Week 11 NFL Power Rankings: Have the Bills Lost Their Grip on the AFC?

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Jonathan Taylor punches in one of his five touchdowns against the Bills (Photo by Adrian Kraus/AP Photo)

Week 11 of the NFL season was great for people who love watching backup quarterbacks play. Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, Jared Goff, and Justin Fields either missed their game or left with an injury. Who stood tall in a hectic week of NFL action? Here are the power rankings for Week 11 of the NFL season.

32. Detroit Lions (0-9-1) Prev: 32

Another week, another loss for the Detroit Lions, who now are in serious jeopardy of going 0-16-1 on the season. Tim Boyle didn’t fare much better than Jared Goff. Although, maybe if Goff had played, the Lions could have won. Nonetheless, tune in on Thanksgiving for certain disappointment.

Team MVP: D’Andre Swift (136 yds, TD)

Next: vs Bears

31. New York Jets (2-8) Prev: 30

On this week’s edition of the New York Jets’ QB carousel, it was Joe Flacco getting the start. Flacco played fine, but he didn’t get the result that the Jets wanted. Mike White gets the start this week, but the Jets would much prefer to have Zach Wilson getting reps out there.

Team MVP: Elijah Moore (8 rec, 141 yds, TD)

Next: at Texans

30. Houston Texans (2-8) Prev: 31

Houston caused a bit of a stir this week, upsetting their division rivals, the Titans. It’s their first win since Week one and a win that can shake up the top of the AFC from the bottom. Houston can take some satisfaction in messing with their rivals, but they won’t be making much more noise this season.

Team MVP: Desmond King II (8 tackles, 2 INTs)

Next: vs Jets

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) Prev: 29

The Jags got crushed by the 49ers like everyone expected. There’s not that much more to it than that. The entire team played mediocrely, and it showed on the field, as they were completely outclassed by the Niners.

Team MVP: Damien Wilson (8 tackles, sack)

Next: vs Falcons

28. New York Giants (3-7) Prev: 27

The Giants looked pathetic on Monday Night Football. With Eli Manning watching on his Manningcast, the G-men couldn’t give him much of a good showing against the Bucs. They fired Jason Garrett after the game, but that won’t resolve all their problems.

Team MVP: Adoree Jackson (3 tackles, INT)

Next: vs Eagles

27. Chicago Bears (3-7) Prev: 26

Sure, the Bears blew a lead against the Ravens, but that’s not even their second-biggest headline this week. Justin Fields left with an injury, so hes’ going to miss at least this week. On top of that, Chicago is expected to fire Matt Nagy after their game against the Lions on Thursday. Well, at least they’re waiting until after Thanksgiving.

Team MVP: Darnell Mooney (5 rec, 121 yds, TD)

Next: at Lions

26. Seattle Seahawks (3-7) Prev: 24

Somebody has broken the Seattle Seahawks. What on Earth happened here? All their big-name players from previous years, like Wilson, Lockett, and Metcalf returned to the team this year, and yet the team looks completely out of sync. It almost looks like Wilson and Seattle, which at one time looked like it could be a dynasty, could be headed for an offseason split.

Team MVP: Tyler Lockett (4 rec, 115 yds)

Next: at Washington

25. Miami Dolphins (4-7) Prev: 28

Don’t look now, but Miami has won three in a row. From 1-7 to now 4-7, the Dolphins are trying to turn their season around. It seems like Tua Tagovailoa is hitting his stride after missing some time with an injury, something Dolphins fans have been waiting for for a long time.

Team MVP: Myles Gaskin (89 yds, 3 rec, 7 yds, TD)

Next: vs Panthers

24. Atlanta Falcons (4-6) Prev: 23

The Falcons were shut out by the Patriots on Thursday night. The lack of Calvin Ridley and Cordarrelle Patterson left Kyle Pitts wide open to get Belichick’d. The Patriots forced Atlanta to have somebody else beat them, and nobody was able to step up for the Falcons. It could be an ugly few weeks for Atlanta going forward.

Team MVP: Foyesade Oluokun (10 tackles, sack)

Next: at Jaguars

23. Washington Football Team (4-6) Prev: 22

In the battle of Ron Rivera vs Cam Newton, it was Riverboat Ron coming out with the win. Washington looks like another team trying to bloom late, even without Chase Young. Teams like these can cause some problems in the playoff picture.

