Week 11 NFL Power Rankings: Two Yutes Break Into the Top 10

The deeper we get into the 2020 NFL season, the more we’re seeing some of the younger teams in the NFL begin to rise as postseason contenders.

There’s always fresh blood on the rise. That’s what makes the league fun to watch. Still, we might be witnessing a dramatic changing of the guard with new teams that we don’t often see in the NFL.

The score next to each team reflects their average rank from one to 32 across 26 offensive and defensive statistical measures. The lower the score, the better the team.

The Cream of the crop

1. Pittsburgh Steelers – 7.27

The only undefeated team left in the 2020 season has finally clawed their way to the top of the Football from A to Z’s Power Rankings. Pittsburgh is coming off their schooling of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow in the fine points of AFC North football.

The Steelers average one point per 11.46 yards of offense, second in the league. That means Pittsburgh averages 80.2 yards of offense to score seven points. That number is more impressive when you take into account the Steelers struggles to run the ball effectively. The offense is running on the right arm of Ben Roethlisberger who has 22 touchdown passes against only four interceptions on the season.

Pittsburgh shouldn’t have problems in Jacksonville in Week 11 but face their second showdown with the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12. We’ll see how long they hold this position.

2. Kansas City Chiefs – 7.31

The Chiefs are never going to drop very far in anyone’s power ranking while Patrick Mahomes is in control of their offense.

The one weakness in Kansas City’s game remains their run defense. They are 27th in the league in rushing yards per attempt allowed and 29th in rushing first downs allowed.

The Chiefs get a chance to avenge the only loss on their record Sunday night in Lass Vegas against the Raiders.

3. Miami Dolphins – 7.38

Here is the first surprise of this week’s power rankings. Miami is on a five game winning streak. Three of those wins have come after their bye week with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback and two of those wins are against teams that currently have a record over .500.

Remember in the discussion of the Steelers where we mentioned that they are second in the league in offensive yards per point. Well, the Dolphins average one point per ever 11.4 yards of offense, Miami averages only 79.8 yards of offense to score seven points.

How do the Dolphins find themselves with such a huge advantage on offense? They’ve taken the ball away on defense 15 times this season, fourth in the league. Miami plays on a lot of short fields. Miami’s defense offense feeds off their defense and will stay in the top five of these rankings as long as that continues.

4. Arizona Cardinals – 9.46

As of this writing, the Cardinals final drive against Seattle fell short. No miracle win to match their last second heroics against Buffalo. Still, Arizona has spent the past two months playing everyone tough. They’re a young team but tough. The Cardinals are a team to watch in the final six games of the season.

5. Baltimore Ravens – 9.81

The Ravens are first in the NFL in points allowed but are twelfth in points scored. Baltimore is 27th in the league on offense in negative pass plays (sacks + interceptions/ dropbacks). That means Lamar Jackson isn’t getting the time to establish Baltimore’s passing game to compliment his ability to run.

Even at 6-3 the Ravens may have trouble making the playoffs this season if Pittsburgh doesn’t stumble somewhere along the way.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 9.85

Just when you think the Buccaneers are on the brink of coming apart they go out and embarrass their next opponent. Last week’s victim was the Carolina Panthers. We’ll see if the Rams can slow down Tom Brady and Company this Sunday.

7. Indianapolis Colts – 10.73

The Colts defense is tops in the NFL in passer rating allowed. They get to try and shut down Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.

8. New Orleans Saints – 11.12

New Orleans now gets to try to hold on to their NFC South lead with Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill sharing time at quarterback.

9. Los Angeles Rams – 12.54

The Rams so-so offense is living off the team’s premier defense. That should get this team to the postseason. We’ll see how much farther it will take them.

10. Green Bay Packers – 12.77

The Packers have a stranglehold on first place in the NFC North since Chicago has started marching backwards towards the bottom of the division. They play a quality team in Indianapolis this Sunday.

The Challengers

11. Tennessee Titans – 13.62

The Titans haven’t just lost three of their last four games, they’ve lost them badly. They’re heading in the wrong direction in the AFC South. They have another tough one coming up this week against the Baltimore Ravens and need to get themselves turned around.

