Pickswise Week 11 NFL Power Rankings
While New England endured another setback, the NFL’s three teams with only one blemish in the loss column continued to pick up wins. Thus the Chiefs, Saints, and Rams remain at or near the top, while the Chargers and Steelers are on the rise. Here are our Week 11 NFL Power Rankings.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) – The Chiefs don’t have the head-to-head tiebreaker with New England, but they may not need it having won four straight since their lone loss.
2. New Orleans Saints (8-1) – New Orleans is handling a tough part of the schedule with perfection so far, beating Minnesota, the Rams, and Cincinnati all by double-digits.
3. Los Angeles Rams (9-1) – The Saints rather than the Rams are looking like the greatest show on turf these days. L.A. earned its ninth victory, but it did not exactly cruise past Seattle.
4. Los Angeles Chargers (7-2) – Will it be an all-L.A. Super Bowl? It’s not out of the question, as the Chargers are in the midst of a six-game winning streak. Can they climb up into the top 2 of the NFL power rankings?
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) – You know a team is darn good when Le’Veon Bell appears to be done and it doesn’t even matter. James Conner and the Steelers are rolling.
6. New England Patriots (7-3) – New England had a chance to go into its bye week on a seven-game winning streak. Instead, Tennessee pounded the Patriots 34-10.
7. Chicago Bears (6-3) – Chicago began a streak of three games against division opponents with a solid 34-22 win over Detroit. The defense looks like one of the league’ best.
8. Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) – The Vikings are coming off a bye week in advance of a huge Week 11 showdown against the Bears. They are 4-1 in their last five games.
9. Houston Texans (6-3) – Tennessee is doing its best to keep pace in the AFC South, but it needs help from the Texans. Winners of six straight, they aren’t obliging.
10. Carolina Panthers (6-3) – Carolina fell two games behind New Orleans in the NFC South with a blowout loss to Pittsburgh last Thursday night. It’s time to play for a wild card.
11. Washington Redskins (6-3) – The Redskins bounced back from their third loss by beating Tampa Bay and they are now a solid 4-1 in their last five outings.
12. Green Bay Packers (4-4-1) – An Aaron went wild in last week’s 31-12 defeat of Miami, but it wasn’t Aaron Rodgers. Aaron Jones rushed for 145 yards and two scores on 15 carries.
13. Tennessee Titans (5-4) – Remember the Titans’ upset of New England if they end up making the playoffs. Their defense is clearly the best in the NFL right now, watch for them to climb our NFL power rankings.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) – The defending Super Bowl champs have not won two games in a row this whole season. They’re probably about to lose two in a row with New Orleans on tap.
15. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) – The Bengals have brought on Hue Jackson to help with the defense on gamedays. They probably need a lot more help than that.
16. Atlanta Falcons (4-5) – Atlanta had won three straight was feeling good about itself at .500. None other than a trip to Cleveland has suddenly put the Falcons back in dire straits.
17. Dallas Cowboys (4-5) – How many lives does head coach Jason Garrett have? At least one more, because his team picked up a crucial win at Philadelphia in Week 10.
18. Miami Dolphins (5-5) – With Miami in the midst of a bye week, Ryan Tannehill could be ready for the next game on Nov. 25. He also could be too little, too late.
19. Seattle Seahawks (4-5) – A current stretch that goes vs. Chargers, at Rams, vs. Packers, and at Panthers has predictably gotten off to a 0-2 start for the Seahawks.
20. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) – Will the recent bye week help the Ravens turn things around following a three-game losing streak that has them under .500?
21. Indianapolis Colts (4-5) – Andrew Luck has thrown at thrown at least three touchdown passes in six consecutive contests and he has been picked off only one in the last three.
22. Denver Broncos (3-6) – The Broncos have a point differential of minus-8 and they are 3-6. The Bengals have a point differential of minus-53 and they are 5-4. That’s football.
23. Detroit Lions (3-6) – The Lions’ three-game skid can just about stick a fork in them at 3-6. Offensive lineman T.J. Lang going on injured reserve adds insult to injury.
24. Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) – This team could very well be 5-4, in which case Jackson would still be around. But 3-6-1 is still a huge improvement.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) – Blake Bortles threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions against Indianapolis and the Jaguars still lost.
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) – The Bucs couldn’t win with Jameis Winston and now they can’t win with Ryan Fitzpatrick (no TDs and two INTs during a loss to Washington).
27. Arizona Cardinals (2-7) – Arizona is 2-0 against the 49ers and 0-7 against everyone else. If only you could play a division rival more than twice in a season….
28. New York Giants (2-7) – Eli Manning lives! The 37-year-old actually looked decent in a Week 10 win over San Francisco, throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions.
29. Buffalo Bills (3-7) – No Josh Allen, no Derek Anderson, no Nathan Peterman (thank goodness!), no problem. Matt Barkley of all people led Buffalo to a rout of the Jets.
30 New York Jets (3-7) – New York is 0-4 in its last four and has been outscored by a combined 72 points during this stretch of futility. The team can now focus on offseason spending.
31 San Francisco 49ers (2-8) – San Francisco has not defeated anyone other than the Raiders since Week 2. Translation: San Francisco has not defeated anyone since Week 2.
32 Oakland Raiders (1-8) – Even worse than the Jets both in general and at the moment, Oakland has been outscored by a laughable 99 points during its current five-game skid.