Another of the undefeated teams has tumbled and that will lead to a shift in the rankings this week. Just how far will the Cincinnati Bengals fall after an ugly loss to the Houston Texans?
Sports Editor Dustin Brown and Editor-In-Chief Adrian Glover present their Week 11 NFL Power Rankings.
#1 New England Patriots (9-0) (↔)
Still undefeated and still at the top of our rankings. Wideout Julian Edelman is out with a broken foot, but the Patriots are great at getting production from the next guy in. And they still have Brady and Gronk.
#2 Carolina Panthers (9-0) (↑1)
If the Panthers biggest worries are pissing off the Titans and having offended fans write letters about a Cam Newton TD dance, we’d say the season has been a success. What would their record be if Kelvin Benjamin were playing? It wouldn’t be any better, that’s for sure.
#3 Arizona Cardinals (7-2) (↑1)
The Cardinals are a legitimate NFC contender after putting an end to Seattle’s primetime home win streak. The win was a wild one, but Arizona seems to be playing some above average football and beating the teams that they probably shouldn’t be.
#4 Minnesota Vikings (7-2) (↑1)
Let’s call them what they are: a threat to the Packers‘ NFC North stranglehold. They find themselves in first place and playing great football. Traveling to Oakland and beating a good Raiders’ team is a great way to keep the party going.
#5 Cincinnati Bengals (8-1) (↓3)
The Bengals lost to the Texans and it was not a pretty loss by any stretch of the imagination. Andy Dalton was offended by J.J. Watt’s Red Ryder BB gun reference, but he should be more offended by A.J. Green’s hands.
#6 Denver Broncos (7-2) (↔)
Gary Kubiak benched the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader after his fourth interception, and Manning won’t play at Chicago in Week 11. The Peyton Manning era was a good one but it is most likely over now. Champ Bailey is taking shots at Tim Tebow but he should probably be focused on the current Broncos’ QB.
#7 Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) (↑3)
No Bell, no problem for the Steelers‘ offense against Cleveland. Landry Jones got hurt, but Big Ben came in and lit up the Browns‘ defense like a Christmas tree. The Steelers can be an impressive bunch and their bye week comes before a Week 12 matchup at Seattle.
#8 Atlanta Falcons (6-3) (↑1)
The Falcons are headed the wrong way but it seems like a lot of the other Top 10 teams are as well. A bye week helps the Birds move up a notch. They now get to face the Luck-less Colts‘ offense, although Matt Hasselbeck is 2-0 this season for Indy. This game could define the Falcons’ season.
#9 Green Bay Packers (6-3) (↓2)
How do you lose to the worst team in the NFL at home for the first time in 24 tries? The Packers are fading fast and Aaron Rodgers looks nothing like an MVP quarterback this season. Are teams studying game film from the Packers’ loss to the Buffalo Bills last season? They must be based on the way teams are shutting down Rodgers this season.
#10 Buffalo Bills (5-4) (↑2)
The Bills flexed their muscles against the Jets on Thursday night but had to hang on for a close win. How deadly can this team be if they can get 100 percent healthy? A big test against the Patriots on Monday Night Football could give them another chance to show what they’ve got, and the Patriots are limping into the matchup. Can Buffalo take advantage of the scenario in front of a national primetime audience?