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Glenn Clark's NFL Power Rankings: Week 13

November 28, 2017
Here are my power rankings for Week 13 of the NFL season. 

Since we did the silly Taylor Swift thing last week and I think I might do more silly things the rest of the season, this week I'm going to offer a gut feeling about how things go for each team for the rest of the season.

1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-1, No. 1 ranking last week)

My gut feeling about the Eagles is that they'll cough up home-field advantage during the next two weeks when they have to travel to Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams. They're good, but their schedule has been favorable. But even if they lose both games they could still find a way to get the top seed.

2. New England Patriots (9-2, No. 2)

My gut feeling about the Patriots is that if they get home-field advantage for the postseason, no one is beating them before the Super Bowl. 

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2, No. 3)

My gut tells me they unexpectedly lose one of their next two games (at Cincinnati, vs. the Ravens) and their season comes down to whether they can beat the Patriots at home in Week 15 to steal the top seed in the AFC anyway. 

4. Minnesota Vikings (9-2, No. 4)

Similar to the Eagles, the schedule gets more difficult for the Vikings the next two weeks as they travel to Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers. My gut feeling is that they coast to a division title but ultimately lose their first playoff game. 

5. Los Angeles Rams (8-3, No. 6)

My gut feeling is that their Dec. 17 game against the Seahawks will prove whether they're really a threat to win the NFC. I still lean toward not. 

6. Carolina Panthers (8-3, No. 8)

My gut tells me the Panthers somehow figure out a way to win the NFC South despite still having trips to Atlanta and New Orleans on the schedule. 

7. New Orleans Saints (8-3, No. 5)

My gut says that for as good as the Saints are at running the ball, the more that casual fans watch quarterback Drew Brees the rest of the season, the more we're going to question whether he can still make the throws he needs to. I think it's going to feel a bit like the Peyton Manning conversation from two years ago. 

8. Atlanta Falcons (7-4, No. 9)

My gut tells me the Falcons beat the Saints twice and they make the playoffs. 

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-4, No. 7)

My gut tells me they'll be tied with the Titans going into their Week 17 clash in Nashville for the AFC South title. 

10. Tennessee Titans (7-4, No. 11)

My gut tells me the Titans aren't good enough offensively to beat the Jaguars in Week 17 with the division title at stake. 

11. Seattle Seahawks (7-4, No. 13)

My gut tells me they beat the Eagles at home this week but the Dec. 17 game against the Rams will be the deciding factor in whether they get into the postseason. 

12. Los Angeles Chargers (5-6, No. 16)

My gut tells me the winner of their game against the Chiefs Dec. 16 will win the AFC West. 

13. Baltimore Ravens (6-5, No. 14)

My gut tells me they might want to make sure they beat the Lions because I'm not certain they get in with nine wins. 

14. Buffalo Bills (6-5, No. 18)

My gut tells me they can do no better than nine wins because they still have two games left against the Patriots. 

15. Oakland Raiders (5-6, No. 17)

My gut tells me they still beat the Giants even without receiver Michael Crabtree. But with the Chiefs looming in two weeks, Crabtree's suspension could doom them. 

16. Detroit Lions (6-5, No. 12)

My gut says that even if they beat the Ravens next week they still miss the postseason. 

17. Kansas City Chiefs (6-5, No. 10)

My gut tells me that even if they fall short of the postseason we don't see backup quarterback Pat Mahomes until next season. 

18. Cincinnati Bengals (5-6, No. 26)

My gut tells me there's more of a chance that Week 17 game against the Ravens actually means something than you want to admit. 

19. Green Bay Packers (5-6, No. 19)

My gut tells me you shouldn't be fooled by quarterback Brett Hundley's semi-decent performance against the Steelers. He still has worse pocket presence than cargo shorts. 

20. Washington Redskins (5-6, No. 20)

My gut says somehow, some way, Kirk Cousins is still their quarterback in 2018. 

21. Dallas Cowboys (5-6, No. 15)

My gut tells me they lose at home to the Redskins Thursday night and they essentially shut down running back Ezekiel Elliott after his suspension because they have nothing to play for. 

22. Arizona Cardinals (5-6, No. 24)

My gut says if they're really looking at quarterback Blaine Gabbert as an option for next season, receiver Larry Fitzgerald should think about whether he should demand a trade this offseason. 

23. New York Jets (4-7, No. 21)

My gut tells me they can't do well enough the rest of the way to save head coach Todd Bowles' job despite arguably outperforming expectations.

24. Houston Texans (4-7, No. 23)

My gut says they're going to be just fine. In 2018. 

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7, No. 22)

My gut tells me Jon Gruden's name is going to come up a ton even after the University of Tennessee finally hires its coach. 

26. Indianapolis Colts (3-8, No. 25)

My gut tells me that coach Chuck Pagano is correct to beat up reporters for having not seen "Groundhog Day." But he'll get fired anyway. 

27. Miami Dolphins (4-7, No. 27)

My gut says quarterback Jay Cutler is best suited in the broadcast booth next year. 

28. Chicago Bears (3-8, No. 28)

My gut is that … they're going to need to find some players. A lot of players. 

29. New York Giants (2-9, No. 29)

My gut says they'll be a trendy pick to win the NFC East again next season with new head coach (current Vikings offensive coordinator) Pat Shurmur.  

30. Denver Broncos (3-8, No. 30)

My gut tells me they're the biggest threat to Cousins ending up back in Washington. 

31. San Francisco 49ers (1-10, No. 31)

My gut says the decision to not play quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo until C.J. Beathard got hurt could haunt them moving forward, either in long-term negotiations or when it comes to how long it will take them to make things functional with him under center. 

32. Cleveland Browns (0-11, No. 32)

My gut tells me they'll be cleaning house again after 2018. 

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