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Week 13 power rankings

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1. Texans:  Nine straight years with no playoffs followed by two straight years with playoffs.  For Texans fans, it was worth the wait.

2. Patriots:  Another year, another late-season winning streak.

3. Falcons:  Yes, they still have only one loss.  But there’s still something that seems to be missing.

4. Broncos:  The only problem with a Colts-Broncos wild-card playoff game is that one of them would have to lose.

5. Packers:  When the injured guys return, this team will be even more dangerous.  Unless other guys get hurt along the way.

6. 49ers:  It’s a good thing Jim Harbaugh has two good quarterbacks.  He may be needing the other one soon.

7. Seahawks:  With three straight wins at Chicago, the Seahawks need to start raising the 12th man flag before games at Soldier Field.

8. Ravens:  It’s a good thing they play well on the road in the postseason.  They eventually may have to.  Every week.

9. Colts:  The good news?  Andrew Luck has the resilience of Tim Tebow.  The better news?  Luck can throw the ball, too.

10. Bengals:  Their playoffs start in Week 16 against the Steelers.

11. Bears:  It’s not a five-game losing streak.  Still, 1-3 and sliding isn’t the way to get back to the postseason.

12. Steelers:  So does Charlie Batch have the hot hand now in Pittsburgh?

13. Giants:  Someone apparently forgot to tell the Giants that November has ended.

14. Redskins:  If God were really on the Redskins side, wouldn’t He have protected them from Albert Haynesworth?

15. Rams:  That tie could still make things interesting down the stretch if the Rams keep winning and enough of the other contenders keep losing.

16. Saints:  Yet again, the team hosting the Super Bowl won’t be playing in it.

17. Buccaneers:  At least the future is brighter than it used to be.

18. Cowboys:  Barely beating the Eagles J.V. team isn’t really something to brag about.

19. Vikings:  Why do they even try to do anything other than give the ball to Adrian Peterson?

20. Dolphins:  At least they’re still the only team in the last decade not named the Patriots that has won the division.

21. Bills:  Why do they do even try to do anything other than give the ball to C.J. Spiller?

22. Browns:  They’re gonna blow their chance at another top-five pick.

23. Titans:  The team that currently is in Houston gave the owner that used to be in Houston a double-barreled middle finger this season.

24. Lions:  Why do they even try to do anything other than give the ball to Calvin Johnson?  Oh, wait.  They don’t.

25. Jets:  Why do they even try?

26. Panthers:  Here’s hoping the new G.M. gives Ron Rivera a fair chance to show he can get it done.

27. Cardinals:  The passes made by Ryan Lindley are about as effective as the passes Audra Lindley used to make at Norman Fell.

28. Chargers:  Speaking of Norman Fell, the guy who likes like him will soon be free to manage an apartment building in L.A.

29. Eagles:  At some point, Andy Reid’s final year in Philly will make it impossible for another owner to sell him to a fan base as a viable coaching option.

30. Chiefs:  Officially, we’re neutral.  Unofficially, we’re Chiefs fans until further notice.

31. Jaguars:  It’s time to slay the fatted calf in Jacksonville.

32. Raiders:  Not-so-slowly but surely, Mark Davis is proving Mike Silver to be right.

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  1. steelpenbucs87 says: Dec 4, 2012 11:53 AM

    Bengals over Steelers despite identical records and a loss to them seems a little strange.

    Otherwise the top 12 or so looks alright I suppose.

  2. chc4 says: Dec 4, 2012 11:59 AM

    Is it just me or do the Texans play the Jags and Titans every week? Now we start to find out how good they really are.

  3. jjackwagon says: Dec 4, 2012 11:59 AM

    And the Raiders reclaim the spot that is rightfully theirs.

  4. steviaquinn says: Dec 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    The texans barely get by the jaguars and Detroit , yet the falcons easily beat the saints and bucs and ” there is something missing”. When the patriots, niners, packers, giants, ravens play bad, they lose the game. When the falcons play bad find a way to win it, Yet “there is something missing” ,lol

  5. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    Flip the Giants and Redskins, and this seems about right. I know the Giants still have the (slightly) better record. But the Redskins won a head-to-head matchup fourteen hours ago.

  6. southpaw2k says: Dec 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    The Ravens will still win the AFC North, but a 3 seed in the playoffs seems pretty likely at this point. Their game against Denver in two weeks will probably decide their positioning in January.

