PFT’s Week 11 power rankings

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1. Patriots (9-0; last week No. 1): Even without Julian Edelman, the Patriots may have cleared the last major hurdle on their schedule.

2. Panthers (9-0; No. 3): If the No Fun League doesn’t throw a flag on Cam Newton’s celebrations, why should anyone else?

3. Cardinals (7-2; No. 4): The team that once perpetually sucked now has a quarterback who is willing to do the “suck it” gesture.

4. Bengals (8-1; No. 2): To say the Red Rifle played last night like a Red Ryder BB Gun is sort of an insult to BB guns.

5. Vikings (7-2; No. 7): With Green Bay and Denver losing, it was impossible to keep a team that doesn’t feel like it has earned top-five status out of the top five.

6. Packers (6-3; No. 5): From R-E-L-A-X to R-E-F-L-U-X.

7. Broncos (7-2; No. 6): Peyton Manning’s “health” will hinge in large part on Brock Osweiler’s play.

8. Steelers (6-4; No. 8): To recover from his foot injury, Ben Roethlisberger drank a lot of milk. We already can tell he’s eaten a lot of cookies.

9. Bills (5-4; No. 16): The Bills will go as far as LeSean McCoy can take them.

10. Seahawks (4-5; No. 10): The Legion of Boom is now getting blown up on a regular basis.

11. Raiders (4-5; No. 11): Even with two straight losses, the Raiders could be a factor in the AFC.

12. Jets (5-4; No. 12): To say that the honeymoon is over for Todd Bowles would be to assume that Jets fans ever really gave him one.

13. Falcons (6-3; No. 13): The window is closing on what once seemed to be a sure-fire return to the playoffs.

14. Bears (4-5; No. 26): It probably would have been easier for John Fox to get his revenge against John Elway if they hadn’t benched Peyton Manning.

15. Giants (5-5; No. 15): Ryan Mallett would fit in well with this team; neither knows how to manage a clock.

16. Rams (4-5; No. 9): It’s one thing to play down to the level of the competition. It’s another to play grossly below it.

17. Dolphins (4-5; No. 19): The Dan Campbell-to-Canton train is back on the tracks.

18. Colts (4-5; No. 18): It’s a dead heat with Houston, and the Colts will for now be led by that quarterback who was “literally on his deathbed.”

19. Texans (4-5; No. 25): T.J. played like an M.F., and then J.J. acted like an A.H.

20. Chiefs (4-5; No. 22): Yes, beating Peyton Manning and the Broncos is currently worth only a two-spot bump.

21. Washington (4-5; No. 21): Washington could end up being the least bad of four horrible NFC East teams. Hooray?

22. Eagles (4-5; No. 14): To all those Eagles fans who had been complaining about Sam Bradford: Enjoy his backup.

23. Buccaneers (4-5; No. 23): Jameis Winston already has more wins as a rookie than Peyton Manning mustered. #justsayin.

24. Saints (4-6; No. 17): Rob Ryan likely will be waiting a little longer than five minutes for his next job.

25. Jaguars (3-6; No. 28): Even if they outscore Tennessee on Thursday night, the Grey Poupon uniforms already make the outcome a loss.

26. Lions (2-7; No. 32): Maybe Jim Caldwell should be the new leader of the franchise.

27. 49ers (3-6; No. 27): Somehow, they’re only one game in the standings behind the Seahawks.

28. Chargers (2-7; No. 31): There could be a record number of teams with franchise quarterbacks looking for new coaches.

29. Titans (2-7; No. 30): Chip Kelly can’t get to Nashville soon enough.

30. Cowboys (2-7; No. 20): This year’s quest for gloryhole has gone down the drain.

31. Ravens (2-7; No. 24): The old Browns and the new Browns have cornered the market on the bottom of the barrel.

32. Browns (2-8; No. 29): The Factory of Sadness already has started its holiday production schedule.

153 responses to “PFT’s Week 11 power rankings

  1. You got to be kidding me! Packers at #6? They couldn’t beat one of the worst teams the Lions ever brought to Wisconsin. Lucky if they are in the top half of the league.

  2. As a Hawk fan, I have to question if you have seen any of their games. Their offense isc atrocious and the defense now leaks like a sieve. 10 is much to high

  3. .

    1. Patriots (9-0; last week No. 1): Even without Julian Edelman, the Patriots may have cleared the last major hurdle on their schedule.

