Our Week 13 NFL Power Rankings take a look at the best teams, with plenty of movement around the league, especially with some big wins on Sunday. This includes the Tennessee Titans defeating the Indianapolis Colts to take back the AFC South, the San Francisco 49ers upsetting the Los Angeles Rams, the New York Giants taking control of first place in the NFC East, and more.[sv slug=”mocksim”]
NFL Power Rankings: Week 13
As you read through these NFL Power Rankings, remember that they are not predictions. If a team projects to have an easy or difficult schedule ahead of them, that matters not for this exercise. These are very simply a list of how good each team is right this minute. Here’s how all 32 teams rank in my Week 13 NFL Power Rankings – including the best teams at the bottom – with just a few more weeks remaining in the 2020 NFL regular season.
32) New York Jets (0-11)
The Jets only scored three points against Miami, but they were not totally dominated. To say this was an encouraging performance by New York might be a little kind, but this game was much more evenly played than the final score would indicate. Of course, the Jets have yet to win a game this year, which is why they are ranked 32nd in these NFL Week 13 Power Rankings.
31) Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1)
Without Joe Burrow, Brandon Allen got the start at quarterback, and Cincinnati produced just 155 yards from scrimmage while averaging a measly 3.4 yards per play. Cincinnati also turned the ball over three times and possessed the ball for just 22:34. However, the Bengals held tough on defense and got a big return on a kickoff to keep this game close.
30) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10)
Mike Glennon got the start for Jacksonville and threw for 235 yards, while James Robinson rushed for 128. But, the Browns’ offense was on the field for over five minutes longer than the Jaguars. Overall, this wasn’t a poor showing for the Jaguars, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 1-10.
29) Detroit Lions (4-7)
Matthew Stafford didn’t have Kenny Golladay or D’Andre Swift on Thanksgiving, and the Lions defense was overmatched against Deshaun Watson. Turnovers really hurt the Lions, and much of Stafford’s production came when this game was out of reach. The Lions – ranked 29th in my Week 13 NFL Power Rankings – have lost four of their last five, with their only win in that stretch coming against Washington.
On a positive note, it is apparent that TJ Hockenson has emerged as an upper-tier tight end in his second NFL season. Oh yeah, Matt Patricia got fired after this loss as well.
28) Chicago Bears (5-6)
Mitchell Trubisky got the start in Green Bay. That didn’t go well. Chicago’s defense played far too many minutes and got no help from the offensive side of the ball yet again. This is Chicago’s fifth loss in a row. Big picture: From general manager to head coach to the quarterback, there aren’t many organizations in worse shape than the Bears.
27) Dallas Cowboys (3-8)
Looking at the final score, the Cowboys got blown out by Washington on Thanksgiving. And yes, that is the result, but Dallas played this game closer than that 41-16 score indicates. Still, the Cowboys produced just 32 rushing yards in the first 30 minutes of play, and Washington held the ball for over 18 minutes in the first half.
It didn’t get much better as the game went on. Making matters worse, the Zack Martin injury is a huge concern to an already massively depleted offensive line.
26) Denver Broncos (4-7)
How do you judge the Broncos – ranked 26th in my Week 13 NFL Power Rankings – with what they had to deal with this week? In an unprecedented situation, Kendall Hinton (who?) started at quarterback for the Broncos. Well, Hinton isn’t a quarterback, and Denver didn’t complete a single pass in the first half, finishing the day with one completion for 13 yards.
The Broncos defense hung in as long as they could, but this was 1940s football, and Denver averaged 2.6 yards per play, which is about as low as you will ever see in an NFL game. Denver gets the Chiefs next week.
25) Philadelphia Eagles (3-7-1)
The Eagles fell to 3-7-1 against Seattle on Monday night. Give Philadelphia’s defense a lot of credit – they put a lot of pressure on Russell Wilson and contained Seattle’s high-powered offense for the most part. That side of the ball did enough to win, but the Eagles offense again didn’t hold up their end of the bargain, averaging just 3.8 yards per play while consistently getting into third-down situations. It is a bit mind-boggling that Philadelphia doesn’t make Miles Sanders the foundation of their offense, especially with how bad this offense is struggling.
