Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Titans rip Colts out of the top-5
By Will Lomas
4. Tennessee Titans (+4)
In the last 6 weeks, no team has had more ups and downs than the Tennessee Titans.
At one point they went 1-3 during a four-game stretch that featured a win against the Bears, but losses to the bottom-feeding Bengals, rival Colts, and the undefeated Steelers.
Last week they managed to come out on top against the Baltimore Ravens in overtime in a game that both teams absolutely had to have. In the end, the Titan wanted it more and it kept them relevant to set up a really important rematch against the Colts on Sunday.
The Titans were looking for blood and they went back for seconds before the day was done.
Despite both teams missing five starters, the Titans adapted and overcame while the Colts kicked rocks and complained. One team played like winners who weren’t going to let circumstances dissuade them, and that team also had Derrick Henry, Jeffery Simmons, Ryan Tannehill, A.J. Brown, and Corey Davis.
Now the Titans are ahead in the AFC South and sit at 8-3 and they still have a lot of players on the bench that could get healthy and help them soon.
3. New Orleans Saints (+0)
How do you grade the Saints after they played a mediocre team who…well, didn’t have a quarterback?
In the end, the easiest thing to do was to just trust what they have done for the other 10 games of the year and to assume that their dominant win would have been nearly as good if the Broncos had managed to have a healthy QB at that game.