NFL Power Rankings: Standings for Every Team Entering Thursday Night Football

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NFL Power Rankings: Standings for Every Team Entering Thursday Night Football
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The NFL power rankings look completely different in Week 11 than they did at the beginning of the season.

The Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons and a number of other teams have completely collapsed.  Meanwhile, teams like the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets have already exceeded expectations.

The Indianapolis Colts will be taking on the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football, but before we get to that game, let's take a look at the power rankings for all 32 teams entering Week 11.

 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

They may have gotten the win, but the Jacksonville Jaguars are still the worst team in football.

The Jaguars rank near the bottom of almost every statistical category.  They struggle defensively, they can't score on offense and they just can't win games.

Sure, they got their first win last week, but the Jaguars got lucky with some late-game breaks, and that won't happen too often this season.

 

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also got their first win of the season, but theirs came against a distracted team that was dealing with a lot of issues off of the field.

The running game took another major hit on Monday night.  According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Mike James suffered a broken ankle in the win, leaving Tampa Bay without its top two running backs.

While Mike Glennon has played well, I don't expect this team to have much success without a reliable running game.

 

30. Houston Texans

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Even with Case Keenum playing well, the Texans just can't win.

Since taking the starting job from Matt Schaub, Keenum has thrown for 822 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.  The defense has also played well, allowing just 280 yards per game.

Unfortunately, none of that has translated into wins at this point, and the Texans are completely out of the playoff race after being a legitimate contender in 2012.

 

29. Minnesota Vikings

Somehow, the Minnesota Vikings came back and pulled off the upset over the Washington Redskins last week, scoring 34 points in the win.

The quarterback situation is still a mess, however.  It looks like Christian Ponder is the guy for now, but who knows how long that will last.

Adrian Peterson can only do so much, as both sides of the ball still have a lot of questions to answer.

 

28. Atlanta Falcons

After being in the talk as a Super Bowl contender in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons have completely fallen apart.

With three straight losses, the Falcons don't seem to have any answers.  Matt Ryan is starting to fall apart, throwing just three touchdowns and seven interceptions over the past three games.

With all of the injuries along with an inexperienced secondary, this team is starting to fall to the bottom of the division it dominated last season.

 

27. Buffalo Bills

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A 3-7 record isn't going to get you very far.  The Buffalo Bills are finding that out the hard way.

E.J. Manuel finally made his return from a knee injury last week, but it didn't exactly go as planned.  He threw for 155 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and it wasn't very pretty.

There are some young pieces on this team, including Manuel and Kiko Alonso.  But this team isn't there yet, and it's going to take a couple of seasons before the Bills can make a playoff push.

 

26. Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are exceeding expectations.  At the same time, they still haven't played very well recently.

For as explosive as Terrelle Pryor has been, he hasn't done a very good job in the passing game over the past few weeks.  He's thrown just one touchdown and eight interceptions in the past four games, and he needs to work on limiting interceptions if this team wants to win some more games.

 

25. Washington Redskins

Even when Robert Griffin III plays well, this team still can't catch a break.

That defense for the Redskins is still terrible.  Pro Football Focus (subscription required) has the Redskins as the second-worst overall defense with a -80.0 grade, just behind the Jaguars.

If the Redskins can't win the easy ones, then we can't expect them to put up many wins at all.

 

24. New York Giants

After starting the season at 0-6, the New York Giants have suddenly won three straight games.  Eli Manning, who had 15 interceptions in those first six games, has only thrown one since.

Tom Coughlin is known for leading his team to incredible comebacks in the second half of the season, but can the Giants really come back from that start?  With how weak the NFC East is right now, there's actually a chance that this could happen.

 

23. Pittsburgh Steelers

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They're 3-2 since the bye, but I still don't have a lot of faith in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The offense just isn't there, with the Steelers averaging just 19.9 points per game.  Even with Le'Veon Bell, they just can't get a consistent running game going.

This team is just old now, and it's going to have to start rebuilding in order to be the successful franchise that it was a few seasons ago.

 

22. Tennessee Titans

Seriously, how do you lose to the Jaguars?

The Tennessee Titans have shown some promise at times this season, but that loss dropped them down quite a few spots in the latest rankings.  Now, they will have to finish the season without Jake Locker, who is out for the season according to Ian Rapoport from NFL.com:

They have a solid secondary with players like Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty, but the rest of the team is struggling to win against weak opponents.

 

21. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have enough things to worry about off the field, making it so much harder to play on the field.

