Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Which Teams are Gearing up for the Postseason

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November 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The 49ers defeated the Saints 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE


In light of week 13 kicking off, I give you my edition of power rankings prior to this week’s action. The rankings take record into account, but also which teams are hot and able to keep winning. There are only the top sixteen teams in the league listed. At this point, anyone ranked lower has very little chance at the postseason. So without further ado….

1. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have officially made Colin Kaepernick their starting quarterback. He brings a great running threat on rollouts, and can throw accurately on the run. The guy has been waiting for his chance for awhile, and I’d say he’s taking advantage of it. Look for this solid team to go deep into the postseason.

2. New England Patriots
This team has been lights out. Tom Brady is having his usual career-year, throwing 24 touchdowns to just three interceptions. What’s new is the surprising running game and a defense that is +24 in the turnover department. That’s good football.

3. Houston Texans
The defense is strong. The running game is strong. Matt Schaub has been…strong. There really isn’t much of a weakness to this team. That’s why the wins keep on coming. Can’t wait to see them battle it out in Foxboro.

4. Atlanta Falcons
They may have just one loss, but they’re ranked number four after some close wins and some inconsistent play. Nevertheless, they’re not 10-1 for nothing. A fantastic year by Matt Ryan is going to lead the Falcons straight back to the playoffs in January.

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