Paul Ulane

NFL Power Rankings: Week 11

The best day of the year is here! Except for maybe the Super Bowl, there is not a better day for football fans than Thanksgiving. Think about it, you get to spend the whole day stuffing your face full of turkey while watching three straight football games on TV. So put on your loosest pants and fill up your plate – happy Thanksgiving everyone! And as always, don’t forget you can now make your own rankings with our new Power Rankings Builder on the right side of the page. Click save to submit your own rankings and see how they stack up against mine!
NFL Power Rankings
1 New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 1
Good teams are supposed to roll over inferior competition, and New Orleans got the job done against the Bucs in Week 11 – especially in the red zone. In five trips inside Tampa Bay’s 20 yard line, the Saints came away with five touchdowns to pad their league-leading red zone touchdown total. Up next, a slightly stiffer test: a Monday night match-up with Tom Brady and the Pats.
2 Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 2
The Colts haven’t won a game by more than four points since Week 7. A win is a win, but all of those close contests could catch up to Peyton and Co.
3 Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: 3
Forget about the big names on offense, this is a very complete team. The Vikings held the Seahawks to just FOUR RUSHING YARDS in Week 11 and are fourth in the league in run defense.
4 San Diego Chargers
Last Week: 6
Can anybody stop the charging Chargers? San Diego has ripped off five straight wins and sits in first place for the first time this season. With Kansas City and Cleveland up next, the Chargers should be 9-3 heading into their next challenging game, a Week 14 match-up with the Cowboys.
5 New England Patriots
Last Week: 7
If you’re wondering why New England always has a good record, it’s because the team is allergic to losing streaks. The Pats haven’t lost back-to-back games in over three years.
6 Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: 8
While it didn’t seem like a major injury, Kurt Warner’s blow to the head could be the biggest wild card in the NFC playoff race. In Week 11, with Warner in the game, the Cards jumped out to a 21-3 lead. When Matt Leinart came in to replace the injured Warner, the Cardinals were outscored 10-0 by the one-win Rams.
7 Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week: 4
Week 11 was an absolutely terrible loss for the Bengals. When everyone else in the AFC North lost, it looked like a gimme that Cincy would beat the lowly Raiders and grab control of their division. Four turnovers later and the Bengals are still only one game ahead of the Steelers.
8 Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 5
The Steelers poor offensive line play finally caught up to them. Now Big Ben is Banged Up Ben heading into a key match-up against the Ravens that could go a long way towards determining the defending champs’ playoff hopes.
9 Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 10
Ryan Grant exploded for 129 yards in Week 11, continuing his steady year. Grant is fifth in the NFC in rushing yards and is quietly helping balance the Packers offensive attack.
10 Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 12
The saying goes, “You are what your record is.” So I guess the Cowboys are a good team. Still, scoring two touchdowns over the course of two games doesn’t exactly make me think Dallas is going to be a force in December and January.
11 Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 13
That was one gritty performance in Chicago for the Eagles, who face a tough road to the post-season. Four of the Eagles last six opponents are at or above .500.
12 Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 14
The Jags have won four straight games by three points or less. That’s good. The Jags overall point differential is minus-36 points. That’s not good.
13 Baltimore Ravens
Last Week: 9
After cutting Steven Hauschka, the Ravens new kicker, Billy Cundiff , had a solid debut for Baltimore with five field goals. The problem is, he attempted six field goals and his team lost by two points to prolong the team’s 2-5 slide.
14 New York Giants
Last Week: 18
The beauty of starting out 5-0 is that you can go on a four game losing streak and still head into December above .500. It’s a good thing they stopped their skid now, too, seeing as the G-Men have Denver, Dallas, and Philadelphia in the next three weeks.
15 Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 20
Since the Titans were embarrassed by the Pats 59-0 in Week 6, they have outscored their opponents 125-74 and ripped off four straight wins. Is it possible that Tennessee can run the table and finish 10-6? With Arizona, San Diego and Indy still on the schedule, I say it’s not likely, but it will be fun to watch.
16 Miami Dolphins
Last Week: 17
A Ricky resurrection has the ‘Fins riding high again. Miami didn’t miss a beat with Ricky Williams filling in for the injured Ronnie Brown, as the Dolphins stuck to their gameplan of controlling the clock. Miami has now won the time of possession battle in seven out of their ten games this season.
17 Houston Texans
Last Week: 11
Just when everyone started to believe in the Texans, they drop two consecutive division games to fall back to .500. I don’t want to blame the losses on one player, but Kris Brown has missed two consecutive last-second, game-tying field goals in the last two weeks that could prove costly to Houston’s playoff hopes down the stretch.
