BY SEAN SCHOONOVER, Couchsideshow.com NFL blogger
We are now three quarters of the way through the 2012 NFL season; five weeks now remain and things are getting interesting as teams hit the home stretch. Division races are starting to clear up, but wild card races in both conferences are still highly contested. With that here are your week thirteen NFL power rankings:
(Last week’s ranking), Team, (record)
1. (1) Houston Texans (10-1)- The Texans won their second overtime game in five days, beating the Lions 34-31 on Thursday. Their defense the last two weeks has proven to be very vulnerable, especially in the passing game, but Matt Schaub and the Texans offense have overcame their deficits, putting up superb numbers in both weeks.
2. (2)Atlanta Falcons (10-1)-The Falcons won another close one, ousting the Buccaneers 24-23 on Sunday. Julio Jones proved to be the difference catching six passes for 147 yards and a touchdown; showing that when healthy he is almost unstoppable.
3. (5) San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1) – With Colin Kaepernick making his second straight start, he and the Niners provided a dominant performance downing the Saints 31-21. The question now is will that performance earn him the starting spot over Alex Smith for the remainder of the season.
To see who else made Sean’s top 10 NFL teams after week 13, please visit: https://couchsideshow.wordpress.com/power-rankings/nfl/