11/06/2013 01:28 AM
NFL Power Rankings
Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
(ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings 7-1-0
(4-3-1) -8.0 Denver
The Broncos visit San Diego coming out of their bye week. The last time Denver played here, the Chargers led 24-0 before 35 unanswered points from the Broncos.
2 2 no change in rankings 6-2-0
(6-2-0) -6.5 San Francisco
Last year, following an impressive string of victories, the 49ers came out of the bye as 14-point favorites against St Louis, but they had to rally back from a two-TD deficit to tie.
3 3 no change in rankings 8-1-0
(5-4-0) -6.0 Seattle
The usually fearsome Seahawks defense has been gashed on the ground by Zac Stacy and Mike Davis, allowing 200-plus rushing yards in each of the last two weeks.
4 6 move up in rankings2 7-2-0
(5-4-0) -5.5 New England
610 yards of offense and 55 points? Despite all the haters, it sure looks like Tom Brady is still a truly elite quarterback when he's got time to find receivers downfield.
5 4 move down in rankings1 6-2-0
(5-3-0) -5.0 New Orleans
This offense is clearly built for domes, not for outdoor venues. New Orleans used all three timeouts and had two delay of game penalties in the first quarter alone vs. the Jets.
6 7 move up in rankings1 9-0-0
(6-3-0) -4.5 Kansas City
Kansas City's defense vs. Jeff Tuel ended up being the mismatch it was supposed to be, and the Chiefs found a way to win another game in which they were badly out-yarded.
7 9 move up in rankings2 6-2-0
(5-3-0) -4.0 Indianapolis
There isn't a team in football that has confounded professional bettors more than the Colts over the past two years, continuing to win and cover despite very mediocre stats.
8 8 no change in rankings 6-3-0
(5-3-1) -3.5 Cincinnati
How important is the injury loss of star defensive tackle Geno Atkins? In a recent poll Atkins was "a top five player to start a franchise with" according to one NFL general manager.
9 10 move up in rankings1 5-4-0
(7-2-0) -3.5 Dallas
In their tight win against the Vikings last week, Dallas completely gave up on the run, giving DeMarco Murray only four carries, with only eight rushing attempts on their 63 snaps.
10 16 move up in rankings6 5-3-0
(2-5-1) -2.5 Chicago
It looks as if starting QB Jay Cutler could be back on the field this week for the Bears, as they face Detroit in a key divisional matchup for NFC North supremacy.
11 12 move up in rankings1 5-3-0
(5-3-0) -2.0 Carolina
Before we get too excited about the Panthers' four-game winning streak, look at who they've beaten: Vikings, Rams, Bucs and Falcons - teams with a combined 6-27 record.
12 13 move up in rankings1 5-3-0
(4-4-0) -1.5 Detroit
Despite their status as a first-place team in the NFC North, it's surely worth noting that the Lions have been out-gained on a yards-per-play basis this year.
13 5 move down in rankings8 5-3-0
(5-3-0) -1.0 Green Bay
I've dropped Green Bay 4.5 points based on the injury to Aaron Rodgers. Frankly, I'm not convinced that's enough. Seneca Wallace is serviceable, but a huge dropoff.
14 11 move down in rankings3 4-4-0
(5-2-1) -1.0 San Diego
First and goal from the six-inch line. Two timeouts and 21 seconds left on the clock. Chargers playcalling? Run up the gut, two poorly executed passing plays, then a field goal.
15 15 no change in rankings 4-4-0
(5-2-1) 0.0 Tennessee
With their gutty win at St Louis last week, the Titans snapped their three-game skid and put themselves within a half game of the final Wild Card spot in the AFC.
16 21 move up in rankings5 4-5-0
(4-5-0) 1.5 Philadelphia
Chip Kelly's offense put up more than 300 yards in the first half against Washington in Week 1 to open the season. They hadn't looked that good again, until facing Oakland.
17 17 no change in rankings 4-4-0
(5-3-0) 2.5 Arizona
On a yards-per-play basis, Arizona's defense ranks in the Top 5 in the NFL this year, despite facing a bevy of strong offensive foes.
18 18 no change in rankings 2-6-0
(3-5-0) 2.5 N.Y. Giants
The Giants' minus-12 turnover margin still ranks dead last in the NFL, slightly worse than Pittsburgh and Houston, both of whom are minus-11.
19 24 move up in rankings5 5-4-0
(6-3-0) 2.5 N.Y. Jets
My vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year if the season ended today: Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, forming a wall up front with elite DT Muhammed Wilkerson.
20 22 move up in rankings2 3-5-0
(3-5-0) 2.5 Washington
Mike Shanahan's special teams have been a disaster all year. Last week, they allowed two field goal blocks from a team that hadn't blocked a single field goal in the last 11 seasons.
21 14 move down in rankings7 3-5-0
(3-5-0) 3.0 Baltimore
Horrific offensive line play, an inability to run the football and the lack of downfield passing threats have sent the Ravens into a nasty tailspin.
22 26 move up in rankings4 4-5-0
(5-4-0) 3.0 Cleveland
No coach in the NFL has gone for it on fourth down more than Rob Chudzinski. His aggressiveness paid off Sunday with a huge conversion on the Browns' game-clinching drive.
23 20 move down in rankings3 4-4-0
(4-4-0) 3.0 Miami
The betting markets are extremely concerned about Miami's locker room chemistry, loading up against the Dolphins in their Monday Night matchup at winless Tampa Bay this week.
24 23 move down in rankings1 2-6-0
(1-7-0) 3.5 Houston
Overlooked in the Texans' second half collapse against Indy Sunday night? Special teams woes, including two fourth-quarter missed field goals and a shanked punt.
25 19 move down in rankings6 2-6-0
(2-6-0) 4.0 Atlanta
Matt Ryan has a significant home/road dichotomy this year. At home, he's completing 73 percent of his passes with a 9-1 TD/INT ratio. On the highway: 62 percent completions, six TDs, nine INTs.
26 27 move up in rankings1 3-6-0
(5-4-0) 4.5 Buffalo
The Bills won the boxscore against the Chiefs fairly convincingly, but undrafted rookie QB Jeff Tuel made several huge mistakes under pressure against a solid stop unit.
27 25 move down in rankings2 2-6-0
(2-6-0) 4.5 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh's biggest weakness this year has been an offense that can't run the ball or protect Big Ben. At New England, it was the defense that got shredded, allowing three 100-yard receivers.
28 28 no change in rankings 3-5-0
(4-3-1) 6.0 Oakland
Only the Jets have been more inconsistent than Oakland this year. The Raiders are 0-3 SU and 0-2-1 ATS after a win but 3-1 SU and ATS when coming off a loss.
29 29 no change in rankings 3-6-0
(3-6-0) 6.0 St. Louis
It took until Week 9, but St. Louis finally got their first rushing touchdown of the season last Sunday, another strong effort from "bowling ball" RB Zac Stacy.
30 31 move up in rankings1 1-7-0
(3-5-0) 7.0 Minnesota
After spending most of the game sending four pass rushers, the Vikings rushed only three on the Cowboys' game-winning TD drive, dropping eight defenders into prevent-type coverage.
31 30 move down in rankings1 0-8-0
(2-6-0) 7.0 Tampa Bay
After scoring three TDs and a field goal through their first drive of the third quarter, the Bucs offense gained only three first downs the rest of the way, punting on all five possessions.
32 32 no change in rankings 0-8-0
(1-7-0) 10.0 Jacksonville
This will put the Jags' season in true perspective. The Chiefs have seven touchdowns on defense or special teams this year. Jacksonville has seven touchdowns on offense.
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