    And asking the question of why the Jets even try implies they are trying in the first place. They aren’t.

  7. shogunassasin30 says: Dec 4, 2012 12:02 PM

    Not sure Denver will play the Colts anyhow. Denver is going to crush the Ravens, end with a 13-3 record and a #2 or #3 seed. Then, Indy will have to advance to the divisional round to play Denver which I doubt will happen. Even if they DID play, the game wouldn’t be close..

  8. trailerdawg says: Dec 4, 2012 12:07 PM

    The New GM in Carolina would not be the GM for long if he kept Rivera. It is obvious to anyone watching a Panther game that Rivera is no head coach. The man is a statue on the sidelines, never offering any advise or coaching to his players. He could do what he does from the stands with the fans.

  9. hartcarluncarlun says: Dec 4, 2012 12:07 PM

    How does the Patriots overtake the Falcons? For beating Miami and Falcons beating the Saints? Interesting…………

  10. bengalsucker says: Dec 4, 2012 12:07 PM

    Yes the Bengals over the Steelers. This doesn’t go by what happened weeks ago. It’s about who’s hot right now. The Bengals are hot and the Steelers aren’t. It’s that simple. Without Ben, the Steelers won’t go anywhere. Yeah Batch won the other day. Big deal. He won’t do anything the rest of the season as long as he starts. The Bengals on the other hand are showing promise. This isn’t the same team the Steelers faced earlier just as the STeelers aren’t the same team the Bengals faced. I believe the Bengals will be favored in the next game.

  11. robigd says: Dec 4, 2012 12:15 PM

    Matt Schaub has ZERO playoff wins and they barely squeaked by the Jaguars and the Lions. I am not understanding how they are #1 in your power rankings.

  12. gochargersgo says: Dec 4, 2012 12:16 PM

    I know im being a homer but the cards and jets above the chargers? We at least hang tough with good teams. Those two deadbeat teams can only hang tough against eachother.

  13. ccjcsr says: Dec 4, 2012 12:19 PM

    Texans, are the best record wise but I don’t see them going on to win the SB.

  14. richwizl says: Dec 4, 2012 12:27 PM

    I never put much stock in these ratings, but Monday’s match between the top two should be a great game. Although I cheer for NE, I would not rank the Giants so low, based on such a close loss.

  15. ultimatefrisbee88 says: Dec 4, 2012 12:28 PM

    I think you’re completely right about Andy Reid…after all, long-tenured coaches always struggle for work after they are canned. I believe Jeff Fisher retired after being released by Tennesse, started a crawfish farm.

  16. tindeaux says: Dec 4, 2012 12:45 PM

    what happened to my chargers? man.

  17. billsyanks09 says: Dec 4, 2012 12:45 PM

    21. Bills: Why do they do even try to do anything other than give the ball to C.J. Spiller?

    Someone want to relay this message to chan gailey? Instead of handing it to spillers whos averaging over 6 yards a carry in game deciding plays vs the titans and at the patriots they let fitz throw picks. Thats what a good coach would do and thats the reason the bills are 5-7 and not 6-6 or 7-5.

  18. whatwouldlombardido says: Dec 4, 2012 12:48 PM

    Quote:
    chc4 says:Dec 4, 2012 11:59 AM

    Is it just me or do the Texans play the Jags and Titans every week? Now we start to find out how good they really are.
    ===============
    Is it just me, or do the Pats play the Bills, Jets and Dolphins every week? And don’t even mention the grease fire of the AFC West that the Broncos play in…

  19. 69allday says: Dec 4, 2012 12:49 PM

    I like the Three’s Company references. I’m sure a lot of the youngsters out there don’t get it.

  20. eventhorizon04 says: Dec 4, 2012 12:49 PM

    “29. Eagles: At some point, Andy Reid’s final year in Philly will make it impossible for another owner to sell him to a fan base as a viable coaching option.”

    Disagree.
    Not a Philly or Reid fan, but he’s already been linked to multiple job openings for next year.

    Reid’s career has been far better than Jeff Fisher’s, and Fisher had two teams compete for him.

