2013 NFL power rankings

Bob Glauber

2013 NFL power rankings week 17

Newsday football columnist Bob Glauber brings order to the NFL with his weekly power rankings.
(Updates every Tuesday around lunch time during the season.)

Rank Change Team Record Comments
1. - Seahawks 13-3 The road to MetLife Stadium goes through Seattle thanks to the Seahawks' romp over the Rams. Looks like the 49ers might be Seahawks’ only threat in the NFC playoffs – if the 49ers can get that far.
2. - Broncos 13-3 Another passing record falls for presumptive MVP Peyton Manning, who finishes off the best regular season of his career. Only thing left is another Vince Lombardi Trophy.
3. - 49ers 12-4 Defending NFC champs have to do it the hard way in the postseason by hitting the road. First up: at the Packers and Aaron Rodgers.
4. - Panthers 12-4 Three years in and Cam Newton has his first divisional title. Suspect there are a few more of those down the road.
5. - Patriots 12-4 One of the Patriots’ most impressive regular season performances given the key injuries they’ve overcome. No Gronk, no Wilfork, no Mayo. No worries.
6. - Bengals 11-5 Three years, three playoff runs for Andy Dalton’s Bengals. Now it’s time to start winning playoff games.
7. - Colts 11-5 Colts get the Chiefs for the second time in three weeks, this time at home in the AFC wild card round. Edge Indy.
8. 1 Eagles 10-6 Spectacular regular season run for Chip Kelly in Year 1. Turned Nick Foles into a big-time quarterback and saw Billy Davis turn the defense into a terrific unit.
9. 1 Chiefs 11-5 Andy Reid rested many of his starters in advance of the playoffs. Even then the Chiefs almost pulled off the win in San Diego. Now we see if 2-5 finish after 9-0 start is a sign of an early playoff exit.
10. 1 Saints 11-5 Saints roll Bucs and finish a perfect 8-0 at home. No more indoor games, though. No good for a team that finished 3-5 on the road.
11. 2 Chargers 9-7 Bolts get back to playoffs thanks to Philip Rivers’ vastly improved play. Credit head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt with a big assist. Maybe a Comeback Player of the Year award for Rivers.
12. 6 Packers 8-7-1 Storybook ending as Aaron Rodgers returns in the nick of time and finishes off a spectacular comeback win over the Bears to clinch the NFC North.
13. 3 Cardinals 10-6 That the Cardinals were in the playoff hunt until the final weekend is a testament to Bruce Arians’ terrific coaching and GM Steve Keim’s roster makeover.
14. 3 Steelers 8-8 A dagger in the heart to Steelers fans as Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop misses an easy kick for the win in San Diego. Chargers’ OT win means Steelers’ playoff hopes go kaput. Still, that’s a nice run after an 0-4 start.
15. 3 Ravens 8-8 First time in the Joe Flacco-John Harbaugh era that defending champion Ravens miss the playoffs.
16. 2 Cowboys 8-8 Where have we seen this before? Cowboys finish off 8-8 season and miss the playoffs when the quarterback throws a killer interception in the fourth quarter. Different quarterback, same result.
17. 2 Jets 8-8 Jets tell Rex Ryan he’ll be back in 2014, and he finishes .500 with a team most people figured might win three or four games. Young team on the rise.
18. 3 Bears 8-8 Jay Cutler may have played his last game in Chicago.
19. 3 Dolphins 8-8 Dolphins had playoff fate in their hands and blow it with back-to-back losses to the Bills and Jets. Changes coming?
20. 3 Giants 7-9 Giants go 7-3 in last 10, but not good enough after 0-6 start. Now we wait to see if Tom Coughlin is back next season to fix things.
21. 1 Lions 7-9 Lions fail to take advantage of quarterback injuries in Chicago and Green Bay, and see another season go up in smoke. Jim Schwartz pays the price with his job.
22. 1 Bills 6-10 Bills hope E.J. Manuel comes back healthy in 2014. Just not the same without him.
23. 1 Rams 7-9 Rams showed some flashes down the stretch, but can’t overcome the loss of Sam Bradford. Big year for the quarterback in 2014. May need a winning season to get a long-term contract extension.
24. - Titans 7-9 Another disappointing season for Titans. Does Mike Munchak pay the price?
25. 2 Vikings 5-10-1 Leslie Frazier pays the price for failing to get back to the playoffs, as he’s shown the door after three-plus seasons as head coach.
26. 3 Falcons 4-12 Mike Smith is back next year to see if 2013 was an aberration.
27. 2 Jaguars 4-12 Long year for rookie coach Gus Bradley, but still some encouraging signs for the future. Good chance Jags get their franchise quarterback in the draft.
28. - Buccaneers 4-12 Darrelle Revis said the Bucs need some changes. He gets his wish, as coach Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik get the axe.
29. 3 Browns 4-12 A one-and-done for Rob Chudzinski, which means it’ll be five coaches in seven years for the Browns. That’s no way to run a franchise.
30. - Raiders 4-12 Just an absolute no-show by the Raiders at home against Denver. Two straight 4-12 seasons and likely changes ahead.
31. - Washington 3-13 Mike Shanahan came to Washington with such promise. But he’ll leave amid vast disappointment. Just a brutal way to end a miserable season and a miserable era.
32. - Texans 2-14 New coach and new quarterback on tap. Bill O’Brien to the rescue?

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