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NFL Power RankingsNFL Power Rankings: Week 11

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 | 05:09 PM

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Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez threw a costly Pick Six against the Denver Broncos in Week 11. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez threw a costly Pick Six against the Denver Broncos in Week 11. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Once a week, CBCSports.ca's Tony Care breaks down the balance of power in the National Football League.

Once a week, CBCSports.ca's Tony Care breaks down the balance of power in the National Football League.

1. GREEN BAY PACKERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 10-0
Streak: Won 10
You can add bad tackling to the growing concerns on defence. While they won, that still didn't stop the Packers from looking feeble in attempting to stop Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount.
2. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 9-1
Streak: Won eight
How dominant has the 49ers defence been: This unit has only allowed 145 points through 10 contests. It's easy see why San Francisco has only lost once this season after allowing a mere 14.5 points per game.
3. PITTSBURGH STEELERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: Won one
All eyes will be on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who will be playing with a fractured thumb. Fortunately for the Steelers they're pitting against toothless Kansas City, so Big Ben won't have to shoulder all of the load.
4. BALTIMORE RAVENS [up from 5]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: Won one
The Ravens won a crucial game at home against rival Cincinnati. Aside from an aggressive defence, what helped out the inconsistent Joe Flacco the most was handing the ball off to Ray Rice for 20 carries, 104 yards and two TDs.
5. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS [down from 4]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: Won two
If the Saints are to catch San Francisco for the No. 2 seed in the NFC, a home victory over the New York Giants is a must.
6. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS [up from 7]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: Won two
I find it amusing the respect Bill Belichick got from Chiefs coach Todd Haley after the Pats boss continually made an effort to get one final meaningless touchdown instead of killing the clock. Had that be any other coach, Haley would've been in his grill.
7. HOUSTON TEXANS [up from 8]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: Won four
So this is the week we find out if backup Matt Leinart can truly fill the shoes of Matt Schaub. The 3-7 Jaguars aren't exactly pushovers as they possess a good defence. However, the good news for Leinart and the Texans is that all-world receiver Andre Johnson finally returns to action.
8.CHICAGO BEARS [up from 9]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: Won five
As I said in CBCSports.ca's NFL roundtable, the loss of Jay Cutler to a broken thumb hurts, but the Bears can overcome it with a strong defence and a sound running game. Backup Caleb Hanie, who made a respectable showing in last year's NFC championship game, just needs to make the throws when he has to and nothing more.
9. DETROIT LIONS [up from 10]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: Won one
The return of running back Kevin Smith saw the Lions actually produce on the ground. Smith ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns against Carolina, and could be a vital piece to Detroit's stretch run.
10. DALLAS COWBOYS [up from 13]
Overall record: 6-4
Streak: Won three
Tony Romo has thrown 12 touchdowns passes and only two interceptions in his last six games. If he keeps this up, head coach Jason Garrett might actually start trusting him more. I know, cheap shot but I couldn't resist.
11. N.Y. GIANTS [down from 6]
Overall record: 6-4
Streak: Lost two
The Giants really blew a chance to stay ahead of the Cowboys. Despite the loss Philly, the race for the NFC East title will come down to New York and Dallas, who will still play one another twice in the final six weeks.
12.CINCINNATI BENGALS [down from 11]
Overall record: 6-4
Streak: Lost two
Two tough losses to the Steelers and Ravens have put Cincinnati behind the eight ball in the AFC North, yet the Bengals remain in the hunt for a wild-card spot.
13. ATLANTA FALCONS [up from 14]
Overall record: 6-4
Streak: Won one
The Falcons got a scare from Tennessee, which almost rallied from a 20-point deficit. However, Atlanta stays within striking distance of New Orleans while maintaining a solid footing in the NFC wild-card race.
14. OAKLAND RAIDERS [up from 15]
Overall record: 6-4
Streak: Won two
The Raiders did what they were expected to do - beat a down and out Minnesota team to stay one game ahead in the AFC West. The victory couldn't have come at a better time as the red-hot Bears come for a visit on Sunday.