    The Patriots next two games are the Super Bowl rematch with Buffalo and at Denver. The Patriots offensive line consists of promoted practice squad guys, guys playing out of position, three rookies, and to confuse the defense, a pair of centers.

    Both Buffalo and Denver excel at rushing the passer. The games are hardly gimmes.
    .

  4. “From R-E-L-A-X to R-E-F-L-U-X”

    I hope the Vikings contribute to the increasing sales of Nexium in Green Bay… 😉

  5. Finally the Lions have risen from the bottom of the rankings and you keep us humble by making the most troll comment possible.

    Jim Caldwell could win out the rest of the season and 90% of the fan base would still want him gone and rightfully so.

  6. “Patriots may have cleared the last major hurdle on their schedule…”

    Yeah, I don’t think so. Buffalo, at Denver, at NY Jets, at Miami – those are all losable games. Yes, they’re better than those teams, they’ll probably be favored in all of them (maybe not at Denver), but without Lewis and Edelman and Vollmer or Cannon, those teams are all legitimate threats to beat them if they don’t play well…

  7. Let’s just hope the media keeps down playing the Panther`s success, gives them that extra little motivation to keep rolling over their opponents without having any hiccups.

  8. As a Seahawks fan I think #10 is too generous. I’d say #12.

    (kidding about the 12, get it?)

    But really, I’d say #14-#16 is fair. I also know how much B-&-moaning some would unleash if our ranking fell that far after losing a game to a good team. Means we’ve been ranked too high thus far. Truth only hurts if you’re self conscious about it already.

  9. Seahawks fan here and I think the Seahawks are way too high. It doesn’t do any good that the team is absolutely loaded with talent if you can’t deliver on game day. Please rate them lower next week. It gives them a chip on their shoulder and that’s when they play their best ball. Go Hawks!

  10. Everyone can keep doubting the Vikings. Zimmer is a man on a mission and his players believe in him. They have the best running back and special teams in the NFL. An unflashy QB who doesn’t give games away. A defense you can’t score on. All the things you need to be tough in cold , lateseason football.

  11. I kinda wish these included actual insight about the teams instead of jokes. I can’t take it seriously.

  12. How in the %$^& can you have Seattle has a top 10 team? They have a losing record! And the Eagles beat both the Jets and the Giants, yet they are way behind them. You guys are really something. After the first 3 or 4 teams, it’s like you just throw dung at a wall and see where it sticks.

  13. Florio Florio FLORIO!!!! The Seahawks do NOT deserve a top 10 spot. Give it up already. They’re not even going to the playoffs. Yet, week after week, you insist on keeping them up there. Your bias is very evident.

  14. Florio you have been very kind to my Bills this year. Not sure if they deserve a #9 ranking, though? McCoy is key though, as you said!

  15. Packers are about to have a month of losing and they just lost to the worst team in the league at their precious little home. They should be ranked lower, but there are so few good teams in the league.

  16. My Packers don’t deserve to be that high. We are playing like one of the worst teams in the League right now. I don’t know who we can beat right now.

  17. “It probably would have been easier for John Fox to get his revenge against John Elway if they hadn’t benched Peyton Manning.”

    Ouch!

  18. It must be fun to be a Seadderal fan.
    Once considered a staple of the top 5, they’ve now fallen below the fat-clown led Buffalo Bills.
    Oh how the “mighty” have fallen

  19. I’d have to say the first 4 are correct. You can’t argue NE 1, Carolina 2, Cards 3 and Bengals 4. Any team that has to play any one of those teams in the top 4 will have to play a real good game to beat them.

    I wish my Vikings weren’t 5. I’d rather we were lower, keep doubting them, they will continue to play with a chip on their shoulder. As soon as someone starts to give them credit, im scared they will go backwards.

  20. Vikiint’s deserves to be top 5 they win their game and play good D. Just because you are a packers homer and hate the vikings. How about the packers shouldn’t be 6th ranked team. Way to do your job you hack of a writer.

  21. Every game in this league is a major hurdle. They are all tough to win. And it’s even tougher to stay healthy.

    One game at a time and compete for all 60 minutes. Go Patriots!

  22. So the Pats lose Edelman and Dion Lewis and have 20 different offensive line combinations and they cleared the last major hurdle ? Last 2 years Edelman was targeted 286 times had 197 receptions 2028 rec yards avg 11 YARDS PER CATCH so every time he caught the ball it was basically a 1st down and this season he was on pace to have his best season ever. Pats are not replacing that production its impossible

  23. This seems to be the NFL’s biggest down year in terms of parity. It seems more so than usual there are the good teams (about 5-7 teams) and a bunch of mediocre/bad teams.

