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My 2016 NFL Power Rankings Week 11

Updated on November 23, 2016

NFL Power Rankings

We’ve reached the point in the season where you know if your team is destined for the playoffs or if it’s a “wait ‘til next year” approach. The Dallas Cowboys? You can write their name in for the postseason in pen. They retain their top spot in this week’s edition of the rankings. The Cleveland Browns? Well, wait ‘til next year might be a little optimistic. First let’s start with one win. Shall we? ANYWAY, it’s time to stuff yourselves full of NFL tidbits before you stuff yourselves full of turkey and all the fixins come Thursday.

  1. Dallas Cowboys (9-1) ~ Dak Prescott isn’t the only one rewriting the Cowboys rookie record book. Ezekiel Elliott has surpassed the rookie rushing record of 1,007 yards in a season set by some guy named Tony Dorsett. If Elliott’s career path comes close to that of Dorsett, well, it’d be an understatement to say dem boys got demselves a steal in the draft. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)
  2. New England Patriots (8-2) ~ Tom Brady grew up in the San Francisco area and on Sunday he returned home for the first time in his NFL career. It should come as no surprise that he threw four touchdowns in yet another Patriots victory. (LWR 2)
  3. Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1) ~ Wilson to Baldwin has been a common theme in Seattle over the past few seasons. Baldwin to Wilson? Not so much. That was the case on Sunday, however, as Doug Baldwin threw his first NFL touchdown pass to Russell Wilson who caught his first NFL touchdown pass. It was perfectly executed and I’d be surprised if we don’t see that one again one day. (LWR 3)
  4. Oakland Raiders (8-2) ~ It took them three quarters to get comfortable in the Mexican altitude but then Oakland did what they’ve done seemingly all year. They put away yet another opponent and picked up their eighth win of the year. Couple that with Kansas City’s loss and the Raiders stand alone atop the AFC West. (LWR 4)
  5. Denver Broncos (7-3) ~ Devontae Booker is the starter in Denver but he hasn’t done much with the role. Over his past three games he is averaging a meager 2.8 yards per carry. That’s a far cry from the even four yards per carry C.J. Anderson was averaging before he got hurt. Denver’s offense could use a boost and a healthy running game is a good starting point. (LWR 6)
  6. Atlanta Falcons (6-4) ~ Matt Ryan and the Falcons had an extra week to prepare after their worst offensive showing of the season. Look for them to get back to their high-scoring ways this weekend at home against a flawed Arizona squad. (LWR 7)
  7. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) ~ The Chiefs’ defense held an opponent under 20 points for the eighth time in their last nine games but it wasn’t enough. Seventeen was all they could muster in a home loss to Tampa Bay which is one of the bigger upsets this season. (LWR 5)
  8. New York Giants (7-3) ~ It’s never pretty, is it? They fell behind early at home against a dreadful Chicago team before rallying for their fifth straight victory. Up next are the winless Browns. I expect Eli Manning and company to feast on that matchup. (LWR 8)
  9. Washington Redskins (6-3-1) ~ Ooooo-weeee! Kirk Cousins and Rob Kelley carved up that Green Bay defense like it was, well, a Thanksgiving Day turkey. Three touchdowns for each of them as the ‘Skins keep pace with the beast that is the NFC East. (LWR 9)
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) ~ Have yourself a day Le’Veon Bell. Pittsburgh’s talented back had his way with Cleveland’s defense as he torched them for a combined 201 yards rushing and receiving. He also found the end zone. The Steelers and my fantasy team are thankful for you Mr. Bell. (LWR 10)
  11. Detroit Lions (6-4) ~ Another week and another fourth quarter comeback for the Lions. Detroit has now trailed in the fourth quarter in every game this season yet they sit atop the NFC North. If they want to retain that position they will need to fend off Minnesota on Thanksgiving. The winner of the Vikes-Lions game will be alone atop the division. (LWR 11)
  12. Minnesota Vikings (6-4) ~ Sam Bradford and Minnesota’s offense has been struggling during their four-game losing streak. Two 100-yard touchdowns, one by the defense and one by the special teams, helped carry the load in a much-needed win over the Cardinals. (LWR 16)
  13. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) ~ A team that is as bad on the road as the Eagles is certainly not expected to win in Seattle. That said, as the only team in the division that lost this weekend, the Eagles are in a big hole. They might have to try and dig their way out without their top two running backs as Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles both exited Sunday’s game with injuries. (LWR 12)
  14. Miami Dolphins (6-4) ~ They were held scoreless for 56 minutes but eked out the win in L.A. anyway. That’s five straight for Miami who can no longer be ignored in my rankings or in the general public. Pay attention people. I’m starting to. (LWR 21)
  15. Houston Texans (6-4) ~ Brock Osweiler has been underwhelming in his first year as a starter. He is averaging less than 200 yards passing per game and a big reason why is a pedestrian 5.68 yards per completion. With an elite wideout like DeAndre Hopkins and a speedster in Will Fuller the Texans should be getting more production from the quarterback position. (LWR 15)
