Nobody really thought that the Carolina Panthers were the league’s top team entering this season. But amazingly, with an 11-0 mark, it’s hard to consider any other team better. Check out where the rest of the league ranks in our Week 13 power rankings, and see last week’s rankings here.
1. Carolina Panthers (11-0); beat Dallas 33-14, up 1 spot – The defense has obviously been stout, allowing a league-low 16.5 PPG. But what’s scary is that the offense is now playing great too.
2. New England Patriots (10-1); lost to Denver Broncos 30-24 (OT), down 1 spot – It’s pretty amazing that New England lasted this long without losing, considering their injuries..but you can add one more big one to the list (Rob Gronkowski).
3. Arizona Cardinals (9-2); beat San Francisco 19-13, same spot – Arizona will gun for their third-straight 10-win season at St. Louis this weekend..
4. Cincinnati Bengals (9-2); beat St. Louis 31-7, same spot – The Bengals are just 3-3 against the Browns in their last six meetings. But it’s hard to see dysfunctional Cleveland beating them.
5. Denver Broncos (9-2); beat New England 30-24 (OT), up 1 spot – Brock Osweiler isn’t flashy, but maybe he’s the better option than a tired, worn-down Peyton Manning.
7. Seattle Seahawks (6-5); beat Pittsburgh 39-30, up 2 spots – This is the first time that Russell Wilson has won when an opponent scores at least 30 points; he was previously 0-10 in these games.
8. Green Bay Packers (7-4); lost to Chicago 17-13, down 3 spots – Lambeau Field suddenly doesn’t seem like such a big advantage, given that the Pack have home losses to Chicago and Detroit.
9. Kansas City Chiefs (6-5); beat Buffalo 30-22, up 2 spots – Kansas City doesn’t play a team with a winning record the rest of the way.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5); lost to Seattle 39-30, down 2 spots – The culprit behind Pittsburgh’s 2-3 record over the last five games has been 14 turnovers.
11. New York Jets (6-5); beat Miami 38-20, up 2 spots – Ryan Fitzpatrick (20 TD’s) needs 10 more passing TD’s to beat the Jets all-time, single-season mark (Vinnie Testaverde, 29).
12. Indianapolis Colts (6-5); beat Tampa Bay 25-12, up 2 spots – The AFC South is actually shaping up to be a good race now, with the Texans also at 6-5.
14. Atlanta Falcons (6-5); lost to Minnesota Vikings 20-10, down 4 spots – Atlanta has been terrible in the red zone this year, committing a league-leading seven red-zone turnovers.
15. Buffalo Bills (5-6); lost to Kansas City 30-22, down 3 spots – As mentioned in the Watt comment earlier, Buffalo has gotten little result from their pass rush; their entire team has only recorded 16 sacks.
16. Oakland Raiders (5-6); beat Tennessee 24-21, up 2 spots – Derek Carr is now on pace for 3,800 passing yards, 32 TD’s and just 8 interceptions.
17. New York Giants (5-6); lost to Washington 20-14, down 2 spots – Later games against Carolina and @Minnesota won’t make a run for the NFC East title easy.
18. Chicago Bears (5-6); beat Green Bay 17-13, up 4 spots – The defense has definitely sparked a turnaround, allowing just 15.5 PPG in the past four games and helping the Bears go 3-1.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6); lost to Indianapolis 25-12, down 1 spot – Tampa Bay missed a golden opportunity to stay in the thick of the NFC playoff race.
21. Detroit Lions (4-7); beat Philadelphia 45-14, up 6 spots – Previously void of any rushing attack, Detroit is suddenly running the ball an average of 29 times per game.
22. St. Louis Rams (4-6); lost to Cincinnati 31-7, down 5 spots – Although a highly regarded coach, Jim Fisher hasn’t had a winning season since 2008…and it doesn’t look like this will change in 2015.
23. Baltimore Ravens (4-7); beat Cleveland 33-27, up 5 spots – Baltimore is 3-1 in the past four games, with each contest being decided at the very end.
24. Miami Dolphins (4-7); lost to NY Jets 38-20, down 2 spots – Miami has to do a better job of keeping games close. Their losses have come by an average of 16.6 points – second-worst in the NFL.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7); lost to San Diego 31-25, down 1 spot – Blake Bortles needs just two more TD throws to pass David Garrard’s franchise season record of 23.
26. Philadelphia Eagles (4-7); lost to Detroit 45-14, down 3 spots – This is the first time that the Eagles have ever allowed 45 points in back-to-back games; it won’t get any better with New England up next.
28. San Diego Chargers (3-8); beat Jacksonville 31-25, up 2 spots – San Diego is now 3-0 when they score at least 30 points in a game.
29. Dallas Cowboys (3-8); lost to Carolina 33-14, down 9 spots – This season is pretty much lost now that Tony Romo is out again.
30. San Francisco 49ers (3-8); lost to Arizona 19-13, down 1 spot – San Francisco may keep losing, but journeyman RB Shaun Draughn is a nice surprise for them.
31. Cleveland Browns (2-9); lost to Baltimore 33-27, same spot – This is now the eighth-straight losing season for the Browns.
32. Tennessee Titans (2-9); lost to Oakland 24-21, same spot – Tennessee hasn’t fared well at home the past two seasons, with this being their 11th-straight home loss.