NFC Power Rankings: Week 11

Richard ReschCorrespondent INovember 16, 2009

1. Saints (9-0)

It's a bit worrisome that they had to battle it out for 60 minutes to beat the lowly Rams, but they got the win. They've done enough to prove they are elite, and in two weeks, they'll get another chance to prove it against the Patriots. (Last Week: 1)

2. Vikings (8-1)

Brett Favre to Sidney Rice is turning into one of the best combinations in the league. Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian give Favre a handful of playmakers to choose from. They also have this kid out of Oklahoma they use to rush the ball. (2)

3. Cardinals (6-3)

Down 14 at home to the Seahawks, the Cardinals unleashed the beast and won by 11. That beast's name is Beanie Wells, and he gives the Cardinals a balanced offense. It's scary to think of how good their offense would have been last year with a legitimate force at running back. (4)

4. Cowboys (6-3)

After all the nice things I said about the Cowboys, they went out and almost threw up a goose egg. Despite catching for over 100 yards, Roy Williams had another suspect day with a huge drop and an even bigger fumble. It's looking like the trade for Williams, which sent a first and third round pick and more to the Lions, was an epic mistake. (3)

5. Eagles (5-4)

Their loss to the surging Chargers is not a surprise, but their loss of Brian Westbrook is huge. This team has totally abandoned the run and is less dynamic in the passing game without Westbrook. Donovan McNabb tried to put the team on his back, but a good team like the Chargers was able to handle the Eagles. (4)

6. Packers (5-4)

An impressive victory over the Cowboys puts them right back into the playoff race. The offensive line is still a big problem. (10)

7. Giants (5-4)

The Giants took the week off and had their best day in a month. Coach Tom Coughlin should give the team more days off (although you can argue they've taken the last four Sundays off). (7)

8. Falcons (5-4)

The loss to the Panthers is a big one, but the loss of running back Michael Turner is an even bigger blow. They have now lost three of their last four and are about to play their biggest game of the year against the Giants. The winner of that game takes a huge step towards the playoffs. (6)

9. Panthers (4-5)

They seem to have finally hit their stride and are now playing like a playoff team. Unfortunately, they have put themselves in a position where they must beat teams like the Patriots, Vikings, and Saints if they are going to make it back to the playoffs. (11)

10. 49ers (4-5)

Big win over the Bears to keep their season alive, but this team is still a quarterback away from being a real threat. Alex Smith doesn't look like the answer. (9)

11. Bears (4-5)

So far, the Jay Cutler trade has been a bust. The Bears have lost four of their last five and face the Eagles in what is probably a must-win. (8)

12. Seahawks (3-6)

It's admirable the way they've battled this season, but it's looking like it's time to pack it in and rebuild. (12)

13. Redskins (3-6)

In the most shocking result of the day, the Redskins scored 13 unanswered in the fourth quarter and upset the Broncos. Jim Zorn might want to walk away right now, because this is the best it's going to get. (13)

14. Bucs (1-8)

Although they lost, it was another encouraging game for the Bucs. Down 13 at the half, Josh Freeman led the Bucs to a one-point lead with just over a minute left, but the defense couldn't hold it. (14)

15. Rams (1-8)

The offense was...dominant? Despite the loss, fans can take solace in the fact that Marc Bulger, Steven Jackson, and Donnie Avery can successfully impersonate the Greatest Show on Turf every now and then. (15)

16. Lions (1-8)

They hung around with the Vikings for a bit, but 10 unanswered in the fourth quarter made it a blowout. (16)


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