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Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

The NFL season is getting to the point where we really start to get some juicy matchups. The upcoming week promises to shake up the ranks in a way that Week 10 did not. It’s kind of been status quo the past two weeks as the good teams won and the bad teams lost. There’s still a lot of grey area in the middle because all those teams blend together. Let’s see how NFL Power Rankings shape up heading into Week 11!

Philadelphia Eagles

Power Ranking: 1

  • Record: 8-1
  • Previous Rank: 1
  • Week 10 result: Bye Week
  • Week 11: at Dallas Cowboys

The Eagles will exit their bye week with an opportunity to put their foot on the throat of the NFC East. If they go into Dallas and beat the Cowboys, the division race is basically over. Philly would stand at 9-1 and every other team would have at least five losses. It’s going to be fun to see how new running backJay Ajayi continues to mesh with the offense.

New Orleans Saints

Power Ranking: 2

  • Record: 7-2
  • Previous Rank: 3
  • Week 10 result: Win versus Buffalo Bills, 47-10
  • Week 11: versus Washington Redskins

It’s likely the noise you heard when you woke up this morning was the sound of the New Orleans running game going wild in Buffalo. The Saints rolled up just a hair under 300 yards on the ground and scored six rushing touchdowns. The win streak stands at seven and the Saints should be favored next week at home. This team is for real with their improved defense and they have one of the best quarterbacks in football in Drew Brees to fall back on if the running game falters. They’re cruising towards a postseason berth and will be a tough out.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Power Ranking: 3

  • Record: 7-2
  • Previous Rank: 2
  • Week 10 result: Win versus Indianapolis Colts, 20-17
  • Week 11: versus Tennessee Titans, Thursday Night Football

Pittsburgh once again continued their tradition of playing down to a poor team while on the road. This time they were able to pull out a victory with a walk-off field goal from kicker Chris Boswell. The offense continues to not click even after their bye week. The lone bright spot was wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was the most productive player in the offense. Pittsburgh remains a contender, but it’s because of the defense. The offense will have to wake up at some point to win the Super Bowl this season.

Minnesota Vikings

Power Ranking: 4

  • Record: 7-2
  • Previous Rank: 4
  • Week 10 result: Win versus Washington Redskins, 38-30
  • Week 11: versus Los Angeles Rams
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I guess all Case Keenum needed to play out of his mind was the presence of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the sidelines. While he did make some poor throws through the game, Keenum threw for four touchdowns. It helped that receiver Stefon Diggs was back in the lineup. It also helps when you can throw to Adam Thielen, who is one of the better wideouts in football. All he does is produce every week. The defense definitely missed Everson Griffen on the defensive line and that’s part of the reason they gave up 30 points. It seems more like a bump in the road. We’ll find out when the highest scoring offense in the Rams come to Minnesota this week.

Los Angeles Rams

Power Ranking: 5

  • Record: 7-2
  • Previous Rank: 5
  • Week 10 result: Win versus Houston Texans, 33-7
  • Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings

Los Angeles came to life on offense after a sluggish start in the first half. They got moving when receiver Robert Woods burned the Texans defense for a 94-yard touchdown catch. Quarterback Jared Goff got rolling after that to throw three touchdowns. Running back Todd Gurley had somewhat of a quiet day but it didn’t matter since the Rams ran away with this game. The defense will have its hands full this week with the Vikings offense that was hitting on all cylinders last week. This is one of the most fun games of Week 11 on paper and could carry big playoff implications. The winner could have an inside track for a bye week.

