Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 13: Top 3, bottom 4 unchanged

Nov 27, 2018, 7:18 AM
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) hugs tight end Dan Arnold (85) after the two connecte...
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) hugs tight end Dan Arnold (85) after the two connected on a touchdown reception in the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

The Thanksgiving dinner tables are cleaned and people have moved on to holiday shopping.

That means the NFL has moved on to the home stretch. Week 13 is upon us, meaning bye weeks are over and we’ve got a five-week dash to the finish.

Week 12 lacked a little sizzle; the Rams and Chiefs had the week off after all, but we did see four games decided by just three points.

And then there was the Chargers-Cardinals game. Yuck.

Here’s a look at this week’s order:

Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings – Week 13

Rank Team Record Result Movement Comment
1. New Orleans Saints 10-1 beat Atlanta 31-17 (–) People talk about the offense, but Saints’ D held Falcons to 26 rushing yards and forced four turnovers.
2. Los Angeles Rams 10-1 Bye week (–) Oh good, the Rams are rested.
3. Kansas City Chiefs 9-2 Bye week (–) Oh good, the Chiefs are rested.
4. New England Patriots 8-3 beat NY Jets 27-13 (▲1) Gronk’s return immediately pays dividends.
5. Chicago Bears 8-3 beat Detroit 23-16 (▲1) Trubisky down, Chase Daniel gets first win since 2014 and only second win ever.
6. Houston Texans 8-3 beat Tennessee 34-17 (▲1) Texans first team to win eight straight after losing first three.
7. Los Angeles Chargers 8-3 beat Arizona 45-10 (▲1) Wins have come against teams with a 25-51-1 record. But hey, they’re still wins.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers 7-3-1 lost to Denver 24-17 (▼4) Steelers simply are a much different team on the road.
9. Indianapolis Colts 6-5 beat Miami 27-24 (▲2) The Luck-to-Ebron connection strikes (twice) again.
10. Dallas Cowboys 6-5 beat Washington 31-23 (▲2) I’d say that Amari Cooper trade has worked out well for Dallas so far.
11. Seattle Seahawks 6-5 beat Carolina 30-27 (▲2) Pains me to say it, but Pete Carroll has done a really good job with this team.
12. Minnesota Vikings 6-4-1 beat Green Bay 24-17 (▲2) Kirk Cousins had his best game of 2018 Sunday night.
13. Baltimore Ravens 6-5 beat Oakland 34-17 (▲5) Back-to-back wins for Lamar Jackson.
14. Washington Redskins 6-5 lost to Dallas 31-23 (▼5) Colt McCoy throws three picks in his first start for the injured Alex Smith.
15. Carolina Panthers 6-5 lost to Seattle 30-27 (▼5) Panthers reeling; have lost three straight, but get Bucs and Browns the next two weeks.
16. Denver Broncos 5-6 beat Pittsburgh 24-17 (▲6) Broncos have beaten two playoff teams the last two weeks.
17. Philadelphia Eagles 5-6 beat NY Giants 25-22 (▲2) Eagles fans would’ve burned down the Link if Philly lost this game.
18. Green Bay Packers 4-6-1 lost to Minnesota 24-17 (▼3) After fourth loss in last five, Aaron Rodgers has made his annual ‘path to the playoffs’ statement.
19. Tennessee Titans 5-6 lost to Houston (▼3) Have been blown out on the road by division opponents the last two weeks.
20. Miami Dolphins 5-6 lost to Indianapolis 27-24 (▼3) Hey, Ryan Tannehill’s back! Anyone…anyone?
21. Cleveland Browns 4-6-1 beat Cincinnati 35-20 (▲3) Baker Mayfield does know Hue Jackson was FIRED, right?
22. Cincinnati Bengals 5-6 lost to Cleveland 35-20 (▼2) Bengals’ swoon continues–they’ve dropped three in a row and five of last six.
23. Buffalo Bills 4-7 beat Jacksonville 24-21 (▲3) I’ll say this — the Bills, devoid of talent, play really hard for Sean McDermott.
24. Detroit Lions 4-7 lost to Chicago 23-16 (▼3) Stafford throws a killer pick in the last two minutes.
25. Atlanta Falcons 4-7 lost to New Orleans 31-17 (▼2) After a three-game win streak, the Falcons have lost three in a row and scored 52 points in the process.
26. New York Giants 3-8 lost to Philadelphia 25-22 (▼1) Barkley got four carries in the second half? Four?
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-7 beat San Francisco 27-9 (▲1) Jameis Winston was actually pretty good against the Niners.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-8 lost to Buffalo 24-21 (▼1) Hoping Bortles benching doesn’t mean the end of jokes at his expense on The Good Place.
29. New York Jets 3-8 lost to New England 27-13 (–) Jets get gashed by Pats for 215 rushing yards.
30. San Francisco 49ers 2-9 lost to Tampa Bay 27-9 (–) Remember when Nick Mullens was a thing?
31. Oakland Raiders 2-9 lost to Baltimore 34-17 (–) That’s more like it.
32. Arizona Cardinals 2-9 lost to LA Chargers 45-10 (–) Cardinals have endured three losses by 30-plus already.

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Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 13: Top 3, bottom 4 unchanged