SportsTips’ NFL Power Rankings: Week 13

SportsTips’ NFL Power Rankings: Week 13
Wed 2nd December 2020

Our NFL Power Rankings are in after Week 12 of the NFL. It was a wild week that saw Thursday’s Thanksgiving matchup between Pittsburgh and Baltimore postponed by six days, Atlanta defeat the Raiders by 37 points, Denver’s entire quarterback room ruled out for COVID-19, Tyreek Hill record 200+ yards in a quarter and the Giants claim top spot in NFC East with a 4-7 record.

The 2020 NFL season continues to provide unbelievable storylines as we take one step closer to Super Bowl LV. Here’s where all 32 NFL teams stand ahead of Week 13 of the 2020 NFL season.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-0)

Super Bowl Odds: +550
Previous Rank: 1

Pittsburgh remained undefeated through Week 12, but it wasn’t pretty. The Steelers struggled offensively against a Baltimore defensive line that was depleted due to COVID-19, only managing 19 points for the game. Yes there were going up against backups and third stringers, but the Pittsburgh defense continued their dominance, racking up three sacks, eight tackles for loss and only allowing 14 points.

Overall it wasn’t the dominant performance that many were expecting, but Pittsburgh had COVID-19 issues of their own and had to wait six days after their game was initially scheduled to finally take the field. The escaped with the victory to remain undefeated and keep top spot of the power rankings.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (10-1)

Super Bowl Odds: +275
Previous Rank: 2

Kansas City showed just how damaging their best football can be, putting up 17 points and 200+ pass yards in the first quarter of their Sunday afternoon matchup against Tampa Bay. It’s now even harder to look past Patrick Mahomes as the regular season MVP, after the Chiefs quarterback threw for 462 yards while also finding Tyreek Hill for three touchdowns.

Hill had a night out himself, bringing in 13 receptions for 269 yards to go along with his three scores. The Chiefs defense was also complementary forcing two interceptions and keeping to Bucs to seven first half points. That was Kansas City’s first win in Tampa Bay this season but it may not be their last, with Super Bowl LV set to be played at Raymond Jones Stadium.

3. New Orleans Saints (9-2)

Super Bowl Odds: +550
Previous Rank: 3

In a game that only saw 75 passing yards combined, the Saints ran over the Broncos to reaffirm their place as the number one seed in the NFC. New Orleans did what they needed to do coming up against a Denver team without any of its four quarterbacks due to COVID-19.

Although they weren’t really challenged, the Saints defense and running game showed what they were capable of forcing three Broncos turnovers and rushing for 229 yards as well as four touchdowns. New Orleans are now 2.5 games ahead of Tampa Bay for top spot in the NFC South.

4. Seattle Seahawks (8-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +900
Previous Rank: 5

The Seahawks claimed outright top spot in the NFC West as a result of their 23-17 victory over the Eagles on Monday Night Football. Seattle has established a more balanced offense with receiver DK Metcalf bringing in 177 yards and Chris Carson rushing for 41 yards and a touchdown from eight carries against Philadelphia. Seattle’s defense was also impressive, sacking Carson Wentz six times and restricting the Eagles to 250 total yards. Seattle are currently the second seed in the NFC. 

5. Green Bay Packers (8-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +950
Previous Rank: 8

The Packers put up 41 points against the Bears on Sunday Night Football to extend their lead in the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers threw his fifth 4+ touchdown game of the season, finding a different receiver with each score to keep his name in the MVP conversation. Despite still struggling to defend against the run, Green Bay’s defense forced three Bears turnovers in their 16-point win.

6. Tennessee Titans (8-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +2000
Previous Rank: 10

Three first half touchdowns from star running back Derrick Henry helped power the Titans to a 45-26 win over the Colts in a huge divisional matchup. Henry finished the day with 178 yards on the ground to go along with his three scores as Tennessee reclaimed top spot in the AFC South. After their slump, the Titans are starting to re-emerge as a contender in the AFC ahead of their Week 13 matchup against the 8-3 Browns.

