NFL Power Rankings – Week 11

Every team has played ten games now. That means their is only six games left. I think we have a much better idea of who is good (Patriots, Cardinals, Panthers) and who isn’t (Chargers, Browns, Titans). What about in-between?

  1. New England Patriots (10-0)

  2. Arizona Cardinals (8-2)

  3. Carolina Panthers (10-0)

  4. Cincinnati Bengals (8-2)

  5. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)

  6. Denver Broncos (8-2)

  7. Green Bay Packers (7-3)

  8. Minnesota Vikings (7-3)   TEDDY_BRIDGEWATER_VIKINGS

    The Vikings had a nice little run, winning five games in a row before losing to the Packers last week. Last week’s loss was a demoralizing reminder to Minnesota that they’re not championship contenders yet. The defense is really good but QBs like Aaron Rodgers can beat any D. The Minnesota offense needs to be better if the Vikings are going to win any playoff games this year.

  9. Kansas City Chiefs (5-5)

  10. Seattle Seahawks (5-5)

  11. Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

  12. Dallas Cowboys (3-7)

  13. Buffalo Bills (5-5)

  14. New York Jets (5-5)   

    The Jets are currently 5-5 and that’s better than we expected coming into the season. They’re tied for the second wild card spot with three other teams but if the season ended today they would not be in the playoffs.

    SHELDON_RICHARDSON_JETSThey’re currently on a two game losing streak but what’s most disappointing is that they’ve allowed at least twenty points in six straight. That defense isn’t as good as they looked in the early part of the season when they were 4-1.

  15. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

  16. New York Giants (5-5)

  17. St. Louis Rams (4-6)

  18. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)

  19. Oakland Raiders (4-6)   

    The Raiders serve as a cautionary tale to not get too excited about a team that hasn’t done anything yet. After back to back impressive wins in week 7 and 8, the Raiders were 4-3 and everyone was talking about what a great young team they were.

    AMARI_COOPER_RAIDERSThose two wins were against the hapless Chargers and the Jets without their starting QB though. Since then they’ve lost three in a row. They’re still in the playoff race but let’s not pretend they’re actually good.

  20. Houston Texans (5-5)

  21. Chicago Bears (4-6)

  22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5)

  23. Miami Dolphins (4-6)

  24. Washington Redskins (4-6)

  25. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)

  26. Detroit Lions (3-7)

  27. New Orleans Saints (4-6)

  28. Baltimore Ravens (3-7) 

  29. San Diego Chargers (2-8)

    The Chargers season has been absolutely disastrous. Coming into the year they were expected to compete for a playoff spot and maybe even unseat Denver as AFC West champs. Everything has gone wrong for them though. They’ve had a bunch of injuries but even when guys are healthy they’re not playing well.

    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is seen on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, in St. Louis. The Rams won 20-17. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    They have one punt return yard on the season. That puts them 88 yards behind 31st place. If there was something to root for it was for Keenan Allen and Philip Rivers to maybe break some records but of course Allen suffered a horrific injury. This team isn’t even worth thinking about anymore.

  30. San Francisco 49ers (3-7)

  31. Tennessee Titans (2-8)

  32. Cleveland Browns (2-8)

Tony’s Top Five

Johnny Manziel’s Top 5 Thanksgiving Treats

  1. Candied Yams
  2. Red Wine
  3. Whiskey
  4. White Wine
  5. Beer

Tony’s Thanksgiving Picks

The Eagles travel to Detroit in the early game in a matchup between two teams going nowhere. At least the Lions are headed in the right direction, winning two straight. No one knows yet who’s starting at QB for the Eagles but I don’t think that matters much.

The Pick: Lions -2.5


In the second game, the undefeated Panthers take on the somehow still alive and resurgent Cowboys. The Cowboys are desperate and I’m sure they feel they need to win out to win their division. The Panthers are 10-0 and may not be as hungry. They will lose eventually. Why not this week?

The Pick: Cowboys -1.5


The third and final game features a classic rivalry, Bears at Packers. I’m not completely convinced that the Packers righted the ship last week but I do know that Aaron Rodgers always plays his best against the Bears. Green Bay is at home and they’re not even favored by ten against what I still think is a bad team. That’s a mistake.

The Pick: Packers -8.5


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