The NFL isn’t college football, and thank God for that. The NFL doesn’t have the problem of determining their post-season rankings based on a computer formulation, but what if there were an equivalent to the BCS rankings?

That’s where each week the GuysNation Power Rankings come into play.  Taking the win-loss record for each of the teams, along with an adjustment for quality of wins (and losses) based on where the game was played and the margin by which the game was decided.

Despite all the calculation which goes into things, it’s still a somewhat subjective process.  I’m quick to admit that the Power Rankings here at GuysNation aren’t perfect, which is where I like to get other people to weigh in.  I welcome comments in response to the article, and you’ll notice polls setup along the way.

Without any further ado, here is the list of how GuysNation ranks all of the 32 teams in the NFL.

32 – Carolina Panthers (1-10) No Change from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 6 with a record of 1-5 since then)

If you’re surprised to see the Panthers here, I don’t know what league you’re watching.

31 – Cincinnati Bengals (2-9) No Change from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 12 since Week 6 with a record of 0-6 since then)

I almost made the case to put the Bengals ahead of the Cardinals, but that one extra victory for Arizona keeps them a step up.

30 – Arizona Cardinals (3-8) No Change from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 16 since Week 6 with a record of 0-6 since then)

That losing streak they’re on is very unfortunate for such a talented team.  Get them a new Quarterback and a couple other pieces, and they could easily be back in the playoff hunt next year.  In fact, in the NFC West they could be in the playoffs if they win most of their games the remainder of the season.

29 – Denver Broncos (3-8) Dropped 3 from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 9 since Week 6 with a record of 1-5 since then)

The Broncos have shown flashes of being a really good team, but over the past 6 games they’ve put themselves in the lower fifth of the league.

28 – Detroit Lions (2-9) Dropped 1 from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 4 since Week 6 with a record of 1-5 since then)

The two victories on the Lions resume don’t speak to me as much as what they’ve been doing.  Close games against Green Bay, the Jets, and the Bills pair well with the fact that the Detroit Lions held a lead over the Patriots on Thanksgiving… if just momentarily.

27 – Dallas Cowboys (3-8) Dropped 2 from Week 12 Rank
(No change from Week 6, with a record of 2-5 since then)

Two straight wins, then a loss by three to the Saints – who are looking like the defending Super Bowl Champions at this point in the season?  Dallas is going to finish nearer to 20 (or better) by the end of the season barring something crazy happening.

26 – Buffalo Bills (2-9) Dropped 2 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 6 since Week 6 with a record of 2-4 since then)

Two straight wins, then a loss to Pittsburgh by 3 which could’ve been a six point victory had just one reception been made in overtime?  The Bills should’ve climbed in the rankings, but with only 2 wins, there’s only so high they can go.

25 – Minnesota Vikings (4-7) Climbed 4 from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 2 since Week 6 with a record of 3-4 since then)

The victory in Washington was good if for no other reason than it allowed them to show that Brad Childress might’ve been a huge factor holding them back.

24 – San Francisco 49ers (4-7) Climbed 4 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 5 since Week 6 with a record of 4-2 since then)

After a dreadful start, the 49ers are on a decent string of games, and I especially like the road game victory against the divisional opponent Cardinals on Monday Night Football.

23 – Tennessee Titans (5-6) Dropped 6 from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 12 since Week 6 with a record of 2-4 since then)

The Titans seem to be going the way of the Vikings from the first half of the season.  Getting shut out against divisional oponent Houston in Week 12 was bad.  Now they have to figure out their Quarterback situation.

22 – Seattle Seahawks (5-6) Dropped 2 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 6 since Week 6 with a record of 3-4 since then)

Losses to the Chiefs and the Saints in their last two games is a bad streak to be on, but both of those teams are looking like they’re headed for the playoffs, so it’s not hugely disappointing.  Sadly for other divisions who are filled with decent teams, the Seahawks are still in the playoff hunt, so they’re going to want to step up their game.

