The Depth Chart: Week 11

November 14th, 2008 - 12:09 am

My power rankings for the NFL.

(Previous Rank; Last Week’s Result; Movement in the Depth Chart).

High Five

1. Tennessee Titans (9-0)
(No. 1; W, 21-14 vs. Chi; No Change)
The Titans are an astounding 9-0. They’re executing efficiently, and even when the Bears held their No. 3 rushing attack to just 20 yards, they still found a way to win.

2. New York Giants (8-1)
(No. 2; W, 36-31 vs. Phi; No Change)
The Giants continue to cruise. When will they lose their next game? They never should have lost to Cleveland and should be unbeaten right now.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3)
(No. 4; Bye; Up 1)
Moved up a spot due to circumstance on their bye week.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
(No. 3; L, 24-20 vs. Ind; Down 1)
The Steelers drop a spot after losing on the road to Indianapolis without Willie Parker or a healthy Ben Roethlisberger.

5. Washington Redskins (6-3)
(No. 5; Bye; No Change)
No change for the Redskins during their bye week.

Contenders

6. Carolina Panthers (7-2)
(No. 6; W, 17-6 vs. Oak; No Change)
The Panthers roll to a routine victory over the Raiders.

7. Arizona Cardinals (6-3)
(No. 7; W, 29-24 vs. SF; No Change)
The Cardinals survived a scare against the visiting 49ers on Monday night. They need to learn to run the ball better to get where they want to go this year.

8. New England Patriots (6-3)
(No. 11; W, 20-10 vs. Buf; Up 3)
The Patriots continued to roll as they racked up a big divisional victory over the Bills.

9. Atlanta Falcons (6-3)
(No. 9; W, 34-20 vs. New Orleans; No Change)
Atlanta outscored divisional rival New Orleans in a shootout.

10. Indianapolis Colts (5-4)
(No. 15; W, 24-20 vs. Pit; Up 5)
The Colts came up big at home against the Steelers.

11. New York Jets (6-3)
(No. 17; W, 47-3 vs. St. Louis; Up 6)
There was no doubt the Jets would beat the Rams; it was just a question of by how much.

12. Chicago Bears (5-4)
(No. 10; L, 21-14 vs. Ten; Down 2)
The Bears shut down the league’s No. 3 rushing offense but got torched by Kerry Collins.

Muddled Middle

13. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
(No. 13; Bye; No Change)
Dallas stands pat during their bye week.

14. Baltimore Ravens (6-3)
(No. 16; W, 41-13 vs. Hou; Up 2)
The Ravens crushed the Texans, 41-13, proving Hurricane Ike’s postponement of this original Week 2 matchup didn’t help the Texans prepare much.

15. Buffalo Bills (5-4)
(No. 8; L, 20-10 vs. NE; Down 7)
The Bills have now lost three in a row — all to division opponents — and are at the bottom of the division.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)
(No. 12; L, 36-31 vs. NYG; Down 4)
Philadelphia kept it close, but could not close the gap against arguably the best team in the league, the Giants.

17. Denver Broncos (5-4)
(No. 18; W, 34-30 vs. Cle; Up 1)
It appeared the Broncos wanted to lose the game with the way they were playing against the Browns, but Jay Cutler led his team to a comeback victory.

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5)
(No. 19; W, 38-14 vs. Det; Up 1)
The Jaguars continue their up-and-down season with a must-win against a bad Lions team.

19. Minnesota Vikings (5-4)
(No. 21; W, 28-27 vs. Green Bay; Up 2)
The Vikings jump from pretenders into a tie for first place in the NFC North following a victory over the Packers.

20. Green Bay Packers (4-5)
(No. 14; L, 28-27 vs. Min; Down 6)
Green Bay has some serious problems this season, mainly on the offensive and defensive lines. They have a chance to get right back in the division race against the Bears this week.

Pretenders

21. New Orleans Saints (4-5)
(No. 20; L, 34-20 vs. Atl; Down 1)
The Saints have plenty of offense, but they can’t stop anybody. They have a shot to put up more points as Reggie Bush may be back this week.

22. San Diego Chargers (4-5)
(No. 22; W, 20-19 vs. KC; No Change)
The Chargers nearly lost for the second time this year by a two-point conversion. The Chiefs went for the win instead of the tie and it backfired.

23. Miami Dolphins (5-4)
(No. 23; W, 21-19 vs. Sea; No Change)
The Dolphins are quietly staying competitive and their easy schedule leaves the door open for the playoffs.

24. Houston Texans (3-6)
(No. 24; L, 41-13 vs. Bal; No Change)
The Texans were pounded by the Ravens and may have wishing they could have played this game in Week 2 when it was originally scheduled.

25. Cleveland Browns (3-6)
(No. 25; L, 34-30 vs. Den; No Change)
The door was open for the Browns to knock off the Broncos last Thursday night but they just couldn’t finish the game. They deserve to be where they are.

26. Seattle Seahawks (2-7)
(No. 26; L, 21-19 vs. Mia; No Change)
What a dreadful team the Seahawks have been this year. Things can’t get much worse… or better, for that matter.

27. St. Louis Rams (2-7)
(No. 27; L, 47-3 vs. NYJ; No Change)
St. Louis wasn’t competitive at all in their 47-3 loss to the Jets.

Low Five

28. San Francisco 49ers (2-7)
(No. 28; L, 29-24 vs. Ari; No Change)
Mike Singletary must have said something right to get his players up for their Monday night matchup against the Cardinals. But they couldn’t finish the game.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (1-8)
(No. 29; L, 20-19 vs. SD; No Change)
The Chiefs boldly went for the two-point conversion at the end of the game against the Chargers, but they missed and are now 1-8.

30. Cincinnati Bengals (1-8)
(No. 30; Bye; No Change)
No change for the Bengals during their bye week.

31. Detroit Lions (0-9)
(No. 31; L, 38-14 vs. Jac; No Change)
The Lions were hardly competitive against the Jaguars, but they’re not moving anywhere.

32. Oakland Raiders (2-7)
(No. 32; L, 17-6 vs. Car; No Change)
Not much to watch in the Raiders’ 17-6 loss to the Panthers. They’re still the league’s most dysfunctional franchise and team.

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