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2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 11

Updated on November 24, 2015

NFL Power Ranks Week 11

We've reached the point in the NFL season where the bye weeks are behind us. Every team has now played ten games and the real playoff push is here. Some teams such as Carolina and New England just about have their playoff spots guaranteed. For everyone else it just isn't that clear. That's what makes this game fun. There are three games coming up on Thursday so be sure to stuff yourselves with turkey and enjoy the games but first, enjoy these rankings. It's why you're here after all. Isn't it?

1. New England Patriots (10-0) ~ Another week and another win for Tom Brady and the Patriots. Up next is a tough road trip to Denver to play a Peyton Manning-less Broncos team. I'm not sure if that's good or bad for New England considering how Manning has played this year. Could we have already seen the last Brady-Manning tilt? It appears so. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Carolina Panthers (10-0) ~ Cam Newton picked apart the Washington Redskins defense to the tune of five touchdowns to five different receivers. Now that's spreading the love. The Panthers have now won 14 straight regular-season games including their last eight at home. (LWR 2)

3. Arizona Cardinals (8-2) ~ Another four touchdowns for Carson Palmer and the Cards picked up a big win against his old team, the visiting Cincinnati Bengals. The veteran is putting together the best season of his career and if Arizona can secure a first round bye in the playoffs he has to garner some serious MVP consideration. (LWR 4)

4. Cincinnati Bengals (8-2) ~ Tyler Eifert leads the NFL with 11 touchdown catches. His emergence has really helped Andy Dalton. Despite a two-game losing streak the Bengals still look like one of the best in the NFL. (LWR 3)

5. Denver Broncos (8-2) ~ We have a Brock Ness Monster sighting. With Manning battling injuries Brock Osweiler was given the start and picked up the win in Chicago. If he can best Brady this weekend we may have a Wally Pipp situation. (LWR 6)

6. Green Bay Packers (7-3) ~ Someone call Jacob Marley because I think I've seen a ghost. Eddie Lacy rushed for a season-high 100 yards and the Pack picked up a win they had to have to climb back atop the NFC North. (LWR 7)

7. Minnesota Vikings (7-3) ~ Their six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt. Teddy Bridgewater was harassed and sacked six times. Adrian Peterson was bottled up. The Vikes had a chance to make a statement and all they said was they might not be ready just yet for the big time. (LWR 5)

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) ~ Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers will travel to Seattle this Sunday in a rematch (of sorts) of Super Bowl XL. Can you believe that was 10 years ago? Man does time fly. (LWR 9)

9. Seattle Seahawks (5-5) ~ Marshawn Lynch is seeing a specialist and may miss the rest of the season if it is determined the star running back has a sports hernia. Luckily for Seattle Thomas Rawls has filled in just nicely. His 209 yards on Sunday are the second-most in team history. (LWR 10)

10. Atlanta Falcons (6-4) ~ Remember when the Falcons were 5-0 and Dan Quinn seemed like a lock for coach of the year? How quickly things can change. If Atlanta doesn't turn things around quickly they could become just the fifth team in NFL history to miss the playoffs after starting 5-0. (LWR 8)

11. New York Giants (5-5) ~ The only way New York could have had a better weekend was if Dallas had lost to Miami but with Washington and Philadelphia adding another one in the loss column it was a good weekend to be a Giant. (LWR 12)

12. Indianapolis Colts (5-5) ~ Forty-year-old Matt Hasselbeck led a late drive that set up 42-year-old Adam Vinatieri for the game-winning field goal with less than a minute to play. Score one for the old guys. (LWR 16)

13. Kansas City Chiefs (5-5) ~ Dontari Poe, a 346-pound defensive tackle, did his best William Perry and scored on a one-yard touchdown plunge. Who is going to stop that? Why don't more teams do this sort of thing? Score one for the fat guys. I love me some fat guy touchdowns. (LWR 18)

14. New York Jets (5-5) ~ Darrelle Revis struggled to shut down DeAndre Hopkins and now he may be shut down with a concussion. It is unclear if he will be able to play this weekend which is a huge blow to a reeling Jets defense. (LWR 11)

