NFL POWER RANKINGS – WEEK 11
1. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-2)
This week was business as usual for the Chiefs, as they put away a struggling Jags team just as expected.
2. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-1)
Down go the Eagles! The 1972 Dolphins can rejoice once more.
3. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-1)
Finally! This is what I’ve been waiting for with this team. If you follow my rankings you know that my one worry with this team has been its inability to pull away in games. Now they didn’t pull away against the Bills, but this was certainly a signature win, which is something this team had been lacking.
4. MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-3)
Is this an example of a team being better than their record? The Dolphins are undefeated when Tua plays the majority of the game.
5. BUFFALO BILLS (6-3)
When the Bills beat Kansas City, they went into their bye week looking like a freight train that was about to run through the AFC. Things have come off the rails a little bit in the past two weeks. Hopefully it’s due to Josh Allen’s injury issues and things will get back on track when he is 100%.
6. BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-3)
The Ravens depart their bye week with a 1-game lead in the AFC North and a matchup at home against the Panthers looming. That’s a pretty good spot to be in.
7. DALLAS COWBOYS (6-3)
The Cowboys held a 14-point lead in the 4th quarter and went on to lose in overtime. Those are the types of games that they need to eliminate if they want to emerge as the NFC Champion in January.
8. NEW YORK GIANTS (7-2)
Led by Saquon Barkley, the Giants took care of business against the Texans at home. There’s not a ton to take away from a game like that since it feels a little more like “holding serve” when you play a team like Houston.
9. TENNESSEE TITANS (6-3)
Tannehill returned for Tennessee and put together a decent game against a stout Broncos defense. This team probably won’t blow anyone away, but Mike Vrabel has done a fantastic job, as it rarely feels like this team doesn’t have a shot to win a game.
10. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-4)
The Niners are only 5-4, but there is a lot of optimism in the Bay Area. Jimmy G has taken this team deep into the postseason before, and now he has more weapons around him than he ever has before. If he is ever going to shed his reputation as being nothing more than a “game manager”, this is the year.
11. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-4)
The Seahawks got a little reality check in London. The fact remains, however, these guys are in sole possession of 1st place in the NFC West.
12. CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-4)
The Bengals will exit their bye week for a matchup in Pittsburgh, where they will try to split the season series after the Steelers took the first meeting in Cincinnati due to an uncharacteristically poor game from Joe Burrow.
13. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-4)
The Patriots soundly defeated the Jets in New York on October 30th. That wasn’t too long ago, but it feels like they will be playing a different Jets team this time around.
14. NEW YORK JETS (6-3)
The Jets can make a huge statement this week if they can knock off New England just two weeks after downing the Bills. Should be a fun game.
15. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-5)
Are things back on track in Tampa? Or are these back-to-back wins a product of playing two teams who aren’t as good as advertised?
16. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-4)
The injuries are really starting to take their toll. These guys need to get healthy ASAP.
17. WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (5-5)
I wonder how Carson Wentz feels watching how well these guys are playing without him. Knocking off the undefeated Eagles probably stung his ego a bit.
18. ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-6)
Is it just me or does it feel like these guys are a lot better than their record?
19. GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-6)
The Packers found themselves back in the win column after a few demoralizing games. Let’s see if they can ride this momentum to get a win against the Titans this week.
20. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5-1)
“Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive”
21. LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-6)
I wonder if Little Caesars is regretting their choice of spokesperson yet.
22. ATLANTA FALCONS (4-6)
This team just hit rock bottom by losing to the Panthers after such a great start to the season in terms of expectations vs results.
23. DENVER BRONCOS (3-6)
I’m genuinely curious as to how Broncos fans feel about this season, as well as the future. Is there still faith in Russell Wilson & Nathaniel Hackett? Do you think moving on from Hackett would benefit Wilson? If you are reading this and you are an actual Broncos fan, hop on our Facebook or Twitter page and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
24. CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-6)
I genuinely believe this would be a good football team with Deshaun Watson at the helm. Unfortunately we might have to wait a year to see that, since it appears Cleveland won’t have much to play for when Watson returns next week.
25. DETROIT LIONS (3-6)
Back-to-back wins against divisional rivals has sparked some optimism in the Motor City. With a couple good draft classes this could be a competitive team in the near future.
26. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-7)
No surprises this week as the Jags fell to the Chiefs. I think we all saw that coming.
27. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-6)
Kenny Pickett’s first win technically came against Tampa Bay although he didn’t finish the game. But this felt more like his real first victory, and possibly the beginning of a long new chapter in the book of Steelers QB’s.
28. CHICAGO BEARS (3-7)
Last week I said that their loss to Miami carried a slight moral victory with it. Well, this week the Bears suffered a moral defeat… along with their actual defeat. There’s just no way you can feel good about anything when you lose to the Lions at home.
29. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-7)
Things are getting ugly in New Orleans. I’ve already seen some people calling for Dennis Allen’s job – and that was before the loss to the Steelers.
30. CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-7)
The Panthers have won 2 of their last 4, which is displeasing to some Panthers fans who want Carolina to land the #1 pick in this year’s draft. It’s gotta be an odd feeling to want your favorite team to lose.
31. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (2-7)
This season has become a nightmare for Raiders fans… and they can’t wake up.
32. HOUSTON TEXANS (1-7-1)
Another week, another loss. However, other than losing a fumble, Dameon Pearce put together another solid performance as one of the few bright spots on this team.