Nothing turns an NFL team’s season around faster or more effectively than winning a divisional game. When a squad beats someone they see twice a year, it can do miraculous things for team confidence in the long run.
New England dominated the second half against the New York Jets on Sunday, outscoring their rivals 24-7 in the third and fourth quarters.
This week, they’ll play the Kansas City Chiefs, who weren’t able to stop the run in a loss to the Denver Broncos last week. The Patriots aren’t a dominant running team, but BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Stevan Ridley will be able to get something going against the Chiefs’ 26th-ranked run defense.
If not, Tom Brady will do the trick against the lackluster Kansas City.
Carson Palmer finally looked comfortable in an Oakland Raiders uniform on Thursday, beating the San Diego Chargers for two touchdowns in a game where he had a perfect QB rating for a while.
Michael Bush stole the show, ripping off long runs on multiple occasions. The Raiders defense also looked solid, holding the Chargers to 17 points.
The Raiders are the most complete team in the AFC West. In Week 11, they’ll convince everyone in Minnesota by defeating the Vikings.
In their last two games, the Saints have only allowed 39 combined points against more potent offenses in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. The Saints also picked up consecutive divisional wins to cushion their NFC South lead.
The Saints have a bye in Week 11, but they will display their vice grip on the NFC South when they return to action.
Tom Loughrey’s Week 11 NFL Power Rankings
6. New England Patriots
7. New Orleans Saints
10. New York Jets
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
21. San Diego Chargers
22. Denver Broncos
23. Seattle Seahawks
25. Kansas City Chiefs
29. St. Louis Rams
31. Cleveland Browns