NFL

NFL Power Rankings Week 11 | Cardinals, Packers, Buccaneers

The Arizona Cardinals retake the top spot in the Power Rankings by beating the Seattle Seahawks while the Tennessee Titans and the Green Bay Packers lost.

0
NFL Power Rankings Week 11 | Cardinals, Packers, Buccaneers
Steven Bisig USA TODAY Sports

For the sixth straight week we have commotion at the top of the Power Rankings. It seems like every week the team we have at the top of the table falls. We hope we don’t jinx the Arizona Cardinals but with their 9-2 record we had no choice but to put them at number 1. For the first time, we will run through rankings of all 32 teams, from top to bottom. So let’s get into it:

1) Arizona Cardinals (9-2, 3rd last week)

The Cardinals were the only division leading team to play a division opponent and come out of Week 11 victorious. Don't forget, they did it with their back-up quarterback, so they get our top spot in the Power Rankings as a reward.

2) Green Bay Packers (8-3, 1st last week)

Everyone is allowed a slip up at some point in the season, and the Packers with Aaron Rodgers were flawless for the better part of three months. We’ll forgive them for stumbling on the road against a tough division opponent.

3) Tampa Bay Bucaneers (7-3, 7th last week)

They went through a rough patch, losing to the New Orleans and Washington out of a bye, but this team is too good to stay down for too long, they showed that against New York on Monday Night. The Bucs are undefeated at home this season, and are looking for home field in the playoffs.

4) Los Angeles Rams (7-3, 5th last week)

The Rams hit a couple bumps in the road right before their bye, but there’s no denying they made midseason moves to improve an already impressive squad. Look for Sean McVay’s team to respond coming out of the off week.

5) Tennessee Titans (8-3, 2nd last week)

You had to wonder when the Titans moment of doubt would surface after losing Derrick Henry. It took a few weeks, but it finally came against the Texans in a game Tennessee looked warn down and in need of a bye week.

6) Kansas City Chiefs (7-4, 8th last week)

Remember all that crisis talk when it looked like KC was coming to the end of an era? Those days are gone, and hopefully the doubters will have a healthy serving of humble pie on Thanksgiving.

7) Dallas Cowboys (7-3, 4th last week)

The Cowboys have lost two of their last three and will going into the Thanksgiving game against the Raiders against the ropes. All eyes will be on Big D on Turkey Day.

8) Baltimore Ravens (7-3, 9th last week)

The Ravens played the Bears and did what the Ravens have been doing all season long. They let the Bears give them a scare, but once again proved they are the best late game team in the league.

9) New England Patriots (7-4, 10th last week)

Look out Buffalo and AFC East, there’s a new sheriff in town. The Pats have been cruising, winning their last five and they have a couple of monster matchups in the next two weeks that will prove if New England are contenders or pretenders.

10) Los Angeles Chargers (6-4)

The Chargers almost blew a big fourth quarter lead at home to hand the Steelers their first loss in six games. The Chargers are going to have it tough in the AFC West, but games like Sunday night’s make you believe in Justin Herbert and the Chargers.

11) Buffalo Bills (6-4, 6th last week)

November has not been nice to the Bills. A win against the Jets will be overshadowed by losses to the Jags and the Colts. This looks like a team that is going in the wrong direction, and they look far from the team that came into the season as one of the AFC favorites.

12) Minnesota Vikings (5-5)

The Vikes took down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to pull to 5-5 on the year. They had some bad breaks in the early part of the season, but have overcome their four one-possession losses and are in the mix for the NFC Wild Card.

13) Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)

The Bengals’ bye came at a perfect time. They had lost two the Jets and the Browns before their week break, but came out with a serious four quarters against the Raiders, letting the rest of the AFC know they mean business.

14) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1)

The Steelers may have lost against the Chargers on Sunday Night Football, but Big Ben seems like he has straightened the Steelers ship. The tie against the Lions could hurt them in the long run, but at least they didn’t allow Detroit their first win of the year.

