Week 11 saw many intriguing results, including an NFC heavyweight clash between the Cowboys and the Vikings. There were also some fascinating results for the AFC playoff picture. Eleven weeks in, here’s where everyone stands in the NFL.
32. Houston Texans (1-8-1) Prev: 32
It was another loss for Houston this week, but they will try to shake things up. The Texans have benched Davis Mills in favor of Kyle Allen at quarterback. The change likely won’t change anything, but it’s clear that Mills is not the future for Houston.
Team MVP: Christian Kirksey (7 tackles, TFL, QB hit)
Next: at Dolphins
31. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-7) Prev: 30
The Steelers were able to hang with the Bengals but ultimately succumbed to defeat. It was a promising performance for the Steelers’ offense, as they put up 30 points for the first time this season. Unfortunately, the defense was up against Joe Burrow this week.
Team MVP: Najee Harris (90 yds, 2 TDs, 4 rec, 26 yds)
Next: at Colts
30. Chicago Bears (3-8) Prev: 29
The script has flipped on the Bears’ season. Instead of not scoring enough points, now the team can’t get enough stops. Unfortunately for Chicago, both of these results lead to losses. One thing to watch will be the health of Justin Fields’ left shoulder. He hurt it in this game, and it will be worth monitoring, as any further damage could damage the Bears’ future.
Team MVP: Justin Fields (14/21, 153 yds, TD, INT, 85 rush yds, TD)
Next: at Jets
29. Denver Broncos (3-7) Prev: 28
Broncos country continues to be dragged along on this ride, likely kicking and screaming. Although, Wilson didn’t play badly, despite not throwing any touchdowns. It isn’t Denver’s year this year, likely due to the coaching.
Team MVP: Latavius Murray (49 yds, TD)
Next: at Panthers
28. Carolina Panthers (3-8) Prev: 27
It was a miserable showing this week for the Baker Mayfield-led Panthers, as they put up three points. Next week, Sam Darnold will take the field as Carolina’s quarterback. It will be Carolina’s third different starting quarterback this season.
Team MVP: Brian Burns (5 tackles, sack, 2 TFLs, QB hit)
Next: vs Broncos
27. Las Vegas Raiders (3-7) Prev: 31
The Raiders took down the Broncos in a matchup of overhyped AFC West squads. Davante Adams may have won this game by himself, as he has been the driving force of this offense for the last few weeks. It’s likely a lost season for the Raiders, so the team will look to build chemistry down the stretch.
Team MVP: Davante Adams (7 rec, 141 yds, 2 TDs)
Next: at Seahawks
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) Prev: 25
The Jags had their bye this week. It’s likely another last-place finish in the AFC South for them this year.
Next: vs Ravens
25. Cleveland Browns (3-7) Prev: 24
Despite an impressive showing from Jacoby Brissett, the Browns fell to the Bills. Cleveland now sits at 3-7, likely too far from the playoffs for Deshaun Watson to bring them back. Watson’s return is still a few weeks away, but he has been practicing with the team.
Team MVP: Amari Cooper (8 rec, 113 yds, 2 TDs)
Next: vs Buccaneers
24. Los Angeles Rams (3-7) Prev: 22
The Rams certainly don’t look like a team that won the Super Bowl last year. It was another loss this week for Los Angeles. The Rams are currently without Cooper Kupp, but they will also be without Matthew Stafford after the quarterback suffered a concussion this week.
Team MVP: Leonard Floyd (5 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFLs, 2 QB hits)
Next: at Chiefs
23. New Orleans Saints (4-7) Prev: 23
The Saints took the win this week. It was a solid week for Andy Dalton as the red rifle went for 260 yards and three touchdowns. New Orleans needs to go on a run to make any playoff run.
Team MVP: Chris Olave (5 rec, 102 yds, TD)
Next: at 49ers
22. Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1) Prev: 21
Indy took the Eagles to the final minutes but couldn’t take down the top team in the NFL. The Colts certainly look rejuvenated under Jeff Saturday. Perhaps his leadership ability, and a recharged Matt Ryan, can help this team return to relevancy.
Team MVP: Yannick Ngakoue (3 tackles, 1.5 sacks, QB hit)
Next: vs Steelers
21. Green Bay Packers (4-7) Prev: 19
Two weeks ago, Aaron Rodgers said the Packers aren’t dead. Well, they may be dead now. Rodgers seems to have a solid connection with Christian Watson, but this team does not look good enough to go on a run. This week’s loss to the Titans didn’t help, either.
Team MVP: Christian Watson (4 rec, 48 yds, 2 TDs)
Next: at Eagles
20. Arizona Cardinals (4-7) Prev: 18
Arizona got decimated without Kyler Murray. The defense allowed 38 points to the 49ers, and the offense couldn’t get going. Despite the potential being there, this looks like a losing football team. And it may cost Kliff Kingsbury his job.
Team MVP: Greg Dortch (9 rec, 103 yds)
Next: vs Chargers
19. Detroit Lions (4-6) Prev: 26
That’s three wins in a row for the Lions. They’ve seemingly transformed Jamaal Williams into a touchdown machine, as he added three more against the Giants. We’ll see how long this wave of momentum will last for Detroit.
Team MVP: Jamaal Williams (64 rush yds, 3 TDs)
Next: vs Bills
18. Atlanta Falcons (5-6) Prev: 20
The Falcons took the win against the Bears. They, like many other teams, struggled to stop Justin Fields. Atlanta may have lost Kyle Pitts for the season, as their star tight end suffered a torn MCL.