15. DENVER BRONCOS [up from 20]
Overall record: 5-5
Streak: Won three
The rest of the football world can talk about Tim Tebow all they want. I'm more interested in bringing up the fact that Denver's defence has been mainly responsible for four of the last five wins. Rookie Von Miller has been outstanding, piling up 9.5 sacks in 10 games. There were many critics who chastised the Broncos for taking Miller with the second overall pick, opting to pass on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. But who's laughing now?
16. N.Y. JETS [down from 12]
Overall record: 5-5
Streak: Lost two
It's almost three full seasons and quarterback Mark Sanchez is as inconsistent as he was during his rookie season. I'd worry, Jets fans.
17. TENNESSEE TITANS [unchanged]
Overall record: 5-5
Streak: Lost one
Titans coach Mike Munchak blamed RB Chris Johnson's trouble against the Falcons on some bad offensive line play. Blame whoever you want, Mike, but your team has no identity if it can't run the football.
18. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES [up from 21]
Overall record: 4-6
Streak: Won one
Where was this defensive effort earlier in the season? The talent is definitely there, it's getting this unit to play well on a weekly basis that's driving head coach Andy Reid insane.
19. BUFFALO BILLS [down from 17]
Overall record: 5-5
Streak: Lost three
The Bills are losing more players by the week and have one more shot at redemption against the Jets. They can kiss their playoff hopes goodbye should they fall in New York.
20. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS [down from 18]
Overall record: 4-6
Streak: Lost five
I was at Soldier Field in Chicago for the Chargers' fifth straight loss. I'm here to tell you that I still don't have a clue of what's going on in Philip Rivers' head when he drops back to pass. It's hard to fathom a Pro Bowl QB taking a dramatic slide.
21. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS [down from 19]
Overall record: 4-6
Streak: Lost four
The troubles in Tampa Bay go way beyond the inconsistencies with quarterback Josh Freeman. This team can't stop the run or pass, making it impossible for any hope of a post-season this year.
22. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS [up from 23]
Overall record: 4-6
Streak: Won two
It's been a rough season for the Seahawks, but a peek into their final six games suggest they could actually finish the year at .500. Not bad for a team still searching for a franchise QB.
23. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS [down from 22]
Overall record: 4-6
Streak: Lost three
Now you start to wonder if time is ticking down on Todd Haley's coaching career in Kansas City.
24. CLEVELAND BROWNS [up from 27]
Overall record: 4-6
Streak: Won one
Some felt the Browns reached for defensive tackle Phil Taylor in the draft but the Baylor standout is having himself a nice season. He registered another nine tackles against the Jaguars in a Browns' victory.
25. MIAMI DOLPHINS [up from 30]
Overall record: 3-7
Streak: Won three
Despite the three-game winning streak, there will be house-cleaning in Miami, and it should start with GM Jeff Ireland and end with head coach Tony Sparano.
26. ARIZONA CARDINALS [down from 24]
Overall record: 3-7
Streak: Lost one
There was no way the Cardinals were going to walk out of San Francisco with a win. The Cards are in a desperate search for stability at the quarterback position.
27. WASHINGTON REDSKINS [down from 25]
Overall record: 3-7
Streak: Lost six
"The way I'm playing right now, they need to go and cut me, because I'm definitely not worth what I'm getting." Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall told reporters after his team's overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Kind of says it all, doesn't it?
28. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS [up from 26]
Overall record: 3-7
Streak: Lost one
The Jaguars rank fifth in points allowed but it doesn't matter when the inept offence can only manage to score less than 13 points a game.
29. MINNESOTA VIKINGS [down from 28]
Overall record: 2-8
Streak: Lost two
Running back Adrian Peterson should consider himself lucky. It looked like he broke his ankle against the Raiders. Instead, Peterson has an ankle sprain, thus avoiding months of rehab.
30. CAROLINA PANTHERS [down from 29]
Overall record: 2-8
Streak: Lost three
The Panthers had their chances to pull off the upset in Detroit but they just couldn't close the deal. I suspect things will be different when they play Indianapolis this weekend.
31. ST. LOUIS RAMS [unchanged]
Overall record: 2-8
Streak: Lost one
How many could've predicted at the beginning of the season that the Rams would have the worst offence in the NFL. I mean, they're worse than the Jaguars.
32. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS [unchanged]
Overall record: 0-10
Streak: Lost 10
The Colts concluded their bye week so let the losing continue.

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