The Bengals are hitting their stride and have joined the powers in the AFC.
The Bengals are hitting their stride and have joined the powers in the AFC.

NFL Power Rankings: Where Every Team Stands After Week 13

After Week 13 of the NFL season, it’s clear there are eight teams that are the best in the league, followed by the majority of teams that are separated by miniscule margins. Here’s how I think all 32 clubs stack up as we turn the page to Week 14.

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32. Houston Texans (1-10-1) (Previously: 32)

The Texans defense did its part to shutdown Deshaun Watson in his return to Houston.

31. Chicago Bears (3-10) (Previously: 31)

Sure, losing to the Packers isn’t fun for Bears fans, but Chicago is in the long game, and that long game needs these losses down the stretch.

30. Denver Broncos (3-9) (Previously: 30)

Another week, another zero-touchdown performance from Russell Wilson.

29. Los Angeles Rams (3-9) (Previously: 29)

Credit to the injury-riddled Rams for nearly playing spoiler to the Seahawks playoff hopes.

28. New Orleans Saints (4-8) (Previously: 28)

Mark Ingram voluntarily running out of bounds short of the sticks, and then the Saints throwing the ball on third down in a two-play sequence was an inexcusable sequence for New Orleans.

27. Carolina Panthers (4-8) (Previously: 27)

Baker Mayfield is gone as the Sam Darnold show continues in Week 14.

26. Indianapolis Colts (4-7-1) (Previously: 26)

Colts +11.0 bettors were probably feeling good after three quarters with the Cowboys leading 21-19.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) (Previously: 23)

Trevor Lawrence avoiding serious injury after getting rolled up on was the biggest victory of Jacksonville’s season.

24. Arizona Cardinals (4-8) (Previously: 20)

There are five games left in the season for Kliff Kingsbury to try and save his job.

23. Atlanta Falcons (5-8) Previously: 18)

It would be foolish for the Falcons to not get a look at Desmond Ridder prior to season’s end.

22. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6) (Previously: 16)

Justin Herbert continues to make a few dazzling throws a week despite a season that feels to be drifting away from playoff contention.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7) (Previously: 25)

The Steelers have won three of their last four games and have allowed 17 points or less in each of the trio of victories.

20. Las Vegas Raiders (5-7) (Previously: 24)

All it took was an emotional Derek Carr press conference to ignite a three-game winning streak.

19. Green Bay Packers (5-8) (Previously: 22)

If nothing else, Aaron Rodgers can still claim that he owns the Bears despite a lost season otherwise.

18. Detroit Lions (5-7) (Previously: 21)

The Lions are 4-1 over their last five games, and their only loss came on a last-second field goal against the Bills.

17. Cleveland Browns (5-7) (Previously: 19)

Deshaun Watson completed just 12-of-22 passes for 131 yards, no touchdowns and an interception against the lowly Texans defense in his 2022 debut. The rust was obvious.

16. New York Giants (7-4-1) (Previously: 17)

A tie on Sunday against Washington makes the rematch in Week 15 a must-win for the G-Men.

15. New England Patriots (6-6) (Previously: 12)

The Patriots are stuck in the middle of the good-not-great abyss with no real path to getting over the hump.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) (Previously: 15)

I refuse to believe that the Buccaneers are a threat in the NFC outside of their heinous division.

13. Seattle Seahawks (7-5) (Previously: 14)

Panic is most certainly warranted regarding the Seahawks defense.

12. New York Jets (7-5) (Previously: 13)

The Jets out-gained the Vikings 486-287 but went just 1-for-6 in the red zone.

11. Washington Commanders (7-5-1) (Previously: 11)

Washington almost went the entire second half without scoring prior to a game-tying touchdown inside the two-minute warning. The Commanders will see the Giants again in Week 15 after a Week 14 bye.

10. Tennessee Titans (7-5) (Previously: 10)

The Titans are notoriously competitive, which makes their blowout loss to the Eagles even more noteworthy.

9. Baltimore Ravens (8-4) (Previously: 9)

It’s never easy, nor is it pretty with these 2022 Ravens. Thankfully for Baltimore, it has one of the best backup quarterbacks in football.

8. Miami Dolphins (8-4) (Previously: 3)

There’s a lot of hair-splitting when ranking the top eight teams, but Miami’s dud against the 49ers warrants this drop.

7. Minnesota Vikings (10-2) (Previously: 7)

Is it unfair that the 10-win Vikings are this far down the list? Yes. Would they be home underdogs to all six teams in front of them? Also yes.

6. San Francisco 49ers (8-4) (Previously: 6)

The uncertainty surrounding the 49ers offense following Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending foot injury is what is keeping the 49ers out of the top five for now.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) (Previously: 8)

Beating the Chiefs despite going 3-for-7 in the red zone is damn impressive.

The Bengals are hitting their stride and have joined the powers in the AFC.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) (Previously: 2)

The Chiefs losing a coin flip game on the road against the Bengals by just three points is an easy one to flush.

3. Dallas Cowboys (9-3) (Previously: 5)

The Cowboys led the Colts 21-19 going into the fourth quarter and won 54-19.

2. Buffalo Bills (9-3) (Previously: 4)

Buffalo dominated New England last Thursday, and it still feels like another gear the Bills are yet to reach.

1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-1) (Previously: 1)

The Eagles held Derrick Henry to just 30 yards on 11 carries, quieting the critics of their run defense.

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