  21. dennisatunity says: Dec 4, 2012 12:56 PM

    Putting the Seahawks as seventh makes sense. The defense is excellent, special teams are outstanding, and now people are starting to realize that Russell Wilson is more than excellent–he’s the real deal. This season–his rookie year–he has already beaten Jay Cutler, Tony Romo, Tom Brady (and whine all you want but Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, too). With the receivers coming alive, an excellent running game, and being unbeaten at home with 3 of the last 4 games at home, the Seahawks are in very good shape.

  22. roxtar10 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:02 PM

    25. Jets: Why do they even try?

    You assume they are…

  23. minnesconsin says: Dec 4, 2012 1:03 PM

    It makes me nervous to see my Packers so high. No one but the Falcons in the NFC are looking stellar, but I’d think the Niners would edge Green Bay given the head-to-head win.

    Even good teams can struggle in certain matchups, and we can’t overreact to those losses — the Giants own Green Bay lately. The Rams are a tough matchup for San Fran. The Skins play NYG tight, etc.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:09 PM

    The Packers jumped all the way up to 5th for beating the lowly Vikings?

  25. pixelito says: Dec 4, 2012 1:10 PM

    Danny Snyder must really hate the Giants now :D

  26. cheston410 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:13 PM

    I cant disagree with your ranking for the Ravens, but last sunday was a rare loss at home. I dont see them losing another home game this season. If they want the first round bye they have to beat THE GREAT Bob at FedEx field on Sunday. Lets roll the dice to see how Flacco will do on the road.

  27. texanssteve says: Dec 4, 2012 1:21 PM

    Is it just me or do the Texans play the Jags and Titans every week? Now we start to find out how good they really are.

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    It’s just you. As of now the Texans have played the 8th hardest schedule while Atlanta and New England are have played the easiest. We have beaten the Broncos and Bears on the road and Baltimore at home and Detroit on the road for thanksgiving which is always tough especially considering we are dropping people like flies. Pay attention before you comment. Good Day

  28. gcsuk says: Dec 4, 2012 1:33 PM

    Andre’s Johnson says: Dec 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    Flip the Giants and Redskins, and this seems about right. I know the Giants still have the (slightly) better record. But the Redskins won a head-to-head matchup fourteen hours ago.
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    Did you forget that the Giants beat the Redskins about 6 weeks ago? Where I come from, that’s called a “split”.

  29. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2012 1:41 PM

    Texan’s have wins over some really good teams. If they win on Monday, they’ll have beaten all the best teams from the AFC…

    It will be tough though… Brady seems to be hitting his stride right at the right time… again.

  30. marauder6 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:43 PM

    Saints over the Bucs?? Are you joking? I am more impressed by the Bucs performance this year. The Saints have been a joke.

  31. mungman69 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:44 PM

    Has Andy Reid fired anyone today?

  32. stevincinci says: Dec 4, 2012 2:12 PM

    To those who have already penciled the Ravens as AFC North winners, it hasn’t happened yet. And with a tough schedule ahead, they could lose 3 of 4 and find their selves as a wild card instead.

  33. acmepackers says: Dec 4, 2012 2:16 PM

    I’m a Packer fan and even I would say the Packers are too high on this list. Let’s not forget the recent beatdown by the NYG. Beating a scrub MN team shouldn’t move them up

  34. melvin75 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:17 PM

    steviaquinn says: Dec 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    The texans barely get by the jaguars and Detroit , yet the falcons easily beat the saints and bucs and ” there is something missing”. When the patriots, niners, packers, giants, ravens play bad, they lose the game. When the falcons play bad find a way to win it, Yet “there is something missing” ,lol

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    Get back to me when Matty Ice (laughable) actually wins a playoff game.

  35. RexCanCoach says: Dec 4, 2012 2:17 PM

    Since everyone in sports is in the business of predicting the future, try this one out.

    Jets are going to win out and finish 9-7.

    Rank That!!!!

  36. gacoltfan says: Dec 4, 2012 2:22 PM

    Baltimore just isn’t very good right now. They will lose their last 4 and miss the playoffs.

  37. seahawks4alltime says: Dec 4, 2012 2:25 PM

    It has been enjoyable to watch the Seahawks climb these power rankings week after week. As a fan, it’s been even more enjoyable to watch Russell Wilson play better and better each week.

