NFL Power Rankings: Ranking Teams After Week 11 and 5 Random Thoughts

Justin Schultz@@JSchu23Correspondent INovember 19, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 18:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Tom Brady #12 against  the Indianapolis Colts into the end zone for a touchdown in the first half at Gillette Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The NFL is filled with mediocrity this season. While there are a few teams that are clearly the powerhouses of the NFL, ranking teams after that was like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

There are two 9-1 teams (Houston and Atlanta), but which one has the upper hand? Can anyone from the AFC take down the Texans? The Falcons won a game in which Matt Ryan threw five interceptions. Is Atlanta's defense that good, or is the Cardinals offense that bad?

This was an exciting week in the NFL with high-scoring affairs and three overtime games.

Here are five things I think after Week 11.


1. Norv Turner and Andy Reid are as good as gone. But are they really? We've said this about the two coaches countless times and have been mistaken every one of them. I believe Reid will remain with the Eagles for the remainder of the season and then get the axe. Turner will not last the season. Give him one more week.

2. The Texans still have a top-five defense despite being thrashed by the one-win Jaguars. Uncharacteristic mental mistakes and poor tackling were the cause of Jacksonville's success. However, Houston must start racking up the sacks. Connor Barwin and Brooks Reid are nowhere to be found.

3. Peyton Manning is on his way to winning yet another MVP. The Broncos have a cake walk schedule the rest of the way, and Manning should not only feast on Thanksgiving, but also eat up defenses.


4. It seems that Bill Belichick's strategy of running up the score with his starters has finally proved fatal. Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm during an extra-point attempt with a 35-point lead. Unbelievable.

5. The Arizona Cardinals had 70 passing yards against the Falcons. John Skelton completed 2-of-7 passes for for six yards before being benched for Ryan Lindley, who completed 9-of-20 for 64 yards. The Cardinals are one of the worst teams in the NFL.


Week 11 Power Rankings

  1. Houston Texans
  2. Denver Broncos
  3. Atlanta Falcons
  4. San Francisco 49ers
  5. New England Patriots
  6. Green Bay Packers
  7. Chicago Bears
  8. Baltimore Ravens
  9. Pittsburgh Steelers
  10. New Orleans Saints
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  12. Cincinnati Bengals
  13. Seattle Seahawks
  14. New York Giants
  15. Minnesota Vikings
  16. Indianapolis Colts
  17. Detroit Lions
  18. Washington Redskins
  19. Dallas Cowboys
  20. St. Louis Rams
  21. Tennessee Titans
  22. San Diego Chargers
  23. Buffalo Bills
  24. New York Jets
  25. Miami Dolphins
  26. Philadelphia Eagles
  27. Arizona Cardinals
  28. Oakland Raiders
  29. Carolina Panthers
  30. Cleveland Browns
  31. Jacksonville Jaguars
  32. Kansas City Chiefs