Chris Moore| BKD TV Insiders
In the Week 11 Power Rankings there is no change among the top three as the Cardinals, Patriots, and Broncos hold serve. However, with the loss of Carson Palmer, how long will the seat at the top last for the Cardinals? Did the Browns crack the top ten? After dominating performances, where do the Eagles and Packers sit? Here are the Week 11 Power Rankings:
1. Arizona Cardinals. Average Rank: 1. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 1.
Next Week: vs. Detroit Lions
At 8-1 you would think the Arizona Cardinals would be sitting pretty. Oh how things change in the NFL. Carson Palmer tore his ACL and it is up to Drew Stanton to get the Arizona Cardinals to the promise land. He has experience this year going 2-1 with the loss being at Denver. Bruce Arians says he still believes the Cardinals can get to the Super Bowl. They may have already done enough to be in the playoffs already this season. They host Detroit this week in a battle of the NFC’s best.
2. New England Patriots. Average Rank: 2. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 2.
Next Week: at Indianapolis Colts
The Patriots got to the bye at 7-2 and right in the thick of the race for the number one seed. Now they head to another top AFC contender against Andrew Luck and the Colts on Sunday night. Bill Belichick is 10-4 when coming off a bye in his tenure in New England. This week the Colts are coming off the bye as well so we should see two well-rested teams.
3. Denver Broncos. Average Rank: 3. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 3.
Next Week: at St. Louis
Peyton Manning keeps on rolling. Another dominating performance, all be it against the Oakland Raiders. Another game the Broncos should win coming up as they head to St. Louis where Shaun Hill is back at the starting quarterback position for the Rams.
4. Detroit Lions. Average Rank: 4.2. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 5.
Next Week: at Arizona
A very big win for the Lions as they protected their home turf beating the Dolphins 20-16 on a game winning drive led by Matthew Stafford. Now they head to Arizona in a big time game that will decide the leader of the NFC. Luckily for the Lions and everyone on the Cardinals schedule, it will be against a backup quarterback.
5. Philadelphia Eagles. Average Rank: 4.8. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 4.
Next Week: at Green Bay
Remember that guy Mark Sanchez? The butt fumble popped into your head didn’t it? While he may never lose that moment, Mark may just get himself a starting job in Philadelphia or somewhere else in the NFL. He was solid against the Panthers going 20-37 for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Now the real test comes as Philly heads to Lambeau against Aaron Rodgers and the red hot Packers.
6. Indianapolis Colts. Average Rank: 7. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 7.
Next Week: vs. New England
The Colts jump up to number six coming off the bye and have a chance to continue to climb as they take on arguably the best team in football. Also, Andrew Luck looks to continue to stay on pace to break the single season yardage record and the record for attempts in a season.
7. Green Bay Packers. Average Rank: 7.4. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 11.
Next Week: vs. Philadelphia
Was Sunday night about the Bears or the Packers? Either way, you had to be impressed with what Green Bay did to their rivals who were coming off a bye for a primetime game. Aaron Rodgers continues to fly under the radar in MVP talks. That talk could pick up if he leads the Packers to a win over the 7-2 Eagles.
8. Dallas Cowboys. Average Rank: 7.6. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 10.
Next Week: Bye
The bye could not come soon enough for the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo can head to the couch and not move for a week and give his back time to rest. Dez Bryant turned into an absolute freak last week in London against the Jaguars and really led that team to a win they needed to have. Everything in the NFC East is leading up to the Thanksgiving showdown in Dallas between the Cowboys and Eagles.
9. Seattle Seahawks. Average Rank: 8.8. Votes Received: 5. Last Week Ranking: 9.
Next Week: at Kansas City
The defending champs continue to win. This week they took over the game late and beat the Giants 38-17 on the legs of Marshawn Lynch’s four rushing touchdowns. Now Seattle heads to Arrowhead Stadium to hear how loud it can get when your on the other side of a record breaking “12th man.” Kansas City fans get really rowdy and I think they might have a little extra in the tank for the champs.
10. Kansas City Chiefs. Average Rank: 9.5. Votes Received: 4. Last Week Ranking: 13.
Next Week: vs. Seattle
Speaking of the Chiefs, Andy Reid keeps on finding ways to win out in Kansas City. Down 13-3 late to Buffalo, the Chiefs stormed back and got a big road win. Now they come home to host the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. Jamaal Charles will likely need to have a big day in order to get the Chiefs another big win and stay on pace with the division leading Broncos.
Other Receiving Votes
11. Cleveland Browns. Votes Received: 1.
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