Power Rankings: Week 11

Another big fall by the previous week's No.1 opens the door for the Texans to return to the top.

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Power Rankings: Week 11

The only undefeated record in the league went, Peyton Manning continued to impress, and we got to witness a rare tie.

Just another week in the NFL, right?

But what did our analysts make of the week’s action? Would they fall hard for the impressive Broncos? Give up on the Giants? Let’s see, shall we.


And now let’s get to the overall rankings.

1. Houston Texans (3rd)

Ever since the Packers gave the Texans a beating, there’s been some concerns over how they would fare against one of the stronger teams in the league. Well, in beating the Bears (in tricky conditions, to boot), Houston obviously convinced our staff this week.

2. Denver Broncos (6th)

Manning may not be the player he once was, but what does that say about the rest of the Broncos’ team? They’re more loaded than anything the former Colt had and getting it done on both sides of the ball.

3. Atlanta Falcons (2nd)

A first defeat of the year and it was twice as painful coming against the Saints. That shouldn’t take away from the eight wins on the bounce they picked up or how close they fought a good New Orleans side in their own dome.

4. New England Patriots (4th)

They didn’t exactly put forth a convincing display against the Bills. Should Patriots fans or those of the opposition be concerned with that? Anyone else have a feeling they’ve yet to really get going?

5. Green Bay Packers (5th)

Bryan Bulaga down and concerns about Clay Matthews. The bye week could have gone better for the Packers couldn’t it?

6. San Francisco 49ers (1st)

A big drop for the 49ers as they struggled to a tie with the St. Louis Rams. At times that defense hasn’t looked anywhere near as good as it did last year. That’s got to be a concern, regardless of whether Alex Smith suits up.

7. Chicago Bears (8th)

For weeks the Bears keep winning and don’t move up in our rankings. Then they lose and move up one spot. We saw how their season fell apart without Jay Cutler last year and that concussion has to be scary for their prospects.

8. Baltimore Ravens (11th)

That was as good as the Ravens have looked this year, but a demolition of the Raiders didn’t mean all that much to some of our analysts. They’ll have bigger tests and how they deal with those could depend on if Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata can get healthy quickly.

9. New York Giants (7th) and Seattle Seahawks (10th)

The Giants were our top-ranked team two weeks ago but their November woes are scaring our analysts off. They were positively sloppy against the Bengals. You can’t say the same for a Seattle team that dominated the Jets. Much like the Ravens, that does come with an asterisk given the level of opposition.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (9th)

Well, that was unconvincing. Sure they picked up the win but they made real hard work out of a Chiefs outfit that seemed intent on shooting themselves in the foot. In the process Big Ben went down and the momentum they had been building stopped abruptly.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12th)

The Bucs weren’t at their best against the Chargers, yet they still won. Is that not the sign of a good team? They’re playing real smart football right now.

13. New Orleans Saints (15th)

It wasn’t always pretty against Atlanta but they made plays when they needed to. Suddenly, they’re only two games off the playoffs and a lot of teams are keeping a close eye on them.

14. Dallas Cowboys (14th)

They needed that win, especially with the Giants stumbling, but let’s not think the Eagles didn’t give them a helping hand. There are still plenty of things the Cowboys have to prove.

15. Minnesota Vikings (17th)

That was a much needed win over a good Lions outfit. We’ve come to expect Adrian Peterson to look good, but the play of Christian Ponder had to be encouraging for the Vikings’ hopes down the line.

16. Indianapolis Colts (19th)

Our team is slow to buy into the Colts despite the development of Andrew Luck. They’ve looked good recently, but some poor performances earlier in the year aren’t easily forgotten.

17. Miami Dolphins (13th)

What happened to the Miami defense against Tennessee? An off day? That would be two straight and the optimism of a few weeks ago is being replaced with some more practical thinking. That’s fine, though, this is a team building toward something.

18. Cincinnati Bengals (23rd)

One win doesn’t make a team, but for an group that has struggled to beat winning teams so much over the past couple of years, that was significant. Andy Dalton is playing some of his best football to date and that defensive line is doing a good job getting pressure.

