NFL Top 12 Power Rankings Week 13 Edition
13 weeks of the 2011 NFL season are in the books and the Green Bay Packers are still undefeated at 12-0, after barely escaping with the win against the Giants, 38-35. The Giants tied the Eagles 35-35 with :58 seconds left in the fourth quarter on an Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks touchdown pass and a DJ Ware two point conversion carry to tie it up. It didn’t even matter, as on the first two plays of the ensuing Packers drive, Aaron Rodgers made two brilliant passes to get Green Bay deep into Giants territory. The Packers drained the clock down with three seconds left and Mason Crosby drilled the game winning field goal through as time expired. The Colts were down 31-3 to the Patriots in Foxborough with just over 10 minutes left and ended up scoring three straight touchdowns to pull within 31-24 with under a minute a left, but the ensuing onside kick was recovered by New England and the Pats held on for their ninth win. In a tough AFC North matchup, the Steelers destroyed the Bengals 35-7, thus giving the Jets, Titans, and Broncos a chance to tie them for the sixth seed in the AFC, and all three won their games, but Oakland lost to Miami, so Denver takes over the West division and Oakland joins the wild card chase. The NFC wild card chase is totally up for grabs with Atlanta, Chicago, and Detroit tied at 7-5, and the Giants at 6-6, but only one game out of the NFC East lead and having two games left vs division leaders Dallas. So plenty of meaningful football to be played. Now it’s time for this weeks NFL Top 12 Power Rankings Week 13 Edition. Sorry for not releasing last weeks rankings, this weeks rankings are based off the last rankings i published and this past weekends games that just ended, there may be some confusion, things will be back to normal next week. Enjoy.
1.Green Bay Packers (12-0) defeated New York Giants 38-35. Two weeks ago (1). The Packers barely survive a late Giants rally and remain undefeated, and look like they’ve faced their last real tests towards a perfect regular season.
2.New Orleans Saints (9-3) defeated Detroit Lions 31-17. Two weeks ago (5). The Saints look like they may be the only team that can stop the Packers from making a return trip to the Super Bowl.
3.Houston Texans (9-3) defeated Atlanta Falcons 17-10. Two weeks ago (3). The Texans are 2-0 without Matt Schaub and continue to be a threat in the AFC. Andre Johnson is expected to miss some more time after injuring his other hamstring.
4.San Francisco 49ers (10-2) defeated St.Louis Rams 26-0. Two weeks ago (2). The 49ers destroy the Rams after suffering loss number two on Thanksgiving in Baltimore, they also clinched the NFC West division.
5.Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) defeated Cincinnati Bengals 35-7. Two weeks ago (4). The Steelers demolish the Bengals but the Saints pass them up with their even better play.
6.New England Patriots (9-3) defeated Indianapolis Colts 31-24. Two weeks ago (6). The Pats once up 31-3, survive a late scare and hang on to beat Indy, and appear headed for another one seed in the AFC in the playoffs.
7.Baltimore Ravens (9-3) defeated Cleveland Browns 24-10. Two weeks ago (9). The Ravens lead the AFC North by virtue of sweeping Pittsburgh by face stiff competition for the AFC’s #1 seed by New England and Houston.
8.Atlanta Falcons (7-5) lost to Houston Texans 17-10. Two weeks ago (10). The Falcons get shutdown by a great Texans defense. Now they have to start winning to get a wildcard spot locked up.
9.Denver Broncos (7-5) defeated Minnesota Vikings 35-32. Two weeks ago (N/R). The Broncos are 6-1 ever since Tim Tebow became the starting quarterback and have gone from 1-4 and last in the West, to 7-5 and in first place.
10.New York Jets (7-5) defeated Washington Redskins 34-19. Two weeks ago (N/R). The Jets have won two straight and are in the thick of the wild card race but have so many tie breakers against them that they need some help to get back to the playoffs.
11.Dallas Cowboys (7-5) lost to Arizona Cardinals 19-13 (OT). Two weeks ago (11). The Cowboys suffered a devastating loss in Arizona and face the Giants next week on national tv with first place in the NFC East up for grabs.
12.Tennessee Titans (7-5) defeated Buffalo Bills 23-17. Two weeks ago (N/R). The Titans are quietly winning games and staying in the thick of the playoff race, and Chris Johnson starting to run wild is huge help.
NFC Player Of The Week: Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers – 28 of 46, 369 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT.
HM: New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees – 26 of 36, 342 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT.
AFC Player Of The Week: Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice – 29 carries, 204 yards, 1 TD.
HM: Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson – 23 carries, 153 yards, 2 TDs.
Upset Of The Week: Arizona Cardinals defeat Dallas Cowboys 19-13 (OT).
HM: Kansas City Chiefs defeat Chicago Bears 10-3.
Most Exciting Game Of The Week: Green Bay Packers defeat New York Giants 38-35.
HM: Denver Broncos defeat Minnesota Vikings 35-32.
1.Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Two weeks ago (1).
2.New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. Two weeks ago (2).
3.New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. Two weeks ago (N/R).
Defensive Player Of The Year:
1.Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen. Two weeks ago (1).
2.Dallas Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware. Two weeks ago (N/R).
3.New York Jets CB Darrell Revis. Two weeks ago (2).
Rookie Of The Year:
1.Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. Two weeks ago (2).
2.Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton. Two weeks ago (1).
3.Denver Broncos LB Von Miller. Two weeks ago (3).