Week 11 is ready to roll in the National Football League, and there are some changes to our rankings. Some teams are starting to make their push with seven weeks left, and here we go again with out latest Power Rankings.
NFC Top 5
1. NY Giants (1) – A gutsy win on the road against the Eagles pushes them to 8-1 on the season. Can you believe this team is still not getting the respect they deserve as the best team in the NFC? While some people and media are finally starting to come around, this team is still out to prove they are no fluke, and that they can do what no team has done in some time – repeat as champions.
2. Arizona (3) – Hard to say the if Cards really deserve to be this high, but they are the best team in the NFC West by far, and seem to be well on their way to one home game, and maybe the second seed in the NFC come playoff time if the Panthers go on a slide. They seem to be a team that will go as far as Kurt Warner will take them, and right now, that could be to a matchup with the Giants in the NFC Title game.
3. Carolina (2) – The Panthers actually take a small step back after their rather lackluster yet winning performance in Oakland on Sunday. Let’s hope for their sake Jake Delhomme can quickly put his four pick game behind him, and this team can start to get back to form this week. They do have the perfect opponent for that on Sunday in Carolina – the winless Detroit Lions.
4. Tampa Bay (4) – A bye week for the Bucs, and they come back this week with a tough game against a Vikings team coming off a big win of their own last week over the Packers. They are a little banged up in the running game with Earnest Graham with a sprained knee and the rest of the crew not use to running the ball as much. It may be in the hands of Jeff Garcia to win this one vs the good Vikings D.
5. Atlanta (-) – Raise your hand if you ever thought the Falcons would be in the top 5 of the NFC in 2008. That’s what I thought. This team has come from nowhere to be a contender in the NFC South, just a game behind first place Carolina and Tampa Bay. They dispatched Drew Brees and the Saints Sunday at home, and should do the same this week vs Denver.
NFC Bottom 3
1. Detroit (1) – The Lions used another QB this week, their third of the season with Daunte Culpepper in the mix. He didn’t play awful, but for sure does not look like the answer for this team that looks as if they truly could go 0-16. Rod Marinelli says that he is not sure who will go at the QB spot this week in Carolina, but right now does it really matter who plays?
2. Seattle (3) – Mike Holmgren is suffering the worst start of his career at 2-7, and things do not appear to be getting close to getting any better. The team can’t run, they have little offense in the passing game, and there’s not much happening on defense to speak of. You have to wonder if Holmgren would have walked away before the start of the season if he only knew this year would be as bad as it has been.
3. San Francisco (2) – Shaun Hill looked better than J.T. O’Sullivan last night vs the Cards, and he deserves to get another look. They had a 14-3 lead against the very good Cardinals, and if it were not for some bad clock management and play calling down the stretch, they could have pulled off the upset. We’ll see if they turn it around vs the Rams Sunday at home.
AFC Top 5
1. Tennessee (1) – So what if they can’t run? The Titans showed a whole new attitude on offense Sunday in Chicago with Kerry Collins leading the way with a big day through the air in the teams latest win – 21-14. They seem to be the AFC favorite to win the conference, and there is no doubt they have been the most impressive AFC squad at this point in going 9-0.
2. Baltimore (3) – This young group led by a rookie head coach moves to the two spot, but they have a REALLY tough game this week in taking on the New York Giants. They have a stellar defense, and their offense has put up a lot of points the last two weeks. They are putting the heat on Pittsburgh for the top spot in the AFC North.
3. New England (4) – The Pats have finally found a running game, led by that guy whose name is way too long (BenJarvis Green-Ellis). Matt Cassel also is playing better, and with the running game he just seems a lot better and more under control. They have a shot at sole possession for the division this week vs the Jets on Thursday.
4. Pittsburgh (2) – Ben Roethlisberger gave the game away Sunday vs the Colts at Hinez Field with two INT’s that cost the team 14 points in a 24-20 loss. They have been banged up all season, which hasn’t helped, but still have the best D in the league, but need the offense to help them out and not give up short fields to quality QB’s like the Manning brothers.
5. New York Jets (5) – This ranking for gang green can change in a hurry with a win over the Pats on Friday. Brett Favre and his team needed not much time in putting away the Rams on Sunday, going up 40-0 at the half and in the end winning 47-3. Now they have their biggest test of the year, and will need a good game on the road to get into first.
AFC Bottom 3
1. Oakland (1) – Tom Cable took over the play calling duties on Sunday vs the Panthers. Instead of scoring zero, they scored 6. Ugh. At least they might get Darren McFadden back this week, which if nothing else means they can see what they got with their first pick of the draft. They will have another high pick in the 09 draft.
2. Kansas City (2) – I like how hard this team has been playing the past few weeks with Tyler Thigpen at the QB spot. We’ll see if they can land what would be a pretty solid upset at home vs the Saints. They get Larry Johnson back, which could help in trying to end this awful losing streak.
3. Cincinnati (3) – The bye week for the Bengals, which means it’s at least two weeks without a loss. Carson Palmer should officially just shut it down for the rest of 08, and he’s not going to play again this week against the Eagles. If they play as they did against the Jags, they do at least have a shot at being in the game.