Week 11 power rankings: Titans still on top

Week 11 power rankings: Titans still on top

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 02:45
1. Tennessee Titans (9-0): They didn't look unbeatable against the Bears, but they found a new way to win, by throwing the ball, which is becoming a familiar way of beating the Bears. Last week: 1. 2. New York Giants (8-1): A deep and talented offense, including 3 RBs who average more than 5.0 yards per carry, has too much firepower for most foes. Last week: 2. 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2): Inconsistent and banged-up Roethlisberger has already thrown 11 interceptions, including 3 in last week's loss to improving Colts, and run game still misses injured “Fast” Willie Parker. Last week: 3. 4. Baltimore Ravens (6-3): The Ravens went down to Houston and gave the improving Texans a stiff shot of reality in 41-13 rout. Ravens have four straight double-digit wins by a combined score of 134-63: Last week: 8. 5. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4): Put on a good show vs. Giants but came up just short on 36-31 loss. Trip to Cincy should help them feel better. Last week: 5. 6. Washington Redskins (6-3): They're hoping the off week helps dinged up workhorse RB Clinton Portis get back to full health before they host Cowboys on Sunday night. Last week: 6. 7. Carolina Panthers (7-2): Fortunately for them they were playing the Raiders and still won even though they played poorly, especially QB Jake Delhomme, who was picked off 4 times and completed 7 of 27 for 72 yards. Last week: 4. 8. Indianapolis Colts (5-4): Four of their five victories are against teams with winning records, all of whom own a share of first place in their divisions. Last week: 10. 9. New England Patriots (6-3): Somehow, even without Brady, they're tied for first place, after defense held Bills to 168 yards. They host Jets, the co-leader in the AFC East, Thursday night. Last week: 11. 10. Tampa Bay Bucs (6-3): In the thick of things in surprisingly competitive NFC South, and had an off week to prepare for visit from Vikings. Last week: 7. 11. Arizona Cardinals (6-3): When Kurt Warner is hot, they can play with anybody, and he's been on fire lately, but they almost let Monday nighter get away against 49ers. Last week: 9. 12. Atlanta Falcons (6-3): Ran home record to 4-0, including 3 double-digit victories in surprisingly easy 34-20 victory over Saints, even though defense, which picked off 3 passes, allowed 521 yards. Last week: 14. 13. Dallas Cowboys (5-4): Romo, Romo, wherefore art thou Romo? Hopefully back in the starting lineup – finally -- with a healthy right pinkie finger after last week's bye. Last week: 12. 14. Chicago Bears (5-4): This week's NFC North showdown in Green Bay could be turning point in season that could still go either way. After mediocre outing by Grossman, they're hoping for quick return from Orton. Last week: 16. 15. Buffalo Bills (5-4): Have lost 4 of last 5 and failed to score more than 17 points in any of the losses, as OL has failed to create any running room. Host Browns on Monday night. Last week: 13. 16. Minnesota Vikings (5-4): When A.P gets it cranked up like last week (192 rushing yards, 225 yards from scrimmage), he doesn't need much help. Just ask the Packers. Last week: 21. 17. Green Bay Packers (4-5): Have lost 5 of last 7 in hard-luck season, as last 3 losses have been by a total of 7 points to teams with combined record of 20-7. Even worse, Pro Bowl LB Nick Barnett just went on I.R. with knee injury. Last week: 15. 18. New York Jets (6-3): Continued to benefit from cupcake schedule by destroying Rams 47-3 for fifth win in last 6, but they're playing for keeps now with back-to-back gut checks at New England and Tennessee. Last week: 19. 19. Miami Dolphins (5-4): Won third straight and fifth in last seven, but in unimpressive fashion, 21-19 over Seahawks at home. Get next-best thing to an off week with a visit from the Raiders. Last week 18. 20. Denver Broncos (5-4): Held lead in weak AFC West with comeback victory over Browns last Thursday, which gives them extra rest before heading to Atlanta. Last week: 20. 21. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5): Won for just the second time in five weeks, routing hapless Lions, and now can get back into playoff race and regain some respect with Titans coming to town. Last week: 23. 22. New Orleans Saints (4-5): Drew Brees can't do it by himself, especially when he gets picked 3 times as in last week's loss to Falcons. In danger of getting buried in NFC South but can get back on track at K.C. Last week: 17. 23. San Diego Chargers (4-5): A 1-point victory at home vs. Chiefs? Really? Amazingly still just a game out in lame AFC West. Next 3 vs. Steelers, Colts and Falcons. Last week: 22. 24. San Francisco 49ers (2-7): Singletary had them playing hard, but they lacked discipline and there was some questionable play calling late in tough Monday night loss at Arizona. Last week: 30. 25. Cleveland Browns (3-6): Some players believe their teammates quit vs. the Broncos Thursday night. They have a shot at redemption on national TV Monday night at Buffalo in a game that reeks of bad programming. Last week: 24. 26. Kansas City Chiefs (1-8): Instead of kicking PAT for tie after last-minute TD, they went for 2 and missed, suffering 17th loss in last 18 games, but they may have found a QB in Tyler Thigpen. Last 3 losses by total of 8 points. Last week: 26. 27. Houston Texans (3-6): Fill-in QB Sage Rosenfels tossed 4 picks in disappointing 41-13 loss at home to Ravens. Last week: 25. 28. Seattle Seahawks (2-7): Missed 2-pointer after late TD, and it cost them a chance to take Dolphins into OT at Miami. Long wait for return of injured QB Matt Hasselbeck appears to be over. Last week: 29. 29. Cincinnati Bengals (1-8): Even with an off week to prepare and playing at home, they don't figure to give Eagles much trouble, especially without QB Carson Palmer (elbow) who is still expected to be out. Last week: 28. 30. St. Louis Rams (2-7): After winning back-to-back games under new coach Jim Haslett, they've dropped 3 in a row, including the last 2 by a combined 81-16 with RB Steven Jackson hurt. Last week: 27. 31. Oakland Raiders (2-7): Panthers tried to hand them the game, giving them 4 interceptions, but they gave it back 3 times and failed even to cover when late 58-yard FG try hit the crossbar. Last week: 32. 32. Detroit Lions (0-9): After keeping it close in last four losses, they regressed in 38-14 loss to Jags. If (when?) Lovie Smith's buddy, Rod Marinelli gets fired, will he become the Bears' defensive coordinator? Last week: 31.
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