Nov. 16, 2016
Week 11 2016 NFL Power Rankings
In the power rankings after Week 10 of the 2016 NFL Season, more teams are rising, and we have a new No. 1 after the New England Patriots fell to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.
10. Detroit Lions: Detriot had a bye week, but they do host the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday.
9. Houston Texans: It took four opportunities, but the Houston Texans finally won a game on the road against the Jaguars. The 24-21 win saw Lamar Miller rush for 83 yards, Akeem Hunt rushing for 52 yards. Brock Osweiler threw for 99 yards, but he threw a pair of TDs. What's more important is that they played a game where they didn't commit any turnovers for the first time this season. The final total of yards in this game was 273. This Mondy, they play outside the country for the first NFL game in Mexico, as they take on the Oakland Raiders.
8. New York Giants: In a game where they indicted Tom Coughlin in the Ring of Honor, the New York Giants moved to 6-3 after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 21-20. Of course, Odell Beckham Jr. finished the game with 99 yards and a touchdown. The Giants will host the Chicago Bears. Expect Jay Cutler to have another rough outing.
7. Atlanta Falcons: A 24-15 defeat in Philadelphia after the Eagles defense held Julio Jones out of the end zone, despite ten passes. What was the killer for the Falcons was not having Desmond Trufant, Tevin Coleman, and Jacob Tamme throughout the duration of the game. The only touchdown of the game was by Taylor Gabriel.
6. Denver Broncos: Talk about putting panic on a team early in the game. Despite trailing in the first half, Trevor Siemian found his groove. But the talking point of the game was a blocked extra point, which led to a two-point conversion that proved to be a difference in the game.
5. Oakland Raiders had a bye week, but as I mentioned earlier, they will be playing the Houston Texans this Monday in Mexico.
4. Seattle Seahawks: A 100 percent Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a huge victory on the road against the New England Patriots. Seattle scored in seven of their nine possessions, in which three of those TD's were passing TD's came from Doug Baldwin. C.J. Prosise is starting to earn the running back job and proved to be an asset in the running and passing game. As a matter of fact, Prosise led Seattle in rushing and receiving. Philadelphia travels to Seattle and hopes to continue their momentum. But can they handle the crowd noise of CenturyLink Field? If history tells us, I don't think so.
3. Kansas City Chiefs: It was a rough first half for Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, as they were trailing 17-3 at halftime. But at the end of the day, they came back and defeated the Carolina Panthers 20-17. All eyes will be on rookie WR Tyreek Hill, who caught ten passes for 89 yards. Hill leads the Chiefs with four touchdowns this season. The Chiefs, who have won five straight games, return to Arrowhead Stadium to face a dangerous Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jameis Winston.
2. New England Patriots: Despite losing in an excellent game against the Seahawks, karma bit the Patriots in the rear end, as the game was decided at the one-yard line. New England loses their four-game winning streak. But let's get to stats, as Tom Brady threw for 316 yards. But for the first time this season, Brady was held without a touchdown pass and threw his first pick of the season. However, LeGarrette Blount had a big day with three rushing TD's. After losing to an NFC West rival on Sunday Night Football, the Patriots head to the West Coast to play a 1-8 San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers currently have an eight-game losing streak and haven't won a game since Week 1 when they defeated the Los Angeles Rams.
1. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott can not be stopped with the NFL's best offensive line. Elliott scored two rushing TD's where he was untouched in the final minutes of Sunday's contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With over 1,000 yards rushing, Elliott is poised to not only win the Offensive Rookie of the Year but the MVP title. Dallas is without a doubt the best team in the NFL with an 8-1 record, with two rookies leading the camp. The Ravens travel to Dallas for a game that the Cowboys will be the favorites. Elliott will continue his dominance, and that will be the theme at Jerry's World. Even though Baltimore has the advantage with a long week of rest, the Cowboys should have no issues playing their offensive game.