The Miami Dolphins, with a 30-15 victory over the Houston Texans, improved to 8-3 in Week 12. They, the Dolphins, remained the top-ranked team in our Top Ten NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 13. The Dolphins will be in action on Sunday when they face the San Francisco 49ers in a pivotal showdown. Here’s a look at our Top Ten NFL Power Rankings heading into Sunday’s action.
Top Ten NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 13
- Miami Dolphins: 8-3 (no change from last week’s rankings)
- Kansas City Chiefs: 9-2 (no change)
- Philadelphia Eagles: 10-1 (no change)
- Dallas Cowboys: 8-3 (+1)
- Buffalo Bills: 9-3 (-1) (they won in Week 13 on Thursday)
- Minnesota Vikings: 9-2 (no change)
- San Francisco 49ers: 7-4 (+2)
- Cincinnati Bengals: 7-4 (new entrant)
- Tennessee Titans: 7-4 (-1)
- Baltimore Ravens: 7-4 (-3)
Miami is 6th favorite to win the Super Bowl
If you are looking for anomalies in sports futures, then currently the Miami Dolphins are the 6th favorite to win the Super Bowl. As of December 4th, the Dolphins are 14/1 with bet365 sportsbook to claim the NFL championship.
Part of the challenge with backing Miami is that the three losses they suffered when Tagovailoa was injured can only be discounted when making subjective power rankings. However, the losses still count in the official standings. Miami might not have the coveted bye through the Wild Card weekend and that could hurt their chances of playoff success.
San Francisco has a chance to prove its elite
The San Francisco 49ers have risen in our power rankings after their weak start to the season. However, there is still room to be skeptical of this team.
What is the value of a 13-0 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 12? The defense was there but where was the offense?
The 49ers will host the Dolphins in Week 13 on Sunday, a game that has major swing potential with the publishers that write about power rankings. Even when San Francisco was 3-4, they had their share of proponents: with a home game against Miami, the 49ers have to prove on the field that they are elite.
The Miami vs San Francisco game is the biggest match-up of Week 13. However, another game involving top teams is the Titans vs the Eagles. Furthermore, the Chiefs and the Bengals will meet in a game that will come from Cincinnati.