Moorhead’s NFL Power Rankings – Week 13

#32

New York Jets (0-11)

Previous Rank – 32

There is nothing more painful then when a team has their quarterback and all their receivers healthy, and no one scores a touchdown. The Jets are pathetic and have not won a game yet. The whole team needs dissected and rebuilt from the players to management. Not sure who would want that job, but it will likely be there for them. They’ll have the Raiders this week.

#31

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10)

Previous Rank – 31

This was Jacksonville’s chance to win the game, but still they lost by two points to Cleveland. Glennon actually didn’t do that bad, and it will remain to be seen if they move forward wit him until Minshew is healthy enough to start. Things only get harder here for Jacksonville as they have fired their General Manager, and they’ll face the Minnesota Vikings this weekend.

#30

Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1)

Previous Rank – 30

So as an avid Bengals hater, I think I can state that starting Brandon Allen was dumb. At least Finley was able to connect with the offense, but Allen just sucked under center. Furthermore, their defense sucked ass because they took Daniel Jones out of the game, but couldn’t stop Colt McCoy. It’s a shame because Brandon Wilson ran an incredible 103-yard touchdown return on special teams. Sadly, that won’t bring back Joe Burrow. They’ll face the Miami Dolphins this week.

#29

Dallas Cowboys (3-8)

Previous Rank – 28

Yikes. Is it safe to say that the Cowboys on Thanksgiving games are becoming really hard to watch for Cowboys fans because they got spanked by Washington for the second time this season. The offense decently clicked on this one, but man this defense could not stop the run as Antonio Gibson ran for over 100 yards and had three rushing touchdowns. McCarthy’s job is definitely in question after just one year, but honestly we all know who the problem is **cough cough Jerry Jones cough cough**. This week they’ll face the Baltimore Ravens “hopefully” on Tuesday the 8th.

#28

Los Angeles Chargers (3-8)

Previous Rank – 25

I think we finally found out what is wrong for the Chargers besides their seemingly effective ways to lose games in different ways. Anthony Lynn cost them this one as the clock management was terrible. They had an opportunity to score at the end, but with no timeouts, he called for the Chargers to run the ball. That made no sense. Herbert should have been able to throw it. A weird move, but now Lynn’s job might be in question. They’ll face the Patriots this weekend.

#27

Philadelphia Eagles (3-7-1)

Previous Rank – 24

Philadelphia and Doug Pederson are in real trouble here. They dropped another loss to a beatable Seattle defense. Carson Wentz is fading for a lot of fans in Philadelphia so much that Jalen Hurts was promised extra time in the offense. Time will tell if Wentz remains the starter, but that offensive line and defense need to play better. They’ll get the Green Bay Packers this weekend.

#26

Atlanta Falcons (4-7)

Previous Rank – 29

I don’t get the Falcons man goddamn. If I say they’ll lose, they’ll win and vice versa. They are becoming my kryptonite when it comes to betting man. There is no reason they should have won this game, but man did their defense wake up. They caused five sacks, one interception, four fumbles, and scored a defensive touchdown. It will be interesting to see if they can keep this up when they face the Saints again this week. The offense has to produce as well though.

#25

Denver Broncos (4-7)

Previous Rank – 22

I show no sympathy towards teams that can’t follow simple rules. I am talking about the Broncos not having any quarterback for their contest against the Saints. This was because Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19, and all the quarterbacks in the room were not wearing masks, and were close contacts. They turned to Kendall Hinton, a receiver who played quarterback in college at Wake Forest. It was ugly, and hopefully the Broncos will learn this lesson in time to prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.

#24

Washington Football Team (4-7)

Previous Rank – 27

It was a great Thanksgiving for the Washington Football Team as they absolutely destroyed the Dallas Cowboys. The crazy thing is that Alex Smith barely had to do anything. It was all in the run game and the defense. Antonio Gibson ran for over 100 yards, and he had three rushing touchdowns. The defense was able to get a touchdown as well. Overall, it was a very successful day. They have a big challenge on their hands though on Monday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

#23

Detroit Lions (4-7)

Previous Rank – 21

Detroit finally said they had enough. After their brutal Thanksgiving loss, the Lions made the decision to fire General Manager Bob Quinn and Head Coach Matt Patricia. It was a decision that needed to be made, and now hopefully the Lions can rebuild to finally get back on track. They’ll look to do that when they take on the Chicago Bears this weekend.

