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NFL Power Rankings Following Week 11: Ravens, Browns Rise



Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns are two of the biggest risers in this week's NFL Power Rankings

The top team from each conference met on Monday Night Football in a rematch of last season’s Super Bowl. This time it was Philadelphia Eagles prevailing, making it four weeks in a row atop the NFL Power Rankings. On the opposite end of the spectrum the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals became the first teams to clinch a losing record this season. Each registered their ninth loss of 2023 in Week 11.

Once again, these NFL Power Rankings are not based on hypotheticals, potential or feelings. These rankings are based on reality. As Bill Parcells noted, “you are what your record says you are.” The three teams with fewer than three losses deserve to be up top, which they are. Likewise, the three teams with fewer than three wins should take up the rear, which they do.

With that in mind, the NFL Power Rankings from Patriots Football Now

32. Carolina Panthers (1-9)

Despite being competitive in recent weeks, Carolina was no match for Dallas on Sunday. The Cowboys controlled from start to finish, winning 33-10. QB Bryce Young continued to struggle. He completed 16-of-29 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Young also committed two turnovers (interception, fumble), which the Panthers defense failed to force any of their own. CB Troy Hill led the Panthers defense with eight tackles, one tackle for loss, and three passes defended. The loss leaves Carolina sitting in the basement of the NFL Power Rankings for the second straight week.

31. Arizona Cardinals (2-9)

QB Kyler Murray led the Cardinals to a win in his return a week ago, but this past weekend the Cardinals came back to earth. Arizona fell to Houston 21-16. Murray connected with Rondale Moore on a 48-yard touchdown pass on their opening drive, but failed to keep the momentum going. Murray finished the game 20-of-30 for 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 51 yards and another score. Safety Jalen Thompson was one of three Cardinals with an interception, and he also added six tackles and a sack in defeat.

30. New England Patriots (2-8)

New England headed enjoyed a bye week. They bring their three-game losing streak to New Jersey to play the Giants on Sunday.

29. Chicago Bears (3-8)

It looked like the Bears were going to win for the second week in a row, but a late Lions comeback did them in. A field goal with 4:20 remaining in the fourth quarter gave Chicago a 26-14 lead. But by the end of regulation, Detroit had pulled off a 31-26 victory. QB Justin Fields returned and had some great moments. He passed for 169 yards on 16-of-23 passing, with one touchdown and no interceptions. He also rushed for 104 yards on 18 carries. It was a historic loss, as Chicago became the first team in NFL history to have over 40 minutes in time of possession, and a +3 turnover differential, and still lose. Those teams are now 48-1.

28. New York Giants (3-8)

The Giants completed a season sweep of their NFC East rivals from Washington. Tommy DeVito got the start at QB for New York and played great. The Rookie UDFA was 18-for-26 passing for 246 yards, three touchdowns, and no turnovers. RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 83 yards. He also caught four passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Defense was led by Kayvon Thibodeau (2.0 sacks) and Isaiah Simmons, who had the game-clinching pick-six on Washington’s final drive.

27. Tennessee Titans (3-7)

Mike Vrabel’s squad has lost three straight and five-of-six. By the time the Titans were able to generate some offense, they were trailing 27-0. Tennessee ultimately fell to Jacksonville 34-14. The Jaguars controlled time of possession, and the Titans didn’t help their own cause by losing two fumbles. QB Will Levis completed 13-of-17 passes for 158 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions (he did lose one of the fumbles). These are solid numbers in a victory, but not a 20-point loss.

26. Washington Commanders (4-7)

The Commanders were swept by the Giants this season. If they had reversed the results in those games, Washington would be sitting at 6-5. Instead, they are 4-7 and it looks like they will extend their streak of not winning a playoff game since 2005. QB Sam Howell threw three interceptions, including a pick-six on the final drive that sealed the Commanders fate in the 31-19 loss. Brian Mayo was a bright spot for the defense. The linebacker had six tackles, three for loss, and 2.0 sacks.