  16. Arizona Cardinals (4-5-1) ~ David Johnson is the real deal. The second-year back is third in the NFL with 863 yards and has added 47 catches for 510 yards. He has also scored multiple touchdowns in five games this year. Arizona may be struggling but it isn’t Johnson’s fault. (LWR 13)
  17. Baltimore Ravens (5-5) ~ Not even Baltimore’s top defense could slow down Dallas. That said, they still reside atop the weak AFC North due to their flawless (3-0) record within the division. Up next is a Cincinnati team that just lost A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard. Can the Ravens make it four straight in the division? (LWR 17)
  18. Green Bay Packers (4-6) ~ 33, 31, 47 and 42. That is the number of points the Packers have given up in each of their last four games. I don’t care how great Aaron Rodgers is. You aren’t going to win many games when you allow that many points. Considering the Packers play my Eagles this Monday night I hope their defense is in a giving mood one more time. (LWR 14)
  19. Buffalo Bills (5-5) ~ Tyrod Taylor has thrown for more than 200 yards just four times all season, but when you have the league’s best rushing offense you can get away with that. A little. Imagine what their record could be if they were getting more from the passing game. (LWR 23)
  20. Tennessee Titans (5-6) ~ Rishard Matthews looks like he has found a home in Tennessee. The former Dolphin had a season-high nine catches for 122 yards which is also a season-high. He was held out of the end zone for the first time in a month but put together yet another productive day. (LWR 20)
  21. Indianapolis Colts (5-5) ~ In a must-win game the Colts did just that. While a loss in the standings would have severely hurt their playoff chances, the fact that Andrew Luck is in concussion protocol may prove more costly. Indy is also faced with a short week as they play Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving. If Luck is a go, the Colts should be fine. If not, well, that’s another story. (LWR 24)
  22. Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1) ~ A.J. Green is out with a possible torn hamstring. Gio Bernard? He’s definitely out with a torn ACL. What more can go wrong for the Bengals? Seriously. I’m asking. (LWR 18)
  23. San Diego Chargers (4-6) ~ Atlanta isn’t the only high-scoring team coming off a bye. San Diego, in case you didn’t know, is second in the NFL in scoring at 29 points per game. Also like Atlanta it is the defense holding them down. The Chargers are allowing just under 28 points per game. That makes for a lot of nail-biters. (LWR 22)
  24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) ~ Doug Martin is back from injury which should take some pressure off of Jameis Winston and the passing game. Believe it or not, the Bucs are in second place in the NFC South. (LWR 26)
  25. Carolina Panthers (4-6) ~ After blowing a 17-point lead at home for the first time in franchise history a week ago the Panthers nearly did it again. They did hold on for the win but this team barely resembles the one that played in the Super Bowl just nine months ago. (LWR 25)
  26. New Orleans Saints (4-6) ~ Drew Brees is spreading the ball around as his top three receivers all have at least 555 yards. It isn’t out of the question to think that at least two of them, and possibly all three, can top the 1,000 yard mark. (LWR 19)
  27. Los Angeles Rams (4-6) ~ They were minutes away from a shutout victory until they weren’t. Two late touchdowns by the Dolphins sunk the Rams in rookie quarterback Jared Goff’s debut. I kind of feel like he is in that commercial with the old guy holding a dollar at the end of a fishing pole. You almost had it! You’ve got to be quicker than that! (LWR 27)
  28. New York Jets (3-7) ~ Head Coach Todd Bowles has already announced Ryan Fitzpatrick will start this weekend against the Patriots. Considering the Jets are 3-7 and Fitzpatrick won’t be on the roster next year, wouldn’t it be wise to see what Bryce Petty can do with another start? (LWR 28)
  29. Chicago Bears (2-8) ~ Add Zach Miller and Jay Cutler to the injury report. With backup Brian Hoyer already injured, could Matt Barkley be in line for the start this weekend? It’s officially that ugly in Chicago. (LWR 29)
  30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) ~ Jacksonville needs to win four of their last six to avoid losing at least 11 games for the sixth straight season. Even if they do, you have to figure Gus Bradley’s days as head coach are over. (LWR 30)
  31. San Francisco 49ers (1-9) ~ The run defense is horrid and now they get to travel cross country to Miami and try and stop Jay Ajayi who already has two 200-yard rushing days this season. Good luck with that. (LWR 31)
  32. Cleveland Browns (0-11) ~ Five shots left to avoid the winless season. Their next chance is at home against the New York Giants. Stranger things have happened I suppose. (LWR 32)

That's all she wrote folks. Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them right here. Or if that's not good enough you can follow/harass me on Twitter @therichwhiteguy. It wouldn't be the biggest waste of your time.

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