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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Week 11 Power Rankings


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Posted November 22, 2011 11:30 AM EST

The Lions are back on track, while the Giants have been derailed. I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 12. Enjoy.
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Denver Broncos

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New York Giants

FOX SPORTS NFL POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

10-0 - 1/1
Aaron Rodgers didn't get his record-breaking fourth straight game with a passer rating better than 140, but you all know I think that stat is worthless anyways. The types of close games like Sunday's 35-26 win vs. the Bucs will be beneficial to the PackeExpand Description
Aaron Rodgers didn't get his record-breaking fourth straight game with a passer rating better than 140, but you all know I think that stat is worthless anyways. The types of close games like Sunday's 35-26 win vs. the Bucs will be beneficial to the Packers during the playoffs, and they have a realistic shot of going 16-0 if they survive the next two weeks (at Lions, at Giants). Collapse Description
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2

9-1 - 2/21
There isn't a team better equipped than the 49ers to challenge the Packers in the NFC playoffs. They have the type of power running game that can eat the clock and keep the ball out of Rodgers' hands, and with the passing game beginning to click, they caExpand Description
There isn't a team better equipped than the 49ers to challenge the Packers in the NFC playoffs. They have the type of power running game that can eat the clock and keep the ball out of Rodgers' hands, and with the passing game beginning to click, they can be explosive in their own right. First things first though, they will be fully focused on the Ravens for the Thanksgiving matchup. Collapse Description
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3

7-3 - 2/9
With just two teams with winning records remaining on their schedule, the Steelers will easily make the playoffs, but Baltimore will determine if it will be as a wild card or as the AFC North champions. As long as they can avoid the Ravens in the playoffExpand Description
With just two teams with winning records remaining on their schedule, the Steelers will easily make the playoffs, but Baltimore will determine if it will be as a wild card or as the AFC North champions. As long as they can avoid the Ravens in the playoffs, they will be just as dangerous as ever. Collapse Description
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4

7-3 - 2/7
With three sacks and three interceptions last night, the Patriots have put together solid back-to-back defensive performances, albeit against Mark Sanchez and Tyler Palko. They get Philly this weekend, and then shouldn't be tested again until the playoffExpand Description
With three sacks and three interceptions last night, the Patriots have put together solid back-to-back defensive performances, albeit against Mark Sanchez and Tyler Palko. They get Philly this weekend, and then shouldn't be tested again until the playoffs. Collapse Description
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5

7-3 - 5/13
Yesterday, I wrote about the "Next Man Up" philosophy, and Houston has been able to do that to this point. With 2010 rushing champ Arian Foster slowed with a hamstring early in the season, it was Ben Tate who stepped up. With star pass rusher Mario WillExpand Description
Yesterday, I wrote about the "Next Man Up" philosophy, and Houston has been able to do that to this point. With 2010 rushing champ Arian Foster slowed with a hamstring early in the season, it was Ben Tate who stepped up. With star pass rusher Mario Williams going down, Brooks Reed was there to pick up the slack. Now, with the loss of starting QB Matt Schaub, it will be Matt Leinart that needs to be the next man up. With the league's second-best rushing attack and top-ranked defense, all he needs to do is manage the game. QBs love to hear that! Collapse Description
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6

7-3 - 2/7
The Saints have struggled to be consistent this season, losing to the Rams and Bucs, but Drew Brees' leadership has kept them atop the NFC South. Brees and the Saints' offense can be just as explosive as the Packers' attack, and that will frighten peopleExpand Description
The Saints have struggled to be consistent this season, losing to the Rams and Bucs, but Drew Brees' leadership has kept them atop the NFC South. Brees and the Saints' offense can be just as explosive as the Packers' attack, and that will frighten people come playoff time. If the defense can force more takeaways, they will be just fine. Collapse Description
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7

