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BBUSA NFL Power Rankings – Week 13

There wasn’t much home comfort for the hosts on Thanksgiving as the three visiting teams all emerged with victories. The most surprising was the Raiders defeat of the Cowboys, which probably puts Dallas out of contention for top seed in the NFC in my view.

The Bills bounced back to form with a good win over the struggling Saints, while the Bears broke Lions hearts with a field goal as time expired to land a 16-14 victory.

In Sunday and Monday’s games, the Bengals produced the display of the week for me with a fantastic 41-10 victory over the Steelers, while the Patriots took advantage of a very injury hit Titans team to land a comfortable 36-13 victory.

Miami Dolphins racked up their fourth win in a row and the Jets made it a clean sweep for the AFC East as they beat the Texans. The Bucs produced a fine display when beating the Colts and in the battle of the 5-5 teams in the NFC, the 49ers outlasted the Minnesota Vikings.

The biggest result of the week though probably came in Green Bay where the Packers recorded a big win over the Los Angeles Rams who have now lost three games consecutively, dropping them off the pace being set by the Cardinals at the top of the NFC West.

Let’s take a closer look at the full set of results for the games this week.

NFL Week 12 Results

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  • Chicago Bears (4-7) 16-14 Detroit Lions (0-10-1)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) 36-33 Dallas Cowboys (7-4) OT
  • Buffalo Bills (7-4) 31-6 New Orleans Saints (5-6)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1) 10-41 Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)
  • Carolina Panthers (5-7) 10-33 Miami Dolphins (5-7)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) 7-13 New York Giants (4-7)
  • Tennessee Titans (8-4) 13-36 New England Patriots (8-4)
  • Atlanta Falcons (5-6) 21-14 Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3) 38-31 Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
  • New York Jets (3-8) 21-14 Houston Texans (2-9)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (6-5) 13-28 Denver Broncos (6-5)
  • Minnesota Vikings (5-6) 26-34 San Francisco 49ers (6-5)
  • Los Angeles Rams (7-4) 28-36 Green Bay Packers (9-3)
  • Cleveland Browns (6-6) 10-16 Baltimore Ravens (8-3)
  • Seattle Seahawks (3-8) 15-17 Washington Football Team (5-6)
  • Bye Week – Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs

The ever-changing world of the playoffs in the AFC took another twist this weekend with wins for the Patriots and the Ravens putting them into contention for the top seed spot, while the Titans dropped down to 8-4 after their loss in New England.

Given how fluid this picture has been over the course of the season so far, I have zero confidence that these will be the top two seeds when we do eventually head into the playoffs, it does feel almost as if it is pick a team, watch them rise to the summit and then watch them fail over the next few weeks.

The NFC looks a little more settled with the Cardinals, Packers and Bucs emerging as the teams to challenge for the top seed in the conference, with the Cowboys, Rams and even the 49ers emerging from the pack beneath them.

However, there will likely be a huge race for the wildcard spots with a large number of teams with four or five wins who still have it all to play for over the last six weeks of the season.

So how have this weeks result affected our Power Rankings? Let’s take a closer look.

BBUSA Power Rankings Week 13 – Top 10

  1. Arizona Cardinals (1) – 9-2

The Cardinals didn’t play this week but they remain top of the charts as they still have the best record in the NFL and hold onto top spot in the NFC rankings. They’ll be under pressure for the number 1 spot here and in that race in the NFC over the coming weeks, but this is a talented team that could hold onto it.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2) – 8-3

I thought the Bucs may come unstuck away at the Colts this week, but Tom Brady and his Super Bowl winning team came from behind to secure an excellent win. They don’t gain a place on the back of that performance but they also don’t lose a spot in the rankings either, despite the team below them notching a win.

  1. Green Bay Packers (3) – 9-3

The Packers became the second team to record nine wins this season after a very impressive victory over the Los Angeles Rams. They’ve beaten both the Cards and Rams now this season and with a relatively benign run in of games, they are likely to be pushing hard for the top spot in the rankings and playoff seedings come the end of the season.

  1. New England Patriots (4) – 8-4

The Patriots did well to defeat an injury-hit Titans this week, albeit the 36-13 scoreline was a little flattering as the game was close up until the fourth quarter. Key interceptions and turnovers forced by the excellent New England defense turned the game in their favour and if they get home field advantage in the playoffs, nobody will want to come to Foxboro.