Without two of their starting offensive linemen, the Dolphins are going to have to find ways to protect Ryan Tannehill.  He was sacked twice in their last game, but the pressure will be there more frequently against stronger teams.

It will be interesting to see how this team responds to all of the distractions for the rest of the season, but I'm not expecting much.

 

20. Cleveland Browns

There's no way that Brandon Weeden is starting again with the Cleveland Browns.  The team is 4-1 when he doesn't start, and that has to say something about its former starting quarterback.

Maybe this team will be able to rally around Campbell, but don't expect a whole lot from the Browns, as they don't have a ton of talent on either side of the ball.

 

19. St. Louis Rams

Apparently the St. Louis Rams were good enough to destroy the Indianapolis Colts, as they won 38-8 in the most surprising game of last week.

Tavon Austin finally had another big game, catching two passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns, adding another score on a punt return.  If he can get more involved in the offense, this could actually be a very fun team to watch.

 

18. Baltimore Ravens

For a team that won the Super Bowl around nine months ago, the Baltimore Ravens have been a huge disappointment.

The running game in particular hasn't lived up to expectations.  Even though the Ravens have Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, they're averaging just 73.1 rushing yards per game and only 2.8 yards per carry.

The offense was supposed to be better while the defense was expected to struggle.  Instead, it's the opposite, and the Ravens are struggling to win games.

 

17. San Diego Chargers

It's hard to move the San Diego Chargers down too far after losing to the Denver Broncos, but it is a bit concerning that they've lost two consecutive games.

Philip Rivers is having one of the better seasons of his career, as he's thrown for 2,691 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a 105.9 passer rating.  He has some exciting players to throw to this season, including Eddie Royal and Keenan Allen.

Inconsistency is an issue with this team, and things likely won't get much better for the next few weeks with some tough games lined up.

 

16. Dallas Cowboys

With a 5-5 record this year, the Dallas Cowboys are on pace for their third consecutive 8-8 season.

Things aren't looking good after last week, as the Cowboys allowed 49 points in the blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints.  The defense is really struggling, allowing 439.8 yards and 25.8 points per game.

Tony Romo may be playing well, but the defense could keep the Cowboys from winning the NFC East this season.

 

15. Arizona Cardinals

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While the Arizona Cardinals won't be making the playoffs coming out of the NFC West, they're still better than half of the teams in the NFL.

The best part of this team is its secondary, with Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu leading the way.  Football Outsiders has the Cardinals ranked as the second-best defense and the fourth-best pass defense in the NFL in terms of DVOA.

With Carson Palmer getting Larry Fitzgerald the ball more often than the team did in 2012, things are looking up for this team.

 

14. Green Bay Packers

Without Aaron Rodgers, this team is certainly hurting.

The Green Bay Packers have lost their last two games, but they have an opportunity to win one this week against the New York Giants.  Scott Tolzien will be the starting quarterback, which means the Packers will rely on Eddie Lacy, who has run for 669 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Rodgers is set to return before the season ends, but the Packers will need to win some games without him in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

 

13. Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles keep going from hot to cold.  Right now, they're red hot, and that moves them all the way up to No. 13 in the rankings.

Nick Foles is lighting it up.  When he's started and played the entire game, the Eagles are 4-0.  This season, he's thrown for 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions, making him one the best QBs in the league, at least from a statistical standpoint.

Chip Kelly's offense seems to be working, and the defense is slowly starting to improve, which means that this team is a real contender for the NFC East title.

 

12. Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears have had an odd stretch of games, but they're still in the middle of the NFC North race.

With Jay Cutler banged up, Josh McCown has done a solid job replacing him, throwing for 538 yards and four touchdowns.  Matt Forte has carried a lot of the load as well, running for 691 yards and seven scores.

The defense hasn't been the same without Brian Urlacher, but with Lance Briggs set to return in the next few games, this team should be getting healthier heading into the end of the season.

 

11. Cincinnati Bengals

Without Leon Hall and Geno Atkins, the Cincinnati Bengals have a very tough road ahead of them.

Two straight losses to the Dolphins and Ravens have exposed the Bengals on both sides of the ball.  Andy Dalton, who was playing so well during their win streak, has thrown six interceptions over the past two games.

The defense simply can't replace Hall and Atkins.  If Dalton can't turn it around, this team will be in very big trouble.

 

10. New York Jets

While they're the masters of inconsistency, the New York Jets have a talented enough team to put them into the top 10.

