It's time for my Week 13 Power Rankings. It's been a long time since I've posted some, and a lot's changed. Check out my Packer Fan's Commitment For the Rest of the NFL Season post from last night if you haven't yet. Let's get straight to it.
1. Green Bay Packers (11-0)
Still the Champs, still undefeated, and mostly thanks to Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers. Coach of the Year and MVP respectively, in my opinion.
2. Baltimore Ravens (8-3) It’s difficult for me to believe in a team who’s lost to Tennessee, Jacksonville and Seattle.
3. San Francisco 49ers (9-2)
I still like the ‘Niners a lot, but the loss to the Ravens last week makes me wonder how far they can really go.
4. New Orleans Saints (8-3)
This offense looks about as unstoppable as Green Bay, and that’s pretty high praise.
5. New England Patriots (8-3)
They seem like they finally may be figuring it out, which is scary for the rest of the league.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)
Big Ben’s banged up as usual at this time of year, but he always ends up taking these guys where they need to go.
7. Dallas Cowboys (7-4)
I’m starting to believe in the non-turnover Tony Romo. As long as they keep running the ball on offense and working off play action, they may actually do some damage.
8. Houston Texans (8-3)
I actually think T.J. Yates is pretty decent. He’ll make some rookie mistakes, but don’t be surprised when he does alright as a passer.
9. Atlanta Falcons (7-4)
They’re back to running the ball and stopping the run. Good formula, and they have the experience now, they were 13-3 a year ago.
10. Chicago Bears (7-4)
If Caleb Hanie can manage to not throw 3 INTs a game, they’re good enough to keep winning with him.
11. Oakland Raiders (7-4)
Carson Palmer seems pretty much settled in, and once McFadden comes back he and Michael Bush will be a load to stop.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)
Andy Dalton is the best rookie QB in my opinion, and their defense isn’t too shabby, either.
13. New York Jets (6-5)
Mark Sanchez threw 4 TDs last week. If he can do half as well the rest of the season, they may still have a chance.
14. New York Giants (6-5)
Bad loss to the Saints, but this team always seems to come up with a few big wins down the stretch after we count them out. Just hopefully not this week.
15. Detroit Lions (7-4)
This team looks like they’re on the downslide to me, Suh’s out and Stafford isn’t playing as well as he was earlier this season.
16. Denver Broncos (6-5)
The defense keeps leading this team to victory. They should be getting much more credit than Tebow.
17. Tennessee Titans (6-5) Chris Johnson ran for almost 200 yards last week, and the O-line looked dominant.
18. Buffalo Bills (5-6) They’re still fighting apparently. You know, with offense and fake guns and all.
19. Philadelphia Eagles (4-7)
Their season’s over, now the question is do they quit or try and play it out?
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)
Josh Freeman hasn’t been playing well, and that’s why they haven’t improved any more after last season.
21. Washington Redskins (4-7)
Rex Grossman’s back at QB, and not throwing interceptions. I still feel like it’s only a matter of time, but look out for Roy Helu.
22. Seattle Seahawks (4-7)
These guys can beat most teams in the league at home, and Marshawn Lynch is in full beast-mode again.
23. Kansas City Chiefs (4-7)
What Can Kyle Orton Do?
24. San Diego Chargers (4-7)
Norv turner should win a game if he wants to keep his job.
25. Arizona Cardinals (4-7)
Beanie Wells seems healthy again, as is Kevin Kolb. Who needs ‘em when you have Patrick Peterson returning kicks.
26. Miami Dolphins (3-8)
Can Reggie Bush be an every down back? I’ve always thought he could, given the chance.
27. Cleveland Browns (4-7)
Greg Little’s starting to come on strong, which is good news for Colt McCoy who’s had no one to throw to.
28. Carolina Panthers (3-8)
Deangelo Williams, where you been?
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8)
We’ll see how this team responds after the firing of coach Jack Del Rio.
30. Minnesota Vikings (2-9)
Adrian Peterson should probably be done for the year. This team’s not going anywhere.
31. St. Louis Rams (2-9)
I think Steve Spagnuolo should keep his job after this season. Just to put it out there.
32. Indianapolis Colts (0-11)
How would they keep Peyton off the field if he’s healthy and wants to play the last 2 or 3 games?