NFL Power Rankings Week 11: Teams in Tailspins

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SLR’s Week 11 NFL Power Rankings: 32-25

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Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) after the game at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the Oakland Raiders 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8) NC

Well, the Buccaneers might have been able to move up a bit this week, but the Jaguars and Vikings won, too. So they walk to the top of the cellar stairs, only to have it slammed in their face. It looks like the key to victory was facing a team even more dysfunctional than the Bucs themselves. Too bad they won’t get to do that again for the rest of the season.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) NC

Good for Jacksonville. Not only did they get their first win of the season, taking “0-16 Watch” out of commission before it gained much steam, they did it against a division rival on the road. They’ll still be a high drafting team, and this year is still nothing more than an observation period for new management, but now they can finish out the season as just a regular bad team, without history looming.

30. Atlanta Falcons (2-7) ▼1

When the NFL schedule was released, Falcons/Seahawks looked like a marquee matchup. It actually turned out to be the mismatch of the week. Somebody explain how this team lost the NFC Championship by four points last season?

29. Minnesota Vikings (2-7) ▲1

Finally the Vikings earn a win on this side of the Atlantic. That’s good for pride, but they’d have to run off another seven straight to even think postseason, and they’re nowhere near good enough. What they need to do for now is try to keep a quarterback healthy for more than a week at a time.

28. Washington Redskins (3-6) ▼3

A win against the Vikings would have meant being within one game of the NFC East leader. Instead, they suffered a loss to the Vikings, who previously had beaten only the Steelers in London. People will blame a sophomore slump by Robert Griffin III, and it’s true he’s not playing as well as he did in 2012. Still, the defense carries plenty of blame for being a complete abomination.

27. Houston Texans (2-7) NC

Losing to Arizona isn’t as indicative of the direction this team is going as their decision to shut Arian Foster. They’ve chalked this season up as a loss, and chances are they’ll come back next season with a new quarterback.

26. Buffalo Bills (3-7) ▼3

It’s good for the Bills to get E.J. Manuel back. He has already shown he has the talent and the moxie to be a potential star for the Bills at quarterback in the long term. Of course, he just showed how far he has to go before he is that guy. Give this young team some time to grow together. Their ceiling is far better than where they’re playing now, though you might not see it until 2014.

25. Oakland Raiders  (3-6) ▼3

Losing to the Giants is not exactly a confidence-inspiring outcome. This is supposed to be a team on the rise, but the cracks are starting to show. Maybe they’re still the Raiders after all.

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  • ahrcshaw

    The Panthers just keep on pounding and moving up. Go Panthers and pound those Patriots.

    • Dean Holden

      The Panthers’ defense vs. the Patriots offense is going to be a true strength vs. strength matchup. These are the types of games that come down to good preparation and solid gameplanning. Should be a great game.

      • ahrcshaw

        Yes this is going to be a very good test of two strength. The Panther defense is built to stop a team like NE for many reasons. First and foremost is the fact that Tom Brady throws a ton of passes and all of them out out the pocket, most of which are thrown to drop off receivers close to the line of scrimmage ( just like Manning and similar to what the Panthers Shula is doing with Cam) NE and Brady have no run game to speak of, and the short passes counters any major pass rush from the defense. This is like saying it is the opposite of what the Panthers do at times. That is the Panthers pass short to open the run game or visa versa depending on the game.

        That said the Panthers will continue their 4-3 seven man front, bring the corners up and blitz a LB more often dropping off an DE to cover the short drop off pass. The Seven man front will not drop back as far as they have been and the free safety will cover the middle seam to eliminate the TE from burning them in the middle. Brady does not work well in a pressure situation and believe me he is going to be on the hot seat, because the Panthers will not have to cover the run as much.

        Go Panthers and pound those NE Patriots.

    • FesterFoot43

      I’m glad the Seahawks played them before they got their feet on the ground!

      • ahrcshaw

        Had the Olsen caught at least one of the open passes he dropped the Panthers would have scored early, as it was Williams fumble ended a good game the Panthers should have won. Like Smitty says, “We (the Panthers) will meet the Sea Hawks late in the playoffs”

        Go Panthers and pound those NE Patriots.

