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Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

Updated on November 21, 2012

Week 11 NFL Power Ranks

It's scary at the top. The top two teams in my rankings last week, Houston and Atlanta, both received scares from unlikely foes in Arizona and Jacksonville. The upsets didn't happen but it had to be a wake up call to the top teams in each conference. Doesn't it? Anyway what is scarier is the injuries to top tier players on contending teams. New England loses Rob Gronkowski and Denver loses Willis McGahee. Another top player, LeSean McCoy also went down though the Philadelphia Eagles season might feel worse than the concussion he suffered. Those injuries may come back to haunt some teams come playoff time but for my ranking purposes, eh, not so much.

1. Houston Texans (9-1) The Texans may have needed overtime at home to dispatch the pesky Jacksonville Jaguars. In the process Matt Schaub went on to throw for a whopping 527 yards which tied Warren Moon for the second most all-time in a single game. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Atlanta Falcons (9-1) Matt Ryan, who I dubbed the MVP of the league, went out and did all he could to lose the game by throwing five interceptions. He didn't lose the game, though, as he still amassed over 300 yards and rallied the Falcons over Arizona in a battle of the birds. (LWR 2)

3. San Francisco 49ers (7-2-1) Raise your hand if you thought Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers would dismantle the Chicago Bears Monday night. That's what I thought. (LWR 5)

4. Baltimore Ravens (8-2) All they do is win and yet they still get no love. The Ravens have a stranglehold on the AFC North after getting by the Ben Roethlisberger-less Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night. (LWR 4)

5. New England Patriots (7-3) Remember last week when I said New England had the best offense in the league? I guess I didn't jinx that one as they steamrolled the Indianapolis Colts and tied a club record with 59 points. (LWR 6)

6. Green Bay Packers (7-3) Winners of five straight the Packers have caught the Bears. This is going to be a fun race for sure. (LWR 7)

7. Chicago Bears (7-3) I know Jay Cutler was out but what happened to the defense? Chicago has now fallen behind the red hot Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. (LWR 3)

8. Denver Broncos (7-3) Denver, like the other AFC teams listed above, prove that winning your division games matters. The four teams are a combined 13-0 in divisional games this year. (LWR 8)

9. New York Giants (6-4) The Giants have a huge game against Green Bay this week. Another loss could put their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. (LWR 9)

10. Seattle Seahawks (6-4) Seattle, who is terrible on the road, gets a break as they visit the reeling Miami Dolphins this weekend. If the season ended today Seattle would be in the playoffs. I still can't wrap my head around that. (LWR 11)

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-4) Remember when everyone seemed to be on Head Coach Gregi Schiano's case for his defense playing hard on a kneeldown? Neither does anyone else. He has this team playing well. Real well. (LWR 14)

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) First Ben Roethlisberger and now Byron Leftwich. The Steelers will have the ageless Charlie Batch taking the snaps this Sunday. That isn't good. (LWR 10)

13. Minnesota Vikings (6-4) After Matt Ryan's ugly performance Adrian Peterson is in the driver's seat for MVP as far as I am concerned. (LWR 13)

14. New Orleans Saints (5-5) I can't think of any team who wants to play the Saints right now. They are that hot. (LWR 15)

15. Indianapolis Colts (6-4) Brady vs Luck round one was nothing like the heavyweight fights Brady vs Manning used to be like. Fortunately for the Colts their rookie QB will only improve. (LWR 12)

16. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) I told you Cleveland would give the Cowboys trouble. Dallas did escape in the first overtime game in Cowboys Stadium and prep for a Turkey day showdown against Washington. Tony Romo is 5-0 lifetime on Thanksgiving. (LWR 16)

17. Cincinnati Bengals (5-5) A.J. Green has now caught a touchdown pass in nine straight games. I might rank him as the number one receiver for fantasy over Megatron. That's right. I said it. (LWR 19)

18. Detroit Lions (4-6) They almost took out the Packers this week but almost doesn't count in the NFL. Last I checked at least. (LWR 17)

19. Washington Redskins (4-6) RGIII was almost perfect against the Eagles completing 14 of 15 passes for four touchdowns. They officially put the nail in the coffin for Philly's season. (LWR 23)

20. Miami Dolphins (4-6) The wheels have come off Miami's season. Technically tied for second in the AFC East but that doesn't say a whole lot about the division if three of the teams are under .500. (LWR 18)

21. Arizona Cardinals (4-6) They almost snapped their five game losing streak in Atlanta. I double-checked and almost still doesn't count in the NFL. (LWR 20)

22. San Diego Chargers (4-6) It wasn't supposed to be like this. After getting swept in the season series by Denver, the Chargers can officially kiss the division goodbye. (LWR 21)

23. Buffalo Bills (4-6) The Bills will take their extra rest into Indy this week to face a Colts team that they hope is still feeling the after effects from getting stomped in New England. (LWR 26)

24. Tennessee Titans (4-6) The Titans get a winnable game this week against the Jaguars. If they take care of business it could help save their coach's job. (LWR 25)

25. New York Jets (4-6) Bilal Powell scored his first two touchdowns much to the dismay of Shonn Greene fantasy owners such as myself. (LWR 27)

26. Philadelphia Eagles (3-7) For the first time in a decade or so I didn't watch an Eagles game. That is how much fun this team is to watch. I bet the players and coaches feel the same way. (LWR 22)

27. St. Louis Rams (3-6-1) Danny Amendola is a free agent at season's end. It would be wise for the Rams to do whatever it takes to keep him aboard. (LWR 24)

28. Oakland Raiders (3-7) The latest team to run into the buzzsaw that is New Orleans. There is hope, however, that Darren McFadden will return this week. (LWR 28)

29. Cleveland Browns (2-8) Another near miss for Cleveland. At least they are competitive. This team is inches away each week and could easily be 5-5 or better. (LWR 30)

30. Carolina Panthers (2-8) They travel to Philly this weekend in a battle for the NFC doormat. Nobody saw this coming when the schedule came out. (LWR 29)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) Rashad Jennings lost the starting job he took over when Maurice Jones-Drew went out. Little known Jalen Parmelee is now the starter. Yeah, I never heard of him either. (LWR 31)

32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-9) There is nothing left to cheer for in KC. (LWR 32)

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