18 Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 15
Matt Ryan has lost his touch on the deep ball, as his yards per completion have dropped by more than a yard per pass from last season. With Michael Turner out, Ryan will have to make more plays for the Falcons to jump back up over .500.
19 Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 16
It’s simple to figure out how to beat the Panthers: put the game in Jake Delhomme’s hands. While Delhomme has cut down on his errors, the Panthers are still 0-5 when he throws the ball more than 30 times in a game.
20 Denver Broncos
Last Week: 19
The collapse is complete for the Broncos, who got whupped by the Chargers and knocked out of first place for the first time all season. Everything started crumbling when the defense fell apart. In their six wins, Denver allowed 11 points per game. In their four losses, they’ve given up 29.25.
21 New York Jets
Last Week: 21
The Jets once vaunted defense has turned into an open door for opposing running backs. Gang Green has given up over 100 yards rushing in seven of their last eight games.
22 Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 27
Matt Cassel is finally showing signs of being the franchise quarterback the Chiefs thought they were getting. In his last three games, Cassel has thrown four touchdowns and one interception while the Chiefs have gone 2-1.
23 San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 22
Alex Smith has become the master of the “close but no cigar” game. Since Smith took over under center in San Fran, Smith has put up decent numbers (1,035 yards, 9 TDs) but he’s only won one game out of five.
24 Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 23
As bad as things are right now for the ‘Hawks, losers of seven of their last nine, at least the schedule lightens up. Four of their last six games are against teams under .500.
25 Washington Redskins
Last Week: 24
Shaun Suisham picked a terrible time to miss his first two field goals of the year. The Skins lost by one point in a game in which Suisham shanked a 39 and 50 yarder.
26 Chicago Bears
Last Week: 25
Five losses in their last six games have the Bears reeling and the sputtering offense is to blame. Take out the Bears 48-point outburst against a weak Lions defense and Chicago is averaging fewer than three touchdowns a game.
27 Buffalo Bills
Last Week: 26
If I were a Bills fan, I’d turn the TV off after the third quarter. The Bills have lost some excruciating games with hardly any time left on the clock and have been outscored overall in the fourth quarter 109-40.
28 Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 31
The Raiders offense woke up…for at least a minute. The team that averaged 9.8 points per game coming into Week 11 exploded for 10 points in the last 41 seconds of the game to steal a win from the Bengals.
29 Detroit Lions
Last Week: 30
Wow. What a game. And what a game for Matthew Stafford, who became the first NFL rookie to throw five touchdown passes in a game since 1950.
30 St. Louis Rams
Last Week: 28
Congratulations to Steven Jackson on becoming the first Rams running back ever to record five consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons. And since I’m a positive guy, that’s all I have to say about St. Louis.
31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week: 29
Josh Freeman has flashed plenty of potential in his first few starts, but it doesn’t matter how good the QB is in Tampa when the defense gives up 29.4 points per game.
32 Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 32
Who gets called for pass interference on a Hail Mary with no time left? The Browns, that’s who – which is exactly why they’re stuck here at the bottom of the rankings.

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please!!I might barf before I here that!GO SAINTS!GO BREES!!!


go eags

the saints are good and will win super bowl


bears r the best in the league they play the vikings and will win so take that viking fans




go cowboys win 6th superbowl

You are definitely correct.

Cowboys are not going to make the superbowl

More like the Bengals!!!!!!!!!!!!

go cowboys

romos number1

romos # nothing

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Go Cowboys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! First place the Super Bowl win!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whoooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go cowboys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think the patriots wiil make it.

I know they will WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vince Young is awesome he would be better on the Colts!

I agree that Vince Young would be better on the Colts

The only reason the Colts have won by a few is because they've played tough teams. The Texans were good back when they played them. They played the Patriots, and they just played the half-decent Ravens. The Saints have played the rams and the bucs for the past two weeks. I'd like to see the Saints beat the Pats on Monday night. Then I'd give the Saints a little more respect.

so. that doesn't mean that the Colts have played great football.

The Colts are just lucky they haven't played many good teams and have had alot of close calls if they can beat the Texans by over 20 points then they might ganemy respect

Patriots are da best. Will beat saints

this is from the futre even though, as a patriots fan ( seriously i'm writing this on december 7th) they lost.
chargingbro is still mad

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