    Having said that, one of those mediocre teams could end up surprising someone in the playoffs if they get hot.

  24. Yes! My cowboys aren’t 32 (yet)
    Worst team I’ve seen since 1989 but wait they are actually worse since the 89 squad was in the early budding years of dominance instead of fading glory like this years squad.
    #romoandwittengoringless

  25. My first thought as a Bears fan was that 14 is too high. Then I looked at how many teams have 4 wins like we do (or less) plus the fact we beat three of the teams ranked below us and realized maybe that’s about right. When they put everything together (like they did Sunday in St. Louis) they look like a team that may have a few more wins in them yet this season. Probably not enough to squeak into the playoffs (especially with their current 0-3 record in division) but enough to be considered a solid team going into this offseason with a GM who appears to know what he’s doing and will have a lot of cash to spend.

  26. The steelers are slowly moving up the rankings as they should be. There is no doubt the steelers have as good of chance to win it all as any top team in the afc.

  27. hey, jerrykill4pres,

    a non-Zimmer Vikings team would let the success get to their head. Zim says we haven’t done anything yet because we haven’t. A 5 is a 5, it’s not #1 in February. Coach gets it and the team is buying in, have faith!

  28. Packers certainly havent earned a #6 ranking. Hopefully though all this doom and gloom will light a fire and get them playing the kind of football we know they’re capable of playing. Vikings fans dont have enough experience as fans of a winning team to develop any perspective. They actually havent won anything yet and they’re crowing like super bowl champions. Its a long season. Go Pack Go.

  29. Patriots will be favored in Denver. Its going to be Brock Oswiller. So I say they will be favored by4. If Peyton is in there..the Patriots will be favored by 10. And with all these injuries…I am assuming Gronkowski will be hurt by then.

  30. Cam….. Keep on dancing in the Endzone. Like TB12 says, it’s not me who should stop scoring, it’s you all Defences that should stop me……

  31. 6ball says:
    Nov 17, 2015 8:19 AM
    The Patriots next two games are the Super Bowl rematch with Buffalo and at Denver.

    ____

    If it was actually a Super Bowl rematch, (and I am not sure where you got that) my guess is the Bills would lose. Because that’s what they do in the Super Bowl.

  32. There are only 11 teams with winning records. Next time you want to write “easiest schedule in the NFL” on some team’s article, think about it first. It’s a down year for the NFL. Every team has an “easy” schedule.

  33. I’m a die-hard Vikes fan and hate Packer TROLLS (not Packer fans) as much as the next guy.

    But you people on here posting negative things about Green Bay as if they are winless and will never win another game this season or the future need to take a look at the bigger picture.

    I’m SURE they are not done yet.

    Do they have way more weaknesses than teams in the past did? Yes. But be very careful counting them out.

    I hope my Vikings pound them in Minnesota this week, but truth is they could very easily come in and we could see Rodgers have a huge bounce back game.

  34. Rdog says:
    Nov 17, 2015 8:40 AM
    I kinda wish these included actual insight about the teams instead of jokes. I can’t take it seriously.

    The jokes are the best part…it’s not meant to be 100% serious. Come on Rdog,lighten up. There’s some great stuff here.

  35. Seahawks a top 10 team at 4-5? You are the fraud Florio….

    Yeah; while you are at it pick against the Vikings again this week……smh

  36. “R E L A X will be in the bottom 30 when the season over.”

    You do realize that only the top 2 teams are not in the “bottom 30”, don’t you? I feel safe guessing your team is also in that group…

    A remedial smack talk class is recommended.

  37. ohand16 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 9:11 AM

    Steelers should be ranked # 4 at worst.
    ————————————————————
    Because run and shoot teams always deliver in the playoffs!

  38. These ratings are not very consistent. Many teams win or lose and stay in the exact same spot (11 teams stayed exactly where they were). Other teams see drastic changes in rating based on one win or loss. 20 to 30, 24 to 31, 14 to 22, 26 to 14. It seems like many of these are just done for effect, especially around the bottom.