New England Patriots

Power Ranking: 6

  • Record: 7-2
  • Previous Rank: 6
  • Week 10 result: Win vers Denver Broncos, 41-16
  • Week 11: at Oakland Raiders

In a result that was fairly easy to see coming, the rested New England Patriots thrashed the Denver Broncos. This game was out of control by halftime as quarterback Tom Brady dominated the Broncos defense and used the trio of Rex Burkhead, James White, and Dion Lewis out of the backfield. The biggest story is the play of the defense. They haven’t given up more than 17 points in five straight games. True, they haven’t exactly faced any really good ones, but the progress is noticeable. New England heads to Mexico to take on the Raiders this week.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Power Ranking: 7

  • Record: 6-3
  • Previous Rank: 8
  • Week 10 result: Win versus Los Angeles Chargers, 20-17 in overtime
  • Week 11: at Cleveland Browns

Jacksonville pulled out a victory even though they had quarterback Blake Bortles throw way more than he should have. That’s kind of progress for a team that has leaned on the running game. It was very odd to see running back Leonard Fournette on the sideline for almost the entirety of the fourth quarter. Fournette said after the game he was healthy while Coach Doug Marrone said he was not. That seems less than ideal for a team that has already made Fournette inactive for discipline reasons. They may not NEED Fournette to win, but the chances are better if he’s playing. The Jaguars have a soft matchup this week in Cleveland.

Seattle Seahawks

Power Ranking: 8

  • Record: 6-3
  • Previous Rank: 10
  • Week 10 result: Win versus Arizona Cardinals, 22-16
  • Week 11: at Houston Texans

There was probably not a win that came at a higher cost than the Seahawks victory this past Thursday. They lost cornerback Richard Sherman for the season and a host of other players left the game early. Quarterback Russell Wilson continues his MVP campaign as he is a magician behind a terrible offensive line. The Seahawks are firmly in the playoff mix, but they have a ton of shortcomings that will be harder to cover as the season goes on. They travel to Houston this week to face an undermanned Texans squad.

Carolina Panthers

Power Ranking: 9

  • Record: 7-3
  • Previous Rank: 9
  • Week 10 result: Win versus Miami Dolphins, 45-21
  • Week 11: Bye Week

Carolina will enter their bye week riding high after smashing the Dolphins on Monday night football. They finally got the running game going, totaling over 200 yards for the second consecutive game. Quarterback Cam Newton had one of his trademark monster games as he threw for four touchdowns and added 95 yards on the ground. When he’s going right, there’s not many better in the league. Receiver Devin Funchess had one of his best games of his career with two touchdown receptions and running backs Christian McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart were a great 1-2 punch. This team has the talent to get things rolling even though their 7-3 record seems a bit like a mirage.

Tennessee Titans

Power Ranking: 10

  • Record: 6-3
  • Previous Rank: 13
  • Week 10 result: Win versus Cincinnati Bengals, 24-20
  • Week 11: at Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday Night Football

It’s a good thing for the Titans that they play in the AFC South. It’s not a great division at this point and Tennessee may not be that great of a team. The record looks good but it remains to be seen just how good they are. The rest of the season depends on if quarterback Marcus Mariota is healthy or not. If he’s a threat to run the ball like he was this past week, Tennessee is in good shape. If he’s not, they’re likely just an average football team. It wouldn’t hurt if rookie receiver Corey Davis was able to make an impact down the stretch. They face a short week when they head to Pittsburgh on Thursday Night.

Kansas City Chiefs

Power Ranking: 11

  • Record: 6-3
  • Previous Rank: 11
  • Week 10 result: Bye Week
  • Week 11: at New York Giants

Kansas City really needed the bye week as they had been sputtering on offense a little bit. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt hasn’t been much of a factor the past few games but it’s likely Coach Andy Reid will get things figured out. His career record after a bye week is 19-3. That’s absurd and the Chiefs get the sad sack Giants this week.

Atlanta Falcons

Power Ranking: 12

  • Record: 5-4
  • Previous Rank: 14
  • Week 10 result: Win versus Dallas Cowboys, 27-7
  • Week 11: At Seattle Seahawks, Monday Night Football

In a borderline must-win spot, Atlanta rose up and smacked the short-handed Dallas Cowboys. They lost running back Devonta Freeman to a concussion and he will reportedly miss multiple games. Fortunately for the Falcons, Tevin Coleman is a talented back and will do fine in a featured role. The offense still has room to grow as quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones haven’t had that big blowup game. The defense feasted on the Dallas offensive line and I’m pretty sure Adrian Clayborn just sacked Dak Prescott again. Atlanta has to travel to Seattle which looks a little less intimidating then it did a couple weeks ago.

