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2008 Week 13 NFL Power Ratings

An Archive of the Bankroll Sports Handicapping Columnists' Week Thirteen NFL Power Ratings After Week 12 play in the 2008 Season.

2008 Week 13 NFL Power Rankings
(Dated: November 25 - 30, 2008)

1. New York Giants (10-1) – The New York Giants take over the top spot in the rankings, after their # 2 ranking last week. New York was a 37-29 winner over Arizona on Sunday. In the win, Eli Manning threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Derrick Ward, who took the starting position when Brandon Jacobs became a late scratch ran for 69 yards and a touchdown. The Giants are in complete control of the NFC East, ahead of Dallas and Washington by three full games. The Giants will travel to Washington on Sunday, and then finish the season with Philadelphia, at Dallas, with Carolina and at Minnesota.

2. Tennessee Titans (10-1) – The Titans dropped one spot from their # 1 spot after their 34-13 loss to the New York Jets. The Titans allowed the Jets to run for 192 yards, sparked by Thomas Jones’ 96 yards. Kerry Collins, Tennessee’s veteran quarterback completed 21 of 39 passes in the loss, for 243 yards and a touchdown. The Titans still lead the AFC South, ahead of the Indianapolis Colts, who are 7-4. The Titans take on the Lions on the road, on Thanksgiving Day, before hosting Cleveland, traveling to Houston, hosting Pittsburgh and then a regular season finale at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Colts.

3. New York Jets (8-3) – The New York Jets moved up four spots from # 7 to # 3 after their 34-13 win over the 10-0 Tennessee Titans. In the win, Brett Favre threw for just 224 yards, but completed two touchdowns. Thomas Jones ran 27 times for 96 yards, and Leon Washington ran for two touchdowns. The Jets have won five straight games, and are in first place in the AFC East. New York will host Denver on Sunday, and then travel to San Francisco, then host Buffalo, travel to Seattle and host Miami on the last game of the season.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain at # 4 in the power rankings with their 38-20 win over winless Detroit on Sunday. Trailing 17-0, the Buccaneers came back with a 38-3 last three quarters to blowout the hapless Lions. In the win for Tampa Bay, Jeff Garcia threw for 165 yards, and Warrick Dunn ran for 90 yards. The Buccaneers are now tied with the Carolina Panthers atop the NFC South. The Buccaneers will host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, and then play two straight road games at Carolina and Atlanta, before coming home to host both San Diego and Oakland.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) – At 8-3, the Steelers are one game up on Baltimore in the AFC North. With the Thursday night win over Cincinnati 27-10, Pittsburgh remained at # 5 in the power rankings. The Steelers have scored 236 points on the year and allowed 160. Pittsburgh is 4-0 when playing against opponents within their division, and 7-1 against AFC opponents. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who has completed 191 of 310 passes for 2233 yards and 11 touchdowns leads the Steelers. The Steelers will travel to New England on Sunday, and then host Dallas, and head to Baltimore and Tennessee in back to back weeks before finishing the season at home against Cleveland.

6. Carolina Panthers (8-3) – The 8-3 Carolina Panthers drop three spots from # 3 to # 6 after their 45-28 loss to Atlanta on Sunday. In the loss, the Panthers defense allowed the Falcons Michael Turner to run for 117 yards and four touchdowns. The loss dropped Carolina into a first place tie with Tampa Bay at 8-3 atop the NFC South. On the year, Carolina has scored 250 points and allowed 200. The Panthers will play at Green Bay on Sunday then come home and take on Tampa Bay and Denver, before finishing the season on the road at the Giants and Saints.

7. Indianapolis Colts (7-4) – The Indianapolis Colts moved up one spot from # 8 to # 7 after their fourth straight win; a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers. In the win, Adam Vinateri kicked a field goal as time expired to give the Colts the win. The win gave Indianapolis their 7th on the year, and puts them three games back of Tennessee in the AFC South. The Colts will play at Cleveland on Sunday to take on the 4-7 Browns. After that, Indianapolis will host Cincinnati and Detroit in back to back weeks, then travel to Jacksonville, before hosting Tennessee on the last Sunday of the season.

8. Atlanta Falcons (7-4) – The Atlanta Falcons kept their NFC South title hopes alive with a huge win at home over Carolina on Sunday. The win moved Atlanta up one position from # 9 to # 8. In the win, Michael Turner ran for 117 yards and four touchdowns. The Falcons 45 points were a season high. On the year the Falcons have scored 276 points and allowed 226. The Falcons are 5-1 at home and 2-3 on the road. On Sunday Atlanta will travel to San Diego to take on the 4-7 Chargers. The following Sunday, Atlanta will once again be on the road; this time to New Orleans. The Falcons will then host Tampa Bay, before a trip to Minnesota followed by a home game with the Rams to finish the season.

