Week 11 NFL Power Rankings
Added by Vin D'Anton on November 13, 2012.
1. Houston Texans (2): Some will not like that Jay Cutler didn’t play the whole game, but the fact that a dome team won in those conditions showed me something. Oh, and Arian Foster ran for over 100 against that Bears defense.
2. Atlanta Falcons (1): Most saw that coming but I didn’t think it would be that close. Roddy White was a few steps away from an amazing game clinching touchdown.
3. Chicago Bears (3): Tough loss but they don’t move down because of the opponent. They need to be careful though because the Packers are on the move.
4. Baltimore Ravens (4): They play a real opponent this week but the Steelers may be without Big Ben. Guess you can call that even with them not having Ray Lewis. If Ben is out, the division is their’s for the taking.
5. Green Bay Packers (6): Big opportunity for them as they play at the Lions this week. It seems they can’t lose right now and if you look at the schedule, they may win out.
6. San Francisco 49ers (5): They kissed their sister this week but were lucky to do it. They were out coached and out gained by a mediocre team. A penalty helped them out as well.
7. New England Patriots (7): That was a close one but they persevered at home. Not that there was ever a true doubt, but the division is theres.
8. Denver Broncos (8): Another team with a near cupcake schedule for the rest of the season. Beat the Chargers this week and the west will be all but won.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (9): The Big Ben injury comes at the wrong time as two of their next three is against Baltimore. Whoever made the schedule is a dope.
10. Indianapolis Colts (11): Who would have thunk it? The Peyton-less Colts a top ten team in the NFL. They are becoming America’s Sweetheart.
A loss the to the Bengals dropped the Giants in our NFL Power Rankings this week. (Andy Lyons / Getty Images)
11. Seattle Seahawks (12): A tough team to figure out for sure, but the toughest team to play at home. The division will be tough to win but it is far from being a 49er lock.
12. New York Giants (10): And so it begins…the disastrous second half collapse that always rears it’s ugly head in November. Nothing more pathetic and predictable than New York Giants football in November.
13. New Orleans Saints (15): I thought Joe Vitt wouldn’t make a difference but man I was wrong. In the end though, Drew Brees is the quarterback. His streak may end when he retires. No, that is not a joke.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16): Most felt that if they could win some close games, they’d become relevant. Good coaching and quarterbacking lead to success and they’ve had that. Still, the defense is not very good.
15. Minnesota Vikings (17): Leslie Frazier and Christian Ponder showed what they were made of by winning a “backs against the wall” game at home. Having Adrian Peterson was a big reason why.
16. Dallas Cowboys (19): They have a near perfect passing attack and passing defense which makes them scary for the stretch run. Too bad they don’t play the Giants anymore. One thing that helps is that their schedule is more favorable than the Giants. Should be a fun seven weeks in the NFC East.
17. Miami Dolphins (13): The praised run defense was destroyed by a washed up running back (so we thought he was) in Chris Johnson. Ryan Tannehill came back down to earth which is normal.
18. Arizona Cardinals (18): Not only is their season over, but they play the Falcons on the road after their first defeat. Should be snoozer in the Georgia Dome.
19. Detroit Lions (14): Jim Schwartz has a lot of work to do and it starts now. See who you want to keep on board for the future because this team should be better than this.
20. Cincinnati Bengals (26): Look, in most eyes that was a huge upset. The Giants in November shock no one when they lose but hats off to them anyway. I wonder if Marvin Lewis is fighting for his job. Ten years and three playoff loses doesn’t cut it.
21. St. Louis Rams (21): Ugh man, it would have been fantastic to see them win that game. The two fake punts were unbelievable and Sam Bradford was terrific. Jeff Fisher will make this team relevant again.
22. Tennessee Titans (25): Jake Locker adds something to this team. I don’t know what it is but he makes a difference. Oh hell, maybe it was just Chris Johnson and the defense.
23. Washington Redskins (23): (Mike Shanahan gives up, so I do too).
24. Philadelphia Eagles (20): Alright Eagles fans, Nick Foles is essentially here. Just one thing: don’t be surprised if he helps Andy Reid to keep his job.
25. New York Jets (22): The act got old fast and Rexy Boy is in trouble. I wonder how many non-Jets fans are enjoying this.
26. San Diego Chargers (24): That Norv Turner press conference told you everything you need to know. It’s over for Norv unless ownership let’s Philip Rivers decide.
27. Buffalo Bills (28): I commend them for their effort but win the damn game. Ryan Fitzpatrick is beyond careless and will do nothing for this franchise.
28. Carolina Panthers (27): I wonder if they knew going in that they didn’t have a shot against Peyton and John Fox? Sure seemed that way.
29. Cleveland Browns (29): With a new owner, 2013 auditions have officially begun unless your name is Josh Cribbs, Joe Haden, D’Qwell Jackson or Trent Richardson.
30. Oakland Raiders (30): Another putrid effort from a makeshift team. When will things be right again in Raider Nation?
31: Kansas City Chiefs (32): Great effort but way to come up short Matt Cassel. He’ll be gone in 2013 anyway.
32. Jacksonville/London Jaguars (31): They will not have a team in Jacksonville in two years. It has gotten bad to the point where you just feel bad for everyone involved.