NFL Power Rankings Week 13: AFC Sweet ‘n Weak 16


Nov 24, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) spikes the football after a touchdown during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Faith has been restored in the playoff dreams of Tennessee Titans enthusiasts. Sort of.

So many 5-6, even 4-7 teams who “supposedly” want the AFC’s second and final wild-card berth. The Titans have a 4-0 record against that group of teams. How dumb must they feel about losing to the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars? Those losses have put them in a three-game stretch where they must win at least two of the upcoming games: Colts (7-4), Broncos (9-2) and Cardinals (7-4).

Do the Titans want it? It’s time to make up for their mistakes. If they don’t want it, one can bet that those AFC North teams will try to make a run for it. Or maybe Philip Rivers, although that San Diego Chargers defense may prevent them from becoming legitimate contenders.

Let’s take a look at some Week 13 NFL power rankings for the 2013-14 season. These rankings include all 16 playoff teams. They’re not a listing of each team’s playoff seeding.

Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: AFC 1-16 (TW LW Team Record)

Obvious Top 4
01 01 Denver Broncos 9-2
02 03 New England Patriots 8-3
03 02 Kansas City Chiefs 9-2
04 05 Cincinnati Bengals 7-4

Titans Could’ve Had AFC South Lead…”Could’ve”
05 04 Indianapolis Colts 7-4

5-6 Team With the Best Quarterback
06 08 San Diego Chargers 5-6

5-6 Team Who Just Beat Team with Best Quarterback
07 07 Miami Dolphins 5-6

4-0 Against Teams No. 6-13
08 09 Tennessee Titans 5-6

Week 13 Thanksgiving Day Must Watch
09 11 Baltimore Ravens 5-6
10 13 Pittsburgh Steelers 5-6

Life Support
11 06 New York Jets 5-6

Stick a Fork in ‘Em: They’re Done
12 10 Cleveland Browns 4-7
13 12 Oakland Raiders 4-7
14 14 Buffalo Bills 4-7

YES! We’re Not the Worst Team in the NFL—or even our own division anymore!!!
15 16 Jacksonville Jaguars 2-9

Titans Fans: Remember When this OT Loss was “Quality?”
16 15 Houston Texans 2-9

Observations on next page.

Week 13 AFC Power Rankings: Observations

Nov 24, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans strong safety Daimion Stafford (39), cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (29) and cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) celebrate after the Titans defeated the Oakland Raiders 23-19 at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Week 12 proved one thing: there are no unbeatable teams. Just major disappointments.
  • Kansas City losing their top two pass-rushers turned their No. 1 defense into a meatball squad. Their losing streak extends to three games unless they defeat Denver.
  • That Broncos vs. Patriots game was strange. It’s hard to take much from it. Each team is capable of beating one another on any given night. What matters is a potential January showdown.
  • The best team in this conference? Maybe a Bengals team with Andy Dalton playing well. The problem is that Dalton is far from consistent.
  • As a Titans supporter, watching all these Colts blowouts makes me sick. Chalk it up as another wasted opportunity. AFC South lead could’ve been Tennessee’s.
  • AFC’s second wild-card participant could easily finish with an 8-8 record. Very easily.
  • Note to self: Stop overrating the Jets. There’s no way this team wins more than eight games with Geno Smith. Even that is unlikely.
  • Nine consecutive losses? Houston, we’re beyond a problem.
  • If the Titans could just steal a win in Indianapolis, they have a realistic chance to win that No. 6 seed with a 9-7 record. They’d still need to win one of two (Broncos, Cardinals) before finishing against Jacksonville and Houston.
  • I’ll put my homerism aside: if I had to guess who’d get that second wild-card berth, I’m taking the winner of the Thanksgiving Day showdown between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. HOWEVER, that changes if Tennessee can get over the hurdle and finally upset Indianapolis.

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