25. New York Jets (4-6)

After winning three games in a row, the Jets have now lost three straight. New York’s offense was a disaster. The Jets amassed only 155 total yards, allowed six sacks, threw two interceptions, and lost two fumbles. QB Zach Wilson was replaced by Tim Boyle, who has already been tapped to start for the Jets this week. They converted zero third downs the entire game. This all added up to a 32-6 Bills win in Buffalo.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6)

After beginning the season 3-1, Tampa Bay los 5-of-6 to fall to 4-6 on the year. The Buccaneers offensive attack was pass-heavy once again. QB Baker Mayfield completed 29-of-45 passes for 246 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also lost a fumble. Safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. had 15 tackles in the loss, but Tampa Bay struggled slowing down the 49ers. More concerning was the defense’s inability to slow down San Francisco, as Tamps Bay fell 27-14. Like the Jets, the Buccaneers have quickly gone from nearing the top of the NFL Power Rankings, to approaching the bottom.

23. Los Angeles Chargers (4-6)

The Chargers continued. their 2023 pattern in Week 11. They lost two, won two, lost two, won two, and their loss on Sunday was their second in a row. Perhaps this is a positive sign for their Sunday Night Football game against the Ravens this coming weekend. After Green Bay scored the go-ahead touchdown, Los Angeles had two more offensive possessions to at least tie the game. They went three-and-out, and then turned the ball over on downs. The Packers held on to win 23-20. QB Justin Herbert put up good passing numbers (21-of-36, 260 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions) while also leading the team with 73 rushing yards. But on those last two drives, Herberts went 2-of-7 for 10 yards. WR Keenan Allen continued his impressive season with 10 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. LB Khalil Mack had eight solo tackles and 2.0 sacks. DE Joey Bosa left the game with a sprained foot and did not return.

22. Los Angeles Rams (4-6)

The Rams completed a season-sweep of their NFL West rivals with a 17-16 win over the Seahawks in Los Angeles. Seattle led 13-0 in the second quarter, and 16-7 entering the fourth. QB Matthew Stafford was not spectacular in his return, but did enough to get the win. After WR Cooper Kupp was injured early in the game, rookie WR Puka Nacua came up big. Nacua finished with five receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. RB Royce Freeman rushed 17 times for 73 yards in the win. LB Ernest Jones led the defense with 12 tackles and half a sack. In their final possessions, the Rams converted a 22-yard field goal by Lucas Havrisik; then the Seahawks missed a 55-yard attempt with a chance to win.

21. Green Bay Packers (4-6)

Green Bay is up four spots in this week’s NFL Power Rankings after their 23-20 win over the Chargers. Packers QB Jordan Love played well and had a bit of luck on his side as well. He completed 27-of-40 passes for 322 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Love did fumble twice, but was fortunate to not lose either of them. WR Jayden Reed caught four passes for 46 yards but it was on the ground that he made his biggest splash. Reed ran the ball three times for 46 yards and a touchdown. They have a quick turnaround against a tough opponent, when they visit the Lions on Thanksgiving.

20. Atlanta Falcons (4-6)

The Falcons moved up four spots in the NFL Power Rankings while on their bye week. By the time they play the Saints on Sunday it will have been over a month since their last win (Oct. 22 vs. Tampa Bay). Atlanta will need to get things turned around quickly if they hope to salvage their 2023 season.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (5-6)

The Antonio Pierce-Aidan O’Connell Era in Las Vegas was finally handed their first defeat. The Raiders had a chance to win the game on their final possession, but an O’Connell pass was intercepted in the end zone to seal their fate. It was the third pick of the day for the rookie QB. Devante Adams (seven receptions, 82 yards) scored their lone touchdown on a 46-yard completion in the first quarter. LB Robert Spillane had 13 tackles in the loss.

18. Cincinnati Bengals (5-5)

Just as things were getting turned around in Cincinnati, they have quickly gone to bad and now worse. After a 1-3 start to the season, the Bengals won four in a row. However, after consecutive losses, and losing QB Joe Burrow to injury for the season, things are no longer looking bright for the Bengals. Cincinnati lost to Baltimore 34-20 on Thursday Night Football, and Burrow exited the contest with a season-ending wrist injury. Jake Browning replaced Burrow, and looks to be his successor moving forward.

17. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

Indianapolis enjoyed a bye week after their victory in Germany. They take a two-game win streak into this weekend, after knocking off the Panthers and Patriots.