The Jets have yet to win or lose two consecutive games, but that could change this week.  They will be playing the struggling Bills, and their strong run defense, which allows just 73.8 rushing yards per game, should be able to stop C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

While Geno Smith hasn't played incredibly well, the rest of the team is helping him out, and they've exceeded expectations this year.

 

9. San Francisco 49ers

Did anyone really think Colin Kaepernick was going to be the problem for this team in 2013?

It hasn't been a great year for Kaepernick.  The team ranks last in passing, and he simply hasn't looked like the same quarterback we saw in 2012, missing throws and making some bad reads.

While this is an incredibly talented team, the offensive struggles are a big concern for the San Francisco 49ers, especially after scoring just nine points last week.

 

8. Detroit Lions

A win over the Bears put the Detroit Lions in the driver's seat of the NFC North.  With their high-powered offense, they have a very good chance to stay there.

Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are on fire right now.  Over the past three games, they've connected 29 times for 567 yards and five touchdowns.  Meanwhile, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell help bring some balance to the offense coming out of the backfield.

With the offense clicking right now, it doesn't really matter what the defense does, because Stafford seems determined to make things happen and pull out wins.

 

7. Indianapolis Colts

Even though the Colts have beaten some really great teams this season, they still can't find ways to win the games they're supposed to.

The 38-8 loss was a very ugly one, and Andrew Luck was actually to blame more than he usually is.  He missed a lot of open receivers and threw three interceptions in the process.  

However, don't expect Luck to have two bad games in a row, and look for the Colts to win on Thursday Night Football against the Titans.

 

6. New England Patriots

The rest of the AFC better watch out because Tom Brady has all of his weapons back.

The New England Patriots scored 55 points in their last game, and Brady easily had his best game of the season, throwing for 432 yards and four touchdowns in the win.  A healthy Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola make this offense truly deadly once again.

For as much criticism as the Patriots have gotten this season, they're still 7-2 and are in great position to get a first-round bye to start the playoffs.

 

5. Carolina Panthers

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Yes, you read that right.  The Carolina Panthers have officially proven themselves as one of the best teams in the NFL, at least for right now.

The Panthers have won five straight games, and their defense looks almost unstoppable.  They're holding opponents to just 12.8 points per game, the second fewest in the NFL behind the Kansas City Chiefs.

As long as Cam Newton and the offense can keep making enough plays to put a couple of scores on the board, the Panthers will keep on winning with that defense leading the way.

 

4. Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks were already one of the best teams in the NFL, but now they will finally be getting their new wide receiver in Week 11.

Percy Harvin was recently activated from the PUP list, and he seems ready to go.  According to the NFL Around the League Twitter account, Harvin is expected to play this week against his old team:

Russell Wilson will finally get another exciting weapon, which will eventually open up things for Marshawn Lynch as well.  With that defense playing well and an added weapon on offense, the Seahawks are going to be the team to watch in the NFC.

 

3. New Orleans Saints

It's really hard to not be impressed with what the New Orleans Saints have done so far this year.

Not only are the Saints 7-2, but they're also coming off of a 49-17 win over the Cowboys.  While everyone expected Drew Brees to light it up, not a lot of people were expecting the defense to be playing as well as it has this year.

With Rob Ryan as the new defensive coordinator, the Saints have completely turned around what was the worst defense in the NFL last season.  They're now allowing just 317.6 yards and 18.1 points per game, making them one of the best overall defenses in the NFL.

Watch out for the Saints because they're ready to make another Super Bowl run.

 

2. Denver Broncos

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There isn't a single offense that's better than the one the Denver Broncos have, and it's really not even close.

The Broncos are leading the NFL with 41.2 points scored per game, and no other team is even putting up 30.  Peyton Manning just keeps throwing touchdowns, as he's on pace to throw 59 this season.  With players like Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, the offense can't be stopped.

Von Miller's presence has certainly helped the defense, and if that side of the ball can keep improving, then this could be the best team in football.

Unfortunately for them, that title is held by someone else, at least for now.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs

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As the only remaining unbeaten team, it really wasn't hard to pick the No. 1 team in the power rankings.

The 9-0 Chiefs really can't be stopped right now.  While they don't blow teams out, they do keep winning, and that's key for a team that focuses mostly on defense.  They're leading the league with just 12.3 points allowed per game, and they have the best turnover differential in the NFL, forcing 23 turnovers and accounting for just eight of their own.

With Andy Reid and Alex Smith, the Chiefs are a completely different team than they were last season.  They will be playing the Broncos twice in the next three weeks, and that should lead to some very entertaining football games to determine who is truly the best team in the NFL.

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