9. Dallas Cowboys (7-4) – The Dallas Cowboys have found their rhythm once again after getting Tony Romo back from injury. With the 35-22 win on Sunday over San Francisco the Cowboys have now won two in a row and three of four to put themselves in playoff position in the NFC. The Cowboys move up one spot from their # 10 position last week. In the win on Sunday, Romo threw for 341 yards with 213 of them going to top receiver Terrell Owens. The Cowboys are tied with Washington in second place in the NFC East, three games back of the Giants. Dallas will host Seattle on Thanksgiving Day, and then take the road to Pittsburgh, before coming home to host the Giants and Ravens, before a season finale at Philadelphia.

10. Arizona Cardinals (7-4) – Despite the loss on Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals remain in full control of the NFC West. In fact, two more wins and the Cardinals will be division champions. San Francisco at 3-8 sits in second place with St. Louis and Seattle both at 2-9. Arizona moves down four spots from # 6 to # 10 with the loss to New York. On the year, the Cardinals offense has been one of the best scoring 318 points and allowing just 265. The Cardinals will play Thanksgiving night on the road at 5-5-1 Philadelphia before coming home to host both St. Louis and Minnesota before a trip to New England, and a final home game with Seattle the last Sunday of the season.

11. New England Patriots (7-4) – The New England Patriots snapped the second place tie in the AFC East, and kept their division title hopes alive with an impressive 48-28 win on Sunday over the Dolphins. The win for Miami moved them from # 12 to # 11. Matt Cassell has thrown for 400+ yards in two straight games, and is filling in well for the injured Tom Brady. The Patriots; if the playoffs started today would once again be in, this time as a wildcard participant. New England will host Pittsburgh in a solid AFC battle on Sunday, and then play two straight road games at Seattle and Oakland before hosting Arizona and traveling to Buffalo.

12. Washington Redskins (7-4) – The 7-4 Washington Redskins are looking for any possible way to sneak back into the NFC East race. The best way would be to knock off the Giants, which they have a shot at doing this Sunday. Winners of a 20-17 last week, the Redskins are 7-4 overall, and tied for a final spot in the NFC Wildcard. On the year, the Redskins have the lowest average margin of victory as any team above .500, scoring 201 points and allowing 99. Washington moves down 1 spot from # 11 to # 12. The Redskins and Giants will play in Washington on Sunday, and then the ‘Skins will play back to back road games at Baltimore and Cincinnati, before coming home to take on Philadelphia and then take to the road to see the 49ers in week 17.

13. Baltimore Ravens (7-4) – The Baltimore Ravens defense absolutely tore up the Philadelphia Eagles offense on Sunday. After four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, a safety, a blocked punt and a fumble recovery, the Ravens blasted Philadelphia, only allowing 3 total points. The win moved Baltimore up from # 14 to # 13. The Ravens are now 7-4 on the year, second place in the AFC South. Baltimore is 3-3 when playing on the road this year with a 4-1 home mark. Baltimore will travel to Cincinnati this Sunday before hosting Washington and Pittsburgh in back to back weeks. Following those games, the Ravens will travel to Cowboys Stadium and then come back home to face Jacksonville.

14. New Orleans Saints (6-5) – The New Orleans Saints made a six team jump from # 20 to # 16 with their dismantling of the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. The Saints are now 6-5, but still trail Carolina, Tampa Bay and Atlanta in the NFC South. The Saints will travel to Tampa Bay on Sunday; the Saints were 24-20 winners in week one, between these two teams. After the road game, the Saints will host Atlanta, and then hit the road for two straight; at Chicago and at Detroit. The Saints will finish the season with divisional opponent Carolina.

15. Chicago Bears (6-5) – The Bears move up from # 18 to # 15 with their 27-3 win over the Rams on Sunday. Rookie running back Matt Forte finished with his third 100+ yard rushing game of the season. The Bears are tied with the Vikings atop the NFC North. Chicago will travel to Minnesota Sunday before hosting three straight weeks; with the Jaguars, Saints and Packers. The Bears and Texans will play in Houston in week 17.

16. Minnesota Vikings (6-5) – The Vikings move up from # 19 to # 16 with their 30-12 win over Jacksonville. Adrian Peterson scampered for 80 yards on the game, as it was plenty enough to take down the Jaguars. The Vikings remain in a deadlock with their week 13 opponent; the Chicago Bears. Minnesota will host Sunday’s game and then travel to Detroit and Atlanta in back to back weeks before coming back home to see Atlanta and the New York Giants.