19. Detroit Lions (16th)

Just when you think the Lions are heading places they turn the ball over at crucial times against the Vikings and their defense just can’t get pressure off the edge. No other way to dice it.

20. Washington Redskins (18th)

They’ll be looking to rebound after a bye week. If they can, then they can put themselves right back in the hunt for the NFC East. That division is there for the taking.

21. St Louis Rams (22nd)

The Rams had a real chance to make a statement with a win over the 49ers. They didn’t, and in the process showed they’re still a ways away from challenging.

22. San Diego Chargers (21st)

Norv Turner had his Denny Green, and the Chargers lost again. Why? Because they are who we thought they were.

23. Philadelphia Eagles (20th)

I remember when the Eagles used to be a tough team to go against. Now they’ve become something of a circus and an example of why good moves in free agency aren’t always good moves when the season rolls around.

24. Tennessee Titans (30th)

An interesting team, the Titans are starting to run the ball, with their line really stepping up their performance. Despite their struggles, that actually makes them quite a dangerous team. Maybe not this year, but they have some components.

25. Arizona Cardinals (25th)

At least this week their offensive line didn’t put the health of their quarterback in any danger… that we know of.

26. Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills (29th)

Jobs are on the line in Cleveland so it’s no surprise to see them playing so hard. It’s a similar case in Buffalo, and the two share more than just that in common; they’re not winning games they put themselves in a good position to win.

28. New York Jets (24th)

Rex Ryan has faith in Mark Sanchez, but that faith could be what costs him his job. There’s a fine line behind loyalty and stupidity and he’s walking it.

29. Carolina Panthers (27th)

The danger with the Panthers was always that they would try to run before they could walk. The offense just hasn’t worked this year after they tinkered with a successful formula.

30. Oakland Raiders (28th)

Another one of the teams out there capable of lowering your expectations when you didn’t think they could get any lower.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (32nd)

They showed some fight and the changes on defense seemed to work, but they still made plenty of stupid mistakes and did so at the most inopportune times.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (31st)

There’s going to be a lot of interesting decisions being made in Jacksonville come the end of the year.


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  • marshawk

    LOL forgot # 10

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Basson/8649504 Jacob Basson

      two teams are tied for 9th (NYG and Seattle), so the next team is ranked (correctly) as 11th.

  • izach

    although i agree the steelers were unconvincing and lost their momentem nathan has, dallas, saints, tampa, and colts ranked higher than piit???? none of those team i think deserve to be higher than pitt, sure the saints beat the falcons( but someone had to the chiefs beat greenbay last year), and the colts have won alot of eazy games lately but they arent a seirous threat to anyone, and tampa has some monmentum now but again they had big games againt some eazy teams. i kno the steelers lost to the raiders and titans but come on 15th nathan..

    • http://twitter.com/PFF_NateJahnke Nathan Jahnke

      It sounds like Roethlisberger will be out for awhile, and without him I think the Steelers are closer to an average team rather than a good one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.joseph.7773 Eric Joseph

    I really like the looks of these rankings this week from the PFF staff. Houston just dominated the Chicago Bears in their house and in their kind of conditions. It’s too bad Jay Cutler couldn’t manage to stay on the field until the 4th quarter where his play has been absolutely phenomenal this season. Granted the conditions may not have allowed him to achieve his league leading 135.0 QBR in the 4th quarter, but it surely would have been a better contest had that been the case. That said, the PFF staff does know that the top two candidates for league MVP right now are Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson right? If Peyton isn’t the player he once was, then he should get an Academy Award for acting like the best QB in football right now. Also, his team wasn’t too bad in Indianapolis. Just pulling a couple names from the ’06 Superbowl season, Reggie Wayne, pre knee injury Marvin Harrison, Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai (1000+ yards on the season has to be at least as good as McGahee is right now), Jeff Saturday, Tarik Glenn, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Adam Vinateri (yeah I’m including a kicker and I think you should know why). In the last decade, with Peyton (2002-2010), Indianapolis was in the top 3 teams in turnover differential with +67. Denver has some playmakers, but can you really say they’re better than some of the playmakers in Indianapolis over Peyton’s Career?