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The Razz and Jazz Sports Blog NFL Power Rankings Week 13 by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

1.New England Patriots. The Patriots are #1 after embarrassing last week’s #1, the New York Jets, 45-3, on Monday Night Football. Patriot quarterback Tom Brady is the MVP of the National Football League through 75% of the season, and if he continues to play this well (no interception in his last 7 games) they will be difficult to defeat. The Patriots own quality victories over the Colts, Jets and Steelers. The Patriots play the Bears in Chicago Sunday in a battle of elite NFL teams.

2.Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers won a tough game in Baltimore against the Ravens to claim the #2 spot, 13-10. With Super Bowl experience, the Steelers will be in the hunt for another ring with two-time Super Bowl winning starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leading the offense. Troy Polamalu, fresh off a game-winning play Sunday night, leads the defense that has allowed the least amount of points in the AFC. The Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

3. Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-20 in their second-straight victory over a top NFC team. The Falcons have several quality victories this season over the Saints, Ravens, Packers and twice over the Buccaneers. Third-year quarterback Matt Ryan and Michael Turner are having another good year, and the veteran leadership of Tony Gonzalez has the Falcons possibly making a deep playoff run, one that could lead to the Super Bowl. The Falcons play on the road against the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

4.Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens lost a tough game against this week’s #2 Pittsburgh Steelers at home, their first loss in Baltimore this season. On the season, Joe Flacco has the offense looking at a deep playoff run and possibly a Super Bowl appearance. The Baltimore defense remains among the best in the AFC, ranking second in points allowed. The Ravens play in Houston against the Texans on Monday Night Football.

5.New York Jets. The Jets were embarrassed by the new #1 New England Patriots 45-3. On the season, second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez has made tremendous strides in this year, and the veteran leadership of LaDainian Tomlinson, combined with the big-play abilities of Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes have many Jet fans dreaming of playing in Dallas in February. The Jets host the Miami Dolphins and will try to get back in the win column after a 42-point loss.

6. New Orleans Saints. The Saints won a close game that they easily could have lost for the second Sunday in a row, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-30 on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Marques Colson. Reggie Bush still looks rusty, but did have 5 carries for 26 yards and 3 catches. Look for the Saints to get him more acclimated in what is one of the most dangerous offenses in football. The Saints host the St. Louis Rams Sunday.

7. Chicago Bears. The Bears defeated the Detroit Lions, 24-20, and own the second-stingiest defensive in the National Football League, and, with the cold weather coming soon to that area, home-field advantage will be crucial in making a Super Bowl run. Chicago has sole possession of first place in the NFC North. The Bears host the New England Patriots in a match up of two of the league’s best teams.

8. Green Bay Packers. The Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-16, to stay one game behind the Chicago Bears. The Packers have allowed the least amount of points in the NFL and also have the biggest point differential, at 121. Despite a lot of injuries, the Packers have played well, and the coaching staff deserves a lot of credit for it. Green Bay plays in Detroit against the Lions on Sunday.

9. The Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles defeated the Houston Texans Thursday 34-24. Tied with the Giants for first, the Eagles play in Dallas Sunday night against a rejuvenated Cowboys team. If Michael Vick stays healthy, the Eagles will have a legitimate run at a Super Bowl appearance with their explosive offensive and underrated defense.

10.The New York Giants. The Giants beat up on division rival the Washington Redskins, 31-7, and kept pace with the division-leading Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants continue to be a hard team to figure out, one of the team’s elite when playing at their best, but a team that commits far too many turnovers when playing their worst. The Giants play in Minnesota against the Vikings.

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