Each week of the NFL season, The Baltimore Sun will rank all 32 NFL teams. The rankings will take into account not just weekly performance, injuries and roster depth, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders.
Here are the rankings heading into Week 13:
1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-1, No. 1 last week)
Last week: Win vs. Bills, 37-34 (OT)
Up next: vs. 49ers
Trailing 17-7 at halftime against an AFC contender for the second straight week, the Eagles once again showed their resolve by pulling out another win in dramatic fashion. This time, it was Jake Elliott’s game-tying 59-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in regulation and quarterback Jalen Hurts’ 12-yard touchdown run in overtime that secured the victory. There are plenty of nits to pick with this team, including long stretches of stagnant offense and poor run defense, but it keeps finding a way to win against some of the league’s best teams. With Hurts playing like a Most Valuable Player candidate, the Eagles should be considered Super Bowl favorites.
2. Ravens (9-3, No. 3)
Last week: Win vs. Chargers, 20-10
Up next: Bye
It hasn’t often felt that way, but the Ravens have been the most dominant team in the league this season. They’ve held the lead in the fourth quarter in every single game and have four wins of 14 points or more against teams with winning records. Injuries to J.K. Dobbins, Marlon Humphrey, David Ojabo and Mark Andrews have not derailed the team thanks to the emergence of young stars such as Zay Flowers, Kyle Hamilton and Justin Madubuike and the solid play of veteran journeymen such as Jadeveon Clowney, Kyle Van Noy and Arthur Maulet. Even when Lamar Jackson and the offense have struggled, as it did for long stretches Sunday night, the defense has been there to pick up the slack. While the Ravens’ final four games come against potential playoff teams, it’s starting to feel like this is the year for Baltimore to get past the divisional round for the first time in the Jackson era.
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