16. New Orleans Saints (5-5)

The Saints also got to enjoy a week off in Week 11. The join the Colts, whom they defeated in Week 8, in the middle of this week’s NFL Power Rankings.

15. Denver Broncos (5-5)

No team moved further up the rankings this week than the Broncos. After a 1-4 start to the season, Russell Wilson and friends have now reeled off four consecutive wins. The latest of these was a 21-20 victory over the Vikings on Sunday Night Football. Denver drove 75 yards with 3:17 remaining in the fourth quarter for the game-winning score. Wilson found Courtland Sutton on a fourth-and-three play earlier in the drive for a 13-yard gain. He then found Sutton again for a fantastic 15-yard touchdown that proved to be the winner. LB Alex Singleton led the defense with 16 tackles (11 solo).

14. Minnesota Vikings (6-5)

Minnesota’s four-game win streak came to an end against the Broncos on Sunday Night Football, but they remain over .500 and in the playoff hunt. QB Joshua Dobbs fumbled three times, but only lost one. He also threw an interception, and the two turnovers were too much to overcome in a one-point loss to the Broncos. DE Danielle Hunter recorded another sack, giving him 12.0 on the season, second in the NFL.

13. Buffalo Bills (6-5)

Buffalo got back over .500 in their first game with Joe Brady as the new offensive coordinator. They dominated the Jets from start to finish in a 32-6 Bills win. QB Josh Allen threw for 275 and three touchdowns, including an 81-yard score to Khalil Shakir. DE Leonard Floyd had 2.5 sacks, leading a defense that cost Jets QB Zach Wilson his job. Buffalo’s defense held New York’s offense to 155 total yards, and the Jets went 0-for-11 on third-down conversions.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)

Pittsburgh has largely been overachievers this season, but they couldn’t overcome Cleveland on Sunday. Neither team generated much offense in the game, but the Browns did enough to pull off the 13-10 victory. QB Kenny Pickett struggled with accuracy all day, finishing 15-of-28 for 106 yards. RB Jaylen Warren was the lone bright spot on offense, with 129 yards on nine carries, including a 74-yard touchdown run to start the second half. LB Elandon Roberts was the game’s leading tackler with 15 (11 solo).

11. Seattle Seahawks (6-4)

A one-point loss to the Rams knocks the Seahawks out of the top ten. PK Jason Myers hit field goals from 54, 43, and 52 yards, but his 55-yard attempt as time expired missed badly. QB Geno Smith left injured, but returned before the game was through. He finished 22-of-34 for 233 yards, a touchdown, and no turnovers. WR DK Metcalf had five catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.

10. Houston Texans (6-4)

Three straight wins has landed the surprising Texans in the top ten of the NFL Power Rankings. QB C.J. Stroud threw three interceptions, but made up for it with enough big plays to get the victory. The Rookie of the Year favorite finished 27-of-37 for 336 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to the three picks. WR Tank Dell was Stroud’s favorite target, finishing with eight receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. RB Devin Singletary helped out with 112 yards rushing and a touchdown in the 21-16 win over Arizona. LB Blake Cashman had another huge game. He led the defense with 19 tackles (13 solo), a sack, and two TFL.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3)

A week after Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said Trevor Lawrence was holding back the offense, the Jacksonville QB won AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Lawrence beat the Titans with his arm and his legs. He completed 75% of his passes (24-of-32) for 262 and two touchdowns. He also ran for another two scores in their 34-14 win. WR Calvin Ridley was on the receiving end of both TD passes, and finished with seven receptions and 103 yards. They play Houston in a battle of top ten teams in Week 12.

8. Dallas Cowboys (7-3)

Over their last five games, Dallas is 4-1. Their only loss in that time was a five-point loss to the one-loss Eagles. The Cowboys easily took care of business in Week 11, trouncing the Panthers 33-10. QB Dak Prescott threw two touchdowns, and RB Tony Pollard ran for another, but it was the defense that stole the show. LB Micah Parsons had 2.5 sacks against Carolina. DB DaRon Bland tied an NFL record by returning his fourth touchdown of the season for a touchdown. The Cowboys will have a fast turnaround this week, as they host their annual Thanksgiving game against the Washington Commanders.