7. Buffalo Bills (8-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +2200
Previous Rank: 7

The Bills took another step toward securing their first AFC East title since 1995 after defeating the Chargers 27-17. It was not a dominant performance from the Bills offense, with Josh Allen throwing for only 157 yards a touchdown and a pick. However, Buffalo continue to get the job on defense, making much needed plays at pivotal moments to hold off a late charge from Justin Herbert and the Chargers.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)

Super Bowl Odds: +1500
Previous Rank: 4

After getting blown out of the water by a 17-0 Chiefs first quarter, Tampa Bay pegged the lead back against the Super Bowl champs outscoring them 24-10 in the final three quarters, to fall three points short in a 27-24 loss. Now with three losses in their last four games, Tampa Bay are limping into their Week 13 bye, looking to get their talented offense back on the same page for the remainder of the season. However, having suffered back to back three point losses against quality defenses, you can’t write off the Bucs just yet. 

9. Indianapolis Colts (7-4)

Super Bowl Odds: +2800
Previous Rank: 6

After impressive victories over the Titans (Week 10) and the Packers (Week 11), Indianapolis looked poised to sweep Tennessee and claim top spot in the NFC South. Unfortunately for the Colts, they don’t have Derrick Henry. Indianapolis managed only 56 rushing yards against Tennessee putting more pressure on the arm of Phillip Rivers. While the Colts defense allowed 45 points and 229 rushing yards. Coming up against three talented offenses down the stretch (Texans x2, Raiders and Steelers), the Colts defense will have to improve if they are to hold onto a Wild Card spot in the AFC.

10. Los Angeles Rams (7-4)

Super Bowl Odds: +1600
Previous Rank: 9

Having now been swept by the undermanned 49ers in 2020, the Rams may have cost themselves a chance at winning the NFC West. Four Los Angeles turnovers including two picks from Jarred Goff proved to be costly in the Rams 23-20 loss.

11. Cleveland Browns (8-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +4000
Previous Rank: 15

Once again, it wasn’t pretty, but it was a win. The Browns escaped with a 27-25 win over the lowly Jaguars led by Nick Chubb’s 144 yards and a touchdown. It’s been an amazing turnaround in Cleveland under Kevin Stefanski, with the Browns having won 8+ games in a season for the first time in 12 years. Cleveland is on the cusp of their first playoff appearance since 2002.

12. Miami Dolphins (7-4)

Super Bowl Odds: +5000
Previous Rank: 14

The Dolphins got their second free win against the winless Jets on Sunday, with Ryan Fitzpatrick returning as the starting quarterback in Miami’s 20-3 victory. After their match against the Bengals in Week 13, Miami will face the Chiefs, Patriots, Raiders and Bills as they look to make a push to win the AFC East division or at least secure a Wild Card berth.

13. Arizona Cardinals (6-5)

Super Bowl Odds: +4000
Previous Rank: 11

Now with three single score losses in their past month of football, the Cardinals are trying to hang onto a Wild Card spot in the NFC. After getting out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, Arizona allowed the then 4-6 Patriots to outscore them 20-7 in the final three quarters, resulting in a 20-17 loss for the Cards. Kyler Murray has looked noticeably banged up over the past two weeks, which is not what you want going into a Week 13 matchup against Aaron Donald and the pass rushing Rams.

14. Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

Super Bowl Odds: +2200
Previous Rank: 13

What a week for the Baltimore Ravens. Since November 23rd they placed 23 different players on the COVID-19 injury list and their game was delayed by six days to cater for that. The ended up starting their game against Pittsburgh as 10.5-point underdogs with a depleted defensive line, no active tight ends and no Lamar Jackson.

