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2008 Week 11 NFL Power Ratings

An Archive of the Bankroll Sports Handicapping Columnists' Week Eleven NFL Power Ratings After the Tenth Week of play in the 2008 Season.

2008 Week 11 NFL Power Rankings
(Dated: November 11 - 16, 2008)

1. Tennessee Titans (9-0) – The Titans were 21-14 winners over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The win for Tennessee, moved them to 9-0 on the season. In the win on Sunday, Kerry Collins led the Titans offense, throwing for 289 yards and two touchdown passes. The Titans offense, which is typically led by the running game, was limited to just 20 yards, but still came away with their ninth straight win. Titans tight end Bo Scaife caught ten passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Titans are only allowing 12.9 points per game, which is the lowest in all the NFL. The Titans will head to divisional foe; Jacksonville on Sunday.

2. New York Giants (8-1) – The Giants remain # 2 in the rankings with a 36-31 win over divisional foe Philadelphia. In the win, the Giants turned the ball over two times, but were penalized only four times, in the win. Brandon Jacobs ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the game, and quarterback Eli Manning threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants are now 8-1 and two full games ahead of the Washington Redskins. On the year, the Giants are 3-1 when playing in road games. On Sunday, New York will host the Baltimore Ravens.

3. Carolina Panthers (7-2) – The Panthers did not look pretty on Sunday, but came away with another win; their seventh of the year with a 17-6 decision over Oakland. Quarterback Jake Delhomme threw four interceptions, but the Panthers defense did not allow an Oakland touchdown in the win. The win for Carolina moved them to a full game ahead of Tampa Bay and Atlanta in the NFC South. The Panthers will host the 0-9 Detroit Lions on Sunday. In home games this season, Carolina is 5-0; with wins over Chicago, Kansas City, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Arizona. The Panthers moved up one position from # 4 to # 3.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took Sunday off, but moved up one position from # 5 to # 4. Tampa Bay is 6-3 overall, and trail Carolina in the NFC South by just a game. Atlanta is also one game back. Leading Tampa Bay, quarterback Jeff Garcia has completed 137 of 200 passes for 1363 yards and five touchdowns. The Buccaneers have scored 200 points in nine games, and allowed 147 on the year. The Bucs will take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at home. In home games this year at Raymond James Stadium; Tampa Bay has not been beat in four games.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) – The Steelers fall from # 3 to # 5 after their 24-20 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday. In the loss, the Colts rushed for a game winning touchdown with just over 3:00 to go in the game, to put them ahead to stay. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted three times on the game, and did not throw a touchdown pass. The loss sent the Steelers into a tie with Baltimore at the top of the AFC North division. On the year Pittsburgh has just scored 198 points, but allowed just 140. The Steelers will host the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Pittsburgh is 2-2 when playing at Heinz Field this season.

6. Washington Redskins (6-3) – The Redskins are two games back of the New York Giants in the NFC East. The Redskins three losses this season have come to the Giants, Rams and Steelers. Jason Campbell, the quarterback for Washington has thrown for over 200 yards in five of his nine starts. Running back Clinton Portis has ran for 995 yards and seven touchdowns. His status is in doubt this week, with a nagging injury to his knee. The Redskins will take on the Dallas Cowboys in a key NFC East match up on Sunday. Washington is 3-2 when at home this year with losses to St. Louis and Pittsburgh. Washington remains at # 6 during their bye week.

7. Atlanta Falcons (6-3) – The Atlanta Falcons continue their impressive 2008 season with their sixth win of the season on Sunday. In the 34-20 win over New Orleans, running back Michael Turner ran for 96 yards, he has now ran for 890 yards on the year. Rookie quarterback Matt Ryan continues to shine, completing 149 of 250 passes for 1909 yards and 11 touchdowns. On the year the Falcons have scored 211 points and allowed 174. Atlanta is tied in second place in the NFC South, trailing Carolina by just a game. The Falcons will host the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Atlanta is 4-0 in home games played this season.

8. New England Patriots (6-3) – The Patriots have slowed climbed up the power rankings, moving up to # 8, from # 9 last week. New England has won three of four games; including a Sunday 20-10 win over Buffalo. In the win Matt Cassell threw for 234 yards and running back BenJarvus Green Ellis ran for 105 yards on 26 carries. The win for New England moved them into a first place tie with the Jets in the AFC East. The Patriots and the Jets will battle on Thursday night for the right to the outright lead in the division. The Patriots are 4-1 at home on the year.

