Baltimore Ravens: 2013 Week 13 NFL Power Rankings (#15)

Last week: 15 (+0)

Record: 6-6

Baltimore won a must win over Pittsburgh this week, but it was a little close for comfort for a Baltimore team whose strength is home dominance. They have just 2 home games the rest of the way as this week’s game against Minnesota in Baltimore will be followed by trips to Cincinnati and Detroit and a home game against New England. Their schedule could easily work against them as they try to nail down that 6th and final playoff spot.

Week 12 Studs

WR Jacoby Jones

LT Eugene Monroe

LE Arthur Jones

LOLB Elvis Dumervil

ROLB Terrell Suggs

CB Corey Graham

Week 12 Duds

LG AQ Shipley

C Gino Gradkowski

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San Diego Chargers: 2013 Week 13 NFL Power Rankings (#16)

Last week: 19 (+3)

Record: 5-6

You could argue the Chargers have a better offense this year than the Broncos. They are moving the chains at an 82% rate, as opposed to 81% for the Broncos, who now rank 3rd behind San Diego and New Orleans. Philip Rivers is having a career year in terms of quarterback rating, completing 70.8% of his passes for an average of 8.52 YPA, 22 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions, good for a 106.6 QB rating, which is barely off of Peyton Manning’s 114.5 QB rating. He’s doing this without much of an offensive supporting cast and is ProFootballFocus’ highest ranked quarterback in terms of passing grade. Unfortunately, the Chargers also have one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

Week 12 Studs

None

Week 12 Duds

LG Johnnie Troutman

SS Marcus Gilchrist

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Chicago Bears: 2013 Week 13 NFL Power Rankings (#17)

Last week: 17 (-5)

Record: 6-5

Injuries, age, and the departure of defensive coaches Lovie Smith and Rod Marinelli have reduced the Bears’ once proud defense to one of the worst in the NFL. If they can’t force a takeaway, they generally can’t keep their opponents from scoring, as they have forced a league worst 40 punts. It’s tough to rely on takeaways. They are allowing opponents to move the chains at a 78% rate, a rate that is increasing as injuries derail them more and more. Fortunately, their offense is doing enough to make up for it, also moving the chains at a 78% rate. Josh McCown is playing out of his mind right now, completing 65.5% of his passes for an average of 7.47 YPA, 7 touchdowns, and 1 interception. I don’t know how much I trust him though. All of this is coming from a guy who is 34 years old, has a career QB rating of 74.7, and hasn’t posted a QB rating higher than 70 since 2005. He didn’t suddenly become a starting caliber quarterback. They might need to get Cutler back if they want to make the playoffs.

Week 12 Studs

WR Brandon Marshall

TE Martellus Bennett

Week 12 Duds

LT Jermon Bushrod

RT Jordan Mills

RG Kyle Long

LOLB Khaseem Greene

MLB Jon Bostic

ROLB James Anderson

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Tennessee Titans: 2013 Week 13 NFL Power Rankings (#18)

Last week: 18 (+0)

Record: 5-6

The Titans haven’t really missed Jake Locker. He wasn’t the reason why they were winning and Ryan Fitzpatrick is one of the best backups in the NFL. They still have a very solid defense led by Jurrell Casey, Alterraun Verner, two Pro-Bowl caliber players, among other players who are playing well. I don’t think they’ll get the final playoff spot, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all. A win against the slumping Colts in Indianapolis would go a long ways towards getting them in.

Week 12 Studs

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

WR Kendall Wright

RT David Stewart

ROLB Akeem Ayers

DT Jurrell Casey

CB Jason McCourty

Week 12 Duds

LT Michael Roos

RG Chance Warmack

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Dallas Cowboys: 2013 Week 13 NFL Power Rankings (#19)

Last week: 17 (-2)

Record: 7-5

The Cowboys may be 7-5, but they have one of the worst defenses in the NFL and their schedule gets much tougher from here on out. Their 7 wins have come against teams with a combined 28-49-1 record and their final 4 games send them to Chicago and Washington and send Packers, likely with Aaron Rodgers at that point, and the Eagles, now with Nick Foles, to Dallas. The Cowboys won’t be able to rely on a +12 turnover margin and a 70.0% fumble recovery percentage forever.

Week 12 Studs

QB Tony Romo

RB DeMarco Murray

RT Doug Free

RE DeMarcus Ware

Week 12 Duds

RE Everette Brown

DT Nick Hayden

MLB Ernie Sims

FS Barry Church

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St. Louis Rams: 2013 Week 13 NFL Power Rankings (#21)

Last week: 26 (+5)

Record: 5-6

The Rams have won their last 2 games by 21+ to put them at 5-6, but they’re not as good as their record. The way they’re winning is unsustainable. Since 1989, there have been 25 instances of a team winning by 17 or more despite losing the first down battle by 9 or more. The Rams have done that 3 times this season (and one of their other wins came against Jacksonville). Teams tend to struggle after such a game, going 6-18 ATS since 1989. I expect the 49ers to put the Rams in their place this week.

Week 12 Studs

LT Jake Long

RG Rodger Saffold

TE Jared Cook

RE Robert Quinn

DT Kendall Langford

Week 12 Duds

CB Brandon McGee

SS TJ McDonald

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