15) Cleveland Browns (6-5)

All credit to Baker Mayfield who has showed just how tough he is after suffering a handful of injuries this season. But the Browns are desperately in need of some support to their run game if Cleveland are going to make a playoff push.

16) Indianapolis Colts (6-5)

Johnathan Taylor has been one of the best backs in the league over the last month and a half. He has led the Colts over .500 after the beatdown of the Bills in Buffalo.

17) San Francisco 49ers (5-5)

A few weeks ago I was considering putting the Niners in my bottom five in the Power Rankings. How things can change after a four game win streak. They are rolling and in the thick of the playoff picture.

18) Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)

The Eagles have turned things around in Philadelphia and they are doing it with Jalen Hurts and the run game. Three wins in their last four has Philly fans feeling the brotherly love as the Eagles are right in the playoff mix.

19) Denver Broncos (5-5)

The Broncos had a big let down against the Eagles before their Week 11 bye. They’ll be looking for some of the same magic they displayed in their win over the Cowboys in Dallas.

20) Carolina Panthers (5-6)

The Panthers look like a new team under Cam Newton, even though they lost to Washington Football Team. Let’s see if Cam can bring the Panthers back to the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

21) New Orleans Saints (5-5)

What a shame it was for the Saints when Jameis Winston went down with a torn ACL. Trevor Siemian led the Saints over the Bucs in his first start of the season, but since then the Saints have lost three straight and are falling fast.

22) Las Vegas Raiders (5-5)

The Raiders are kind of like the Saints. Different circumstances, but similar trajectories. After John Gruden was let go, and Henry Ruggs got released after his drunk driving incident the Raiders held on for some impressive wins, but have dropped three straight and are back to to .500 on the year

23) Washington Football Team (4-6)

Ron Rivera’s side have won two in a row, against Washington and Carolina and it looks like they have a steady quarterback under center. Tyler Heinicke has showed up over the last month and Ryan Fitzpatrick may have trouble getting his job back in the capital.

24) Miami Dolphins (4-7, 28th last week)

Don’t look now but the Dolphins have won three straight after a 1-7 start. Rob Flores finally has his defense hitting stride and with Tua Tagovailoa back and healthy and it seems to be paying dividends in south Florida.

25) Seattle Seahawks (3-7)

It appears that Seattle’s problems lie deeper than not having Russell Wilson for a portion of the season. They have scored just 13 points in the two weeks since Wilson’s return.

26) Atlanta Falcons (4-6)

Back to back beat downs have the Falcons reeling yet again. They are not completely out of the race for a Wild Card spot, but if they continue to let opposing defenses beat up Matt Ryan like they did against the Pats it could spell a long rest of the season for Matty Ice and Atlanta.

27) New York Giants (3-7)

The Giants got Saquon Barkley back, but it made little difference for New York’s offense on Monday night. They were shutout in the second half of their game against the Bucs

28) Chicago Bears (3-7)

The Bears had a fourth quarter lead against the Ravens, but a lot of teams who have played Baltimore can say that. Matt Nagy’s seat is getting awfully warm in the Windy City.

29) Houston Texans (2-8, 31st last week)

The Texans got their first win since the opening week when they stunned the Titans in Nashville. It’s been a rough season for coach David Culley and the Texans so they take anything they can get.

30) New York Jets (2-8, 29th last week)

The Jets seemed to be in their best moment when they had Mike White as their play caller. The only good news is Zach Wilson is on the verge of coming back and will get some valuable reps before his sophomore season.

31) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8, 30th last week)

Not too long ago the Niners and the Jags were in similar positions at the bottom of the NFL food chain. Their loss to the Niners on Sunday pushes them farther from San Fran, and closer to the Lions in the bottom spot.

32) Detroit Lions (0-9-1, 31st last week)

Another heart breaking loss for the Lions. The 16-13 loss to the Browns was their third loss by one possession this season. Toss in the tie against Pittsburgh last week and the Lions are starting to look like the unluckiest winless team in the history of the NFL.