Dallas Cowboys

Power Ranking: 13

  • Record: 5-4
  • Previous Rank: 7
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus Atlanta Falcons, 27-7
  • Week 11: versus Philadelphia Eagles

A lot of people will scream that running back Ezekiel Elliott being out is the main reason Dallas lost but that’s not really the case. It had a lot more to do with the absence of left tackle Tyron Smith and even linebacker Sean Lee. Quarterback Dak Prescott didn’t look great in his first game without Zeke but the poor guy was just getting smashed all day. It would have been nice for the young quarterback if receiver Dez Bryant had played well. It gets harder to excuse his lack of production with each passing week. Dallas is at a crossroads in their season and now has to deal with the Eagles this week.

Detroit Lions

Power Ranking: 14

  • Record: 5-4
  • Previous Rank: 16
  • Week 10 result: win versus Cleveland Browns, 38-24
  • Week 11: at Chicago Bears

The day was almost a disaster for the Lions as the Browns fought hard in this one and gave Detroit all they wanted. In the end, quarterback Matthew Stafford got the job done and found receiver Golden Tate for the dagger late in the fourth quarter. Detroit is in the crowded Wild Card picture in the NFC and it’s largely due to the play of Stafford. They have a difficult schedule down the stretch and he’ll be asked to do even more considering their total lack of a run game. They face a division rival Bears team this upcoming week.

Washington Redskins

Power Ranking: 15

  • Record: 4-5
  • Previous Rank: 12
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus Minnesota Vikings, 38-30
  • Week 11: at New Orleans Saints

The Redskins are likely just a .500 team given their injury situation and the fact that they don’t have a single reliable receiver. Letting Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson walk in free agency and trying to replace them with Terrelle Pryor has backfired in a major way. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is doing his best but the team around him just isn’t good enough to be above average. The defense has talent on paper but just got worked by Case Keenum at home. They’re up next to try and stop the New Orleans running game.

Buffalo Bills

Power Ranking: 16

  • Record: 5-4
  • Previous Rank: 15
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus New Orleans Saints, 47-10
  • Week 11: at Los Angeles Chargers

It looked like Buffalo was playing above their collective heads for the first six weeks of the season and they have come crashing back to earth. The Bills really haven’t even been competitive the past two weeks. They had absolutely zero answers for the Saints. Thier day could be summed up in one GIF.

The trade of Marcel Dareus has left them vulnerable on the ground and what little hope of a postseason berth is on life support. Hopefully for the Bills, receiver Kelvin Benjamin can acclimate to the offense in a hurry.Quarterback Tyrod Taylor needs Benjamin and tight end Charles Clay badly right now. They need a spark. It’s not going to be easy to find it against the Chargers out in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Chargers

Power Ranking: 17

  • Record: 3-6
  • Previous Rank: 17
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-17 in OT
  • Week 11: versus Buffalo Bills

If Los Angeles had acted like the veteran team they are at the end of the game this week, they likely pull out a big road victory. Instead, they and Jacksonville tried to give the game away to the other team repeatedly. Maybe the biggest storyline coming out of this game was the emergence of running back Austin Ekeler. He did have a bad fumble late in the game but it’s noteworthy Ekeler was getting the work in the fourth quarter, not Melvin Gordon. Ekeler totaled 119 yards and scored twice so he’s likely to be involved moving forward. The Chargers continue to try and save their season when they play a reeling Buffalo team this week.

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Green Bay Packers

Power Ranking: 18

  • Record: 5-4
  • Previous Rank: 22
  • Week 10 result: Win versus Chicago Bears, 23-16
  • Week 11: versus Baltimore Ravens

The Packers won a tough road game against the Bears to keep their Wild Card hopes alive. QB Brett Hundley and receiver Davante Adams found a little bit of chemistry while the running back situation is dire. Both Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery left this game with injuries. There’s not much news on Montgomery yet but Jones is set to miss 3-6 weeks with an MCL injury. It’s possible that Hundley can float the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be back for the playoffs. It’s just not a solid bet. Gren Bay gets the Ravens at home this week.

