2011 NFL Power Rankings | Week 12
The Green Bay Packers held a two-point lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with just under three minutes remaining in week 11, finally displaying the type of vulnerability that few though they’d see. It tapped the breaks on a potential perfect season, but by staving off the Buccaneers, the Packers still got to 10-0 and kept the dream alive.
It won’t be easy to get past the 7-3 Detroit Lions in week 12 and continue their drive for perfection, but at least for the next few days, Green Bay is still undefeated, and they’re still the unquestioned best team in the league.
Check out why, along with our Week 12 Power Rankings for the other 31 teams in the league:
The Packers didn’t look invincible against the Buccaneers, but if that’s a narrow win, they’re in pretty good shape. Still, a matchup with the Lions on Thanksgiving Day is going to be a major test to see if they can really have a shot at going 16-0.
It’s becoming pretty clear that this is one of the most dominant defenses in football. Oh, and that Alex Smith has looked like more than just a “game manager” the past two weeks.
Sure, they beat the Bengals, but it’s this constant “playing to their competition” that I’m really interested in. I’m still not sold on them just yet.
They were on a bye, but they don’t move an inch. This is still a top-five team.
They’re in control of the NFC South for the moment, but they still have some work to do. Outside of the 49ers, they’re the only NFC team that I truly believe can dethrone the Packers.
The dominant Patriots appear to be back. Yes, it was the Chiefs, but still.
They’ll still get the AFC South crown and a trip to the playoffs, but with no Matt Schaub, a playoff win may not be in the cards.
They’re in a pretty good spot, but without Jay Cutler, they could really fall out of the playoff picture fast. Caleb Hanie won’t be the answer. They should seriously consider giving Brett Favre a call.
Their offense looked scary good against the Panthers, but I don’t know if their defense is up to par. The Packers are going to give them all they can handle on Thanksgiving Day.
Tony Romo has been completely unleashed and he’s playing with remarkable confidence. Three straight wins and a favorable schedule says this is still a team that can compete for a Super Bowl.
Two straight losses and a brutal schedule down the stretch tells me a third straight collapse has begun for the Giants.
They had all they could handle fighting off a late Jake Locker comeback, but they still closed it out with their offense. This is still a good Falcons team, but I’m not at all convinced that they’re great.
They got a road win against a hungry Vikings team, but I wasn’t overly impressed. They still have a lot to prove for me to buy them as a serious playoff threat.
I know Tebowmania is unstoppable these days, but Mark Sanchez and co. still laid an egg. This team needs to look in the mirror and get some answers. Fast.
I like Andy Dalton and the core of this team for the future, but they’re clearly not ready to beat the big dogs this year.
Chris Johnson reverted back to his “new” form, and Matt Hasselbeck was terrible all day. Even though they don’t want to yet, a switch to Jake Locker might be the best move.
They’re not dead yet. But something tells me if Michael Vick were healthy in week 11, they would be.
Tim Tebow is the real deal and he has everyone believing the playoffs are a reality. They’ll have to send a talented Chargers team to their 2011 graves to get closer, but it’s looking like a real possibility.
This team is just in complete shambles. Ya think the Bills are regretting that big deal for Fitzpatrick much?
This is such a disappointment for such a talented team. My AFC Super Bowl pick isn’t even going to sniff the playoffs.
They hung in there with a superior Packers team on the road, but this is still an average team that simply over-achieved. They’ll slip back to mediocrity the rest of the season.
Three straight wins and several close losses tells me this isn’t one of the worst teams in football. They’re just one of the unluckiest. On a lighter note, that Matt Moore is playing some nice ball right now.
Cleveland keeps faking everyone out. One week they’re awful, another week you start thinking they might be OK. I just wish they’d pick a side and stay there.
The Seahawks just play solid defense and hang around in most games long enough to keep it interesting. In week 11, they simply dominated the Rams.
I saw progress out of Blaine Gabbert and this offense in week 11, but they still lost to the Browns. Yep, the Browns.
So, a big, profound “no” to that whole “switching from Kolb or Skelton”, then, right?
That was ugly. Not much more needs to be said.
Try as he might, Rex Grossman still can’t get it done. Actually, Graham Gano can’t.
As I’ve said before, I really like what I am seeing out of Christian Ponder, and the future needs bright. The guy just needs time and some more weapons. It looks like we’ll get a good look at Toby Gerhart in week 12, too.
It’s pretty clear Cam Newton is talented and can put up points. But four picks? That’s unacceptable.
Sam Bradford says he doesn’t know what’s going on. Neither do any of the experts who picked the Rams to win the NFC West this year. Any amount of progress would be a huge victory at this point.
I know it’s cliche, but at least with the bye the Colts couldn’t lose. So, there’s that for Colts fans.