24) Carolina Panthers (4-8)
The Panthers were once again without Christian McCaffrey, but Teddy Bridgewater returned behind center. This was a crazy game that Carolina just fell short on. Jeremy Chinn scored a touchdown on back to back defensive snaps – think about that for a minute. The Panthers now are up to eight losses as they go into their bye week and have lost six of their last seven games, with their only win over Detroit.
23) New York Giants (4-7)
Daniel Jones left this game after injuring his hamstring, and his availability for the near future is in doubt. But New York was having a tough time against the Bengals before losing their quarterback. Still, the Giants’ defense was dominant, New York held the ball for 37:26, and their offense ended up producing 386 yards of offense.
Don’t look now, but New York has won three in a row. The Giants and Washington are 3-2 in the division, while the Eagles are 2-2 and Dallas is 1-3.
22) Washington Football Team (4-7)
The Football Team has now won two in a row and really played well in Dallas. Antonio Gibson had another impressive showing and is quickly turning into a feature back in this league, as Washington dominated time of possession.
Terry McLaurin’s hustle play saved Washington four points after a Jaylon Smith interception that otherwise would have gone for a touchdown. Sitting at 4-7 in the dismal NFC East gives the Football Team a real chance at the postseason.
21) Los Angeles Chargers (3-8)
Even with Austin Ekeler’s return, Los Angeles did little on the ground. The numbers were there for Justin Herbert, but this wasn’t his best showing. Going 3 for 16 on third downs sure makes it tough against a quality opponent like Buffalo. Joey Bosa stood out as one of the NFL’s best defenders, and this was a competitive game, but the Chargers dropped yet another and have won just one game in their last five tries.
NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Teams ranked 20-11
We kick off the top 20 of these Week 13 NFL Power Rankings with the New England Patriots. Who else falls in the ranks of 20-11? Let’s continue our march as we count down to the best teams in the NFL heading into Week 13.
20) New England Patriots (5-6)
Nick Folk hit the game-winner at the buzzer to put the Patriots over the Cardinals. Bill Belichick’s defense did a great job keeping Kyler Murray in check with a great pass-rush plan – he finished the day with just 201 yards from scrimmage.
Cam Newton had completed just two passes at the half, and it didn’t get much better for him and the Patriots’ offense from there. Somehow, the Patriots have found a way to get to 5-6, winning three of their last four games.
19) Houston Texans (4-7)
Deshaun Watson continues to play at an extremely high level and had little resistance moving Houston’s offense in the early Thanksgiving game in Detroit. Not only did Watson put up big numbers and make quite a few great throws, but his command while holding the football really stood out as well.
The Texans were heavily penalized and didn’t possess the ball as much as you would have expected, but they took the ball away on back to back plays in the first quarter, including a pick-six by JJ Watt, then recovered a fumble to open the second quarter. The playoffs are probably out of reach with seven losses, but Houston has won three of their last four and two in a row.
18) San Francisco 49ers (5-6)
There were five combined turnovers in the first half, as San Francisco went into the locker room with a 7-3 lead. Then the sixth turnover in this game was a pick-six by Javon Kinlaw. The Rams very much got back into the game, but Robbie Gould’s field goal with no time left on the clock sealed the deal for the 49ers.
Deebo Samuel’s first game back was a massive success, finishing this game with 11 catches for 134 yards. The Niners could be a spoiler – or maybe more – in December.
17) Cleveland Browns (8-3)
Baker Mayfield finished with a respectable stat line, but he wasn’t particularly sharp against the Jaguars, who were far from an easy victim for Cleveland. The Browns – who have won three in a row – are now 8-3 and are guaranteed not to have a losing season this year.