  39. You know nothing if you think the Giants mismanaged the clock. The difference what they did vs what they could have done was either make Brady get a TD with 2 mins (unlikely if you saw the game) or force him to get into FG range with a minute rather than a minute 40. Of course you go for the TD at all costs. SG is a robot kicker from another planet.

  40. 12. Jets (5-4; No. 12): To say that the honeymoon is over for Todd Bowles would be to assume that Jets fans ever really gave him one.

    Every head coach since Herm Edwards has made the playoffs their first year only to decline. Let Bowles and Maccagnan build this thing the right way.

  41. Good luck ESPN getting any stories this week from Brady for your Monday night game.

    This should be an awkward week for ESPN. They (Mort) lied about the Pats and wouldn’t change their story when the truth was known. And for the writer that came up with 90 (90!, can you freaking believe it, 90!) (UNNAMED) sources, good luck trying to get access to players.

  42. Broncos beat both the Vikes and the Packers – yet both those teams rank higher? That kinda blows the NFL “head to head” playoff rule all-to-hell!

  43. Haven’t a clue how New England will do the rest of the season. They have Belichick, Brady and a defense that has visibly improved to playoff caliber. On the other hand those league leading releases of Brady’s are going to lose a second with Edelman being sidelined. We saw a taste of what becomes of that in NY. I still think they will be in the Superbowl but I can see them ultimately being forced to play in the first rounds of the playoffs.

  44. Wait. Last week you said the Vikings could only move up from 7 if they beat Oakland and Green Bay.

    Sorry they haven’t “earned” a top 5 spot, but with rankings, that’s kind of the way it works.

  45. jayhawk6 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 9:19 AM
    The Chiefs at 19? Your ratings are as myopic as those of Peter King this week.

    ———-

    That’s nothing, SB Nation has the 4-5 Chiefs at #7! Hahahaha!

  46. bronco1st says:
    Nov 17, 2015 9:55 AM
    Broncos beat both the Vikes and the Packers – yet both those teams rank higher? That kinda blows the NFL “head to head” playoff rule all-to-hell!
    ————————
    Power rankings aren’t about head to head. Should the Texans be ranked higher than the Bengals now?

  47. The Ravens lose on the last play of the game on a play that the NFL admits should never have occurred and they drop 7 spots in your rankings?? wow

  48. Glad to see that you finally, finally have the Ravens and Cowboys where they should be. Took long enough, but better late than never I guess.

    There sure a lot of bad teams this year.

  49. Packers lost to the former 32nd team, and only move from 5 to 6.

    I have more confidence in the College Football Playoff rankings being on the up and up than these…

  50. The Vikings and their fans need to enjoy this week. The excitement is about one-tenth that of Super Bowl week. Enjoy it while you can, because reality is about to bring it all crashing back to earth.

  51. About a year ago, the Cardinals were #1 in the rankings. The team is consistent when the QB is healthy.

  52. diveleft says:
    Nov 17, 2015 8:59 AM

    Packers are about to have a month of losing and they just lost to the worst team in the league at their precious little home.
    ________

    They just came off a month of losing. Surely they’ll win again someday.

  53. 6ball says:
    Nov 17, 2015 8:19 AM

    .

    1. Patriots (9-0; last week No. 1): Even without Julian Edelman, the Patriots may have cleared the last major hurdle on their schedule.

    The Patriots next two games are the Super Bowl rematch with Buffalo and at Denver. The Patriots offensive line consists of promoted practice squad guys, guys playing out of position, three rookies, and to confuse the defense, a pair of centers.

    Both Buffalo and Denver excel at rushing the passer. The games are hardly gimmes.

    —————

    Any game in the NFL is losable. Look what happened to Cincy last night. They probably should beat Houston 9 of 10 games, but they lost that one.

    That said. Patriots at home in a game that matters in prime time are tough. Buffalo will have their work cut out for them.

    In Denver the Patriots will either play Brock Osweiler or a beat up Peyton. However, that is an elite defense when healthy and Brady doesn’t usually do well in Denver.

    Brady did do some high altitude training in the offseason apparently, I am sure, just for that game. It will definitely not be a gimme.

  54. lyfordjr says:
    Nov 17, 2015 8:28 AM

    “Patriots may have cleared the last major hurdle on their schedule…”

    Yeah, I don’t think so. Buffalo, at Denver, at NY Jets, at Miami – those are all losable games. Yes, they’re better than those teams, they’ll probably be favored in all of them (maybe not at Denver), but without Lewis and Edelman and Vollmer or Cannon, those teams are all legitimate threats to beat them if they don’t play well…

    —————–

    They definitely can lose a few. Winning @ Denver is still the most important game. I think if they beat the Bills then at least 14-2 is looking probable. Cincy have a big game. If they want to stay in the race for the the first seed they will have to win at Arizona in primetime. Otherwise they will probably finish at best 13-3.

