Updated: Thursday, December 05, 2013 5:58 PM
The 49ers and Ravens are up as the Bears, Packers and Jets are down in this week's TSN.ca NFL Power Rankings.
Scott Cullen's 50 Points on Week 13.
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This Week1Last Week1Seattle Seahawks11-1-0
Extremely impressive Monday night, destroying the Saints for the Seahawks' third straight win by more than 20 points, but that merely sets up another tough game this week, at San Francisco.
Key Injuries: WR Sidney Rice (knee), CB Walter Thurmond (suspension), CB Brandon Browner (suspension).
This Week2Last Week2Denver Broncos10-2-0
It wasn't easy at Kansas City, but five Peyton Manning touchdown passes (four to WR Eric Decker) proved to be enough and Montee Ball brought 113 rushing yards off the bench to keep the chains moving.
Key Injuries: LT Ryan Clady (foot).
This Week3Last Week3Carolina Panthers9-3-0
Carolina's defence has been their calling card, but QB Cam Newton has been effective too, contributing to 25 touchdowns passing and running. Big test for the D this week at New Orleans, especially after the Saints offence was stymied in Seattle.
Key Injuries: RG Garry Williams (knee), FS Charles Godfrey (Achilles), LG Amini Silatolu (knee).
This Week4Last Week6San Francisco 49ers8-4-0
There have been some signs of passing progress for QB Colin Kaepernick in the last couple weeks and as WR Michael Crabtree gets up to speed that should be even better. The match-up with Seattle this week should be a good one, though potentially low-scoring because of the relative strength of both defences.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week5Last Week5New England Patriots9-3-0
Had their hands full with a two-win Houston team, and fumbling RB Stevan Ridley spent the game on the sidelines, but Tom Brady's play over the last four weeks is promising.
Key Injuries: NT Vince Wilfork (Achilles), OLB Jerod Mayo (chest), DT Tommy Kelly (knee).
This Week6Last Week4New Orleans Saints9-3-0
It's been a while since Drew Brees looked as helpless as he did in Seattle Monday night. A return home should be better, though Carolina's defence won't make it an easy game for rebounding.
Key Injuries: G Jahri Evans (hip), CB Jabari Greer (knee).
This Week7Last Week8Philadelphia Eagles7-5-0
With four straight wins, and a quarterback who has thrown 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions, the Eagles are gaining momentum, but have enough contentious games over the next four weeks that they don't have much room for mistakes.
Key Injuries: WR Jeremy Maclin (knee).
This Week8Last Week9Detroit Lions7-5-0
Their 40-10 win over the Packers on Thanksgiving was one of the least impressive 30-point wins I've seen, but they ran roughshod over the Packers, to the extent that they didn't have to lean on their passing attack.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week9Last Week7Kansas City Chiefs9-3-0
Three straight losses has brought the Chiefs down to Earth and while QB Alex Smith has racked up some yardage, giving up 103 points in those three losses indicates that the Kansas City defence is not as strong as might have been thought earlier in the year.
Key Injuries: OLB Justin Houston (elbow).
This Week10Last Week10Cincinnati Bengals8-4-0
Their vaunted passing attack has been held in check the last couple weeks, but the Bengals can't complain about about back-to-back wins, especially when they still have Pittsburgh and Baltimore left on the schedule.
Key Injuries: CB Leon Hall (Achilles), DT Geno Atkins (knee).
This Week11Last Week11Arizona Cardinals7-5-0
Came up three points short in Philadelphia while losing the turnover battle 3-0. As the passing game rises up, with QB Carson Palmer finding both wideouts Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald consistently, the Cardinals are a suddenly formidable opponent.
Key Injuries: RB Andre Ellington (knee).
This Week12Last Week12Dallas Cowboys7-5-0
Started slowly against the Raiders on Thanksgiving and lost RB Lance Dunbar to a season-ending knee injury, but back-to-back wins puts the Cowboys in better position heading into the season's final quarter.
Key Injuries: MLB Sean Lee (hamstring).
This Week13Last Week13Indianapolis Colts8-4-0
Only gained 264 yards against the Titans -- continuing their recent offensive woes -- and given how their running game is struggling, it shouldn't be a shock that the passing attack has problems when missing two of their top receiving weapons.
Key Injuries: TE Dwayne Allen (hip), WR Reggie Wayne (knee).
This Week14Last Week16Pittsburgh Steelers5-7-0
Never mind the foolishness of the Mike Tomlin sideline dance, but the Steelers were so ineffective early against Baltimore; it was only because they forced the Ravens to kick field goal after field goal that Pittsburgh had a chance to make a game of it.
Key Injuries: ILB Larry Foote (bicep), C Maurkice Pouncey (knee).
This Week15Last Week14San Diego Chargers5-7-0
Lost for the fourth time in the last five games, putting any playoff hopes in jeopardy, but the continued progress of rookie WR Keenan Allen gives the Chargers some hope.
