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NFL Power Rankings Week 13

1. New Orleans Saints (10-1)

Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes to four undrafted players in Thursday night's win over the Falcons. Receivers Tommylee Lewis and Austin Carr each caught a touchdown pass, as did rookie tight end Dan Arnold and rookie wideout Keith Kirkwood.

The Saints’ defense logged a season-high six sacks, 13 quarterback hits and an interception. The Falcons lost three fumbles inside the Saints’ 20-yard line and were held to 26 yards rushing.

The victory lifted the Saints into the No. 1 seed in the NFC and eliminated the Falcons (4-7) from contention in the NFC South. New Orleans has outscored opponents 130-38 over its last three games.

MVP candidate Drew Brees threw four TD passes versus Atlanta. — by AP Photo
MVP candidate Drew Brees threw four TD passes versus Atlanta. — by AP Photo

2. Los Angeles Rams (10-1)

Coming off the bye, the Rams can clinch the NFC West for the second year in a row with a win at Detroit on Sunday.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)

The Chiefs return from their bye week to play the lowly Raiders in an AFC West matchup.

4. New England Patriots (8-3)

Rookie Sony Michel ran for a career-best 133 yards and a TD. The Patriots accumulated 216 rushing yards in their 27-13 victory against the Jets.

5. Chicago Bears (8-3)

Eddie Jackson collected his second pick-six in a five-day span, intercepting an errant Matthew Stafford pass and returning it 41 yards to the house, which turned out to be the game-winning touchdown in the Bears’ Thanksgiving Day win at Detroit.

Backup quarterback Chase Daniel—filling in for injured Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder)—threw for career-highs in completions (27), yards (230) and touchdowns (two).

6. Los Angeles Chargers (8-3)

Philip Rivers completed 28 of his 29 passes for 259 yards and three TDs in the Chargers’ rout of the Cardinals, logging the highest completion percentage (96.6%) in a single game in NFL history. He completed all 19 of his first-half pass attempts for 187 yards and two TDs.

Rivers set an NFL record with 25 consecutive completions to start the game. His 25th completion came on a four-yard score to Keenan Allen. Rivers has thrown multiple touchdown passes in every game this season.

7. Houston Texans (8-3)

Winners of eight straight and currently the AFC's hottest team, the Texans steamrolled the Titans on Monday Night Football. Lamar Miller did the heavy lifting for the offense, rushing for 162 yards, highlighted by a 97-yard TD dash.

Demaryius Thomas, playing in his third game since being acquired by the Texans, caught two TD passes.

The Texans' elite defense sacked Marcus Mariota six times, increasing the unit's season sack total to 34.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1)

Ben Roethlisberger compiled 462 passing yards versus the Broncos, but threw only one touchdown pass and two interceptions—including an awful pick in the end zone to end the contest.

The loss slid the Steelers down to the No. 4 seed in the AFC playoff picture as the Patriots and Texans leapfrogged them in the standings.

9. Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1)

The Vikings' defense put pressure on Aaron Rodgers all night, sacking the Packers QB four times—two from Sheldon Richardson—and allowing no points in the second half.

Kirk Cousins played one of his best games of the year, shredding the Packers' secondary for 342 yards and three touchdowns. Adam Thielen registered his ninth game with over 100 yards receiving (eight receptions for 125 yards and a TD) this season, setting a Vikings franchise record. Stefon Diggs caught eight passes for 77 yards and a score.

10. Seattle Seahawks (6-5)

Spearheaded by quarterback Russell Wilson, who threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns, Seattle handed Carolina its first home loss of the season.

Sebastian Janikowski hit a game-winning 31-yard field goal as time expired.

11. Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

Lamar Jackson has 190 rushing yards in his first two starts—both wins—the most through a QB's first two starts in the Super Bowl era.

In Gus Edwards' first career start, the undrafted rookie tailback ran for 118 yards in the Ravens’ pummeling of the Raiders, averaging 5.1 yards per carry.

12. Dallas Cowboys (6-5)

Amari Cooper feasted on the Redskins’ secondary, catching two TD passes—including a 90-yard score—in a 180-yard receiving effort, a Dallas Thanksgiving-record.

The Cowboys won 31-23 and pulled even with Washington atop the division.

13. Indianapolis Colts (6-5)

T.Y. Hilton led the Colts in receiving with 125 yards in the Colts’ 27-24 comeback victory over the Dolphins. Eric Ebron caught five passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 12 TDs for the year.

Andrew Luck threw three touchdowns—his eighth straight game with three or more passing scores.

Adam Vinatieri hit a walk-off 32-yard field goal. He has made 28 game-winning field goals in his storied career.

14. Washington Redskins (6-5)

The Redskins have dropped three of their last four contests as quarterback Colt McCoy lost in what was his first start in four years.

15. Carolina Panthers (6-5)

Christian McCaffrey totaled 237 yards, rushing for 125 yards and a score and catching 11 passes for 112 yards and a receiving TD. McCaffrey has been a touchdown machine lately. In his past five games, he has tallied five TDs on the ground and four more through the air for a total of nine (9!) TDs.

McCaffrey’s otherworldly outing was spoiled by the Panthers’ horrific defense, which gave up 30 points in the three-point defeat to the visiting Seahawks.

16. Tennessee Titans (5-6)

17. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)

18. Denver Broncos (5-6)

19. Miami Dolphins (5-6)

20. Green Bay Packers (4-6-1)

21. Cleveland Browns (4-6-1)

22. Cincinnati Bengals (5-6)

23. Atlanta Falcons (4-7)

24. Detroit Lions (4-7)

25. Buffalo Bills (4-7)

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8)

28. New York Giants (3-8)

29. New York Jets (3-8)

30. Oakland Raiders (2-9)

31. Arizona Cardinals (2-9)

32. San Francisco 49ers (2-9)

This article was originally published on @tyash34