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Vic Carucci's Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

(Through Thursday’s game. Last week’s ranking in parentheses)


  1. Dallas Cowboys. It’s hard to see these guys losing their grip on a strong Super Bowl run. (1)


  1. New England Patriots. Losing Gronk is a blow that these guys just might not be able to overcome. (2)


  1. Oakland Raiders. They’re doing almost everything right … except allowing opponents to run and score. (3)


  1. Atlanta Falcons. They’re solidifying themselves as the second-best team in the NFC. (5)


  1. New York Giants. They seem to have what it takes defensively to match up well with the Steelers. (6)


  1. Kansas City Chiefs. They were lucky vs. the Broncos, but also good enough. (7)


  1. Detroit Lions. Is another wild finish on the way for this team in what will likely be a shootout with the Saints? (9)


  1. Miami Dolphins. Could injuries finally derail the great play of the offensive line? (10)


  1. Denver Broncos. These guys have a perfect get-well opportunity against the Jaguars. (11)


  1. Baltimore Ravens. They made it look way too hard vs. the Bengals, but then the Ravens are far from great. (12)


  1. Washington Redskins. The Redskins presumably have been spending plenty of time crunching the numbers for a big Kirk Cousins contract. (13)


  1. Pittsburgh Steelers. Big Ben and Co., face a big challenge vs. the Giants’ defense. (15)


  1. Seattle Seahawks. Washing out the bitter taste of the loss to the Buccaneers won’t be easy. (4)


  1. Buffalo Bills. They still have a playoff pulse. (16)


  1. Green Bay Packers. What happened to all of the crisis talk with this bunch? (21)


  1. Philadelphia Eagles. Jim Schwartz’s defense is looking highly vulnerable these days. (14)


  1. Cincinnati Bengals. Could this be Marvin Lewis’ final season … once and for all? (17)


  1. Minnesota Vikings. The defense is solid, but that’s about it. (18)


  1. San Diego Chargers. Melvin Gordon has his eyes on the 1,000-yard prize. (19)


  1. Houston Texans. Romeo Crennel’s defense is in for an enormous challenge vs. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson. (20)


  1. Arizona Cardinals. Bruce Arians thinks his team has pressed too hard to try to meet high expectations. (8)


  1. Carolina Panthers. Questions starting to mount about just how good a quarterback they have in Cam Newton. (22)


  1. New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees’ numbers are staggering … except when it comes to victories. (23)


  1. Indianapolis Colts. Regardless of who’s at quarterback, their receivers just aren’t doing all that much. (24)


  1. Tennessee Titans. Marcus Mariota continues to thrive. (25)


  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Could these guys actually make a playoff run? (26)


  1. Los Angeles Rams. Jared Goff vs. the defensive genius of Bill Belichick? Yeah, that should work out just fine. (27)


  1. Chicago Bears. Will Jay Cutler ever take another snap for the Bears? (28)


  1. New York Jets. Welcome back to the starting job, Fitz. (29)


  1. Jacksonville Jaguars. Who knew Blake Bortles could run so well? (30)


  1. San Francisco 49ers. They showed some life, but not enough. (31)


32. Cleveland Browns. More futility ahead. (32)

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