Despite this, they managed to keep the Steelers, a top four scoring offense, to just 19 points and only ended up losing by five points. Baltimore have now lost three in a row and have dropped 11 places in our rankings, however their schedule is opening up and should turn things around with the postseason on the line.

15. Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)

Super Bowl Odds: +6000
Previous Rank: 12

In what was the most lopsided upset of the weekend, the Raiders suffered an embarrassing 43-6 loss to the Falcons, which may prove costly in their bid for a Wild Card spot in the AFC. Las Vegas turned the ball over five times, and gave away 11 penalties for 141 yards in their worst / most ill-discipline performance of the season. Upcoming matches against both the Colts and the Dolphins are now more important, with all three teams currently vying for a Wild Card spot in the AFC.

16. Minnesota Vikings (5-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +7000
Previous Rank: 17

The Vikings moved up to second place in the NFC North following their one point win over the Panthers on Sunday. Trailing 21-10 at the end of the third quarter, Minnesota piled on 18 points to defeat Carolina 28-27.

Despite giving up three fumbles on offense, Kirk Cousins was once again efficient throwing for 307 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Vikings have a great chance of reaching .500 for the first time this season, with a Week 13 matchup against the Jaguars.

17. New England Patriots (5-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Previous Rank: 21

After beating Arizona 20-17 on a last-second field goal from Nick Folk, the Patriots still find themselves in the AFC playoff race. New England’s defense redeemed themselves in Week 12, rising to the occasion in key situations against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense.

Despite throwing two interceptions and only putting up 179 total yards, New England overcame a 10-0 first quarter deficit to win the game, even though Arizona was in possession for almost nine more minutes. Coming up against the 3-8 Chargers in Week 13, New England could be .500 at this time next week.

18. San Francisco 49ers (5-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +8000
Previous Rank: 22

A game-winning 42-yard field goal from Robbie Gould got the 49’ers a second divisional win against the Rams for the 2020 season. San Francisco’s defense forced four Rams turnovers in their 23-20 win on Sunday. Given the injuries that San Francisco has seen this year, it is remarkable that the 49ers are only one game below .500 at this point in the season, a big testament to Kyle Shanahan.

19. Atlanta Falcons (4-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +40000
Previous Rank: 20

A 43-point outing against a potential playoff team is the type of performance that the Falcons offense should be delivering more regularly. However, it was the five Raiders turnovers that Atlanta forced on defense that proved to be the difference in their 37-point win. The Falcons won’t be going to the playoffs, but they have played more inspired football with Raheem Morris.

20. Houston Texans (4-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +25000
Previous Rank: 25

Houston aren’t going to make the playoffs, but that isn’t stopping Deshaun Watson from having the best passing season of his NFL career. Watson threw for 318 passing yards and four touchdowns while Will Fuller IV recorded 167 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Texans 41-25 Thanksgiving win over the Lions. Houston will need to acquire some more weapons for Watson to target down the field, while their defense still needs a major overhaul. But, it was nice to see some vintage J.J. Watt on Thanksgiving.

21. Chicago Bears (5-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +15000
Previous Rank: 18

The Bears 5-1 start to the season seems like a lifetime ago, having now lost five straight games as a result of their 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday Night Football. Mitch Trubisky returned as starting quarterback, however the Bears passing game continued to struggle. And, after carrying the team this far, Chicago’s defense is beginning to wear down.

22. Carolina Panthers (4-8)

Super Bowl Odds: +45000
Previous Rank: 16

In what was the Panthers ninth game without Christian McCaffrey this year, Carolina suffered their sixth single score loss for the season. Up 21-10 at the end of the third quarter, the Panthers allowed 18 fourth quarter points to go down 28-27. With inconsistencies starting to show on both offense and defense the Panthers will enjoy their Week 13 bye before finishing off the 2020 season.

