Week 12 saw multiple top-5 teams fall, creating a shift at the top of the Power Rankings. Dallas still continues their dominance and hold the number 1 spot.
The Week 13 Power Rankings are here. With both Denver and Seattle falling, we have a new top-5. The top two spots have not changed however, as Dallas and New England have clearly been the two best, and most consistent teams in the NFL. See how they rank here:
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Nov 24, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) and quarterback Dak Prescott (4) celebrate Elliott
1. Dallas Cowboys (1)
If it wasn’t official already, the Cowboys have two bonafide rookie superstars, and are the bonafide number one team in the NFL. What a time to be a Cowboys fan.
Nov 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny (55) causes New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) to fumble during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
2. New England Patriots (2)
The Pats had their struggles Sunday, but ultimately pulled it out when it mattered—something great teams do. Something concerning though, is that Gronk left with a back injury. Back injuries aren’t typically injuries that heal quickly. If Gronk is out, the Pats aren’t the same team. This is certainly something to keep an eye on.
November 27, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Panthers 35-32. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
3. Oakland Raiders (3)
It seems every week that the Raiders find new ways to win. What is becoming more and more apparent is that Derek Carr is on a quick path to greatness. The Raiders are going to be good for a long time.
Nov 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris (84) and long snapper James Winchester (41) celebrate the field goal of kicker Cairo Santos (5) in overtime against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 30-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
4. Kansas City Chiefs (6)
Talk about a gut check. The Chiefs just stole a game they weren’t supposed to win in one of the toughest places to play in all the world. Kansas City has a tendency to play up or down to their opponents, but if they can keep the pedal to the metal, they certainly have a great shot to win the AFC West.
Nov 27, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (18) runs for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Cardinals 38-19. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
5. Atlanta Falcons (7)
As if the Falcons offense wasn’t potent enough, throw in a speedster like Taylor Gabriel and this could be an offense that can reach a Super Bowl. The Falcons just dismantled the Cardinals Sunday, and Gabriel was unleashed on the scene. Defensive coordinators beware, the Falcons are very good.
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) evades a tackle from Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) on his touchdown run during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
6. New York Giants (9)
It’s not always pretty, but 8-3 is 8-3. The Giants are hot, and have found out how to win the close ones that they couldn’t win a year ago. Barring a collapse, this team should find a way to get a wildcard birth at the very least. They also happen to be the only team to beat the Cowboys, so an NFC East title isn’t out of question if they can beat them again.
Nov 27, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Andre Branch (50) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
7. Miami Dolphins (10)
If the season ended today, the Dolphins would be in, and the defending champion Broncos would be out. There was a time early in the year where the Dolphins appeared to be the worst team in the NFL. Since then, they’ve won six straight, and would like to give the Patriots a run for the AFC East.
Nov 27, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
8. Seattle Seahawks (4)
If there is one thing the Seahawks are struggling with, it’s offensive consistency. The Seahawks now have three games this season where they have scored no touchdowns. Other games their offense looks unstoppable. Which Seahawks team will show up on a week-to-week basis is a complete mystery.
Nov 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) is pulled down by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) in overtime at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 30-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
9. Denver Broncos (9)
This was a bad loss for the Broncos. They are now two games back in the AFC West and only 1-3 in the division. The hardest part of their schedule is still to come.
If there is some positive from this terrible loss—Trevor Siemian and the offense played GREAT in the second half. The Broncos outgained the Chiefs nearly 2-1, but still managed to lose the game. Now the Broncos don’t seem to be a sure thing to make the playoffs.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (11)
The Steelers Thanksgiving Night win was probably a little bit closer than they would have hoped against the Scott Tolzien-led Colts. However, a win is a win and they remain tied with the Ravens for the division lead.
The Steelers are still the favorites to win the AFC North, provided they can remain healthy.
Nov 24, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) stiff arms Washington Redskins strong safety Donte Whitner Sr (39) during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
11. Washington Redskins (8)
Dallas just proved to be too tough for the Redskins, as they have with most teams this season. Fear not though Redskins fans—Washington is still in a prime position to make the playoffs via the wildcard slot, and they have a very good quarterback. If they get hot at the right time, who knows.
Nov 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23) celebrates after making an interception during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Lions win 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
12. Detroit Lions (15)
The Lions just keep on winning, and if we are being honest, they should be 8-3 or even 9-2. They have to be considered the favorites to win the NFC North.
Still hard to think the Packers won’t give them a late push, but with 2 wins in hand against the Vikings, they essentially have a two-game lead on both the Vikings and the Packers.
Nov 27, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a pass as Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed (90) closes in during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22)
Talk about back-to-back statement wins. The Bucs just held the Seahawks offense to three points, with the other two coming on a safety. This team is here to compete for a playoff spot.
If they continue their level of play on the defensive side of the ball, there is no doubt they will get there.
Nov 27, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) passes during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Tennessee won 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
14. Tennessee Titans (17)
The defensive side of the ball is a definite concern, but the Titans offense is suddenly a finely tuned machine. They boast a top rushing attack, and have combined that with a young quarterback who is really coming into his own.
These aren’t your same pushover Titans from years past. This team is ready to take the AFC South by the horns.
Nov 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) gets up after a big hit during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
15. Minnesota Vikings (13)
This one really hurts for the Vikings. Now they have to finish ahead of the Lions in the standings in order to win the division, and the way they have been playing of late, that seems unlikely with only 5 games to play.
Nov 28, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) runs with the ball past Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Joe Thomas (48) and defensive end Letroy Guion (98) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
16. Philadelphia Eagles (12)
After a very hot start, and some great wins, the Eagles have really come back to life. This was always a rebuilding year for the Eagles, but the fact that they have a +41 scoring margin on the year is a sign that next year, they could be ready to compete.
