Here’s a look at my power rankings following Week 11’s games.
(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)
1. New England Patriots
(No. 1; No Change; W, 31-28 vs. Ind)
Survived a late comeback attempt by the Colts to remain the top dog in the league.
2. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 2; No Change; W, 37-13 vs. Car)
Pounded a defenseless Panthers team behind 301 passing yards from Joe Flacco.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 3; No Change; W, 35-3 vs. Oak)
Suffocated the upstart Raiders team and the No. 2 rushing offense and piled on the points.
4. New York Jets
(No. 6; Up 2; W, 30-27 vs. Hou)
Outlasted a pesky Houston team. Mark Sanchez threw for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win.
5. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 4; Down 1; L, 31-28 vs. NE)
Lost a close one to their biggest rivals. A late Peyton Manning interception cost them.
6. New Orleans Saints
(No. 7; Up 1; W, 34-19 vs. Sea)
Drew Brees threw for 382 yards and 4 touchdowns in the victory over the Seahawks.
7. Green Bay Packers
(No. 8; Up 1; W, 31-3 vs. Min)
Pounded Brett Favre’s Vikings in what could be Favre’s last contest against the Packers. Green Bay has now won their last two games by a combined score of 76-10.
8. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 9; Up 1; W, 34-17 vs. Stl)
Demonstrated the difference between themselves, a contending NFC team, and the up-and-coming Rams with a big road victory. Michael Turner rushed for 131 yards in the win.
9. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 10; Up 1; W, 27-17 vs. NYG)
Got a leg up on the NFC East division race with a victory over division rival New York. Michael Vick continues to impress.
10. New York Giants
(No. 5; Down 5; L, 27-17 vs. Phi)
Didn’t look as good against Philly as they have the past month or two. Eli Manning threw three interceptions in the loss.
11. Chicago Bears
(No. 12; Up 1; W, 16-0 vs. Mia)
Big shutout victory on the road on a short week for the Bears. Maintained offensive balance and allowed the defense to do what it does.
12. Washington Redskins
(No. 14; Up 2; W, 19-16 vs. Ten)
Won a critical overtime game on the road against the Titans. McNabb threw for 576 yards on 50 pass attempts.
13. Tennessee Titans
(No. 11; Down 2; L, 19-16 vs. Was)
Vince Young imploded on the field and exploded on his coach and the Titans look to have some serious internal problems.
14. San Diego Chargers
(No. 15; Up 1; W, 35-14 vs. Den)
Philip Rivers threw for 233 yards and 4 touchdowns in the divisional victory over the Broncos.
15. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 17; Up 2; W, 31-13 vs. Ari)
Beat up a feeble Cardinals team on the road. Dwayne Bowe caught 6 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 20; Up 4; W, 21-0 vs. SF)
Good shutout victory on the road for the young Bucs. LeGarrette Blount rushed for 82 yards in the win.
17. Houston Texans
(No. 13; Down 4; L, 30-27 vs. NYJ)
Lost a close one on the road to the Jets. Arian Foster rushed for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss.
18. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 16; Down 2; L, 34-19 vs. NO)
Had no answer for Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense on the road.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 21; Up 2; W, 24-20 vs. Cle)
Maurice Jones-Drew racked up 133 rushing yards against the Browns. The Jaguars have won their last three games.
20. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 25; Up 5; W, 35-19 vs. Det)
The Cowboys are 2-0 under Jason Garrett and are playing more hungry.
21. Miami Dolphins
(No. 18; Down 3; L, 16-0 vs. Chi)
With their third string quarterback, a broken down Jake Long, and a run game that attempted just 6 carries with Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, it’s no surprise they got shut out at home.
22. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 19; Down 3; L, 31-3 vs. GB)
Their uninspired effort against the Packers at home finally cost Brad Childress his job. Brett Favre is washed up and finished.
23. Oakland Raiders
(No. 22; Down 1; L, 35-3 vs. Pit)
Couldn’t get their run game going and had no solutions for the Steelers’ offense.
24. Cleveland Browns
(No. 23; Down 1; L, 24-20 vs. Jac)
Peyton Hillis had 27 touches and 143 total yards plus a touchdown reception in the loss to the Jaguars.
25. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 24; Down 1; L, 49-31 vs. Buf)
Losing (big) to the Bills at home is a cause for alarm. The Bengals have underachieved big time this year and I’m not so sure Marvin Lewis will be coaching this team next year.
26. Denver Broncos
(No. 26; No Change; L, 35-14 vs. SD)
Defense could not defend against Philip Rivers and the No. 1 San Diego offense.
27. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 27; No Change; L, 21-0 vs. TB)
Got shut out at home against the up-and-coming Bucs. Troy Smith had just 148 passing yards in the loss.
28. St. Louis Rams
(No. 28; No Change; L, 34-17 vs. Atl)
Could not compete with the Falcons, one of the top teams in the NFC. Sam Bradford had 233 passing yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss.
29. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 29; No Change; L 31-13 vs. KC)
Derek Anderson threw for 295 yards in the road loss to the Chiefs.
30. Buffalo Bills
(No. 31; Up 1; W, 49-31 vs. Cin)
Big road victory for the Bills over a reeling Bengals team. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 316 yards.
31. Detroit Lions
(No. 30; Down 1; L, 35-19 vs. Dal)
Shaun Hill threw for 289 yards as the Lions dropped a road game to the Cowboys.
32. Carolina Panthers
(No. 32; No Change; L, 37-13 vs. Bal)
The onslaught continues as the Panthers dropped a home game to the Ravens.
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- Replacing Alshon Jeffery could be near-impossible task
- Bears to sign wide receiver Markus Wheaton
- Bears sign tight end Dion Sims
- Bears sign veteran safety Quintin Demps
- Where do Bears go from here at wide receiver?
- Ryan Pace and John Fox season-ending joint press conference
- Bears-Packers record headed for all-time tie on Sunday
- Vic Fangio, Bears can’t be headed toward a divorce
- 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year