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  • Joe Wooten

    Seattle 9-1 not 8-1, kind of confirms the lack of respect thing.

    • Dean Holden

      Fair enough (fixed). That they’re playing this well and still get a bye week to gear up for the rest of the second half is just plain scary. They’re a bit like the Falcons last year, where they just win every week but nobody talks about them.

      • FesterFoot43

        Don’t be too hard on yourself, grasshopper. You did a fine job rectifying your slight miscalc on the Seahawks’ record. Of course, if you try to tell us that Kansas City is the number one team because they haven’t lost (nor have they played anyone with a winning record, yet) – then them’s fightin’ words. They’re courting the idea of being that good, but it’s like the noise level record they took away from us; yes, they were louder, but they also had 10k more people to scream with and a target to reach. ie; things have been handed to them a little bit.

        • Dean Holden

          Allow me to pose this to you then: If the Chiefs take down the Broncos next week, by any margin, will you agree they deserve the No. 1 spot? Because if they lose, they’re coming down, obviously.

      • Joe Wooten

        I agree, but I think defensively they are stronger than last years Falcons,
        and a bit better balanced across the board.

  • Herman Moore

    Officiating in the Lions game seemed a bit uneven. A couple of the calls against the Lions were shaky, while at the same time the refs turned a blind eye to rampant holding by the Bears O line–I saw Fairley basically getting tackled a couple of times. They at least managed to get it right on the CJ rule call against the Bears.

    • Dean Holden

      It took more than three years, but I think the Lions can finally close the book on the “process of the catch” saga. They finally evened things out. I didn’t really get the sense that the officiating was THAT bad, at least compared to usual, but if it was, the Lions’ undisciplined play might have had something to do with it.

      • Herman Moore

        It just seemed like there were more no-calls than usual. Fairley was getting mugged most of the game. Suh, of course, always gets held. I realize that you can watch any game and see uncalled offensive holds, but it looked more excessive than usual. Undisciplined play, for sure… Fairley’s toss of McCown was both blatant and late, but at least he sacked him on the next play. Fairley is a penalty machine who led the team in yellow hankies last year with ten, he has four so far this season, two behind Willie Young (6). Ironically, it was Fairley who saved Willie’s bacon by dropping Forte on the second 2-pt try and sealing the win.

        • Dean Holden

          Yeah, Fairley redeemed himself a big with the big stop on the 2-pt conversion attempt, but he still had an awful, undisciplined game in general. The good news is, he looks healthy again. But if that just means he puts himself in a position for more penalties, then is it good news, really?

  • Tyler Austin

    I said last week after the Bears beat Green Bay, if they play McCowen against the Lions they win, if they play Cutler they will lose. It is obvious to me the Bears management to understand that they should have rested Cutler another week at least a tell tail sign of where their season will end up. Cutler I think was scared to lose his starting job had McCowen played this week. Makes sense, but now it’s almost a nail in the coffin if McCowen does what he has already shown he can do the next couple weeks.

    • Dean Holden

      I agree that Cutler rushed back to save his job. He’s up for a big contract, and he’s in with a coaching staff and management that has absolutely nothing invested in him. Chances are he’s a hugely paid free agent prize this offseason, and the Bears look to the draft.

  • Tyler Austin

    Seahawks beat Atlanta, but this game had a lot more on the line then just a game. Seahawks had to beat Atlanta and do it convincingly for the ability to ramp up the players mental preparedness. I think the players took it upon themselves to make the statement over the coach’s preparation. I also pointed out if they crush Atlanta then lose at home vers Vikings then the lose at Vikings would not be as big a deal as had Seahawks lost to Atlanta then win out the rest of their season games. That would always be looming in the back of their minds and make them 2nd guess themselves in the playoffs. I think Seattle is now poised and ready for the playoffs. After the bye look for Seattle to pull out all the stops against New Orleans and San Fran. I anticipate many plays that have yet to be seen by the Seahawks to be used in those games.

