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NFL Power Rankings: Week 11 67


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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67 Comments

Of corse they will

Pats will rule the year

go cowboys im not a saints fan,but saints are gonna win by 10

u know da truth my friend. da pats r gonna end da saints streak !!!!!!!!!!!!! pats all day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TRUE!!!!!!!! :D

The Saint's offense is good enough for them to make it to the NFC Championship, or maybe even the Super Bowl. But their defense isn't good enough to win a Super Bowl. You know what they say, "Offense wins games, defense wins championships"

No kidding! I'm trusting the MN Vikings to kick the Saints out of the playoffs, if another team doesn't do it first.

well drew brees doesn't get lucky okay he has skill. and i'm not a saints fan either. well hes better than all the OB'S in the nfl

Well i'm not excatly a saints fan but drew Brees doesn't use luck he has good skills un like tony romo that guy is doin bad

romos not doing baddd your just jealeas

romos not doing bad your crazy

No way! He is playing weel.

The pats don't make smart moves. For example going for it on 4th and 2 when they were winning. Thats why the Colts won they only might have won if they punted it down the field there best chance was a field goal with like 20 seconds left. GO SAINTS!

If you think about it, it was a smart play. 4th and 2 when you haves an almoast autamatic catching machine, wes welker? and the best qb of all time, tom brady? its not like they were going to lose if they did, they still had a chance of winning. make that, game over. smart play that everyone thinks wasn't smart. I'm tired of hearing things like "bill belecheck made a bad call" or "that really waasn't a smart move by the patriots"...it acctually was not that bad, if you think about it. they could have won, it's just that the defence was tired after playing the whole game. it does not make the patriots bad, they are still a great team that will make it too the super bowl.

The Bears beat the Seahawks so they should be above them and the Redskins are horrible the Bears should be above both of those teams.

Theese picks are the worst first of really chargers #3 come'on mannnnn the first 2 stellar it should be NO IND NE MIN and five is up in the air i mean i would have CIN but they lost to oakland I say the eagles could be up there but alot o people could argue with. No more steelers without 43 but a TEN could steal the spotlight with Chris Johnson and V.Y. but that is my opinion

Kris Brown has missed two straight game-tying field goals from 40 yards out as time expired. But he's not all to blame. The Texans' defense just could not stop Vince Young. Whenever no one was open downfield, Young would keep it for a ten+ yard gain.
The Bucs made a bad move firing Jon Gruden and getting rid of most of their good players. Warrick Dunn, Derrick Brooks, etc. were great hits for the team, but they wanted to start "fresh" and they're now 1-9.

Today's football games are pretty boring, but watch the 4pm game when the Oakland Raiders take on the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys only scored 14 points in the last two games, but watch out for the Raiders especially Zach Miller and Murphy this team beat the eagles and bengals my pick is Raiders win 23-20. Happy Thanksgiving!

New England Patriots (7-3)
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. (this has come straight from the patriots power ranking this week, see for your self)

Go Pack Go!

Go Viks Go!

I wont be suprised if the patriots,but look at the saints record.
60% saints 40% patriots

Saints 70% Pats 30%

These are PERFECT! I'm embarassed to be a Browns fan, at least a good draft pick is something to look forward to.

Everyone expects to much of Vince Young now. Then the next thing ya know boom! Has a terrible game.

It wasnt Kris Browns fault he missed the field goal. It was the coaches. He should have tried for more yards on that 3rd down.

went 4 it on 3rd down? seriously? i did not watch that game, but that wasn't a very smart move.

lions arent as bad as i expected.patriots will step up and try to take out the saints.

Exactly HawkShooter1. I'm a Colts fan and I think the Saints are a really good team, but they've had narrow wins against Miami, Atlanta, Carolina, and even ST. LOUIS. Oh, and Brees was out thrown by the easiest QB he had to play, MARC BULGER (as far as yardage goes). He was also out thrown by KEVIN KOLB, that backup from Philadelphia (as far as yardage goes). And another stat about Brees, he only has 5 300 passing yard games while Brady has 6 and P. Manning has 8. Brees has to take it up a notch. And AthleteAnimal11, you're right. The Pats, (even though I hate them so very much as a Colts fan), will step up their game against NO. I think they will hand them their first loss of the season.

They beat the vikings and the giants by like 40.

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