The Depth Chart: Week 13

November 26th, 2008 - 9:40 pm

My power rankings for the NFL.

(Previous Rank; Last Week’s Result; Movement in the Depth Chart).

High Five

1. New York Giants (10-1)
(No. 2; W, 37-29 vs. Ari; Up 1)
It was just a matter of time until they took their rightful place atop the depth chart. The Giants have the most complete team in the league and are currently the favorite to repeat and win the Super Bowl.

2. Tennessee Titans (10-1)
(No. 1; L, 34-13 vs. Ten; Down 1)
Had to keep them on top of the rankings until they lost. They don’t slide far, though, as they’re probably the second best team in the league right now.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3)
(No. 3; W, 38-20 vs. Det; No Change)
Buccaneers cruise to an easy victory over the winless Lions.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)
(No. 4; W, 27-10 vs. Cin; No Change)
The division rival Bengals weren’t any match for the Steelers as they rolled last Thursday night.

5. New York Jets (8-3)
(No. 9; W, 34-13 vs. Ten; Up 4)
Big — and yet, expected — victory over the Titans. The Jets are definitely one of the Top 5 teams at this point and Brett Favre has to be at least considered in the MVP race.

Contenders

6. Indianapolis Colts (7-4)
(No. 8; W, 23-20 vs. SD; Up 2)
The Colts are on fire as of late and have won four in a row. Even though they needed a late field goal to pull off this victory, it was a big win on the road.

7. Washington Redskins (7-4)
(No. 7; W, 20-17 vs. Sea; No Change)
It was closer than it should have been, but the Redskins prevailed over the Seahawks.

8. Carolina Panthers (8-3)
(No. 5; L, 45-28 vs. Atl; Down 3)
The Panthers lost big to their division rival, but because they were cruising all season long and were high in the rankings, they couldn’t be leapfrogged by Atlanta.

9. Arizona Cardinals (7-4)
(No. 6; L, 37-29 vs. NYG; Down 3)
No shame in losing to the best team in the league, but they dropped three spots on the depth chart due to circumstances.

10. New England Patriots (7-4)
(No. 10; W, 48-28 vs. Mia; No Change)
No surprise that the Patriots weren’t going to fall for Miami’s ridiculous Wildcat offense twice in one season. Bill Belichick didn’t put up with that garbage again.

11. Atlanta Falcons (7-4)
(No. 11; W, 45-28 vs. Car; No Change)
The Falcons pounded the Panthers this week, but unfortunately for them, they can’t move anywhere on the depth chart due to circumstances for other teams.

12. Dallas Cowboys (7-4)
(No. 12; W, 35-22 vs. SF; No Change)
The Cowboys rolled to an easy victory over the punchless 49ers.

Muddled Middle

13. Baltimore Ravens (7-4)
(No. 14; W, 36-7 vs. Phi; Up 1)
Big defense caused havoc for the Eagles all game and the Ravens crushed Philadelphia.

14. Denver Broncos (6-5)
(No. 13; L, 31-10 vs. Oak; Down 1)
Talk about a stunning uppercut to the chin. The Broncos were upset by the visiting Raiders, who have such a woeful organization.

15. Chicago Bears (6-5)
(No. 17; W, 27-3 vs. Stl; Up 2)
Manhandled the disorganized Rams, but a win pushed them up the depth chart nevertheless.

16. Buffalo Bills (6-5)
(No. 18; W, 54-31 vs. KC; Up 2)
Got back on track after dropping four straight games with a huge, 54-31 victory over the young Chiefs.

17. New Orleans Saints (6-5)
(No. 21; W, 51-29 vs. GB; Up 4)
The Saints went right after the Packers’ Top 3 pass defense and weren’t afraid of their playmaking secondary. This team, although hovering just over .500, are still one of the most fearsome teams in the league.

18. Green Bay Packers (5-6)
(No. 16; L, 51-29 vs. NO; Down 2)
Couldn’t defend or keep up with the explosive Saints. Find themselves in a hole with a tough remaining schedule.

19. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5-1)
(No. 15; L, 36-7 vs. Bal; Down 4)
Things have gotten so bad for the Eagles that they benched their long-time starting quarterback. McNabb will be back as the starter this week, though.

20. Minnesota Vikings (6-5)
(No. 20; W, 30-12 vs. Jac; No Change)
Big road victory for the Vikings, who showed they’re not going to lay down in the final five weeks of the season.

Pretenders

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7)
(No. 19; L, 30-12 vs. Min; Down 2)
The Jaguars began the season with such promise but have completely underachieved this season.

22. San Diego Chargers (4-7)
(No. 22; L, 23-20 vs. Ind; No Change)
The Chargers gave the Colts everything they could handle, but they also gave Peyton Manning too much time to lead a game-winning drive.

23. Miami Dolphins (5-5)
(No. 23; L, 48-28 vs. NE; No Change)
Miami was said to have a shot at the playoffs, but they blew a golden opportunity when they lost to the Patriots, whom they trounced earlier in the season.

24. Houston Texans (4-7)
(No. 25; W, 16-6 vs. Cle; Up 1)
The Texans have clearly been a disappointment this season as their defense was supposed to be on the right track but have underperformed this year and haven’t helped out their No. 4 passing — and overall — offense.

25. Cleveland Browns (4-7)
(No. 24; L, 16-6 vs. Hou; Down 1)
The Browns aggravate me — simply put. I’ve known all season — and since last year, to be exact — that they’re a bunch of posers and were fortunate to pick up 10 wins in 2007. This year, they’re showing how bad they are and yet they remain tough to predict because they win games they shouldn’t and lose games they should win — like this past week against Houston.

26. Seattle Seahawks (2-9)
(No. 26; L, 20-17 vs. Was; No Change)
The Seahawks hung with the Redskins but ultimately dropped their fourth in a row and ninth on the season.

27. San Francisco 49ers (3-8)
(No. 27; L 35-22 vs. Dal; No Change)
The 49ers, although playing tougher as of late, just couldn’t hang with the Cowboys.

Low Five

28. Cincinnati Bengals (1-9-1)
(No. 28; L, 27-10 vs. Pit; No Change)
Even with Chad Johnson — who is still recognized as “Johnson” by the NFL, as a side note — the Bengals wouldn’t have been able to beat the Steelers. A lot of changes are needed this off-season, starting with the guy in charge, Marvin Lewis.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (1-10)
(No. 30; L, 54-31 vs. Buf; Up 1)
Kansas City, although being outscored by the Bills and losing their 10th game, are clearly the better team of Missouri and leapfrogged their fellow statesmen.

30. St. Louis Rams (2-9)
(No. 29; L, 27-3 vs. Chi; Down 1)
The Rams just lack any offensive punch with or without Steven Jackson, and were pounded by the Bears.

31. Oakland Raiders (3-8)
(No. 32; W, 31-10 vs. Den; Up 1)
The Raiders showed they still have some fight left in them with a huge road victory over the first place Broncos.

32. Detroit Lions (0-11)
(No. 31; L, 38-20 vs. TB; Down 1)
Are they ever going to win a game? Odds are they will, and wouldn’t it be ironic if it were on Thanksgiving Day in front of a national audience. Okay, never going to happen, but it would be funny.