2015 NFL Week 11 Power Rankings: Vikings Take Over NFC North Lead
As anticipated, one undefeated went down in Week 10, but it likely wasn’t who you thought. The Patriots squeaked out a last second victory against the Giants but the 8-0 Bengals laid an egg at home against the Texans. Elsewhere around the league, Peyton Manning broke the all-time record for passing yards in a career, and threw for four interceptions all in the same game.
Further down in the rankings, the Packers continue to fall, while the Chiefs and Bears slowly continue to rise, and the Jaguars, yes the Jaguars, are only one game out of first place.
It was another crazy week in the NFL, a week that saw me go 0-3 in prime time picks, dropping the season record to 13-18. Perhaps Week 11 is when things get back on track, and what better way than to pick a winner between the Titans and Jaguars? Put me on the Jaguars bandwagon on Thursday night as they look for their fourth win of the season. I like the Cardinals to continue their winning ways on Sunday night and I’ll take the Patriots in a close one on Monday.
And with that we move on to the 2015 NFL week 11 power rankings.
Teams’ previous ranking in ( ).
- New England Patriots (1): The loss of Dion Lewis will hurt the Patriots, but you have to believe losing Julian Edelman for an extended period will have a far more noticeable impact.
- Carolina Panthers (3): An undefeated season is looking more plausible by the week, as their only games left against teams over .500 are both against Atlanta, who have not looked very good lately.
- Cincinnati Bengals (2): Cincinnati continues to their prime time struggles and must regroup with a short week ahead and a trip to the desert.
- Minnesota Vikings (5): The Vikings are not only threatening to win the NFC North, they are threatening to make a run through the entire NFC.
- Arizona Cardinals (6): Well, it wasn’t a win against a team over .500, but it was a win on the road in Seattle, in which they led 19-0 and ended up putting up nearly 40 points.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (8): If Big Ben and Antonio Brown could play a full 16 game schedule together, they could potentially shatter every single-season record you can think of.
- Denver Broncos (4): You have to wonder if Peyton Manning’s injury were to be a career ender (extremely unlikely that it will be), if Brett Favre would come back to play in one game to regain the NFL record for passing yards.
- Atlanta Falcons (11): The Falcons move up three spots despite having the week off, due to a lack of really any other team deserving the No. 8 spot.
- New York Giants (10): The Giants move up one slot despite the gut-wrenching loss to New England, due to a lack of really any other team deserving the No. 9 spot.
- Green Bay Packers (7): Oh how the mighty have fallen. They can’t run the ball, they can’t catch the ball, they can’t kick the ball, their staff can’t make any good coaching decisions, and their quarterback has lost his remarkable accuracy. In other words, things aren’t going well in Green Bay.
- Buffalo Bills (13): The Bills are the best team of the 11 teams that currently sit at 5-4 or 4-5, for whatever that’s worth.
- Seattle Seahawks (9): I know they are three games out of first in the NFC West, but you still have to believe this is a team nobody wants to face in January.
- Philadelphia Eagles (12): I think we’re all impressed that Sam Bradford stayed healthy as long as he did.
- New York Jets (14): New York ranks fourth in overall defense and with their upcoming schedule, I believe they will secure one of the AFC Wildcard spots.
- Chicago Bears (18): The Bears have won four of six and their two losses came by three points apiece. I can’t believe I’m saying this but if they keep this up, they are going to have a say in the NFC North.
- Kansas City Chiefs (20): Even after their brutal start, I stuck by the Chiefs and continued to say they would turn it around. Finally at 1-5, I gave up on them and sure enough, they reel off three straight wins and look like a decent team again.
- Indianapolis Colts (17): Even without Andrew Luck, they are still the favorite in the AFC South. And yes that may be the first time anyone has ever been called a favorite at 4-5.
- Oakland Raiders (16): After getting above .500 the Raiders have now lost two straight and don’t quite seem as good as many started making them out to be.
- St. Louis Rams (15): I hate to say it Rams fans, but changing quarterbacks isn’t the answer. Unless you add some weapons in the passing game, nothing is going to change.
- Houston Texans (21): The Texans are tied for first despite having no Arian Foster and on to their third quarterback.
- Miami Dolphins (22): If you created a division using the last place team from each division, the Dolphins would be in first place. In other words, Miami has the best record of last place teams. That’s got to count for something, right?
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24): Tampa Bay has already surpassed their anticipated win total so at this point, you have to say it’s been a successful season.
- Washington Redskins (27): The Redskins had an offensive explosion on Sunday. In fact, their 47 points isn’t all that far off from what they sometimes score in an entire month.
- New Orleans Saints (19): The Saints allowed nearly as many points in their last three games (130) as the Bengals allowed in their first eight (142).
- Tennessee Titans (23): Tennessee surprisingly rankings No. 5 in overall defense, which more or less squashes the theory that defense wins championships. And hey, at 2-7 they are only two games out of the division lead.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (31): The NFL admitted that a mistake made by referees gave the Jaguars a win. But who are we kidding, after the decade that the Jags have been through, they deserved something to go their way.
- Cleveland Browns (26): The Browns season has quickly crashed and burned but that does not mean that all is lost. They are locked in a tight battle with the Ravens for third place in the AFC North.
- San Diego Chargers (28): San Diego narrowly avoided another heart breaking loss in Week 10, thanks in large part due to having the week off.
- Detroit Lions (32): If you had to guess one team that would miss two extra points in one week it would be the Lions. However, if you had to guess a team that would miss two extra points in one week, and still find a way to win, Detroit would be your very last guess.
- San Francisco 49ers (30): Is there a less-impressive 1-2 quarterback combination anywhere else in the league?
- Dallas Cowboys (25): Dallas is 2-0 with Tony Romo this year and 0-7 without him. I guess the good news is that if he stays healthy, that would put Dallas on track to finish 9-7 which will most likely be good enough to win the NFC East.
- Baltimore Ravens (29): When your season is going like Baltimore’s you tend to lose games in every way imaginable.
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