Week 11 had no shortage of Power Ranking-altering results. The top three teams in the NFL remained unchanged, but after that, chaos ensued in the rest of the Top Ten.
The Los Angeles Rams probably had the biggest win of the week, downing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. Both teams look playoff-bound, and the game’s outcome said a lot about where the teams fell in this week’s rankings.
The Green Bay Packers were upset by the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise comeback, while the Baltimore Ravens faltered to the Tennessee Titans. The Seattle Seahawks outdueled the Arizona Cardinals, and the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New Orleans Saints continued their winning ways.
Post-Week 11 Power Rankings
- Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) [Last Week: 1]
- Five Straight Weeks at the Top: The Chiefs avenged their lone loss of the season by defeating the Las Vegas Raiders 35-31. They’re still the best team in the NFL, as they have been for over a year now dating back to the 2019 regular season.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) [Last Week: 2]
- Pittsburgh took care of business with a deceive 27-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. With a second victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, the Steelers just might be able to knock the Chiefs off their perch.
- New Orleans Saints (8-2) [Last Week: 3]
- The Saints threw out Taysom Hill at quarterback, instead of Jameis Winston, in place of the injured Drew Brees. It worked just fine as New Orleans rolled to a 24-9 victory, shutting down one of the league’s top offenses. The Saints are just one of three teams with two losses or less.
- Seattle Seahawks (7-3) [Last Week: 8]
- I don’t want to let the Seahawks off the hook for their recent losing slump. But with the Cardinals, Buccaneers, Ravens, and Packers losing, it was tough to decide which team deserved the fourth spot in this week’s rankings. The top three teams in the NFC West could honestly be called in any order.
- Arizona Cardinals (6-4) [Last Week: 7]
- Arizona lost 28-21 to Seattle in Week 11 after taking the first meeting between the two teams. It just goes to show the Cardinals and Seahawks play neck-and-neck football and either team could come out on top in the NFC West. But that’s not to forget about…
- Los Angeles Rams (7-3) [Last Week: 10]
- …the Los Angeles Rams. Some sports sites have the Rams as the best team in the NFC West, and I definitely understand their case. A strong defense, resurgent offense, and this week, a win over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has the Rams stock at a season-high (perhaps the highest we’ve seen it since Super Bowl 53.) While they moved up four spots and one team moved up five spots this week, the Rams had arguably the most important win of Week 11.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) [Last Week: 6]
- You might want to put the Packers next, but in these Power Rankings, teams should theoretically beat the teams ranked below them. If the Buccaneers and Packers were to meet again, I think Tampa Bay would come out on top. We don’t need to use head-to-head tiebreakers to decide every ranking dispute, but there’s a solid reason the Buccaneers would win: Green Bay’s defense hasn’t been all that great.
- Green Bay Packers (7-3) [Last Week: 4]
- The Packers squandered a 28-14 halftime lead to lose 34-31 in overtime to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11. They should be fine as far as winning the NFC North and earing a Top 3 seed in the NFC playoffs, but I’m not sure I trust this Packers team to get it done when it matters most.
- Buffalo Bills (7-3) [Last Week: 6]
- Baltimore Ravens (6-4) [Last Week: 5]
- The Ravens firm grip on a Top Five Power Ranking spot has quickly slipped away. Losing to the Steelers and Chiefs was acceptable, but losses to the Patriots and now Titans has Baltimore sitting in third place in the AFC North. A Thanksgiving Night loss to the Steelers would be even worse, and the Ravens would face an uphill battle to make the playoffs at 6-5. Again, while another fell more spots than the Ravens in Week 1, their loss was the most significant and negative outcome of the week.
- Indianapolis Colts (7-3) [Last Week: 12]
- It would be nice to rank the Colts higher after upsetting the Packers, following up an impressive win over the Titans. But as evidenced by a 24-10 loss to the Ravens just a week before that, Indianapolis is just one step behind the league’s best teams.
- Tennessee Titans (7-3) [Last Week: 14]
- A win over the Ravens was important for Tennessee to stay tied in the AFC South race ahead of their next matchup with the Colts.
- Las Vegas Raiders (6-4) [Last Week: 13]
- Losing 35-31 to the Chiefs isn’t that bad, and the Raiders are a pretty competitive team.
- Cleveland Browns (7-3) [Last Week: 15]
- Miami Dolphins (6-4) [Last Week: 11]
- The Dolphins five-game win streak came to an end with a 20-13 los to the Denver Broncos
- San Francisco 49ers (4-6) [Last Week: 17]
- Chicago Bears (5-5) [Last Week: 18]
- Carolina Panthers (4-7) [Last Week: 20]
- Los Angeles Chargers (3-7) [Last Week: 19]
- Minnesota Vikings (4-6) [Last Week: 16]
- The Vikings were looking hot, and nearly won this game. But a surprisingly competitive Dallas Cowboys team stole victory at the last second.
- Denver Broncos (4-6) [Last Week: 26]
- Biggest Winner of Week 11: While a playoff run is likely out of reach, this gritty Broncos team can certainly pull a few more wins off before the end of the season. On paper, this week’s biggest winner, moving up five spots.
- Atlanta Falcons (3-7) [Last Week: 22]
- New York Giants (3-7) [Last Week: 24]
- New England Patriots (4-6) [Last Week: 23]
- The Patriots missed a prime opportunity to get back in to the AFC playoff race. 5-5 would have been a lot more navigable than 4-6 currently is.
- Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1) [Last Week: 25]
- The Eagles were 3-4-1 two weeks ago, but this 3-6-1 record suits them much better. They’re not the worst team, but offensive and defensive issues run deep. Due to their tie, they will have a slight edge in the NFC East race.
- Houston Texans (3-7) [Last Week: 30]
- The Texas showed some life with a 27-20 win over the Patriots.
- Washington Football Team (3-7) [Last Week: 29]
- Washington is trending upward with Alex Smith at quarterback, defeating the Bengals 20-9 last week.
- Detroit Lions (4-6) [Last Week: 21]
- Biggest Loser of Week 11: For some reason I lost a lot of faith in the Lions after their 20-0 loss to a backup quarterback of a losing team without their top weapon.
- Dallas Cowboys (3-7) [Last Week: 31]
- If we’re looking at just one week, the Cowboys were average to above average in their 31-28 win over the Vikings. Looking at the bigger picture, they’re 2-6 in their last eight games.
- Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1) [Last Week: 28]
- While the Bengals were competitive some weeks, losing Joe Burrow poses a huge threat to their chances of winning any more games this season.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) [Last Week: 27]
- New York Jets (0-10) [Last Week: 32)
- Nine Straight Weeks at the Bottom: The Jets have lost by eight points or less in three of their last four games. They could hypothetically rise from the 32nd spot even without a win, if the Bengals or Jaguars play continues to deteriorate.
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