Week 11 NFL Power Rankings: Respect the Rams

Aaron Donald leads a Rams team that is in sole possession of first place in the NFC West (photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Week 11 of this NFL season has come to a close. This week, we saw playoff teams lose their footing, and division races become even tighter. Here are the power rankings for Week 11 of the NFL season.

32. New York Jets (0-10) (Eliminated) Prev: 32

And with another loss, the Jets are the first team this season to be eliminated from the playoff race. There isn’t much more to say about this team that has not already been said. This year, Jets stands for Just End The Season.

Team MVP: Denzel Mims (3 rec, 71 yds)

Next: vs Dolphins

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) Prev: 31

This week, Jacksonville had the unenviable task of playing the Steelers. There was no trap game to be found here, as Pittsburgh had their way with the Jags. At this point, Jacksonville will likely be the next team eliminated and are hoping for a Jets loss.

Team MVP: Daniel Thomas (INT)

Next: vs Browns

30. Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1) Prev: 28

Week 11 was the worst possible week for the Bengals. Joe Burrow went down with a torn ACL, MCL, and structural damage on top of all that. Their terrible offensive line play finally came back to bite them, and now they risk this injury affecting Burrow’s career long-term. Ryan Finley takes over for the rest of the season.

Team MVP: Jessie Bates III (4 tackles, INT)

Next: vs Giants

29. Dallas Cowboys (3-7) Prev: 30

If Andy Dalton can continue to play competent football like he did this week, maybe the Cowboys can steal the NFC East. The defense still needs a lot of work, but that has been the case all season. Somebody has to win the NFC East, and Dallas is the most talented team out of the bunch.

Team MVP: Ezekiel Elliot (103 rush yds, 11 rec yds, TD)

Next: vs Washington

28. Washington Football Team (3-7) Prev: 29

Washington was able to beat the Bengals after they lost Joe Burrow for the second half. As Alex Smith continues to work his way back into game shape, he is surrounded by talent on offense. Terry McLaurin has proven that he is legit, and Antonio Gibson is starting to prove himself as well.

Team MVP: Antonio Gibson (94 rush yds, 10 rec yds, TD)

Next: at Cowboys

27. Atlanta Falcons (3-7) Prev: 23

The Saints dismantled the Falcons on Sunday, and they didn’t even have Drew Brees. Their offense was also shut down by New Orleans’ defense, not even scoring a touchdown. The Falcons have had consistency issues this year, which has been their problem ever since losing Super Bowl 51.

Team MVP: Calvin Ridley (5 rec, 90 yds)

Next: vs Raiders

26. Houston Texans (3-7) Prev: 27

Houston successfully slowed the Patriots’ momentum for their third win of the season. Deshaun Watson can still take over games, even without Deandre Hopkins. Combine that with a throwback performance by JJ Watt, and the Texans have the formula to win games. However, the Colts and Titans are likely too far out of reach for Houston at this point in the year.

Team MVP: Deshaun Watson (28/37, 344 yds, 36 rush yds, 3 TDs)

Next: at Lions

25. New York Giants (3-7) Prev: 26

The Giants were on their bye this week. The Giants have been showing some upside in recent weeks, which is more than can be said for most NFC East teams. A lot of that relies on Daniel Jones not turning the ball over.

Next: at Bengals

24. Los Angeles Chargers (3-7) Prev: 25

The Jets gave the Bolts a run for their money, but Justin Herbert pulled them through. A new coach and some time to get healthy should do the Chargers just fine, as they have struggled this year.

Team MVP: Keenan Allen (16 rec, 145 yds, TD)

Next: at Bills

23. Detroit Lions (4-6) Prev: 22

The Lions were shut out by Carolina this week. They even got Carolina’s backup quarterback, but they could not manage to put up points on the Panthers’ defense. It is the first time in Matt Stafford’s career that he has been shut out. They play their annual Thanksgiving game next week.

