well enough that the Jaguars won't draft a quarterback. And then the cycle will start all over again.

31 Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 26, 3-8): Still a train wreck.

32. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 32, 1-10): The Chiefs' defense ranks first in pass attempts against ... because no one throws on them when they're up by three touchdowns.

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