  1. Baltimore Ravens (6) – 8-3

With Lamar Jackson back at QB, the Ravens produced a solid effort in a narrow win over the Browns. They haven’t been the most explosive team in the NFL this season, but they have been consistent and if any team outside of the Patriots or Bills could land the AFC top seed spot, then it will most likely be the Ravens or, maybe our sixth ranked team.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (5) – 7-4

Kansas had a bye week this week but they have dropped down a spot thanks to the Ravens solid win. However, the Chiefs are starting to look much more like the team that reached the last two Super Bowls and if they can find their best form in the next few weeks, don’t rule them out of the battle for top seeds in the AFC.

  1. Buffalo Bills (10) – 7-4

The Bills do blow hot and cold but when they are good they are very good. They face two pivotal games in the next six weeks against the Patriots which will likely go a long way towards deciding not just who finishes top in the AFC East, but who may also be the likely number 1 contender in the AFC Playoff picture.

  1. Dallas Cowboys (7) – 7-4

Another defeat for Dallas and they have hit the skids at just the wrong time here. Two defeats in their last two have not just seen them drop down the rankings but have seriously impacted their chances of a top seed spot in the NFC. They could now face a challenge from Washington in the East if they can’t get things back on track quickly.

  1. Tennessee Titans (8) – 8-4

With Derrick Henry, A.J.Brown and Julio Jones fit, then these Titans would be a top three team at the very least. Without them, this is a hardworking football team with a decent defense but lacking offensive punch. The bye week is crucial for players to heal and if the Titans can get at least some of their offense back quickly, then it may keep them alive in the AFC top seed battle. However, securing the South may be a better strategy at the moment.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (13) – 7-4

A fantastic performance against the Steelers has brought the Bengals into the top ten. They have some fantastic young talent in the team and their defensive display against an admittedly poor Steelers was very good. This is a talented team that may still have a lot to say in the AFC North this season.

BBUSA Power Rankings Week 13 – 11 to 32

  1. Los Angeles Rams (9) – 7-4

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  2. Los Angeles Chargers (11) – 6-5
  3. Indianapolis Colts (12) – 6-6
  4. San Francisco 49ers (16) – 6-5
  5. Las Vegas Raiders (20) – 6-5
  6. Denver Broncos (22) – 6-5
  7. Cleveland Browns (19) – 6-6
  8. Minnesota Vikings (15) – 5-6
  9. New Orleans Saints (17) – 5-6
  10. Washington Football Team (23) – 5-6
  11. Carolina Panthers (21) – 5-7
  12. Atlanta Falcons (24) – 5-6
  13. Philadelphia Eagles (18) – 5-7
  14. Pittsburgh Steelers (14) – 5-5-1
  15. New York Giants (25) – 4-7
  16. Miami Dolphins (27) – 5-7
  17. Chicago Bears (28) – 4-7
  18. Seattle Seahawks (26) – 3-8
  19. New York Jets (30) – 3-8
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars (29) – 2-9
  21. Houston Texans (31) – 2-9
  22. Detroit Lions (32) – 0-10-1

As you would expect as the season becomes more established, there are not quite so many dramatic rises and falls in ranking for teams, although the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken a big hit this week after their shambolic defeat to the Bengals with Cincy cracking the top ten this week.

The other big movers in the top ten were the Bills, who took advantage of losses by the

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Cowboys and Titans to put in a good win over the Saints and move themselves three places up the rankings, while the Los Angeles Rams join the other LA team, the Chargers, just outside that top ten.

Other than that the remainder of the rankings were fairly consistent with most teams moving up or down just a spot or two, or remaining in the same place from last week.

The Miami Dolphins and Washington Football Team are two teams to watch having put together excellent runs of form, although neither can match the Patriots who have won all of their last six.

However, the Patriots will face off against the Bills twice over the last six weeks of the season, with the first game next weekend. There are plenty of big games next weekend to enjoy including the Bengals and Chargers, the Raiders taking on Washington, the Steelers and Ravens and also the Chiefs taking on the Broncos.

Also this weekend we see the Panthers, Packers, Browns and Titans all having a Bye Week ahead of the last five weeks of the season and with so many cracking games to look forward to over the next few weeks, it is going to be interesting to see how these rankings and the playoffs pan out over that period of time.

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