9. Arizona Cardinals (6-3) – The Arizona Cardinals escaped on Monday night, with a 29-24 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals were able to stuff San Francisco’s offense from inside the three-yard line twice to end the game. The win moved Arizona to 6-3, and a full four games ahead of the Niners, Rams, and Seahawks. Arizona got 328 yards and three touchdown passes from their quarterback Kurt Warner. The Cardinals were held to just 46 yards on the ground in the game. Arizona will take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in another NFC West battle. The win moved Arizona up from # 11 to # 9.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) - The Eagles fell from # 7 last week to # 10 this week with their loss on Sunday night to the Giants. In the loss, Donovan McNabb threw for 194 yards and three touchdowns, and also one interception. DeSean Jackson ran for a touchdown, and also gained 61 yards via the air. The Eagles are now tied with Dallas at the bottom of the NFC East; one game behind Washington and three behind the Giants. The Eagles, coming off a 8-8 season last year are looking to find one of the six NFC playoff spots in 2008. The last time the Eagles finished under .500 was in 2005, when they finished 6-10.

11. Dallas Cowboys (5-4) – The Dallas Cowboys are coming off the bye, hoping to look a little more impressive in their last seven games. Sunday night is a huge game for Dallas, as they travel to divisional foe Washington. The Redskins beat the Cowboys earlier in the year. Dallas, with a win would move into a tie for second place with the Redskins in the NFC East. The Cowboys on the year have been outscored 219-216. Tony Romo is questionable for Sunday’s game with an injured finger. The Cowboys during the bye week moved up one spot from # 12 to # 11.

12. Indianapolis Colts (5-4) – The Indianapolis Colts came away with their second huge win in a row on Sunday. The Colts got a late touchdown to go ahead and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20 on Sunday. In the win, Peyton Manning threw threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns. The Colts were limited to just 62 total rushing yards, but their defense held the Steelers to 55 on the ground. Indianapolis is still four games behind Tennessee in the AFC South. The Colts will take on the Houston Texans on Sunday; the Colts beat the Texans 31-27 in week five.

13. Baltimore Ravens (6-3) – The Baltimore Ravens have won four in a row, and tied the Steelers atop the AFC North. With the win on Sunday, the Ravens move up four spots from # 17 to # 13. Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 15 of 23, for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Houston. On the year Flacco has completed 151 of 243 passes for 1649 yards and seven touchdowns. Ravens defensive stud Ray Lewis picked off two passes to lead the tough Baltimore “D”. The defense has allowed just 150 points on the year. Baltimore will travel to the defending champion New York Giants on Sunday, Baltimore is 3-2 on the road.

14. New York Jets (6-3) – The New York Jets, by winning three straight games have positioned themselves atop the AFC East. Tied with New England, the Jets are one game ahead of the Bills and Dolphins; with all teams above .500. Brett Favre only threw for 167 yards on Sunday, but New York still managed to score 47 points on the hapless Rams. Thomas Jones, the Jets running back ran for three touchdowns, and 149 yards on the day. The Jets have scored 255 points on the season; which ranks at the top of the AFC. The Jets will play a huge AFC tilt on Thursday against the Patriots. The Jets are 4-1 when playing on the road this season. New York moves up two spots from # 16 to # 14.

15. Buffalo Bills (5-4) – The Buffalo Bills have lost three straight games, and fallen from the top of the AFC East, to a tie with the Miami Dolphins. The Bills and Dolphins trail the Jets and Patriots by just a game in the loaded East. The Bills three losses in a row have come to the Dolphins, Jets and Patriots; with their fourth loss coming in week five at Arizona. Trent Edwards threw for just 120 yards in the loss on Sunday, in which he was picked off twice. The Bills have scored 192 and allowed 189 points on the season. The Bills will take on the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night football. Buffalo is 3-1 in home games this season. The Bills have fallen five spots from # 10 to # 15.

16. Chicago Bears (5-4) – The first of three straight NFC North teams in the rankings; the Chicago Bears. The Bears were a 21-14 victim to the 9-0 Tennessee Titans on Sunday. In the loss, Chicago allowed Tennessee just 20 rushing yards, but the Bears offense was only able to compile 78 of their own yards on the ground. The Bears got 20 of 37 passing from Rex Grossman, for 173 yards, a touchdown and interception. The Bears are tied with Minnesota atop the NFC North. The Bears will travel to Green Bay on Sunday. In road games this season, the Bears have won two, and lost two. Chicago drops from # 13 to # 16 after the loss.