Key Injuries: WR Danario Alexander (knee), WR Malcom Floyd (concussion/neck), RT Jeromey Clary (clavicle).
This Week16Last Week17Tennessee Titans5-7-0
It's tough when the backup quarterback, who is supposed to be a game-manager turns the ball over four times against an Indianapolis defence that isn't exactly the league's most ferocious unit.
Key Injuries: QB Jake Locker (foot).
This Week17Last Week18Miami Dolphins6-6-0
Dominated the Jets, outgaining them 453 yards to 177 in a 23-3 win, but the way the Jets are going lately, it's hard to get too optimistic about that. But, any strong play from QB Ryan Tannehill is promising and he's been at least solid for five straight games.
Key Injuries: LT Jonathan Martin (personal), LG Richie Incognito (suspension).
This Week18Last Week15Chicago Bears6-6-0
Silly decision-making in overtime may not have cost the Bears the game, but it surely didn't help and it's not like playoff-contending Chicago can afford to cough up games to also-rans like Minnesota.
Key Injuries: DT Henry Melton (knee), DT Nate Collins (knee), MLB D.J. Williams (pectoral), QB Jay Cutler (ankle), OLB Lance Briggs (shoulder), CB Charles Tillman (triceps).
This Week19Last Week23Baltimore Ravens6-6-0
Three wins in the last four games, with their only loss coming in OT at Chicago (also the only game they had someone run for more than 40 yards), keeps the Ravens in the playoff hunt.
Key Injuries: TE Dennis Pitta (hip).
This Week20Last Week22New York Giants5-7-0
Won for the fifth time in the last six games, in a generally ugly game against Washington, but their 0-6 start is making it awfully difficult to stay in contention for a playoff spot.
Key Injuries: SS Stevie Brown (knee), C David Baas (knee), RB David Wilson (neck).
This Week21Last Week21St. Louis Rams5-7-0
Outclassed at San Francisco, with a late-minute touchdown making the final score more respectable, the Rams still have three more games against teams with winning records, so getting to .500 will be a daunting task.
Key Injuries: QB Sam Bradford (knee).
This Week22Last Week24Cleveland Browns4-8-0
In the last three games, star-in-the-making WR Josh Gordon has 623 receiving yards, catching passes from the likes of Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.
Key Injuries: QB Brian Hoyer (knee).
This Week23Last Week20Green Bay Packers5-6-1
Winless in five, the Packers got 139 passing yards from QB Matt Flynn and 16 yards rushing from RB Eddie Lacy against a Detroit defence that, for all its talent, has given up some yardage this year.
Key Injuries: LT Bryan Bulaga (knee), WR Randall Cobb (fibula), QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), QB Seneca Wallace (groin).
This Week24Last Week19New York Jets5-7-0
QB Geno Smith's freefall has coincided with the Jets losing four of five, including the last two games in which they've scored a total of six points. Things looked so much better a month ago.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week25Last Week27Oakland Raiders4-8-0
QB Matt McGloin isn't all that dynamic, but he's solid and moved the ball against Dallas, forming a connection with former practice-squader Andre Holmes, who had seven catches for 136 yards in the loss.
Key Injuries: LT Jared Veldheer (triceps), SS Tyvon Branch (ankle).
This Week26Last Week25Buffalo Bills4-8-0
Lost for the fourth time in the last five games, against Atlanta in Toronto, prompting the annual talk about whether the Bills should give up homefield advantage for that one game a year in the Big Smoke. As though that's the primary concern for this team.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week27Last Week26Houston Texans2-10-0
Had a 17-7 halftime lead against the Patriots before losing their 10the straight game. This team has too much talent to be a two-win outfit.
Key Injuries: ILB Brian Cushing (leg), TE Owen Daniels (fibula), RB Arian Foster (back).
This Week28Last Week29Minnesota Vikings3-8-1
2-1-1 in their last four, the Vikings are showing signs of progress. Too late for it to matter, but still.
Key Injuries: TE Kyle Rudolph (foot), QB Christian Ponder (concussion).
This Week29Last Week28Washington Redskins3-9-0
Gained a total of 61 yards in the second half against the Giants on the way to their fourth straight loss. There will be some soul-searching to do at the end of this season as Washington makes plans for their franchise QB.
Key Injuries: TE Jordan Reed (concussion).
This Week30Last Week31Atlanta Falcons3-9-0
WR Roddy White comes alive and RB Steven Jackson had a productive game too -- a brief glimpse of what might have been for the Falcons this year.
Key Injuries: DE Kroy Biermann (Achilles), WR Julio Jones (foot).
This Week31Last Week30Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-9-0
Had a three-game winning streak snapped at Carolina, though being overmatched against the Panthers' defence is hardly a surprise.
Key Injuries: RB Doug Martin (shoulder), RG Carl Nicks (infection), RB Mike James (ankle).
This Week32Last Week32Jacksonville Jaguars3-9-0
Three wins in the last four games is something and their next three games are at home against teams with losing records.
Key Injuries: WR Justin Blackmon (suspension).