7. San Francisco 49ers (7-3)

The bye did the 49ers some good, as they have come out with consecutive wins after having dropped three in a row. San Francisco got perfect play, at least according to QB Rating, from Brock Purdy on Sunday. He completed 88% of his passes (21-for-25), amassing 333 yards and three touchdowns in the process. It provided more than enough offense in their 27-14 win over Tampa Bay. RB Christian McCaffrey had 103 yards-from-scrimmage and a touchdown. WR Brandon Aiyuk had 156 yards receiving, including a 76-yard touchdown. LB Fred Warner continued his stellar season with 11 tackles (10 solo) in a winning effort.

6. Cleveland Browns (7-3)

Cleveland’s defense remained impressive in a 13-10 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday. They limited the Steelers to 77 net yards passing. DE Myles Garrett led the effort with 2.0 sacks, giving him an NFL-leading 13.0 in 2023. The Browns other defensive end, Ogbo Okoronkwo also had a monster game, with four tackles for loss and a sack. Rookie QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson did not play great in place of Deshaun Watson (out for the season) but did enough to get the win and likely earn another start in Week 12. With Watson and RB Nick Chubb both out for the season, Cleveland will need somebody to step on offense to help keep them a contender down the homestretch.

5. Miami Dolphins (7-3)

Mike McDaniel’s squad used their bye week to regroup from their loss to the Chiefs in Germany. They came out of the bye with a 20-13 win over the Raiders. QB Tua Tagovailoa threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns, but also turned the ball over twice (interception, fumble). Miami was able to overcome the turnovers thanks in part to WR Tyreek Hill and CB Jalen Ramsey. Hill finished with 10 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown, continuing to put up record-breaking numbers. Ramsey had two interceptions, including the game-saving one in the end zone on Las Vegas final drive. Jaelen Phillips (2.0 sacks, interception) also had a big game for the Dolphins defense.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3)

The Chiefs had a chance to knock off the top-ranked Eagles on Monday Night Football, and for a while it looked like they would. Kansas City led 17-7 at halftime, but could not get back on the scoreboard in the second half. As a result, Philadelphia was able to rebound for a 21-17 win. QB Patrick Mahomes completed 24-of-43 passes for 177 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. All-Pro TE Travis Kelce caught seven passes, including a touchdown, but only amassed 46 yards and lost a fumble. DL Chris Jones was a beast, totaling 2.0 sacks, and five solo tackles, including four for a loss.

3. Baltimore Ravens (8-3)

Baltimore rebounded from a loss to Cleveland with a 34-20 win over Cincinnati on Thursday Night Football. QB Lamar Jackson led a balanced offensive attack, passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson also rushed for 54 yards in the win. RB Gus Edwards rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. WR Odell Beckham, Jr. showed he can still be a primetime player, with 116 yards receiving. Linebackers Patrick Queen and Roquan Smith combined for 21 tackles to lead the defense.

2. Detroit Lions (8-2)

The Lions were in serious jeopardy of being the victims of an upset on Sunday. But ultimately, a historic performance by Chicago (see Bears statistic above) resulted in a 31-26 Detroit victory. With under three minutes to play in the game, Detroit trailed 26-14. In 2:59 the Lions reeled off 17 unanswered points to pull out the win. Having only 19:36 in time-of-possession, and committing four turnovers, should not be a recipe for success, but it managed to be one for Detroit. They will need to play significantly better moving forward to keep their winning ways going, beginning with their Thanksgiving game against Green Bay.

1. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1)

With their top-seed in the NFL Power Rankings at risk at halftime of Monday Night Football, the Eagles came back strong and pulled out the victory. Philadelphia did not play their best football of the season, but they did enough to earn the win against a very good Chiefs team on the road. The best teams figure out a way to win, and the Eagles did just that. QB Jalen Hurts had a tough game, but RB D’Andre Swift helped pick up the slack with 107 total yards and a touchdown. Safety Kevin Byard led the defense with eight solo tackles, two passes defended, and an interception.

The Philadelphia Eagles were able to hold on to their number one ranking for at least another week, and head coach Nick Sirianni certainly seemed pleased about it…