Mike Glennon threw for 235 yards, and James Robinson rushed for 128, but Nick Chubb and Jarvis Landry’s big contributions were able to get Cleveland into the winner’s circle as the Browns averaged a full yard per play more than Jacksonville on Sunday. Still, Jacksonville was a failed two-point conversion away from making this very interesting.
16) Minnesota Vikings (5-6)
In a crazy game, the Vikings got another win over Carolina to potentially stay in the hunt in the NFC playoffs. Special teams haunted Minnesota yet again in this game. The Vikings turned the ball over three times, and Carolina had two defensive scores.
But even without Adam Thielen, Kirk Cousins played his best when it mattered most. Minnesota has won four of their last five, with their only loss coming by three points against the Cowboys.
15) Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)
The Raiders turned the ball over five times, lost the time of possession battle by just under 10 minutes, and committed 11 penalties for 141 yards while losing in Atlanta by 37 points. Needless to say, this was a miserable showing by Las Vegas, who was dealt their fourth loss of the year and second in a row in stunning fashion. They come in 15th in these Week 13 NFL Power Rankings.
14) Atlanta Falcons (4-7)
Julio Jones and Todd Gurley were inactive, but Atlanta dominated the Raiders from the start in this game. It was never really competitive, even with the Falcons settling for three field goals in the first half. Atlanta scored 43 points, with Matt Ryan only throwing for 185 yards. But they won the turnover differential by four and held the ball for nearly 10 minutes longer than Las Vegas.
Atlanta got blown out a week ago, but if Todd Gurley didn’t fall into the end zone by accident against Detroit, the Falcons would be 5-1 under Raheem Morris.
13) Miami Dolphins (7-4)
With Tua Tagovailoa inactive, Ryan Fitzpatrick got the start against the Jets. Miami beat the Jets 20-3, but this game was more evenly played than that score would indicate. A huge difference in Miami’s favor was the production in the red zone and on third downs. At 7-4, the Dolphins have a decent chance at the playoffs. They’ve won six of their last seven.
12) Arizona Cardinals (6-5)
Even though they controlled the time of possession, the Cardinals had all kinds of short-yardage problems and couldn’t convert a field goal very late in the game. It was tough sledding in Foxborough for Kyler Murray as Arizona fell to 6-5, but the Cardinals defense totally stifled Cam Newton and held New England to just 3.5 yards per play. Arizona has now dropped two in a row, and it is tough to believe that Murray’s shoulder is 100%.
11) Baltimore Ravens (6-5)
The Ravens finally played in Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon with a very depleted group of players at John Harbaugh’s disposal. Baltimore fought hard against their biggest rival and Marquise Brown got free for a long touchdown to make it interesting, but the Ravens just couldn’t hang for 60 minutes. Robert Griffin III was replaced by Trace McSorley in the fourth quarter after Griffin could only produce 33 passing yards. Getting a good feel for where the Ravens are right now as a football team is obviously very difficult, but we should get a better idea next Tuesday when they take on Dallas.
Teams ranked 10-6
We’re getting closer to the top five best teams in the NFL heading into Week 13 but first, let’s take a look at the teams ranked 10-6 in my Power Rankings. We begin with the Indianapolis Colts.
10) Indianapolis Colts (7-4)
From the moment the game started, Derrick Henry ran all over the Colts with DeForest Buckner out of the lineup. Indianapolis was really never in this game and had no running game to speak of, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry. This doesn’t crush the 7-4 Colts playoff hopes, and they’ve now split with Tennessee, but it clearly was a setback and disheartening outcome. This isn’t a come-from-behind type of team.
9) Los Angeles Rams (7-4)
Jared Goff was miserable for much of this game that had turnovers galore. Speaking of turnovers, Troy Hill had a scoop and score caused by Aaron Donald to bring the Rams within four points in the second half. Speaking of Donald, he was a wrecking machine as usual and was instrumental in Los Angeles’ comeback. The Rams dropped a tough one against a foe that always gives them trouble, but don’t overlook what this team can do.
