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NFL Power Rankings: Week 13

Welcome to the Week 13 edition of the Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings.  Every Tuesday you can look forward to our

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All hail Breesus..

composite rankings, as well as a bit of brief insight and analysis about each of the 32 teams.

The rankings are determined by taking the average of each of the contributors here at The Cube.  For Week 13, we have rankings from four members of the Cubicle GM team, including me, Gideon, Walker and Smokey.  So remember, if you disagree with some portion of our rankings, be sure to check the individual rankings to find the culprit.

The top echelon of teams in the rankings have gained themselves a new member, as the San Diego Chargers have closed the gap between themselves and the Top 4.  The Saints, after their convincing win on Monday Night, remain at No. 1 for the 11th consecutive week, followed by the Colts at No. 2.

On the other side of the Monday night game, the Patriots dropped one spot behind the Minnesota Vikings, who jump to No. 3 after their destruction of the Chicago Bears.

For the second straight week, only one team dropped out of the Top 10 this week, as the Pittsburgh Steelers dropped two spots to No. 11 after their overtime loss to Baltimore.  Back in the Top 10 for the first time since Week 1 are the Green Bay Packers, who jumped four spots to No. 9 after their third straight win.

The bottom six teams in the rankings only had one change this week, as the Buccaneers and Raiders swapped spots at No. 29 and No. 30.  The bottom six of Detroit, Kansas City, Oakland, Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Cleveland have now remained the same for four straight weeks.

The movement in the ranks was similar to the last few, as 11 teams stayed in the same position as last week.  However, of the 21 teams that did move, only six of them moved at least three spots up or down the ranks.

The biggest positive movement this week came from the Tennessee Titans, who gained five spots after defeating the Cardinals on the final play of the game for their fifth straight win.  Look for their stock to fly even higher if they make it six straight against Indianapolis next week.  The biggest downward mover was at the opposite end of that game, as the Cardinals fell four spots to No. 15.

The disagreements among the rankers were few and far between this week, with just four disagreements of at least six spots in their ranks.  However, this week there were none that reached a double digit disagreement between two of the contributors.

Seattle Seahawks (9) – Gideon 20, Smokey 29

Arizona Cardinals (7) – Jacob 12, Gideon / Smokey 19

Jacksonville Jaguars (7) – Jacob 15, Gideon 22

Buffalo Bills (6) – Smokey 21, Jacob 27

On the divisional side, the AFC South remains at the top with an average score of 12.25.  The AFC North edged out the NFC East for second by an extremely slim margin, with average score of 14.31 compared to 14.38.  The bottom division remains the same for the 10th consecutive week and might just stay that way for the rest of the year.  The NFC West checks in with a 22.50 average score, while second to last is the AFC West, coming in with a score of 18.69.

As a reminder, you can check out all the backup data here.  Without further ado, onto the rankings.  As always, last week’s ranks are in parentheses.

1.  New Orleans Saints (1) – What more can you say about Drew Brees and the Saints?  Five passing TDs, 3 turnovers on defense and a demolition of the Patriots on MNF proved they are a legit contender.

2. Indianapolis Colts (2) – The Colts won their fifth straight fourth quarter comeback victory and their 20th straight regular season game to remain undefeated on the season.

3. Minnesota Vikings (4) – The Vikings are clicking on all cylinders right now, including first-round pick Percy Harvin, who recorded his third TD in four games.

4.  New England Patriots (3) – The Pats ran into trouble in New Orleans, as Drew Brees became the first player to throw three TDs in a quarter against a Bill Belichick coached team.

5. San Diego Chargers (5) – Antonio Gates made a promise to his fantasy owners and then kept it, scoring for the first time since Week 4 and then adding a second in the Chargers’ blowout win.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (6) – The Bengals got the win on Sunday, but have to be concerned about scoring just one TD at home against Cleveland.

7. Baltimore Ravens (8) – The Ravens got a huge overtime win against Pittsburgh on Sunday night to keep themselves alive in the AFC North hunt.

8. Dallas Cowboys (7) – Tony Romo didn’t have any problems with the Raiders pass defense, throwing for over 300 yards and 2 TDs in an easy Thanksgiving Day win.

9. Green Bay Packers (13) – The Packers have now won three straight and put themselves in good position for one of the NFC Wild Card spots.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (10) – Andy Reid’s bold decision to try an onside kick to start the game nearly cost Philadelphia, but the Eagles pulled out a big fourth quarter comeback win.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (9) – The Steelers suffered a second straight overtime loss, but were impressive in doing so seeing as they were down to their third-string QB.

12. Denver Broncos (14) – The Broncos’ defense looked like the group that helped them start 6-0 on Thursday, holding the Giants to under 300 total yards and just 57 on the ground.

13. Tennessee Titans (18) – Flashbacks to the Rose Bowl between Texas and USC, as Vince Young defeated Matt Leinart on the final play for the Titans’ fifth straight win.

14. New York Giants (12) – The Giants weren’t happy about traveling on a short week and it showed, as they were shut down by the Broncos in Denver.

15.  Arizona Cardinals (11) – Arizona definitely missed Kurt Warner in their loss to Tennessee, as the Cardinals offense only found the end zone once, and not through the air.

16. Atlanta Falcons (15) – The Falcons pulled out the win on Sunday, but need to be concerned about the status of QB Matt Ryan who left the game with a toe injury.

17. Houston Texans (16) – The Texans could easily be 7-4 or 8-5, but another fourth quarter disappointment leaves them at 5-6.

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (17) – Jacksonville again looked uncomfortable on the road, but can make a playoff push with their next three games at home.

19. Miami Dolphins (19) – Miami looked great for three quarters before allowing the Bills to score four times in what turned into a 17-point loss.

20. New York Jets (20) – A week after I called him out in this very spot, Mark Sanchez managed the game well, going 13-for-17 passing in leading the Jets to a win.

21. San Francisco 49ers (22) – The 49ers were outgained on the ground and through the air, but still dominated Jacksonville on the scoreboard.

22.  Buffalo Bills (25) – It appears that Ryan Fitzpatrick can get the job done in Buffalo, scoring through the air and on the ground in a win over Miami.

23. Seattle Seahawks (26) – The Seahawks didn’t miss Julius Jones in their win over Seattle, as Justin Forsett filled in just fine with 130 yards and 2 TDs.

24. Carolina Panthers (21) – A broken finger on his throwing hand finally gives the Panthers a reason to send Jake Delhomme to the bench.

25. Chicago Bears (23) – The Bears pretended they had a chance to beat the Vikings for about a quarter before being dominated the rest of the way.

26. Washington Redskins (24) – This latest loss for the Skins has to hurt, holding an eight-point fourth quarter lead before falling to the rival Eagles.

27. Detroit Lions (27) – The Lions have now lost six straight on Thanksgiving and eight of their last 10.  Is this any way for Lions fans to spend the holiday?

28. Kansas City Chiefs (28) – Maybe the win against Pittsburgh was a fluke, as KC looked hopeless against San Diego, turning the ball over four times in the loss.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30) – The Buccaneers were one play away from their second win of the season for the second time in three games, but again, it was not to be.

30. Oakland Raiders (29) – The Raiders have scored just 115 points this season, worst in the NFL.  The Saints have scored 134 points in their last four games.

31. St. Louis Rams (31) – Steven Jackson played through the pain to once again be the lone bright spot for the Rams on Sunday.

32. Cleveland Browns (32) – The Browns didn’t turn the ball over once against a tough Cincinnati defense, but still couldn’t put more than 7 points on the board.

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