17. Minnesota Vikings (5-4) – The Minnesota Vikings picked up a very nice 28-27 win on Sunday. Adrian Peterson picked up 200 total yards of offense and ran for a game-winning touchdown with just over 2:00 to go. The win moved the Vikings into a first place tie with Chicago atop the NFC North. On the year, the Vikings are being outscored 215-210. The Vikings five wins this season has come over Carolina, New Orleans, Detroit, Houston and Green Bay. On Sunday the Vikings will take on the 6-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Minnesota is 1-3 on the road this season. With the win on Sunday, Minnesota moves up two spots from # 19 to # 17.

18. Green Bay Packers (4-5) – The Packers led 27-21 with 3:00+ to go Sunday only to see Adrian Peterson rush for a game winning touchdown. The loss sent the Packers to 4-5 and a full game behind Minnesota and Chicago in the NFC North. The Packers offense allowed the Vikings to pick up two safeties on Sunday. On the year Green Bay is outscoring their opponents 237-206. The loss on Sunday dropped Green Bay from # 15 to # 18 in the power rankings. On Sunday the Packers will take on current NFC North co-leaders the Chicago Bears. The Packers will be hosting the game at Lambeau Field, a place they are 2-2 at, this season.

19. Miami Dolphins (5-4) – The AFC East has a new contender in the division. Sitting just one game behind New England and New York; the Miami Dolphins are right in the thick of things. Sunday’s win a 21-19 win over Seattle was the second straight for the Dolphins, after winning week nine 26-17 over Denver. For Miami, Chad Pennington has thrown for over 200 yards in each of his last six games. On the season, the Dolphins are outscoring opponents 192-182. On Sunday, the Dolphins will take on the Oakland Raiders at home. Miami is 3-2 this season when playing at home. The win moves Miami up from # 20 to # 19.

20. Denver Broncos (5-4) – Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 447 yards and three touchdown passes on Thursday night in the 34-30 win over Cleveland. Wide Receiver Eddie Royal caught six passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. The win for Denver snapped there three game losing streak; losses to Jacksonville, New England and Miami. Opponents 251-224 on the year are outscoring the Broncos. On Sunday the Broncos will take on the red-hot 6-3 Atlanta Falcons. Denver is 2-2 when they are playing away from Mile High Stadium. The win on Sunday moved Denver from # 21 to # 20.

21. San Diego Chargers (4-5) – The Chargers snapped a two game losing by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 20-19. After getting back to 3-3 on the year San Diego fell to Buffalo and New Orleans in back to back weeks. In the win on Sunday, quarterback Phillip Rivers threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. The win kept San Diego just a game behind Denver in the AFC West. San Diego has outscored opponents 244-218 on the year. The Chargers will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road on Sunday. In road games so far this season, the Chargers are 1-4, with their lone win coming at Oakland in week four. The Chargers moved up one position from # 22 to # 21.

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) – The Jacksonville Jaguars got a win under their belt on Sunday and moved up two spots from # 24 to # 22. After two straight losses to Cleveland and Cincinnati, the Jaguars knocked off Detroit 38-14 on Sunday. In the win, quarterback David Garrard threw for 238 yards on 18 of 25 passing, and two touchdown passes. The Jaguars defense only allowed Detroit’s offense 256 total yards in the win. Jacksonville is 4-5 and in third place in the NFC South. The Jaguars trail the Colts by a game for second place. On Sunday, the Jaguars will take on the AFC South leader, and lone undefeated Tennessee Titans at home. Jacksonville is 3-2 in home games this season.

23. New Orleans Saints (4-5) – The Saints fall from # 18 to # 23 after their 34-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The loss sent New Orleans to three games back of the leader in the NFC South; Carolina. The Saints also trail Tampa Bay and Atlanta by two games. On the year New Orleans has outscored opponents 236-229 on the year. The four Saints wins have been over; Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego. On Sunday the Saints will travel to the 1-8 Kansas City Chiefs. On the year, the Saints are 0-4 when playing on the road.

24. Cleveland Browns (3-6) – The Cleveland Browns have lost two straight games after their win at Jacksonville, in which they felt had straightened them out. The Browns are coming off 37-27 loss to Baltimore and then a Thursday night 34-30 loss to Denver. Brady Quinn got his first start at quarterback and threw for 239 yards in the loss. The Browns are now three games behind the co-leaders in the AFC North; Pittsburgh and Baltimore. The Browns will travel to Buffalo on Monday night to take on the Bills. The Browns are 2-2 so far this year on the road. The Browns move down one position from # 23 to # 24.

