2011 NFL Power Rankings #11

With Green Bay and Baltimore offering powerful defenses of their lofty positions, and the Saints making an emphatic Monday night statements, we have this week’s rankings:

Rank Team W L RPI Margin PairWins
1 Packers 11 0 0.75 (1) 17.012 (1) 31
2 Ravens 8 3 0.656 (3) 13.739 (3) 30
3 Patriots 8 3 0.632 (5) 14.462 (2) 28
4 Saints 8 3 0.645 (4) 10.585 (6) 28
5 49ers 9 2 0.66 (2) 12.266 (5) 28
6 Texans 8 3 0.621 (7) 13.154 (4) 25
7 Steelers 8 3 0.63 (6) 8.767 (9) 25
8 Bears 7 4 0.58 (8) 10.32 (7) 23
9 Lions 7 4 0.574 (9) 9.669 (8) 23
10 Bengals 7 4 0.571 (10) 6.797 (12) 20
11 Cowboys 7 4 0.567 (11) 7.808 (10) 20
12 Falcons 7 4 0.559 (12) 6.327 (13) 19
13 Broncos 6 5 0.543 (14) 1.465 (20) 18
14 Raiders 7 4 0.558 (13) 1.531 (19) 17
15 Jets 6 5 0.532 (15) 6.881 (11) 16
16 Titans 6 5 0.512 (17) 4.039 (16) 16
17 Bills 5 6 0.481 (18) 2.129 (17) 14
18 Eagles 4 7 0.436 (21) 4.641 (14) 12
19 Giants 6 5 0.52 (16) 1.973 (18) 11
20 Seahawks 4 7 0.442 (20) -0.18 (23) 11
21 Chargers 4 7 0.42 (23) 0.591 (21) 10
22 Bucs 4 7 0.445 (19) -0.615 (24) 10
23 Jaguars 3 8 0.386 (27) 0.164 (22) 9
24 Redskins 4 7 0.417 (24) -1.002 (25) 7
25 Dolphins 3 8 0.376 (28) 4.161 (15) 5
26 Chiefs 4 7 0.412 (25) -8.062 (30) 5
27 Browns 4 7 0.399 (26) -2.347 (27) 4
28 Cardinals 4 7 0.433 (22) -2.486 (28) 4
29 Vikings 2 9 0.355 (30) -2.834 (29) 2
30 Panthers 3 8 0.361 (29) -1.466 (26) 2
31 Rams 2 9 0.331 (31) -8.069 (31) 1
32 Colts 0 11 0.238 (32) -12.582 (32) 0

Last week we discussed the quarterback challenges facing Houston and Chicago.  For Houston, with Matt Leinart going out for the season, it got a lot worse.  For Chicago, Haine just did not play well.  That said, both teams were competitive anyway – and the Texans might still be in the drivers seat in their division anyway.  The Bears fortunately do not have to win those games again, but with Atlanta and the Giants still around as viable, the sharks are starting to close in.

8 Toughest Schedules (Opp W/L, Opp SoS x OppOpp SoS)

  1. Tampa Bay Bucs (66-44, .549)
  2. Detroit Lions (63-47, .542)
  3. Chicago Bears (60-50, .533)
  4. Baltimore Ravens (62-48, .531)
  5. Denver Broncos (61-49, .528)
  6. New York Jets (59-51, .527)
  7. Minnesota Vikings (60-50, .521)
  8. San Diego Chargers (57-53, .513)

8 Easiest Schedules To Date

  1. Saint Louis Rams (55-55, .486)
  2. Carolina Panthers (51-59, .477)
  3. Indianapolis Colts (51-59, .475)
  4. New York Giants (50-60, .474)
  5. Kansas City Chiefs (47-63, .474)
  6. Cleveland Browns (49-61, .471)
  7. Washington Redskins (47-63, .457)
  8. Arizona Cardinals (45-65, .457)

At this point with 5 games to go, the playoff picture keeps getting clearer:

AFC East: Patriots 2 games clear with an easy schedule left.  They are in, the only question is how high.

AFC South: Texans have the QB problems, but 2 games up on the Titans.  This is not impossible to collapse, but the division still feels ok.

AFC North: Ravens have effectively a 1 game lead on Pittsburgh with the tiebreak.  Really hard to envision either of them missing the playoffs.

AFC West: Raiders v Broncos for 1-spot.  Denver’s defense has been brilliant, but feels like Oakland HAS to have this right?

Wild Card: If the Steelers are going to get a Wild Card, that leaves the Broncos, the Jets, the Titans and the Bills fighting for one spot

NFC East: Cowboys have the schedule advantage and now a 1-game lead.

NFC North: Packers look good.  The Bears and Lions are still in excellent shape at 7-4.

NFC South: Falcons are in the WC chase.  Could they catch the Saints?  Nominally yes, but I doubt it.

NFC West: 49ers.  Done and done.  The division is so bad that it is hard to envision them missing a bye.

Wild Card: Really it is the Bears, Lions and Falcons and Giants for two positions.  The Bears and Lions seem to have the edges here, but the injury to Cutler really hurts.

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