15. Buffalo Bills (5-5) ~ Going into Monday night's tilt with New England, head coach Rex Ryan was 4-0 when his team intercepted one of Tom Brady's passes. The Bills were able to pick off Brady but could not keep that streak intact. (LWR 13)

16. Houston Texans (5-5) ~ For the first time in his career J.J. Watt did not catch a pass that was thrown to him. Calvin Pryor was the man who broke it up. Watt had reeled in the pass on each of his first three career attempts. (LWR 20)

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) ~ Jameis Winston tied an NFL-rookie record by throwing for five touchdown passes. Doug Martin ran wild for 235 yards. As an Eagles fan this was not the first game I should have attended this year. (LWR 24)

18. Oakland Raiders (4-6) ~ A third loss in a row has taken the wind out of the Raiders' sails. This time in Detroit where I thought for sure they would pick up the W and get back to .500. Just when you start to believe...(LWR 14)

19. Miami Dolphins (4-6) ~ Ryan Tannehill threw a pick-six which was the first defensive touchdown Dallas had scored all season. If I were a Dolphins fan I'm not sure how I'd feel about the team giving him the big contract and anointing him as the quarterback of the future. He doesn't give me the warm fuzzies of a starting quarterback. (LWR 17)

20. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) ~ Do you know what hurt the most? It wasn't the five touchdowns to a rookie quarterback. It wasn't Doug Martin's massive rushing total. It was the fact that Philly couldn't get off the field on third down. Tampa converted 10 of 16 third down plays including nine of their first dozen as well as one fourth down attempt. That. Can't. Happen. (LWR 15)

21. Washington Redskins (4-6) ~ They may have been blown out in Carolina but a win on Sunday over the visiting Giants will have the Redskins in first place in the NFC East with the calendar ready to turn to December. (LWR 21)

22. Dallas Cowboys (3-7) ~ The Dallas Cowboys are undefeated when Tony Romo starts a game this season. Unfortunately for them they are also winless when he doesn't start. That said, Dallas is not out of it in the putrid NFC East. (LWR 26)

23. Chicago Bears (4-6) ~ Jeremy Langford has been a beast while Matt Forte has been out but Mr. Everything for this Chicago offense may be ready to return this weekend. If the Bears can employ both of them in the backfield at the same time that could create a lot of problems for a defense. (LWR 22)

24. St. Louis Rams (4-6) ~ Why was Case Keenum left in the game? He was clearly concussed. Where was the eye in the sky? Where were the trainers? So many questions! (LWR 19)

25. New Orleans Saints (4-6) ~ With an extra week to prepare it will be interesting to see how the Saints' defense responds to new coordinator Dennis Allen. Considering where they were with the recently departed Rob Ryan there is no were to go but up. (LWR 23)

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6) ~ One more win will give Jacksonville their best season since 2011 when the head coach at the time, Jack Del Rio, was let go during the season. This Jags team has the feel of a team ready to return to respectability. (LWR 27)

27. Detroit Lions (3-7) ~ Detroit's much maligned D has held Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr led offenses to a combined 29 points over the last two weeks, both Detroit wins. Something tells me they will have similar luck on turkey day no matter who is under center for the Eagles. (LWR 30)

28. San Diego Chargers (2-8) ~ If the Chargers are nearing an exit from San Diego they certainly aren't going out on a high note. A six-game losing streak has the bolts tied for the worst record in the AFC. (LWR 25)

29. Baltimore Ravens (3-7) ~ First it was Terrell Suggs. Next was Steve Smith. Now add Justin Forsett and Joe Flacco to the list of Ravens who won't be suiting up again this season. Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong in Baltimore. (LWR 29)

30. Cleveland Browns (2-8) ~ Oh Johnny. After TMZ released a video of Mr. Manziel partying it up in Austin the Browns have demoted the newly appointed starting quarterback to third string. His stay in Cleveland may be just about up. (LWR 28)

31. San Francisco 49ers (3-7) ~ Colin Kaepernick's season is over after San Francisco placed him on injured reserve with a torn labrum. One has to wonder if his time by the bay is up. (LWR 31)

32. Tennessee Titans (2-8) ~ Delanie Walker has hauled in 53 of his 66 targets this season and needs just ten more catches to tie his career-high. In an otherwise dim season he is a bright spot for the Titans. (LWR 32)

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