Team MVP: Arnold Ebiketie (6 tackles, sack, 2 TFLs)
Next: at Commanders
17. Washington Commanders (5-5) Prev: 17
Don’t look now, but Washington has a playoff spot right now. Taylor Heinicke has rallied this team around him since taking over as quarterback. Couple that with Chase Young coming back soon, and the business is booming for the Commanders.
Team MVP: Jonathan Allen (3 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 TFLs, 4 QB hits)
Next: vs Falcons
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) Prev: 16
The Bucs had their bye this week. Tampa Bay currently leads the NFC South and was getting hot before the bye.
Next: at Browns
15. New York Jets (6-4) Prev: 10
New York had the chance to take first place in the AFC East, and their offense blew it. Their defense was fantastic, only giving up 3 points. A last-minute punt return touchdown sank the Jets, but the offense only put up 2 yards in the second half. Couple that with Zach Wilson failing to take responsibility, and the Jets have benched Wilson for their next game.
Team MVP: Quincy Williams (6 tackles, sack, TFL, 2 QB hits)
Next: vs Bears
14. Los Angeles Chargers (5-5) Prev: 14
Chargers vs Chiefs games always seem to come down to the last minute. Justin Herbert led the go-ahead drive but left too much time for Patrick Mahomes and company. The Chargers took the loss and are out of the playoff picture currently.
Team MVP: Joshua Palmer (8 rec, 106 yds, 2 TDs)
Next: at Cardinals
13. New England Patriots (6-4) Prev: 15
New England got the win over the Jets, all thanks to their defense. The offense struggled yet again, only scoring three points. Marcus Jones’ late heroics on special teams won the game, and the Pats got a sweep of the Jets.
Team MVP: Marcus Jones (Game-winning punt return TD)
Next: at Vikings
12. San Francisco 49ers (6-4) Prev: 13
San Francisco ran through the Cardinals in Mexico City. They look like the odds-on favorites to win the NFC West, as they are far more talented than the Seahawks. The Niners have all the tools to go on a deep run.
Team MVP: George Kittle (4 rec, 84 yds, 2 TDs)
Next: vs Saints
11. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) Prev: 12
The Bengals’ win over the Steelers and the Jets’ loss has put the Bengals back in the playoffs. There is a chance that the Bengals will get Ja’Marr Chase back next week. If the Bengals get Chase back, this team becomes that much more dangerous, as the team has already been doing well on offense without Chase.
Team MVP: Samaje Perine (30 yds, 4 rec, 52 yds, 3 TDs)
Next: at Titans
10. Seattle Seahawks (6-4) Prev: 11
Seattle had their bye this week. They lost their lead in the NFC West after the 49ers beat the Cardinals.
Next: vs Raiders
9. Tennessee Titans (7-3) Prev: 9
The Titans scored an impressive win over the Packers. After its dreadful performance against the Chiefs, Tennessee’s passing game has come back to life. The Titans will likely win the AFC South again, but not having AJ Brown anymore may hurt them in the playoffs.
Team MVP: Ryan Tannehill (22/27, 333 yds, 2 TDs, INT)
Next: vs Bengals
8. Miami Dolphins (7-3) Prev: 8
Miami had their bye this week. They’ve won every game that Tua Tagovailoa has started and finished. His health will be imperative for this team.
Next: vs Texans
7. New York Giants (7-3) Prev: 5
The Giants took a bad loss to the Lions. They remain firmly in the playoff picture, but a loss like this can hurt momentum. Brian Daboll needs to get this team back on track. They also lost promising rookie Wan’Dale Robinson for the season, who was their best receiver.
Team MVP: Wan’Dale Robinson (9 rec, 100 yds)
Next: at Cowboys
6. Baltimore Ravens (7-3) Prev: 7
Baltimore didn’t look great against the Panthers, but they got the job done. The Ravens look firmly in control of the AFC North, and the defense seems to have stabilized. The only concern is the lack of a true number-one receiver.
Team MVP: Patrick Queen (12 tackles, 0.5 sacks, TFL, QB hit)
Next: at Jaguars
5. Dallas Cowboys (7-3) Prev: 6
Dallas took down one of the top teams in the league and looked good doing it. A 40-3 route over a team like the Vikings can launch this team into the next stratosphere. The Cowboys will likely find themselves in the playoffs yet again.
Team MVP: Micah Parsons (4 tackles, 2 sacks, TFL, 5 QB hits)
Next: vs Giants
4. Buffalo Bills (7-3) Prev: 4
Despite facing a snowstorm, the Bills were able to make it to Detroit and pick up the win over the Browns. Buffalo doesn’t have the lead in the AFC East, but they are the most proven of the four teams. The Bills will likely be the AFC East team that goes the furthest.
Team MVP: Devin Singletary (86 yds, TD)
Next: at Lions
3. Minnesota Vikings (8-2) Prev: 1
Minnesota took a loss against Dallas. The offensive line couldn’t block anybody, as Kirk Cousins got sacked seven times, and the offense only scored three points. They let up 40 points as well, as they got thoroughly dominated. Even so, the Vikings will likely be fine.
Team MVP: Dalvin Cook (72 yds)
Next: vs Patriots
2. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) Prev: 3
The Eagles escaped with a win against the Colts. Jalen Hurts put the team on his back and carried Philly to a late victory. The Vikings’ loss also gives the Eagles some breathing room as the top seed in the NFC.
Team MVP: Jalen Hurts (18/25, 190 yds, TD, 86 rush yds, TD)
Next: vs Packers
1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-2) Prev: 2
The Chiefs’ well-oiled machine continues to roll on as they elevate to the top spot in the rankings. Nobody in the AFC is on their level right now, as they excel in finding ways to win. They did it again on Sunday night, as they got a late win against the Chargers.
Team MVP: Travis Kelce (6 rec, 115 yds, 3 TDs)
Next: vs Rams