New York Jets

Power Ranking: 19

  • Record: 4-6
  • Previous Rank: 18
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 15-10
  • Week 11: Bye Week

New York enters their bye week with a loss but should be commended for already having four wins. Not only is that three more than a lot of people thought they would have, it’s more than the other New York team can claim. This loss versus Tampa wasn’t ideal and it was kind of weird to see such a low scoring affair when both defenses are bad. That’s what you get when two backup journeymen quarterbacks clash. The bright spot of the offense continues to be receiver Robby Anderson who is in the middle of a legitimate breakout season.

Houston Texans

Power Ranking: 20

  • Record: 3-6
  • Previous Rank: 20
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus Los Angeles Rams, 33-7
  • Week 11: versus Arizona Cardinals

My word is receiver DeAndre Hopkins good. Regardless of the game being over on the scoreboard, Hopkins just kept playing even though quarterback Tom Savage did his level best to get Hopkins killed on a few throws. It’s easy to just throttle down in these games. Hopkins didn’t do that in this one. The Texans have no chance versus good teams as they are just too injured. They could easily be one of the better AFC teams next year if they’re healthy.

Oakland Raiders

Power Ranking: 21

  • Record: 4-5
  • Previous Rank: 21
  • Week 10 result: Bye Week
  • Week 11: versus New England Patriots

Oakland might wish they were still on bye when they realize they have to play an improved Patriot defense and a red-hot Tom Brady-led offense. The Raiders are looking 4-6 right in the face and need a big second half to get back into the playoff picture.

Chicago Bears

Power Ranking: 22

  • Record: 3-6
  • Previous Rank: 19
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus Green Bay Packers, 23-16
  • Week 11: versus Detroit Lions

This past Sunday represented a game the Bears could have won. The Packers are a totally different team with Brett Hundley but Chicago couldn’t pull it out. When you have low expectations and don’t win games you likely could have, that’s what gets coaches fired. It’s the same old story for the Bears since we can’t truly grade quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with his hodgepodge of receivers. That needs to be one of the biggest offseason priorities for them. The Lions come to Chicago this week.

Baltimore Ravens

Power Ranking: 23

  • Record: 4-5
  • Previous Rank: 23
  • Week 10 result: Bye Week
  • Week 11: at Green Bay Packers

Maybe during their bye week, the Ravens were able to find an actual receiving threat outside of possibly Jeremy Maclin. He and quarterback Joe Flacco were hitting their stride a little bit right before the bye week. It should help the offense that running back Danny Woodhead is close to returning. Hopefully for Ravens fans, he stays on the field for longer than one quarter this time around. Facing Green Bay in Lambeau is never fun, regardless of who the quarterback is for Green Bay.

Indianapolis Colts

Power Ranking: 24

  • Record: 3-7
  • Previous Rank: 26
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-17
  • Week 11: Bye Week

The Colts never trailed in this game until the clock hit triple zero. It’s too bad for them that they just couldn’t quite hold on as it would have been a nice win for a team that desperately needs it. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett continues to play well behind a ghastly offensive line. He’s not a great quarterback but still deserves a ton of credit for this season. The Colts may wind up needing a solution at quarterback as all kinds of rumors are swirling about the seriousness of Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury. Tack on some drama between him and owner Jim Irsay and it’s been a rough week for Indy.

Cincinnati Bengals

Power Ranking: 25

  • Record: 3-6
  • Previous Rank: 24
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus Tennessee Titans, 24-20
  • Week 11: at Denver Broncos

What would a gut-wrenching Bengals loss be without linebacker Vontaze Burfict getting the boot? He was ejected for making contact with an official and then the Bengals lost the game with under a minute to play. This team has no direction under Marvin Lewis other than people within the organization continuing to defend Burfict and his behavior. It would really be a shock to see Lewis survive this season or not be fired shortly after. SOmething has to give this Sunday when the Bengals visit the Denver Broncos.

