Week 11 power rankings

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1. Saints (8-1; last week No. 1): Plenty of teams have delivered a defeat embarrassing enough to get a coach fired; the Saints actually beat the Bengals so badly that they reacted by hiring Hue Jackson.

2. Rams (9-1; No. 2): Sean McVay should get coach of the year votes simply for emerging with a win after one of the toughest weeks any team will face.

3. Chiefs (9-1; No. 4): Tyreek Hill‘s camera-commandeering celebration will be worth every penny of the inevitable fine.

4. Chargers (7-2; No. 5): The second best team in the AFC is also the second best team in the AFC West.

5. Patriots (7-3; No. 3): The bye week will force the Pats to keep the bad taste in their mouths a lot longer than usual.

6. Steelers (6-2-1; No. 6): After Thursday night’s performance against the Panthers, the cool kids are calling the quarterback Ben Fiftyberger.

7. Bears (6-3; No. 11): A dark horse Super Bowl contender is emerging in the NFC.

8. Vikings (5-3-1; No. 8): A dark horse Super Bowl contender still lingers in the NFC.

9. Texans (6-3; No. 10): The AFC South could be a jumbled mess down the stretch, if the Texans can’t keep winning.

10. Washington (6-3; No. 13): One brother could be the best coach in the league this year, and the other brother could be the exact opposite.

11. Panthers (6-3; No. 7): About those complaints that the Panthers weren’t ranked higher. . . .

12. Titans (5-4; No. 19): If the Titans could consistently play like they did on Sunday, they could beat anyone.

13. Packers (4-4-1; No. 14): Postseason chances, and Mike McCarthy’s employment, could be hinging on the next two games, at Seattle and at Minnesota.

14. Cowboys (4-5; No. 22): Just when we thought they were out, they pushed themselves back in.

15. Eagles (4-5; No. 9): Just when we thought they were in, they pushed themselves back out.

16. Seahawks (4-5; No. 16): The sixth seed is still realistic, and the Rams should be fretting about a third round with their division rivals.

17. Ravens (4-5; No. 17): The Lamar Jackson era could be starting, which will end the Joe Flacco era, the John Harbaugh era, or both.

18. Bengals (5-4; No. 12): All jokes and criticisms aside, Hue Jackson is a great assistant coach. But not great enough to get another team to forget about 3-36-1.

19. Browns (3-6-1; No. 24): Cleveland is getting a glimpse of how good the team could be with a different head coach than the one it had for 2016, 2017, and half of 2018.

20. Falcons (4-5; No. 15): The Falcons aren’t back is back.

21. Dolphins (5-5; No. 18): They’re doing a better job of dealing with adversity this year, but there’s still plenty of adversity to deal with.

22. Colts (4-5; No. 26): An inevitably trendy playoff pick in 2019, they still may make it in 2018.

23. Lions (3-6; No. 20): It may not be time to panic yet. After the next two games, it could be.

24. Buccaneers (3-6; No. 21): The deck chairs officially have been rearranged.

25. Broncos (3-6; No. 25): A 5-2 finish is needed to avoid consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1971-72.

26. Bills (3-7; No. 30): Welcome to the AAF, Nathan Peterman.

27. Jaguars (3-6; No. 23): Welcome to the AFC South basement, Jaguars.

28. Jets (3-7; No. 27): Welcome to hell, Jets fans.

29. Giants (2-7; No. 31): They can’t even tank successfully.

30. Cardinals (2-7; No. 28): A strong draft or two, and the Cardinals could return to prominence.

31. 49ers (2-8; No. 29): Don’t blow your shot at Nick Bosa with another late-season run.

32. Raiders (1-8; No. 32): It’s very brave of Mark Davis to continue to support the guy to whom Davis previously gave a 10-year, $100 million contract.

69 responses to “Week 11 power rankings

  1. “Plenty of teams have delivered a defeat embarrassing enough to get a coach fired; the Saints actually beat the Bengals so badly that they reacted by hiring Hue Jackson.”

    Thanks for the laugh.

  2. Still can’t shake the feeling that the first team to rediscover what a defense is will blow up this list and run off laughing with a Lombardi.