21 – Washington Redskins (5-6) Dropped 5 from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 8 since Week 6 with a record of 2-4 since then)

Losing to Minnesota in the first game for the Vikings under a new head coach isn’t a good thing, but if they hadn’t committed a penalty on a punt return which Brandon Banks took to the end zone for a touchdown, the outcome would’ve swung the other direction.

20 – St. Louis Rams (5-6) Climbed 3 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 5 since Week 6 with a record of 3-3 since then)

A win on the road gets the Rams back on track after losing two.  It was only by 3 points, but that’s better than their Week 10 loss by 3 points.  They’ve won just as many as they’ve lost since Week 6, so that’s something to be optimistic about for a team who had the first overall pick last season.

19 – Cleveland Browns (4-7) Climbed 2 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 11 since Week 6 with a record of 3-3 since then)

They’ve got fewer wins than teams around them, but I really like the quality of the outcomes against their opponents, like victories against the Saints (in New Orleans) and a big win over the Patriots, followed up with a narrow defeat in overtime to the Jets and a closer game in defeat at Jacksonville.   A win over Carolina by only 1 point isn’t inspiring, but it was a win.

18 – Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5) Climbing 1 from Week 12 Rank
(No Change since Week 6 with a record of 3-3 since then)

I keep wanting to hate on the Jaguars, but they’ve won more than they’ve lost, so I have to keep that in mind.  Only losing to the Giants by 4 points – in New York – was an acceptable way for the Jags to spend Week 12 after winning three straight games.  They might be contending for the playoffs, but I don’t think anyone believes the Jaguars might go deep into the playoffs.

17 – Houston Texans (5-6) Climbed 5 from Week 12 Rank
(No change from Week 6, with a record of 2-4 since then)

A big shutout victory over the Titans (their in-division rivals, since Tennessee took the Oilers from Houston) is a nice way to follow up close losses on the road against Jacksonville and the Jets.  Some people would rank the Jaguars ahead of Houston due to the outcome of the Week 10 meeting between the teams, but because they’re in the same division and the game was in Florida, it wasn’t a game the Texans were supposed to win.  I like the Texans’ last three games a lot more than those of the Jaguars, and Week 12 provides the “what have you done for me lately?” factor to put Houston in this spot.

16 – Oakland Raiders (5-6) Dropped 2 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 10 since Week 6 with a record of 3-3 since then)

Losing to Miami isn’t a good way to follow up the lopsided loss in Pittsburgh the week before, so they drop back a bit from last week, but the big climb from where they were in Week 6 is due to the fact that they started out the season looking somewhat dreadful.

15 – Indianapolis Colts (6-5) Dropped 6 from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 5 since Week 6 with a record of 3-3 since then)

The Colts are doing their best to deal with injuries, but they’re really missing Joseph Addai.  Peyton Manning seems to be trying too hard to win games on his own, and he’s looking more like Brett Favre these days than the Peyton Manning of old.  7 interceptions in the past two weeks doesn’t seem like #18.  Losing 3 of their last 4 doesn’t seem like the Colts.

14 – Miami Dolphins (6-5) Climbed 4 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 7 since Week 6 with a record of 4-3 since then)

Going across the country and getting a win in Oakland is a good way to follow up a loss at home to Chicago.  The Dolphins are going to have to kick it up a notch if they have dreams of making the playoffs.

13 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) Dropped 2 from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 5 since Week 6 with a record of 4-3 since then)

Tampa Bay is another team which I haven’t fully bought into yet, but with 7 wins and only losing to the Ravens (in Baltimore) by one touchdown, I need to start believing they’re potentially a playoff team.  Unfortunately for them, the teams they’ve beaten thus far are all teams who are losing more games than they’ve won.

12 – Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) Climbed 1 from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 5 since Week 6 with a record of 4-3 since then)

Two straight wins after two straight losses is seeing the Chiefs back on the right track, but the streaky nature of this team makes me wonder how they’ll fare in the last portion of the year.  Their trip to San Diego will be a very important pieces to the puzzle.

