OutOfSight NFL Week ┃13 Top 10 Power Rankings
- Philadelphia Eagles (10-1)
Superhuman performances during prime-time games can serve as ultra-fuel in the MVP race. Jalen Hurts showed a huge audience what a difference-maker he can be on Sunday Night Football, breaking Michael Vick’s franchise record for quarterbacks with 157 rushing yards in a 40-33 win over the Packers. Hurts also became the first NFL quarterback since 1950 to record 150 rushing yards, 150 passing yards, and at least two passing touchdowns in the same game. The Eagles nearly made team history as well: Philadelphia rushed for 363 yards, falling just 13 yards short of the 1948 franchise record. Said RB Miles Sanders: “It’s chasing greatness every week.”
2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)
On Sunday, the Chiefs were not at their best, but their margin of error was significant against the fading Rams and backup quarterback Bryce Perkins at Arrowhead. The 26-10 victory was decisive despite special teams errors, red-zone miscues, and Patrick Mahomes’ lack of enthusiasm after the game. On Sunday, the Chiefs were not at their best, but their margin of error was significant against the fading Rams and backup quarterback Bryce Perkins at Arrowhead. The 26-10 victory was decisive despite special teams errors, red-zone miscues, and Patrick Mahomes’ lack of enthusiasm after the game. You like the win, but we have a lot to get better at,” Mahomes said, “especially me.” In the fourth quarter, Mahomes threw an interception in the end zone, but he also connected with Travis Kelce for another touchdown. Kelce has established a new career-high with 12 receiving touchdowns on the season, with a whopping six games left to play.
3. San Fransisco 49ers (7-4)
The 49ers are an NFL powerhouse because they can defeat opponents in a variety of ways. Two Mondays ago in Mexico City, we witnessed what the offense is capable of when in rhythm. In a 13-0 victory against the Saints on Sunday, it was the defense’s turn to flex its muscles. During their four-game winning streak, the 49ers have not allowed a single second-half point, with opponents averaging just 10 points per game during that span. In terms of both yards and points allowed, DeMeco Ryans’ squad will enter December as the NFL’s top defense. In their extensive history, the 49ers have never finished a season atop both categories simultaneously. Santa Clara has something special cooking.
4. Buffalo Bills (8-3)
Two games at Ford Field in five days and two victories for the Bills, who appear to be regaining their footing after a turbulent midseason. Thanksgiving’s 28-25 victory was decided by Tyler Bass’ 45-yard field goal in the final seconds, but the winning drive will be remembered for the 36-yard pass from Josh Allen to Stefon Diggs that put Buffalo in scoring position asap. Very few quarterbacks are able to execute such a throw from such a distance, but Allen was able to do so despite a weak elbow that continues to cause him problems. Von Miller exited the game with a knee injury that will sideline him for an indeterminate amount of time. The Buffalo defense will suffer without its closer.
5. Dallas Cowboys (8-3)
There has been a constant barrage of speculation linking Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cowboys, but perhaps “The Boys” would be better off without the renowned wide receiver (even excluding factors related to his recent air-travel mishap). Last Thursday’s 28-20 victory over the Giants was the clearest indication yet that Michael Gallup is regaining his form after offseason knee surgery. CeeDee Lamb continues to play the role of a legitimate No. 1 (with two 100-yard performances in the past three weeks), while a healthy Gallup projects as a highly capable #2 wideout. Why mess with a winning formula?
6. Miami Dolphins (8-3)
Sunday, the Dolphins dispatched the league’s worst Texans by jumping out to a 30-point halftime lead and coasting to their fifth consecutive victory. Here is where things become extremely intriguing for Mike McDaniel and the leaders of the AFC East. Next, the Dolphins will face the red-hot 49ers on the road in Week 13, followed by AFC playoff contenders in the Chargers, Bills, Patriots, and Jets. By the end of December, we’ll have a much better idea of how seriously we should take this team as a Super Bowl contender despite the fact that Miami has annihilated the competition during its easy portion of the schedule.
7. Minnesota Vikings (9-2)
The victory over the Patriots on Thanksgiving night was crucial for the Vikings, who desperately needed to change the narrative following their humiliating blowout loss to the Cowboys four days prior. Justin Jefferson was outstanding. The Pro Bowl wide receiver finished the game with nine receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets, pushing almost everything beneficial for the Minnesota offense. The greatness of Jefferson makes life so much easier for Kirk Cousins, who was able to silence rumors about his failures in prime-time games until, well, the next time the Vikings play in prime-time. On Sunday, Minnesota can win the NFC North with a victory over the upstart Jets and a loss by the Lions against the Jaguars this Sunday.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)
The Bengals defeated the Titans in Nashville without the help of Joe Mixon (concussion) or Ja’Marr Chase (hip). As the most difficult portion of their schedule approaches, it is the clearest indication that the defending AFC champions have found their way up to this point of the NFL season. “This is the kind of game that great teams win,” who threw for 270 yards and the to-be game winning touchdown to Tee Higgins in the early in the fourth quarter. Burrow, who was sacked nine times in Cincinnati’s Divisional Round playoff victory over Tennessee January, was sacked only once on this November Sunday. The best news now for Burrow: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Chase is on track to return for Week 13’s matchup against the Chiefs.
9. Tennessee Titans (7-4)
The Titans defeat their opponents by imposing their will on them. On Sunday, the Bengals traveled to Nissan Stadium and were the more physical team on both offense and defense in a 20-16 win over the Titans that served as a rematch of a memorable playoff game from January which I spoke of earlier. A penalty for unnecessary roughness by offensive lineman Kevin Strong ended the game in an anticlimactic manner, but the Titans should focus entirely on how to get ELITE running back Derrick Henry going against a potential playoff opponent from the AFC they very well could see again down the road. Henry rushed for a lackluster total of 38 yards on 17 carries on Sunday and has averaged just 2.75 yards per carry in his last two contests against vs the Bengals. King Henry was locked down by their defense a few days ago, and Henry must be effective for the Titans to achieve their ultimate goal.
10. Baltimore Ravens (7-4)
John Harbaugh’s Ravens appear to have a fatal flaw, the inability to finish off opponents. The Baltimore Ravens have lost four games this season despite holding a lead of at least nine points in the second half of each of those four contests. The most recent defeat may have been the worst, as the defense was torn apart by Trevor Lawrence on a last-second touchdown drive before allowing a two-point conversion to seal a 28-27 loss. Harbaugh described it as “out of character,” and the Ravens did not exactly shine in Week 12. Look for the Ravens to bounce back this Sunday vs my Broncos unfortunately and get back to their winning ways.
Honorable mentions: Chargers & Jets
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