Team MVP: Terry McLaurin (5 rec, 103 yds, TD)

Next: vs Seattle

22. Denver Broncos (5-5) Prev: 20

The Broncos had their bye this week. They used it to extend Courtland Sutton.

Next: vs Chargers

21. Carolina Panthers (5-6) Prev: 18

In Cam Newton’s big return to Carolina, he was outshined by another returning Panther, Washington head coach Ron Rivera. Newton played well, but not well enough to win it for the Panthers. Although, his case to win the team’s starting job for next year got better.

Team MVP: Cam Newton (21/27 189 yds, 2 TDs, 46 yds, TD)

Next: at Dolphins

20. Minnesota Vikings (5-5) Prev: 21

Minnesota scored what could be a season-saving victory over the Packers. It was Justin Jefferson who did the Packers in, as he torched anybody Green Bay tried to cover him with. Anytime you can get your stars hot, you feed them again next week to help them stay hot, so expect a busy week for Jefferson again next week.

Team MVP: Justin Jefferson (8 rec, 169 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at 49ers

19. San Francisco 49ers (5-5) Prev: 19

San Fran handily took down Jacksonville. A few Wild Card spots have potentially opened up in the NFC, and the 49ers seem like a prime candidate for one of those spots. They’re an experienced playoff team but also young and explosive. So why not the Niners?

Team MVP: Nick Bosa (3 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: vs Vikings

18. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) Prev: 25

Speaking of teams in contention for the open NFC playoff spots, the Eagles are prime contenders as well. They have one of the league’s easiest remaining schedules and have seemingly discovered their identity. They’ve started running the ball again, and with Miles Sanders back, they will likely continue to pound the rock. Philly may very well return to the postseason.

Team MVP: Jalen Hurts (13/24, 147 yds, 69 yds, 3 TDs)

Next: at Giants

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1) Prev: 16

The Steelers came up short in a Sunday Night thriller against the Chargers. Usually, the offense lets the team down, but this time, it was the defense who let the team down, as the offense put up 37 on the Chargers. Anytime you score 35 or more, you should win the game. The Steelers are still fighting for a Wild Card spot.

Team MVP: Diontae Johnson (7 rec, 101 yds, TD)

Next: at Bengals

16. Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) Prev: 13

The Raiders’ mid-season collapse is right on schedule, but this year, you can’t blame them. Look at all that’s happened in that organization this year: from Jon Gruden to Henry Ruggs, this team’s head is likely a mess. There is still hope for a playoff spot, however.

Team MVP: Darren Waller (7 rec, 116 yds)

Next: at Cowboys

15. New Orleans Saints (5-5) Prev: 12

After beating the Bucs, the Saints looked like world-beaters, but now they may not even make the playoffs. Trevor Siemian seems to figure out what’s going on with the defense too little too late, and by the time he does, the Saints are down by too much to come back from. We’ll see how Sean Payton tries to figure this one out.

Team MVP: Mark Ingram II (88 yds, 6 rec, 25 yds)

Next: vs Bills

14. Cleveland Browns (6-5) Prev: 14

It was a win for the Browns this week, but a very unimpressive one. They barely scraped by the Lions, and Baker Mayfield seems like he’s letting all the chatter around him get to him. You can tell by his body language and the answers he has been giving at press conferences.

Team MVP: Nick Chubb (130 yds, 2 rec, 14 yds, TD)

Next: at Ravens

13. Cincinatti Bengals (6-4) Prev: 15

A big win over the raiders puts the Bengals in prime positioning to set themselves up for a playoff spot. They’ve got some tough games ahead of them against teams who are also fighting to make the postseason, but they’ve set themselves up nicely. But can this young team finish strong and get themselves in the postseason?

Team MVP: Joe Mixon (123 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Steelers

12. Buffalo Bills (6-4) Prev: 6

When the Chiefs were struggling, everyone looked to the Bills as the new favorites to come out of the AFC. Since then, they’ve been run over by Derrick Henry, humiliated by the Jaguars, and now they’ve been run over by Jonathan Taylor. Buffalo is looking more pretender than contender right now, and they’ve gone from a commanding AFC East lead to now right in the middle of a heated Wild Card race. They still have two games against New England this season to attempt to right the ship.

