NFL Power Rankings Week 11: Vick's Eagles Soar, While Jets Fall Despite Winning

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 11: Vick's Eagles Soar, While Jets Fall Despite Winning

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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles waits for instructions against  the Washington Redskins on November 15, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    NFL Power Rankings Week 11 are in, and we've got a new team on top.

    Michael Vick led the Philadelphia Eagles to victory against the Washington Redskins on Monday night.  He had one of the best statistical performances of anyone this season in the best game of his career.

    It's obvious the Eagles are going to jump big in the standings.  But don't forget we also saw the Patriots score big against the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the Atlanta Falcons took down the Baltimore Ravens as they proved to be the best team in the NFC. 

    So there's plenty of movement at the top of the rankings.  Where does everyone end up?

    How far will Vick lead the Eagles?  And, did Tom Brady do enough to put the Patriots at the top?

    Let's find out.

32-23: The Bottom Ten

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  A fan in the stands holds up a Green Bay Packers #4 jersey as Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings walks off the field after the Vikings lost to the New Orleans Saints 31-28 in overtime during the NFC Championship Game at the
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    32. Carolina Panthers (1-8): Mike Goodson just may be the answer to their lackluster running game–but the Panthers still lose another game to another division rival. (Last Week: 31)

    31. Detroit Lions (2-7): Lions fall to the league’s worst team, the Buffalo Bills.  That’s nothing to be proud of. (Last Week: 27)

    30. Buffalo Bills (1-8): They finally did it, they won a game–good thing the Lions can’t win a game on the road. (Last Week: 32)

    29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-7):  The passing game has a heartbeat, but it’s the running game that’s horrible. The finger is pointed at you Chris Benson. (Last Week: 26)

    28. Dallas Cowboys (2-7): Well, Jason Garrett, who would have thought? You brought this team back to life. Now can you sustain it? (Last Week: 30)

    27. Arizona Cardinals (3-6): Who’s at quarterback this week for the Cardinals?  Eh, it doesn’t matter. Their offense is poor and their defense is just as bad.  (Last Week: 25)

    26. San Francisco 49ers (3-6):  With this week’s win, Troy Smith has more wins in two starts than Alex Smith has earned in seven.  Quarterback controversy, anyone? (Last Week: 29)

    25. Minnesota Vikings (3-6):  New Brett Favre injury alert: pain in his right (throwing) shoulder.  Favre faces Green Bay next week, but what we really want to know is how much longer will Brad Childress be coaching this team. (Last Week: 24)

    24. Denver Broncos (3-6):  They notched a much-needed win this week against the Chiefs, going up 35-0 in the second quarter.  No wonder they were celebrating on the sidelines.  (Last Week: 28)

    23. Washington Redskins (4-5):   Donovan McNabb just signed a $78 million contract extension but he showed no fire as Michael Vick’s Eagles embarrassed them. (Last Week: 18)

22. Cleveland Browns (3-6)

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates their victory over the New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 22)

    Why They Stay Put: After two big wins, they couldn’t make it three straight.  It was a close game against the Jets that went to overtime.  

    But this Browns squad has proven to be gritty, pesky and real.  It’s hard to drop them in the rankings when they slay two big giants out of three. 

21. St. Louis Rams (4-5)

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14:  Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks to pass the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 19)

    Why They Drop: Young Sam seems to be doing just fine, and this team has a bright future.  It was a tough loss in overtime this week against the Niners.

    Their time will come soon enough, but it’s just not going to be happening for them this season. 

20. Seattle Seahawks (5-4)

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 31:  Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks in action against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 31, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 23)

    Why They Rise: The Seahawks are the best team in the NFC West. 

    That’s very hard to believe, but it’s true. 

    This Motley crew of has-beens, never-weres and unproven talent keep on finding a way to win. 

19. Miami Dolphins (5-4)

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of the Miami Dolphins sits on the bench after a shoulder injury against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 27, 2009 in San Diego, California. Pennington did not return to
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    (Last Week: 17)

    Why They Drop: Well that was quick. Chad Pennington went down so fast with an injury, we didn’t even realize he was the game’s starter. 

    There needs to be more consistency at the quarterback position from Henne when he returns.  And bigger plays from Brandon Marshall, who’s been subpar so far this year. 

18. San Diego Chargers (4-5)

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws downfield as linebacker Brian Cushing #56 of the Houston Texans applies pressure at Reliant Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Im
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    (Last Week: 20)

    Why They Rise:

    The numbers are pretty impressive, both defensively and offensively.  But that win-loss record is nothing to be proud about. 

    This team had a bye week to get healthy. We should see it on the up-and-up to end the season. 

17. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4)

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 14: David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball during a game against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field on November 14, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 21)

    Why They Rise: It’s David Garrard again that leads them to a win, as he saves the day by completeling a last-ditch Hail Mary pass to Mike Thomas for a score. 

    This week, we finally saw MoJo show up with two rushing touchdowns–definitely his best game of the season. 

16. Houston Texans (4-5)

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 14:  Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans throws a pass before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 14, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 13)

    Why They Drop: The Texans keep on sliding.   That’s three losses in a row, and the competition is only going to get tougher. 

    The New York Jets are next for Houston.  Then the Titans.  So they better get that weak pass-defense figured out. 

15. Kansas City Chiefs (5-4)

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs has some unwelcome words with head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos as he refuses to shake his hand after the Broncos 49-29 win at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14,
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    (Last Week: 12)

    Why They Drop: Todd Haley, your team got spanked.  Don’t take it out on Josh McDaniels.  

