NFL Power Rankings: Week 11

Evan Coleman on Nov. 14, 2018

We’re coming down the home stretch of the of the NFL season.

Teams with legit championship aspirations are starting to separate themselves from the weaker side of the league. The Week 11 slate of games has some interesting matchups, including what could be Super Bowl preview down in Mexico City. For now, though let’s look at how all 32 teams stack up going into next week. All records below are via ESPN.

Power Rankings

  1. New Orleans Saints (8-1)
  • After handing the Rams their only loss of the season, the Saints went on the road and trashed the Bengals putting up 51 points in the process. Drew Brees is in a zone and has that offense rolling. The only thing that can slow this team down it seems is injuries. (Next week: VS Philadelphia)

2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1)

  • The Chiefs played a closer game than most people thought against Arizona, but they still got the job done. QB Patrick Mahomes has already set the Chiefs record for most TD’s thrown in a season with 31, via ESPN. There are still six games left in the season! (Next Week: At Rams in Mexico City which was moved to LA)

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1)

  • Winners of 5 straight, the Steelers look like they’ve finally put the Le’veon Bell drama behind them. They absolutely dominated Carolina last Thursday night, scoring 52 points while limiting the Panthers to just 242 total yards. Ben Roethlisberger had more TD passes (5) than incompletions (3). (Next week: At Jacksonville)

4. Los Angeles Rams (9-1)

  • The Rams knocked off Seattle on Sunday, which put them on the cusp of winning the NFC West. They can clinch the division with a win next Monday night against the Chiefs and a Seahawks loss against Green Bay on Thursday. On a disappointing note, the Rams lost WR Cooper Kupp to a season-ending injury during the game. It remains to be seen what impact that’ll have, but it could be a big blow. (Next week: vs. Kansas City in Mexico City which was moved to LA)

5. Los Angeles Chargers (7-2)

  • The Chargers extended their winning streak to 6 games and remain on the Chief's heels in the AFC West. While the win against the Raiders wasn’t that impressive a W is still a W in the record books. In my opinion, they are a dark horse to win the AFC. (Next Week: vs. Broncos)

6. Chicago Bears (6-3)

  • The Bears picked up their first division win in more than two years when they beat Detroit on Sunday. QB Mitch Trubisky threw for a career-high 355 yards and LB Khalil Mack returned from injury and had 2 sacks. Chicago remains the lead dog in the NFC North. (Next week: vs Minnesota)

7. New England Patriots (7-3)

  • The Patriots got blasted by the Titans last Sunday. I know Gronk was missing, but that doesn’t explain the lack of effort New England showed in all 3 phases of football. I know it gets asked every year, but is this really the start of their demise? Only time will tell. (Next week: Bye)

8. Houston Texans (6-3)

  • The Texans come off their bye week still atop the AFC South, but with work to do. Tennessee beat the Patriots which trimmed their division lead to 1 game. The Colts also won and have looked good the last month or so. While they should get some key guys back for the stretch run, Houston can’t afford to misstep, or their turnaround will be all for nothing. (Next Week: at Washington)

9. Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1)

  • Minnesota heads to Chicago for a pivotal NFC North showdown. The Vikings still have a chance to win the division only being one game back. They just got back RB Dalvin Cook from injury, so maybe the offense can hit another gear. (Next week: at Chicago)

10. Washington Redskins (6-3)

  • The Redskins picked up a solid victory on Sunday vs. Tampa Bay. While their offensive numbers weren’t great, they took advantage of the short field they got by forcing four turnovers. Tampa had 501 yards of offense but managed just 3 points. Washington will have their work cut out for them going against a much better defense in the Texans. (Next week: vs. Houston)

Best of the rest

11. Carolina Panthers

12. Tennessee Titans

13. Green Bay Packers

14. Dallas Cowboys

15. Indianapolis Colts

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Seattle Seahawks

18. Philadelphia Eagles

19. Cincinnati Bengals

20. Cleveland Browns

21. Atlanta Falcons

22. Miami Dolphins

23. Detroit Lions

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

25. Jacksonville Jaguars

26. Buffalo Bills

27. Denver Broncos

28. Arizona Cardinals

29. New York Jets

30. New York Giants

31. San Francisco 49ers

32. Oakland Raiders

***All stats are from ESPN.com***

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