Updated: November 25, 2014, 3:27 PM ET

2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 13


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The Patriots remain at No. 1, but you don't have to look far to find a significant change in our hierarchy.

The Cardinals, No. 2 the past four weeks, were smoked by the defending champion Seahawks in Week 12. As a result, ESPN's Power Panel (a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities) promoted the impressive Packers to the second spot.

The subtle rise by Aaron Rodgers & Co. (they were No. 3 previously) creates a perfect backdrop for Week 13. In what is being billed as a potential Super Bowl preview, New England and Green Bay square off Sunday with a No. 1 ranking in the balance.

That's not the only matchup worthy of attention. The Thanksgiving weekend menu also includes Dallas-Philadelphia, Seattle-San Francisco and Denver-Kansas City, giving us plenty of games with the potential to shake things up.

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Rk(LW)TeamRec
1(1)
New England
9-2-0
The Pats just beat their third straight division-leading opponent by at least 20 points. Can they make it four (and eight straight overall wins) in Lambeau on Sunday?
2(3)
Green Bay
8-3-0
Eddie Lacy posted his second 100-yard rushing game of the season against the Vikings. His first? Week 5, also against Minnesota. He hasn't rushed for 70 yards in any other game.
3(4)
Denver
8-3-0
Sunday was Peyton Manning's third-career win (and first since 2003) when trailing by more than 10 points after three quarters. Denver's 20-2 at home in the past three seasons.
4(2)
Arizona
9-2-0
Drew Stanton was 14-of-26 for 149 yards and an interception against the Seahawks. The Cardinals were held below 14 points for the first time this season.
5(6)
Dallas
8-3-0
Dez Bryant caught his 49th and 50th career touchdowns Sunday night. According to Elias, only six players needed fewer games to reach 50 career receiving touchdowns than Bryant (70).
6(8)
Philadelphia
8-3-0
The Eagles have won 10 straight games in Philadelphia, their longest home winning streak since 1991-93 (11 games). Philly finished undefeated against the AFC South this season.
7(11)
Seattle
7-4-0
Russell Wilson was 11-of-13 for 153 yards against at least five pass-rushers Sunday. He was 5-of-14 against the Cardinals' blitz in the Seahawks' home loss to Arizona last season.
8(9)
Indianapolis
7-4-0
Indianapolis has 11 straight wins against divisional opponents and five straight wins against the Jaguars, outscoring Jacksonville 161-43 in those games. The Colts fumbled six times Sunday and still won handily.
9(10)
San Francisco
7-4-0
Anquan Boldin had nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown Sunday, his first 100-yard game of the season. The 34-year-old is ninth in the league in receptions (65).
10(13)
Cincinnati
7-3-1
A.J. Green has caught 18-of-24 targets for 248 yards in the past two weeks, showing no lingering effects from his toe injury. Back-to-back road wins look good for Cincinnati.
11(14)
Baltimore
7-4-0
Justin Forsett rushed for 170 yards between the tackles. Le'Veon Bell is the only other player with more than 150 yards between the tackles in a game this season.
12(5)
Kansas City
7-4-0
The Chiefs are allowing a league-worst 5.0 yards per rush this season. They've also allowed only two rushing touchdowns this season, half as many as every other team. Hmmm.
13(7)
Detroit
7-4-0
Matthew Stafford had the lowest completion percentage (39.1 percent) in a game of his career Sunday. Stafford set season-low completion percentages targeting Megatron (40 percent) and Golden Tate (40 percent).
14(12)
Pittsburgh
7-4-0
Pittsburgh should be rested and has three more games at home. What could decide the division? Pittsburgh has yet to play the Bengals this season.
15(16)
San Diego
7-4-0
Philip Rivers was 8-for-8 for 108 yards and a touchdown against the blitz Sunday. Rivers' receivers gained 205 yards after the catch, their highest total since Week 12 last year.
16(17)
Cleveland
7-4-0
Welcome back. Brian Hoyer targeted Josh Gordon 17 times Sunday, tied for the most by any player in a game this season. Gordon finished with eight catches for 120 yards.
17(15)
Miami
6-5-0
Ryan Tannehill's 84.8 QBR at Denver was his fourth game this season with an 80-plus QBR, the same number of games in which he's posted a QBR below 30.
18(19)
Buffalo
6-5-0
Buffalo's four-man rush was fierce Monday night. The Bills sacked Jets quarterbacks a season-high seven times, including six with standard pressure. No one has more sacks with standard pressure than Buffalo (34).
19(23)
Chicago
5-6-0
The only team to allow more points per game than the Bears (27.6) this season are the Jaguars (27.7). Chicago was third in points allowed only two years ago.
20(18)
Houston
5-6-0
Ryan Mallett was 1-of-9 for 22 yards on throws at least 15 yards downfield Sunday. Mallett's the second quarterback this season to attempt that many without multiple completions (EJ Manuel).
21(20)
New Orleans
4-7-0
New Orleans has lost three straight home games for the first time since dropping four in a row spanning the 2006-07 seasons. Still, who else is there in the NFC South?
22(21)
Atlanta
4-7-0
Atlanta has yet to beat a team from outside the NFC South (0-7). They are 4-0 in division, with games remaining against the Saints and Panthers.
23(22)
St. Louis
4-7-0
The Rams just gave away Sunday's game. They allowed a league-high seventh defensive touchdown, and Shaun Hill threw a late interception from the Chargers' 4-yard line down by three points.
24(24)
Minnesota
4-7-0
Teddy Bridgewater's 40.8 Total QBR is fifth-worst in the league. Bridgewater also still has road games against the Dolphins (first in QBR allowed) and Lions (second) this season.
25(25)
Carolina
3-7-1
Losers of five straight, the 3-7-1 Panthers are still very much in the hunt in the NFC South with games left against all three divisional opponents. Somehow, the opportunity's there.
26(26)
NY Giants
3-8-0
Odell Beckham Jr. is a definite bright spot. Beckham had eight catches for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns in just the first half Sunday night, including that incredible catch.
27(29)
Washington
3-8-0
Was that ineffective enough for Jay Gruden? Robert Griffin III was the first quarterback since Jay Cutler in Week 4 of 2010 to finish with negative yards on non-play-action dropbacks.
28(27)
Tennessee
2-9-0
The only quarterbacks with a lower QBR than Zach Mettenberger this year are Geno Smith and Blake Bortles. With Tennessee headed for a high draft pick, how long's his leash?
29(30)
Tampa Bay
2-9-0
Tampa Bay has lost six of its past seven games and looks closer to the first overall pick than first place in the division. Still, the Bucs aren't technically out.
30(28)
NY Jets
2-9-0
The worst unit on the Jets this year might be the secondary. The Jets have allowed a league-worst 17.8 yards per attempt on throws at least 15 yards downfield.
31(32)
Oakland
1-10-0
Raiders win! Derek Carr was 7-of-14 on third down with six conversions Thursday, including 4-for-4 with four first downs targeting James Jones. Move aside, 2008 Lions.
32(31)
Jacksonville
1-10-0
Jacksonville's last in points scored and points allowed. Teams cannot do worse than that, but the Jaguars will always have that Week 7 win over the Browns (and maybe the first pick).

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