#22

New York Giants (4-7)

Previous Rank – 23

So the Giants won this game against the Bengals, but it could have been at the cost of their quarterback; Daniel Jones. I don’t know if he will be out for the season, but he will miss time. Colt McCoy came in and did what he could, but it wasn’t the greatest. This is especially hard considering the Giants are currently leading the division. Hopefully, they can keep it together, but it will be tough especially with a date against Seattle this weekend.

#21

Houston Texans (4-7)

Previous Rank – 26

Now I know that Houston probably shouldn’t have moved up this much, but Deshaun Watson has been playing lights out football for a shit organization. Now comes the part where I don’t think it will last because two key players from the Texans were suspended the rest of the season for violating the NFL’s PED policy; Will Fuller and Bradley Roby. This is a huge blow to the receiving core and to the defense as well. Hopefully, Watson can keep going. They get the Colts this week.

#20

Carolina Panthers (4-8)

Previous Rank – 18

The Panthers had this game man. They were able to score two defensive touchdowns on two back-to-back fumble recoveries by Jeremy Chinn. Still, the Panthers defense crumbled at the last minute, and they had to go down the field in order to tie the game. Sadly, Joey Slye missed the field goal, and they ended up losing. Plus, D.J. Moore got dinged up at the end so we will see what happens here, but I am starting to become a fan of this team. I believe in them under Rhule. They’ll get some rest on their bye week.

#19

Chicago Bears (5-6)

Previous Rank – 16

The Chicago Bears taking Trubisky instead of Watson will forever be a head scratcher, but the kid got the start back with Foles injured. I think we saw a little bit more out of the offense as David Montgomery and Allen Robinson got all three of Mitch’s touchdowns, but this team still needs to find its identity. Also, we will see what they can do against another divisional opponent in the Detroit Lions.

#18

New England Patriots (5-6)

Previous Rank – 19

The Patriots should have not won this game man, but obviously the shoulder is still bothering Kyler Murray. Cam Newton tossed two interceptions, but with the run game and the defense stepping up, the Patriots came away with the victory on a 50-yard Nick Folk field goal. The Patriots will look to be 6-6 when they take on the disgruntled Los Angeles Chargers this week.

#17

San Francisco 49ers (5-6)

Previous Rank – 20

Surprisingly to a lot of people, I took the 49ers in this, and they managed to pull it out due to the Rams offense being highly inconsistent with Goff under center. Injuries and COVID have plagued this team, but Deebo Samuel became the shining light with over 100 yards. Robbie Gould put it away with a field goal, and now the 49ers look to this week when they take on the Buffalo Bills Monday night.

#16

Minnesota Vikings (5-6)

Previous Rank – 17

The Vikings fell early, but even without Adam Thielen in their lineup they were able to come back and get the win. Justin Jefferson was great here catching two touchdowns as the rookie from LSU is having quite the season filling in for Stefon Diggs. Overall, a great performance from them as they will move on and take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend.

#15

Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)

Previous Rank – 15

What the hell happened here Vegas? I was so confident that you would win this game, and man did the Falcons defense surprise us all with four forced fumbles on the afternoon. Three of them came from Derek Carr. I mean man come on. I was just talking to a lot of people about how great you were playing this year, and then you go and do that. They will hopefully get back on track when they face the Jets this weekend.

#14

Arizona Cardinals (6-5)

Previous Rank – 13

It is obvious that the shoulder is still bothering Murray as he placed his worst game of the season by far. He didn’t score a single touchdown, and got picked off instead. They relied heavily on Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds in the run game which means they don’t feel comfortable running with him just yet. Murray has had some slip ups, and probably not having Larry Fitzgerald there due to COVID might have something to do with it. However, they’ll look to move past it when they take on the Rams this weekend.

#13

Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

Previous Rank – 12

The Ravens drop a spot after their COVID ridden team lost against the Pittsburgh Steelers. A combination of RGIII and Trace McSorely, but overall their offense couldn’t manage against the Steelers defense. They should get Lamar and the rest of their team back by the time they face Dallas on Tuesday night.

#12

Miami Dolphins (7-4)

Previous Rank – 14

The Miami Dolphins played without Tua yet again as Fitzpatrick got the start, and the offense was great as they dominated the Jets throughout this entire game holding them to only a field goal. The defense did great against Sam Darnold, and they have been a shining light compared to what they were last. Flores has done amazing for this organization, and they’ll look to continue their roll as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend.

