2011 NFL Power Rankings | Week 14
Quarterbacks around the league are dropping like flies, with several playoff contenders suddenly looking for signal-callers.
Of course, this has given life to the latest Brett Favre rumor, in which the 42-year-old has allegedly indicated he’d have interest in joining the Bears, who have lost two consecutive games with Caleb Hanie at the helm.
While we wait-and-see on that potential story, let’s see how the 32 teams stack up with our Week 14 NFL Power Rankings:
The Giants gave them a stiff test Sunday, but Aaron Rodgers and company improved to 12-0 following a seemingly effortless final drive that ended with a game-winning Mason Crosby field goal.
The Pack’s remaining schedule: vs. Oakland, at KC, vs. Chicago, vs. Detroit.
Who from that group can beat them?
Baltimore was finally able to do away with a far inferior opponent, beating the Browns 24-10 Sunday afternoon.
Ray Rice enjoyed the best day of his young career, rushing for 204 yards and a touchdown.
It was much closer than necessary, but the Pats were able to advance to 9-3 with a seven-point win over the Dan Orlovsky-led Colts Sunday in Foxborough.
Rob Gronkowski’s assault on the record books continues, as he’s now just one TD away from setting the single-season record for receiving scores for a tight end.
Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers captured the franchise’s first NFC West title in nine years with their easy win over the Rams.
They can’t breathe easy yet, though, because the surging Saints sit just one game back in the race for a first-round playoff bye.
The aforementioned surging Saints are peaking at the right time, and are a team that nobody is going to want to see come playoff time.
Pittsburgh continues to chug along here, and are in a dead-heat with the Ravens in pursuit of the AFC North crown.
With two games against Cleveland and another with the lowly Rams left on the schedule, things would seem to favor the defending AFC champs.
Houston got a huge win Sunday over the Falcons, and retained their two-game lead in the AFC South over the Titans.
According to Gary Kubiak, Andre Johnson, who left the game with a left hamstring injury, is day-to-day and shouldn’t be expected to miss much time.
The Denver Tebows have now pulled into a first-place tie with the Raiders, following yet another late, dramatic win, this time over the Vikings.
Timmy Teebs improves to 6-1 as a starter on the season, 5-0 on the road.
Nothing is pretty with the Jets, but they used a massive late-game surge to top the Redskins on Sunday, powered by three Shonn Greene touchdowns.
With the Bengals faltering, could the Jets be the current favorites to nab the final AFC Wild Card spot?
Bad loss Sunday in Arizona, as Jason Garrett’s clock mismanagement screwed up a game that could’ve put Dallas in complete control of the division.
The team clearly misses the impact of fullback Tony Fiammetta, who has missed the last three games with an illness. In four games behind Fiammetta, rookie DeMarco Murray averaged a whopping eight yards per carry.
In the three games without him, Murray is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry.
The other New York unit has now lost four straight, but are very much alive in the playoff hunt, just one game behind Dallas.
With two games left against those Cowboys, expect this race to go right down to the wire.
Since starting the season a blistering 5-0, Detroit has fallen on hard times of late, and now is in real danger of missing the postseason entirely.
Reigning in those rampant attitude problems up-and-down the roster might help things a tad.
Nobody talks about the Titans, but they continue to win games, and have an outside shot at stealing the AFC South if the Texans’ QB issues catch up with them.
Atlanta was supposed to take the next step against Houston, but instead they fell on their face. They can probably forget about the division now.
Oakland didn’t even show up against the Miami Dolphins, and now their schedule gets a whole lot tougher.
Cincinnati got trounced in a game that could have gotten them back in a fight for the division. Now they’ll be lucky to get into the playoffs.
The Bears are saying no to Donovan McNabb and Brett Favre. There’s a pretty strong argument that they should say yes.
The Dolphins are the best 4-8 team this league has ever seen. Matt Moore is playing for a starting job in 2012, and he’s going to get it.
Norv Turner and co. kept the season alive for at least one week. We’ll see if it was a mirage or a trend.
The media can point the finger at the Cowboys all they want. The fact is, this team just isn’t as bad as we all wanted them to be.
Cam Newton has 26 touchdowns as a rookie (13 rushing). This kid is disgusting.
When Marshawn Lynch is in beast-mode, he simply cannot be stopped.
Buffalo has looked better the past two weeks on offense, but their defense is still atrocious. A five-game losing streak means they can kiss the playoffs good-bye.
The Dream Team has gone to sleep. There’s an argument for a full cleaning of house after the season is over.
Tyler Palko is a mess and Kyle Orton’s finger may prevent him from ever doing anything. Still, they just beat the Bears and their defense is awesome.
No Josh Freeman, no chance for the Buccaneers.
Colt McCoy continues to do nothing to show he’s the future at the quarterback position in Cleveland.
This team isn’t terrible, but they’re quite a few players away from being a good team.
Everyone gets on Tim Tebow about his mechanics, but at least he has a clear feel for the game. Blaine Gabbert literally looks lost in the pocket 99.9% of the time.
Christian Ponder can play. That was a terrible interception that cost his team the game, but the kid can play.
This season has just gone to hell. There’s really no explaining it anymore.
Hey, at least it was exciting this time, right?