Redskins on the rise in PFF's Week 12 NFL Power Rankings
Week 11 of the NFL season has come and gone, and with it, a new week’s worth of grades are in the Pro Football Focus database.
PFF’s Power Rankings are based off of Senior Analyst Sam Monson’s ordering of all 32 NFL teams, offenses, and defenses. He uses PFF’s overall cumulative grades as a starting point, and makes necessary subjective adjustments to account for things that aren’t captured in the grading system, such as injuries.
The PFF Power Rankings will be updated every Tuesday morning during the NFL season—view the latest edition entering Week 12 here.
The Cowboys, Patriots, Raiders, and Seahawks all won in Week 11—while the Falcons enjoyed their bye week—meaning the top five in our rankings remain constant, with Dallas holding strong at the No. 1 spot. While Dak Prescott shouldn’t be entering MVP conversations just yet, the rookie does own the 14th-highest grade among NFL quarterbacks this season, just behind Carson Wentz and Tyrod Taylor, respectively. In Week 11, Prescott recorded the league’s fourth-highest accuracy percentage, at 82.4.
Staying in the NFC East, the Washington Redskins are rising up the list after a dominant win over the Packers on Sunday night. Quarterback Kirk Cousins earned his highest grade of the season—and the highest mark among all NFL QBs this week—with a performance that will likely play a key factor in negotiations for a long-term contract in Washington. Cousins was the most-accurate deep passer of the week (on throws traveling 20 yards or more in the air), connecting on three deep targets for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman also had somewhat of a bounce-back performance in Week 11, earning the top grade among Washington defenders—his second-highest-graded performance of the season, behind only his Week 2 outing versus Dallas. Norman surrendered just one of five targets into his coverage for a reception for 13 total yards—albeit for a Jordy Nelson touchdown.
On the back of their fourth straight loss, the Green Bay Packers’ free-fall down our NFL Power Rankings continues, with the team moving from No. 16 to No. 22 entering Week 12. While Aaron Rodgers earned one of his higher game grades of the season, the Packers’ secondary left quite a bit on the table. Cornerbacks Quinten Rollins, Micah Hyde, and Ladarius Gunter each earned game grades below 51.0 for the outing.
As we enter the final stretch of the NFL regular season, be sure to check back weekly for PFF’s updated NFL Power Rankings.