NFL Power Rankings After Week 11
25 November 2020
The NFL is a league where you can expect the unexpected. But Week 11 showed us just how true that saying is. With surprising outcomes and key injuries taking place, this week’s NFL power rankings have seen some changes as teams get ready to make their playoff pushes. Be sure to find out where every team stands before making your next set of NFL betting picks.
32. New York Jets (Last Week: 32)
Believe it or not, the Jets actually made their Week 11 game with the Los Angeles Chargers a competitive one. Despite trailing for almost the entire game, the Jets ended up losing by six in Los Angeles. That is no consolation for the players, of course, who saw their team drop to 0-10 on the season. But Jets fans should be encouraged that their team is at least trying in spite of jaw dropping levels of ineptitude.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 31)
Jacksonville was tasked with playing the league’s lone undefeated team in Week 11. Needless to say, it did not go well. The Pittsburgh Steelers put a 27-3 hurting on the Jaguars in that game, extending Jacksonville’s losing streak to nine games. The Jaguars, if there is a bright side to be found here, are definitely in the mix to draft at or near the top of the 2020 Draft, which could lead to a solution for their quarterback issues.
30. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 28)
The biggest loss of Week 11 came not on the scoreboard, but in the injury department. The Cincinnati Bengals lost rookie quarterback Joe Burrow for the season in their loss to the Washington Football Team. He suffered a gruesome knee injury, which included structural damage to the knee. Here’s hoping he can make a speedy recovery and be back on the field next season.
29. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 27)
Atlanta was blown out by the New Orleans Saints last week. There is no shame in being defeated by the Saints, as our power rankings will reveal as you scroll down. But the Saints were giving Taysom Hill his first start at quarterback for the team. Atlanta just could not stop him or the rest of the Saints offense throughout the day, as the defensive woes in Atlanta seem destined to continue.
28. Washington Football Team (Last Week: 29)
While the Washington Football Team picked up a win over the Bengals, it wasn’t exactly impressive. Joe Burrow was moving the ball up and down the field against them before he was injured. The Football Team only gained real control of the game once Burrow came out. Now the Football Team has a key division game on Thanksgiving, as they travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys, with whom they are tied in the NFC East standings.
27. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 30)
Speaking of the Dallas Cowboys, they managed to get one of the surprising wins of the week in the NFL. They beat the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 to move to 3-7 on the season. A late touchdown drive led by Andy Dalton helped Dallas over the hump, and kept the Cowboys out of last place in the NFC East. If they can beat Washington on Thanksgiving at home, a division title still isn’t out of the question for this team.
26. New York Giants (Last Week: 25)
The Giants had a bye week in Week 11, and dropped one spot here thanks to some teams winning beneath them. New York’s NFC representative is tied with Washington and Dallas at 3-7 on the season. All three of their wins have come against NFC East teams, but that could change in Week 12. The Giants have a matchup with the Joe Burrow-less Bengals this coming week, and NFL betting odds have them as the favorite to win that contest.
25. Detroit Lions (Last Week: 21)
What a disappointing Sunday it was for the Detroit Lions. Detroit found out that Teddy Bridgewater would be unable to start for the Carolina Panthers. Instead, it was former XFL star PJ Walker who put up 20 points, while the Panthers defense shut the Lions out. Instead of moving to .500 on the season, the Lions now sit at 4-6. They host the Texans in their annual Thanksgiving home game on Thursday.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 22)
The Philadelphia Eagles are ice cold as of late. They lost in Week 11 to the Cleveland Browns by a final score of 22-17. But that score does not tell the full story, as the Eagles only managed one touchdown until adding a second with 30 seconds left and the game already decided. Philly is ahead of the pack in the NFC East thanks to their tie against the Bengals early in the year, but their grip on the division is loosening with each passing week.
23. Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 26)
When the news broke that Teddy Bridgewater couldn’t play for the Panthers last week, the team wasn’t expected to do much. But PJ Walker had a nice game at quarterback for Carolina, even with two interceptions in the end zone to his name. Walker picked up his first win as an NFL quarterback, as the defense pitched a shutout to help the team earn its fourth win of the season in Matt Rhule’s first year at the helm.
22. Denver Broncos (Last Week: 24)
Tua Tagovailoa had won his first three games as the starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins. That is, until the Denver Broncos put a stop to his winning streak last week. The Broncos held Miami to just 13 points in a 20-13 victory. Most importantly, the offense avoided key mistakes and did not put the defense in adverse situations. That is something that needs to happen more consistently with Drew Lock running the offense in Denver.