  55. As a fan of the worst undefeated team in football, it has been amusing to watch Carolina creep up in your rankings only as a result of staying undefeated, obvious because they are always the last ranking undefeated. These power rankings are silly and kind of meaningless if you only give credit after the fact. You are supposed to be ahead of the curve. So if the Patriots drop one before Carolina, and we are number one, that really means they were number one all along, and you totally muffed it!

  56. If it was anything other than Florio’s opinion, these would be power standings. Vikings and panthers are built very similar and the cards are nasty on offense. The nfc race should be fun. The patriots own the afc. No drama there. (…friggin patriots all winning all the time.)

  57. I distinctly remember the Packers losing to an 0-7 Bucs team to fall to 4-4 during the ’09 season. You would have thought a nuke hit Wisconsin. “MM should be fired, TT should be fired, Rodgers sucks, we’ll never win another game!!!” Vikes fans poured it on…”You were only good because of Favre so get ready for 20 years of losing! We’re coming, we’re coming!!!”

    They finished the season 11-5. Since then…

    10-6, Won Super Bowl
    15-1, Won Division
    11-5, Won Division
    8-7-1, Won Division
    12-4, Won Division
    6-3…???

    Reality is coming. And very soon.

  58. What the heck is that stench? Wait….I think it is the putrid smell of the Ravens, Cowboys. Colts and Seahawks stinking up the NFL!

  59. You call these “power” rankings yet, they appear to be little more than “popularity” rankings.

  60. lyfordjr says:
    Nov 17, 2015 8:28 AM

    “Patriots may have cleared the last major hurdle on their schedule…”
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    Patriots could easily lose to Buffalo, and Denver, and to Houston on the road, and either or both of the last two games of the year depending on the standings at that point.

    I figure they’ll finish 13-3, which might still be good enough for a bye.

  61. “Patriots could easily lose to Buffalo, and Denver, and to Houston on the road, and either or both of the last two games of the year depending on the standings at that point.
    I figure they’ll finish 13-3, which might still be good enough for a bye”

    Eh spuky, the pats don’t lose “easily” to anybody and the idea that they would drop 3 out of the next 7…… hilarious is the only proper term. I don’t think they will go undefeated, there will be some trap game coming up ahead, but there is about as much chance of them losing 3 of the upcoming games as an asteriod taking out earth in the next few weeks.

  62. igotgamenj says:
    Nov 17, 2015 9:12 AM
    …..Last 2 years Edelman was targeted 286 times had 197 receptions 2028 rec yards avg 11 YARDS PER CATCH so every time he caught the ball it was basically a 1st down and this season he was on pace to have his best season ever. Pats are not replacing that production its impossible

    Edelman is a great player, no one else like him on the Pats, but…seems like it was just two years ago that we (Pats fans) were hearing…

    Pats are not replacing Wes Welker’s production, it is impossible.

    The above was probably a good prediction because one can argue the Pats did not replace Welker, the Pats improved the model.

    Other than defeating the Giants, nothing ever seems to be impossible to the Pats.

    And the Pats just defeated the Giants.

    I don’t know what adjustments the Pats will make in their game plans and how their various chess pieces will fit, but I am ridiculously confident that they will be in the hunt well into January and not at all surprised if they are the AFC rep in Super Bowl 50.

  63. Super Bowl 50: Undefeated Pats vs undefeated Panthers, the winner?????? Every one. No one has to see another year of wheeling out that jackazz Schula and that bunch of crap bag retired Dolphins has beens

  64. bronco1st,
    What you are referring to are part of the logic for TIE-BREAKING.
    Not a subjective determination of how good or “powerful” a team is compared to another and based on their current circumstances, and overall recent play.

    Hence the “fun” of ranking and debating. PURE subjectivity really.

    Would a 7-9 team be considered better than a 14-2 team that they just happened to beat twice?

    Nobody with common sense would suggest that.

    But by your logic they should be “RANKED” ahead of them.

    And even in the world of NFL tie-breakers which you referenced, they would STILL lose out to the 14-2 team because that other team would have already been superior based on several OTHER tie-breakers… like common opponents, conference opponents, winning percentage, etc., etc.