#11

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)

Previous Rank – 9

Have teams figured out the Buccaneers? It sure seems like it as the Chiefs absolutely decimated them. The defense seemed to be like a dead fish against both Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill as Hill had over 200 yards in the first half. Astonishing to say the least. The Bucs tried to come back in the end, but ended up falling as Brady was forced to pass down the field more often. A lot of people thought this was Super Bowl team based on their roster, but there seems to be some internal aggression with this team. They’ll go on their bye to prepare for next week.

#10

Los Angeles Rams (7-4)

Previous Rank – 5

It is rare that McVay calls out a player, but man did he have some words for Goff in this one. He tossed two interceptions and just couldn’t get anything going in this one. The Rams defense also made some mistakes, and overall it was just a messy situation for a team that was leading their division. They’ll look to avenge the loss against another divisional opponent; the Arizona Cardinals.

#9

Indianapolis Colts (7-4)

Previous Rank – 6

The Colts got swept here as the Titans relied heavily on two players; Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown. All together, they combined for five touchdowns on the day with Henry running three in, and Brown catching one, and also returning an onside kick. The good news is that T.Y. Hilton finally showed up, but it wasn’t enough to secure victory. Hopefully, they’ll do better when they take on the Houston Texans this week.

#8

Cleveland Browns (8-3)

Previous Rank – 11

It is hard to believe that Cleveland might actually make it into the playoffs this year, but I guess crazier things have happened. All props to Kevin Stefanski for making this team shaped to his style with a run first mentality as Nick Chubb gashed this defense and saw some more work in the pass game. Jarvis Landry did well in this one as well, but the defense almost gave this one away facing Mike Glennon as they only won by two points. This week, they’ll take on the Tennessee Titans.

#7

Tennessee Titans (8-3)

Previous Rank – 10

Speaking of the Titans, they move up three spots after coming away with the win against the Colts. I was worried about this team, as they were slipping a little bit, but with this dominant win over a divisional opponent, it speaks volume. Henry was a monster here, and A.J. Brown is a stud. Good things look to be on the horizon for this team, and they’ll have a big chance to prove it when they take on the Cleveland Browns.

#6

Seattle Seahawks (8-3)

Previous Rank – 8

Metcalf is a beast. There I said it. Are you happy Smalls? This game was all his as he basically made Darius Slay look like a scared child on the field. They also got Chris Carson back which helped the run game get established more. The defense also stepped up against a piss poor Philly offensive line, and sacked Carson Wentz six times. They are now ahead in the divison, and get a good matchup this weekend against a Daniel Jonesless New York Giants team.

#5

Buffalo Bills (8-3)

Previous Rank – 4

It wasn’t pretty, but the Bills got the win against the Chargers. There were a lot of mistakes made on this team which is why they drop a spot despite the win. Allen scored through the air, and on the ground, but also lost the ball twice; an interception, and a fumble. Singletary also showed signs of life, and Cole Beasley threw a touchdown as well. They are ahead of their division, and will look to stay that way against the San Francisco 49ers this Monday night.

#4

Green Bay Packers (8-3)

Previous Rank – 7

Aaron Rodgers is a bad man. He was able to swat away the Chicago Bears tossing four touchdown passes. The Packers despite not adding any offensive weapons for Rodgers are working their way into another NFC Championship picture. The defense does need some work as always, but they were able to contain Mitch Trubisky for the most part. They’ll face the rough Philadelphia Eagles this weekend.

#3

New Orleans Saints (9-2)

Previous Rank – 3

This was an ugly game. I still firmly believe Taysom Hill is not the right man under center, and it should be Jameis Winston, but they beat the Denver Broncos. It isn’t really hard considering their team didn’t have a quarterback for this game because of COVID, and they had to rely on a wide receiver that played quarterback in college. Hill is still without a passing touchdown for his career, but Latavius Murray showed some bright spots. Just get goddamn Alvin Kamara involved in the passing game, and stop taking away his goal line work. Don’t be an ego maniac Sean Peyton. Use your best talent.

#2

Kansas City Chiefs (10-1)

Previous Rank – 2

Wow man. Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill lit it up in this game. They hardly had to even consider using the run as Tyreek Hill had two touchdowns, and over 200 yards in the first half. The defense was also able to penetrate that offensive line and get to Tom Brady forcing him to make mistakes throwing the ball. They are doing good work, and they’ll look to continue that good work when they take on the Denver Broncos Sunday night.

#1

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-0)

Previous Rank – 1

The Steelers were able to hold onto the win here and beat the Ravens 19-14. The receivers weren’t incredibly great though as they dropped a multitude of passes. The defense played well, but we need to see what happened to Bud Dupree on a non-contact injury. They’ll face the Washington Football Team on Monday.

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