2016 NFL Week 13 Powre Rankings
1. Dallas Cowboys (10-1).
Not for long, though.
2. Oakland Raiders (9-2).
We are still waiting to see if they get Aldon Smith and Mario Edwards, Jr. back.
3. New York Football Giants (8-3).
The Giants defense is top notch. Ben McAdoo’s play-calling is still baffling for long stretches of games, but the supposition is that they’re not doing too much until they have to, considering competition.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (8-3).
Kansas City just LOVES these muck-it-up games. We tell you guys this fact every week. They THRIVE in scenarios just as they found themselves on Sunday night.
5. New England Patriots (9-2).
They don’t scare anyone. Their offense is disjointed, Brady is beat up, and so is Gronkowski. Their defense isn’t all that. It boggles the mind how people are just throwing them into the Super Bowl with a pedestrian defense. There are four teams in the AFC that could beat them. Not the least being San Diego if they SOMEHOW make the playoffs.
6. Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1).
Seattle clearly missed Earl Thomas on Sunday, along with Michael Bennett. However, that is not why they lost. Tampa was clearly fueled by their emotional support of Alterraun Verner, who lost his father last week. Tampa’s defense has not looked that ferocious in several years. Add to it that it was another game where Darrell Bevell completely failed to prepare his offense and you get 14-5.
7. Detroit Lions (7-4).
The Lions know how to play tight games. This will bode well for them down the stretch.
8. Atlanta Falcons (7-4).
We still do not trust the Falcons’ defense, and their offense has not proven to be portable against good defenses. The Eagles weren’t even a good defense when they squared off three weeks ago, and were virtually shut down. Seattle shut Atlanta down with just a FG before Kris Richard (defensive coordinator) backed off into extremely soft zones, which led to the Falcons’ touchdowns in the 2nd half.
9. Denver Broncos (7-4).
The B-men are in trouble. They are 1-3 in the division (as are the Chargers) and if chalk holds, and the Bolts and Denver finish 10-6, the Chargers would own that tiebreaker for the wild card.
10. Miami Dolphins (7-4).
The Fins are getting it done, no matter how aesthetically pleasing it may or may not be.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5).
Jameis Winston is in 2013 mode. Dallas should beware in three weeks.
12. Buffalo Bills (6-5).
The Bills still look like an 8-8 team to us.
13. Washington Redskins (6-4-1).
Dallas fans swear they fear Washington, who can’t stop anyone, and whose most lethal receiving threat is operating at 50% for the rest of the season, and not the team that actually beat them. This team isn’t good enough to beat anyone in the playoffs on the road.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5).
The Steelers have gotten two relatively easy wins now, but they cannot relax with the Football Giants coming to town.
15. Baltimore Ravens (6-5).
We’ll see about them down the stretch here, they have to figure out how to spark their offense, instead of listening to Joe Flacco spew woulda-coulda-shouldas after losses.
16. Minnesota Vikings (6-5).
The Vikes have a short week to prepare for Dallas. Their defense will be up for the task. Will their offense? After Sam Bradford was beaten up yet again?
17. Tennessee Titans (6-6).
Do the Titans have enough to usurp the Texans and win the AFC South? Offensively, they do. Can Mariota avoid the back-breaking turnovers late in close games? We’ll see.
18. San Diego Chargers (5-6).
Of the teams that are on the outside looking in on the wild card hunt in both conferences, the Bucs and Bolts are two teams no one will want to face.
19. Houston Texans (6-5).
This team is not good, and their record is finally reflective of such.
20. New Orleans Saints (5-6).
It is known that the Saints are lethal at home, the Rams just found out. Added in with the Gregg Williams/Bountygate angle, and the Saints clearly ran up the score in the 2nd half.
21. Green Bay Packers (5-6).
No, beating a rookie quarterback who has been figured out, with no receivers, no running game, and arguably the worst secondary in the NFC does not mean the Packers are “back.” Just take the win and hope for the best moving forward. Packers fans are going to get full of themselves again, though.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6).
So much for “Wentzylvania” huh? If he keeps this up, they may be looking to run him back to North Dakota.
23. Indianapolis Colts (5-6).
This is the biggest “whatever” team out there.
24. Carolina Panthers (4-7).
They were missing Luke Kuechly on Sunday, and that was not lost on the Raiders, who went after his stand-in, AJ Klein ALL GAME.
25. Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1).
26. Cincinnati Bengals (3-7-1).
Unless Mike Brown suddenly had a lobotomy and changed his penny-pinching ways, no, this season is not going to get Marvin Lewis fired.
27. Los Angeles Rams (4-7).
Let us hope this Eric Dickerson-Jeff Fisher blowup is enough to get Fisher up out of here. No one has had a job for this long, failing miserably, without being fired like Fisher has.
28. Chicago Bears (2-9).
The Bears are competitively tanking. It is an art.
29. New York Jets (3-8).
The Jets aren’t really even trying to tank. They’re just bad, and found a way to lose a game that they should have (and were trying to win) won, but didn’t. Yet again.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9).
Greatest 2-9 team Rex has ever seen?
31. San Francisco 49ers (1-10).
The 49ers have been competitive ever since Colin Kaepernick has assumed the starting quarterback position. He has played extremely well for the most part. They are just deficient in the talent department on defense. Kiko Alonso needs to keep his mouth shut, however.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-12).
The Browns must have used some of their cap space to pay the officials to keep that game close for as long as possible. The refs took a Giants punt return touchdown by Odell Beckham off the board with a phantom holding call, and a few other bogus calls that stalled Giants drives in a game that should have easily been a 38-10 type of game.