NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: AFC East Claims Two Best Teams in Football

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer INovember 16, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Nick Mangold #74 of the New York Jets blocks Vince Wilfork #74 of the New England Patriots during their  game on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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1. (2) New York Jets (7-2)

The Jets are the first team in NFL history to win consecutive games on the road in overtime, and they have a 5-0 record overall away from home.

2. (3) New England Patriots (7-2)

The Patriots looked absolutely dominant in their Sunday night win in Pittsburgh, but I can't put them ahead of the Jets just yet because they have the same record and lost to New York head-to-head.

3. (11) Atlanta Falcons (7-2)

If the Falcons get the top seed in the NFC, you can pretty much pencil them into the Super Bowl. Matt Ryan is 18-1 at home as a starter.

4. (1) Baltimore Ravens (6-3)

The Ravens lost to the Falcons in an excellent game that most of the country didn't see.

5. (12) New Orleans Saints (6-3)

No one played more games than the 24 the Saints took part in between Oct. 18, 2009 and their bye last week.

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

The Steelers had given up just 36 points total in their first three home games before the Patriots laid 36 on them Sunday night.

7. (10) Philadelphia Eagles (6-3)

Remember that time Michael Vick cost you a 40-point fantasy lead in the first half?

8. (5) Indianapolis Colts (6-3)

The Colts have to be encouraged by the fact that two of their last four wins have come without the aid of a Peyton Manning touchdown pass.

9. (7) Miami Dolphins (5-4)

Who needs quarterbacks? The Dolphins picked up their first home win of the year despite injuries to Chad Pennington and Chad Henne.

10. (8) Green Bay Packers (6-3)

The Packers have won three of their last four coming off a bye.

11. (9) Tennessee Titans (5-4)

Randy Moss teams have lost four of their last five games.

12. (6) New York Giants (6-3)

You can't lose by 13 at home to a two-touchdown underdog in November and be considered a serious Super Bowl contender.

13. (15) Chicago Bears (6-3)

The Bears, who have the second-best rush defense in the league, held Adrian Peterson and the Vikings to just 70 yards on the ground in a win.

14. (16) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3)

The Bucs are 6-0 against losing teams.

15. (13) Houston Texans (4-5)

Has any team in the NFL been more disappointing over the last three weeks?

16. (17) Oakland Raiders (5-4)

You can just call them "the first-place Raiders."

17. (14) Washington Redskins (4-5)

The Redskins have officially entered the Vikings/Cowboys Zone.

18. (18) Kansas City Chiefs (5-4)

How much of an underdog will the AFC West winner be at home in the first round of the playoffs? Three points? Seven?

19. (20) Cleveland Browns (3-6)

Over the past seven weeks, the Browns have played the top six teams in my rankings. 

20. (19) San Diego Chargers (4-5) 

Since 2006, the Chargers are 36-8 after their bye week.

21. (23) Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4)

According to Elias, Mike Thomas is the fourth man in the history of the NFL with a game-winning touchdown catch of 50 yards or longer with no time left.

22. (31) Denver Broncos (3-6)

The Broncos have won nine of their last 10 home dates with Kansas City.

23. (22) Seattle Seahawks (5-4)

The Seahawks have already won more road games this year than they did all of last season.

24. (21) St. Louis Rams (4-5)

If the Rams played the Lions in London, the game would almost assuredly end in a tie.

25. (25) Minnesota Vikings (3-6)

Brett Favre has more turnovers (20) than 25 NFL teams.

26. (26) Arizona Cardinals (3-6)

Arizona ranks 27th or worse in passing and rushing offense and defense.

27. (30) San Francisco 49ers (3-6)

Just giving you an early heads up to find something else to do on the night of Nov. 29 because you certainly won't want to watch the Niners and Cardinals on Monday Night Football.

28. (28) Dallas Cowboys (2-7)

The Cowboys averaged 2.4 turnovers and 7.1 penalties under Wade Phillips, but committed just one giveaway and five fouls in Jason Garrett's debut.

29. (24) Cincinnati Bengals (2-7)

Carson Palmer has more three-interception games than three-touchdown games this season.

30. (32) Buffalo Bills (1-8)

The Bills won a game.

31. (27) Detroit Lions (2-7)

If the Lions couldn't beat the 0-8 Bills, they'll certainly have no chance against the 2-7 Cowboys.

32. (29) Carolina Panthers (1-8)

The Panthers have the worst offense in the NFL.

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