Seahawks.NET Power Rankings - Week Thirteen

We're heading into Week Thirteen of the 2005 campaign, and things have begun to shake themselves out a bit. The dividing line between the Playoff Contenders and the rest of the league is right at number 16. 

The upper half all have legitimate Playoff hopes, and the teams in the lower half would need a modern miracle to make it, although only the 49ers and Texans have actually been eliminated.  Five teams gained four spots each: Chicago, Minnesota, St. Louis, Miami and Tennessee - while the reigning World Champion Patriots tumbled 8 spots this week.

This Week
Team
Commentary
Last Week
1
The Colts manhandled the Steelers, showing just how wide the gulf is between number one and the rest of the NFL.
1
2
The Broncos won a tough one on the road against a good Cowboys team.
2
3
Seattle now has a two-game lead on the rest of the NFC for home field advantage, and owns tiebreakers over Dallas, the Giants and Atlanta.
3
4
The Bears' lack of offensive production is troubling, but their defense is just flat-out stellar.
8
5
At some point Bill Cowher is going to have to take the training wheels off of Big Ben and let him throw, especially since Indy showed that the Steeler ground game can be contained.
4
6
Cincinatti continues to pound bad teams. They'll need to beat a good one to stake their post-season claim.
9
7
This weekend's matchup against the Giants will be for all the NFC East marbles.
6
8
16 penalties and three missed field goals are not the marks of a good team. Note to Mr. Shockey: you might wanna hold your "six gun" celebration until AFTER the kick next time.
5
9
The Chargers gutted out a tough East Coast road win last week to keep pace in the AFC Wildcard race.
11
10
Carolina's sudden lack of offense is worrisome. Still, a win is a win.
12
11
Jacksonville won, but the loss of Byron Leftwich is going to hurt 'em. Lucky for the Jags, the schedule is relatively light and backup Girard should be able to scrape together a few wins.
10
12
Tampa missed it by that much last week. Lucky for them, Atlanta and Carolina play each other this week, while the Bucs face the lowly Saints.
13
13
Atlanta's season now depends upon this week's divisional game in Carolina.
14
14
If the Chiefs can beat the Broncos in Kansas City, they'll be legit Playoff contenders. If they lose, they're done.
16
15
Tom Brady finally looked human, and that signals the end of the road for the Pats. The only reason they'll make the postseason this year is because they're in the worst division in the NFL.
7
16
Suddenly the Vikings are beginning to believe again. With an upcoming cakewalk against the clueless Lions, Minnesota fans are even starting to talk about Playoffs.
20
17
The Eagles are that most dangerous of teams, a team that was supposed to do better, but was decimated by injury, and now is out to ruin everyone else's post-season dreams.
17
19
Miami's defense was rock solid last week on the road in Oakland and the rushing game woke up. Where has that been all year?
23
20
Kudos to the Rams for not quitting when most other teams would have. They rallied behind a 3rd string QB to complete the most unlikely comeback of the year.
24
21
The Redskins' great start has been squandered, and now they'll have to win out to have a shot at the Playoffs.
15
22
The offensive line was atrocious and effectively ended any postseason dreams the Raiders had last Sunday.
18
23
The Bills are stalling in the red-zone and that's why they've dropped four of their last five games.
19
24
Once again relegated to the role of December spoiler, the Browns have enough offensive firepower to surprise a few teams down the stretch.
21
25
Don't get excited about all those fourth-quarter points, Ravens fans. There's reason they call it "garbage time".
22
25
For one quarter last week, Steve McNair looked like his old self tossing three TD's.
29
26
The NFL's worst defense gave up 33 points last week and that's after having 14 more taken back by penalties.
27
27
Well, for all of you who predicted the Cards would win the NFC West: They're officially out of it and guaranteed of yet another year without a winning record.
26
28
Green Bay's NFL-best 13 consecutive winning season streak is officially over.
28
29
With the season the poor Saints have had, they'll take wins however they come.
30
30
Firing their head coach in the middle of the season, when there are eight teams with worse records, shows the level of incompetence of Detroit's front office.
25
31
The Jets have to figure out how to get into the end zone. 4 FG's just ain't cutting it.
31
32
How do you blow a 10 point lead with under a minute left?
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