NFL Power Rankings after Week 13 of the season. Rankings are updated every Tuesday. The NFL continues to push through the season despite all the COVID-19 concerns.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (11-1)
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are the best team in the NFL. Their offense is spectacular, but more importantly, their defense is playing great this year. They are the team to beat.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1)
Despite the loss to the Washington Football Team, the Steelers still have arguably the best defense in the league. Big Ben and the offense need to stop dropping passes but the Steelers will be fine.
3. New Orleans Saints (10-2)
Taysom Hill continues to win games. We know Drew Brees will return soon and their defense is among the best in the league. I give them the slight edge over #4 who they could meet in the playoffs.
4. Green Pay Packers (9-3)
Aaron Rodgers is having an MVP-caliber season. His dominance brings them up to #4. They will be a force to reckon with in the playoffs. Just need their defense to play better.
5. Buffalo Bills (9-3)
Josh Allen is playing like an MVP candidate. He’s my darkhorse to win it. Beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14 will show me that the Bills are a true Super Bowl Contender.
6. Los Angeles Rams (8-4)
The Rams have looked better of late. Cam Akers has emerged out of the backfield and they still have the Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey leading the defense. If Goff plays consistent, the Rams could make a run back to the Super Bowl.
7. Cleveland Browns (9-3)
The Browns impressed in Week 13, jumping several spots. Their beatdown of the Titans was an eye opener. Maybe we weren’t taking them seriously enough? Up next: a date on Monday Night Football with the Ravens.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)
One word. One player. Tom Brady. It’s winning time. Not going to count him out. Off their bye, the Bucs will play motivated this weekend against the Vikings.
9. Tennessee Titans (8-4)
The Titans didn’t look in Week 13. They fell behind early which is the recipe to beating this team. The Browns made them throw the ball and catch-up, neutralizing the Titans best player, King Henry.
10. Seattle Seahawks (8-4)
I struggle to put the Seahawks this high but it is still Russell Wilson. They haven’t played great of late: 3-4 in their past 7 games. Russell Wilson needs to pick it up. 13 touchdowns and 12 turnovers in those 7 games won’t cut it.
11. Indianapolis Colts (8-4)
The Colts are a rollercoaster. If it weren’t for a fumble at the goal line, the Texans likely beat the Colts. Either way, they got the job done and look to win a playoff game or two. I hope they do, Philip Rivers deserves it.
12. Baltimore Ravens (7-5)
The Ravens got back to their winning ways, that’s what playing the Dallas Cowboys can do for you. Lamar Jackson needs to put this team on his back and get them into the playoffs.
13. Miami Dolphins (8-4)
The Dolphins are the team that will finish with a good record but won’t scare you come the postseason. This team isn’t ready for a deep playoff run with Tua or Fitzpatrick. Great story though.
14. Minnesota Vikings (6-6)
The Vikings have clawed back after their early season woes. In Week 14, they get a big test: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Vikings need to win this game, but I don’t believe they will. That last playoff spot in the NFC is going to be a tight one.
15. New England Patriots (6-6)
Just when people started to count the Patriots out, they said “NOT SO FAST.” It hasn’t been pretty, but Cam Newton is getting the job done. Next up, a must win game against the Rams on Thursday Night Football.
16. New York Giants (5-7)
The Giants had one of the more surprising wins of the NFL Season, upsetting the Seahawks in Week 13. This team has played great recently and that’s what vaults them up to #16 in the NFL Power Rankings.
17. Washington Football Team (5-7)
Beating the 11-0 Pittsburgh Steelers is enough of a reason to jump up in the NFL Power Rankings. Alex Smith is playing some inspirational football. Hail to the Football Team.
18. Las Vegas Raiders (7-5)
If the Raiders could play the Chiefs every week, they would be in the top five, but alas they do not. After barely surviving the New York Jets, you have to drop in the NFL Power Rankings. If it weren’t for Gregg Williams handing in his two weeks (more like two minutes) in the closing seconds, they would’ve lost to the only team without a win. Unacceptable.
19. Arizona Cardinals (6-6)
The Cardinals and Kyler Murray haven’t looked good recently. That shoulder injury for Kyler is a bigger issue than they are saying. He has seen his rushing yards decline drastically. Up next is a date with the improving Giants. A must win game for both teams.
20. Detroit Lions (5-7)
The Bears-Lions matchup in Week 13 was a game. Both of these teams are so hard to predict. Neither team is going anywhere this year. Hopefully the Lions can get Swift back to at least have a bright spot on a disappointing year.
21. Chicago Bears (5-7)
You can’t lose to the Lions and expect me to respect you. Terrible. The Lions are one of the worst teams in the league. Matt Nagy is on the hot seat, if he weren’t already.
22. San Francisco 49ers (5-7)
The 49ers made Josh Allen look like Patrick Mahomes on Monday Night. Embarrassing. They still have a chance to make the playoffs but I wouldn’t count on it.
23. Houston Texans (4-8)
Deshaun Watson on the Texans is like Bradley Beal on the Wizards in the NBA. He puts the team on his back but they keep losing. Hopefully Texans (and NFL) fans have much more respect and admiration for Deshaun because he’s playing like a top five QB in the league.
24. Atlanta Falcons (4-8)
Can’t say many nice things about this team. This offseason will be an big one for the Falcons. Hopefully they can get this back to a winning team.
25. Denver Broncos (4-8)
I was proud of the Broncos for keeping the game against the Chiefs so close. Drew Lock needs to step up over the last quarter of the season or he’s going to watch the Broncos draft a quarterback in the draft.
26. Carolina Panthers (4-8)
The Return of McCaffrey (or at least we hope). The NFL’s best runningback is supposed to return to the field in Week 14. The Panthers are what they are: not great.
27. Los Angeles Chargers (3-9)
Hey Chargers, did you know that you had a game last week? Apparently not. A 45-0 beatdown isn’t exactly the best way to get a rookie quarterback better in the NFL.
28. Philadelphia Eagles (3-9-1)
Jalen Hurts is getting the start in Week 14. I hope he can do something behind this offensive line. Wentz has been terrible all year, so everyone is rooting for Hurts. If he plays well, then the Eagles have a real dilemma on their hands.
29. Dallas Cowboys (3-9)
The Cowboys are here solely because of the talent they have on their team. Don’t get me wrong, they are still terrible, but they have the talent to be a good team one day.
30. Cincinnati Bengals (2-9-1)
The rest of the year is lost for the Bengals. At least they will get a top 5 pick to help Joe Burrow on the offensive line when he gets healthy. The Bengals will climb in next year’s NFL Power Rankings.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-11)
The Jaguars have played well recently. Proud of them. Keeping it close in games that they really shouldn’t be close in.
32. New York Jets (0-12)
The Jets scared me this week. Thought for a second they might get their first win. Nope. Jokes on me. That’s the first good thing the Jets have done in the last 10+ years. My guess is they will be in this spot the rest of the NFL Power Rankings.
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