17. Miami Dolphins (6-5) – – The Miami Dolphins dropped from # 15 to # 17 with their loss to New England on Sunday. Miami is 6-5 overall and two games behind the Jets, and one behind the Patriots. Opponents 237-245 on the season are outscoring the Dolphins. The Dolphins will travel to St. Louis and Buffalo in back to back weeks before hosting San Francisco and then heading back on the road with games at Kansas City and the New York Jets.

18. Buffalo Bills (6-5) – Win a huge win over Kansas City on Sunday, the Buffalo Bills kept their playoff chances alive. The Bills moved from # 21 to # 18. Trent Edwards threw for 273 yards in the 54-31 win on Sunday. Buffalo is a game behind New England for second place, and trail the Jets by two games. Buffalo will host San Francisco on Sunday before hosting Miami on December 7th. Buffalo will then travel to the Jets on December 14th and the Broncos on December on December 21st, and finish the season with New England on December 28th.

19. Green Bay Packers (5-6) – The Green Bay Packers defense was no where to be found Monday Night. In the Monday Night Football game, the Packers gave up 51 points in a 22 point loss to the Saints. The loss sent Green Bay to # 19 from their # 17 position. The loss also sent Green Bay to one full game back of both Chicago and Minnesota inside the NFC North. The Packers Aaron Rodgers has been solid throwing for 220+ yards in his last two games. The Packers will host Carolina on Sunday followed by a home game with Houston, and then two straight road games at Jacksonville and Chicago before coming back home to face Detroit to conclude the season.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5-1) – There is no other team with as much or more drama surrounding them than the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Donovan McNabb drama, and then added drama to McNabb from head coach Andy Reid, the Eagles appear to be a walking time bomb. Despite that, the Eagles are in the playoff hunt. At 5-5-1 in the NFC East, the Eagles are looking to pick up a win to move them back over .500 this Thursday (Thanksgiving). The loss to Baltimore on Sunday dropped them seven spots from # 13 to # 20. The Eagles will look to start a new winning streak against Arizona. The Eagles will then travel to New York to face the Giants December 7th. A home game with Cleveland, road trip to Washington and home game with Dallas conclude the 2008 season for Philadelphia.

21. Denver Broncos (6-5) – The Broncos could not have a more disappointing game on Sunday. With a shot to take total control of the struggling AFC West, Denver was downed by arch rival Oakland. If the loss was not disappointing enough, the fact that it was to the # 1 rival, was to a 2-8 team, and a team that had not scored a touchdown in 150 straight offensive possessions makes it even more painful. The loss sent Denver from # 16 to # 21 in the rankings. The Broncos will look to avoid falling to .500 on Sunday when they take on the New York Jets on the road. The Broncos will then host 1-10 Kansas City before a trip to Kansas City, home game with Buffalo and then a trip to San Diego.

22. San Diego Chargers (4-7) – The Chargers remain at # 22 despite their 7th loss on the season Sunday. The Chargers lost their fourth game of the year by three points or less; a 23-20 decision to Indianapolis. The Chargers are still in second place in the AFC West training Denver by two full games. The Chargers have gotten quality quarterback play from Phillip Rivers, but their running game has been disappointing, as LaDainian Tomlinson has only ran for 100+ yards twice on the year. The Chargers will host Atlanta on Sunday and then stay home and host Oakland on December 4. Back to back road games at Kansas City and Tampa Bay will lead up to the season finale at home against the Denver Broncos on December 28th.

23. Houston Texans (4-7) – Houston picked up their fourth win of the season on Sunday and in the process remained at # 25. The Texans were 16-6 winners over the Cleveland Browns. In the win, quarterback Sage Rosenfels threw for 275 yards, and Steve Slaton ran for 73 yards. The Texans defense kept the Cleveland offense out of the end zone, and limited them to just 240 yards, picking off three passes. The Texans are now tied with Jacksonville in third place in the AFC South, trailing Tennessee and Indianapolis. The Texans host the Jaguars on Sunday, and then travel to Green Bay, host Tennessee, head to Oakland and host the Bears in the remaining five games.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) – The Jaguars remain at # 24 after their week 12 loss to Minnesota 30-12. The Jaguars are now 4-7 and sit three games back of second place Indianapolis in the AFC South. Jacksonville has been outscored 240-224 on the season. The Jaguars are 3-2 when playing at home and 3-5 on the road. The Jaguars will take on the Houston Texans on the road on Monday Night Football, and then head to Chicago in week 14. The Packers and Colts will come to Florida in back to back weeks, and then the Jaguars will take on the Ravens in Baltimore to finish the season