7-3 - 7/22
Losing QB Jay Cutler is disheartening, but similar to the Texans this team is equipped to possibly overcome it. RB Matt Forte has the ability to carry this offense and the defense has been dominant after shuffling their back half by starting Major WrightExpand Description
Losing QB Jay Cutler is disheartening, but similar to the Texans this team is equipped to possibly overcome it. RB Matt Forte has the ability to carry this offense and the defense has been dominant after shuffling their back half by starting Major Wright and Chris Conte. The road to the playoffs just got a lot steeper, but its not time to turn your heads just yet. Collapse Description
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8

7-3 1 2/10
The Ravens can't beat the Titans, Jaguars and Seahawks, but they can beat the Texans, Jets, Bengals and the Steelers twice. That is inexplicable. The good news is that once they make the playoffs, they won't have to worry about facing any inferior teamsExpand Description
The Ravens can't beat the Titans, Jaguars and Seahawks, but they can beat the Texans, Jets, Bengals and the Steelers twice. That is inexplicable. The good news is that once they make the playoffs, they won't have to worry about facing any inferior teams. Problem solved. Collapse Description
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9

7-3 4 4/15
Matthew Stafford started Sunday's game the same way he ended the game against the Bears the previous week. After two early interceptions, the Lions' offense exploded for 495 yards and 49 points. I still think this team will need to find a running game tExpand Description
Matthew Stafford started Sunday's game the same way he ended the game against the Bears the previous week. After two early interceptions, the Lions' offense exploded for 495 yards and 49 points. I still think this team will need to find a running game to be consistently competitive, but a win is a win. The Lions will be out to prove they can play with the NFC elite as they take on the Packers on Thanksgiving day. Collapse Description
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10

6-4 4 9/21
There is a gentleman on Twitter, @Vance14, that reminds me every week that the Cowboys will be among the best teams in the NFL by season's end. Well, they finally find their way into the top 10 and with their next two games being against the Dolphins andExpand Description
There is a gentleman on Twitter, @Vance14, that reminds me every week that the Cowboys will be among the best teams in the NFL by season's end. Well, they finally find their way into the top 10 and with their next two games being against the Dolphins and Cardinals, he may be right. Problem is, they finish the season with three of their last four against divisional rivals in the Giants (twice) and hosting Philly, who will be happy to spoil their playoff hopes. Collapse Description
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11

6-4 1 5/14
QB Matt Ryan and WR Roddy White finally found the chemistry that Falcons fans have been used to over the last couple of seasons. It was a little disappointing that they allowed the Titans to claw their way back into Sunday's game late, but this is a teamExpand Description
QB Matt Ryan and WR Roddy White finally found the chemistry that Falcons fans have been used to over the last couple of seasons. It was a little disappointing that they allowed the Titans to claw their way back into Sunday's game late, but this is a team that can play with anyone offensively. They need everyone healthy to assure a playoff spot. Collapse Description
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12

6-4 3 10/22
I love the way that RB Michael Bush has come in and been a workhorse while Darren McFadden has been sidelined with injuries, and when they are both healthy, this will be possibly the best running back rotation in the entire NFL. New QB Carson Palmer has cExpand Description
I love the way that RB Michael Bush has come in and been a workhorse while Darren McFadden has been sidelined with injuries, and when they are both healthy, this will be possibly the best running back rotation in the entire NFL. New QB Carson Palmer has come in and done exactly what Hue Jackson wanted, and I don't think they will surrender their one-game lead in the AFC West. Collapse Description
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13

6-4 3 10/31
People were ho-hum on the Bengals because of their first-half schedule, but they can only play who is lined up against them. After taking the Steelers and the Ravens down to the wire in back-to-back losses, they are starting to open some eyes. Had it noExpand Description
People were ho-hum on the Bengals because of their first-half schedule, but they can only play who is lined up against them. After taking the Steelers and the Ravens down to the wire in back-to-back losses, they are starting to open some eyes. Had it not been for an official's judgment call of Jermaine Gresham's touchdown, they very easily could be ahead of the Ravens and controlling the AFC wild-card race. Collapse Description
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14