23. New York Giants (4-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Previous Rank: 23

It wasn’t pretty, but the Giants held onto a two point win against the ‘Burrow-less’ Bengals to take top spot in the NFC East. Yes, if the season were to end today the 4-7 Giants would be hosting a playoff game. New York forced three Cincinnati turnovers on defense, however struggled to score on offense after quarterback Daniel Jones suffered a hamstring injury that forced him to leave the field. Early reports suggest that Jones has an outside chance of playing against Seattle in Week 13.

24. Washington Football Team (4-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Previous Rank: 29

Following their 41- 16 win on Thanksgiving, Washington briefly held top spot in the NFC East as a result of their 2020 sweep against Dallas. Antonio Gibson ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first rookie to have three scores in a game on Thanksgiving since Randy Moss did it back in 1998. Washington will take on the undefeated Steelers in Week 13, as they try to keep in touch with top spot in the NFC East.

25. Denver Broncos (4-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +50000
Previous Rank: 19

Given that the Broncos had no healthy quarterbacks due to COVID-19, their result against the Saints was almost a foregone conclusion. Hats off to rookie wide receiver Kendall Hinton, who was elevated from the practice squad to start at quarterback for their matchup against the then 8-3 Saints. Hinton completed just one of his nine passes against the Saints on Sunday, to go along with two interceptions in Denver’s 31-3 loss.

26. Philadelphia Eagles (3-7-1)

Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Previous Rank: 28

The Eagles are now a game behind both Washington and New York in the NFC East as a result of their 23-17 loss to the Seahawks. Although the scoreline is flattering, Philadelphia scored a late touchdown and two point conversion in ‘junk time’ to make the result look better than it was. Arguably the most criticised player in the league, Carson Wentz was let down by his offensive line and was sacked on six occasions. Things do not get any easier for Philadelphia who face the Packers in Week 13.

27. Los Angeles Chargers (3-8)

Super Bowl Odds: +50000
Previous Rank: 24

Despite rookie quarterback Justin Herbert recording his sixth 300+ passing yard performance of the season, poor coaching late in the fourth quarter was again an issue for the Chargers, who went down 27-17 against the Bills. Now at 3-8, Anthony Lynn’s has put himself on the hot seat despite Justin Herbert’s incredible rookie season.

28. Dallas Cowboys (3-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +15000
Previous Rank: 26

A demoralising 25 point loss against Washington on Thanksgiving was arguably the lowest point in what has been a difficult season for the Cowboys. Dallas conceded 21 fourth quarter points in another disappointing defensive performance. Nonetheless, Dallas are still a realistic chance of winning the NFC East and getting into the playoffs.

29. Detroit Lions (4-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +30000
Previous Rank: 27

Following their 41-25 loss to the Texans on Thanksgiving, the Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn. Having now lost four of their last five games, Detroit are set to miss the playoff for the fourth straight season.

30. Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1)

Super Bowl Odds: +150000
Previous Rank: 30

The ‘Burrow-less’ Bengals put up a good fight in their 19-17 loss to the Giants. Brandon Allen replaced the 2020 number one draft pick and managed to find rookie receiver Tee Higgins for his third touchdown in five games. A valiant effort without Burrow and Joe Mixon.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10)

Super Bowl Odds: Off The Board
Previous Rank: 31

The Jags were competitive again in Week 12, with the two point loss to the Browns their third single score defeat in their past four games. Quarterback Mike Glennon impressed in his first start in over 3 years, completing 20/35 passes, for 235 yards and two touchdowns. However, Jacksonville’s defense had no answer for Nick Chubb who ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, setting up the game for Cleveland.

32. New York Jets (0-11)

Super Bowl Odds: Off The Board
Previous Rank: 32

Following their most recent 20-3 loss to Miami, New York are running out of time to record a win in 2020, as it is looking more likely every week that the Jets will become the third team in NFL history to finish with an 0-16 record. Sam Darnold did his chances at landing on another NFL team no favours, throwing for 197 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in his return to the starting position. 

*Odds correct at time of publication.

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