Week 11 of the 2018 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it’s time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week’s NFL Power Rankings.
BLG’S WEEK 12 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 1) - The league’s best team has won nine in a row and owns the best point differential at +139. Drew Brees is just unstoppable.
2 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 3) - LA’s defense came up with some big plays to help the Rams beat KC in the game of the year so far.
3 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 2) - No reason to hang their heads. Andy Reid will still get a crack at either New Orleans or LA in Super Bowl LIII.
4 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 4) - The Steelers weren’t too far away from losing to the Jags at home. Not the best look. Ultimately, they found a way to come back and win.
5 - Chicago Bears (LW: 7) - Chicago leagues the lead in turnover differential. Having 18 interceptions helps with that.
6 - New England Patriots (LW: 6) - The Pats return from their bye to play NYJ. Good opportunity for the reigning Super Bowl losers to rebound.
7 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 5) - The Chargers are perpetual chokers. They also find a way to disappoint after luring you in.
8 - Houston Texans (LW: 12) - Seven wins in a row for this team. Still not all in because they keep winning by the skin of their teeth. This week it was another missed last second field goal.
9 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 16) - Frank Reich: Coach of the Year.
10 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 15) - 8th in DVOA and 11th in point differential. They could be a tough out as a wild card team.
11 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 8) - Two troubling losses in a row. It could be three with a game against Seattle up next.
12 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 14) - No Joe Flacco, no problem. Ravens pick up a big AFC North win in Lamar Jackson’s first NFL start.
13 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 9) - The Packers’ record in Aaron Rodgers’ last 35 starts: 18-16-1.
14 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 10) - Kirk Cousins doesn’t beat good teams. Also, Vikings fans are calling for Mike Zimmer to be on the hot seat.
15 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 17) - The Cowboys are probably going to win the NFC East. And then lose in the first round of the playoffs.
16 - Washington Redskins (LW: 13) - Washington has to move forward with Colt McCoy under center now that Alex Smith is done for the year. Their division lead is certainly in jeopardy.
17 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 11) - Last week I called the Titans a weird team. Getting blown out by the Colts the week after blowing out the Patriots does nothing to change my mind.
18 - Denver Broncos (LW: 25) - Denver ranks ninth in DVOA and 17th in point differential. The Broncos aren’t good but they’re not horrible. Being able to beat the red hot Chargers helps to prove as much.
19 - Detroit Lions (LW: 23) - Beating Carolina is a quality win for a previously struggling Detroit team.
20 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 21) - The Dolphins return from their bye to play in Indy. Good test to gauge where this team’s at.
21 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 22) - Cleveland will play on the road in Cincy next.
22 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 19) - The Bengals own the sixth worst point differential in the league.
23 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 20) - Atlanta had some real stupid turnovers in their home loss to Dallas. The Falcons just can’t right the ship.
24 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 18) - The Eagles reached a new level of pathetic after suffering the worst loss by a defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history. Philadelphia ranks 22th in offensive, defensive, and special teams DVOA. They’re consistently below average in all three phrases. This team stinks.
25 - New York Giants (LW: 29) - The Giants have won two in a row. Those victories include a 4-point win over undrafted rookie free agent Nick Mullens and a 3-point win over a benched Ryan Fitzpatrick.
26 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 26) - Buffalo returns from their bye to host the Jags. Is a two game win streak in the cards?
27 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 27) - The Jags own the league’s longest active losing streak. At least they showed some fight in Pittsburgh.
28 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 24) - Four losses in a row. The Bucs are going back to Jameis Winston with Ryan Fitzpatrick struggling.
29 - New York Jets (LW: 28) - Next six games: NE, @TEN, @BUF, HOU, GB, @NE. Not impossible this team loses out.
30 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 32) - Jon Gruden can’t even tank right.
31 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 30) - The Cards somehow lost to the previous worst team in the league.
32 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 31) - If the season ended today, the 49ers would pick No. 1 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.