The NFP Power Rankings
Every Tuesday, the National Football Post brings you our weekly power rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the teams.
Week 13 (previous rankings included)
1. (1) New Orleans Saints: 11-0
Can anyone beat the Saints at the Superdome? Doesn't look like it.
2. (2) Indianapolis Colts: 11-0
Peyton Manning and the Indy defense reminded the Texans that the Colts still own the AFC South.
3. (3) Minnesota Vikings: 10-1
The MVP talk about Favre is more than just a feel good story in Minneapolis—and that late-season fade is becoming more of a distant possibility for the 40-year-old QB.
4. (5) San Diego Chargers: 8-3
The Chargers are right back where they should be—in the top five and putting up points on the scoreboard.
5. (7) Cincinnati Bengals: 8-3
The Bengals have now swept the entire AFC North. So much for the dominance of Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
6. (4) New England Patriots: 7-4
The Pats have now lost two straight primetime games against the league’s best. Is it time for concern in the Patriots’ secondary?
7. (8) Dallas Cowboys: 8-3
Another Thanksgiving win for a Cowboys team that can end the Giants playoff hopes this Sunday.
8. (6) Arizona Cardinals: 7-4
The Cardinals ran into a hot Tennessee club without Kurt Warner—and now face the possibility of playing the Vikings without their starting QB as well.
9. (9) Philadelphia Eagles: 7-4
Another week of questions for coaching moves in Philly—but another win as well.
10. (11) Baltimore Ravens: 6-5
If you haven’t bought into Ray Rice, the Ravens victory over the Steelers should have changed that—he is for real.
11. (13) Green Bay Packers: 7-4
The Packers can take a major step forward towards a wild-card spot with a win over the Ravens, who come to Lambeau on Monday night.
12. (10) Pittsburgh Steelers: 6-5
Backup QB Dennis Dixon made one crucial mistake in the Steelers loss, but the defense should take some of the blame as well.
13. (19) Denver Broncos: 7-4
Remember us? The Broncos pounded the Giants and are now leading the wild-card race in the AFC.
14. (17) Tennessee Titans: 5-6
Can Vince Young and the Titans actually end up in the postseason? A matchup this Sunday in Indy will give us the answer.
15. (15) Atlanta Falcons: 6-5
Chris Redman saved the Falcons on Sunday, but can they stay in the race and beat the Eagles without Matt Ryan?
16. (12) NY Giants: 6-5
The Giants look like a team that is going nowhere fast, and a loss to Dallas will put them in the ground for good.
17. (14) Miami Dolphins: 5-6
Why is Ricky Williams throwing the ball on the goal line? The Dolphins are now probably wondering the same thing after a bad loss in Buffalo.
18. (16) Jacksonville Jaguars: 6-5
Does anyone buy the Jags after Sunday’s blowout loss to the Niners? The schedule ramps up down the stretch for a team that doesn’t look like a postseason contender.
19. (21) NY Jets: 5-6
The Jets won with a basic formula: playing defense and running the football. Is that good enough to get to the postseason in the AFC?
20. (18) Houston Texans: 5-6
Gary Kubiak is becoming the Charlie Weis of the NFL—and could face the same fate after the season.
21. (22) San Francisco 49ers: 5-6
If QB Alex Smith can play football like he did on Sunday, the Niners don’t have to look for a replacement in the offseason.
22. (20) Carolina Panthers: 4-7
Jake Delhomme is doing everything he can to lose his job as the Panthers starting QB.
23. (24) Washington Redskins: 3-8
The Redskins continue to play tough football despite massive injuries and could upset some teams down the stretch.
24. (23) Chicago Bears: 4-7
The season is spiraling out of control in Chicago, and it will only get worse for Lovie Smith and Jay Cutler.
25. (28) Buffalo Bills: 4-7
Perry Fewell is 1-1 as the Bills head coach, and he has found out that Terrell Owens can still get it done when he is a part of the game plan.
26. (26) Oakland Raiders: 3-8
It took 11 weeks for Darrius Heyward-Bey to score his first NFL touchdown—and it didn’t come from JaMarcus Russell.
27. (27) Seattle Seahawks: 4-7
Seattle wins the ugliest game of the season in St. Louis. Did anyone watch?
28. (25) Kansas City Chiefs: 3-8
How can you beat Pittsburgh one week and then get thrashed the next?
29. (30) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1-10
Closing out games is just one aspect that the Bucs will have to learn how to do under Raheem Morris.
30. (29) Detroit Lions: 2-9
Another learning experience for Matthew Stafford, who saw first hand just how good Packers CB Charles Woodson really is.
31. (31) St. Louis Rams: 1-10
Rams fans want to know when pitchers and catchers report for the Cardinals.
32. (32) Cleveland Browns: 1-10
Brady Quinn wasn’t playing Detroit again on Sunday—and it showed.
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