Doug & Wolf Week 13 NFL power poll: Chargers and Texans rise
The top of Doug & Wolf’s power rankings heading into Week 13 of the NFL season is steady.
The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams aren’t budging from the top two spots. While the Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons, the Rams and another of the five best teams, the Kansas City Chiefs, had last week off.
Those teams are joined by the New England Patriots in each of Doug Franz’s, Ron Wolfley’s and Paul Calvisi’s power polls this week. It’s the backend of the top-five that’s looking different.
A loss by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the 5-6 Denver Broncos led to the former’s tumble out of the rankings. And so that opened opportunity.
Franz moved the Houston Texans into the No. 5 slot of his rankings after they beat the Tennessee Titans and improved to 8-3 on the year.
But Wolf and Paul went another direction. They picked the 8-3 Chargers as the fifth-best team in the NFL after Los Angeles pummeled the Arizona Cardinals, 45-10, behind a masterful performance from quarterback Philip Rivers.
Here’s how the order shakes out for each of the three pollsters heading into Week 13.