21. Los Angeles Chargers (Last Week: 23)
The Chargers became the tenth team to beat the New York Jets this season, but they did not make it easy. A late comeback by the Jets just ran out of time, as the Chargers escaped with a win despite being double-digit favorites before kickoff. Justin Herbert continues to impress in his rookie season, and threw for 366 yards in the victory. Despite their 3-7 record, there is a lot to like about the future of the Chargers’ offense.
20. Chicago Bears (Last Week: 20)
Chicago had a bye week in Week 11, which made it one of the rare weeks that the team’s offense wasn’t being criticized. Only the Jets have scored fewer points this season than the Bears. Despite their inability to put points on the board, the Bears are still in the mix for a playoff berth. At 5-5, Chicago could snatch a wild card spot if they finish the regular season strong. A tough test against Green Bay awaits them in Week 12.
19. San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 18)
San Francisco also had a bye week last week and returns to play a difficult division game. The Niners face a red-hot Los Angeles Rams team in Week 12. With all of the injuries that the 49ers are dealing with at the moment, it would be a difficult ask to expect them to come out of SoFi Stadium with a victory. For now, the Niners’ playoff hopes are still alive, but not by much.
18. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 17)
Minnesota laid an egg at home against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11. With a chance to get back to .500 on the year, Minnesota lost at home to Andy Dalton. A 314 yard and three touchdown performance from Kirk Cousins was wasted by the Vikings’ defense, whose lack of a consistent pass rush has made things difficult on the rest of the team. Minnesota hosts Carolina in Week 12 action.
17. New England Patriots (Last Week: 15)
The decline of the New England Patriots may finally be here. Bill Belichick’s squad lost on the road to the Houston Texans last week. That loss put New England at 4-6 on the season, good for third place in the AFC East. The Patriots are 1-4 on the road this season, and their schedule doesn’t get any easier from here. They host Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12, in a huge game for both of those teams.
16. Houston Texans (Last Week: 19)
The team that beat the Patriots last week, the Houston Texans, moved to 3-7 with that victory. It is worth noting that the Texans have the third worst strength of victory in the league this season. With two wins over the Jaguars and one over the Patriots, only the Chargers and Jets are worse in that regard this season. Of course, the Jets don’t have any victories at all this season, but the Texans have not beaten a team above .500 on the year.
15. Las Vegas Raiders (Last Week: 16)
Even though they lost to the Chiefs at home on Sunday, the Raiders deserve credit for the game they played. Las Vegas took the lead twice in the fourth quarter, but just could not get the stop that they needed to put Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs away once and for all. Jon Gruden’s team heads to Atlanta to face the Falcons next. If they can win that game and find a way into the playoffs, this team has an offense that no opponent wants to deal with.
14. Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 12)
Finally the luck of Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins has run out. After three straight winning starts, the Dolphins could not stretch that streak to four in a loss to the Denver Broncos. The biggest key to this game was the fact that the Dolphins were not able to score on defense or special teams, something that has been happening regularly since Tua took over the starting job.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: 11)
At home on Monday Night Football, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Los Angeles Rams. Tom Brady was outplayed by Jared Goff for the bulk of the game, and a late Brady interception sealed the fate of the Bucs. This is still a quality team, but it is troubling that Brady and company have lost to the Saints and Rams at home this season. Failing to win at home against fellow playoff contenders could spell trouble once the postseason comes around.
12. Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 14)
It is strange to say this, but the Cleveland Browns might have found the recipe to be a threat in the playoffs. The Browns beat the Philadelphia Eagles in a 22-17 game at home in Week 11. And, once again, it was the running game that propelled the Browns to victory. Nick Chubb’s 114 yards kept the Browns’ offense on schedule and, with running the ball becoming more important as the weather gets colder, this Browns team has a clear advantage in that regard.
11. Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 9)
Buffalo had the week off in Week 11, with their AFC East foes all losing below them in the standings. The Bills host the LA Chargers in Week 12, which will be an interesting test for the Buffalo defense. Justin Herbert has been great for the Chargers this season, and the Bills will need to play at a high level to win even if their opponent has only won three games all season.
10. Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 8)
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers came out on the wrong end of one of the best games of the week in the NFL. Their 31-28 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts was a heartbreaker to say the least. Up two touchdowns at halftime, the Packers scored three points for the remainder of the game against a stout Colts defense. A turnover in overtime sealed their fate, as Indy was able to kick a game-winning field goal to drop the Packers to 7-3.
9. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 13)
On the flip side, the Indianapolis Colts come away as one of the big winners of Week 11. Holding the Packers to three points in the final half of the game was incredible from a defense that had yet to lock down one of the best offenses in the league. With this win under their belt, the Colts can turn their attention to the AFC South race, starting with a home game against the Titans in Week 12.
8. Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 10)
Not many would have believed it if you had told them that Jared Goff would outduel Tom Brady in a night game on the road. But that is exactly what happened in the Rams’ win over the Buccaneers. With the Rams’ running game struggling to get going, the Rams used their passing game more heavily than usual. That choice by Sean McVay paid off, and the Rams find themselves at the top of the NFC West standings because of it.
7. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 5)
A game behind the Rams in the NFC West are the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals lost a tight game to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. Kyler Murray and the offense had a chance to tie the game with a late touchdown, but failed to convert on fourth down deep in Seattle territory to get there. Now the Cardinals have to travel to New England and avoid a loss that could put them too far back in the NFC West to win the division.
6. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 3)
It might be time to admit that the Baltimore Ravens just can’t win big games. Week 11 saw Baltimore falter at home against the Tennessee Titans in overtime. Lamar Jackson only managed 186 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the game. If this Ravens team is ever going to make a Super Bowl with Jackson at quarterback, he simply must be better against the best teams in the NFL.
5. Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 7)
Tennessee rebounded nicely from their loss to the Colts with their overtime win over Baltimore. Derrick Henry just leaned on the Ravens late in that game, setting up the game-winning rushing score in overtime. Defense is still a concern for this Titans team, but they have proven that they know how to handle themselves in tight games against quality opponents. Next up for the Titans is a road matchup with the Colts that could help decide the AFC South once and for all.
4. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 6)
Seattle earned a key division win in Week 11 when they beat the Arizona Cardinals at home. The Seattle offense wasn’t as strong as it has been for much of the season. But the Seahawks’ defense held Kyler Murray and the explosive Cardinals to just 21 points. If the defense can play at close to that level in the playoffs, the Seahawks could certainly win the NFC at the end of this season.
3. New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 4)
New Orleans had to start Taysom Hill last week due to Drew Brees’ broken ribs. And they did not miss a beat, stomping the Falcons by a score of 24-9. Unlike previous Saints teams in the Brees and Sean Payton era, this team wins its games by playing stout defense. With all of the explosive offensive teams that reside in the NFC, the Saints will need that defense to shine if they want to reach the Super Bowl.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 2)
Against a Raiders team they lost to earlier in the season, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense painted a masterpiece in Week 11. Capped off by a game-winning touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs put up 35 points in a game where they could not afford to be stopped often. At 9-1, the Chiefs are looking likely to secure a top-two seed in the AFC and are still in contention for a first-round bye.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 1)
The only undefeated team in the NFL remained undefeated after Week 11. The Steelers improved to 10-0 with a 27-3 thrashing of the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road. While this game was far from a test for the Steelers, Pittsburgh has handled every test they’ve faced this year. Their next test comes in Week 12, as they face the Baltimore Ravens in a game that the Ravens need to win to get back on track.
NFL Betting FAQ
The Chiefs are still the favorites to win the Super Bowl at +350 odds. The Saints and Steelers are behind Kansas City at +550 each, with every other team in the league at greater than 10/1 odds to win the pro football championship. Kansas City, after a 9-1 start, is certainly a deserving favorite given that they won the Super Bowl last season.
Heading into Week 12, the Steelers sit at +500 to go 16-0 in the regular season. The odds of that happening are still not great, as the Steelers need to beat the Ravens, Bills, Colts and Browns to get there. But if the Steelers can win 10 straight games to start the season, there is still a chance that they win the final six games to end the regular season.
Patrick Mahomes has become the favorite to win the NFL MVP award. He is at -125 odds to win it after Week 11. Previous favorite Russell Wilson is at +300 to take home the MVP, while Aaron Rodgers is at +500. Kyler Murray and Ben Roethlisberger, at +1400 and +1600 respectively, cannot be ruled out yet either given the amount by which their teams have outperformed expectations.