The top five of these rankings remains stagnant but the margins between spot Nos. 12 through 28 are getting impossibly small. Here’s where all 32 teams stand as we turn the page to Week 13.
32. Houston Texans (1-9-1) (Previously: 32)
Yes, Kyle Allen is much worse than Davis Mills.
31. Chicago Bears (3-9) (Previously: 31)
The Packers suck, Justin Fields looks like a star and the Bears are almost sure to have a top five pick. There’s a lot for fans to feel grateful for this holiday season.
30. Denver Broncos (3-8) (Previously: 28)
The Broncos are in the process of handing a top five pick to Seattle. It’s currently No. 4 overall.
29. Los Angeles Rams (3-8) (Previously: 24)
Winning a Super Bowl will give the Rams a grace period of several years. They might need it without a 2023 first-round pick and an aging and expensive roster.
28. New Orleans Saints (4-7) (Previously: 23)
Fun fact: Andy Dalton has a top five Pro Football Focus passing grade.
27. Carolina Panthers (4-8) (Previously: 30)
The Panthers have quietly allowed 15 points or less in three straight games.
26. Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1) (Previously: 21)
Jeff Saturday is now officially in the NFL head coaching fraternity now that he exhibited horrific clock management skills down the stretch of Monday night’s loss to the Steelers.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-7) (Previously: 27)
Kenny Pickett is fearless and fun as hell. There’s a nice little foundation forming within Pittsburgh’s offense of Pickett, George Pickens, Pat Freiermuth and Deontae Johnson.
24. Las Vegas Raiders (4-7) (Previously: 29)
The Raiders are 2-0 since Derek Carr’s emotional postgame press conference after a loss to the Colts.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) (Previously: 26)
Trevor Lawrence now has three straight games with a QB rating of at least 100. That includes two fourth quarter comebacks. The future is bright in Jacksonville.
22. Green Bay Packers (4-8) (Previously: 20)
Getting a five-game extended look at Jordan Love to close the season would certainly add a layer of intrigue to an otherwise lost season in Green Bay.
21. Detroit Lions (4-7) (Previously: 22)
As of now, the Lions have shown enough over the last month to warrant Dan Campbell returning in 2023. There’s no doubt he has Detroit’s entire locker room bought in. They own the Rams 2023 first-round pick which is currently slated at No. 3 overall.
20. Arizona Cardinals (4-8) (Previously: 19)
Outside of not wanting to spend the money on a buyout, there isn’t a reason for Arizona to keep Kliff Kingsbury around after this season.
19. Cleveland Browns (4-7) (Previously: 25)
The wait is over. We now get to see what the Deshaun Watson-led Browns will look like. And of course, Watson’s debut will come against the Texans.
18. Atlanta Falcons (5-7) Previously: 18)
With games against the Steelers and Saints upcoming, it’s not a foregone conclusion that the Falcons are out of playoff contention.
17. New York Giants (7-4) (Previously: 15)
The Giants have lost two games in a row and have a brutal road ahead with games against the Commanders (twice), Eagles, Vikings (twice) and Colts. Keeping their No. 6 seed, or the No. 7 seed for that matter, will be well-earned if they can do it.
16. Los Angeles Chargers (6-5) (Previously: 17)
Brandon Staley rolling the dice for the game-winning two-point conversion in the final seconds against the Cardinals kept the Chargers playoff hopes alive.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6) (Previously: 11)
After further review, the Bucs are in fact, not back at all. Todd Bowles might be a one-and-done candidate.
14. Seattle Seahawks (6-5) (Previously: 10)
The Seahawks defense has major concerns, but the tough remaining schedule of the Giants and Commanders should help Seattle’s playoff chances down the stretch.
13. New York Jets (7-4) (Previously: 16)
It’s hard to imagine Zach Wilson playing another down for the Jets so long as Mike White remains somewhat competent.
12. New England Patriots (6-5) (Previously: 13)
I’m skeptical of New England’s ceiling as a Titans-esque team, but the Patriots will have the chance to prove me wrong in Week 13 against the Bills.
11. Washington Commanders (7-5) (Previously: 14)
Washington plays its next two games against the Giants, matchups that will likely determine which earns a Wild Card spot.
10. Tennessee Titans (7-4) (Previously: 7)
We know exactly who the Titans are: A competitive, well-coached team that is limited offensively but possesses a capable defense that will keep them in games.
9. Baltimore Ravens (7-4) (Previously: 6)
The Ravens are the antithesis of the Vikings when it comes to the results of equally dramatic and bizarre finishes.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) (Previously: 12)
A Bengals-Chiefs AFC Championship Game rematch in Week 13 should be as entertaining as it was last January.
7. Minnesota Vikings (9-2) (Previously: 9)
The Vikings would almost assuredly be home underdogs against the Eagles, Cowboys and 49ers.
6. San Francisco 49ers (7-4) (Previously: 8)
The 49ers defense hasn’t allowed a point in six quarters and has allowed 20 points or more in just two games all season.
5. Dallas Cowboys (8-3) (Previously: 5)
The ceiling of the Cowboys remains undeniable, both offensively and defensively.
4. Buffalo Bills (8-3) (Previously: 4)
Von Miller’s injury adds to the ominous vibes in Buffalo.
3. Miami Dolphins (8-3) (Previously: 3)
Dolphins at 49ers is the marquee matchup of Week 13, and I absolutely cannot wait.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) (Previously: 2)
I wouldn’t argue with you if you think the Chiefs should be No. 1 in these rankings.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-1) (Previously: 1)
The Eagles have given up 30 points in each of their last two home games. Their concerns on defense are very legit.