Team MVP: Amani Oruwariye (5 tackles, INT)

Next: vs Texans

22. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1) Prev: 21

The Eagles were losers again this week, falling to Cleveland. Somebody has to win the NFC East, and the Eagles currently hold the lead in the division due to their tie with the Bengals. However, the Cowboys and Giants look poised to take the division lead from Philly.

Team MVP: Alex Singleton (12 tackles, sack, fumble recovery)

Next: vs Seahawks

21. New England Patriots (4-6) Prev: 16

The New England Patriots had no answers for Deshaun Watson and lost their chance to get back to .500 on the season. This game was New England’s chance to get back in the playoff hunt, but they managed to lose a very winnable game. People will blame Cam Newton, but this game falls on the defense’s shoulders, as they let Watson have his way with them. New England will likely have to win out to have a shot at the playoffs.

Team MVP: Damiere Byrd (6 rec, 132 yds, TD)

Next: vs Cardinals

20. Denver Broncos (4-6) Prev: 24

Denver scored a win over the Miami Dolphins this week. The Broncos’ defense occasionally has weeks like this where they can get to the quarterback with ease. Having Von Miller back would likely make these games more consistent, but he is out for the season. Denver marches forward regardless.

Team MVP: Justin Simmons (7 tackles, INT)

Next: vs Saints

19. San Francisco 49ers (4-6) Prev: 19

San Fran had their bye week this week. The Niners’ biggest problem this year has been staying healthy, as they are down players like George Kittle, Nick Bosa, and Richard Sherman due to injury. For all their injuries this year, San Francisco has stayed somewhat competitive.

Next: at Rams

18. Carolina Panthers (4-7) Prev: 20

The Panthers were missing Teddy Bridgewater this week, but the defense bailed them out. They managed to shut out Detroit, who were missing names like D’Andre Swift, Kenny Golladay, and Danny Amendola. The Panthers are building something promising in Carolina.

Team MVP: Brian Burns (5 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: at Vikings

17. Minnesota Vikings (4-6) Prev: 17

Just when it looked like Minnesota was going to become a problem in the NFC, they fell to the Cowboys. The offense did its job, as Dalvin Cook performed up to his standards and Kirk Cousins threw for over 300 yards. The defense, however, made Andy Dalton look like he turned the clock back to his days on the Bengals.

Team MVP: Dalvin Cook (115 rush yds, 5 rec, 45 yds, TD)

Next: vs Panthers

16. Chicago Bears (5-5) Prev: 18

The Bears were on their bye this week. With Nick Foles injured, the Bears will likely turn back to Mitch Trubisky. While he is not much better than Nick Foles, he at least can make plays with his legs, which adds another dimension to Chicago’s offense.

Next: at Packers

15. Miami Dolphins (6-4) Prev: 14

The Dolphins were upset by the Broncos. Tua was hit a lot and was forced to leave the game, bringing in Ryan Fitzpatrick. It was a scary moment for Dolphins fans, but it looks like Tua will be okay. Miami will look to bounce back next week.

Team MVP: Xavien Howard (7 tackles, INT)

Next: at Jets

14. Baltimore Ravens (6-4) Prev: 9

Baltimore has dropped three out of their last four, and it is getting dire. They’re currently out of the playoff picture and third in their division. It is on Lamar Jackson, John Harbaugh, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman to get this offense playing like they were last year, when Lamar won MVP.

Team MVP: Mark Andrews (5 rec, 96 rec yds, TD)

Next: at Steelers

13. Las Vegas Raiders (6-4) Prev: 13

The Raiders hung tough with the Cheifs but could not beat them for the second time this season. This loss should be seen as encouraging for Vegas, as they look like a team that could give anybody problems come playoff time. And with the Ravens’ loss, they remain in the playoff picture.

Team MVP: Darren Waller (7 rec, 88 yds, TD)

Next: at Falcons

12. Cleveland Browns (7-3) Prev: 15

The Browns knocked off the Eagles this week. The Browns are in prime playoff position right now but have no room to get comfortable. Their 6-4 division rivals are currently out of the playoffs, and if Cleveland begins to crack, the Ravens could steal their spot.