  38. thecincinnatikid2 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:29 PM

    gcsuk says:
    Dec 4, 2012 1:33 PM
    Andre’s Johnson says: Dec 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    Flip the Giants and Redskins, and this seems about right. I know the Giants still have the (slightly) better record. But the Redskins won a head-to-head matchup fourteen hours ago.
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    Did you forget that the Giants beat the Redskins about 6 weeks ago? Where I come from, that’s called a “split”.
    ________________________________

    And this is called the Power Rankings. New rankings come out each week depending on what each team did the previous week. The Redskins deserve to be above the Giants since they beat them 1 day ago.

  39. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 4, 2012 2:32 PM

    #14 in the PFT rankings but #1 in God’s ranking. The Washington Redskins are the best team in the NFC and the only remaining question is who will face them in the Superbowl.

  40. ruthlssjag says: Dec 4, 2012 2:45 PM

    Peep this: I’m at the bottom of the feeder currently at 31st with tied with the Chiefs with the worst record, so anything I say is a neutralized un-biased opinion..
    The top 5 seems to have the right teams, but I’m sure not numerically. Every team has its weaknesses & Atlanta, for example, is a very beatable team, while the Broncos are red hot right now. Houston is a little banged up on the defensive side, but the NFL has “kind of” figured out how to play against Wade Phillips defense. The Pats should be ranked #1 based on performance, & with Jordy Nelson nursing his injury, the only thing keeping the Packers from being “the” team is their OL. However, any of these teams including the rest of he crop are beatable. There doesn’t seem to be 1 team that stands out who could go unbeatable. Its the NFL, “Any Given Sunday” #32 can beat #1 so go figure!

  41. ddeck00 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:51 PM

    marauder6 says:
    Dec 4, 2012 1:43 PM
    Saints over the Bucs?? Are you joking? I am more impressed by the Bucs performance this year. The Saints have been a joke.

    Yea Saints over Bucs. The Saints are 5-3 in their last 8 games

    A stretch that includes wins over the Falcons and the Bucs you are so impressed by.

    And the 3 loses to 3 of the best teams in the league.(Den, SF, and Atl)

    The Bucs have 6 wins 5 of them are against teams under .500 and he other over the 6-6 Viking.

    Not to impressive.

  42. dirtysouthironmen says: Dec 4, 2012 2:52 PM

    The passes made by Ryan Lindley are about as effective as the passes Audra Lindley used to make at Norman Fell.

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    Now that is great analogy!

  43. bigbenh8tr says: Dec 4, 2012 3:01 PM

    I don’t think there was a single Cowboys fan- or at least there shouldn’t have been- bragging about beating the Eagles. It was a sad performance by our defense yet again. What is the point of hiring a big time d coordinator when he puts in a system so complex, the defense falls apart when a new signal caller has to step up?
    Yes, this happened twice this season, but the Eagles put up 30 without Vick or Mcoy. It is just a sad state of affairs in Dallas and making the playoffs would only hurt the team more. Jerry Jones needs to go 1-15, draft someone like RG3, and allow the whole division to play catch up with the Giants.

  44. bigbenh8tr says: Dec 4, 2012 3:02 PM

    logicalvoicesays
    ______________________________________

    I can’t wait to see Seattle steal your playoff spot, and after advancing to the Chamionship game, stealing rookie of the year from RGIII

  45. gcsuk says: Dec 4, 2012 3:05 PM

    thecincinnatikid2 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:29 PM

    And this is called the Power Rankings. New rankings come out each week depending on what each team did the previous week. The Redskins deserve to be above the Giants since they beat them 1 day ago.
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    Oh, so that’s how it works. OK, then I guess the Rams deserve to be ranked above the 49ers, right? I mean, they beat them 2 days ago.

    Giants still have a better record than the ‘Skins.

  46. photoguy13 says: Dec 4, 2012 3:09 PM

    I’m not a Giants fan, but you have them rated way too low.

  47. jwreck says: Dec 4, 2012 3:20 PM

    Get back to me when Matty Ice (laughable) actually wins a playoff game.
    __________
    Not a Falcons fan at all, and have no strong opinion on their power ranking, or on Matt Ryan’s quarterbacking ability. However, I do have strong opinions on cheap beer, and am continually frustrated by gross misinterpretations of his nickname. While there is some connotation of coolness and composure in the name “Matty Ice”, it originated during his time at BC and is based on the connection between classic college beer “Natty Ice” and Ryan’s college frat dude appearance and demeanor, not his abilities as an NFL quarterback. So while it’s certainly “goofy” and “funny”, it’s not “laughable”.

