Moorhead’s NFL Power Rankings – Week 11


Cincinnati Bengals (0-9)

Previous Rank: 31


Why They Moved Down:

Cincinnati came off a bye week and had a rookie quarterback making his first start against a strong Ravens defense. It was honestly better than I hoped, but Ryan Finley had a rough time and the Bengals are now the only winless team in the NFL.

Key Players Last Week:

Joe Mixon (114 Rushing Yards)

Tyler Boyd (62 Receiving Yards)

Tyler Eifert (20 Receiving Yards and one TD)

Who’s Next?:

Oakland Raiders

It isn’t going to be pretty considering the Bengals rank last against the run and Josh Jacobs is a rookie of the year candidate. They will look to try to erase their losing streak, but it is very doubtful looking forward.


Washington Redskins (1-8)

Previous Rank: 29


Why They Moved Down:

The Redskins were on a bye and will now start rookie Dwayne Haskins for the rest of the year. Yep no thank you.

Key Players Last Week:

None (Bye Week)

Who’s Next?:

The New York Jets

This will be a toilet bowl game with no team gaining any momentum except maybe moving away from the first round pick. I like the Jets in this one as they just dominated Saquon Barkley last weekend.


New York Giants (2-8)

Previous Rank: 25


Why They Moved Down:

The Giants were actually incredible in the air as Daniel Jones had four passing touchdowns, but Barkley had the worst game of his career with one total rushing yard. He made up in the pass game, but the Jets stuffed him all game.

Key Players Last Week:

Daniel Jones (308 Passing yards, Four Touchdowns)

Golden Tate (85 Receiving Yards and Two Receiving Touchdowns)

Darius Slayton (121 Yards and Two Receiving Touchdowns)

Who’s Next?:

Bye Week


New York Jets (2-7)

Previous Rank: 32


Why They Moved Up:

Darnold did well passing and even had a rushing score in this one. But, it was the defense who bottled up Barkley enough to make him irrelevant. The Jets got a big win over their big apple nemesis.

Key Players Last Week:

Sam Darnold (230 Passing Yards, One Passing Touchdown, One Rushing Touchdown)

Jamison Crowder and Demaryius Thomas (11 Total Catches and 165 Total Yards Receiving with One Touchdown)

Jets Defense (Six Sacks, Three Fumble Forces, Two Fumble Recoveries, One Defensive Touchdown)

Who’s Next?:

The Washington Redskins.

The Jets go up against a struggling Redskins team and the way the defense played last weekend against the Giants, it should assure them a victory.


Miami Dolphins (2-7)

Previous Rank: 30

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts

Why They Moved Up:

Two wins in a row and this time it was against a good Colts team.

Key Players Last Week:

Ryan Fitzpatrick (169 Passing Yards, One Rushing Touchdown)

Miami Defense (One Sack, Three Interceptions, One Fumble Force)

What’s Next?:

The Buffalo Bills

A rematch with the Bills doesn’t support the Dolphins in any way shape or form. But they beat the Colts last weekend and anything can happen in the NFL.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)

Previous Rank: 27


Why They Stayed The Same:

A win over the Cardinals is good, but their defense is trash and still managed to get two interceptions off of Jameis Winston. I am not that impressed honestly especially since it was a comeback win.

Key Players Last Week:

Ronald Jones (29 Rushing Yards, 77 Receiving Yards, One Rushing Touchdown)

Mike Evans (82 Receiving Yards)

Who’s Next?:

The New Orleans Saints

Look for Drew Brees to stuff the loss to the Falcons last week down the throats of the Bucs in the form of the passing game. Not good for Tampa Bay this upcoming weekend.


Denver Broncos (3-6)

Previous Rank: 24


Why They Moved Down:

They got the win over Cleveland two weeks ago and are coming off a bye, but I don’t have faith in Brandon Allen at quarterback.

Key Players Last Week:

None (Bye Week)

Who’s Next?:

The Minnesota Vikings

A date with the Minnesota Vikings does not look good especially since they just beat Dallas last weekend. Denver has to pressure Cousins and guard his targets hard to win this game.


Atlanta Falcons (2-7)

Previous Rank: 28

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints

Why They Moved Up:

The Falcons had won one game all year before shocking the world with a victory over a Saints team that was picked to blow them out of the water. The defense stepped up and pressured Brees to the point where he didn’t throw a single touchdown. A huge performance to say the least.

Key Players Last Week:

Matt Ryan (182 Passing Yards, Two Touchdowns, One Interception)

Brian Hill (61 Rushing Yards, One Receiving Touchdown)

Julio Jones (79 Receiving Yards)

Who’s Next?:

The Carolina Panthers

Carolina has put up big fights before and they held Aaron Rodgers to a single touchdown last weekend. Matt Ryan will have to be smart here and use Julio Jones well since Austin Hooper is out.


Cleveland Browns (3-6)

Previous Rank: 26

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns

Why They Moved Up:

They beat the Bills who are, despite some issues, a top ten team in the NFL in my honest opinion. They beat them in the Dawg Pound of Cleveland and Baker Mayfield actually did pretty well here with not turning the ball over once. A fine outing against a good Buffalo defense.

Key Players Last Week:

Baker Mayfield (238 Passing Yards, Two Touchdowns)

Nick Chubb (116 Yards Rushing)

Jarvis Landry (97 Receiving Yards, One Receiving Touchdown)

Who’s Next?:

The Pittsburgh Steelers

Thursday Night Football brings us an AFC North matchup between these two teams. Baker has faced some defenses in the past, but the Steelers are the real deal. It will be a miracle if he can get anything going especially with Odell Beckham Jr. who has become sort of an afterthought in the Cleveland offense.