    If you want to give someone a lecture, ask your defense why it failed to show up in that 49-29 trouncing.

14. Oakland Raiders (5-4)

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jason Campbell #8 hands the ball off to Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed
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    (Last Week: 15)

    Why They Rise: There’s plenty of reason for optimism in Oakland.  The Raiders are over .500 in November. 

    With Darren McFadden running like a beast, this team can continue to make plenty of noise.  Plus, that pass defense appears to be getting better and better this season. 

13. Tennessee Titans (5-4)

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 14:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Tennessee Titans makes a catch against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 11)

    Why They Drop: Prized waiver wire acquisition Randy Moss was a big disappointment in his debut.  Moss only caught the ball once for 26 yards. 

    So who exactly is going to lead this team, Vince Young or Kerry Collins?  Because neither one looked that great this past Sunday.

12. Chicago Bears (6-3)

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 14: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears runs for a first down as Ray Edwards #91 of the Minnesota Vikings gives chase at Soldier Field on November 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 27-13. (Photo by Jonathan Da
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    (Last Week: 16)

    Why They Rise: That’s two wins in a row!  One against the Bills last weekend, and another one against their rival Minnesota. 

    Cutler continues to show improvement as he threw for a three TDs against a struggling Vikings secondary. And guess what: the Bears are now tied for first in the NFC North.

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3)

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    TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 14:  Running back Carnell Williams #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a 45 yard fourth quarter touchdown run against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Phot
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    (Last Week: 14)

    Why They Rise:  After falling against the NFC-leading Falcons, they bounce right back and take it to the Panthers. 

    This Bucs squad is showing a lot of promise.  They just need to learn to take it to the next level.  

10. Green Bay Packers (6-3)

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    GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 07: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers runs for a first down against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on November 7, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 45-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty I
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    (Last Week: 10)

    Why They Stay Put:  The Pack had a bye this week, so they’re staying put.  They’re meeting up with Brett Favre and the Vikings for an NFC North showdown. 

    His old team could be the ones that determine if his “final” season is still salvageable.

9. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 14:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts gives instructions to his team during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 23-17.  (Photo by
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    (Last Week: 9)

    Why They Stay Put: Well look at that, no touchdown passes from Peyton Manning and the Colts still came away with the win.  This squad is a perfect 4-0 at home. 

    They were lucky enough to be playing the struggling Bengals, but Peyton needs to figure out his offense so he can be ready for Patriots next weekend. 

8. New York Giants (6-3)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Chris Snee #76, Eli Manning #10, and Rich Seubert #69 of the New York Giants walk off the field after losing the ball on a fumble in the fourth quarter against of the Dallas Cowboys on November 14, 2010 at the New Meado
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    (Last Week: 5)

    Why They Drop: Just when we were getting high on the G-men, they drop a game to the hapless Cowboys at home.  That’s nothing to be happy about. 

    No wonder Tom Coughlin looked pretty angry standing on the sidelines.

7. New Orleans Saints (6-3)

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 7)

    Why They Stay Put: The Saints had the week off and are coming off a beatdown of the woeful Panthers. 

    They could be in for another easy win with the Seahawks coming to down.  But the last time they took an opponent for granted, it didn’t end well.  Remember the Browns?

6. New York Jets (7-2):

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 14:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets is hit by defensive back T.J. Ward #43  of the Cleveland Browns  at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images
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    (Last Week: 4)

    Why They Drop:  They almost fell to the Browns, who have been giant killers of late.  There’s more reason for concern here–did LaDainian Tomlinson run out of gas?  We’ve got a split-carry scenario going down. 

    Their running game was a big boost for them early this season, but they’ll need more consistency out of Greene and LT going forward.  

5. Philadelphia Eagles (6-3)

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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on while waiting for a review to be completed against  the Washington Redskins on November 15, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 8)

    Why They Rise: Talk about exciting!  Vick is now officially back and better than ever.  He’s at a whole different level when it comes to being a quarterback in the NFL.

    The guy had five total touchdowns after two quarters.  Not only is he playing at high level, he also elevates the rest of his teammates.

4. Baltimore Ravens (6-3)

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after tossing a touchdown reception against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 3)

    Why They Drop: The Ravens bowed down before the Falcons late in the game on Sunday.  This team needs to show more drive and a fighting spirit.  

    That lack of a killer instinct allowed them to lose to Atlanta and New England in close games this season.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during the game on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 1)

    Why They Drop: Looks like we were giving the Steelers too much credit and the Patriots not enough.

    The Steelers defense looked great in the first half, holding the Pats to 10 points.  But Tom Brady turned up the mojo and passed two more touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski and ran for a score.

2. Atlanta Falcons (7-2)

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons yells to his offense against the Baltimore Ravens at Georgia Dome on November 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 6)

    Why They Rise: They’re not just the best team in the NFC South.  The Dirty Birds are the best team in the entire conference. 

    Great come-from-behind win against the Ravens this week, and Roddy White continues to impress.  Oh, by the way, they’re a perfect 5-0 at home.

1. New England Patriots (7-2)

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots waits for play to resume against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    (Last Week: 2)

    Why They Rise: Tom Brady just dismantled one of the league’s best defenses for his best game of the season.  If that’s not deserving of the top spot, I don’t know what is. 

    Brady threw a season-high 350 passing yards, three touchdowns and ran for another score.  That’s a great way to lead the team.  Now, if only Wes Welker can get to the end zone.