  65. ruvelligwebuike says:
    Nov 17, 2015 11:19 AM
    I distinctly remember the Packers losing to an 0-7 Bucs team to fall to 4-4 during the ’09 season. You would have thought a nuke hit Wisconsin. “MM should be fired, TT should be fired, Rodgers sucks, we’ll never win another game!!!” Vikes fans poured it on…”You were only good because of Favre so get ready for 20 years of losing! We’re coming, we’re coming!!!”

    They finished the season 11-5. Since then…

    10-6, Won Super Bowl
    15-1, Won Division
    11-5, Won Division
    8-7-1, Won Division
    12-4, Won Division
    6-3…???

    Reality is coming. And very soon.
    _______________________________________

    Reality is here. The Packers won those games with solid rosters, a damn good offensive line and spectacular WR/TE corps. The defense had players like Jenkins, Pickett, Hawk, etc. The roster is just not as good as it has been in the past.

  66. superpatriotsfan says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:38 AM
    Bill Clinton has more integrity than the Patriots.

    ___________________________

    . . . “I did not have sexual relations with that woman; Ms Lewinski”

    Intergrity? yeah, right

  67. ruvelligwebuike says:
    Nov 17, 2015 11:19 AM
    I distinctly remember the Packers losing to an 0-7 Bucs team to fall to 4-4 during the ’09 season. You would have thought a nuke hit Wisconsin. “MM should be fired, TT should be fired, Rodgers sucks, we’ll never win another game!!!” Vikes fans poured it on…”You were only good because of Favre so get ready for 20 years of losing! We’re coming, we’re coming!!!”

    They finished the season 11-5. Since then…

    10-6, Won Super Bowl
    15-1, Won Division
    11-5, Won Division
    8-7-1, Won Division
    12-4, Won Division
    6-3…???

    Reality is coming. And very soon.
    —————————-
    And besides that SB year, you know how many postseason games they’ve won in 6 seasons? Two. Three one and dones and one non-playoff appearance. yeah, real scary.

  68. The Vikes are unapologetically winning with thin margins but to call them least impressive is contrived and insulting. I wouldn’t put them at five, but I sure as heck wouldn’t put packers top ten right now!

  69. I want to thank PFT for the Jinx on the Patriots perfect season…

    Seriously though… The Giants should have won that game by ten points… except they sucked when it mattered… The Patriots are not going undefeated…
    The over under on loses is 2…

  70. Aaron Rodgers turns 32 in a week. Statistically speaking, the peak for a QB’s career occurs at age 29. The decline really accelerates after age 33.

    Aaron Rodgers is in the final year or two of his peak period, and then he will no longer be able to carry a team. At #15 on the list for passing yards this year, one could argue he is already in decline…. but his TD/INT ratio is still classic Rodgers.

    Bottom line – if the Pack doesn’t make hay this year and next, they are wasting Rodgers’ peak.

  71. Vikings haven’t “earned” a top 5 ranking – well, who is better? Denver with no QB? Green Bay with 3 losses in a row? Pittsburgh? I’d say the Vikings have earned their top 5 rank.

    Of course I’m biased, but I’m confident in my team’s Super Bowl chances, since we will likely have home field throughout the playoffs. GO PANTHERS!

  72. In all the time I have been reading PFT this is the first week that I looked at the comments to the power rankings?

    Fans, you need to chill. Power rankings mean literately zero. It is suppose to be fun and that’s what Florio tries to do. Mike isn’t exactly Robin Williams so the fun is limited but still there if you look close enough.

  73. Seattle’s 4 wins are against Dallas, Detroit (2 wins each), SF (3 wins) and Chicago (4 wins) and they were lucky and got help from refs to squeek by Dallas and Detroit or they be 2-7 and trailing SF. Then you mention how “amazingly” SF is only one game behind Seattle but rank them way back at 27.

    What are you seeing that tbe rest of the free world is missing that warrants a top 10 rating?

  74. I wouldn’t put the Ravens ahead of the Browns right now.

    They already lost to them…at home!

    And this is coming from a Ravens fan!

    No real standout teams this year. Field is wide open! Good luck Pitt and Cincy in the playoffs!

