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