NFL Power Rankings: Week 13

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

The mighty New England Patriots have some major injury concerns with their massive, skilled players at the tight end position. With some weapons grounded for the Pats, the Dallas Cowboys just keep winning football games.

NFL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 10-1-0
-5.5 Dallas
Dak Prescott has been at his best during crunch time, completing 30 of his last 33 pass attempts in the fourth quarter or overtime!
2 1 down 1 9-2-0
-5.5 New England
At one point earlier in the season, the Pats would have been favored over every other team on any field. That’s no longer the case with TE’s Gronkowski and Bennett banged up.
3 5 up 2 6-5-0
-4.5 Pittsburgh
The Steelers snapped their four game skid with wins over two struggling foes. We’ll see if this lofty rating is merited after they step up in class this week against the Giants.
4 4 same 7-4-0
-4 Atlanta
The Falcons lead the NFL in points scored by a fairly wide margin and their point differential between offense and defense ranks #3, behind only Dallas and New England.
5 3 down 2 7-3-1
-4 Seattle
Seattle’s home loss to Tampa Bay marked the third time this season they haven’t scored a single offensive touchdown in 60+ minutes of football.
6 7 up 1 9-2-0
-3.5 Oakland
The Raiders running game is struggling of late. Latavius Murray has been held to 78 rushing yards on 31 carries in his last two contests, without a gain of more than seven yards.
7 6 down 1 7-4-0
-2.5 Denver
I rarely rip a coach for being too aggressive, but Gary Kubiak’s ill-fated decision to try a 62 yard FG attempt late in overtime led directly to a loss that could keep them out of the playoffs!
8 9 up 1 8-3-0
-2.5 Kansas City
The Chiefs have a 17-3 SU record in their last 20 regular season games, best in the NFL. They’re 8-3 this year, despite having scored only 21 offensive touchdowns in 11 games.
9 10 up 1 8-3-0
-2 N.Y. Giants
The Giants – like the rest of the NFC East --have been feasting on the weak. Their current six game winning streak includes victories over the Bears, Browns and Rams.
10 8 down 2 6-4-1
-2 Washington
Kirk Cousins has completed 72% of his passes with an 11-1 TD-INT ratio in his last five games, yet the Redskins are only 2-2-1 during that span.
11 14 up 3 5-6-0
-1.5 New Orleans
Yes, the Saints allowed Jared Goff to notch his first three touchdown passes as an NFL quarterback against them, but they’ve held their last five opponents to 25 points or less.
12 13 up 1 6-5-0
-1 Buffalo
The 6-5 Bills rank No. 6 in the NFL in overall point differential, ahead of fellow AFC contenders like the 9-2 Raiders and the 8-3 Chiefs.
13 22 up 9 5-6-0
-1 Green Bay
Don’t stick a fork in Green Bay just yet. Aaron Rodgers: “I feel like we can run the table, I really do. The offense is starting to click…..”
14 20 up 6 5-6-0
-1 San Diego
San Diego keeps winning, but their injury woes continue to mount. Run stuffing nose tackle Brandon Mebane is the latest to go down with a season ending injury.
15 17 up 2 7-4-0
-0.5 Detroit
Matthew Stafford is getting the headlines, but let’s give some love to kicker Matt Prater: 6-6 on game tying or go-ahead field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime this year.
16 15 down 1 6-6-0
0 Tennessee
Marcus Mariota has thrown 21 touchdown passes since the start of Week 5, the most TD passes from any NFL quarterback during that span, while only throwing 3 INT’s!
17 21 up 4 6-5-0
0.5 Baltimore
Adjust your Ravens stats from the win over Cinci. The box score shows 30 rushes for 92 yards (3.1 ypc). Subtract the intentional safety: 29 rushes for 115 yards (4.0 ypc)!
18 19 up 1 7-4-0
0.5 Miami
The last time Miami won six straight, Nick Saban was in his first year as their coach. Adam Gase’s young coordinators are already attracting ‘head coach next year’ attention.
19 25 up 6 5-6-0
1 Indianapolis
The Colts have been outgained by a whopping 0.8 yards per play this season, Only the lowly Browns and 49ers are worse in this key statistical metric.
20 12 down 8 5-6-0
1 Philadelphia
The Eagles limited receiving corps continue to hinder Carson Wentz’s development. Philly’s WR’s rank No. 30 in the NFL in yards per reception and No. 28 in receiving yards.
21 24 up 3 6-5-0
1 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay’s improving pass defense has allowed only three TD passes in their last five wins and one of the three was a Hail Mary in a blowout over the Bears!
22 11 down 11 4-6-1
1.5 Arizona
The slumping Cardinals aren’t getting what they need from the QB position. Carson Palmer has been sacked 28 times and committed 14 turnovers in his last seven starts.
23 16 down 7 4-7-0
1.5 Carolina
Cam Newton has thrown only 5 TD passes in his last five games. Last year, he threw five TD passes in a single game on three separate occasions.
24 18 down 6 6-5-0
2 Houston
The more I watch Brock Osweiler look like the worst starting QB in the NFL, the more I have to respect John Elway for making the decision to let him walk on the offseason.
25 23 down 2 6-5-0
2 Minnesota
Despite five losses in their last six games, the Vikings still have a 56% chance to make the playoffs according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
26 27 up 1 3-7-1
3.5 Cincinnati
There’s a silver lining in this miserable season for Cincinnati fans. Marvin Lewis could be on the hot seat and the Bengals streak of consecutive first round playoff losses will end at five.
27 26 down 1 4-7-0
3.5 Los Angeles
Jared Goff threw three TD passes before halftime at New Orleans, but managed only 47 passing yards with an interception after halftime as the Rams were held scoreless.
28 28 same 3-8-0
4 N.Y. Jets
The Jets played their ‘Super Bowl’ on Sunday against New England, but came up short after a strong start. This veteran squad sure looks like a ‘bet-against’ team moving forward.
29 30 up 1 2-9-0
4.5 Chicago
According to Pro Football Focus stats, the Bears 11 dropped passes in their loss to Tennessee was the most for any team in any game over the past ten seasons.
30 29 down 1 2-9-0
5 Jacksonville
Just one more ugly stat for Jacksonville backers. The Jaguars lead the league in ‘most time trailing’, playing from behind on nearly 2/3 of their snaps since Week 1.
31 32 up 1 1-10-0
7 San Francisco
San Fran gets a power ratings bump thanks to the impressive play from QB Colin Kaepernick, with an 8-2 TD-INT ratio and more than 200 rushing yards in four November starts.
32 31 down 1 0-12-0
8.5 Cleveland
The Browns have their best chance to snap their winless season immediately following their bye, with two weeks to prepare for their home game against the Bengals.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.