  3. I never thought it would be possible to say this, but…. Both the Raiders and MNF were so much better with Gruden in the booth. I used to think he was terrible, then I heard Jason Witten. Come back John, we miss you.

  4. The Bears have the best defense in the NFL.

    Prove me wrong.
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    Prove yourself right after they play the Rams……

  5. 17. Ravens (4-5; No. 17): The Lamar Jackson era could be starting, which will end the Joe Flacco era, the John Harbaugh era, or both.
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    A skinny inaccurate one read QB, what could go wrong?

  6. Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score—We want a lot more!
    Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

  7. Re: the Redskins… everyone says D wins Championships and they are winning with D so why is everyone hating on them? Remember when Rex Grossman was the QB for the Bears and they got to the SB on D??? Plus they’ll be getting Trent Williams, Chris Thompson and Crowder back soon. We’ll see. #HTTR

  8. The NFC East is all done. Stick a fork in it. Champion Washington Redskins.

    We will end 3rd in the NFC.

    Minnesota will end 6th.

    Pick City Cousins will travel to FedEx Field on Wildcard weekend and get utterly embarrassed and exposed for the garbage QB he is. EASIEST PLAYOFF WIN EVER.

  9. As a Pats fan, based purely on weekly power, I’d put Steelers above Pats. But I’d also put both above Chargers who have a better record but all Chargers’ wins have been from sub-500 teams and losses to above-500 teams. I like Rivers a lot but as a whole that team is placed a tad high.

  10. Week #2 and the Jaguars were #1. #1!!!! And then boom goes the dynamite…..dang….back to the same old Jags. Bortles even played ok, but the defense in the first half- blown assignment after blown assignment with wide open TE’s….c’mon, man!

  11. chickensalad43 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    The Bears have the best defense in the NFL.

    Prove me wrong.

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    Which stat do you want?

    3 teams better PPG, 4 teams better Total Points, Most of the league better in 4th down percentage, several on 3rd down percentage. Few teams worse in penalties. Sorry but in virtually every category, the Ravens beat the Bears. And I am from Chicago. And I hate the Ravens.

  12. chickensalad43 says:

    November 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    The Bears have the best defense in the NFL.

    Prove me wrong.
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    You are wrong, the Bills have the best defense in the NFL, just go to NFL.com and you will see, ranked number 1.

  13. Dont sleep on the Bills getting back to 8-8 to finish the season and blowing their chance at a top 5 draft pick. They have the easiest schedule in the NFL down the second half and arguably the best defense in football right now.

  14. The Bears game will be the toughest game the Vikings have yet played this year. Division game in a stadium where the Vikings have traditionally struggled. Vikings have gone 3-14 since 2001 in games played in Illinois (Vikings lost to the Bears at Champaign in 2003). The 3 victories were by 3 points each time. In that span, the Lions have won 6 at the Bears, and the Packers have won 15. Not a friendly place at all for the Vikings.

  15. mzew233 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Pats are a Wild-card this year. No way they can keep home-field throughout, and no way they can win in KC

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    The Chiefs will lose to the Rams and given the talk about poor field conditions in Mexico, they are likely going to lose players. That means they will likely lose more games after that, in the meantime the Patriots have a favourable remaining schedule. This includes beating the Steelers as they normally do every year.

  16. Steelers this, Steelers that. Overrated! Look at the rest of their schedule. One of their wins and the tie came against the Browns. They beat the same Falcons team that the Browns just won by two touchdowns against. They have to play the Jaguars in Jacksonville, the Broncos in Denver, the Chargers in Pittsburgh, the Raiders in Oakland (free win), the Patriots in Pittsburgh, and the Saints in New Orleans. They can have all the talent in the league, I don’t care. They have one thing that keeps them from winning it all each season: Mike Tomlin.

  17. “streetyson says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    As a Pats fan, based purely on weekly power, I’d put Steelers above Pats. But I’d also put both above Chargers who have a better record but all Chargers’ wins have been from sub-500 teams and losses to above-500 teams. I like Rivers a lot but as a whole that team is placed a tad high.”

    They’ve played 3 teams with winning records. Lost to 2 of the top 3 teams in the NFL & beat the Titans, a team that just spanked the Pats

  18. chickensalad43 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    The Bears have the best defense in the NFL.

    Prove me wrong.