25. Houston Texans (3-6) – The Houston Texans were 41-13 victims to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. The loss was the second straight for Houston after winning three straight. The Texans are now alone at the bottom of the AFC South, trailing Jacksonville by a game. The Texans are being out scored on the year 254-209. The Texans are without quarterback Matt Schaub, who had completed 154 of 227 passes for 1762 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Texans will travel to Indianapolis on Sunday. Earlier in the year, Houston was a 31-27 loser against the Colts. Despite the loss, Houston remains # 25.

26. Oakland Raiders (2-7) – The Oakland Raiders picked off four passes from Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, but the offense could not get in the endzone, as the Panthers knocked off Oakland 17-6 on Sunday. The Raiders offense managed 259 total yards, but were not able to get it into the end zone. Oakland has now lost three straight games; at Baltimore, and with Atlanta and Carolina. The Raiders are 2-7, and just a game ahead of Kansas City for last place in the AFC West. Oakland will travel to Miami on Sunday, before going to Denver on November 23rd. The Raiders are 1-4 thus far on the road. The Raiders remain # 26 in the power rankings.

27. Seattle Seahawks (2-7) – The Seahawks remain at # 27 with a 21-19 loss to Miami. The loss drops Seattle to 2-7, and remain in a tie with St. Louis and San Francisco, well behind the division leader; Arizona. In the loss on Sunday, Seattle’s quarterback Seneca Wallace threw for 185 yards, and a touchdown, but it was not enough as Miami came away with the two point win. The Seahawks have been outscored 231-170 on the season thus far in nine games. Seattle hosts Washington on Sunday. The Seahawks are 1-3 at home with a win over St. Louis, and losses to San Francisco, Green Bay, and Philadelphia.

28. San Francisco 49ers (2-7) – Despite the loss on Monday Night, the San Francisco 49ers moved up one position from # 29 to # 28. The Niners led throughout the game Monday, giving up a late touchdown to the Arizona Cardinals. The loss dropped San Fran to 2-7 on the year, and still tied with Seattle and St. Louis, four games behind Arizona. The 49ers have been outscored on the year; 195-259. San Francisco has lost six straight games, and is 0-2 under new head coach Mike Singletary. The San Francisco 49ers will take on the divisional opponent- St. Louis Rams at home on Sunday. The 49ers are 1-4 in home games this season.

29. Cincinnati Bengals (1-8) – Despite not playing on Sunday, the Bengals moved up one spot from # 30 to # 29. The Bengals are coming off their first win of the season; a 21-19 win over Jacksonville. The Bengals sit at the bottom of the AFC North, trailing Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cleveland. The Bengals have been without quarterback Carson Palmer for most of the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick has filled in, completing 103 of 166 yards for 789 yards and four touchdowns. Cincinnati will take on the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at home.

30. Kansas City Chiefs (1-8) – The Kansas City Chiefs are the kings of playing close ball games. A week after falling in overtime to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; in a game in which they led most through most of the game; Kansas City was a 20-19 victim to San Diego on Sunday. The Chiefs scored a touchdown with: 23 remaining, then elected to go for two, only to be stuffed by the San Diego defense. The Chiefs are now 1-8 on the season. The Chiefs are behind Denver, San Diego and Oakland within the NFC West. In nine games play the Chiefs have scored just 145 points, and allowed 243. Kansas City will host the New Orleans Saints this Sunday. Despite the loss, Kansas City moved up one spot from # 31 to # 30.

31. St. Louis Rams (2-7) – The Rams felt like they were heading in the right direction when they won the first two games of new coach Jim Haslett’s term in St. Louis. Since those two wins, St. Louis has fallen in three straight games with the most disappointing coming on Sunday in New York. The Jets led the Rams at halftime 40-0, and went on to win 47-3. The Rams allowed the Jets 373 total yards of offense, but more importantly the St. Louis offense turned the ball over five times; including three fumbles and two interceptions. The Rams were without star running back Steven Jackson for the second straight week. Jackson is expected to miss week 11 as well. St. Louis will face inter divisional foe San Francisco on the road on Sunday. The Rams fall to # 31 from their spot at # 28 last week.

32. Detroit Lions (0-9) – The Detroit Lions remain the only NFL winless team after a 38-14 defeat at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. In the loss, the Lions offense was held to 256 total yards of offense. Detroit’s lone bright spot was running back Kevin Smith, who ran for 96 yards on 23 carries, plus a touchdown. The Lions sit five games behind the co-leaders in the NF North; the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. The Lions are being outscored on the season 277-151, with their offense scoring the fifth least amount of points in all of football. Detroit will travel to 7-2 Carolina on Sunday, and then host Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Minnesota in consecutive weeks.

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