11 – San Diego Chargers (6-5) Climbed 4 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 11 since Week 6 with a record of 4-2 since then)

Why are the Chargers ahead of the Chiefs when they lost in Kansas City?  Because that game was a long time ago and the Chargers are on a four game winning streak which include two road wins and two lopsided victories.

10 – Philadelphia Eagles (7-4) Dropped 3 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 6 since Week 6 with a record of 4-2 since then)

I was really surprised that the Eagles lost to the Bears, but having won three of four and the loss being a road game, they’re still a top ten team, especially with 7 wins, and their losses are either to division teams (against whom they got redemption already), elite teams, or in road games to decent teams.

9 – Chicago Bears (8-3) Climbed 3 from Week 12 Rank
(No change from Week 6, with a record of 4-2 since then)

Four straight wins have the Bears back on track and looking like a totally different team than earlier in the season, but a healthier offensive line is likely the reason for that.  Those four wins make the Week 6 and Week 7 losses by 3 points each look better, though they were home games.

8 – New York Giants (7-4) Climbed 2 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 4 since Week 6 with a record of 4-2 since then)

Beating Jacksonville by only 4 points, with the game played in New York, puts a negative spin on the Week 10 and Week 11 losses in the division to Dallas and Philly.

7 – New Orleans Saints (8-3) Climbed 1 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 8 since Week 6 with a record of 5-1 since then)

The Saints are definitely looking more and more like reigning Super Bowl champs, but the fact that they only beat the Cowboys by 3 is a bit disappointing, though the game was in Texas.  The Saints are on a 4 game win streak, which certainly counts for something.

6 – New York Jets (9-2) No Change from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 4 since Week 6 with a record of 5-1 since then)

Beating Cincinnati isn’t impressive, even if the margin of victory was by double-digits (which they didn’t get in their previous three wins).  Another team on a four game win streak, the Jets are going to have a tough time in Week 13.  Their loss to Green Bay doesn’t have as much to do with their drop in ranking the past 6 weeks as their narrow victories did.

5 – Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) No Change from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 6 with a record of 5-2 since then)

Only beating the Bills by 3 points is a little disappointing, but a win is a win.  They aren’t going to leapfrog the Packers because of it, though.

4 – Green Bay Packers (7-4) Dropped 1 from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 2 since Week 6 with a record of 4-2 since then)

Losing to the Falcons isn’t a huge problem, especially since the margin was only 3 points and the game took place in Atlanta, but it’s still a loss, which allows the Ravens to leapfrog them.  They’re still one of the top teams in the NFL, and certainly one of the top two squads in the NFC.

3 – Baltimore Ravens (8-3) Climbed 1 from Week 12 Rank
(Dropping 2 since Week 6 with a record of 4-2 since then)

The win against Tampa Bay was decent enough to let them leapfrog the Packers, but there’s no way they get to be any higher than this, with losses to both teams ahead of them and one fewer victory than both of those squads.

2 – Atlanta Falcons (9-2) No Change from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 6 with a record of 5-1 since then)

The win over the Packers was huge, even if the margin of victory was small.  It could very easily be a preview of the NFC Championship game.  The Falcons are pretty close to catching up with the Patriots, but they’re just not there yet.

1 – New England Patriots (9-2) No Change from Week 12 Rank
(Climbing 4 since Week 6 with a record of 6-1 since then)

Beating Detroit by a good margin was helpful for keeping the Patriots in the top spot, but it’s the victories over the Steelers, Ravens, Chargers and Colts which keep them here, as Atlanta doesn’t have that many signature wins on their resume, having only beaten top tier teams like the Packers, Ravens and Saints.  A win over Pittsburgh earlier in the season would’ve likely put the Falcons ahead of the Patriots, but that outcome didn’t happen.

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Agree with the GuysNation rankings?  Think I missed the boat on one or two (or more) of the spots teams were placed into?  Let me know.  I’m flexible, if you make a good argument.  In fact, while I was writing up this article, I switched two teams which I felt were improperly ranked the first time around.

You’ll probably also enjoy the NFL Week 13 Dueling Picks, an article where a guy from Philly does his predictions on the NFL Week 13 games and I tell him why his picks are wrong!