Nov 27, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young (36) reacts after a turnover in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
17. Baltimore Ravens (20)
The Ravens need to keep on winning if they have plans to return to the postseason. The week 16 match up with the Steelers is certainly circled on their calendar as the biggest game remaining.
The best news for the Ravens is they have already beaten the Steelers once—another win and the tiebreaker would go to them.
Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks to wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) after his touchdown catch against the Los Angeles Rams in the third quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won, 49-21. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
18. New Orleans Saints (24)
When the Saints offense is humming, it is really humming. Rookie receiver Michael Thomas is quickly becoming Drew Brees’ favorite target, and the Saints have remained in the race for the NFC South, although they have a lot of work to do.
If they play on offense the way they did Sunday, they will be hard to beat.
Nov 27, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn (left) and defensive end Courtney Upshaw (91) hit Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) after a pass attempt in the third quarter of their game at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 38-19. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
19. Arizona Cardinals (14)
The Cardinals look like a team that is going to need to reload on offense in the coming years. Carson Palmer is not playing up to the level he performed at a year ago. Their best receiver is aging as well.
It may be time to go and get a young quarterback, and build around David Johnson.
Nov 27, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws a pass during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
20. Buffalo Bills (23)
The Bills aren’t going away in the AFC, and just got back their best receiver in Sammy Watkins. Rex Ryan has his team playing well, and they will be making a strong push to get into the playoffs for the first time this millennium.
Nov 27, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Hunter Henry (86) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. The Chargers won 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
21. San Diego Chargers (21)
It’s going to end up being too little, too late for the Chargers, but they can hang their hats on the fact that they are a good football team.
The Chargers have outscored their opponents by 22 points on the year. The Texans team they just beat has been outscored by 42 points on the year.
Unfortunately for the Chargers, they have very little hope to make the playoffs, and the Texans are leading their division. NFL stands for “Not Fair League.”
Nov 27, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) passes the ball while tackled by San Diego Chargers linebacker Chris Landrum (46) in the second half at NRG Stadium. San Diego Chargers won 21 to 13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
22. Houston Texans (16)
Things are beginning to fall apart for the Texans. Brock Osweiler has officially become a bust. The Titans are right on the Texans heels, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Colts pass them by years end.
The Texans have the scoring margin of a 4-7 or 5-6 team. It would be shocking if they held on to their division lead at the level they are playing.
Nov 28, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) celebrates after intercepting a pass in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during a NFL football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
23. Green Bay Packers (26)
You didn’t count the Packers out of this did you? With a nice win to end the skid, the Packers are now two games back of the Lions. They have already beaten the Lions once, meaning if they can take the second game, they would only need to tie them to beat them.
If any 5-6 team is capable of catching fire, it is this one. Aaron Rodgers is still an elite quarterback, and has weapons around him. It should be an interesting 5 games.
Nov 27, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) leaps over the Oakland Raiders defense for a touchdown during the second half at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
24. Carolina Panthers (18)
This is likely the nail in the coffin for the Panthers. Every game they won in close fashion a year ago, they have seemed to lose this season.
The best they could possibly finish is 9-7, which likely won’t get it done considering the way the Falcons, Bucs, and Saints are playing.
Nov 24, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore (23) runs the ball while Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Cortez Allen (28) tries to tackle him in the second half of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Indianapolis Colts 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
25. Indianapolis Colts (19)
This was the worst possible time for Andrew Luck to get a concussion. The Colts had played very well in their previous two games.
Despite all of this, they still have a chance to win this poor division. If Luck can come back and they can regain that high level of play, it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see Andrew Luck and Co. in the dance.
Nov 27, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens linebacker CJ Mosley (57) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
26. Cincinnati Bengals (25)
This has been a nightmare season for these Bengals who will not make the playoffs. However, with a nightmare season typically comes a top draft pick.
For a team that was stripped of a lot of talent in free agency, a talent influx could be very helpful for them to rebound in 2017.
Nov 27, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
27. Chicago Bears (27)
The Bears nearly pulled off the comeback win but came up just short. Perhaps the best part of the game was watching an emotionless Jay Cutler on the sideline try to stay engaged.
The Bears have likely seen the last of Cutler in Chicago.
Nov 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws the ball during the second half against the New England Patriots during the second half MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
28. New York Jets (28)
The Jets team that played Sunday was far more reminiscent of the Jets team of 2015. They had a chance to beat the mighty Patriots. Really not sure why Ryan Fitzpatrick is still playing, given the two young quarterbacks on their roster, and their record.
Coach Todd Bowles is saying he still wants to win—can’t fault him for that.
Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) talks to head coach Jeff Fisher in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
29. Los Angeles Rams (29)
Remember when the Rams were winning the NFC West? That sure seems like a long time ago. The good news here is that Jared Goff looked like a starting quarterback Sunday.
The defense, however, didn’t look like they belonged.
Nov 27, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) is tackled by Miami Dolphins defensive end Terrence Fede (78) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
30. San Francisco 49ers (30)
The Niners have played tough the past few games. The void of talent on the defensive side of the ball is just too large to overcome.
However, the 49ers are going to have to make a decision on Colin Kaepernick in the offseason. He is starting to resemble the 2012/2013 version of himself, which will make the decision a tough on.
Nov 27, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) carries the ball as Buffalo Bills defensive end Kyle Williams (95) defends during the second half at New Era Field. The Bills won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (31)
They sure did look great on paper in the offseason. Since then they have been a complete and utter disaster. They have no excuses for being 2-9. Time to find a new coach, and maybe a new quarterback. Tony Romo could probably do a lot more with this team then Bortles has.
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) gets sacked by New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
32. Cleveland Browns (32)
What more is there to say about the Browns? They are going to have a lot of draft picks, including their choice at anyone in the draft.