2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 11

houston-vs-cincinnatiThere’s a lot of shifting in our Week 11 NFL power rankings thanks to some big upsets, like the Houston Texans ruining the Cincinnati Bengals’ perfect record. See where both of these teams now sit in our power rankings, and check out last week’s rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (9-0); beat NY Giants 27-26, same spot – The Patriots survived their toughest test of the season thanks to a field goal by Stephen Gostokowski, who’s now 21-for-21 on the season.

2. Carolina Panthers (9-0); beat Tennessee 27-10, up 1 spot – Only after going 9-0 to start the season does it feel like Carolina has finally silenced the critics.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (8-1); lost to Houston 10-6, down 1 spot – The Bengals’ offensive collapse was unexpected, but not unprecedented when considering Andy Dalton’s 1-4 record against Houston.

4. Arizona Cardinals (7-2); beat Seattle 39-32, up 2 spots – Arizona has blown the NFC West wide open, now holding a 3-game lead over Seattle. They haven’t won the division since 2009.

5. Minnesota Vikings (7-2); beat Oakland 30-14, up 3 spots – Minnesota carries their five-game win streak against Green Bay, Atlanta, Seattle and Arizona over the next four weeks.

antonio-brown-steelers6. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4); beat Cleveland 30-9, up 6 spots  – Antonio Brown definitely likes Big Ben in the lineup: he has 27 catches for 423 yards since Roethlisberger’s return.

7. Green Bay Packers (6-3); lost to Detroit 18-16, down 2 spots – It’s hard to tell where Green Bay is going after losing at Lambeau to the lowly Lions.

8. Denver Broncos (7-2); lost to Kansas City 29-13, down 4 spots – Starting for the injured Peyton Manning will be garbage-time specialist Brock Osweiler.

9. Atlanta Falcons (6-3); bye week, same spot – That 5-0 start seems like forever ago. Can Atlanta end the slide at home against the Colts?

10. Seattle Seahawks (4-5); lost to Arizona 39-32, down 3 spots – Seattle lives and dies by defense. Want evidence? They’re 0-12 since 2012 when allowing 25+ points.

11. Buffalo Bills (5-4); beat NY Jets 22-17, up 6 spots – Rex Ryan doesn’t get long to celebrate a revenge victory against his old team. The undefeated Patriots are next.

12. New York Jets (5-4); lost to Buffalo 22-17, down 2 spots – New York has now lost three out of four games, allowing 27.3 PPG in this span.

alex-smith-kansas-city13. Kansas City Chiefs (4-5); beat Denver 29-13, up 6 spots – The Chiefs record doesn’t do them justice. They’ve outscored opponents by 29 points total and have a +8 turnover differential.

14. St. Louis Rams (4-5); lost to Chicago 37-13, down 2 spots – It’s little surprise why Nick Foles has been benched, given that he has the league’s lowest QBR at 34.1.

15. New York Giants (5-5); lost to New England 27-26, down 2 spots – New York has now lost four games where they led in the final two minutes of regulation.

16. Oakland Raiders (4-5); lost to Minnesota 30-14, down 2 spots – Oakland just can’t seem to get over the hump in crucial games, but the franchise has definitely made progress.

17. Indianapolis Colts (4-5); bye week, up 1 spot – If any team has an inside track to the AFC South title based on schedule, it’s the Colts. So despite the Andrew Luck injury, they still have a chance.

18. Miami Dolphins (4-5); beat Philadelphia 20-19, up 2 spots – In what looked like it was going to be a blowout, Ndamukong Suh took over on defense and helped shut Philly down after the first quarter.

19. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5); lost to Miami 20-19, down 4 spots  – Sam Bradford (concussion, separated shoulder) might be out, so Mark Sanchez (4-4 last season) could be stepping in.

tj-yates-texans20. Houston Texans (4-5); beat Cincinnati 10-6, up 2 spots – Houston is now on their third quarterback of the season, T.J. Yates, who led them to their only playoff win in franchise history.

21. Chicago Bears (4-5); beat St. Louis 37-13, up 1 spot – The Bears are now 4-2 since Jay Cutler’s return from injury – despite Matt Forte missing extended time with an injury.

22. Washington Redskins (4-5); beat New Orleans Saints 47-14, up 1 spot – Kirk Cousins has been magnificent in wins with 9 TD’s, zero interceptions and a 77% completion rate.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5); beat Dallas 10-6, up 1 spot – The Bucs are actually tied for the seventh-best record in the NFC, which is something few could’ve predicted at this point.

24. New Orleans Saints (4-6); lost to Washington 47-14, down 8 spots – New Orleans is on pace to smash the record for largest passer rating allowed (110.9) since they’re allowing a 116.6 QBR.

25. Dallas Cowboys (2-7); lost to Tampa Bay 10-6, same spot – Dallas might be getting Tony Romo back, but is he enough to cover for a mediocre defense and little run game?

26. San Francisco 49ers (3-6); bye week, same spot – The prospects look grim for Blaine Gabbert to go 2-0 this season with the Niners traveling to Seattle.

allen-hurns-jaguars27. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6); beat Baltimore 22-20, up 5 spots – Both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are on pace to go for over 12 touchdowns and 1,200 receiving yards.

28. Detroit Lions (2-7); beat Green Bay 18-16, up 2 spots – The Lions may be out of the playoff hunt, but at least they ended a 23-game losing streak at Lambeau Field.

29. Baltimore Ravens (2-7); lost to Jacksonville 22-20, down 2 spots – Baltimore could just as easily be on the other side of the equation since every game has been decided by eight points or less.

30. San Diego Chargers (2-7); bye week, down 2 spots – San Diego looks to end a five-game losing streak against the red-hot Chiefs this week.

31. Cleveland Browns (2-8); lost to Pittsburgh 30-9, down 2 spots – The Browns will finally give Johnny Manziel a real chance to show if he’s a franchise quarterback.

32. Tennessee Titans (2-7); lost to Carolina 27-10, down 1 spot – Tennessee might have an advantage on the road since they’re 2-2 away from Nissan Stadium.