8) Buffalo Bills (8-3)
The Bills – ranked eighth in my NFL Week 13 Power Rankings – are now 8-3 after taking care of business against Los Angeles. It was encouraging to see the Bills get a ground game going, ending the day with 172 rushing yards. But this wasn’t Josh Allen’s best day, and we saw some questionable plays from the Bills signal-caller. The Bills were the better team, but Buffalo’s turnover and penalties kept the Chargers in this game to some degree.
7) Tennessee Titans (8-3)
Mostly on the shoulders of Derrick Henry, who ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns, the Titans controlled this game from the beginning and blew their divisional rival out to take a one-game lead in the AFC South. Indianapolis scored some late points, but this game was really never close. The Titans have won three of their last four and finish their season with a very favorable slate of opponents.
6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)
The Buccaneers were dominated early on by Kansas City but came back in a big way in the second half. Tom Brady had some rough moments for sure but still threw for 345 yards with 106 of those going to old buddy Rob Gronkowski despite Tampa Bay holding the football for just 23:13 of game time.
This excellent defense doesn’t have to face Patrick Mahomes every week, but why so much man-to-man coverage against such an offense? The Buccaneers extremely late bye week comes at a great time as they could maybe work out their remaining kinks as the regular season winds down and they head towards the playoffs.
The top 5 NFL teams
We kick off the top five of these NFL Week 13 Power Rankings with the Green Bay Packers along with the other four best teams in the league.
5) Green Bay Packers (8-3)
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense made it look far too easy against a very good Chicago defense on Sunday night. It is tough to say if Green Bay’s defense is more consistent and trustworthy since this was against the Bears, but it was a promising showing on that side of the ball, and they are at their best playing with a lead.
The Packers did lose Corey Linsley in this game, and while Elgton Jenkins moved inside in an impressive manner, Linsley is one of the top centers in football right now. Darnell Savage, who had two interceptions in this game, was also injured. In the end, Green Bay has Rodgers, and that gives them a substantial quarterback advantage in just about every game they play.
4) Seattle Seahawks (8-3)
The Seahawks got a nice win on the road in Philadelphia on Monday night. DK Metcalf clearly got the better of his one on one battle with Darius Slay, finishing the night with 10 catches for 177 yards. Seattle’s defense certainly isn’t great, but it has improved, and they sacked Carson Wentz six times. And now, Seattle has the two New York teams and Washington in their next three games.
3) New Orleans Saints (9-2)
The Saints had the luxury of playing against an NFL team that didn’t have a quarterback at their disposal. But meanwhile, Taysom Hill threw the ball 11 times in the first half…for 38 yards. And that was after finding Michael Thomas at the end of the half for a 24-yard completion. Hill finished this game with 78 passing yards, and clearly, the Saints didn’t need to throw.
Looking at New Orleans defensive stats in this game really has no value, but that side of the ball has been excellent of late, nonetheless. Sean Payton and the Saints have won eight consecutive games and are the best team in the NFC right now, and third-best in my NFL Week 13 Power Rankings.
2) Pittsburgh Steelers (11-0)
After getting bumped from Thanksgiving to Sunday to Tuesday to Wednesday, Pittsburgh finally took on the Ravens to finish up Week 12. There were a lot of self-inflicted wounds in this game, especially in the red zone and with dropped passes. The Steelers also muffed a punt that directly led to a Baltimore touchdown. But for the most part, Ben Roethlisberger and the defense took over the game in the second half. The Steelers host Washington next Monday with the chance to get to 12-0 on the season.
1) Kansas City Chiefs (10-1)
Tyreek Hill had over 200 yards and two touchdowns just in the first quarter in Tampa Bay, while Patrick Mahomes ended the day with 462 passing yards. Kansas City almost blew a double-digit lead and certainly has concerns on the defensive side of the ball.
But obviously, Andy Reid has extreme confidence in Mahomes, and when the chips are down, who do you trust more to come out with the win? That’s why the Chiefs are number one, once again, in my Week 13 NFL Power Rankings and one of the best teams in the NFL.
Matt Williamson is a Senior NFL Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @WilliamsonNFL.