NFL Week 11: New York Giants, New England Patriots and the Top 5 Teams

Matt Bercot@mattb994Contributor INovember 19, 2010

NFL Week 11: New York Giants, New England Patriots and the Top 5 Teams

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    Who's #1?Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    It has been one crazy season in the NFL. Teams projected to do poorly are playing relatively well (Raiders, Chiefs, Buccaneers) and teams that were supposed to go deep into the post season are on the outside looking in (Cowboys and Vikings). It has been a roller coaster of a season and we still have seven weeks left. Here are my top 5 teams heading into Week 11. Let's start with #5...

#5: NFC East: New York Giants (6-3)

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    Eli Manning hands off to Ahmad BradshawOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    After the first three weeks of the season, it looked like the Giants were toast. They beat the lowly Panthers in Week 1 but then got blown out by the Colts and Titans in Weeks 2 and 3. Since that loss to the Titans, they have rebounded to go 5-1. Before the blowout loss to Dallas last Sunday, they were on a roll. If they can beat the Eagles this Sunday night and take the lead in the East back, watch out.

#4: AFC North: Baltimore Ravens (6-3)

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    Joe Flacco likes his team's ranking but wants to be #1Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    The Ravens were taken to the brink by the Bills, having to go into overtime to beat a winless team, but have big wins over the Jets and Steelers, both away games, and had close loses at the Patriots and at Atlanta. They are leading the North and get to play both the Steelers and Saints at home. Their other opponents are in the lower half of the league so things are looking up for this team.

#3: AFC East: New England Patriots (7-2)

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    Gronkowski made a name for himself last Sunday night with three TD receptionsChris McGrath/Getty Images

    They are tied with the Jets for the best record in the AFC and sit just half a game behind them in the East. They have big wins against the Ravens and Steelers but a bad loss to the Browns. However, they have a big game to prove themselves in this Sunday versus the Colts and they get the Jets again the first Monday in December. Their defense isn’t the best but Tom Brady and the rest of the offense is clicking on all cylinders, leading the league in points per game.

#2: NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles (6-3)

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    Vick put on a Hall of Fame performance Monday night against the RedskinsChris McGrath/Getty Images

    Mike Vick is red hot right now after putting on a performance for the ages Monday night against the Redskins. The Eagles currently lead the East. As long as Vick and his receivers continue playing the way they have been (knocking off the Colts and destroying the Redskins in back to back games), they could be headed towards bigger and better things.

#1: NFC South: Atlanta Falcons (7-2)

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    Roddy White: one of the reasons the Falcons are #1Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    They have been playing great football this season, they have a one and a half game lead in the South over the Saints and Buccaneers, and they have the best record in the NFC. Aside from playing the Saints and Buccaneers again, the only other potential road block on their schedule is the Packers.