  48. rolloxd says: Dec 4, 2012 3:31 PM

    “Peyton Manning will never be the same”
    was all I heard in the pre-season

    Denver is now a lock for the playoffs and a SERIOUS contender. Be scared.

    Eat crow Peyton and Denver haters.

  49. bigbluecrew420 says: Dec 4, 2012 3:53 PM

    logicalvoicesays
    Dec 4, 2012, 11:32 AM PST
    #14 in the PFT rankings but #1 in God’s ranking. The Washington Redskins are the best team in the NFC and the only remaining question is who will face them in the Superbowl.

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    Check with Eli or Peyton, since they are from NO they may have some pull to get the redskins seats for the game. The Mannings may need the extra seats for friends and family that want to see the brothers face off in the first ever Brother Vs Bother Superbowl ever though :)

  50. dzor22 says: Dec 4, 2012 3:56 PM

    If the Falcons are so ‘beatable’ –why are they 11-1? As far as something is ‘wrong’ with them…perhaps they would look better in your world if they would lose to Arizona at home; instead of a win.

  51. frezfram says: Dec 4, 2012 4:21 PM

    I am not a Denver, or Manning fan… But I get the feeling Denver is going to be the team to beat. I was glad to see the Bears finally fall out of the top, I watched them play and I never thought they looked that good in the first place. Atlanta… a bunch of their wins was due to how the ball bounced, it is one of those sixth sense things, when the going gets really tough and they going to be able to hold up against the Giants, or Packers, or 49er’s.

  52. smchristensen says: Dec 4, 2012 4:47 PM

    Homers.

  53. jonny42671 says: Dec 4, 2012 5:06 PM

    Packers ahead of the Giants? Really????

  54. wydok says: Dec 4, 2012 5:34 PM

    Eagles are too high.

  55. djaehne says: Dec 4, 2012 7:37 PM

    Yes, the Texans play the Jags and Titans too many times, kind of like how New England gets to play the Jets, Dolphins, and Bills. Six easy wins. Stuff happens, get over it.

  56. sailsman52 says: Dec 4, 2012 7:57 PM

    I really at a lost as to why you do not want to give the Falcon’s the respect they deserve. Did you not watch the last Falcons-Saints game?
    1. 11-1
    2. Beat Denver and Payton Manning
    3. With four games to play, the Atlanta Falcons are already in position to secure a first-round playoff bye and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs. Who else is at that point.
    4.Picked off Breez 5 times
    5. Beat Washington and RG3

    Oh yea I understand there is someting missing!!

  57. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 4, 2012 8:08 PM

    jonny42671 says:
    Dec 4, 2012 5:06 PM
    Packers ahead of the Giants? Really????

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    One team is 8-4 (really 9-3), the other is 7-5. So… there’s that.

    Also, the Packers won’t lose again this year. So… there’s that, too.

  58. tonyarnold2 says: Dec 4, 2012 11:01 PM

    The Ravens’ loss to the Steelers was both embarrassing and disappointing, and they deserve the #8 ranking. But to say that they not only won’t bounce back but will completely drop the ball on the rest of the season is just wrong. People are saying things like “The Ravens will lose the AFC North and be the wild card” and “The Ravens are terrible they’ll lose their last 4 games and miss the playoffs.” WHAT? The loss was bad, but the Ravens are not that bad of a team. They will not lose to the Redskins, Giants, Broncos, AND Bengals, they will bounce back and win AT LEAST 2 of those games, especially because Ray Lewis is back. To say they won’t is idiotic.

  59. RUAHORNH8R says: Dec 5, 2012 12:41 AM

    Packers will lose to the Vikings in 2 weeks! Packers are way overrated! #5???? Please, they could barely beat my. Vikings , who have no quarterback or wide receivers, just the best back in the game! But he will run for another 200 and you will get beat! Pack will be lucky to make the playoffs

  60. bmorefalcon says: Dec 5, 2012 8:27 AM

    I have to say, the Falcons have now beaten every team that they have played against. If you are going to judge them by playoff victorys or strength of schedule, shouldn’t this be the 2012 power rankings instead of the week 13 power rankings?

    They have done pretty well considering that they have no control over the factors that they appear to be judged on.

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