NFL Power Rankings: Week 13

By Matt Fargo - Covers Expert

Denver's collapse in New England has allowed Seattle to sneak up and tie the Broncos atop our Week 13 poll. Find out where your favorite team sits in our latest NFL Power Rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

Week 13 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 9-2-0
-7.5 Denver
Denver has been largely shut down after halftime in each of the last three weeks: 13 punts, three turnovers, three touchdowns and one field goal on its 20 second half drives.
2 2 same 10-1-0
-7.5 Seattle
With the loss of starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner (injured) and Walt Thurmond (suspended), the Seahawks elite-level pass defense is primed to take a major hit.
3 4 up 1 8-3-0
-6 New England
When former Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg took the wind and kicked off after winning the coin toss in OT, he was run out of town. When Belichick did the same thing, he's a genius.
4 3 down 1 9-2-0
-6 New Orleans
The betting markets have surely noticed the Saints home/road dichotomy on offense this year, with New Orleans a 6-point underdog at Seattle for Monday Night Football.
5 5 same 7-4-0
-6 San Francisco
San Francisco's defense dominated on Monday Night, but Colin Kaepernick was mediocre at best. Kaepernick ranks dead last in passing yards among QBs who have started every game.
6 6 same 8-3-0
-5 Carolina
After starting his career in Carolina with a woeful 2-14 SU record in games decided by a TD or less, Ron Rivera's squad has now won three consecutive tight games in the last three weeks.
7 9 up 2 7-4-0
-3 Cincinnati
Cincinnati has alternated wins and losses off its bye week dating back to 2008. Last year, the Bengals lost by eight at home to Denver with an extra week of prep time.
8 12 up 4 6-5-0
-3 Dallas
Looking for the single-best pointspread team in the NFL this year? Look no further, now 8-3 ATS after knocking off the Giants in Jersey last Sunday.
9 10 up 1 6-5-0
-3 Detroit
The Lions have suffered nine consecutive losses on Thanksgiving Day - something of a national joke. This year, they'll need to beat the Packers by a TD or more to cover the spread.
10 13 up 3 7-4-0
-2.5 Arizona
After throwing multiple interceptions in five straight games, Arizona QB Carson Palmer has only thrown two picks in his last four contests and the Cardinals have won all four.
11 7 down 4 7-4-0
-2.5 Indianapolis
The Colts have been outscored 93-12 in the first half of their last four ballgames and been blown off the field by the likes of St Louis and Arizona in the last three weeks.
12 8 down 4 9-2-0
-2.5 Kansas City
This once-elite stop unit is now injury riddled, unable to generate pressure on opposing QBs and they've allowed 400-plus yards in each of their last three ballgames.
13 11 down 2 6-5-0
-1 Chicago
Without Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, Henry Melton, Nate Collins, D.J. Williams, Kelvin Hayden and Turk McBride, calling the Bears defense an injury riddled mess is no hyperbole.
14 14 same 6-5-0
-1 Philadelphia
Better late than never. After watching Nick Foles throw for 16 touchdowns without an interception, Chip Kelly finally announced that Foles will be the starter moving forward.
15 17 up 2 5-6-0
0 Pittsburgh
The Steelers have come back from the dead with five wins in their last seven games, finding offensive balance now that Le'Veon Bell has gotten decent blocking in front of him.
16 16 same 5-6-0
0 San Diego
Could the Chargers win at K.C. propel a late season playoff push? After Cincy this week, they'll face the Giants, Raiders and Chiefs at home, along with a road trip to Denver.
17 15 down 2 4-7-0
1 N.Y. Giants
After settling for field goals once again in their loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, the Giants now rank No. 26 in red-zone TD percentage this year - a big part of their disappointing campaign.
18 18 same 5-6-0
1.5 Baltimore
Even with Baltimore's defense continuing to dominate, this offense just can't score touchdowns. On a yards-per-play basis, only the hapless Jaguars have a weaker offense this year.
19 23 up 4 5-6-0
2 Tennessee
Since Ryan Fitzpatrick took over for the injured Jake Locker against the Jaguars, he's thrown five TDs without an interception, led a game-winning drive and has a QB rating of 110.7.
20 26 up 6 5-6-0
2.5 St. Louis
The St. Louis offense has been completely revitalized with the emergence of rookie Tavon Austin, who has scored four 50-plus yard TDs in the Rams' last two games.
21 20 down 1 5-6-0
3.5 Miami
The Dolphins' offensive line woes continue to haunt them in tight games. After taking another three sacks last week, QB Ryan Tannehill continues to lead the NFL - sacked 44 times this year.
22 28 up 6 3-8-0
3.5 Tampa Bay
The good news? Tampa Bay won its third straight. The bad news? They were plus-5 in turnovers, blocked a kick and were still life-and-death to win the game in the closing minutes.
23 22 down 1 4-7-0
4 Buffalo
The Bills "home" game this week will be played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Last year, they allowed 50 points in a blowout loss to Seattle in this venue.
24 21 down 3 5-6-0
4 N.Y. Jets
The Jets were lined as a 6 or 6.5 win team here in Vegas last summer. Still looks like they'll get Over that total, facing only one team with a winning record down the stretch.
25 19 down 6 4-7-0
5 Cleveland
With Jason Campbell suffering a nasty concussion last week, it looks as if the Browns will have to go back to thrice-benched Brandon Weeden at quarterback.
26 25 down 1 5-5-1
5 Green Bay
Lots of questions surrounding Mike McCarthy's overtime play call on third and goal from the two-yard line - an ill-advised fade rout to Jordy Nelson that fell incomplete, resulting in the tie.
27 24 down 3 3-8-0
5 Washington
The Redskins decline certainly isn't all RG3's fault, but the numbers don't lie. Griffin's QB rating has dropped more than 20 points from last year and he's yet to find the end zone as a runner.
28 29 up 1 2-9-0
5.5 Atlanta
Atlanta's offense carried them to the NFC Championship Game last year, but they've been held to 13 points or less four times in the last five weeks, losing all five games in SU fashion.
29 31 up 2 2-8-1
5.5 Minnesota
Christian Ponder earned a QB rating of 103.9 at Green Bay, the second time in three weeks he's been over 100 after failing to reach that mark in any previous game this year.
30 30 same 4-7-0
5.5 Oakland
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed two more field goals last week - the third time this season that Janikowski misses have been a major contributing factor to an Oakland defeat.
31 27 down 4 2-9-0
6.5 Houston
With nine straight losses (including two consecutive SU defeats as double digit favorites) and the single-worst pointspread record in the league, the Texans have truly fallen on hard times.
32 32 same 2-9-0
8 Jacksonville
With two SU wins as double-digit underdogs in the last three weeks, the long downtrodden Jaguars actually have some positive momentum right now.
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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.