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Arizona Sports Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys still on top

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) have a heated exchange on the field after their NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

They got a scare, but the Dallas Cowboys hung on for a Thanksgiving Day win over the rival Washington Redskins. As a result, they hold on to the top spot in the Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings for Week 13.

The New England Patriots moved up a spot after struggling with the New York Jets, while the Oakland Raiders inch up to number three after winning a shootout against the Carolina Panthers.

For the Arizona Cardinals, their descent continued after dropping a 38-19 decision on the road against the Atlanta Falcons.

And if you like movement, stay away from the final five teams in the pecking order. The Jets, Bears, Jaguars, 49ers and Browns are stuck in NFL quicksand. At least the Bears and Niners have a chance to graduate from the group of death this week as those two teams play each other at Soldier Field.

Here’s the way our panel voted this week

Here’s each member’s individual ballot

cowboys751. Dallas Cowboys (10-1) —

Being led by a pair of rookies makes this team all the more worrisome. They’ll be good for a while. — Green

Next: at Minnesota

patriots752. New England Patriots (9-2) ▲1

Struggled without Gronk, but I still think they’re the best in the AFC. — Burns

Next: vs. Los Angeles

raiders753. Oakland Raiders (9-2) ▲ 1

Khalil Mack ate Cam Newton for lunch…and dinner. — Grialou

Next: vs. Buffalo

chiefs754. Kansas City Chiefs (8-3) ▲ 2

Cairo Santos’ 34-yard field goal avoided a third NFL tie for the first time since 1973. — Morgan

Next: at Atlanta

seahawks755. Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1) ▼ 3

Third game without a TD this season in most recent loss to Tampa Bay. — Marotta

Next: vs. Carolina

giants756. New York Giants (8-3) —

JPP can beat Cleveland with one hand — or at least a few less fingers than everyone else. — Grialou

Next: at Pittsburgh

falcons757. Atlanta Falcons (7-4) ▲ 2

Their offense has replaced the Cardinals’ as the NFC’s best freak show. — Burns

Next: vs. Kansas City

broncos758. Denver Broncos (7-4) ▼ 3

Can we really fault Gary Kubiak from saving us from another tie? — Lapinski

Next: at Jacksonville

lions759. Detroit Lions (7-4) ▲ 1

The best team in the NFC North. I can’t believe I just typed those words in relation to ‘Detroit.’ — Dimakos

Next: at New Orleans

steelers7510. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) ▲ 2

They’ve beaten Cody Kessler, Josh McCown AND Scott Tolzien in the last two weeks! — Lapinski

Next: vs. NY Giants

dolphins7511. Miami Dolphins (7-4) ▲ 2

A six-game winning streak is a six-game winning streak. — Burns

Next: at Baltimore

redskins7512. Washington Redskins (6-4-1) ▼ 4

Hoping the Cardinals win Sunday so I don’t have to see Daniel Snyder dance. — Dimakos

Next: at Arizona

ravens7513. Baltimore Ravens (6-5) ▲ 4

Still uninspired by this bunch. — Burns

Next: vs. Miami

bills7514. Buffalo Bills (6-5) ▲ 2

Lose two. Win four. Lose three. Win two. Streak much? — Green

Next: at Oakland

Vikings7515. Minnesota Vikings (6-5) ▼4

Remember when Sam Bradford was an MVP candidate? Yeah, me neither. — Marotta

Next: vs. Dallas

buccaneers7516. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5) ▲ 5

5-2 in their last seven games and just held Russell Wilson to five points. — Burns

Next: at San Diego

texans7517. Houston Texans (6-5) ▼ 3

“I didn’t play very well.” — Brock Osweiler’s go-to quote in 2016. — Marotta

Next: at Green Bay

packers7518. Green Bay Packers (5-6) ▲ 5

Aaron Rodgers says the Pack can run the table. Doubtful, but he’s the guy that could to it. — Morgan

Next: vs. Houston

titans7519. Tennessee Titans (6-6) ▲ 1

Next two games are tough. If the Titans split them, they could be a playoff team. — Green

Next: Bye

saints7520. New Orleans Saints (5-6) ▲ 4

Scored 49 points without targeting Brandin Cooks once. Odd. — Lapinski

Next: vs. Detroit

eagles7521. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) ▼ 6

Not enough receivers in Wentzlyvania yet. — Lapinski

Next: at Cincinnati

chargers7522. San Diego Chargers (5-6) ▲ 4

Hanging around. — Burns

Next: vs. Tampa Bay

Cardinals7523. Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1) ▼ 5

It’s called a football. Catch it, Michael Floyd. — Grialou

Next: vs. Washington

colts7524. Indianapolis Colts (5-6) ▼ 5

That was a mulligan without Andrew Luck. — Dimakos

Next: at NY Jets

panthers7525. Carolina Panthers (4-7) ▼ 3

The Panthers have a slight edge on the Cardinals for the title of the NFL’s most disappointing team. — Morgan

Next: at Seattle

bengals7526. Cincinnati Bengals (3-7-1) ▲ 1

They’ve won once since September. And that was against the Browns. — Lapinski

Next: vs. Philadelphia

rams7527. Los Angeles Rams (4-7) ▼ 2

The Rams should ban Jeff Fisher from the sideline, not Eric Dickerson. — Burns

Next: at New England

jets7528. New York Jets (3-8) —

Maybe Todd Bowles will end up back in Arizona after all. — Dimakos

Next: vs. Indianapolis

bears7529. Chicago Bears (2-9) —

Will there be a parade to help escort Jay Cutler out of town? — Grialou

Next: vs. San Francisco

jaguars7530. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) —

If you ignore their record and their performance, they might be ranked higher. — Green

Next: vs. Denver

49ers7531. San Francisco 49ers (1-10) —

Trent Baalke caught on LinkedIn after the game. — Burns

Next: at Chicago

browns7532. Cleveland Browns (0-11) —

They’re going to finish 0-16, and a crying Hue Jackson knows it. — Marotta

Next: Bye

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