Whether it’s because of personnel, injuries, coaching, or simply the week, one could argue that with the exception of the Packers every team in the NFL stinks. No matter which Power Rankings you buy into, after Green Bay the Top Ten is basically interchangeable. Disagree? Then state your case for why any team should be ranked higher than another.
Here are your Power Rankings for Week 13:
1) (1) Green Bay Packers (11-0)- At this point in the season it’s reasonable to ask the question whether or not there’s a team in either conference which could defeat the Packers.
2) (5) New England Patriots (8-3)- New England continued it’s offense excellence on Sunday, yet there are still serious question marks about the Pats’ pass defense, which has allowed both Chad Henne and Vince Young to throw for 400 yards this season.
3) (6) Baltimore Ravens (8-3)- Another classic Ravens’ offensive performance against the Niners on Thursday night. Flacco throws for 161 yards, the team can’t break the century mark on the ground, and still somehow wins.
4) (7) New Orleans Saints (8-3)- If the Saints had homefield advantage throughout the playoffs this team might be a lock for the Super Bowl. But the fact that their defense has giving up more points on the road this season than the offense has scored says this team is destined to fall short.
5) (2) San Francisco 49ers (9-2)- Whether it was because of a short week, traveling across the country, a limited gameplan or all of thee above, one thing is for certain…you won’t win many games in the NFL by scoring only 6 points, even if you’re planning Cleveland.
6) (3) Houston Texans (8-3)- The AFC South might stink, but if the Texans still make the playoffs with either a third string quarterback or some guy who was drinking beers on his sofa last week I say…Good job by you!
7) (4) Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)- Injuries or no injuries…if you’re an elite team/Super Bowl contender in the NFL you shouldn’t struggle to defeat a pathetic Chiefs squad. Heck even a Tebow lead offense scored more points than the Steelers.
8 ) (8) Dallas Cowboys (7-4)- If the Cows don’t win the NFC East this season should be considered an epic fail.
9) (11) Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)- Prior to this season who would have thought that the Bengals would have this much fight and gumption?
10) (15) Oakland Raiders (7-4)- It’s starting to look like Hue Jackson’s gamble to acquire Carson Palmer might pay off after all. If Darren McFadden returns healthy this season, Oakland might be a dangerous team come playoff time.
11) (9) Chicago Bears (7-4)- Perhaps there is reason for hope in Chicago, as aside from his 3 interceptions Caleb Hanie actually didn’t look that bad on Sunday in relief of Cutler.
12) (10) Detroit Lions (7-4)- Detroit’s streak of bad luck with running backs continued on Thanksgiving with Kevin Smith’s ankle injury. Going forward one thing is for sure…the Lions will need Smith or another competent rusher if this team is going to make the playoffs.
13) (12) New York Jets (6-5)- Rex Ryan’s Jets have no business making the playoffs if they stumble or lose to a Rex Grossman lead Redskins team this week.
14) (13) New York Giants (6-5)- Eli Manning actually had a solid performance against a Gregg Williams’ defense. Too bad the Giants were never close to beating the Saints.
15) (14) Atlanta Falcons (7-4)- The Falcons took their foot off the gas and nearly lost to an undermanned Vikings squad. This team needs to find a killer instinct if it’s to be taken seriously.
16) (17) Denver Broncos (6-5)- Webster’s dictionary just announced today that in their newest edition the definition of the word “luck” will include Tim Tebow.
17) (18) Tennessee Titans (6-5)- For the third time this season Chris Johnson racked up over 100 yards rushing and for the third time it was against one of the worst ranked run defenses in the league.
18) (19) Miami Dolphins (3-8)- Tony Sparano would be a shoe in for the “Comeback Coach of the Second Half Season Award”…if it existed.
19) (20) Buffalo Bills (5-6)- As talented of wide receiver as Steve Johnson is he’s also as disappointing as fellow wide outs Chad Ochocinco, Braylon Edwards, Keyshawn Johnson, etc. etc. etc.
20) (16) Philadelphia Eagles (4-7)- It took Bill Belichick less than one quarter to figure out Andy Reid’s offensive gameplan and contain the Eagles’ aspirations of pulling off the upset.
21) (22) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)- At what point do people start questioning whether or not Raheem Morris is the right coach for the Bucs?
22) (24) Minnesota Vikings (2-9)- At least with rookie Christian Ponder under center the Vikings have heart.
23) (26) Carolina Panthers (3-8)- Playing the “Bad News Colts” should result in a win.
24) (27) Washington Redskins (4-7)- After six straight disappointing games, even the Redskins were bound to pick up a win.
25) (21) Seattle Seahawks (4-7)- The Seahawks came out flat in the second half and allowed themselves to be dominated and beaten by Rex Grossman…ouch.
26) (29) Arizona Cardinals (4-7)- Rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson is a Ram killer.
27) (28) Cleveland Browns (4-7)- Peyton Hillis’ triumphant return resulted in 65 yards on 19 carries and another Browns’ loss.
28) (23) San Diego Chargers (4-7)- Let’s get it over with already…place Phillip Rivers on the IR, fire Norv Turner, do more than a few Irish Car Bombs and call it a season.
29) (25) Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8)- Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert can’t play, yet GM Gene Smith who selected him gets a contract extension and head coach Jack Del Rio gets fired? Fascinating.
30) (30) St. Louis Rams (2-9)- It’s borderline painful watching the Rams play offensive this season.
31) (31) Kansas City Chiefs (4-7)- Don’t read too much into the Chiefs near upset of the Steelers. The Colts nearly pulled off the same feat.
32) (32) Indianapolis Colts (0-11)- Finally the Colts are making prudent decisions concerning the quarterback position…they’ve benched Curtis Painter for Dan Orlovsky who has experience guiding teams to winless seasons (Detroit 2008).
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