Matzek's NFL Power Rankings: Week 13
BIGGEST JUMP: Denver Broncos (from 21 to 17)
BIGGEST DROP: San Francisco 49ers (from 2 to 6)
1 (1). GREEN BAY PACKERS - There was a sequence in their win over the Lions where a rarely active reserve linebacker (Robert Francois) picked off Matthew Stafford; and on the next play the Packers #4 wide receiver (James Jones) scored on a 65 yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers. Depth people. Depth.
2 (3). PITTSBURGH STEELERS - Their only losses are to Baltimore (twice) and Houston.
3 (4). NEW ORLEANS SAINTS - In my opinion, they are the only team in the NFL that can keep up with the Packers in regards to scoring.
4 (5). NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - I've got one word to describe their remaining schedule: easy street
5 (8). BALTIMORE RAVENS - The Ravens compiled nine sacks against the 49ers on Thursday. NINE sacks! Losses to Jacksonville and Seattle are still mind boggling to me.
6 (2). SAN FRANCISCO 49ers - Feels like I docked the 49ers a bit too much after a loss to a quality Ravens team. The difference for me is at quarterback. I just can't see Alex Smith beating any of the quarterbacks of the teams above.
7 (6). HOUSTON TEXANS - Alright TJ Yates...what'chu got?
8 (10). ATLANTA FALCONS - Hoping for the Saints to stumble - if not, the Falcons are in position to be a dangerous wild card team.
9 (12). DALLAS COWBOYS - Perhaps I was wrong on the Cowboys. I didn't see them being a playoff team this season, but they lead the NFC east and control their own destiny
10 (7). CHICAGO BEARS - For a while, I thought Caleb Hanie played for the Raiders. He completed three passes to the silver and black. The Bears will be fine so long as Hanie protects the ball.
11 (9). DETROIT LIONS - Suh is a jackass, and may have cost his team a chance at the playoffs with his now infamous stomping incident.
12 (14). OAKLAND RAIDERS - I wouldn't have thought the Raiders would be in position to win the division without Darren McFadden...they are.
13 (13). CINCINNATI BENGALS - I don't think anyone will take the Bengals seriously until they beat Baltimore or Pittsburgh. They have yet to do so this season. Round two against the Steelers comes this weekend.
14 (11). NY GIANTS - The Giants vaunted defense allowed 577 yards to the Saints and sacked Drew Brees zero times.
15 (15). NY JETS - Their season is on the line once again this weekend at Washington.
16 (16). TENNESSEE TITANS - Chris Johnson is heating up at the right time. The Titans are in the hunt for a wild card.
17 (21). DENVER BRONCOS - Are you going to tell me the Broncos CAN'T beat the teams below them on this list?
18 (17). PHILADELPHIA EAGLES - High expectations and a sense of arrival are a dangerous combination in the pre-season.
19 (18). TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS - About the only team more disappointing than the Eagles, are the Bucs.
20 (19). SEATTLE SEAHAWKS - Some days I'm jealous of those who have the NFL Network. I will not be feeling such emotion when the Seahawks and Eagles play on Thursday.
21 (20). BUFFALO BILLS - Steve Johnson may have to resort to off-Broadway acting if he keeps dropping critical passes and hurting his team with foolish penalties.
22 (22). SAN DIEGO CHARGERS - You know your team is in trouble when the highlight of the season is your kicker peeing next to some Gatorade coolers.
23 (23). MIAMI DOLPHINS - They'll mix it up with anyone, but they just don't have enough to finish off good teams.
24 (26). ARIZONA CARDINALS - Hello Patrick Peterson! He is single handedly responsible for at least two wins this season with magical returns.
25 (28). WASHINGTON REDSKINS - I truly believe the Redskins will knock off the Jets this weekend.
26 (24). CLEVELAND BROWNS - They couldn't score in Amsterdam.
27 (29). CAROLINA PANTHERS - All offense, no defense. Can Cam play safety?
28 (25). KANSAS CITY CHIEFS - Looks like Kyle Orton will have an opportunity to start against his former team, the Chicago Bears on Sunday. He has to be a better option than Tyler Palko.
29 (27). JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS - Jack Del Rio became the first coaching casualty of the season this week.
30 (30). ST LOUIS RAMS - I no longer know what to say...
31 (31). MINNESOTA VIKINGS - ...about these two teams.
32 (32). INDIANAPOLIS COLTS - The Dan Orlovsky era begins on Sunday. Geezus.