    • Dean Holden

      I’m not a huge believer in the momentum narrative. These teams are made to play each week like a new season, not get hung up on old grudges. Still, with as bad as the Falcons are this year, the Seahawks dropping a game to them would have been embarrassing, even if they hadn’t met in the playoffs last year.

      • Tyler Austin

        Normally I would agree with you, but this so much was not for momentum sake as was to bury the past. Cannot deny the human condition. Having heard and read on many Seahawks players pointing to this game earlier in the year and prior to the game, it makes complete sense to me. Also look forward to the Vikings next week to attempt the upset as well. It is possible they could catch an exhaling seahawk team off guard.

  • Tyler Austin

    Panthers were and have been a good team. Are they ready for the playoffs? Not really sure. They do remind me of the poor Giants squad that pulled out a run of the ages to go on the road and win in the playoffs and the SB. Yet, something is missing still. San Fran was given too much of a soft schedule in 4 game stretch to really be prepared for Panthers. Having said this I do not think the loss for 9ers was huge, except for their hopes to take homefield in the playoffs. This loss will make the road game against Saints a more exciting one to watch as the 9ers will be playing their hearts out to win.

    • Dean Holden

      The 49ers are still in solid playoff position, but if the season ended today, they’d be the sixth seed. They’re nowhere near safe, and with all due respect to the Panthers defense, I think SF has realized that their offense is no better now with Kaepernick than it was last season with Alex Smith. They’re a good team, but I don’t think they’re any longer a SB favorite.

      As for Carolina, the same applies. A running QB who gets a lot of press for being average, and a fantastic defense that lifts him up. They’ve won five straight, but are they really that good, or are they just peaking early? Every team has question marks.

      • Joe Wooten

        I think the point about Seattle’s QB position that many people miss; is that you will probably not see Russell Wilson do something to cost his team a victory. There was an old saying in the NFL…that some players seem to play under their shoulder pads.
        (It was a compliment that meant they were always in the present, focused on the minutiae, as well as the “big picture”) … I firmly believe that Russell Wilson could give a rat’s behind about his stat line, as long as his team wins…
        I’m not sure if the same applies to Colin Kaepernick.

        • ahrcshaw

          You are probably right, some times the annalist and media think they are too smart.

      • ahrcshaw

        The Panthers have been playing solid defense all year, the offense has been a Jeckel and Hyde all year. Cam has played well enough to win every game except the Carnal game. The Panthers are for real because the team is playing good football which includes the coaches, the water boys who ever and Cam is not needed to win all the games, he is needed to not lose them just like any rookie QB. Go Panthers and pound those NE Patriots.

  • Tyler Austin

    Broncos and Chiefs will be fun t watch, and as many people point out Chiefs having beaten 9 teams that are soft? Well unlike the 4 game stretch for 9ers. The teams that played against the Chiefs after week 4 wanted a marquee win. I seen massive preparation by Chiefs opponents since then and Chiefs were able to close out the games. They looked like the struggled, but when u have teams week after week preparing against them as if it were the playoffs I think they are battle tested. This is the NFL and every team can play at a high level. Look to Jags v Broncos and Bucs v Seahawks, and now Rams v Colts. When you are considered a marquee team expect teams to play you above the level they have been playing all year.

    • Dean Holden

      For about a month now, the Chiefs have been playing with a target on their backs. They’ve played close games, and won all of them. I might be the only person in the world prepared to pick the Chiefs to beat the Broncos next week.

      • Tyler Austin

        I would join you in that, only because it might be possible the Broncos need another wake up call. I would be surprised if any one of these teams go 2/0 on each other. I see them splitting the series. If one does go 2/0 I would assume the winner would be the real McCoy.

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  • FesterFoot43

    You will move KC down next week, then the week after that. Trust me.

    • Dean Holden

      If they prove to be potatoes against top-caliber teams, I’ll do just that, admitting my mistakes along the way. But I’m actually predicting the Chiefs to earn their 10th win and a lot of respect next weekend.