It is time to throw away the American inferiority complex with its place in the sport, where many blindly claim that technique should come above all in choosing and developing the best prospects and that the U.S. is not an international power because it cares too much about athleticism.
2019 NFL Power Rankings: Week 13
Here at the ICT Zone, our power rankings are based on a very simple philosophy. "To be the man you gotta beat the man", if a lower ranked team beats a higher ranked team, then the two teams automatically swap spots regardless of results from prior weeks. With that we move on to week 13 of the the NFL season.
Last week, the Browns were on top last week and keep that spot going into this week. Baker Mayfield seems to be improving a little after his awful start of the season but the star of all the sophomores is clearly Lamar Jackson. Analysts want to compare him to Michael Vick but Vick never came close to this level of dominance. It'll be interesting to see if he can carry this into the playoffs because if he can, the Ravens are a lock for the super bowl.
In the NFC the 49ers proved once again that they should be favorites. Next week's matchup in the Ravens might be a premature preview of the Super Bowl, it will be electric. The other matchup to look forward to will be the Vikings against the Seahawks on Monday night. The Seahawks have been shockingly bad at home all season and Kirk Cousins finally got the primetime monkey off his back.
No bye week this week but Myles Garett and Mason Rudolph will both get to watch their teams deal with the repercussions of their actions from the sidelines.
Here is our power ranking for the week.
1. Cleveland Browns
The Browns have a very slim chance of turning this season around.
2. New York Jets +24
The Jets are a much better team than 4 and 7.
3. Baltimore Ravens
Video game mode for the entire team really.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers +25
James Winston is the most entertaining player in the league for better or worse.
5. Tennessee Titans
Derrick Henry deserves credit this week.
6. Seattle Seahawks
If the Seahawks lose at home again, rule them out for the super bowl.
7. New England Patriots
That game doesn't count, they are still not an elite defense.
8. San Francisco 49ers +10
The 49ers are elite regardless of quarterback play.
9. Houston Texans
This Texans team is just not very good.
10. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs still have a whole lot of questions to answer.
11. Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz is not having that bad of a season, it's just relative to lofty expectations.
12. New Orleans Saints +8
Alvin Kamara needs to pick up the slack.
13. Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff is now at 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on the season . . .
14. Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins deserves MVP recognition.
15. Buffalo Bills +4
The Bills have played two teams with a winning record all season.
16. Los Angles Chargers
Well this season ended fast.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Big gut check for the Steelers this week.
18. Green Bay Packers -10
The Packers got exposed just like the Patriots a few weeks ago.
19. Denver Broncos -4
Might as well start Drew Lock.
20. Carolina Panthers -8
Kyle Allen had a golden opportunity.
21. Dallas Cowboys
Not too concerned with this result, conditions were awful.
22. Arizona Cardinals
Cardinal fans have a lot too be excited about.
23. Indianapolis Colts
Every game is a playoff game from here on out.
24. Miami Dolphins
Hey at least they're not last.
25. Washington +6
Just a mistake by Haskins, that's all nothing more.
26. Oakland Raiders -24
Slight chance at the playoffs but either way this team is built for the future.
27. Chicago Bears
Da Bears are awful again.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars
Gardner Minshew back in?
29. Atlanta Falcons -25
There goes that minor momentum.
30. Cincinnati Bengals
0 and 16 coming up . . . maybe?
31. Detroit Lions -6
The Belichick coaching tree may not be all that.
32. New York Giants
Saquon Barkley needs to be sat if he's not healthy.
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