NFL Power Rankings and Odds Week 11: How Are Saints Without Brees?

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 17, 2020

While the top two teams stay the same in our NFL Power Rankings off the Week 10 results, there is movement among other contenders -- and a major quarterback injury on one.

2020 NFL Power Ranking Week 11

1. Pittsburgh (9-0): The Steelers hadn’t looked the part of the NFL’s best and only unbeaten team for a couple of weeks, but they definitely did Sunday in smacking down Cincinnati.

2. Kansas City (8-1): The Chiefs come out of their bye and get a chance this Sunday night to get payback for their only loss this season when they visit the Raiders. A Kansas City win all but wraps up a fifth straight AFC West title.

3. New Orleans (7-2): The Saints now find themselves as the top seed in the NFC but are going to be without future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees for a while due to broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Now we see if Jameis Winston can thrive under better coaching than he had in Tampa.

4. Tampa Bay (7-3): Next time the Bucs lose this season, make sure to back them in the next game because after all three defeats in 2020 they have been dominant in the next outing. Tom Brady & Co. host the Rams on Monday in Week 11.

5. Green Bay (7-2): Packers fans shouldn’t stress about that close call at home on Sunday vs. the Jaguars as it was clearly a trap game and the weather conditions were a major factor.

6. Buffalo (7-3): How can the Bills be ahead of the Cardinals when Buffalo just lost in the desert on Sunday? Because it was a fluke, but amazing, catch on a Hail Mary by Cards receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

7. Arizona (6-3): How can the Cardinals be behind the Bills when Arizona just won in the desert on Sunday over Buffalo? Because it was a fluke, but amazing, catch on a Hail Mary by Cards receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

8. Indianapolis (6-3): This writer expected the Colts to lose last Thursday at Tennessee, but Philip Rivers played one of his best games of the season. If he’s just decent, this team can make noise.

9. Baltimore (6-3): My pick of the Ravens winning the Super Bowl is looking less and less likely by the week unless Lamar Jackson can find his 2019 form and soon.

10. LA Rams (6-3): The Rams will make a major jump up these ranks if they win in Tampa next Monday night. They definitely could off their bye.

11. Seattle (6-3): Russell Wilson suddenly can’t stop giving the ball away as Seattle has dropped three of four. He has to be nearly perfect to cover up for a bad defence.

12. Las Vegas (6-3): It’s the biggest NFL game ever in Las Vegas this Sunday night when the Silver & Black host the Chiefs. The Raiders’ chances to win the AFC West are very alive with another upset.

13. Tennessee (6-3): It seems opposing defences are starting to figure this Titans offence out – by focusing on Derrick Henry, it takes away play action from QB Ryan Tannehill and he’s not the same.

14. Miami (6-3): Salvon Ahmed will be a popular pickup in your fantasy football leagues this week as the undrafted free agent out of the University of Washington has clearly taken over as the team’s featured back.

15. Cleveland (6-3): The Browns have had a player test positive for COVID-19 in back-to-back weeks but no outbreak yet. Monitor that situation ahead of this week’s game vs. Philadelphia.

16. New England (4-5): Perhaps we shoveled dirt on the Patriots too soon, but we still think their run of playoff appearances ends.

17. Minnesota (4-5): The Vikings are on the second-longest winning streak in the NFC at three in a row to get into the Wild-Card hunt.

18. Atlanta (3-6): The Falcons come out of their bye with some Wild-Card hopes having won two straight and three of four.

19. Chicago (5-5): If you watched Monday night’s loss at home to Minnesota, you witnessed the most pathetic offensive display in the NFL this season. This team, once 5-1, is dead in the water.

20. Detroit (4-5): The Lions seemingly have finally turned to second-round rookie D’Andre Swift as their No. 1 running back, and he was very good in Sunday’s close win over Washington.

21. NY Giants (3-7): The best team in the NFC East right now is, laughably, the Giants even though they probably have the least-talented roster in the division.

22. Denver (3-6): The Broncos may have to select another quarterback early in the 2021 draft because Drew Lock (four picks in Sunday’s loss) doesn’t appear to be the answer.

23. Philadelphia (3-5-1): The Eagles still lead the NFC East, but the rumours of a potential firing of Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson after the season are getting louder.

24. LA Chargers (2-7): Coach Anthony Lynn can’t possibly survive this stat – the Bolts are an impossible 3-16 in one-score games since the start of last season.

25. San Francisco (4-6): The injury-decimated Niners are on their bye week and should get at least a few players back out of it as they make a last-gasp playoff push … that won’t be successful.

26. Carolina (3-7): The Panthers will be without All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey again this week vs. Detroit and quite likely starting QB Teddy Bridgewater, too. That would mean former XFL star PJ Walker would start under centre.

27. Houston (2-7): When Deshaun Watson saw what good buddy and former top target DeAndre Hopkins did vs. Buffalo this past Sunday, you know Watson was fuming again that the Texans gave Hopkins away.

28. Washington (2-7): Alex Smith has essentially clinched NFL Comeback Player of the Year, but this team is going nowhere.

29. Dallas (2-7): Jerry Jones made news last week on the Cowboys’ bye that the club wouldn’t take a QB with its first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. That may depend on how high that pick is.

30. Cincinnati (2-6-1): Rookie of the Year candidate Joe Burrow learned he has a lot to learn yet in Sunday’s blowout loss to Pittsburgh.

31. Jacksonville (1-8): Counting down the days until Doug Marrone is fired.

32. NY Jets (0-9): Adam Gase made it through the Jets’ bye week so presumably he will not be fired until about 30 seconds after the team’s Week 17 game.

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