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This has been a tumultuous NFL season with all the many different quarterbacks getting upsets this year, along with all the recent upsets that have occurred. There have been many teams up and down, and we still don’t have a good idea of who the contenders are. After Week 11, here are my power rankings.
- Baltimore Ravens (8-2)
This was a simple choice. They are easily the hottest team in the NFL, and they just beat up the Houston Texans 41-7, a team that just came off a bye. The Ravens have beaten some great teams during their winning streaks such as the Patriots, Seahawks, and Texans, and all of them were by at least two touchdowns. With the Ravens setting rushing records left and right, this is the team no one wants to face.
- San Francisco 49ers (9-1)
After a heartbreaking loss to the Seattle Seahawks at home on Monday Night Football in overtime, the 49ers came back to defeat a pesky Cardinals team and get back on the right track. While they are about to enter their defining three-game stretch against the Packers, Ravens, and Saints, the way they have achieved their 9-1 start has been very impressive.
- New Orleans Saints (8-2)
After a bizarre shellacking at home to the previously 1-7 Atlanta Falcons, the Saints needed to recover and get back on track. A turnover-prone quarterback and a woeful defense were just what the doctor ordered. The Saints took care of business at Tampa Bay and are back on track. With Michael Thomas on pace to shatter the single-season receptions record and the defense improving, the Saints are looking like Super Bowl contenders once again.
- New England Patriots (9-1)
The Patriots bounced back after getting blown out at Baltimore two weeks ago and (sort of) got their revenge on the Philadelphia Eagles from their 41-33 loss in Super Bowl LII with an ugly 17-10 win. Their defense returned to form and Julian Edelman threw a touchdown pass. However, the passing game still is very limited, and this team just doesn’t have the dynamic offense we are used to seeing.
- Seattle Seahawks (8-2) The Seahawks are coming off their bye week after winning to date their most important game of the season by knocking off the previously undefeated 49ers on the road in overtime. They are led by MVP frontrunner Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are in a great position to at least secure the fifth seed in the NFC. With the 49ers about to enter a brutal three-game stretch, beating the Eagles and Vikings would be huge.
- Minnesota Vikings (8-3) The Vikings head into their bye week in a good position. They sit at a comfortable record of 8-3, which puts them a half a game behind the Green Bay Packers, and they are currently undefeated at home. They will use the bye week to get star wide receiver Adam Thielen healthy and gameplan for the Seattle Seahawks.
- Green Bay Packers (8-2) I don’t believe in this team just yet. They have benefited from a lot of questionable officiating, and a weaker division than expected. Their total defense is 28th out of 32 teams, and they haven’t had that one statement win yet. They can get that this Sunday at San Francisco. The Packers are in great position but let’s see how they do at San Francisco and at Minnesota Week 16 before we label them as one of the top teams.
- Dallas Cowboys (6-4) Yes, they are 6-4. But they are only a few plays away from being 9-1 and do have the best offense in the NFL through 11 weeks. Dak Prescott has been torching teams all year through the air and Ezekiel Elliott had a great game in their 35-27 win at Detroit last week. The Cowboys head to New England for a battle with the Patriots. Great Cowboys’ offense vs the Patriots’ great defense. Something has got to give.
- Buffalo Bills (7-3)
Ok, this team has not beaten a single team over .500 this season, and yes, they have had a very soft schedule. But there is something to be said about winning the games you’re supposed to win. That shows that they are well-coached and they are disciplined. They play great defense and don’t turn the ball over often. They just beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday to improve to 7-3, and will now face the 3-7 Broncos at home. Win that game, and the Bills will head into a Thanksgiving showdown at Dallas at 8-3 and in a great position to secure a wild card berth.
- Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
Patrick Mahomes struggled against the Los Angeles Chargers, but he still did just enough to win as the Chiefs’ defense intercepted Phillip Rivers four times and escaped Mexico City with a 24-17 victory. They were able to win a couple games without Mahomes and now, they can use the bye week to help him continue to get back to full strength.