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    Challenge accepted

    1) Titans 16.8 pts per game
    4) Bears 19.4 pts per game

  19. Bill Bixby says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Look through that list carefully…. Isn’t it amazing how many awful teams there are?

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    It is, and I suspect the small sample size of an NFL season only reinforces it. If the season were 32 games long, every team might be .500. So few reliable teams, perhaps none.

  20. chickensalad43 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    The Bears have the best defense in the NFL.

    Prove me wrong.
    ________

    The Bears have a very good defense and I don’t know if I can prove you wrong, but just looking at the statistics I see they’re fourth in both yards allowed and points allowed. Baltimore is second in both. Tennessee is first in points allowed and sixth in yards allowed. I think you need to state your case before you ask others to prove you wrong.

  21. mnmouth says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm
    The Bears game will be the toughest game the Vikings have yet played this year. Division game in a stadium where the Vikings have traditionally struggled. Vikings have gone 3-14 since 2001 in games played in Illinois
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    And if Mike Zimmer, and Kirk Cousins, or the rest of the Vikings had played in those 17 years, I might start to believe that stat. However, the Vikings have won 2 of the last 3 in Chicago, and until Mitch proves otherwise, he’s still a young QB going up against a very good defense. The Vikings game will be the toughest game the Bears have yet played this year.

  22. So the Chiefs have beaten 2 of the top 6 in your list and lost by 3 on the road to your #5 team and are getting ready to play your #2 team this Monday. The only team your #2 team has played in this list is the Saints and they lost…….and yet here we are with the Rams at #2 on your list. Yeah this makes perfect sense. I’m just waiting to see if the Chiefs do lose to the Rams how soon you will put your favs the Chargers ahead of the Chiefs even though they would have the same record and a loss to the Chiefs.

  23. @akaodoyle — You mean you miss him. We don’t. Gruden was terrible on MNF. I hope after he gets fired in Oakland he stays out of football.

  24. TruFBFan says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    chickensalad43 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    The Bears have the best defense in the NFL.

    Prove me wrong.

    —-

    Which stat do you want?

    3 teams better PPG, 4 teams better Total Points, Most of the league better in 4th down percentage, several on 3rd down percentage. Few teams worse in penalties. Sorry but in virtually every category, the Ravens beat the Bears. And I am from Chicago. And I hate the Ravens.

    _________

    Baltimore’s good no doubt. But:

    Chicago: 16 interceptions (leads the NFL), 15 forced fumbles (one less than league leading Buffalo that’s played one more game)

    Baltimore: 5 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles

  25. 13. Packers (4-4-1; No. 14): Postseason chances, and Mike McCarthy’s employment, could be hinging on the next two games, at Seattle and at Minnesota.
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    Interesting – after their win against Miami I thought for sure that PFT would rank them #4 in the power rankings.

  26. The Bears have the best defense in the NFL.

    Prove me wrong.

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    Worng….as others have stated!
    Oh..good luck Sunday night.

  27. “ezpkns34 says:

    November 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    “streetyson says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    As a Pats fan, based purely on weekly power, I’d put Steelers above Pats. But I’d also put both above Chargers who have a better record but all Chargers’ wins have been from sub-500 teams and losses to above-500 teams. I like Rivers a lot but as a whole that team is placed a tad high.”

    They’ve played 3 teams with winning records. Lost to 2 of the top 3 teams in the NFL & beat the Titans, a team that just spanked the Pats”

    Chargers would have lost that game against the Titans if they’d ran the ball on that 2pt conversion…

  28. 49ers value wins over draft position. In this draft you don’t need the #1 overall pick if you’re looking for D Linemen.

    People said the 49ers blew their chance to draft Roquan Smith before last draft. But we ended up drafting a better Linebacker in the 3rd round.

    Tanking isn’t wise as Head coaches don’t get passes for losing. They may not get fired at the moment, but they’ll have to answer for their losing seasons eventually. It’s in Kyle and John’s best interested to win as many games as they can…they’re doing the right thing.

    Losing is a poor foundation to build a team…in the words of the legendary 49er coach Jim Harbaugh…..Losing is not an option.

