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My Week 11 NFL Power Rankings 2017 Edition

Updated on November 21, 2017

NFL Power Rankings

I know that I can't take no more. It ain't no lie. I want to see you out that door baby bye bye byes. Bye byes! First, you're welcome for having NSYNC stuck in your head. Second, I did it for a reason. Bye weeks are no more. That means from here on out all 32 NFL teams will play every week. That means we are nearing the stretch run of the season. By now there are clear front-runners and clear cellar dwellers. Hopefully your team is in the upper half of these rankings. If not, well, it might be time to say bye bye bye to your Super Bowl aspirations for this year.

1. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) ~ We all know the Eagles offense is a force. What we're learning is that the defense is also something to behold. They turned Dak Prescott over four times and held the Cowboys out of the end zone in a primetime game in Dallas no less. In a game the Cowboys almost had to win to keep their season alive. For now, the birds are the class of the NFL. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. New England Patriots (8-2) ~ Make that six straight for the defending champs. That's six in a row in which they have not allowed more than 17 points. That's after allowing at least 20 in each of their first four. Considering the league's worst offense in Miami is up next, I think it's safe to say they will stretch that out to seven in a row with 17 or less. (LWR 2)

3. Minnesota Vikings (8-2) ~ In the battle of 7-2 teams Sunday, Minnesota toppled the Rams. Hence Minnesota's rise to L.A.'s old spot. I've touted Adam Thielen here before and I'll do it again. His 916 receiving yards this year are more than anybody not named Antonio Brown. (LWR 4)

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2) ~ Speaking of Antonio Brown, if you had him on your fantasy team last week you probably did quite well. I mean, all he did was haul in 10 of his 13 targets for 144 yards and three scores. He is the best in the business. (LWR 5)

5. New Orleans Saints (8-2) ~ When you are down 15 points with less than six minutes to play you aren't supposed to win the game. Nobody decided to tell the Saints that as they rallied to beat the Redskins in overtime. Eight straight W's for a team that started 2-0. The Saints have snapped their streak of three straight 7-9 seasons. (LWR 6)

6. Los Angeles Rams (7-3) ~ The high-flying Rams offense crashed into a brick wall in Minnesota when they were held to a season-low seven points. More troubling is that it looks like they will be without top receiver Robert Woods who suffered an injury in that loss. Even more troubling is that the schedule doesn't get any easier as they take on the Saints on Sunday. That should be a must-see game. (LWR 3)

7. Carolina Panthers (7-3) ~ Unfortunately for Carolina they saw Atlanta and New Orleans pick up wins in tough games last week. Fortunately for Carolina is that star tight end Greg Olsen is slated to re-join the team after breaking his foot back in Week Two. Cam Newton can certainly use another weapon. (LWR 9)

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3) ~ I was ready. Ready to see the Jags lose in Cleveland. Ready to see a team I'm still not 100% sold on lose a game they have no business losing. They did not lose that game. They are the team to beat in the AFC South. (LWR 10)

9. Atlanta Falcons (6-4) ~ The Falcons offense is starting to resemble the offense that got them to the Super Bowl last year. Oddly enough, it is without star wideout Julio Jones finding the end zone. Jones has hit paydirt just once despite having 54 catches. Could that just mean he is due? (LWR 12)

10. Seattle Seahawks (6-4) ~ Richard Sherman is out with a ruptured achilles. Kam Chancellor? He's done for the season with a neck injury. Earl Thomas has been banged up all season and isn't his typical Pro Bowl form. The Legion of Boom is hurting and I'm not sure Russell Wilson can will this team to a division title. (LWR 8)

11. Detroit Lions (6-4) ~ They've won three straight to get back into the playoff picture, but two of those wins were close contests against the winless Browns and a Chicago Bears team bereft of an NFL calibur wide receiver. They'll get the red hot Vikings in a game Detroit must win if they want a realistic shot at the NFC North crown. (LWR 13)

12. Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) ~ They lost to the Giants. The New York Football Giants. Couldn't even score one touchdown. That is a bad, bad loss. Especially for a team who is now competing for the division title after starting the season 5-0. (LWR 7)

13. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) ~ The season is starting to spin out of control for Dallas. No Zeke. No Tyron Smith. No Sean Lee. Even no Dan Bailey. Dallas won't have much time to dwell on their blowout loss at the hands of the Eagles as they host the Chargers on Thanksgiving. That game will go a long way in whether or not they can stay in the playoff race. (LWR 11)

14. Tennessee Titans (6-4) ~ In my last rankings I said I was skeptical about the Titans. Have been all year. Their drubbing in Pittsburgh didn't change my mind in the least. They're one of the few AFC teams that boast a winning record, but they shouldn't strike fear in any opponent they might face in a potential playoff game. (LWR 14)

15. Washington Redskins (4-6) ~ Losing Chris Thompson, their leading rusher and receiver, is a big blow. Losing that game in New Orleans may be the difference between Washington making the playoffs or watching them from home. (LWR 15)

