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NFL power rankings, Week 13: Ravens keep top spot after their dazzling show in L.A.

Jimmy Smith and the Ravens had plenty to celebrate Monday night in Los Angeles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
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Each week during the season, Washington Post NFL writer Mark Maske ranks the 32 teams. This week, the Ravens hold the No. 1 spot for a second straight week after their victory Monday night over the Rams. The Patriots, Seahawks and 49ers remain on the heels of the Ravens, and the idle Vikings replace the Packers in the top five after Green Bay’s defeat at San Francisco. The Bills and Texans move into the top 10, replacing the Cowboys and Raiders.

1. Baltimore Ravens (9-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 1

That was a dazzling show — again — by Lamar Jackson on Monday night in L.A., with his five TD passes and 95 rushing yards. The Ravens aren’t just winning; they’re beating good teams badly. It will be interesting to see how they fare Sunday in Baltimore against the 49ers and their superb defense.

2. New England Patriots (10-1) | Last Week’s Rank: 2

It was more of the same for the Patriots against the Cowboys. The defense was great. The special teams helped out. The offense was just kind of there. This is a 10-1 team so this is very much a first-world problem, in NFL terms. But can the Patriots really win another Super Bowl with the offense playing like this?

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3. Seattle Seahawks (9-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 3

The win in Philadelphia kept the Seahawks on the 49ers’ heels in the NFC West. The Seahawks have the tiebreaker advantage after handing the Niners their only loss. It could come down to the teams’ Week 17 meeting in Seattle.

4. San Francisco 49ers (10-1) | Last Week’s Rank: 4

The return of TE George Kittle made a huge difference, and the 49ers looked like a complete team in an overwhelming win over the Packers on Sunday night. Next up are games at Baltimore and New Orleans. This is a brutally tough stretch, but the 49ers say they regard it as an opportunity to show everyone how good they are.

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5. Minnesota Vikings (8-3) | Last Week’s Rank: 6

The bye week was kind to the Vikings: They pulled into a first-place tie with the Packers in the NFC North with Green Bay’s loss. The NFC is tough, but the new and improved version of Kirk Cousins makes the Vikings a team not to be overlooked.

6. New Orleans Saints (9-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 7

Saints fans would have taken it in stride if that instant replay reversal on pass interference had given the Panthers a victory Sunday at the Superdome, right?

7. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) | Last Week’s Rank: 8

It was a good bye week for the Chiefs: The Raiders’ loss left them in sole possession of first place in the AFC West. But now that the Chiefs have gotten help, they need to help themselves.

8. Green Bay Packers (8-3) | Last Week’s Rank: 5

The Packers were not ready for prime time Sunday night in the lopsided defeat to the 49ers. But it’s not time to give up on Green Bay, not with Aaron Rodgers around to warn everyone to R-E-L-A-X. But now it’s on the Packers to prove they belong among the NFC’s top teams.

9. Buffalo Bills (8-3) | Last Week’s Rank: 11

The Bills continue to win, and no one seems to notice or care all that much. Has an 8-3 team ever received so little attention?

10. Houston Texans (7-4) | Last Week’s Rank: 12

The triumph Thursday night over the Colts means the Texans remain the class of the AFC South. But does that mean very much?

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11. Dallas Cowboys (6-5) | Last Week’s Rank: 9

Coach Jason Garrett has been put on notice with owner Jerry Jones’s scathing comments after the loss at New England. But there’s not much time to worry, with the quick turnaround for the Thanksgiving game against the Bills.

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12. Tennessee Titans (6-5) | Last Week’s Rank: 15

This Ryan Tannehill thing actually has gotten serious. He has played well for the Titans, and they’ll have to decide whether to try to re-sign him and trust him to be their starter beyond this season.

13. Cleveland Browns (5-6) | Last Week’s Rank: 16

The Browns-Steelers rematch comes Sunday in Pittsburgh. It’s time for everyone to put some professionalism on display.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) | Last Week’s Rank: 18

Coach Mike Tomlin named Devlin Hodges the starter over Mason Rudolph on Tuesday. How does he have the Steelers in the playoff chase with that quarterback situation?

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15. Chicago Bears (5-6) | Last Week’s Rank: 20

Mitchell Trubisky’s hip was healthy enough for him to be able to throw two interceptions Sunday. The Bears were fortunate the opponent was the lowly Giants. Do the Bears really think this situation is salvageable?