12. Seattle Seahawks – 14.88

It wasn’t too long ago when Seattle was in the top five of these power rankings. Three losses in four games to probable playoff teams have Seattle falling backwards in the NFC West. We’ll see if they can recover on Thursday Night Football against the Cardinals.

13. Buffalo Bills – 14.92

Buffalo was back on a hot streak before losing to the Cardinals last week on the “Hail Murray” throw to DeAndre Hopkins on the last play of the game. The Bills still control the AFC East but have Miami on their heels.

14. Las Vegas Raiders – 15.54

Las Vegas is playing like they’re determined to make the Chiefs earn the 2020 AFC West division title. The Raiders have a 3-2 record against teams that are currently over .500. They don’t die easy. We’ll see how they do in their rematch against Kansas City this weekend.

15. New York Giants – 16.04

The Giants are building a running game without Saquon Barkley. Quarterback Daniel Jones and Wayne Gallman have generated a rushing attack that has won New York their last two games.

16. (Tied) Cleveland Browns – 17.31

The Browns beat the teams they’re supposed to. Their next goal is to beat one or two of the better teams on their schedule. If they can, a 2020 postseason appearance is still possible.

16. (Tied) Los Angeles Chargers – 17.31

The Chargers have their quarterback of the future in place. Now we’ll see if Anthony Lynn will be his coach of the future.

18. San Francisco 49ers – 17.65

If any team needed a Week 11 bye it’s the 49ers. Can they put enough of a team together to keep from being another Super Bowl loser that misses the playoffs the following season.

19. New England Patriots – 17.92

The Patriots are coming off an impressive win last week on Sunday Night Football. They may have waited too long to get their season started thought. Buffalo and Miami are still setting the pace in the AFC East.

The Bottom Feeders

20. Chicago Bears – 18.04

The Bears are coming apart at the seams. It doesn’t appear Nick Foles was the answer at quarterback either. Will it be Mitch Trubisky back under center in Week 12? Does it matter? Chicago has a lot of questions they need to answer in their remaining six games.

21. Atlanta Falcons – 18.38

The Falcons have won three of their last four games under interim head coach Raheem Morris. Can Morris win himself the full-time gig as the head man in Atlanta.

22. Minnesota Vikings – 18.38

Minnesota seems to be in the process of turning around their season after a 1-5 start. Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen give the Vikings two formidable weapons on offense.

23. Philadelphia Eagles – 18.92

The Eagles had two weeks to prepare for the egg laying they subjected the NFL world to last Sunday. They have a tenuous hold on first place in the NFC East but after looking at their upcoming schedule, they’re about to be falling fast.

24. Carolina Panthers – 20.65

As good as Mike Davis has been at running back, there’s no replacing the frequently injured Christian McCaffrey. There is talent on this team but it’s going to take time to grow and come together.

25. Washington Football Team – 20.85

The Football Team has come within a field goal of victory in their last two games. For the remainder of the season, they’ll go as far as Alex Smith’s healed leg can take them.

26. Detroit Lions – 21.85

Detroit nearly blew another big lead last week against Alex Smith and the Football Team. The Lions are capable of putting points on the scoreboard and giving them away almost as easily. Can Darrell Bevell’s offense save Matt Patricia’s job?

27. Houston Texans – 22.31

If it weren’t for Deshaun Watson, the Texans would be residing in the same neighborhood as the Jets and Cowboys.

28. Denver Broncos – 22.62

Who thought Drew Lock was the answer at quarterback? He’s thrown 7 touchdown passes, 10 interceptions and sports a passer rating of 66.5. Is this really your quarterback John Elway?

29. Jacksonville Jaguars – 23.35

The Doug Marrone farewell tour runs through Jacksonville this week as the Jaguars host the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers.

30. Cincinnati Bengals – 23.85

The Bengals were playing teams tough, including an upset of the Tennessee Titans, until they received a beat-down last week by the undefeated Steelers. Back to the drawing board for Joe Burrow and company.

31. New York Jets – 25.12

The Adam Gase farewell tour travels to Los Angeles in Week 11 to play the Chargers.

32. Dallas Cowboys – 25.92

Dallas lost two straight games to division rivals, in the weakest division in football, before coming within 15 minutes of beating the Steelers before their bye week. Without Dak Prescott the Cowboys will be fighting with the Jets for the bottom of the barrel the remainder of the season.

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