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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SEP 02 Jeff Fedotin
Kansas City re-signs Smith, stashes young backup QBs on roster.
AUG 28 Joel Corry
Between injuries, trades and positional battles, the financial landscape for several key players has shifted dramatically.
AUG 26 Joel Corry
The highly productive Dallas wideout is headed for a big-time payday.