NFL Power Rankings: Week 11

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer INovember 17, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up before the start of the game against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Parity returned to the NFL for one week as six underdogs pulled off upsets on Sunday.  But the two biggest Super Bowl favorites - the Colts and Saints - managed to avoid falling from the ranks of the unbeaten by the slimmest of margins.  So where does this all leave the Power Rankings? 


1. (2) Indianapolis Colts (9-0)

Peyton Manning just might be the best quarterback ever.


2. (1) New Orleans Saints (9-0)

For the fourth consecutive game, the Saints failed to hold the lead at the end of the first quarter, but they overcame three turnovers to avoid an embarrassing loss at St. Louis and remain undefeated.


3. (4) Cincinnati Bengals (7-2)

The Bengals won at Pittsburgh without scoring an offensive touchdown to sweep the Steelers and take sole possession of first place in the AFC North.


4. (6) Minnesota Vikings (8-1)

Sidney Rice's 201 receiving yards were the third most in a game this season behind Miles Austin's 250 and Roddy White's 210 - both in Week 5.


5. (3) New England Patriots (6-3)

I thought there was nothing wrong with Bill Belichick's fourth and two decision .


6. (5) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)

The Bengals held Ben Roethlisberger without a touchdown for the first time this season.


7. (9) Baltimore Ravens (5-4)

I was wondering why ESPN would schedule the Baltimore/Cleveland game for Monday night until The Network started doing in-game promos for The Blind Side , a movie about Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher opening on Friday.  Because that's how NFL games should be scheduled.


8. (11) Arizona Cardinals (6-3)

The real Cardinals have stood up.  They've won five of six and are tied for the third best record in the NFC.


9. (13) Green Bay Packers (5-4)

The Packers are 5-0 when they hold their opponents under 30 points.  Seems like an easy enough formula.


10. (8) Dallas Cowboys (6-3)

The Cowboys were done in by three costly turnovers, including one that should've been reversed if not for the latest NFL Made Up Rule of the Week when the referee revealed that the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play is not reviewable.


11. (7) Denver Broncos (6-3)

On Sunday at Washington, the Broncos not only lost their third straight, but they might have also lost quarterback Kyle Orton for next week's game against San Diego


12. (14) San Diego Chargers (6-3)

The Chargers are 27-7 in games played after Oct. 19 over the past four seasons.


13. (10) Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)

The Eagles lost their second game in a row despite 450 yards from Donovan McNabb.


14. (15) New York Giants (5-4)

Things don't get any easier for the G-Men, whose next four opponents all have winning records.


15. (12) Atlanta Falcons (5-4)

The Falcons have lost five of their last six on the road.


16. (17) Miami Dolphins (4-5)

The Dolphins nearly knocked me and 330 other people out of my huge double elimination pool.  Luckily the Bucs' defense is terrible.


17. (16) Chicago Bears (4-5)

Matt Forte is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry, which ranks him 40th in the NFL.


18. (26) Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4)

I don't agree with the Jags' decision to have Maurice Jones-Drew kneel on the ball at the one yard line in the waning moments of the game against the Jets.  That's a good move if you're up one, so that you don't give the ball back to the opposition, but when you're trailing by one, you need to make sure you get the points.  There's a better chance of the Jags botching the short field goal than there is of the Jets scoring a touchdown with no timeouts in the final minute.


19. (18) New York Jets (4-5)

Gang Green was 3-1 before Braylon Edwards arrived.  They are 1-4 since.


20. (19) Houston Texans (5-4)

Coming off a bye, the Texans face their entire division over the next three weeks


21. (21) Carolina Panthers (4-5)

Jake Delhomme has gone three straight games without an interception for the first time since since Weeks 11-13 of last year.


22. (22) Tennessee Titans (3-6)

When Chris Johnson carries the ball at least 23 times, the Titans are 3-0.


23. (23) San Francisco 49ers (4-5)

It makes me feel better when games I miss because they're on the NFL Network wind up being 10-6 snoozefests.


24. (20) Buffalo Bills (3-6)

No Bills running back has rushed for more than 71 yards in a game since Week 2.


25. (24) Seattle Seahawks (3-6)

Second-year running back Justin Forsett had a break out game rushing for 123 yards and a touchdown, but the Seahawks lost to the Cardinals, 31-20.



26. (28) Kansas City Chiefs (2-7)

This is how bad the Raiders are: the Chiefs have now beaten them seven consecutive times in Oakland.


27. (29) Washington Redskins (3-6)

Ladell Betts' 114 rushing yards against the Broncos were the most by a Redskin since Clinton Portis ran for 126 on Oct. 26, 2008.


28. (25) Oakland Raiders (2-7)

JaMarcus Russell's 67-yard effort against the Chiefs was not even his worst of the season.  He threw for just 61 vs. Denver in Week 3.


29. (30) Tampa Bay Bucs (1-8)

Before Josh Freeman took over as quarterback, the Bucs were averaging just 13.7 points per game.  Since his arrival, they're putting up 30.5.


30. (31) St. Louis Rams (1-8)

The Rams came within five points of pulling off the biggest upset of the year.


31. (27) Cleveland Browns (1-8)

"The Big Bang Theory" must've seen a spike in ratings on Monday night.


32. (32) Detroit Lions (1-8)

The Lions haven't had a 70-yard rusher since Week 3 against Washington, incidentally, their only win.


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