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NFL Power Rankings Week Eleven: Knock Off Teams
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NFL Power Rankings Week Eleven: Knock Off Teams

Ab Stanley

1.  Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)
Last week #1
The only one loss team left, the Eagles are second in points scored and fourth in yards gained. They have given up the least amount of rushing yards (538) in the entire league.

2.  New England Patriots (7-2)
Last week #3
The Patriots are fourth in points scored and first in yards gained. Will Tom Brady ever get old? He has 19 touchdowns and only two interceptions this season, leading the NFL in passing yards with 2,807.

3.  New Orleans Saints (7-2)
Last week #6
New Orleans is on fire riding a seven game win streak. The Saints are top three in points scored and yards gained. They have moved all the way up from 31st in points allowed to fifth since week 2.

4.  Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2)
Last week #2
The Steelers seem to have a top defense every year. They rank second in both points allowed and yards given up. Big Ben and the offense have struggled at times, but they find ways to score, especially late.

5.  Los Angeles Rams (7-2)
Last week #4
The team with the highest scoring offense in the league has now climbed to third in points allowed. Todd Gurley has 1,160 yards from scrimmage and ten total touchdowns.

6.  Minnesota Vikings (7-2)
Last week #5
The defense ranks fifth in both points allowed (tied) and yards given up. The offense continues to blow people away led by backup quarterback Case Keenum’s 1,914 passing yards,11 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions in only seven starts.

7.  Carolina Panthers (7-3)
Last week #10
Carolina’s defense is third in points allowed and first in yards given up. Cam Newton is starting to reveal the “S” on his chest.

8.  Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)
Last week #8
The Chiefs rank fifth in both points scored and yards gained. Their defense needs to tighten up, they’re ranked 30th in yards allowed.

9.  Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
Last week #7
The scary Seattle defense is fifth in points allowed (tied). Russell Wilson has 2,543 yards passing, 290 yards rushing, and 20 combined touchdowns.

10.  Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3)
Last week #9
The Jacksonville defense might be the best in football. They are first in points allowed and third in yards given up.

11.  Tennessee Titans (6-3)
Last week #13
The Titans have won four straight games to now lead the AFC South. They haven’t allowed 100 yards rushing to any of those opponents.

12.  Atlanta Falcons (5-4)
Last week #15
The Falcons are now eighth in yards allowed and seventh in yards gained. They’ve allowed 15.6 points per game against their last three opponents, and have gone 2-1 over that stretch.

13.  Detroit Lions (5-4)
Last week #14
Matthew Stafford is the ultimate gunslinger in an old western, lighting up the opposition with shot after shot when everything is on the line.(was that too much?). Detroit ranks second (tied) in forced turnovers with 18.

14.  Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
Last week #11
Dallas averages 2.41 points per drive which is good for sixth in the NFL. Dak Prescott has thrown for 1,994 yards, with 16 touchdowns and only four picks.

15.   Buffalo Bills (5-4)
Last week #12
Buffalo has dropped two straight games by a combined 50 points. They’ve turned the ball over four times in that span.

16.  Washington Redskins (4-5)
Last week #16
Washington has a pretty good offense, ranked 12th in points scored and 13th in yards gained. They struggle running the football, ranking 23rd in that department.

17.  Baltimore Ravens (4-5)
Last week #17
The Ravens have trouble moving the ball this year, ranking 30th overall in yards gained. Their defense is much better, ranking eighth in points allowed and sixth in yards given up.

18.  Oakland Raiders (4-5)
Last week #18
Oakland averages 2.01 points per drive. They give up 2.15 on defense. I can’t figure them out. As a matter fact I found that stat to be the only thing that explains their season.

19.  Green Bay Packers (5-4)
Last week #26
Brett Hundley recorded his first win as a starter as Green Bay snapped a three game losing streak. The Packers are 24th in yards allowed. They will need a better effort from both sides of the ball.

20.  New York Jets (4-6)
Last week #20
The Jets are 21st in points allowed and 26th in yards given up. They have forced 17 turnovers, but have given it away 16 times.

21.  Los Angeles Chargers (3-6)
Last week #23
The Chargers are ranked 23rd in points scored and 18th in yards gained. I thought offense was supposed to be their strong suit? They rank ninth in points allowed, so there’s something, at least.

22.  Denver Broncos (3-6)
Last week #19
The Broncos have fallen on hard times. They are still fourth in yards allowed, but have dropped all the way down to 29th in points allowed. This team was ranked in the top three for a good while. They’re currently riding a five game losing streak.

23.  Chicago Bears (3-6)
Last week #24
The Bears are ninth in rushing yards and 31st in passing yards. They have given up 16 turnovers, one of the worst totals in the league (28th). The defense is ninth overall in yards allowed.

24.  Miami Dolphins (4-5)
Last week #22
The Dolphins still have the worst offense in football. They seem to ratchet up the futility during the night. In three straight prime time games this season they have been outscored 112-45.

25.  Arizona Cardinals (4-5)
Last week #25
The Cardinals have turned the ball over 14 times this season. They have forced only nine. They rank 24th in points allowed and 27th in points scored.

26.  Houston Texans (3-6)
Last week #21
Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, and Whitney Mercilus are all on injured reserve with season ending injuries. Without some of their best players it’s hard to put wins together. They are 31st in points allowed.

27.  Cincinnati Bengals (3-6)
Last week #27
Cincinnati’s offensive numbers are are dreadful. Dead last in yards gained and 30th in points allowed. Their defense has performed well however, ranking 12th in points allowed and 13th in yards given up.

28.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
Last week #29
Thi offense was supposed to be one of the best in the league, but has disappointed us all. They are 22nd in points and 14th in yards gained. Nowhere near the juggernaut we thought they would be.

29.  Indianapolis Colts (3-7)
Last week #28
The Colts are giving up the most points in the NFL. They are averaging 16.4 points per games in their last five games, and have gone 1-4 over that stretch.

30.  San Francisco 49ers (1-9)
Last week #31
Kyle Shannahan wins his first ever game in the NFL as a head coach (Yay!). The 49ers remain pretty bad in all offensive and defensive categories. They rank 16th in passing yards, and that’s their best rank in any statistic.

31.  New York Giants (1-8)
Last week #30
The Giants have all but given up on their season. Head coach Ben Mcadoo can probably start searching for another gig.

32.  Cleveland Browns (0-9)
Last week #32
The Browns are 11th in yards given up. I’m searching for a good note on them. At least they will have a head start on their plan for the 2018 NFL draft.

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