2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 11

 

Updated: November 11, 2014, 4:20 PM ET

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NFL Power Rankings: Week 11

After 10 weeks, the Browns are in first place — just as everyone predicted (yeah, right).

 Did their statement victory over the Bengals resonate with ESPN’s Power Panel (a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities)? That’s an emphatic yes. Cleveland, winners of three straight, jumped eight spots to No. 11. In the process, it leapfrogged all three of its AFC North rivals. Baltimore moved up one spot to No. 13, while Pittsburgh (No. 14) and Cincinnati (No. 16) both fell.

 Even if you’re not completely sold on the Browns, their strides warrant attention. Playing in the only division that boasts four winning teams, the former laughingstocks have no doubt taken a big step in the credibility department.

 And their upcoming schedule (Houston, at Atlanta, at Buffalo) sets up well for further gains in our hierarchy. Taking care of business in all three games would put Cleveland where few thought it would be — solidly positioned for a playoff spot.

 Note: The comments below are provided by ESPN Stats & Information.

 

2014 Power Rankings: Week 11
RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
1

Last Week: 1

Tom Brady’s .727 winning percentage (8-3) against the Colts is the best among quarterbacks with at least 10 starts (Elias). Don’t blame Andrew Luck — most were against that Manning guy.
2

Last Week: 2

Drew Stanton was just 5-of-21 with one touchdown in his career on passes thrown at least 30 yards downfield entering Sunday, but he connected with John Brown for the game-winning score.
3

Last Week: 3

Peyton Manning’s average throw distance nearly doubled during his last five drives Sunday, all ending with a touchdown pass. Manning was 17-of-21 for 171 yards and two touchdowns targeting the Thomases.
4
Eagles
7-2

Last Week: 4

Mark Sanchez threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers Monday, keying the Eagles’ rout of the Panthers. That’s a real sentence about something that really happened.
5
 

3
Last Week: 8

Aaron Rodgers posted a career-high 99.8 QBR Sunday, his second career game (minimum four pass attempts) with at least a 99 QBR. His first? Week 4 — at Chicago.
6
Lions
7-2

Last Week: 6

Calvin Johnson (17.5-yard average target depth) and Golden Tate (3.3-yard average) topped 100 receiving yards in the same game for the first time this season by complementing each other well.
7
Colts
6-3
 

2
Last Week: 5

Andrew Luck has seven straight games with at least 300 passing yards, more than twice as long as the next active streak (Ben Roethlisberger, three). Can he continue it against the Patriots?
8
 

1
Last Week: 9

Dez Bryant had six receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, all in the second quarter. Bryant had only one other target (first quarter).
9
 

1
Last Week: 10

Seattle’s 350 rushing yards were more than the Giants’ total yards (324) Sunday. The Seahawks rushed for more yards than any team since the 2012 Chiefs in Week 16.
10
Chiefs
6-3
 

2
Last Week: 12

With a win over the Patriots and a loss to the Titans, are the 6-3 Chiefs actually good? Hosting Seattle this week should be insightful either way.
11
Browns
6-3
 

8
Last Week: 19

Cleveland had 132 rushing yards and three touchdowns inside the tackles Thursday, both season highs. The yardage inside the tackles were its most since Week 7 of 2011 (against the Seahawks).
12
49ers
5-4
 

4
Last Week: 16

Anquan Boldin had six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown Sunday, but also dropped four passes. Boldin had four drops all of last season, and had only one entering Sunday.
13
Ravens
6-4
 

1
Last Week: 14

Justin Forsett had 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns Sunday, the first Ravens player with 100-plus rushing yards and two touchdowns in a game since Week 17 of 2011 (by Ray Rice).
14
 

7
Last Week: 7

Ben Roethlisberger was 17-of-26 for 206 yards and two interceptions Sunday targeting wide receivers before his 80-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant on his last attempt of the game.
15
 

2
Last Week: 17

The Chargers had better take care of the Raiders and Rams at home, because they finish with five straight games against opponents currently above .500 (Ravens, Patriots, Broncos, 49ers and Chiefs).
16
Bengals
5-3-1
 