  75. It’s cute when someone that wouldn’t know how to wear a jock strap goes the “health” route.

  76. The Packers have not won since the TV ads aired with Ditka wearing a Packers sweater. True fact.

  77. malab

    What’s funny is there are more fans of other teams using “Super Bowl” and “Vikings” in the same sentence than Vikings fans… 😀

    The Vikings may be returning to the playoffs this season after missing them in 2013 and 2014.

    They may even have a shot at hosting a playoff game or two.

    We’ll have a better idea of our chances after Sunday’s game.

  78. stellarperformance says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:11 AM
    The Vikings and their fans need to enjoy this week. The excitement is about one-tenth that of Super Bowl week. Enjoy it while you can, because reality is about to bring it all crashing back to earth….

    “We are not doing anything different” –McMuffin

  79. Packers #6??? Are you kidding? There’s a few teams on the upswing and this team is in definite decline. Maybe the top 15 but not the top 10. The surging Bears should be rated higher–they’re playing pretty good football in November–The Cheeseheads aren’t.

  80. In all the time I have been reading PFT this is the first week that I looked at the comments to the power rankings?

    Fans, you need to chill. Power rankings mean literately zero. It is suppose to be fun and that’s what Florio tries to do. Mike isn’t exactly Robin Williams so the fun is limited but still there if you look close enough.

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    Frankly, it’s the insecure fans of paper tigers that make the most noise about power rankings. They want all the recognition now, because they know it’s not liable to be there later in the season. Primarily fans of teams like the Panthers, who still complain they’re the lowest rank undefeated team despite the fact that they’re number 2, lol. And yeah, Vikings fans a little bit too.

  81. Mike Zimmer has his group playing like a team, and doing somethings they haven’t in more years than I can remember.
    NOT losing in the 4th quarter
    NOT getting out coached
    Beating the teams they should beat.
    Go ahead spread the hate for the Vikings, but if my team were on their schedule, I wouldn’t want to play them right now!
    So much for the favored Raiders team averaging 35 points a game.
    Packers favored playing in Minnesota this weekend..
    OK … just another game. They are playing with poise and confidence, what’s wrong with cheering them on with Confidence?
    But if I were the Steelers, Bills, Giants, FALCONS, and Bears.. I’d be a little upset

  82. Packer fans should be on their hands and knees thanking the NFL Gods for their upcoming schedule.
    except for their upcoming losses to the Vikings, their losses to the Bears, and Lions, and Cardinals, and Raiders and Cowboys OH MY
    But theres always next Year.

  83. You Vikings fans are really annoying, you guys act like y’all won the super bowl. Where was the Vikings fans after the Niners humiliated them? the first 5 weeks you guys were quiet. I hope ya’ll don’t think Teddy noodle arm Bridgewater gonna lead you to a championship, ya’ll would be lucky to get a wildcard the way the Vikings back schedule is. Packers own the NFC North and will until Rodgers retire.

  84. Seahawks 10th? Doesn’t matter where you put them this week as they’re still on a slide.

    Seriously, the Seahawks need therapy! It’s like they really haven’t gotten over that blown final offensive play from the Super Bowl. Their psyche hasn’t been right since (I don’t think Russell Wilson’s off-season team trip to Hawaii was enough to get them over the hump.)

  85. the vikings haven’t accomplished anything yet, we’re just getting started.

    hey, who was the last team to beat the panthers in the regular season…. oh, thats right. Minnesota.

  86. You can.t blame fans for cheering their team after a rebuilding period Anybody that denies the outstanding job Zimmer has done with a team that was 3-13 the year before he took over is just plain……..
    you make up the word..
    And by the way, the only people talking Super Bowl, or Championship, even Division winners, are Viking trolls and haters.
    I am happy for the Panther, Bengals, and Cards, you have great fans.. We talk now because we have heard nothing but Childish Smack from Arrogant Packer fans for the past 6 years!

  87. How did the Fins fall after that last defense performance? Jones is up for clutch player of the week.

  88. Patriots could easily lose to Buffalo, and Denver, and to Houston

    Negative.

    They could POSSIBLY lose to Buffalo but I doubt it because it’s at the razor, and Denver / Houston have no chance to out-score them.

  89. I’m very disheartened by my fellow Vike fans. Gentlemen, we have accomplished nothing yet, let’s hold reign in our hubris until we have actually accomplished something.

