2011 NFL Power Rankings | Week 13
Week 12 brought tons of excitement with several close finishes and a slew of elite individual performances. It all ended on a high note with Sunday’s final two games, as the Broncos and Chargers took it to overtime, and the Chiefs somehow we’re dealt a defeat by the Steelers until the final minute.
Of course, I would be remissed to skip past what started the week, as the 49ers finally lost again in the “Harbaugh Bowl”, while Green Bay quited the Lions and the Cowboy stretched their winning streak to four games.
Needless to say, last week’s power rankings are looking different this week, with several teams rising and falling. Take a look at where your team lies in our Week 13 NFL Power Rankings:
It was tough early, but Green Bay completely owned the second half and showed that they’re still a class above the Lions. It’s looking more and more possible that they could be 16-0.
Just when you think this team is in trouble, they go off on their opponents with three straight 34+ outings. Looking at their schedule, it’s plausible to expect them to be 13-3 at season’s end.
Beating the 49ers is a big win. Now they need to continue to prove they’re elite, and not fall asleep against lesser opponents.
They lost a tough, hard-fought game on the road to a good team. Nothing to be ashamed about here.
The Saints are pretty good. 49 points on the Giants. Yeah, they’re pretty good.
Barely getting past the Chiefs has to raise some red flags. Losing Troy Polomalu for any amount of time (concussion) has to raise some real concern.
First Schaub, now Leinart. Despite the injuries, this team is still 8-3 and about to take their division.
Dallas narrowly beat a suddenly tough Miami team. That seems to be the mantra for their season, but they’re still 7-4, and you can’t ignore it.
The plummet without Cutler has begun. Three first-half interceptions by Caleb Hanie did this team in, and it could be some foreshadowing.
Detroit lost their momentum and their cool against Green Bay. They’re just not as good as the Packers right now.
Atlanta is quietly in the race for their division and the playoffs. They feel like a sneaky team that could shock some people late in the season if they keep this up.
Don’t look now, but the Oakland Raiders are three games above .500.
They stopped their losing skid with a close win over the Browns. You don’t move up for that, but you don’t drop, either.
That horrid lop-sided loss to the Saints makes it three straight losses for what many thought was a good Giants team. Here’s to a late-season collapse for the third year in a row!
It’s not all about Tim Tebow, but he’s certainly the driving force in Denver’s remarkable turn around. The question continues, though: can it continue?
That’s the gutsy performance the Jets needed out of Mark Sanchez. Now, if only he can do that for, you know, every game.
The Titans continue to appear to be a mediocre team that can compete with anyone on any given day. On a lighter note, it sure was nice to see Chris Johnson put up big numbers for the second time in three weeks.
Give them credit. They showed life on the road against a Jets team that was just as desperate as they were. There’s a slight chance this ride isn’t over just yet.
It’s time for this team to drop into the 20′s. They’re just not as good as everyone thinks they’re supposed to be. Simple as that.
This team has now lost six straight games after a 4-1 start. Norv Turner has clearly lost control.
They can still compete with anyone, but with a tougher schedule than last season, this young team continues to unravel.
I almost want to count that Dallas loss as a win. It’s too bad Tony Sparano will be gone after this year, because he still has this team believing and fighting hard.
It was nice to see Peyton Hillis return and run hard against a tough Bengals run defense. Unfortunately, in more way than one, it was too little, too late.
When you let Rex Grossman finish you off, you don’t deserve to win.
Rex Grossman finally finished a game. The Redskins aren’t going anywhere, but at least he can make himself look better for his next backup job.
The Cardinals keep being a competitive tease. One has to wonder if they would have lost in their last three wins had Kevin Kolb been under center.
The Panthers did what they should be doing most weeks – lean on the ground game. When they’re running well and doing play-action with Cam Newton, they’re hard to beat.
Benching Blaine Gabbert with the game still within reach makes no sense. What does he have to gain from that?
Let the Kyle Orton era begin.
This team was a goal-line stand from possible upsetting the Falcons on the road. Just imagine if Percy Harvin could have gotten into the end-zone on that 104-yard kick return.
St. Louis’ season from hell just keeps getting worse. What the heck has happened to the 2010 Sam Bradford?
If we’re being honest, week 12 was probably the Colts’ last chance to stop 0-16 from happening.