Week 13 NFL power rankings: Packers return to No. 1 spot, Patriots top AFC field

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The NFL Power Rankings are entering week 13 of the 2021 season (previous rank in parentheses,

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1. Packers (3): Lacking a clear juggernaut, Green Bay has as good a case for the league’s top organization as any club. QB Aaron Rodgers, despite his “toe-with”, has been performing consistently strong – he looked quite mobile in the Rams’ dispatch on Sunday – and got a week off on time. Other running injuries in the pack will also benefit from rest before a stretch run, which includes a friendly schedule that features middling-to-bad NFC North opponents. A second straight No. 1 seed is very achievable.

2. Buccaneers (2): Impressive road victories at Indy included promising performances from TE Rob Gronkowski, RB Leonard Fournette’s roughshod, and five takeaways … which helped to mask the uneven stretch for QB Tom Brady, who has had six INTs in his last four games. Huh. And although the Bucks are allowing 28.2 points per game on the road where they dominated during the 2020 playoffs, there is every reason to believe they will get at least one playoff game at Raymond James Stadium – where they are undefeated this season. Huh.


3. Cardinals (1): Is it weird to leave the NFC leaders and their league-best 9-2 record after a bye week? Perhaps. But it is still unclear whether QBs Kyler Murray and WR DeAndre Hopkins are ready to return, nor is it clear If Coach Cliff Kingsbury Interested in the Vacant Oklahoma Job Or not. A potential distraction for a team that has avoided them so far.

4. Patriot (6): Turnover Machine Jesse Jackson leads the AFC in interceptions (7) and tops the NFL charts with 16 pass breakups. He even forced a rumble on Sunday for good measure. Put him on the short list of Defensive Player of the Year – the just-in-time pending free agent awaits a blockbuster contract.

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5. Head (4): Four Straight winners, they hit the ground (still) better than what’s coming out of By Week. With its AFC West leading just one game, Kansas City could make a sixth consecutive division title a reality through the next three games—against all divisional foes, the first two at Arrowhead Stadium (Denver, Las Vegas).

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6. Bengal (15): Significant improvement after trouncing Vegas and Pittsburgh by collective scores of 73-23 over the past two weeks. QB Joe Burrow needs to take better care of the ball – he has had at least one turnover in each of the last seven games – but if he does, Cincinnati could very well be on their first division crown in six years. can capture.

7. Cowboys (5): Good News? No other AFC West team was left on the schedule to beat Dallas. bad news? injury, a serious COVID-19 issue that Trapped Coach Mike McCarthy Monday and a short week do not portend a promising start to Road Games’ three-week streak.

8. Titans (7): QB Ryan Tanhill’s presence (6 INTs, 73.3 passer rating) has been quite a problem in RB Derrick Henry’s four-game absence. In fairness to Tannehill, Tennessee also has significant health issues at the receiver, but has to step up.

9. Rams (8): WRs Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson and Odell Beckham Jr. combined for 29 goals and 270 yards in Sunday’s loss – which was only cosmetically close – but LA apparently still hasn’t adapted For the loss of Robert Woods.

10. Colts (10): Sure, They’re Indy .500, But colts also playing like anyone west of Foxborough in the last two months. Big chance to prove that bye against the Patriots… but it doesn’t matter if Indianapolis misses out on Sunday in Houston.

11. Bill (12): Turnover continues to increase. New England continues to mount. Buffalo must now mount up without Pro Bowl CB Tre’Davius ​​White. Looks like the Super Bowl hopes are coming to an end.

12. Crows (9): Their 8-3 record says that they are the No. 1 team in the AFC. their game on the field In recent weeks, notably former MVP front-runner Lamar Jackson, conclusively suggests otherwise. He may be the first QB in eight years to win a win despite throwing four INTs, but that’s clearly not sustainable—especially since none of the teams currently projected in the playoff zone have a tougher remaining schedule than Baltimore. Is.

13. 49ers (16): If you suffer from East Coast prejudice, the franchise that popularized West Coast offense suddenly drops to sixth place in NFC. He averages about 180 rushing yards in a three-game win streak, but should continue in the short term. Deebo Samuel Without Top Weapon,

14. Vikings (11): How long can they continue to spill water without Pro Bowl RB Dalvin Cook? Given at least a week, Vikes’ next stop is Detroit.

15. Chargers (13): Boult is starting to skewer Buffalo West…which is relying a bit too much on QB Justin Herbert to complete all stages of the offense.

16. Raiders (21): They just want to take you to overtime, where they are 3-0 this season and are the first team with as many wins in four years. But if the defense continues to score 35.3 points per game – as it has done in the past three weeks – it will be difficult to earn a place in bonus football.

17. Broncos (22): Only two teams have allowed fewer points, and only four have made it in less time than Denver. Certainly not a sexy formula, but it’s a winner with this team in the wild-card mix.

18. Brown (14): Goodbye get better during the week, Baker. Later, Cleveland would face the toughest remaining gauntlet in the league (.634 opponent winning percentage).

19. Washington (23): Monday Night Escape Act from Seattle Moved WFT from 12th to 7th in NFC, i.e. the last wild-card spot. People who thought it was a wasted season – me – are looking at crow’s options on the menu.

20. Steelers (17): They have lost 41 points in each of the last two weeks and simply put OLB TJ Watt in the COVID-19 Protocol, Mike Tomlin will have to pull out of all stops to survive his first losing season.

21. Eagles (18): Commendable to WR Jalen Rigor for facing Media Music as he dropped two TD passes in a six-point loss on Sunday. Less plausible is that Philly isn’t putting her in that position and instead targeting rookie Devonta Smith.

22. Dolphins (26): Sweep the New York teams in their next two outings, and the Finns – once 1-7 – are surprisingly back at .500.

23. Saint (20): Winless on QB Trevor Simian’s four starts and now off the playoff ground, it’s time to see if Tessome Hill can ride the defense against a poor Dallas.

24. Seahawks (24): Appropriate time to thank the NFL for “flexing” its muscles so that we don’t have to watch Seattle in prime time for weeks in a row.

25. Falcon (25): Before RB Cordrell Patterson’s 27-yard breakaway on Sunday, Atlanta had not had a 20-yard run in the entire season.

26. Giants (27): After all the criticism by ousted OC Jason Garrett for not maxing out his weapons, New York’s only TD Sunday… was made by Chris Myrick? Whatever – it worked.

27. Panthers (19): bummer to see another Brief Season for RB Christian McCaffrey, but in reality? Carolina has lost 15 of their last 20 to CMC in a lineup, so…

28. Bear (28): Tough break for Matt Nagy, who apparently won’t be able to enjoy his vacation and will have to train this team for another six weeks.

29. Jet (30): The costly win in Houston on Sunday dropped them to fourth place in the 2022 draft order… though a Week 16 date with Jacksonville could still allow the NYJ to improve its position.

30. Texans (31): A valuable loss to the Jets on Sunday helped them settle in the No. 2 slot in the 2022 draft order… although Week 15 dates to Jacksonville as a potential pit.

31. Jaguar (29): He has lost 13 straight down the road dating back to the 2019 season. Four of his last six will be played outside Jacksonville.

32. Lion (32): You have to wonder if coach Dan Campbell, now calling offensive play, has taken too much into his enthusiasm to break the win column. Detroit’s timeout management—or lack thereof—will suggest on Thanksgiving that more delegation from Campbell is in order.


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