Power rankings revisited: Week 13


A weekly review of how teams performed in relation to last week’s Power Rankings (with new rankings scheduled for Tuesday):

An impressive victory by the New York Jets at New England on "Monday Night Football" could give Rex Ryan's team top billing in ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings for Week 14.

One of our panelists, Paul Kuharsky, already had the Jets ranked No. 1 heading into the game against New England. Another, John Clayton, had them ranked second, right behind Atlanta.

James Walker and I both had the Falcons in the top spot as well. We had the Jets quite a bit lower, but my mind is open. Atlanta struggled some during a hard-fought victory over Tampa Bay. Ending Tom Brady's 25-game regular-season home winning streak might be enough to change my mind, even though I'm pretty sure the Falcons would beat anyone in the league, including the Jets, at the Georgia Dome.

A Jets victory over the Patriots would stand as the fifth Week 13 game featuring a lower-ranked team prevailing.

The reckoning: Four games featured lower-ranked teams beating higher-ranked teams. Let's take a closer look at them ...

  • (26) Dallas 38, (14) Indianapolis 35: Four more picks from Peyton Manning removed any lingering doubts about where he factors into the MVP race (he does not).

  • (24) Cleveland 24, (15) Miami 10: It's time for a market correction on the Dolphins. No way they're a top-15 team, right? On the other hand, they can get to 8-8 with home victories over Buffalo and Detroit later this month.

  • (20) Oakland 28, (11) San Diego 13: All those mentions of the Chargers' December dominance meant nothing Sunday. A loss to Kansas City in Week 14 would eliminate San Diego from playoff contention. Those losses to St. Louis and Seattle early in the season are haunting San Diego.

  • (5) Pittsburgh 13, (4) Baltimore 10: Nose for the football? Ben Roethlisberger's nose looks like a football.

Still to play: Jets at Patriots on "Monday Night Football" (ESPN, 8:20 p.m. ET).

My early favorite for the No. 1 spot: Atlanta, but let's see what happens Monday night.