Week 10 is in the books and it’s now on to Week 11 in the National Football League. This week we have a new team that will be joining the league’s elite in the Week 11 Top 15 Team Power Rankings.
1. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots did what they always do best, which is taking advantage of the opposing teams mistakes. On Sunday, the Patriots did just that. The Giants gave quarterback Tom Brady ample time to win the ball game. Brady drove the Patriots 44 yards, converting a fourth-and -10 on the drive. That drive would eventually allow kicker Steve Gostkowski to kick a 54-yard field goal to win the ball game.
2. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers once again took it to another AFC South ball club. This time, it was the Tennessee Titans. The same Titans ball club that put up over 400 yards of offense against the Saints last Sunday. However, the Panthers were not having any of that; the Panthers delivered a 27-10 beatdown to the Titans to remain in undefeated in the NFL. The Panthers are off to their best start in franchise history.
3. Arizona Cardinals (Previous Ranking 5th)
The Arizona Cardinals avenged their last season 35-6 loss against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. Carson Palmer once again had another stellar performance when he threw for 363 yards and three touchdown passes. The final score of the ball game was Cardinals 39 and the Seahawks 32. Up next for the Cardinals is a possible Super Bowl matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (Previous Ranking 3rd)
The Cincinnati Bengals fell from the unbeaten yesterday when they lost to the Houston Texans 10-6 on Monday Night Football. They must regain their confidence quickly because they go on the road next week to face the red hot Arizona Cardinals.
5. Minnesota Vikings (Previous Ranking 6th)
In a rematch of Super Bowl XI, the Minnesota Vikings pummeled the Oakland Raiders 30-14. Running back Adrian Peterson rushed for a season-best 203 yards and one touchdown. The Vikings have a Week 11 showdown with the Green Bay Packers for supremacy in the NFC North.
6. Denver Broncos (Previous Ranking 4th)
The Denver Broncos lost their second game of the season when they took on the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday. Quarterback Peyton Manning had one of his worst games of his career when he threw four interceptions and only passing for 35 yards. Manning was replaced by backup quarterback Brock Osweiler. However, the results were the same as the Chiefs dominated every aspect of the game. The Broncos next ball game could be an intense one as they travel to the “Windy City” to take on the Chicago Bears. Peyton Manning will not play in the matchup against the Bears, but we will finally find out if Osweiler is the long term solution for the Broncos going forward.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (Previous Ranking 10th)
The projected starter for the Pittsburgh Steelers Landry Jones was lost for the rest of the game when he suffered a left leg injury against the Cleveland Browns. Ben Roethlisberger was not supposed to play in this ball game, but he went ahead and torched the Cleveland Browns for 379 yards passing and three touchdown passes. Even with a seventy percent Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers are still a dangerous football team. They are one hot ball club to face in the postseason if all of their pieces are in place.
8. Buffalo Bills
Last Thursday, Rex Ryan went back to the place where it all started when the Buffalo Bills faced Ryan’s former team the New York Jets. The Bills pull off the upset 22-10 against the Jet on Thursday Night Football. The victory against the Jets catapulted the Bills to the 6th seed in the AFC Playoff Picture. They have an enormous test next Monday Night against the New England Patriots.
9. Green Bay Packers (Previous Ranking 7th)
I wonder where all of those people that were saying that the Green Bay Packers would be okay without wide receiver Jordy Nelson? So far no one has stepped up to fill the role that Nelson left behind. Devante Adams has not lived up to the hype of becoming a potential big time target for Aaron Rodgers. The Packers latest defeat came against the lowly Detroit Lions. The Lions victory against the Packers was their first win at Lambeau Field since 1991. For the Packers to regain some traction in the NFC North they must win their next two ball games against the Vikings and Bears.
10. New York Giants (Previous Ranking 9th)
The New York Giants once again mismanaged the clock playing against one of the premier opponents in the NFL. The Giants had the Patriots on the ropes in the Sunday Evening contest but failed to deliver the victory. After the touchdown catch by Odell Beckham Jr. was overturned, the Giants failed to take as much time off the clock to prevent Tom Brady from mounting a fourth quarter comeback. As a result, the G-Men lost the game 27-26 to New England. If errors like this continue to happen the Giants could lose their lead in the NFC East.
11. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons were on a bye this week. They return to action this Sunday as they host the Indianapolis Colts.
12. New York Jets (Previous Ranking 8th)
Just when you think the New York Jets have turned the corner, they go ahead and lay an egg on prime time television. Their former head coach Rex Ryan was determined to take down the Jets on Thursday Night Football. He did just that as the Jets lost to the Bills 22-10. With that loss, the Jets are on the outside looking in at the AFC Wildcard Picture. However, they can get right back in the race with a victory against the Houston Texans. From the looks of it, that could be a tough challenge for the Jets.
13. Kansas City Chiefs
After losing four consecutive games, the Kansas City Chiefs finally turned the corner in their season. They have won three straight games that have catapulted them in the conversations of a Wild Card Playoff spot. Their most notable victory came against the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs took advantage of a Broncos defense that was missing stars such as Aqib Talib and Demarcus Ware. The Chiefs next opponent is a showdown on the road against the San Diego Chargers.
14. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts were on a bye in Week 11; they go on the road to face the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday. To keep their lead in the division, they must win this Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
15. Seattle Seahawks
Last Sunday Night, the Seattle Seahawks blew another fourth quarter lead against a premier opponent in the NFC. The Seahawks lost to the Arizona Cardinals 39-32 to fall behind in the NFC Wild Card race. They also lost ground in the fight regain the NFC West Title.
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