It’s Week 11 in the NFL season. This is the time of year where we start to compare the pretenders from the contenders. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, here are the power rankings:
1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)- The only unbeaten team in the NFL. They have a huge test this Sunday as they face their division rival Denver Broncos. With star receiver Dwayne Bowe recently in the news, can he help the Chiefs stay undefeated?
2. Seattle Seahawks (9-1)- Seattle has been quiet all season. No one seems to talk about them as they are quietly running away with the NFC West. They get their biggest free agent acquisition Percy Harvin back this week. This would open up the passing game more and will make Russell Wilson life much easier. The question is: Can Harvin stay healthy?
3. Denver Broncos (8-1)- Peyton Manning is having his typical Peyton Manning year. Julian Thomas is having a breakout year and Wes Welker is doing what he does best: rack up the receptions. Manning re-aggravated his right ankle last game against the Chargers. He will play against the Chiefs on Sunday night. How would he fair against a top Chiefs defense?
4. New Orleans Saints (7-2)- After the loss against the Jets, the Saints just obliterated the Cowboys on Sunday night. It was such a big win that Rob Ryan was seen at a local bar buying lucky fans drinks. Drew Brees is having a sensational year as usual. With the 49ers next on the horizon, can their high powered offense be enough to beat the stingy 49ers defense?
5. New England Patriots (7-2)- Despite all the injuries and the lack of star players on offense, the Patriots are leading the AFC East. They have a tough test against the red-hot Carolina Panthers team on Monday night. Can Brady deliver a win?
6. San Francisco 49ers (7-2)- Colin Kapernick has taken a step back in his sophomore year. He is not putting up big numbers this season. The defense has been doing it’s job. With the Saints looming, will Kapernick have a break out game?
7. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)- With a heartbreaking lost to the Ravens, the Bengals turn their attention to the Browns. The Andy Dalton to AJ Green is always entertaining to watch. Can the Bengals hold on to the division?
8. Detroit Lions (6-3)- Speaking of Quarterbacks/Wide Receiver duos, Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are the best in the league. With a win against the Bears, the Lions are in sole possession of the always tough NFC North. With a tough game on the road against the Steelers, can the duo of Stafford and Johnson help the Lions win?
9. New York Jets (5-4)- They should not be this high on this list but hear me out. Despite the Rex Ryan getting fired after the season saga, being ranked as the worst NFL team this season and left for dead, the Jets hold the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. The Jets defense have been very nasty and giving opponents offensives headaches. With a easy schedule for the rest of the way, can the Jets do the impossible and make the playoffs.
10. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)- The Colts just came off their worst performance all season as they was trounced by the St. Louis Rams at home. With their star receiver Reggie Wayne out for the year, can Andrew Luck and company win their next game against the Titans? Will they win the division?
11. Carolina Panthers (6-3)- The Panthers are the hottest team in the league winning five straight games. Cam Newton is playing his best football in his career and the Panthers defense has come alive. With a big game against the Patriots on Monday night, can the Panthers make it six in a row?
12. Green Bay Packers (5-4)- With Aaron Rodgers out until Thanksgiving, the Packers offense will be hurting. Can the defense do it’s job against the New York Giants on Sunday?
13. Chicago Bears (5-4)- Another team that is dealing with a star quarterback injury. Jay Cutler left last game with a high ankle sprain and is out for this week. Josh McGown will start for the Bears. Will he help the Bears win?
14. Arizona Cardinals (5-4)- The Cardinals have been a under the radar team. With a win against the Texans and the Jaguars on deck, can the Cardinals keep pace with the Seahawks and 49ers?
15. Dallas Cowboys (5-5)- The “Accidents are waiting to happen” Cowboys. The NFC East is such a weak division that anybody can win it despite all of them being below or above .500. With a blowout loss to the Saints and a bye week, how would the Cowboys respond against the Giants?
16. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)- They are tied with the Cowboys for the division lead. Quarterback Nicks Foles is playing like he is the second coming of Johnny Unitas and is making the best of his opportunity. With the Redskins coming, can they secure first place in the East?
17. Baltimore Ravens (4-5)- The reigning Super Bowl Champions are not playing like a team that won the title. The running game is on track to be historically bad and the defense is really missing Ray Lewis leadership. Can Flacco and the defense find a way to beat the Bears on Sunday?
18. New York Giants (3-6)- This team had Super Bowl aspirations this season. They started the season 0-6 and won three in a row. Yet they can still win the NFC East. With a win against the Packers, can the Giants get one step closer to an improbable division title win?
19. Washington Redskins (3-6) – Despite the ongoing name change debate, Redskins fans have not had anything to cheer about this season. RGIII is not having a great season and is clearly not at 100%. Last season the Redskins were in the same position and won the division. Can history repeat itself?
20. Miami Dolphins (4-5) -With the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying saga ongoing, the Dolphins on the field have not been good. Ever since they started 3-0, things have been going downhill. Can they bounce back from a embarrassing loss to the Buccaneers and win on Sunday?
21. Tennessee Titans (4-5) – The Titans have rolling earlier in the season but fell off. Franchise quarterback Jake Locker is out for the season with a foot injury. With a Thursday night showdown against the Colts, can they pull out a win against them?
22. Cleveland Browns (4-5)- Browns fans have hope for the future. They are playing very hard and should be encouraged about the Browns future. Can they make it a even .500?
23. San Diego Chargers (4-5)- The Chargers are an enigma. They sometimes can be really good or really bad. Can they beat the Dolphins on Sunday?
24. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)- Steelers fans have not much to cheer on this season as their fans are shocked on how bad the team is. Despite their bad play, they are only 2.5 games back in the division. Can they stop Megatron on Sunday?
25. Buffalo Bills (3-7)- It was supposed to be the year that the Bills will compete against the Patriots for the AFC East. Do not fret Bill fans, EJ Manuel is the future. Can they beat the Jets on Sunday?
26. St. Louis Rams (3-6)- With Sam Bradford out for the rest of the season, Rams are competing hard. Can they build off their big win against the Colts?
27- Oakland Raiders (3-6)- The Raiders have not been good since 2002 but Terrelle Pyror makes the Raiders fun to watch. Can he lead the Raiders to a win?
28. Atlanta Falcons (2-6)- The most disappointing team in the league. They was projected to be in the Super Bowl. It was not meant to be. Can they beat the Buccaneers on Sunday?
29. Minnesota Vikings (2-7)- Can Adrian Peterson play quarterback?
30. Houston Texans (2-7)- Another team that was suppose to go to the Super Bowl. They recently released Ed Reed.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8)- Finally they are in the win column. It does not mean that Greg Schiano job is safe.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)- Sorry Jaguar fans, it’s been a rough year.