25. Cleveland Browns (4-7) – The Cleveland Browns fall two positions from # 23 to # 25 after their loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday. Cleveland is in third place in the AFC North, just ahead of state rival Cincinnati. The Browns only got 94 passing yards from their rookie quarterback Brady Quinn in the loss. Cleveland will host Indianapolis on Sunday before back to back weeks on the road; at Tennessee and Philadelphia before a home game with the Bengals, followed by a road game at Pittsburgh on December 28th

26. Oakland Raiders (3-8) – Oakland pulled a huge win on Sunday over their arch rival Denver Broncos to pick up win # 3 on the year. The win moved Oakland up one spot from # 27 to # 26. Justin Fargas led the Oakland attack with 107 yards on the ground and Ashley Lelie caught passes for 92 yards. The Raiders are now 3-8 and trail Denver by three games in the AFC West. The Raiders scored their first offensive touchdown in 150 snaps on Sunday. Oakland will take on Kansas City at home on Sunday before a road game on Thursday December 4th at San Diego, and then come back home to host New England and Houston before the season finale at Tampa Bay.

27. San Francisco 49ers (3-8) – The San Francisco 49ers fell one spot from # 26 to # 27 after their week 12 loss to Dallas 35-22. San Francisco is 3-8 on the year, and sit in second place in the NFC West, trailing Arizona by four full games. The 49ers have been outscored 310 – 252 on the year. San Francisco is 2-4 at home and 1-4 on the road this season. The 49ers look to win their last five and find a way to .500 starting with a trip to Buffalo Sunday, and then a home game with the Jets before road games at Miami and St. Louis before hosting Washington in week 17.

28. Cincinnati Bengals (1-9-1) – The Cincinnati Bengals remain at # 28 after their 27-10 loss to divisional leader Pittsburgh on Sunday. The loss dropped Cincinnati to 1-9-1 overall and 6.5 games behind the Steelers in the division. On the year, Cincinnati has been outscored 148-276. The Bengals have won one of four at home and lost all six of their road games this season. The Bengals will host Baltimore on Sunday, then traveling to Indianapolis, before heading home to face Washington, traveling to Cleveland and then hosting Kansas City to complete the season.

29. Seattle Seahawks (2-9) – The Seattle Seahawks remain at # 29 with their 20-17 loss to Washington on Sunday. The loss dropped the Seahawks to a dismal 2-9 on the season. Seattle is tied with St. Louis at the bottom of the NFC West. On the year Seattle is getting out scored 277-207. Seattle will play on Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys in Dallas. After the road trip the Seahawks will host New England, travel to St. Louis, host the Jets, and then travel to Arizona to conclude their season and Coach Holmgren’s time in the great Northwest.

30. Kansas City Chiefs (1-10) – The Kansas City Chiefs were blown out 54-31 on Sunday by the Buffalo Bills. The loss for Kansas City dropped them to 1-10 on the year and kept them at # 30. Kansas City got 81 yards from running back Larry Johnson, and tight end Tony Gonzalez caught passes for 113 yards, but it was not enough in the loss. The Chiefs are in dead last in the AFC West, trailing Oakland, San Diego and Denver. Kansas City will play at Oakland on Sunday, and then at Denver the following week. The Chiefs will then come home to host San Diego and Miami, and finish the season on December 28th at Cincinnati.

31. St. Louis Rams (2-9) – The St. Louis Rams put up a very putrid fight on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. In the loss, the Rams remain just ahead of Detroit at # 31 in the rankings. St. Louis scored just three points in the game, and have scored just 147 on the year. The Rams defense has allowed 344 as well. St. Louis is tied with Seattle in last place in the NFC West, trailing Arizona. The Rams have been without top running back Steven Jackson, the last three games with an injury. The Rams will host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, after that St. Louis travels to Arizona, hosts Seattle, travels to San Francisco, and then finishes on the road in Atlanta.

32. Detroit Lions (0-11) – The Detroit Lions continue to sit at # 32 after their 38-20 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. After leading 17-0 Tampa Bay blew out Detroit 38-3 in the last three quarters. The Lions have been outscored 346 – 193 on the season, and sit in last place in the NFC North. Many people are now talking about an 0-16 season. The Lions will see the Tennessee Titans on Thanksgiving Day, and then host Minnesota, before a road trip to Indianapolis, before hosting New Orleans, and then traveling to Green Bay to conclude the 2008 season.

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