NFL Power Rankings: Week 13

Story posted December 2, 2021 in Sports, CommRadio by Nolan Wick

It has been one of the most unique seasons the NFL has had in recent years. Unlike most seasons, there is not a clear powerhouse team in the league, so the throne is up for grabs.

However, some teams are beginning to prove they’re legit, while some are beginning to show they may not be what many believed them to be after all. Here are the NFL power rankings heading into Week 13.

Honorable mentions: Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins

10. Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team is not a great team on paper and currently sits one game below .500, but things are clicking right now.

Following Washington’s 17-15 win against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Ron Rivera and Co. now have three consecutive wins and currently hold the No. 7 playoff seed.

It is important to note, one of those wins was against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

9. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have won four of their last five games.

With the Los Angeles Rams currently spiraling out of control, San Francisco could move into second place soon.

Despite an injury to wide receiver Deebo Samuel, the 49ers seem to have figured things out.

8. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals continue to be on the upswing. Second-year quarterback Joe Burrow continues to improve despite throwing 12 interceptions this season.

Wideout Ja’Marr Chase is establishing himself as one of the best rookies in the league.

With a 7-4 record and a two-game win streak, Cincinnati currently holds the No. 5 playoff seed, which is impressive for a young team in a tough AFC North division.

7. Buffalo Bills

Buffalo is the first team on this list that falls into the Super Bowl contender category.

Josh Allen is among the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and he has weapons in receiver Stefon Diggs and tight end Dawson Knox.

Although the Bills’ record is not as scary as it was last season, this is still a good team that could win it all, even without standout defensive back Tre’Davious White.

6. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are still a good team and are currently on a winning streak.

Wideout Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews are still performing well, with the Ravens currently in first place in the tough AFC North.

5. Green Bay Packers

Domination is business as usual up in Green Bay.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is doing Aaron Rodgers things, and things appear to be great for the Packers these days.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Quarterback Tom Brady and the 2020 Super Bowl Champions remain steady and dominant on both sides of the ball.

With roughly the same roster as last season’s championship team and a solid season so far, there’s reason to believe this team could win the Super Bowl once again.

3. Arizona Cardinals

This stacked team has the best record in football. Arizona sits atop a competitive NFC West, as the two teams behind it could easily make the playoffs as well.

Kyler Murray and Co. may well lead the Cardinals on a big playoff run.

2. New England Patriots

The Patriots do not have much talent on paper, but they are currently the hottest team in football with six consecutive wins.

New England sits first in the AFC East and looks like a legitimate playoff team.

Quarterback Mac Jones looks like the answer up in New England, folks.

1.  Kansas City Chiefs

After a slow start to the season, Kansas City appears to have gotten its act together.

The Chiefs are playing well and look like the team they were widely expected to be this season.

Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, and the rest of the Chiefs are firing on all cylinders, with a four-game win streak.

Nolan Wick is a first-year majoring in journalism. To contact him, email nhw5046@psu.edu.