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Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

Week 11 NFL Power Rankings
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Week 10 was the week of blowout wins and the week 11 NFL power rankings reflect that. The Bills, Cowboys, Packers, Patriots, Chiefs, and Eagles all won in blowout games.

There were also some surprises as well. The Dolphins, Washington, the Panthers, and the Vikings all won in week 10.

There was also the first tie of the year. Week 10 wasn’t the best week of football but there were still a a lot of exciting moments. Let’s take a look at where each team stands going into week 11.

1. Buffalo Bills

The Bills were another elite team that had a huge bounce back game on Sunday. They were dominant in a win over the Jets. Josh Allen looked near perfect, throwing for 366 yards and 2 touchdowns. Stefon Diggs also proved he’s an elite receiver, after a slow start to the season. Diggs had 162 yards and 1 touchdown. The Bills have a tough slate of games moving forward. They’ll need a lot more games to look like this if they want to stay on top of the AFC East.

Previous Rank: 7

2. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys bounced back in a big way on Sunday. Dak Prescott threw for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns. CeeDee Lamb recorded 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott got on the board with 2 touchdowns. The defense held the Falcons to only 3 points. When everything is clicking for the Cowboys, they are one of the best teams in the NFL.

Previous Rank: 8

3. Tennessee Titans

The Titans are now a dominant force in the AFC, after a close victory over the Saints. Ryan Tannehill was efficient but not stellar. Marcus Johnson had a big game, recording 100 receiving yards. However, the rushing attack continued to struggle without Derrick Henry. The combined trio of Adrian Peterson, Jeremy McNicholos, and D’Onta Foreman only recorded 58 rushing yards. Derrick Henry’s absence will catch up with the Titans sooner rather than later.

Previous Rank: 4

4. Green Bay Packers

The Packers weren’t great on Sunday, but they were better than the Seahawks. The score stayed at 3-0 until the fourth quarter. Aaron Rodgers had one of the worst games of this season. Aaron Jones left the game with a knee injury and could miss 1-2 weeks. Considering the drama Aaron Rodgers’ vaccination status caused last week, this isn’t a good look for the Packers.

Previous Rank: 5

5. New England Patriots

Mac Jones was the best quarterback taken in the 2021 draft. He proved that on Sunday against the Browns, throwing for 3 touchdowns. As Jones’ confidence grows, the Patriots offense continues to improve. Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kendrick Bourne had 98 yards and 2 touchdown. Did the Patriot’s dynasty ever end? The answer isn’t looking good for the AFC East.

Previous Rank: 10

6. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams might be in trouble. Matthew Stafford struggled once again, as he couldn’t get the ball to his elite receivers. The run game was nonexistent. The defense couldn’t stop a 49ers offense that has been inconsistent all season. The Rams have some tough games the rest of this season. If they want to win, the offense needs to figure out what is going wrong.

Previous Rank: 6

7. Arizona Cardinals

Eventually, not having Kyler Murray or DeAndre Hopkins play would catch up with the Cardinals. It did on Sunday against the Panthers. Colt McCoy left the game with an injury, and was replaced by Chris Streveler. The rest of the offense didn’t show up on Sunday. With so many key players injured, the Cardinals finally seem to be coming back down to Earth. The key now may be getting back Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins as soon as possible.

Previous Rank: 1

8. Baltimore Ravens

The key to beating the Ravens is blitzing Lamar Jackson. The Dolphins defensive line blitzed all night on Thursday. Jackson only finished with 238 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. The Ravens defense had an excellent game, making for a low-scoring affair. Justin Houston, Calais Campbell, and Patrick Queen all recorded at least 5 pressures individually. Moving forward, the Ravens need to do a better job protecting Lamar Jackson if they want to win.

Previous Rank: 3

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Can Tom Brady beat Taylor Heinicke? The answer isn’t looking good. Brady threw for 2 interceptions and only 220 yards against Washington. Leonard Fournette had a decent game with 47 yards, but failed to be a difference maker. The Buccaneers looked sluggish after coming off of their bye week, but Brady has proved resilient before. Considering the Buccaneers easy schedule moving forward, this loss will probably mean very little.

Previous Rank: 2

10. Cincinnati Bengals

They Bengals had their bye week in week 10 and are currently 5-4. After a hot start to the season, the Bengals lost their lost 2 games before the bye week. Considering their tough schedule ahead, the Bengals will need to be at the top of their game if they want to remain a threat.

Previous Rank: 9

11. Los Angeles Chargers

After a hot start to their season, the Chargers have lost 2 of their last 3 games. They lost to the Vikings and failed to make a big statement offensively. Justin Herbert only threw for 195 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Keenan Allen had a big game, finishing with 98 yards but it wouldn’t make a difference. If the Chargers want to stay a threat moving forward, they need to find some sort of balance on offense.

Previous Rank: 9

12. New Orleans Saints

The Saints continued an up and down season with a loss against the Titans on Sunday. Trevor Siemian had a big game, throwing for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns. With Alvin Kamara out, Mark Ingram started at running back. This led to Ingram recording 47 rushing yards and setting the Saints rushing record. If the Saints want to be a serious threat the last half of the season, they need to find a way to stabilize and win consistently.

Previous Rank: 11

13. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs may have finally figured out their struggles. Mahomes looked like he was back to his old self, as he threw for 406 yards and 5 touchdowns. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill also showed up to help. Kelce recorded 119 yards. Hill had 83 yards and 2 touchdowns. Now the Chiefs get much needed breathing room, as they sit atop of the AFC West. Are their offensive struggles finally over? We’ll need to see how they do against the Cowboys next week before we can answer that.

