Week 11 NFL Power Rankings
Week 11 of the NFL is gone and we have got a few things to cover this week. Let’s all take a minute to think about Luke Kuechly, no matter what team you’re a fan of, you love to see a kid give his all and that’s why this injury is so tough. Kuechly gives maximum effort for 60 minutes every week, he is arguably the best linebacker in the NFL, but even the best are still human, rest up Luke. On a brighter note, the Browns are still winless and with the season coming to it’s conclusion, the Browns would be only the 5th winless team in NFL history, the only person who can turn this franchise around is Theo Epstein. A few one off highlights, Xavier Rhodes had a 100 yard pick-6 against Carson Palmer, Russell Wilson because the first ever Seahawk QB to have a touchdown reception and Ezekiel Elliott set the record for most rushing yards by a Cowboys rookie, breaking Tony Dorsett’s 1977 record. Dorsett lead the Cowboys to a 12-2 record and would eventually become Super Bowl XII Champions, should we expect the same from the 2016 Cowboys?
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32. Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 32
Poor, poor Cleveland. Are we ever going to see a win from them this year? Our hearts want to believe, but their remaining schedule leaves something to be desired. I haven’t seen so many distraught people in one place since my high school superintendent told all the elementary schoolers that Santa Clause wasn’t real. Do the Browns throw their season and hope for another 1st overall pick, or do they suck up their pride and try and get that elusive win?
31. San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 31
San Francisco weathered a couple storms for as long as they could on Sunday, but eventually Hurricane Brady and co. struck, and left nothing but a tattered, beaten 49ers in their path. Chip Kelly was able to keep it close for 3 quarters before New England was able to blow it open in the 4th. Kap didn’t look horrible throwing the ball, going for 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Rushing was a different story, running 4 times for 32 yards, but fumbling two times, luckily neither were lost.
30. Chicago Bears
Last Week: 30
Without Alshon Jeffery the Bears offense struggled. They were able to put up 16 in the first half and hold a significant lead going into halftime, but that’s where the wheels fell off. The Bears didn’t score a point in the 2nd half and going three and out five times in the second half didn’t help.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 29
The Jaguars have now lost 5 straight and that can take a toll on a team, especially when 6 of the 8 losses came by one score. Things look to be moving in the right direction though, in 4 games the Jaguars haven’t lead, but they lead more than a couple times on Sunday. They forced 2 turnovers on Sunday, something the team hadn’t achieved in 5 weeks. This season may be a lost cause, but at the moment it looks like the Jaguars are moving in a positive direction.
28. New York Jets
Last Week: 28
New York had a bye week and boy did they need it. Sitting at 3-7 and the bottom of the AFC East, this team had a lot to figure out. The defense has been the only real positive this year and that’s because they can bring heat like very few teams can. The Jets are back in action and at home this week against the New England Patriots.
27. San Diego Chargers
Last Week: 26
The Chargers didn’t play this week, but dropped a spot anyways because of where the rest of their division is at. The Chiefs may have lost, but the Broncos and Raiders are sitting strong at the top of their division. The Chargers are probably not going to make the playoffs this year which is unfortunate, but depending on how you look at it, they can get ready for a tough divisional fight next year. If they can turn those close losses into wins next year, this team could be in business.
26. Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 27
The Panthers won this week, but it didn’t come without its losses. The defense lost Luke Kuechly on what looked like a normal hit. After Luke was gone the team looked like it was going to struggle, especially after giving up a 17 point lead to Kansas City last week. But the defense came through and Cam completed a big 3rd down conversion to Kelvin Benjamin to give the Panthers their 4th win of the year.
25. Los Angeles Rams
Last Week: 23
Jared Goff’s first NFL start didn’t go the way that everyone was hoping. Yes, they did actually score a touchdown this week, but that was the only scoring on behalf of the Rams. Goff was very vanilla, didn’t stand out like the vivacious mint chocolate chip, but wasn’t horrible like the lackluster Butter Pecan. He was 17/31 for 134 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.