Team MVP: Sione Takitaki (3 tackles, INT, TD)

Next: at Jaguars

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) Prev: 6

Yikes. Another primetime loss for the Bucs and they fall further behind New Orleans, who have already beat them twice. Tom Brady is struggling with his deep ball, and the more games like this happen, the more this looks like a system mismatch between Tom Brady and Bruce Arians’ offense. Arians wants a downfield attack, and Brady thrives more in a quick passing game.

Team MVP: Jason Pierre-Paul (6 tackles, INT)

Next: vs Chiefs

10. Arizona Cardinals (6-4) Prev: 5

Arizona could not build off the momentum of the Hail Murray, as they fell to Seattle. The Cards now find themselves in a divisional tie for second with Seattle, when this game was a great chance to create some space between themselves and the Seahawks. Arizona gets a chance to bounce back next week.

Team MVP: Kyler Murray (29/42, 269 yds, 15 rush yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Patriots

9. Tennessee Titans (7-3) Prev: 12

The Titans were able to rebound after a division loss to Indy with a win over the Ravens. This was a must-win for both sides, as now Tennessee maintains their spot in the playoff picture. Now the Titans get a chance to avenge their loss to the Colts next week.

Team MVP: Derrick Henry (133 rush yds, TD)

Next: at Colts

8. Indianapolis Colts (7-3) Prev: 10

Indy continues to roll with an overtime victory over the Packers. The defense continues to play at a high level, and Phillip Rivers is getting better each week. This team is a legit threat and can beat anybody put in front of them.

Team MVP: Phillip Rivers (24/36, 288 yds, 3 TDs, INT)

Next: vs Titans

7. Seattle Seahawks (7-3) Prev: 8

Seattle got by Arizona with a rare clutch defensive stop. Rusell Wilson played a much cleaner game this week than the previous two, which was something Seattle needed. Seattle still does not have the division lead, however, and will continue fighting for their playoff lives.

Team MVP: Tyler Lockett (9 rec, 67 yds, TD)

Next: at Eagles

6. Buffalo Bills (7-3) Prev: 7

The Bills had their bye this week. The extra week to wash off the stink of the Hail Murray must have been nice, especially when they get to watch the other three teams in their division lose their games.

Next: vs Chargers

5. Los Angeles Rams (7-3) Prev: 11

For the moment, the LA Rams stand alone on top of the best division in football. A primetime win over Tom Brady’s Bucs is a statement for the rest of the league. It is time to stop sleeping on the Rams and recognize that they are for real.

Team MVP: Jordan Fuller (4 tackles, 2 INTs)

Next: vs 49ers

4. Green Bay Packers (7-3) Prev: 3

The Packers took the loss to the Colts this week. A late fumble in overtime by Marquez Valdes-Scantling sealed Green Bay’s fate. Despite the loss, neither Chicago nor Minnesota poses a real threat to the Packers, so they are essentially playing for playoff seeding at this point.

Team MVP: Davante Adams (7 rec, 106 yds, TD)

Next: vs Bears

3. New Orleans Saints (8-2) Prev: 4

No Drew Brees, no problem for the Saints this week. Taysom Hill stepped in and played well for New Orleans, as he didn’t turn the ball over and completed most of his passes. The Saints now have the best record in the NFC.

Team MVP: Taysom Hill (18/23, 233 yds, 51 rush yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Broncos

2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) Prev: 2

Kansas City successfully avenged the only blemish on their record to this point in the season, beating the Raiders. Nobody in the league has been able to stop Patrick Mahomes, as he looks like the clear choice to win his second MVP in his career. They appear to be on a collision course with the Steelers for the AFC crown.

Team MVP: Travis Kelce (8 rec, 127 yds, TD)

Next: at Buccaneers

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) Prev: 1

Pittsburgh became the first team to reach 10 wins this season. They still have their perfect record, and their schedule coming up is fairly easy. It may be time for the 1972 Dolphins to get scared of these Steelers, as they have a legit shot at a perfect season.

Team MVP: Minkah Fitzpatrick (5 tackles, 2 INTs)

Next: vs Ravens