Previous Rank: 17

14. Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr continued to struggle under pressure on Sunday against the Chiefs. Carr struggled to move the ball down field after getting pressured. Josh Jacobs also had a quiet game with only 16 yards. The script for beating the Raiders has been the same all year. Get pressure on Carr and they lose. At this point in the season, it’s a big liability to have.

Previous Rank: 14

15. Cleveland Browns

The Browns weren’t good against the Patriots. Baker Mayfield struggled without Nick Chubb, only throwing for 73 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. D’Ernest Johnson was a bright spot, rushing for 99 yards. The Browns have shown that if they want to win, they need Chubb back as soon as possible.

Previous Rank: 12

16. Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Hurts continues to improve as the season goes on. He was efficient in moving the ball on Sunday against the Broncos and proved he’s an excellent rushing quarterback. Jordan Howard and Boston Scott also contributed to what is becoming an elite Eagles’ rushing attack. As the season goes on, the Eagles continue to improve. This team has a real chance to sneak into the playoffs if this continues.

Previous Rank: 20

17. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts beat the Jaguars on Sunday, but they didn’t make it look easy. Carson Wentz started the game hot, but failed to keep it going for the entire game. The identity for this team continues to be the run game, as Jonathan Taylor finished with 116 yards and a touchdown. The Colts struggled against the Jaguars. Considering their slate of games moving forward, how the Colts played today will hurt them in the long run.

Previous Rank: 18

18. Denver Broncos

The Broncos continued to be inconsistent on Sunday. Teddy Bridgewater had a classic Teddy game. He limited mistakes, but couldn’t do enough to help the Broncos win. Albert Okwuegbunam had a big game, recording 77 yards. The Broncos have a tough slate of games moving forward. If the Broncos continue to play this way, they’ll fall further on the power rankings.

Previous Rank: 18

19. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers struggled on Sunday against the Lions, without key offensive players Chase Claypool and Ben Roethlisberger. Mason Rudolph struggled stepping in for Roethlisberger, consistently overthrowing receivers. The Steelers were given many opportunities to win, but ultimately couldn’t get it done. The game ended in a tie. One bright spot for the Steelers was Najee Harris, who finished with 133 yards and 30 touches. If the Steelers are without Roethlisberger next year, Rudolph is not the clear replacement.

Previous Rank: 15

20. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings looked like a whole new team on Sunday. They fed the ball to Justin Jefferson, who finished with 143 yards. Kirk Cousins made big time throws and rarely check downed. Mike Zimmer showed a willingness to be aggressive, going for it twice on fourth down. At this point, the Vikings still have a chance to make the playoffs. If they play like they did on Sunday, they stand a chance to do that.

Previous Rank: 24

21. Carolina Panthers

With the return of Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey, the Panthers may have found an identity. Newton split snaps with PJ Walker and the quarterback duo got the job done. Newton finished with 2 touchdowns and Walker threw for 157 yards. McCaffrey showed why he’s a difference maker, with 95 rushing yards. It was refreshing to see a Panthers team with an identity for the first time since week 3. At 5-5, the Panthers still have a chance at a playoff run.

Previous Rank: 26

22. New York Giants

The Giants had their bye week in week 10. Considering how their season has gone, it probably won’t be very pretty moving forward.

Previous Rank: 22

23. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers may not be good, but Kyle Shanahan will always find a way to beat Sean McVay. The 49ers rushing attack led them to victory, with Elijah Mitchell and Deebo Samuel leading the way. This was a good game for the 49ers but don’t get your hopes up from this one game. This kind of success will be difficult to sustain over the rest of the season.

Previous Rank: 23

24. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins weren’t great at moving the ball on Thursday night against the Ravens, but they did enough to win. Jacoby Brissett started the game at quarterback, but was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa. If Tua was healthy enough to be the backup, why didn’t he start the game? The Dolphin’s continue a confounding unwillingness to invest in their 2020 first round pick.

Previous Rank: 26

25. Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson made his return to action on Sunday. Saying it could have gone better is an understatement. Wilson was ineffective in the game, throwing for 161 yards and 2 interceptions. Other than that, the most notable moment for their offense came when DK Metcalf was ejected for grabbing the face-masks of 2 Packer defenders. The Seahawks would end the game scoring zero points. The Seahawks just may not be a good team anymore.

Previous Rank: 19

26. Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team may not be good, but they looked good in a win over the Buccaneers. Taylor Heinicke was efficient in moving the ball and Antonio Gibson kept moving the sticks. Unfortunately for Washington, the long term impacts of this game aren’t good. Chase Young is feared to have torn his ACL during the game.

Previous Rank: 30

27. Atlanta Falcons

Not much can be said about the Falcons loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. They scored 3 points. It was bad.

Previous Rank: 21

28. New York Jets

Mike White was good for one week with the Jets. Unfortunately the Mike White era came to a screeching halt, as he threw 4 interceptions in one game.

Previous Rank: 27

29. Chicago Bears

The Bears had their bye week in week 10. It’s a good thing the Lions are in their division or they’d be in last place coming out of the bye.

Previous Rank: 29

30. Jacksonville Jaguars

If Trevor Lawrence wants to be a difference maker, he needs to be consistent for an entire game. His inconsistent play this game is just one of many problems that have plagued the Jaguars all season.

Previous Rank: 28

31. Houston Texans

The Texans’ season has been a dumpster fire. They spent the bye week trying to put that fire out.

Previous Rank: 31

32. Detroit Lions

The Lions didn’t lose on Sunday, but they also didn’t win. This could only happen to the Lions.

Previous Rank: 32

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