NFL Power Rankings: Teams That Will Come Back Down to Earth

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 15, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos carries the ball over the goal line for a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Every week of NFL games provides another result that surprises the masses, but deciding which scores indicate a team’s true skill and talent is the tough part. Some NFL teams will fail to follow up their Week 10 wins.

Not every team is as talented as their win this previous weekend would suggest, so Week 11 will be a shock to some of their fan base.

Here’s the teams I expect to come back down to Earth with losses.

Denver Broncos

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13:   Defenders Jovan Belcher #59 and Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs tackle running back Spencer Larsen #46 of the Denver Broncos during the first half on November 13, 2011  at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missour
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The Denver Broncos are 3-1 with Tim Tebow at the helm, but don’t expect that trend to continue.

Their one loss was an embarrassing 45-10 decision to the Detroit Lions. Basically, if a team can stop the run, they will beat the Broncos. It’s that simple. The Lions may be 27th in the NFL against the run, but they forced Tebow to throw 39 times, which is by far his most attempts in a single game.

The Broncos will face the New York Jets on Thursday night. The Jets will not allow Tebow and the Broncos to scramble around make plays, thus winning the game easily.

Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 06:  John Skelton #19 of the Arizona Cardinals slides for a first down against the St Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals have won back-to-back games. They now hold a 3-6 record this year.

However, no one should be claiming the Cardinals are a “good” team. They are in the bottom half of the league in all primary offensive and defensive scoring and yards categories. They’ve stolen the game from their opponent in two straight weeks, but 13 combined points in the first three quarters of their last two games shows their true colors.

They travel to Candlestick Park to face the San Francisco 49ers (8-1) on Sunday to gauge their progress as a team. However, the 49ers won’t fold in the fourth quarter, and will crush the Cardinals.

Tennessee Titans

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 13:   James Anderson #50 of the Carolina Panthers tackles  Javon Ringer #21 of the Tennessee Titans during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Im
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Unlike the two teams above, the Tennessee Titans are actually a solid team across the board.

However, the Titans (5-4) will not be able to reel in the Houston Texans (7-3) for the AFC South crown this season. Matt Hasselbeck has done solid work keeping this team afloat, but their inconsistent defense will be their downfall.

An away game against the Atlanta Falcons will expose their secondary.

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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