6-4 6 5/19
The Giants should be hanging their heads pretty low right now. They blew a chance to beat a divisional rival that was without their starting QB and best WR. Allowing Vince Young to drive the length of the field on an 18-play drive in which they converteExpand Description
The Giants should be hanging their heads pretty low right now. They blew a chance to beat a divisional rival that was without their starting QB and best WR. Allowing Vince Young to drive the length of the field on an 18-play drive in which they converted six third-downs is embarrassing. In one day, they allowed the Cowboys right back into the race for the division championship. Collapse Description
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15

5-5 6 8/30
I am officially done apologizing for Tim Tebow. Yes, he is a great kid and great fun to watch, but he isn't an NFL quarterback. Sure, he is a competitor, but he won't win games like this in the NFL for an extended period of time. The Broncos need to fiExpand Description
I am officially done apologizing for Tim Tebow. Yes, he is a great kid and great fun to watch, but he isn't an NFL quarterback. Sure, he is a competitor, but he won't win games like this in the NFL for an extended period of time. The Broncos need to find his long-term replacement, otherwise the entire franchise will be set back for multiple seasons. Collapse Description
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16

5-5 5 4/17
If the Jets can't beat the Tim Tebow-led Broncos, they are in for a long final six weeks of the season. Although if there was another team that is playing just as poorly after a great start to the season, it is the Bills. Should be an interesting matchuExpand Description
If the Jets can't beat the Tim Tebow-led Broncos, they are in for a long final six weeks of the season. Although if there was another team that is playing just as poorly after a great start to the season, it is the Bills. Should be an interesting matchup this week. Collapse Description
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17

4-6 3 6/23
Vince Young and Riley Cooper did what Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin struggled to do all season, get or hold the lead in the fourth quarter. It wasn't pretty at times, but they did just enough to win, and that is saying a lot for a team that has just fouExpand Description
Vince Young and Riley Cooper did what Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin struggled to do all season, get or hold the lead in the fourth quarter. It wasn't pretty at times, but they did just enough to win, and that is saying a lot for a team that has just four victories on the year. While Young was the focal point, the Eagles' defense may have played their best game of the season, and actually looked inspired hustling around and flying to the football Collapse Description
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18

5-5 1 13/31
The Titans showed heart by fighting back against the Falcons on Sunday, and in doing so, they may have discovered what they have in Jake Locker. He showed some flashes with a big arm, quick feet and the ability to make plays with his legs outside the pocExpand Description
The Titans showed heart by fighting back against the Falcons on Sunday, and in doing so, they may have discovered what they have in Jake Locker. He showed some flashes with a big arm, quick feet and the ability to make plays with his legs outside the pocket. His stats were a little bloated by receivers making some plays on jump balls, but Titans' fans saw a glimpse of the future. Collapse Description
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19

5-5 3 6/30
I said it early in the season that the Bills didn't have the talent to compete for a entire 16-game season. Teams have finally caught up to their spread offense, and if you limit their big plays, they don’t have the consistency to put together long, methExpand Description
I said it early in the season that the Bills didn't have the talent to compete for a entire 16-game season. Teams have finally caught up to their spread offense, and if you limit their big plays, they don’t have the consistency to put together long, methodical drives. Collapse Description
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20

4-6 5 15/31
With wins over Baltimore and St. Louis and an upcoming home game against the Redskins, the Seahawks are well on their way to a three-game winning streak. Although a slim chance, this team has an outside shot at being .500 at season's end. Expand Description
With wins over Baltimore and St. Louis and an upcoming home game against the Redskins, the Seahawks are well on their way to a three-game winning streak. Although a slim chance, this team has an outside shot at being .500 at season's end. Collapse Description
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21

4-6 4 2/22
Before the season started, I identified QB Philip Rivers to be my favorite for Offensive MVP. Boy was I wrong.
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22

3-7 5 20/32
The Dolphins better hope QB Matt Moore can continue to play at this level, because they have won their way right out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. The Dolphins have the opportunity to be a playoff spoiler for the Cowboys and Raiders over the next few wExpand Description
The Dolphins better hope QB Matt Moore can continue to play at this level, because they have won their way right out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. The Dolphins have the opportunity to be a playoff spoiler for the Cowboys and Raiders over the next few weeks. Neither team can afford to overlook the 'Phins. Collapse Description
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23