Denver Broncos

Power Ranking: 26

  • Record: 3-6
  • Previous Rank: 25
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus New England Patriots, 41-16
  • Week 11: versus Cincinnati Bengals

Speaking of the Denver Broncos, they got predictably destroyed by the Patriots. The only real highlight that came from this game was this poor dude getting blasted by a Brock Osweiler throw.

It’s been a long season in Denver and even the defense hasn’t played up to snuff lately. That isn’t entirely their fault considering they’ve had to defend some short fields and their offense is incapable of doing much, but they’re still playing far below their talent level. If the defense can’t be relied upon, this season is cooked for the Broncos.

Arizona Cardinals

Power Ranking: 27

  • Record: 4-5
  • Previous Rank: 4-5
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus Seattle Seahawks, 22-16
  • Week 11: at Houston Texans

Now that the Arizona Cardinals have come off a mini-bye week after their Thursday night game versus Seattle, they’ll likely have to play Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. Drew Stanton has a knee injury and is likely out for a game, at least. The only bright spots in a dreadful offense are watching Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald wind down their career. Past that, this is a pretty bad football team. The defense has a couple stars and then a bunch of guys. You have to wonder if Bruce Arians will be back next season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Power Ranking: 28

  • Record: 3-6
  • Previous Rank: 28
  • Week 10 result: Win versus New York Jets, 15-10
  • Week 11: at Miami Dolphins
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The Bucs got a win against a mediocre football team at home without Jameis Winston but they’re still not moving in the ranks. It’s tough to envision Tampa making a run at this point especially since Winston likely won’t be back soon. They will get star receiver Mike Evans back this week, which should help Ryan Fitzpatrick. They’ll continue to try to get to .500 this week against the Dolphins.

Miami Dolphins

Power Ranking: 29

  • Record: 4-5
  • Previous Rank: 29
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus Carolina Panthers, 45-21
  • Week 11: versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I said a couple weeks ago I didn’t but the Dolphins at all and I feel justified at this point. They got destroyed by the Panthers and the score wasn’t as close as it seems. This team overachieved last season and set bad expectations coming into the year. The roster is pretty bare and they should fade in the AFC pretty quickly. Bringing in quarterback Jay Cutler hasn’t helped in the fashion Miami thought it would.

San Francisco 49ers

Power Ranking: 30

  • Record: 1-9
  • Previous Ranking: 30
  • Week 10 result: Win versus New York Giants, 31-21
  • Week 11: Bye Week

The Gridiron Experts staff would like to extend our sympathies and prayer to the family of Marquise Goodwin. We all found out after the game the Goodwin family lost their child due to pregnancy complications and it’s incredible Goodwin suited up and played well this week.

The 49ers roll into their bye week having finally won a game for the first time under Coach Kyle Shanahan. They had this game pretty well in hand and it’s more about how big of a mess the Giants are this season. The 49ers play hard and it finally paid off this week. We’ll see if new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is under center after the bye week for San Francisco.

Cleveland Browns

Power Ranking: 31

  • Record: 0-9
  • Previous Rank: 32
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus Detroit Lions, 38-24
  • Week 11: versus Jacksonville Jaguars

The Browns gave the Lions a scare but ultimately fell short in Detroit. Quarterback DeShone Kizer showed a little bit of progress and will get receiver Corey Coleman back for this week. Isaiah Crowell is running well lately. The offense might actually be passable if Kizer continues to show some promise. Receiver Josh Gordon could also make a return before the end of the season. They’ll be without him this week when a nasty Jacksonville defense comes to Cleveland.

New York Giants

Power Ranking: 32

  • Record: 1-8
  • Previous Rank: 31
  • Week 10 result: Loss versus San Francisco 49ers, 31-21
  • Week 11: versus Kansas City Chiefs

The Giants should get it over with and just fire Ben McAdoo. This season is way beyond lost and they need to figure out if they have a replacement in-house or need to search in the offseason. They’ve suffered a lot of injuries, but getting beat handily by the 49ers is still not a good look at all. Not many people would have thought the Giants would be the New York team with one win heading into Week 11.

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