16. Oakland Raiders (6-5) | Last Week’s Rank: 10

Just when you start to believe in the Raiders, they go and get blown out by the Jets. That was a stunningly bad performance.

17. Los Angeles Rams (6-5) | Last Week’s Rank: 13

It’s not just that the Rams lost by 39 points Monday night to the Ravens. It’s that their best players — Jared Goff, Todd Gurley II, Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey — did next to nothing. Coach Sean McVay has some major regrouping to do.

18. Indianapolis Colts (6-5) | Last Week’s Rank: 14

The Colts were done in Thursday night in Houston by Coach Frank Reich’s failed fourth-down try and the fumble recovery that wasn’t. But even if this team doesn’t reach the playoffs again, it still has overachieved by merely being in contention after Andrew Luck’s abrupt retirement before the season.

19. New York Jets (4-7) | Last Week’s Rank: 22

Sam Darnold doesn’t seem to be seeing any ghosts lately, and the Jets at least have moved out of the “totally embarrassing” category.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) | Last Week’s Rank: 26

Jameis Winston has 22 TD passes and 20 interceptions. That’s making a lot of really good throws and a lot of really terrible throws. It’s a maddening mixture.

21. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) | Last Week’s Rank: 17

It would have been difficult for the Eagles to choose Nick Foles over Carson Wentz in the offseason. But it was troubling all along that they spent two seasons playing better with Foles in the lineup than with Wentz. And the worst-case scenario is playing out in the season after Foles’s departure, and there are reasons to question whether Wentz is a franchise QB.

22. Carolina Panthers (5-6) | Last Week’s Rank: 19

David Tepper has no history as an NFL owner, so it’s next to impossible to know what he’ll do about his team’s coaching situation. But if Ron Rivera is fired, he will almost certainly land another head coaching job somewhere this offseason if he wants one.

23. Los Angeles Chargers (4-7) | Last Week’s Rank: 25

Does Philip Rivers have anything left? It’s time to find out as the Chargers return from their bye.

24. Atlanta Falcons (3-8) | Last Week’s Rank: 21

So much for the Falcons regrouping and making a push to save Coach Dan Quinn’s job. They were back to being pitiable with their loss at home to the Buccaneers.

25. Denver Broncos (3-8) | Last Week’s Rank: 23

The season can’t end soon enough for the Broncos. So much more was expected from this team.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) | Last Week’s Rank: 24

This is not what the Jaguars had in mind when they signed Nick Foles. Coach Doug Marrone is sticking with Foles as the starter ahead of rookie Gardner Minshew II for now, but this appears to be a lost season.

27. Miami Dolphins (2-9) | Last Week’s Rank: 27

The Dolphins are back to their losing ways, but they’re not even dreadful enough to matter any longer.

28. Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1) | Last Week’s Rank: 29

The Cardinals return from their bye for a closing stretch that could actually matter. Coach Kliff Kingsbury and QB Kyler Murray have provided some promise in their rookie seasons, and a strong finish could be something to build on.

29. Washington Redskins (2-9) | Last Week’s Rank: 31

Kneel-down? What kneel-down? Dwayne Haskins can’t be bothered with such trivial matters when there are celebratory selfies to be taken. Really, that shouldn’t be considered a big deal. But it’s still a little bit of a bad look.

30. Detroit Lions (3-7-1) | Last Week’s Rank: 28

The Lions might blame QB Matthew Stafford’s injury for their unraveling. But Coach Matt Patricia’s job security at least should be raised as an issue, given that the Lions have had two poor years since firing Jim Caldwell after a 9-7 season.

31. New York Giants (2-9) | Last Week’s Rank: 30

The prospect of the Giants shoving aside Pat Shurmur as their coach to replace him with Jason Garrett, put forth by NFL Network as a possible scenario if Garrett is ousted in Dallas, is unlikely to excite the New York fan base all that much.

32. Cincinnati Bengals (0-11) | Last Week’s Rank: 32

The Bengals somehow have built a two-game “lead” in the race to the bottom for the No. 1 selection in the draft. That’s quite an accomplishment in a season in which the Dolphins were accused of tanking. The switch back to Andy Dalton at QB leads to one question: Why?

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