2013 Week 12 NFL power rankings

Broncos sit atop Week 12 NFL power rankings

11/19/13 in NFL   |   ZacWassink   |   74 respect

November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes the football against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsDenver being good shouldn't surprise anybody. The real story of the NFL after Week 11 is Carolina. The Panthers quieted doubters, even if they did get a bit of help from the refs. At the other end of NFL power rankings remain Houston and Atlanta, the two most disappointing sides in the league.

2013 Week 12 NFL power rankings

32. Houston Texans (2-8): The dumpster fire that won't burn out. There may not be a reset button big enough for the Texans.

31. Atlanta Falcons (2-8): There is no way that the Falcons are actually this bad...right?

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9): That first overall pick is yours to lose, Jacksonville. Let's not goof it up by trying to win games.

29. Washington Redskins (3-7): Make no mistake about it. The Redskins are the worst team in what is the league's worst division.

28. Minnesota Vikings (2-8): Did anybody actually think the Vikes would give Seattle a game? Anybody? No, didn't think so.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8): Bobby Rainey: MVP candidate.

26. Tennessee Titans (4-6): Turns out that you can't get away with playing for only one half against the Colts.

25. San Diego Chargers (4-6): One touchdown at Miami. One. Remember when Philip Rivers was “back?”

24. Baltimore Ravens (4-6): Even the weather is against Baltimore attempting to earn a postseason berth. The Ravens were rather unlucky on Sunday.

23. Green Bay Packers (5-5): This isn't harsh on the Packers. Green Bay may not win a game until Aaron Rodgers comes back, and he isn't returning this coming weekend.

22. Cleveland Browns (4-6): You have to be able to punt the ball away, Cleveland. What a historically-bad second quarter.

21. Buffalo Bills (4-7): Too bad you can't play Geno Smith and the Jets at home every weekend, Buffalo.

20. St. Louis Rams (4-6): St. Louis can prove that a 38-8 win over Indy wasn't a fluke by beating Chicago at home.

19. Oakland Raiders (4-6): Is it possible that Oakland is about to enter a quarterback controversy? Matt McGloin looked very good against Houston.

18. Miami Dolphins (5-5): The AFC is so bad that a team with a patchwork offensive line could make the playoffs.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6): Pittsburgh is one game back in the Wild Card race. Uh-oh.

16. New York Jets (5-5): Man, the Jets are really bad when they aren't playing at home. There's no reason to trust that they're a playoff team.

15. New York Giants (4-6): Only two teams in the league are right now hotter than are the Giants. 4-6 has maybe never looked so good.

14. Dallas Cowboys (5-5): Tony Romo at the Giants in what could be a must-win game for both teams. What could possibly go wrong for Dallas?

13. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4): Crown the Bengals if you wish to do so. Cleveland gave Cincy 21 points in a wacky game. I'm not convinced.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5): I'm not sure if Philly is actually good, or just benefiting from playing in a lousy division.

11. Arizona Cardinals (6-4): Life really isn't fair for the Cards. Can we put them in the AFC?

10. Detroit Lions (6-4): They're called “halftime adjustments,” Detroit. Learn to deal with them.

9. Chicago Bears (6-4): Don't sleep on Chicago. The Bears could end up hosting a playoff game.

8. San Francisco 49ers (6-4): No, San Fran, no you cannot clothesline the quarterback in the pocket.

7. Indianapolis Colts (7-3): Indy doesn't have to be elite. The AFC South is terrible.

6. New England Patriots (7-3): I know many of you wanted to see the giant fall. That was pass interference at the end of the game. Be honest.

5. New Orleans Saints (8-2): Seattle cringes with every New Orleans win.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1): The Chiefs lost on the road to Peyton Manning. Don't bury them just yet.

3. Carolina Panthers (7-3): They proved themselves in prime time on Monday night. Watch out, New Orleans.

2. Seattle Seahawks (10-1): Consistency is no longer a problem for Seattle. The 'Hawks are arguably the most talented team in the NFL.

1. Denver Broncos (9-1): Order is restored, and the Broncos are again the best team in the AFC. Keep that ankle elevated, Peyton.

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