Week 11 Power Rankings: Eagles, Jets in Panic Mode
In the offseason the Eagles made noise when Michael Vick declared that this Eagles team could be a dynasty. The Jets made a splash when they brought in Tim Tebow to back up Mark Sanchez. Both teams missed the playoffs a season ago, and both teams had a target on their back thanks to constant media coverage.
Now, through week 10 of the 2012 NFL season, both teams are 3-6, and both teams have once again dominated the media. The entire city of Philadelphia is screaming for the firing of Andy Reid, and the benching of Michael Vick in favor of rookie Nick Foles. Thanks to a Vick concussion, the Foles era will launch in Washington. How long it will last is unknown, but Eagles fans are getting their wish.
As for the Jets? Is it really a surprise that this season has been a constant distraction? What did they think would happen when they brought in Tim Tebow? At 3-6, Mark Sanchez has struggled mightily, and it looks as if this Tebow thing has something to do with it. That's a shocker, right? Even with their struggles, the season isn't over yet. The schedule is favorable the rest of the way as six of the Jets final seven games are against teams with losing records. Maybe I am just a Tim Tebow enthusiast, but I believe it is time to put him in. In fact, it's over due.
Anyway, here are my power rankings after week 10 with some shake-ups in the top five. It's hard to trust teams in the NFL this season.
1. Houston Texans (3): 8-1. Are the Texans the NFL's best team? Their defense was dominant in Sunday Night's win in Chicago. If they can stay healthy, look out.
2. Atlanta Falcons (1): 8-1. They nearly stole that one in New Orleans before their offense froze in the red zone. They'll bounce back at home against the Cardinals.
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3. Chicago Bears (2): 7-2. The biggest concern for the Bears after that loss against the Texans is the health of Jay Cutler. They'll need him on Monday Night in San Francisco.
4. Green Bay Packers (5): 6-3. The Packers come out of the bye week riding a four game winning streak, with Aaron Rodgers playing at an MVP level. Next up, visits to Detroit and New York.
5. San Francisco 49ers (4): 6-2-1. The defense let them down against the Rams, and they lost Alex Smith in the process to a concussion. Will he be healthy enough for the Bears on Monday Night Football?
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (7): 6-3. The city of Pittsburgh is holding their breath, hoping Ben Roethlisberger's injury isn't too severe. It comes at a bad time with the Ravens on the horizon for two of their next three games.
7. Baltimore Ravens (9): 7-2. With games against the Steelers in two of their next three games, the Ravens will surely be tested. They made it look easy against the Raiders.
8. New England Patriots (6): 6-3. If their defense does not tighten up, the Patriots will have a hard time getting back to the Super Bowl. They got lucky against the Bills.
9. Denver Broncos (10): 6-3. Peyton Manning has made a case for MVP during the Broncos four game winning streak, throwing 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. The Broncos are rolling.
10. New York Giants (8): 6-4. Eli Manning gets the bye week at a perfect time to rest his throwing arm. The schedule the rest of the way only gets tougher for the defending champions.
11. Indianapolis Colts (11): 6-3. The streaking Colts face their biggest test yet as they travel to Foxborough next up. Andrew Luck, meet Tom Brady.
12, Seattle Seahawks (14): 6-4. The Seahawks head into the bye week with a perfect 5-0 record at home. They hit the road for two straight games next up.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (15): 5-4. Give Greg Schiano credit, he has brought discipline to this Buccaneers team. A wild card spot is not out of the realm of possibility for this team.
14. Minnesota Vikings (16): 6-4. The bye week comes before the Vikings hit the road for Chicago and Green Bay. That may not end well.
15. Dallas Cowboys (18): 4-5. They saved their season in Philadelphia and now get a three game home stand. It starts against the Browns.
16. New Orleans Saints (19): 4-5. That's two straight impressive wins for the Saints, and suddenly they look like they aren't quite dead yet. Can they get back to .500 in Oakland this week?
17. Cincinnati Bengals (22): 4-5, That win over the Giants gives Andy Dalton his first win of his career over a playoff team. The Bengals dominated the Giants.
18. Detroit Lions (13): 4-5. Calvin Johnson exploded on Sunday for 12 catches and 207 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough. The Lions next host the Packers and the Texans.
19. St. Louis Rams (25): 3-5-1. Not many people gave them a chance in San Francisco, and they nearly stole it. They can't be satisfied with a tie.
20. San Diego Chargers (17): 4-5. Philip Rivers' decision making seems to get worse each game, and that interception for a touchdown was pitiful. Tick tock, Norv Turner.
21. Tennessee Titans (28): 4-6. Jake Locker returned with a splash, as the Titans put a beating on the Dolphins. That's a good sign heading into the bye week.
22. Miami Dolphins (12): 4-6. What was that against the Titans? They got embarrassed at home to the tune of 37-3.
23. Washington Redskins (23): 3-6. The Redskins look to snap a three game losing streak when the Nick Foles led Eagles come to town on Sunday.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (21): 3-6. Eagles fans are getting their wish, as Michael Vick will be sidelined with a concussion. Your turn, Nick Foles.
25. New York Jets (20): 3-6. At this point, there is no reason not to move forward with Tim Tebow. This Mark Sanchez thing is not working out.
26. Arizona Cardinals (26): 4-5. The Cardinals come out of the bye week on a five game losing streak. Next up? A trip to Atlanta to play an angry Falcons team. Good luck.
27. Buffalo Bills (29): 3-6. That loss in New England was like so many Bills losses over the years. Ryan Fitzpatrick is now 5-21 in fourth quarter comeback situations. It's time to address their need for a franchise quarterback.
28. Carolina Panthers (27): 2-7. The Ron Rivera watch is on, and you have to wonder if he will make it through the entire season. Cam Newton hasn't exactly helped matters either.
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29. Oakland Raiders (24): 3-6. They can't stop anybody on defense, giving up 42 and 55 points in their past two games respectively. Next up, it doesn't get any easier when the Saints come to town.
30. Cleveland Browns (30): 2-7. The rest of the season is about seeing if Brandon Weeden is the answer for the Browns for the future. At 29, that is a tall order.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (32): 1-8. The good news is the Chiefs finally led in a game in regulation this season. The bad news is they could not pull it off in overtime.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (31): 1-8. Watching Blaine Gabbert play, you wouldn't assume the Jaguars took a top ten pick on him a season ago. The experiment has failed. This team needs a quarterback.
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