NFL Power Rankings for Week 13 (Nov 27, 2014)

legarrette-blount-patriots-20141. New England Patriots (9-2); beat Detroit 34-9, retains same ranking – Exit Jonas Gray, insert Legarrette Bount, who rushed for 78 yards and 2 TD’s. It seems like the Patriots can play anybody and win.

2. Green Bay Packers (8-3); beat Minnesota 24-21, moves up one spot – Eddie Lacy seems to be catching fire for the Packers at just the right time. And they’ll need it as New England visits Lambeau.

3. Denver Broncos (8-3); beat Miami 39-36, moves up two spots – Don’t play Peyton Manning after a loss! The future Hall of Famer tossed 4 TD’s against the Dolphins.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (8-3); beat Tennessee 43-24, retains same ranking – Riding a 10-game winning streak at home, Philly is battling over the final stretch to host some playoff games.

5. Arizona Cardinals (9-2); lost to Seattle 19-3, drops three spots – With Drew Stanton at QB, Arizona is still a good team…just not good enough to win tough road games.

6. Dallas Cowboys (8-3); beat NY Giants 31-28, retains same rankings – All the talk is about Odell Beckham’s amazing TD catch, but Dallas is more than happy with yet another win.

Atlanta Falcons v San Francisco 49ers7. San Francisco 49ers (7-4); beat Washington 17-13, retains same ranking – Anquan Boldin may be a grandpa by NFL standards, but the 34-year-old can still play, as he proved with 137 receiving yards and a TD.

8. Indianapolis Colts (7-4); beat Jacksonville 23-3, retains same ranking – The Colts were fortune to be playing Jacksonville on a day where they fumbled six times and Andrew Luck struggled.

9. Seattle Seahawks (7-4); beat Arizona 19-3, moves up two spots – Russell Wilson is the NFL’s most-dangerous dual threat, as he showed with 211 passing yards and 73 rushing yards in this contest.

10. Detroit Lions (7-4); lost to New England 34-9, drops one spot – Matt Stafford was off the mark (39.1 completion percentage) and Detroit was predictably blown out on the road against the NFL’s top team.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4); bye week, drops one spot – Pittsburgh gets their bye at a very nice time, with all four AFC North teams still alive for the division title.

12. Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1); beat Houston 22-13, moves up one spot – Two road wins in a row for Cincinnati bodes well as they take the AFC North lead.

justin-forsett-superdome13. Baltimore Ravens (7-4); beat New Orleans 34-27, moves up one spot – Justin Forsett managed a career game (182 rushing yards, 2TD) to help Baltimore win in the Superdome.

14. San Diego Chargers (7-4); beat St. Louis 27-24, moves up one spot – Philip Rivers was excellent in the face of pressure, as he completed 8-of-8 passes for 108 yards against blitzes.

15. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4); lost to Oakland 24-20, drops three spots – The Chiefs blew a golden opportunity to cement their playoff chase. Aside from losing to the Raiders, allowing 5.0 rushing YPC isn’t helping matters.

16. Miami Dolphins (6-5); lost to Denver 39-36, retains same ranking – Ryan Tannehill continues putting up strong numbers (228 passing yards, 3TD), but the Dolphins are fading in the playoff race.

17. Cleveland Browns (7-4); beat Atlanta 26-24, moves up spot – With 8 catches and 120 receiving yards in his first game back, Josh Gordon hasn’t lost a step from last year.

18. Buffalo Bills (6-5); beat NY Jets 38-3, moves up one spot – Buffalo proved why they have one of the league’s better defenses by sacking the Jets seven times.

19. Houston Texans (5-6); lost to Cincinnati 22-13, drops three spots – Houston has pieces to a very good team, but they just can’t complete the puzzle and it starts at quarterback.

20. Chicago Bears (5-6), beat Tampa Bay 21-13, NR – Chicago slightly drops their 27.6 points allowed-per-game figure, which ranks second worst in the league.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 11 (Nov 13, 2014)

tom-brady1. New England Patriots (7-2); bye week, moves up one spot – The Patriots are our new No.1, but they face a tough test in Indianapolis. Tom Brady has won 73% of his games against the Colts, though.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (7-2); beat Carolina 45-21, moves up one spot – Questions persist about Mark Sanchez at starter, however, he answered some of them with 332 passing yards and 2 TD’s.

3. Denver Broncos (7-2); beat Oakland 41-17, moves up one spot – Who will man the Denver backfield? C.J. Anderson seems to have the role for now after gaining over 160 total yards last week.

4. Arizona Cardinals (8-1); beat St. Louis 31-14, drops three spots spots – Despite having the league’s best record and an excellent defense, the question now becomes if Drew Stanton is capable of leading a Super Bowl contender.

andrew-luck-playoffs5. Indianapolis Colts (6-3); bye week, retains same ranking – Andrew Luck will look to continue his streak of seven-straight 300-yard passing games against New England. Can he win the showdown between two top-tier passers?

6. Detroit Lions (7-2); beat Miami 20-16, moves up one spot – It’ll be hard for teams to cover Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson, who both eclipsed 100 yards last game.

7. Seattle Seahawks (6-3); beat NY Giants 38-17, moves up one spot – Seattle’s run game REALLY got going with over 350 yards against the Giants. Their formula of a great running game and defense will be tough to beat once again.

8. Dallas Cowboys (7-3); beat Jacksonville 31-17, moves up one spot – Having Tony Romo under center really makes a difference for this team.

9. San Francisco 49ers (5-4); beat New Orleans 27-24 (OT), moves up one spot – Colin Kaepernick made plays when he had to, but maybe the victory would’ve been easier if Anquan Boldin hadn’t dropped four passes.

10. Green Bay Packers (6-3); beat Chicago Bears 55-14, moves up two spots – It’s just too bad that Aaron Rodgers can’t play the Bears every week.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4); lost to NY Jets 20-13, drops five spots – Ben Roethlisberger finally cooled off after 12 TD passes in two games, throwing for just 206 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT’s.

jamaal-charles12. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3); beat Buffalo 17-13 , moves up one spot – We’re surprised once again by the Chiefs’ record. They face a huge test against Seattle, though.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3-1); beat Jacksonville 33-23, drops two spots – There’s not much to say about this loss; just look at Andy Dalton’s numbers (10-for-33 passing, 3 INT’s).

14. Baltimore Ravens (6-4); beat Tennessee 21-7, moves up two spots – Justin Forsett, a career backup before this year, became the first Baltimore player to rush for over 100 yards (112) and two touchdowns since 2011.

15. Cleveland Browns (6-3); beat Cincinnati 24-3, moves up three spots – Kudos to anybody who predicted that Cleveland would be leading the AFC North 10 weeks into the season.

16. San Diego Chargers (5-4); bye week, drops one spot – The Chargers get a very winnable game against the Raiders, before facing five straight teams with a winning record (Ravens, Patriots, Broncos, 49ers, Chiefs).

17. Miami Dolphins (5-4); lost to Detroit 20-16, drops three spots – Miami hung tough on the road against arguably the league’s top defense. However, they just couldn’t hang on long enough in the fourth quarter.

18. Buffalo Bills (5-4); lost to KC 17-13, drops one spot – Buffalo gets some much-needed running help with the return of Fred Jackson.

19. New Orleans Saints (4-5); lost to San Francisco 27-24 (OT), retains same ranking – New Orleans just can’t win the close ones. This is their fourth loss by 3 points or less in the 2014 season.

20. Houston Texans (4-5); bye week, NR – Houston has a chance to remain relevant with three games left against the Titans and Jaguars. But it will depend upon how new QB Ryan Mallet performs.