Team MVP: Dawson Knox (6 rec, 80 yds)

Next: at Saints

11. Los Angeles Chargers (6-4) Prev: 11

The Chargers staved off fellow AFC Wild Card Contender Pittsburgh in a Sunday night thriller. The Chargers look to be driving this Wild Card chase with their massive amount of talent and brainpower in the coaching staff. They still have a chance to compete with Kansas City for the division as well.

Team MVP: Justin Herbert (30/41, 382 yds, 3 TDs, INT, 90 rush yds)

Next: at Broncos

10. Indianapolis Colts (6-5) Prev: 17

From out of absolutely nowhere, here come the Indianapolis Colts. They’ve been riding Jonathan Taylor, who not so quietly has been making his case for MVP. The loudest of his statements came this week when he scored five touchdowns on the number one defense in the league. Nobody should want to play the Colts right now.

Team MVP: Jonathan Taylor (185 yds, 4 TDs, 3 rec, 19 yds, TD)

Next: vs Buccaneers

9. New England Patriots (7-4) Prev: 10

For the first time in a year and a half, the Patriots lead the AFC East. They did it with a shutout of the Falcons on Thursday night and got some help from their old rivals, the Colts. New England has a rough stretch ahead of them, maybe even tougher than their previous stretch. But the Pats are playing the best they have in a while, and look ready for the challenge.

Team MVP: Kyle Van Noy (8 tackles, 2 sacks, INT, TD)

Next: vs Titans

8. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) Prev: 9

This is more like it. Kansas City scored a statement win over the Cowboys, and they did it on the back of their defense. The unit reminded the world that Kansas City is still here, and they don’t plan on moving for anybody anymore. The Chiefs look like they’re back, and if they’re on, they have to be the favorites in the AFC.

Team MVP: Chris Jones (5 tackles, 3.5 sacks)

Next: Bye

7. Baltimore Ravens (7-3) Prev: 8

No Lamar? No problem. World, meet Tyler Huntley, who plays almost exactly like Lamar Jackson. He’s not as good as Jackson, but anybody who can play the same style as Jackson makes it easy for John Harbaugh to not have to change much. The Ravens have three teams breathing down their backs, but this win certainly helps things.

Team MVP: Devonta Freeman (49 yds, TD, 6 rec, 31 yds)

Next: vs Browns

6. Tennessee Titans (8-3) Prev: 5

The Titans looked lost against the Texans and four Ryan Tannehill interceptions later, Tennessee was upset by Houston. They still hold the number one seed in the AFC, but they could lose it next week when they visit New England. They may even be in jeopardy of losing the division to the Colts if they don’t clean it up quickly.

Team MVP: Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (7 rec, 107 yds)

Next: at Patriots

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) Prev: 7

The Bucs bounced back on Monday night when they trounced the Giants. They got Rob Gronkowski back, and Tom Brady looked much more comfortable with him back. When they get Antonio Brown back, they’ll look even better.

Team MVP: Mike Edwards (2 tackles, INT)

Next: at Colts

4. Los Angeles Rams (7-3) Prev: 4

The Rams had their bye this week. This helps get Odell Beckham Jr integrated into the offense.

Next: at Packers

3. Dallas Cowboys (7-3) Prev: 2

Dallas lost to Kansas City this week, and it wasn’t pretty. Dak Prescott struggled in what was supposed to be a game where Dak lit it up. It’s a step back for the Cowboys, but they have no competition in the division, so they’ll be fine.

Team MVP: Micah Parsons (4 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: vs Raiders

2. Green Bay Packers (8-3) Prev: 1

A divisional loss to the Vikings knocks Green Bay out of the top spot this week. This loss can be pinned on the defense, as Aaron Rodgers torched the Vikings’ defense as he often does, but Kirk Cousins was able to lead a drive leading to a game-winning field goal to seal the deal for Minnesota. Green Bay will likely bounce back.

Team MVP: Aaron Rodgers (23/33, 385 yds, 4 TDs)

Next: vs Rams

1. Arizona Cardinals (9-2) Prev: 3

Arizona once again returns to not only the top spot in the power rankings but the top spot in the NFC. Arizona will now finish over .500 on the year guaranteed, as they won their 9th game. They’ll get a bye next week, giving Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins even more time to get healthy. Arizona will likely be even better coming out of their bye.

Team MVP: Zach Ertz (8 rec, 88 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: Bye