Here’s a look at my power rankings following Week 13’s games.
(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)
1. New England Patriots
(No. 1; No Change; W, 45-3 vs. NYJ)
Embarrassed division rival Jets on Monday night football to seize control of the AFC East and solidify their stance as the best team in football right now.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 3; Up 1; W, 13-10 vs. Bal)
Edged the rival Ravens by a field goal on the road.
3. New Orleans Saints
(No. 5; Up 2; W, 34-30 vs. Cin)
Chris Ivory rushed for 117 yards as the Saints outlasted a persistent Bengals team.
4. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 6; Up 2; W, 28-24 vs. TB)
Knocked off the Bucs on the road behind 205 passing yards and two touchdowns from Matt Ryan.
5. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 2; Down 3; L, 13-10 vs. Pit)
Joe Flacco threw for 266 yards in the divisional loss to the Steelers.
6. Chicago Bears
(No. 7; Up 1; W, 24-20 vs. Det)
Got behind the Lions early and had to play catchup but Jay Cutler threw for 234 yards in the win.
7. Green Bay Packers
(No. 9; Up 2; W, 34-16 vs. SF)
Pounded the 49ers at home behind a big day from Aaron Rodgers.
8. New York Jets
(No. 4; Down 4; L, 45-3 vs. NE)
Were pounded by the Patriots on Monday night and slipped behind them in the AFC East race.
9. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 10; Up 1; W, 34-24 vs. Hou)
Michael Vick threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns in the Thursday night victory over the Texans.
10. New York Giants
(No. 11; Up 1; W, 31-7 vs. Was)
Brandon Jacobs rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries and Ahmad Bradshaw added 97 yards and two scores on 25 attempts in the victory over divisional foe Washington.
11. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 8; Down 3; L, 38-35 vs. Dal)
Peyton Manning threw for 365 yards and two touchdowns in the overtime loss to the Cowboys but had two interceptions returned for touchdowns. The Colts have now lost three in a row and are a game behind the Jaguars in the AFC South.
12. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 13; Up 1; W, 10-6 vs. Den)
Managed to edge the Broncos after their previously embarrassing loss to them.
13. San Diego Chargers
(No. 12; Down 1; L, 28-13 vs. Oak)
Philip Rivers threw for 280 yards in the loss to division rival Oakland.
14. Washington Redskins
(No. 14; No Change; L, 31-7 vs. NYG)
Could not stop the run and got trounced by the Giants on the road. Donovan McNabb finished with 296 passing yards.
15. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 21; Up 6; W, 17-6 vs. Ten)
Jaguars moved into first place with a divisional victory over the Titans on the road. Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 186 yards.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 17; Up 1; L, 28-24 vs. Atl)
Moved up in the rankings despite a close loss to division-leading Atlanta. LeGarrette Blount rushed for 103 yards.
17. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 19; Up 2; W, 38-14 vs. Buf)
Tarvaris Jackson stepped in for the injured Brett Favre and threw for 187 yards in the big home victory over the Bills.
18. Houston Texans
(No. 15; Down 3; L, 34-24 vs. Phi)
Matt Schaub threw for 337 yards, 149 to Andre Johnson, in the Thursday night loss to the Eagles.
19. Tennessee Titans
(No. 16; Down 3; L, 17-6 vs. Jac)
Continue to look inept on offense in their loss to division-leading Jacksonville.
20. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 20; No Change; W, 31-14 vs. Car)
Matt Hasselbeck threw for 229 yards in the big victory over the Panthers.
21. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 22; Up 1; W, 38-35 vs. Ind)
Had two pick-sixes against Manning and the Colts and won in overtime. Tashard Choice had 100 rushing yards.
22. Oakland Raiders
(No. 23; Up 1; W, 28-13 vs. SD)
Completed the season sweep of the Chargers. Darren McFadden rushed for 97 yards in the win.
23. Cleveland Browns
(No. 24; Up 1; W, 13-10 vs. Mia)
Picked up a nice road victory over the Dolphins behind 217 passing yards from Jake Delhomme.
24. Miami Dolphins
(No. 18; Down 6; L, 13-10 vs. Cle)
Dropped a home game to the Browns. Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown combined for 26 carries and 98 yards.
25. St. Louis Rams
(No. 26; Up 1; W, 19-6 vs. Ari)
Steven Jackson rushed for 102 yards in the divisional victory over the Cardinals.
26. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 25; Down 1; L, 34-30 vs. NO)
Had a late lead against the visiting Saints but couldn’t play defense when it mattered most.
27. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 27; No Change; L, 34-16 vs. GB)
Kept the game close early on but eventually fell apart. Vernon Davis had four catches for 126 yards and a touchdown.
28. Denver Broncos
(No. 28; No Change; L, 10-6 vs. KC)
Knowshon Moreno rushed for 161 yards in the divisional road loss to the Chiefs.
29. Buffalo Bills
(No. 29; No Change; L, 38-14 vs. Min)
Knocked Brett Favre out of the game but could not take advantage of it. Minnesota cruised to a victory.
30. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 30; No Change; L, 19-6 vs. Stl)
Derek Anderson completed just seven of 20 passes in the loss to the Rams.
31. Detroit Lions
(No. 31; No Change; L, 24-20 vs. Chi)
The Lions took an early lead and gave the Bears all they could but managed to score just 3 points in the second half.
32. Carolina Panthers
(No. 32; No Change; L, 31-14 vs. Sea)
Dropped a road game to the Seahawks to remain the worst team in the NFL. Jonathan Stewart rushed for 92 yards in the loss.
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