16. Baltimore Ravens (5-5) ~ Baltimore's offense is terrible to say the least. That said, they have a good shot at making the playoffs. They can run the ball and play defense. Their upcoming schedule isn't exactly filled with world beaters either. They still have games against the Browns, Bengals and Colts. You'll notice all three of those teams have yet to make an appearance on these rankings. (LWR 19)

17. Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) ~ They had six turnovers, two defensive touchdowns and a sack against the Bills. That is one hell of a defensive effort. Sure, most of that came against a kid making his first NFL start, but you can only play who the other team puts out there. Or something like that. (LWR 20)

18. Oakland Raiders (4-6) ~ Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. is now former defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. He was relieved of his duties earlier today after the Raiders allowed 30+ points for the third time in four games. Stunningly, they remain the only team without an interception this season. The Chargers just have five in one game. Maybe Oakland needs to play Nathan Peterman. (LWR 16)

19. Cincinnati Bengals (4-6) ~ There's something the Bengals just don't do: win games in Denver. That, however, is exactly what they did on Sunday as they earned their first victory in Denver since 1975. They were coached by their founder Paul Brown back then. That's before I was born and I'm betting before you were too. (LWR 22)

20. Houston Texans (4-6) ~ Running back D'Onta Foreman has been a great change of pace to starter Lamar Miller. The rookie scored twice in Sunday's win over Arizona, and one of those scores will be his last play of the season. Foreman ruptured his achilles while finding the end zone on a game-clinching run late in the fourth quarter. Lots of achilles injuries going around this year. (LWR 21)

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) ~ Tampa has now won two in a row since turning the ball over the backup Ryan Fitzpatrick. If the journeyman can work his Fitz-magic this weekend to lead Tampa to victory over Atlanta, well, then maybe this team becomes interesting again. (LWR 25)

22. Buffalo Bills (5-5) ~ Tyrod Taylor, benched last week in favor of Nathan Peterman, may be back in his starting role this weekend after the rookie threw five interceptions in the first half. Taylor has thrown just three all season. (LWR 17)

23. New York Jets (4-6) ~ Four losses in five games have the Jets playoff chances on life support. Considering they still have to face Carolina, New Orleans and New England, well, I'd say it's time to just pull the plug. (LWR 23)

24. Green Bay Packers (5-5) ~ If ever you needed evidence at just how important Aaron Rodgers is to Green Bay, look no further than his backup Brett Hundley. A former standout at UCLA, Hundley has done nothing to give the Packers confidence in keeping him around. Hundley has just two touchdowns versus seven interceptions in the five games he has played since Rodgers broke his collarbone. Green Bay is 1-4 in those games. (LWR 18)

25. Arizona Cardinals (4-6) ~ Yes, they lost to Houston. But, they lost with their third-string quarterback Blaine Gabbert under center. Gabbert actually didn't play that badly as he threw for 257 yards and three scores. He did throw two picks, but that's to be expected from a third-stringer. I'm sure Green Bay would be thrilled with those numbers from Hundley. (LWR 26)

26. Denver Broncos (3-7) ~ Speaking of backups, Denver is about to start their third quarterback of the season when Paxton Lynch takes the field Sunday. He will do so with a new offensive coordinator as well since Denver relieved Mike McCoy of his duties after the Broncos lost their sixth straight. It is their longest losing streak since 1990. (LWR 24)

27. Miami Dolphins (4-6) ~ Jay Cutler is hurt again as he suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. With the beating he has taken on the field and from those in the media, maybe he should have stayed retired. Then again, how do you turn down $10 million? (LWR 27)

28. Chicago Bears (3-7) ~ Rumors have floated around all season that John Fox would be out of a job and that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh would be in. Considering both team's struggles this season that isn't too far-fetched of a rumor. (LWR 29)

29. Indianapolis Colts (3-7) ~ The offense hasn't been great without Andrew Luck, but at least the Colts shouldn't be looking for a quarterback come draft time next year. Instead, they should focus on the other side of the ball as the defense is giving up a league-worst 28 points per game. (LWR 3-7)

30. New York Giants (2-8) ~ Somehow, some way, the Giants toppled Kansas City and picked up their second win of the year. A win that knocked me out of my last man standing pool. When there were 10 of us left. Out of 397. Sigh. (LWR 31)

31. San Francisco 49ers (1-9) ~ The Chiefs beat the Eagles and the Patriots. The Giants beat the Chiefs. The 49ers beat the Giants. The 49ers are the best team in the NFL. Have you seen that meme floating around? Just more proof that on any given Sunday...(LWR 30)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-10) ~ Are they going to go winless? It has to be on their minds at this point. There's just six games left to break into the win column. I'm looking at December 10th when they host Green Bay. The cheeseheads would lose their minds. (LWR 32)

Well, that's it. That's all I've got. Now get ready for some turkey day football. Any questions or comments, as always, please leave them below. I'll respond as soon as I can. You can also follow/harass me on Twitter if that's your thing. Handle is in my profile. Until next time kids.


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