NFL action in week 11 was filled with nail biters across the board and a couple of blowouts here and there in between. The Thanksgiving edition of the Power Rankings has many teams thankful for being in the playoff race at this point in the season especially the Jacksonville Jaguars, who in my opinion are the worst team out of the 6-4 bunch in the league…here are the rankings.
1. New Orleans Saints (10-0) – The ultimate test comes to town in the form of the Patriots this Sunday night. A win could silence any remaining critics.
2. Indianapolis Colts (10-0) – Once again the Colts escape. This team could easily be 7-3 or 6-4, but they keep finding ways to win and that’s impressive.
3. Minnesota Vikings (9-1) – People shouldn’t start making dumb comments about the Vikings not needing Adrian Peterson. Without him, this team is battling for a wildcard berth with the rest of the 6-4 teams in the league.
4. New England Patriots (7-3) – The Patriots get to redeem themselves from the loss two weeks ago against the undefeated Colts with a battle against the only other unbeaten team in the Saints.
5. Arizona Cardinals (7-3) – I said in the preseason rankings that this team didn’t have a fluke season last year and it looks like I was right.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (7-3) – Losing to the Raiders never looks good on a team’s resume, know matter how good of a season they are having.
7. San Diego Chargers (7-3) – Same ol’ Chargers start slow, finish strong, and nothing to show for it at the end of the season.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) – With the loss to the Chiefs last week, the champs are now fighting for their playoff lives each and every week.
9. Dallas Cowboys (7-3) – The Cowboys have always been an over-hyped bunch. Who really thinks that they are going to do anything in the playoffs?
10. Green Bay Packers (6-4) – The cheese heads are quietly having a good season with 2nd year starter Aaron Rodgers leading the way. The loss of Pro Bowl corner Al Harris will hurt though.
12. Denver Broncos (6-4) – The Broncs dug themselves a big hole with the loss against Washington two weeks ago and by the looks of things, they may not be able to climb out of that hole….sad.
13. New York Giants (6-4) – In my book, their season is on the line this Thursday against the team right above them.
14. Atlanta Falcons (6-4) – The Falcons are slowly but surely letting this season slip away from them.
15. Houston Texans (5-5) – I really wanted this team to make the playoffs, but divisional foes Indianapolis and Tennessee always seem to get the best of them when it matters most.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4) – This team is going into a stretch of games with some pretty good teams. Let’s see how they fare. Then we can discuss if they are deserving of the press that they are getting.
17. Miami Dolphins (5-5) – Like it or not, Ricky Williams could still be the starting running back for most teams in the NFL.
18. Baltimore Ravens (5-5) – You can just tell that the end is near for the great Ray Lewis in what is becoming one of his more inconsistent seasons during his Hall of Fame career.
19. Tennessee Titans (4-6) – I bet the Titans wished they had pulled the plug on Kerry Collins earlier with the way Vince is playing.
20. Carolina Panthers (4-6) – While technically this team’s season isn’t over, the loss to Miami puts them right at the edge.
21. San Francisco 49ers (4-6) – This team is better than their record shows. They will make some noise for years to come.
22. New York Jets (4-6) – You don’t hear anything coming out of their mouths after the whooping the Hoody and his gang just put on them.
23. Chicago Bears (4-6) – Its only a matter of time before S. Evans switches to a new team since Da Bears haven’t done anything relevant since, oh ummm 1985.
24. Washington Redskins (3-7) – Every now and then, this team shows flashes of hope. We all know what the problem is in this organization.
25. Buffalo Bills (3-7) – The Bills really have nothing going for them this season, or any season for that matter.
26. Kansas City Chiefs (3-7) – Once in a while, a bottom feeder in the league can upset one of the top dogs because this is the NFL. And that’s why they play the game.
27. Oakland Raiders (3-7) – They looked really good with out Jagarabge Frussel under center.
28. Seattle Seahawks (3-7) – Seattle hasn’t been getting a lot of coverage up in the Northwest part of the country, and with games like that against the Vikings it isn’t hard to see why.
29. Detroit Lions (2-8) – If they’re serious about getting one of the top two picks in the draft, then they shouldn’t be winning those kinds of games. Ha
30. St. Louis Rams (1-9) – The Rams are a team that always finds a way to lose a game. Same ol’ sorry Rams.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-9) – This team has to get some playmakers on the offensive side of the ball next season.
32. Cleveland Browns (1-9) – Clearly the worst team in the league.