  29. . Saints (8-1; last week No. 1): Plenty of teams have delivered a defeat embarrassing enough to get a coach fired; the Saints actually beat the Bengals so badly that they reacted by hiring Hue Jackson.

  30. 1. Saints (8-1; last week No. 1): Plenty of teams have delivered a defeat embarrassing enough to get a coach fired; the Saints actually beat the Bengals so badly that they reacted by hiring Hue Jackson.

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    That’s the funniest thing I have read in a while!

  31. This entire league is a joke. Instead of giving the worst team in the nfl the first round draft pick. They should do what they do in the real FUTBOL. Demote said team to the lower division, and promote the lower division team that won their respective league championship. This gives team an incentive to not tank. All we are teaching is “losers get rewarded”.

  32. Seahawks and Russell Wilson keep bungling end of game opportunities yet I keep hearing they are up and coming. Unless they bring back their 2013 defense and have 14 point leads going into the 4th quarter, this is who they are no matter what. Horrible end of game coaching, and the offense is poorly prepared to do simple things like hurry up, get set to spike, and sideline pass plays. It’s high school level when seconds count.

  33. I’m pretty sure that I don’t agree with the Mack trade, even though he was making a huge demand and unwilling to negotiate with the Raiders. Other than that the team was already devoid of talent upun Gruden’s arrival.

  34. Commentawaitingdeletion: This is true, think Rex Grossman threw 2 or 3 picks in that SB but Alex Smith is not a QB that makes those mistakes. But, his dink and dunk bs won’t win games in the playoffs. Skins O better start stepping up.

  35. mnmouth says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    The Bears game will be the toughest game the Vikings have yet played this year.
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    They played at the Los Angeles Rams four days after being taken apart by the Bills. Playing at Chicago coming off a bye doesn’t compare.

  36. The Bears will go as far as a healthy Kahlil Mack and their run game (which has been weak of late) can take them. Trubisky’s emergence is impressive but I can’t help but think he has a couple of clinker games left in him this season and if they can’t lean on their run game in those situations, they’ll be in trouble against opponents of any quality at all.

    That all said, as a Bears fan who has watched Chicago play terrible football for way too many years, this season is the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

  37. streetyson says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm
    As a Pats fan, based purely on weekly power, I’d put Steelers above Pats. But I’d also put both above Chargers who have a better record but all Chargers’ wins have been from sub-500 teams and losses to above-500 teams. I like Rivers a lot but as a whole that team is placed a tad high.
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    ^^^^^^^^^^This^^^^^^^^^^
    Before you crown, them let’s see how they do in December during the toughest part of their schedule.
    They will still make the playoffs unless they fall off a cliff but let’s not get to excited just yet.

  38. The Steelers will have a tough time getting the 2 seed with their schedule even if they beat the Pats. That damn tie to Cleveland is haunting them. Pats will have 12 wins and Steelers will have 11 at year’s end and will have to play in NE. Damn you Browns!

  39. Alan Light says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm
    Packers would lose to 13 thr ough 20 on this list…
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    Yeah, yeah. We know.

    And the Vikings are going to win the SuperBowl. Again.

  40. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Dont sleep on the Bills getting back to 8-8 to finish the season and blowing their chance at a top 5 draft pick.
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    I may be inclined to agree with you if their schedule included the Vikings every single week.

  41. flexx91 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    The Bears have the best defense in the NFL.

    Prove me wrong.
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    Prove yourself right after they play the Rams……

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    Other than the Seahawks, what other good defenses have the Bears faced? Mr. Biscuit is gonna have his hands full Sunday night.As long as the Vikes D doesn’t tip off what they are doing before the snap could be a long night for the Bears.

  42. Alex has had great playoff games. Go watch Alex embarrass the saints in the clutch. Don’t sleep on Alex smith. We would’ve won atleast one superbowl with Alex if jim harbaugh wouldn’t have made the dumbest decision in niners history when he benched Alex Smith for krapernick and traded away Alex to krapernick. That cost Jim harbaugh his job and turned the niners from superbowl contenders to the worst teams in the nfl. Alex Smith has also had some great playoff games in kcal but they lost ,thanks to the defense unable to make a stop and giving up over 40 points. This redskins defense is alot better than the defense Alex had in kc. This redskins team will be dangerous in the playoffs.

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