  90. johngaltwho says:
    Nov 17, 2015 9:32 AM

    Packers certainly havent earned a #6 ranking. Hopefully though all this doom and gloom will light a fire and get them playing the kind of football we know they’re capable of playing. Vikings fans dont have enough experience as fans of a winning team to develop any perspective.
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    That’s a good one. I’ve watched the Packers and Vikings for a long, long time. From 1970-1991, a period of 21 years, the Packers record was a 132 – 188, a 41% winning percentage. Yes, the Vikings didn’t win a Super Bowl, but that was the only thing they didn’t win and they owned the division.

  91. csmoove18 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 5:25 PM

    You Vikings fans are really annoying, you guys act like y’all won the super bowl. Where was the Vikings fans after the Niners humiliated them? the first 5 weeks you guys were quiet. I hope ya’ll don’t think Teddy noodle arm Bridgewater gonna lead you to a championship, ya’ll would be lucky to get a wildcard the way the Vikings back schedule is. Packers own the NFC North and will until Rodgers retire
    ==================================

    Eloquently spoken, as only a true packer “fan” could do………..Poetry.

  92. For all you well-adjusted, highly-educated geniuses whining about the Packers and Seahawks being too high, or the Panthers and Vikings not getting enough respect…

    Packers are in a minor slump in which they lost two road games against division leaders and one at home against a division rival playing their last meaningful (to them anyway) game of the season. Packers are still the team to beat in that division. I would certainly still have them ranked above the Vikings, who have looked good but have two yet to play against Packers and may be peaking too early.

    Seahawks have only 4 wins against garbage teams. 2/3 of the NFL looks like garbage on any given week this year. Their losses are to the Panthers (9-0), Rams (4-5), Packers (6-3), Cardinals (7-2) and Bengals (8-1). And they held a 4th quarter lead in every one of those games. There may be an argument that 6-3 Atlanta deserves to be ahead of them, but I think there’s a stronger argument that the Bills should be shuffled down. No other team below them deserves to be ahead of the Seahawks.

    Panthers haven’t lost, but they haven’t looked nearly as confident or competent as the Patriots in doing so. I know it’s not much space on a screen, but there is a deep, yawning chasm between #1 and #2 on this list. Patriots won the Superbowl last year, Panthers won the NFC South loser lottery. Patriots get every team’s best effort, Panthers, nope. And while he is playing better than in the past, Cam Newton has done little to dispel doubts about his intelligence or maturity, whereas Brady is just some sort of annoying robot with the best pedigree in sports these days. One coach is known for his icy cool demeanor and excellent game planning, and the other coach is known for his penchant for risky moves. Give it up.

    Vikings have looked awful more than they’ve looked great. And, come on, it’s the Vikings. They are basically the Bengals of the NFC, without all those recent playoff appearances. If I were some sort of degenerate gambler, I’d put it all on the Vikings to get humiliated by the Packers this week.

    All this should be well-sorted in the next month. Until then, maybe focus on work a little more, do your job better and maybe you won’t need to seek validation from a meaningless and arbitrary ranking, performed by a man without a background in writing or sports.

  93. csmoove18 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 5:25 PM
    You Vikings fans are really annoying, you guys act like y’all won the super bowl. Where was the Vikings fans after the Niners humiliated them? the first 5 weeks you guys were quiet. I hope ya’ll don’t think Teddy noodle arm Bridgewater gonna lead you to a championship, ya’ll would be lucky to get a wildcard the way the Vikings back schedule is. Packers own the NFC North and will until Rodgers retire.

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    From the games I have watched this year the Packers are bad…..really bad. And where are all the people that were claiming Rogers was the best QB in the league? At this point, he is not even the best QB in his own division.

  94. The Giants are WAY too low. They are not an average football team, they are much more than that. They are the best NY/NJ football team not the worst.

  95. Oops Fins went up 2 sorry. I see the Business Insider did drop them 3 after this nice write up.

    Week 10 MVP: Ndamukong Suh dominated the Eagles on Sunday, with seven tackles, three hits to the quarterback, a sack, and three tackles for a loss.

    One thing to know: The Dolphins rallied back from a 16-3 deficit on Sunday — their second double-digit comeback win of the year.

  96. 1. World Champion Patriots
    2-31. All tied for last. I mean…do they REALLY matter?

    🙂

  97. I have to agree the packers are way to high at this point maybe top 15 until proven otherwise .

    Minnesota fan needs to calm down.. It is getting colder and teams are going to stack the box against AP and make Bridgewater beat them and that is something this young man has not proven he is capable of yet.

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