NFL Top 10 Teams Entering Week 13

Glenn Kaplan

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With Thanksgiving being on Thursday, I still plain to go on air, but I will not have the Top 10 segment on my show, so I am going to announce the Top 10 teams heading into Week 13 in this article now.

10. Tennessee Titans (6-5): This team is in a four-way tie with the Indianapolis Colts, the Oakland Raiders, and the Pittsburgh Steelers for the sixth spot in the AFC. Tennessee might be the most dangerous out of all of them. This is the first time since the beginning of the regular season that I have had them on this list. The Titans offense has been sparked big time ever since Ryan Tannehill took over at quarterback. Do teams really want to face Derrick Henry right now? This defense is also very good and underrated. Mike Vrabel is a solid head coach. Last week’s ranking: Not ranked.

9. Green Bay Packers (8-3): The loss against the San Francisco 49ers on the road on Sunday night is a reason why this Green Bay team is not elite by any means. The Green Bay Packers have no identity. Matt LaFleur was out coached by Kyle Shanahan. The defense is suspect and they may not even be the best team in the NFC North right now. Aaron Rodgers is still elite despite his bad game. Last week’s ranking: 6.

8. Buffalo Bills (8-3): Josh Allen is finally starting to make smarter reads with his passes. He has thrown for 11 touchdown passes and only one interception in his last six games. Allen is a leader on this team and he shows it week in and week out. Buffalo is currently the fifth seed in the AFC. Their schedule will be tough for the next four games, including Thursday afternoon on Thanksgiving on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. This will be Josh Allen’s first big game of his career on a national audience and it will be interesting to see how he looks. This defense has a ton of athletes all over the field and they don’t make a ton of errors. Last week’s ranking: 10.

7. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4): Kansas City will be coming off of a bye week. This team is being doubted right now with the way the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots are playing in the AFC. The Kansas City Chiefs will feel like they need to be respected more and everyone is forgetting about reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes. He has thrown for 19 touchdowns and two interceptions so far this season. This team has a bunch of talent on the offensive side of the ball. The defense feels like they can play better moving down the stretch. Last week’s ranking: 8.

6. New Orleans Saints (9-2): Michael Thomas continues to be the best wide receiver in the NFL right now. He did have 101 yards receiving and a touchdown in a 34-31 win at home on Sunday afternoon against the Carolina Panthers. New Orleans’s defense has been kind of suspect recently. It is good to see that Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray is a solid combination in the backfield. Drew Brees has made some big throws when he has needed to but if Thomas was ever double teamed, they could be in trouble. At the moment, the New Orleans Saints are a serious Super Bowl Contender in the NFL. Last week’s ranking: 7.

5. New England Patriots (10-1): The New England Patriots are struggling on the offensive side of the ball right now. It will be interesting to see whether or not if it ever gets figured out. Special teams and defense is carrying this team right now. Will they be like the 2015 Denver Broncos or will they get bounced in the playoffs because of no offensive production. Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is happy that he is not their anymore because this team seems down on themselves even after wins.  Tom Brady has not been the same this season and neither has the running game. Last week’s ranking: 5.

4. Minnesota Vikings (8-3): The Minnesota Vikings have a huge game coming off the bye week against the Seattle Seahawks on the road on Monday night. Minnesota currently sits in the sixth spot in the NFC right now. Dalvin Cook is one of the best running backs in the NFL right now. Kirk Cousins has been playing above expectations this season. Their front seven is very good on the defensive side of the ball, but the secondary needs to play better especially the cornerbacks. Last week’s ranking: 4.

3. Seattle Seahawks (9-2): The Seattle Seahawks continue to find ways to win games. This time however, they made some plays on the defensive side of the ball. Russell Wilson continues to be a magician. Seattle is still one game back of the San Francisco 49ers for the first spot in the NFC West. Pete Carroll should be one of the finalists for Coach of the Year. JaDeveon Clowney missed last week’s game on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles with a sports-hernia injury. Last week’s ranking: 3.

2. San Francisco 49ers (10-1): The San Francisco 49ers dominated the Green Bay Packers at home on Sunday night by a score of 37-8. Jimmy Garoppolo found two of his favorite targets in the game in Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. I am curious to see how this offense plays on the road against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in a potential Super Bowl LIV preview. The running game is elite on all levels. Kyle Shanahan should be one of the favorites for Coach of the Year. The defense is locked and loaded. The running game is amazing as well. Last week’s ranking: 2.

1. Baltimore Ravens (9-2): Lamar Jackson continues to take the NFL by storm. He threw for five touchdown passes in a dominating 45-6 win on the road against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. Some people think Jackson is going to win the MVP Award this season. He is very humble and Lamar Jackson doesn’t care about the MVP Award. His teammates have been nominating him for the award, especially running back Mark Ingram II, who has been a perfectly complementary back for him. Marquise Brown is one of the fastest wide receivers in the NFL and he caught two touchdown passes in the game. Their defense has been better as of late. Marcus Peters, Jimmy Smith, and Earl Thomas are in this secondary. Last week’s ranking: 1.

I will have my NFL Preview on here tomorrow.

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