NFL Power Rankings Week 11: 10 Teams Better Than Their Current Spot

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 11: 10 Teams Better Than Their Current Spot

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    ESPN has released its power rankings for Week 11 of NFL football, and some of these picks are no-brainers.

    The Atlanta Falcons had an amazing clutch performance on Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens, and the New England Patriots silenced the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    But other teams in the league have left fans screaming, "Come on!"

    (I'm looking at you, Browns fans.)

    We know you're better than that, so here is a list of 10 teams in the NFL who are better than their current power ranking.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Current Ranking: 18

    Why They're Better Than That: The Jags are No. 2 in the AFC South, and they have defeated both the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts (who both seem to be ranked higher than the Jags in these power rankings).

    I'm very impressed with how David Garrard has been playing at the helm of this offense, and I'm trying not to get too excited about that Hail Mary pass to Mike Thomas at the end of Sunday's game against the Texans...

    But it's really hard not to.

9. St. Louis Rams

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    Current Ranking: 23

    Why They're Better Than That: The Rams may have suffered a loss this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, but this is still a very solid football team.

    Sam Bradford has transitioned beautifully from college to the NFL, and the Rams are second in a winnable division. 

8. Detroit Lions

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    Current Ranking: 31

    Why They're Better Than That: I know I've said this before, but the Detroit Lions are better than their record.

    Most of their losses have been within a touchdown, and injuries have kept this team from reaching the next level.

    But hey...they took the Jets to overtime.

    That has to count for something!

7. Seattle Seahawks

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    Current Ranking: 20

    Why They're Better Than That: The Seattle Seahawks are better than the 20th best team in the NFL.

    Teams with worse records ranked higher than the 5-4 Seahawks?

    19. Houston Texans (4-5).

    16. San Diego Chargers (4-5).

    And I get that the Texans and Chargers are in tougher divisions, but let's keep in mind that the Seahawks beat the Chargers.

    The bottom line here is that the Seattle Seahawks are first in their division, and they are better than No. 20.

6. Minnesota Vikings

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    Current Ranking: 24

    Why They're Better Than That: The Vikings are having all sorts of issues from Brett Favre's off-field troubles to disrespect for head coach Brad Childress.

    And then there was all the drama with Randy Moss.

    I have an idea: How about you guys just play some football?

    You have plenty of talent. You even made it to the NFC Championship last season!

    Come on, Vikings!

    You're better than that.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Current Ranking: 5

    Why They're Better Than That: The Pittsburgh Steelers have been ranked No. 1 atop NFL power rankings at several points during this season, and they have one of the best defenses in the NFL.

    Even without their starting quarterback, the Steelers welcomed back Ben Roethlisberger with a 3-1 record.

    But the Steelers added their third loss of the season on Sunday when they hosted the New England Patriots.

    New England is a good team, but it seemed like the Steelers didn't decide to start playing until the fourth quarter.

4. Miami Dolphins

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    Current Ranking: 14

    Why They're Better Than That: Even with a game of musical quarterbacks, the Miami Dolphins still pulled off the win over a very good Tennessee Titans team.

    The Dolphins may be third in their division, but they still have a winning record and some nice wins over the Bengals and Packers.

3. Cleveland Browns

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    Current Ranking: 22

    Why They're Better Than That: I feel like a broken record when it comes to the Cleveland Browns.

    They may have only three wins, but two of those wins were over the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots.

    And they were able to hang in there with a strong New York Jets squad before losing in overtime.

    Colt McCoy looks like he could turn into the quarterback that the Browns desperately needed, and don't get me started on Peyton Hillis.

2. New York Giants

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    Current Ranking: 8

    Why They're Better Than That: The New York Giants have trampled their competition for five games in a row, so it was only a matter of time before they took a hit.

    The Giants fell to the Cowboys during the blackout at the New Meadowlands (and no, I'm not blaming the loss on lack of lighting), but I fully expect them to bounce back in a big way.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

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    Current Ranking: 15

    Why They're Better Than That: Sure, the Chiefs have lost two games in a row, but they'll be fine.

    The Chiefs are still at the top of their division even after these losses, and I expect them to get back some of that early season sparkle that surprised us this year.