5
Last Week: 11

Andy Dalton was 10-of-33 (30.3 percent) with three interceptions Thursday night, the worst completion percentage of his career. Dalton was 3-of-11 targeting A.J. Green, the worst catch percentage of Green’s career.
17
 

4
Last Week: 13

Ryan Tannehill was pressured on 39 percent of his dropbacks Sunday, the most he has been pressured in a game this season. Tannehill was 4-of-13 with an interception under duress.
18
Bills
5-4

Last Week: 18

Sammy Watkins finished with 27 receiving yards Sunday. The Bills are 0-4 this season when Watkins records 30 receiving yards or fewer and 5-0 when he has more than 30.
19
Saints
4-5
 

4
Last Week: 15

Drew Brees and Sean Payton lost in the Superdome together for the first time since Week 17 of 2010. It’s the Saints’ fourth loss by three points or fewer, most in the NFL this season.
20
Texans
4-5

Last Week: 20

Can Houston sneak into playoff contention? The Texans still have three games against the Jaguars and Titans, but that’s around the Browns, Bengals, Ravens and Colts.
21
 

2
Last Week: 23

Minnesota has a plus-5 turnover margin in the past three games (minus-5 in the first six). Based on Chicago’s Sunday night performance, there’s a chance that improves.
22
Panthers
3-6-1

Last Week: 22

Cam Newton overthrew four receivers against the Eagles, including on one of his interceptions. This season, Newton leads the league with both 53 overthrows and 19.1 percent of attempts.
23
 

4
Last Week: 27

Matt Ryan was a combined 14-of-17 for 191 yards and a touchdown targeting Julio Jones (8-of-11, 119 yards) and Roddy White (6-of-6, 72 yards, TD) in Sunday’s win.
24
Giants
3-6

Last Week: 24

Marshawn Lynch might have just scored another touchdown. The Giants’ defense allowed 4.0 yards after contact per rush Sunday, the highest average in a game this season.
25
Rams
3-6

Last Week: 25

Austin Davis has thrown four interceptions that were returned for TDs this season, tied for most in the NFL with Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles. All four were in the fourth quarter.
26

Last Week: 26

There are plenty of problems with this 3-6 team. The quarterback position gets headlines, but Washington’s defense has allowed a 71.7 Total QBR this season, sixth-worst in the league.
27
Bears
3-6
 

6
Last Week: 21

What’s worse, Jay Cutler’s 6.0 Total QBR on Sunday night or the fact that it brought his career QBR at Lambeau down by only 0.4 points (8.1 in four starts)?
28
Jets
2-8
 

2
Last Week: 30

Michael Vick had a 25.0 Total QBR against standard pressure entering Sunday, but was 9-of-13 for 124 yards and two touchdowns when Pittsburgh sent four or fewer rushers.
29
Titans
2-7
 

1
Last Week: 28

There’s not much to be excited about in Nashville, where the Titans have started 2-7 for the first time since 2006. Sunday was Tennessee’s third straight game with multiple turnovers.
30
 

1
Last Week: 29

Mike Evans caught 7 of 9 targets for 125 yards and his fifth touchdown in his past five games Sunday. How much longer will Vincent Jackson be considered Tampa Bay’s top wideout?
31

Last Week: 31

Denard Robinson’s 32-yard touchdown run Sunday was his third rush of the season that gained at least 30 yards. The only player with more is Houston’s Arian Foster (six).
32

Last Week: 32

Derek Carr was 4-of-16 (25 percent) on throws more than 5 yards downfield Sunday, tying for the lowest completion percentage on those throws in a game among qualified quarterbacks.
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One Response to “2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 11”

  1. andrea says:

    If I remember correctly, Tebow was 7-4 in his eleven games in 2011 with the Broncos.

    Looks like he will have a better winning record after 11 games than 14 teams will after their first 11 games this year.(teams 19 through 32 on the list provided)

    Beam me up, Scotty !!!!

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