Every week, the National Football Post brings you our weekly power rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the league.
Week 11 Rankings (previous ranking in parenthesis)
1. (5) New England Patriots: 7-2
The two things that stand out from the Pats’ win at Pittsburgh: Bill Belichick’s defensive game plan and the 350-yards passing from Tom Brady.
ICONThe Jets' Santonio Holmes.
2. (4) New York Jets: 7-2
Two straight overtime wins for Rex Ryan’s club—and two straight big overtime plays for WR Santonio Holmes.
3. (2) Pittsburgh Steelers: 6-3
You won’t see Dick LeBeau’s defense get worked over like they did on Sunday night very often.
4. (8) Atlanta Falcons: 7-2
Matt Ryan’s game winning TD drive speaks to the development of a young QB—especially when it happens against the Ravens’ defense.
5. (1) New York Giants: 6-3
The Giants were outplayed and outhit by the Cowboys on Sunday.
6. (3) Baltimore Ravens: 6-3
We expected someone on that Baltimore defense to make a play—when it counted.
7. (6) New Orleans Saints: 6-3
The Saints might get Reggie Bush back in the lineup this week, but we are still talking about the play of their defense.
8. (9) Philadelphia Eagles: 6-3
Michael Vick looked like the QB who demands the new contract in the win over the Redskins.
9. (7) Green Bay Packers: 6-3
The Packers get back to work vs. Brett Favre—for the final time.
10. (10) Indianapolis Colts: 6-3
Can Manning and the Colts survive the enormous amounts of injuries in Indianapolis?
11. (12) Oakland Raiders: 5-4
With another Chiefs loss, the door is open out west for the Raiders.
ICONUralcher and the Bears are winning with defense and special teams.
12. (16) Chicago Bears: 6-3
Defense and special teams are winning in Chicago. Sound familiar?
13. (13) San Diego Chargers: 4-5
The Chargers go for three straight when they host the Broncos on Monday night.
14. (17) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 6-3
The Bucs won’t go away—and continue to win under Raheem Morris.
15. (14) Miami Dolphins: 5-4
Can Tyler Thigpen help the Dolphins catch the Jets and Patriots in the AFC East?
16. (11) Tennessee Titans: 5-4
Lost in the Vince Young, Randy Moss talk is the fact that the Titans have just dropped two straight.
17. (22) Jacksonville Jaguars: 5-4
The Hail Mary provided the best finish of the year—and it also bumped the Jags back up into the AFC South race.
18. (20) Cleveland Browns: 3-6
The record doesn’t do the Browns justice—because they are playing some of the best football in the NFL.
19. (15) Kansas City Chiefs: 5-4
Are the Chiefs starting to show their true identity after the blowout loss at Denver?
20. (18) Houston Texans: 4-5
Three straight losses for Houston. How many more before we start talking about Gary Kubiak’s job security?
21. (25) Seattle Seahawks: 5-4
The win at Arizona was good enough to move the Seahawks to first place in a log jammed NFC West.
22. (23) St. Louis Rams: 4-5
Sam Bradford continues to make progress with very little talent at the WR position.
ICONThe Cowboys played big under Jason Garrett in New York on Sunday.
23. (29) Dallas Cowboys: 2-7
The Cowboys looked like a different team under Jason Garrett in the win over the Giants.
24. (21) Washington Redskins: 4-5
There shouldn’t be any more QB questions in Washington after McNabb’s new deal.
25. (19) Minnesota Vikings: 3-6
Will a home loss to the Packers push Brad Childress out the door in Minnesota?
26. (28) San Francisco 49ers: 3-6
Troy Smith threw for 300-plus as the Niners start to creep back into the NFC West discussion.
27. (30) Denver Broncos: 3-6
The Broncos looked like the ’99 Rams in the win over the Chiefs.
28. (26) Cincinnati Bengals: 2-7
This Bengals team continues to disappoint every Sunday.
29. (25) Arizona Cardinals: 3-6
The Cardinals are proof that you need a QB to win on Sundays.
30. (24) Detroit Lions: 2-7
How good would the Lions be if Matthew Stafford could stay on the field?
31. (32) Buffalo Bills: 1-8
After multiple fourth quarter leads, the Bills found a way to close out a game and get that first win.
32. (31) Carolina Panthers: 1-8
Next up for the 1-8 Panthers: the Ravens. It doesn't get any easier for this young team.
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