NFL power rankings

By Brian Billick

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

The Texans are back on top with a resume that speaks volumes. I’ve got a line on who’s hot and who’s not going into Week 11.

1 Texans 8-1 +1

The Texans have wins over the Bears and Broncos … both top-five teams in my Power Rankings. They also have a win against the Ravens, a top-10 team. Combine that with their 8-1 record and I think it is clear why they are the top-ranked team. Collapse Description

2 Broncos 6-3 +5

Much has been made about Peyton Manning’s return to form, but this defense is deserving of some credit as well. The Broncos’ D had seven sacks, two takeaways and didn’t allow a single third-down conversion during the win over Carolina. That is impressive.

3 Falcons 8-1 -2

The Falcons had been flirting with disaster, and they finally came up short on a fourth-quarter comeback attempt. This loss might be good for them in the long run.

4 Bears 7-2 -1

It was a sloppy game vs. Houston on both sides of the ball, but ultimately, the Bears were unable to get anything going offensively … a recurring problem for a unit that has so much talent.

5 Steelers 6-3 +1

Just when we thought the Steelers were hitting their stride, it takes overtime to beat the lowly Chiefs. To make it worse, they get hit with more injuries — this time to Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Clark, the leaders on either side of the ball.

6 Packers 6-3 -2

Aaron Rodgers has been stellar without Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings, which means he will only get better when they return. They have a tough divisional match-up against the Lions this week.

7 Ravens 7-2 +3

The Ravens’ 55-point onslaught vs. Oakland was a franchise record and the are now winners of six of their last seven. Hard to believe, but they don’t look like they miss Ray Lewis all that much.

8 49ers 6-2-1 -3

A tie with the Rams might as well be a loss for the Niners.

9 Patriots 6-3 -1

The Buffalo game was closer than I expected, but the Pats never trailed and are now winners of three in a row for the first time this season. The Patriots were able to force three turnovers while not having any of their own … the difference in the game.

10 Buccaneers 5-4 +1

The Bucs have scored 28 or more points in a team-record five straight games. It is no coincidence that Josh Freeman hasn’t thrown a pick in the last four.

11 Seahawks 6-4 +2

Eventually the Seahawks are going to have to win on the road. For as good as they are at home, they are just as bad on the road.

12 Colts 6-3 +2

Don’t look now, but the Colts are three games above .500 and have won five of their last six. After nine games, Andrew Luck leads all NFL rookies since 1960 with 2,631 passing yards, that’s more than 600 more yards than the guy in fourth place — Peyton Manning.

13 Saints 4-5 +5

The Saints actually gained an average of 15 more yards and scored just 0.3 points per game less during their 0-4 start. That tells me that their defense has been the difference in the last five games in which they have posted a 4-1 record.

14 Giants 6-4 -5

Whatever the reason, Tom Coughlin and the Giants struggle in November. They are 13-21 and have now lost five in a row in the month. They still control their destiny in the division, but the gap is closing quickly.

15 Vikings 6-4

Adrian Peterson has now rushed for 1,000 yards in five of his six seasons in the NFL. He is making it very difficult for Peyton Manning to win comeback player of the year.

16 Cowboys 4-5

The Cowboys were penalized 13 times for 75 yards vs. Philadelphia, but were able to overcome it because they didn’t turn the ball over. Tony Romo was held to a season low in passing yards, but that isn’t necessarily a bad formula for the Cowboys offense.

17 Bengals 4-5 +2

Andy Dalton finally had a game this season in which he didn’t throw an interception. If they can play with this level of confidence for the remainder of the season, they will be a tough out for teams fighting for the wild card in the AFC.

18 Lions 4-5 -6

With the Lions’ 10-point loss to the Vikings on Sunday, they now are 0-3 in the division, and that doesn’t bode well. Since 1970, there have only been five teams to start 0-3 in the division and make the playoffs.

19 Dolphins 4-5 -2

The Dolphins that showed up to play Tennessee on Sunday were the Dolphins I was expecting to see all season long. It is ludicrous to even include Ryan Tannehill in the top rookie quarterback discussion.

20 Redskins 3-6

The Redskins are in the midst of a three-game losing streak and now are staring down a three-game divisional gauntlet against the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants in the upcoming weeks.

21 Cardinals 4-5

The Cardinals are a long ways removed from their 4-0 start. They will now have to travel cross-country to play the Falcons, but they seemed to play pretty well during their cross-country win over the Patriots in Week 2.

22 Eagles 3-6

The Eagles have now had their first five-game losing streak in the Andy Reid era. Nick Foles wasn’t terrible in relief of Michael Vick, but they are hardly a better team with him under center.

23 Bills 3-6 +6

It could be argued that the Bills outplayed the Patriots given they outgained them by more than 130 yards and held the ball more than eight minutes longer. Turnovers were the difference.

24 Rams 3-5-1 +4

The Rams tied the 49ers in a game they should have won twice. First, Danny Amendola had an 80-yard reception wiped out in overtime due to an illegal formation penalty, and then Greg Zuerlein had a 53-yard game-wining field goal wiped out by a delay of game penalty. Ouch.

25 Titans 4-6 +5

Jake Locker only completed nine passes vs. Miami, but his dual threat ability really opened up the running game for CJ2K. Chris Johnson now has 100-plus rushing yards in three of the last four games. Welcome back.

26 Browns 2-7 -2

Trent Richardson is coming off two consecutive 100-yard rushing games, and he will need to keep it going if the Browns want to finish the season on a positive note.

27 Jets 3-6 -4

Let me make this clear, I am not a fan of Tim Tebow’s skill-set as an NFL quarterback, but he has proven that he can win at this level. If you aren’t going to play him, whether it be as a full-time starter or even in specialized packages, then why did you bring him to town in the first place?

28 Chargers 4-5 -2

Philip Rivers is a really excellent quarterback that makes outrageously poor decisions at very critical times in the game. The latter is getting the best of him this season.

29 Raiders 3-6 -4

So the Raiders gave up a lot to acquire a quarterback that can’t even seem to handle a simple QB/center exchange.

30 Panthers 2-7 -3

Cam Newton was sacked seven times by Denver on Sunday, and the majority were his fault and not the offensive line’s. He held the ball way too long in the pocket, especially when dropping back in his own end zone.

31 Jaguars 1-8

There is a bright spot in Jacksonville … his name is Cecil Shorts.

32 Chiefs 1-8

Only the Chiefs could get a celebration penalty on a touchdown that never even happened. The turnover in overtime was just the icing on the cake.