NFL Power Rankings: Teams Sure to Continue Failing

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 15, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins dives for the endzone during a game against the Washington Redskins at Sun Life Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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In the NFL, playoff positioning is of the utmost importance, and these three teams will see their postseason hopes diminished even further in Week 11.

Now that we’re past the halfway point, being outside of the top two in your division is a serious issue. These teams are all in a slide, with little to brag about in the last few weeks.

Here are three teams whose playoffs hopes will take another hit on Sunday.


Buffalo Bills

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:   Alan Ball #20 of the Dallas Cowboys defends  Donald Jones #19 of the Buffalo Bills at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills were 3-0 and took a 17-3 lead into halftime in Cincinnati.

The Bengals rallied in the second half, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter to upend the Bills and send them into a tailspin. The Bills rebounded with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles before losing three of their last four.

The Bills travel to Miami on Sunday to play the Dolphins, winners of two straight. The Dolphins have a rhythm on offense and will score enough points to send the Bills to .500.


Washington Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 6: Quarterback Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins walks the sideline against the San Francisco 49ers at FedExField on November 6, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The San Francisco 49ers won, 19-11. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty
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The Washington Redskins were 3-1 with a game against the 1-4 Eagles next on their schedule.

Not only did they lose to Philadelphia, but the Redskins have dropped five straight to go from first to worst. The five-game skid includes losses to the Carolina Panthers and Dolphins, who are a combined 4-14 this year.

The Redskins' issues at quarterback have been completely exposed and their running game has deserted them. The Skins match up with the Dallas Cowboys this week, who are coming off a 44-7 clubbing of the Bills.

Expect the Redskins to drop to 3-7, losing any hope of making the postseason.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Defensive end George Johnson #97 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers falls with an injry in the end zone against the Houston Texans November 13, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Johnson left the game.  Photo by Al Messer
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 4-2 entering a Week 7 game with the Chicago Bears.

The Bucs were handled by the Bears, although they only lost by six. Losses to the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans have exposed some serious problems in Tampa Bay.

The Bucs, however, are a good enough team to rebound—that is, if they weren’t playing the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers are winning and getting better by the week, which makes for a deathly combo for a team traveling to Lambeau Field.


Tom Loughrey’s Week 11 NFL Power Rankings 

1. Green Bay Packers

2. San Francisco 49ers

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

4. Houston Texans

5. New York Giants

6. New England Patriots

7. New Orleans Saints

8. Dallas Cowboys

9. Baltimore Ravens

10. New York Jets

11. Cincinnati Bengals

12. Chicago Bears

13. Detroit Lions

14. Atlanta Falcons

15. Oakland Raiders

16. Tennessee Titans

17. Buffalo Bills

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

19. Miami Dolphins

20. Philadelphia Eagles

21. San Diego Chargers

22. Denver Broncos

23. Seattle Seahawks

24. Arizona Cardinals

25. Kansas City Chiefs

26. Minnesota Vikings

27. Washington Redskins

28. Carolina Panthers

29. St. Louis Rams

30. Jacksonville Jaguars

31. Cleveland Browns

32. Indianapolis Colts


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