Blitzalytics' Week 11 NFL Power Rankings


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Which team rose to the top for the first time this season?


Written by: Greg Lehr | @greglehr3


Power Rankings by: The Blitz Team | @Blitzalytics


The NFL has to be thrilled with the unpredictability throughout the league this season, particularly as of late, with many of the league's top teams suffering losses within the last couple of weeks. Of course, the most obvious of these being the recent losses handed to the last two undefeated teams in 2019 (each occurring in front of a prime time audience no less). Last week on Sunday Night Football we saw the Patriots beaten handily by Lamar Jackson and the red-hot Ravens, who by the way, have moved into the top spot of our rankings after blowing out Cincinnati on Sunday.


This week, it was the last of the unbeaten teams to fall, as the San Francisco 49ers lost at home to their NFC West rival from Seattle on Monday Night Football. This is exactly the type of parity the NFL loves to see and is what makes football so enticing to fans. Bring out all of the clichés about how any team can beat any other team on any given week. The best testament of this mantra has to go to the Atlanta Falcons, as they marched into New Orleans and stunned the Saints, 26-9. Not too far behind, however, were the Titans thanks to their incredible last-minute touchdown to take down the Chiefs in Patrick Mahomes' outstanding return (446 yds, 3 TD). As the playoff picture continues to take shape amidst this roller-coaster regular season, our Week 11 Power Rankings look at how each team currently stacks up.


Week 11 Risers:


Baltimore Ravens (+3)


Current Ranking: 1

Last Week: 4


If it wasn't clear enough already, Lamar Jackson has solidified himself alongside Russell Wilson as the co-favorite for NFL MVP. The Ravens’ ascending star quarterback put together quite the encore performance on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati, just a week after Baltimore’s huge win over the previously undefeated Patriots. Jackson was once again a video game-like highlight real against the lowly Bengals, passing for 223 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 65 yards on the ground, including a memorable 47-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Ravens extended their winning streak to five games, vaulting to the top spot in our Week 11 rankings after San Francisco’s loss on Monday night.


Oakland Raiders (+3)


Current Ranking: 13

Last Week: 16


It sure looked like it could be a fire dumpster in Oakland this season after all the drama surrounding training camp with Hard Knocks, Antonio Brown, and new GM Mike Mayock. Fast forward a couple of months, and it's almost the complete opposite. It hasn't necessarily been pretty at times, but the Raiders find themselves at 5-4 and are tied with Pittsburgh for the second spot in the AFC Wild Card race. In fact, Jon Gruden's squad is just a half-game behind Kansas City for the division lead, and before their AFC West showdown on December 1st, the Raiders play the winless Bengals and the 2-7 Jets. Regardless of what the Chiefs do against the Chargers on Monday night (bye week between that game and Raiders matchup), if Oakland takes care of business against the Bengals and Jets, they can be the division leader by time they play the Chiefs in Week 14.


Week 11 Fallers:


New Orleans Saints (-4)


Current Ranking: 6

Last Week: 2


Every team has a game during the season where you barely recognize who they are. This appeared to be that week for the Saints, who got trounced at home by the Falcons, who were just 1-7 coming into the game. Both teams were coming off a bye week, leaving no excuses for New Orleans, who we had heaped (well-deserved) praise on all season long for not missing a beat throughout the Brees injury. The loss allowed the Packers to take over the #2 seed in the NFC for the time being. New Orleans will look to get back to themselves in the coming weeks, with three straight divisional games upcoming before an important Week 15 matchup with the 49ers, a game that could very well have playoff seeding/home-field implications. However, as we all know, a lot can change between now and then.


Detroit Lions (-6)


Current Ranking: 25

Last Week: 19


What a disappointing stretch for a Detroit team that looked so promising in the first month of the season. Since the start of October, the Lions (3-6-1) are 1-4 and now are on the brink of being out of contention in the loaded NFC. Making matters worse is the injury to QB Matthew Stafford, who missed last week's game against Chicago with fractured bones in his back and will likely remain out for at least the next couple of weeks. The Lions host the Cowboys this week and are expected to start Jeff Driskel for a second consecutive game. Driskel went 27/46 for 269, TD, INT, and rushed five times for 37 yards in their 20-13 loss to the Bears.


Full NFL Power Rankings: Week 11


Rankings by: The Blitz Team

  1. Baltimore Ravens

  2. New England Patriots

  3. San Francisco 49ers

  4. Seattle Seahawks

  5. Green Bay Packers

  6. New Orleans Saints

  7. Minnesota Vikings

  8. Houston Texans

  9. Kansas City Chiefs

  10. Buffalo Bills

  11. Carolina Panthers

  12. Dallas Cowboys

  13. Oakland Raiders

  14. Philadelphia Eagles

  15. Pittsburgh Steelers

  16. Los Angeles Rams

  17. Indianapolis Colts

  18. Tennessee Titans

  19. Jacksonville Jaguars

  20. Los Angeles Chargers

  21. Chicago Bears

  22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  23. Cleveland Browns

  24. Arizona Cardinals

  25. Detroit Lions

  26. Denver Broncos

  27. Atlanta Falcons

  28. New York Jets

  29. Miami Dolphins

  30. New York Giants

  31. Washington Redskins

  32. Cincinnati Bengals