4-6 5 8/30
Against the Packers, LaGarrette Blount finally had a run reminiscent of his rookie season, breaking seven tackles on his way to a 54-yard TD run. The Bucs have underperformed this season, but have a chance to get back on track over the next three weeks wExpand Description
Against the Packers, LaGarrette Blount finally had a run reminiscent of his rookie season, breaking seven tackles on his way to a 54-yard TD run. The Bucs have underperformed this season, but have a chance to get back on track over the next three weeks with games against the Titans, Panthers and Jaguars. Collapse Description
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24

3-7 4 10/28
The Redskins look a lot better when Rex Grossman is behind center, but that doesn't mean they look good. Mike Shanahan is in the midst of his longest losing streak ever, seven games, and with a cross-country trip to Seattle on the horizon, may be lookingExpand Description
The Redskins look a lot better when Rex Grossman is behind center, but that doesn't mean they look good. Mike Shanahan is in the midst of his longest losing streak ever, seven games, and with a cross-country trip to Seattle on the horizon, may be looking at No. 8. Collapse Description
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25

2-8 2 20/32
Rookie QB Cam Newton finally got some productivity out of his backfield mates, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, but unfortunately they couldn't keep up with the explosive scoring of the Lions on Sunday. Cam Newton is a special player, but throwingExpand Description
Rookie QB Cam Newton finally got some productivity out of his backfield mates, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, but unfortunately they couldn't keep up with the explosive scoring of the Lions on Sunday. Cam Newton is a special player, but throwing four interceptions is a recipe for trouble. Collapse Description
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26

2-8 4 22/32
Christian Ponder threw more interceptions than touchdown passes for the second straight game and now he loses his security blanket in Adrian Peterson. With Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago all on the schedule over the next six weeks, it won't geExpand Description
Christian Ponder threw more interceptions than touchdown passes for the second straight game and now he loses his security blanket in Adrian Peterson. With Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago all on the schedule over the next six weeks, it won't get any better. Collapse Description
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27

3-7 3 14/30
It looks like the John Skelton experiment ended on Sunday, and they need to get Kevin Kolb back to really evaluate what they have at the QB position. This team has really suffered from the lack of a rushing attack, but it should get better next season wiExpand Description
It looks like the John Skelton experiment ended on Sunday, and they need to get Kevin Kolb back to really evaluate what they have at the QB position. This team has really suffered from the lack of a rushing attack, but it should get better next season with the introduction of Ryan Williams. Collapse Description
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28

3-7 2 26/31
You know things are bad when the head coach won't even stand behind his offensive coordinator's play calling. Jack Del Rio was dealt a bad hand this year, but he needs to be a better leader than that.
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4-6 1 17/32
The biggest loss of the offseason was losing offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to the Florida Gators. The offense hasn't even come close to the same level of production without him. By the way, QB Tyler Palko is not the answer.
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30

2-8 1 24/31
I'm starting to feel bad for Steven Jackson . . .
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31

4-6 - 18/31
OK, maybe kicker Phil Dawson isn't their best player.
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0-10 - 13/32
The Colts finally got through a weekend without a loss, even if it was their bye week.
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Cowboys    12 4 0
Eagles    10 6 0
Giants    6 10 0
Redskins    4 12 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Seahawks    12 4 0
Cardinals    11 5 0
49ers    8 8 0
Rams    6 10 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Packers    12 4 0
Lions    11 5 0
Vikings    7 9 0
Bears    5 11 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Panthers    7 8 1
Saints    7 9 0
Falcons    6 10 0
Buccaneers    2 14 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Patriots    12 4 0
Bills    9 7 0
Dolphins    8 8 0
Jets    4 12 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    12 4 0
Chiefs    9 7 0
Chargers    9 7 0
Raiders    3 13 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Steelers    11 5 0
Bengals    10 5 1
Ravens    10 6 0
Browns    7 9 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Colts    11 5 0
Texans    9 7 0
Jaguars    3 13 0
Titans    2 14 0