Nov 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls a play against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

12 oz of NFL Power Rankings

 

Rank

Team

Record

Comment

Prev. Week

1

New Orleans Saints

9-2

The Saints have looked stronger against stronger competition and do not have the injury/suspension concerns of the Seahawks. Monday night may decide the #1 seed in the NFC.

2

2

Seattle Seahawks

10-1

The Seahawks have now had 7 players banned  for PEDs since 2011 (Sherman’s overturned). The loss of Browner and Thurmond could cost them big time. Is the “12th Man” the fans or the PEDs?

3

3

Denver Broncos

9-2

The weather may affect Manning, but I still like this team as the top in the NFL.

1

4

Carolina Panthers

8-3

The Panthers did what good teams do – they won a game in which they played poorly. The Panthers look like legitimate contenders.

5

5

Cincinnati Bengals

7-4

With the bye week, the Bengals were able to get healthy at some positions. Maualuga and Still should return this week.

6

6

New England Patriots

8-3

A big win against the Broncos, but the Patriots continue to look very shaky.

7

7

Kansas City Chiefs

9-2

After a 9 game win streak, the Chiefs are likely to enter next week on a 3 game losing streak.

4

8

Arizona Cardinals

7-4

After a beat down of the Colts, the Cardinals are no longer flying completely under the radar, but they still are not garnering much respect.

10

9

San Francisco 49ers

7-4

They beat the Redskins comfortably, but who hasn’t? The offense still does not look playoff worthy.

8

10

Dallas Cowboys

6-5

I still don’t buy into them, but someone has to win the NFC East and they have the most “talent” to do so.

14

11

Philadelphia Eagles

6-5

Speaking of teams I am not buying into, but you don’t have to be impressive in the NFC East, just less crappy than the other teams. That explains the Eagles.

12

12

Pittsburgh Steelers

5-6

From 0-4 to 5-6 and now tied for the last wild card spot. With 2 of their next 3 coming against the Ravens and Bengals, the Steelers can play their way into or back out of the playoffs.

19

13

Saint Louis Rams

5-6

They are still 4th in their own division, but they have looked very impressive of late. Are they better with Clemens?

18

14

Indianapolis Colts

7-4

They are still 7-4, hold a 2 game lead in their division, and beat SF, Sea and Den, but since losing Wayne, the Colts are 2-2 and a play or two away from 0-4.

9

15

Chicago Bears

6-5

Tied for first in the NFC North, but not being able to build a lead on GB while Rodgers is out could prove costly.

11

16

San Diego Chargers

5-6

The Chargers may have saved their season with a last second win in KC, but with 3 of their final 5 against Cin, Den and KC, they are far from out of the woods.

17

17

Tennessee Titans

5-6

The Titans are a solid team and if the season ended today, they would be the 6 seed in the AFC, I just don’t think they are ready for the playoffs.

15

18

Baltimore Ravens

5-6

The former champ is never out of it until they are mathematically eliminated. Last week’s win kept them alive, but every game from now on is basically a must win.

22

19

Green Bay Packers

5-5-1

The Packers need to keep within striking distance while Rodgers is out. The tie last week was huge. If they can stay within .5 game until Rodgers comes back, I like them to take the division.

24

20

Detroit Lions

6-5

There is no team I trust less than the Lions. There is no coach I trust less than Schwartz. Lots of talent + no discipline = disappointment.

12

21

Buffalo Bills

4-7

The Bills are only a game out of the 6 seed, but I don’t see them as a true playoff contender. They are capable of spoiling someone else’s playoff chances.

20

22

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3-8

Schiano is apparently not going to give up his seat easily. Mike Glennon is apparently a capable QB. And, believe it or not, this team is an eyelash away from 5 or 6 wins.

28

23

New York Giants

4-7

The loss to the Cowboys was deflating. In the NFC East, they are not completely out of it, but 2 games back with 5 to play, they have more than an uphill battle.

16

24

Miami Dolphins

5-6

Like about 10 other teams, the Dolphins are tied for the 6 seed, but nothing about the Dolphins screams playoffs to me.

21

25

New York Jets

5-6

Technically in the playoff hunt, but if you watch them play, you would see they are nothing close to a playoff team…and Geno Smith is not going to be a quality NFL QB.

23

26

Washington Redskins

3-7

Last year, the Redskins won 7 in a row to make the playoffs. Outside of that stretch, RGIII is 6-15.

27

27

Oakland Raiders

4-7

Let the QB carousel in Oakland continue.

25

28

Cleveland Browns

4-7

The surprising season for the Browns looks to be over. Let the draft strategizing begin.

26

29

Minnesota Vikings

2-8-1

Wonder if Greg Jennings is regretting his decision of going somewhere to have Christian Ponder throw him passes over Aaron Rodgers?

30

30

Jacksonville Jaguars

2-9

Since starting 0-8, the Jaguars are 2-1 and have climbed out of the bottom of the rankings.

32

31

Houston Texans

2-9

One of the preseason Super Bowl favorites has dropped to 31st in the rankings and lost to the Jaguars.

29

32

Atlanta Falcons

2-9

One of the other preason Super Bowl favorites has dropped to 32nd in the rankings and have a legitimate shot at going from 13-3 to 3-13 and the #1 pick. I wonder if that has ever happened?

31

 

 

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