Arizona Cardinals (3-6-1)

Previous Rank: 22


Why They Moved Down:

Honestly it is a defensive matter, but they played well here and only dropped a spot because they lost to the Bucs. Murray played phenomenal and connected with Christian Kirk who has made his mark as the Cardinals number one receiver. Fix the issues on defense and this team will be really good.

Key Players Last Week:

Kyler Murray (324 Passing Yards, Three Passing Touchdowns, One Interception, 38 Rushing Yards)

Christian Kirk (138 Receiving Yards, Three Receiving Touchdowns)

Who’s Next?:

The San Francisco 49ers

Another outing with the 49ers is this week’s matchup. While I thought that Murray did incredible against them the first time, I am not as confident with this go around. The 49ers have him on tape now and knowing that defense learned everything about him in his playbook.


Detroit Lions (3-5-1)

Previous Rank: 20

Lions Bears Football

Why They Moved Down:

They lost to the Bears which isn’t the worst part here. Matt Stafford couldn’t play last week and now he is considered week to week with an injured back and other mounting injuries. Driskel got the start and though he played decent against the Bears I am not about to buy in on another back up quarterback that could be starting the rest of the season if Stafford doesn’t heal up.

Key Players Last Week:

Marvin Jones (77 Receiving Yards)

Kenny Golladay (57 Receiving Yards, One Receiving Touchdown)

What’s Next?:

The Dallas Cowboys

Driskel is going to learn first hand at how bad he can be on offense against an angry Dallas team that lost to the Vikings last Sunday night. No confidence at all here for the Lions. Sorry.


Chicago Bears (4-5)

Previous Rank: 23


Why They Moved Up:

Trubisky came back hard against the criticism here passing three touchdowns in this game in which I thought they were going to rely on the run for most of the time. He came out swinging though and that is what matters.

Key Players Last Week:

Mitch Trubsiky (173 Passing Yards, Three Touchdowns)

Allen Robinson (86 Receiving Yards)

Who’s Next?:

The Los Angeles Rams

The Rams got demolished last weekend against Pittsburgh, but look for them to make a comeback here against the Bears. Honestly it is more defensive confidence than offensive, but the Bears defense has to get pressure and charge Goff because that is when he is virtually useless.


Indianapolis Colts (5-4)

Previous Rank: 16

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts

Why They Moved Down:

They lost to the Dolphins whose only other win this season was two weeks ago against the Jets. You can’t lose to them after beating Kansas City beforehand. Hoyer threw three picks and was awful in this game. They have to come together and lean on him until Brissett is healthy enough to return which after last weekend, people might take an injured Brissett over a healthy Hoyer.

Key Players Last Week:

Marlon Mack (74 Rushing Yards)

Eric Ebron (56 Receiving Yards)

Who’s Next?:

The Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are coming back with Nick Foles. That doesn’t do the defense any good here. The main thing they need to keep in mind is to protect Hoyer. If he is pressured he is going to make mistakes and at this point the Colts can’t afford any.


Los Angeles Chargers (4-6)

Previous Rank: 17


Why They Moved Down:

Rivers was bad in this game. He threw three interceptions which is unlike him. But honestly the Chargers had a hard time moving the ball and stopping the Raiders on the defensive side.

Key Players Last Week:

Melvin Gordon (108 Rushing Yards, One Rushing Touchdown)

Austin Ekeler (19 Rushing Yards, 29 Receiving Yards, One Receiving Touchdown)

Hunter Henry (30 Receiving Yards, One Receiving Touchdown)

Who’s Next?:

The Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are coming off a huge loss to the Titans and will bounce back, but look for Gordon and Ekeler to get going here against a pitiful rush defense. They will need to run in order to beat them and stop Mahomes if that is even possible.


Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5)

Previous Rank: 19


Why They Moved Up:

While Mustache Mania may be over for The Jaguars in Gardner Minshew, they get their star “franchise” quarterback they wanted back from a broken clavicle since Week One. Other than that no big reason as they were on a bye week.

Key Players Last Week:

None (Bye Week)

Who’s Next?:

The Indianapolis Colts

The Jaguars have to step up in the defensive game in order to beat the Colts this week. The offense of the Jags will be a little rough to start since Foles hasn’t played since Week One, but give him a quarter of play to get going for some good things to come in this one folks.


Oakland Raiders (5-4)

Previous Rank: 18

Los Angeles Chargers v Oakland Raiders

Why They Moved Up:

They played very well on defense against Rivers and the Chargers plus Josh Jacobs put in amazing work against the Chargers run defense gashing them up for a last minute score to win the game.

Key Players Last Week:

Josh Jacobs (71 Rushing Yards, One Rushing Touchdown)

Raiders Defense (Five Sacks, Three Interceptions, One Fumble Force, One Defensive Touchdown)

Who’s Next?:

The Cincinnati Bengals

No question here people. Josh Jacobs runs all over them with Derek Carr throwing when he needs to and the defense will step up against Ryan Finley.


Tennessee Titans (5-5)

Previous Rank: 21


Why They Moved Up:

A big statement win over the Chiefs. Even with Mahomes throwing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns, the Titans hammered the ball on the run and passed well through the air to secure a win. Blocking a last second field goal doesn’t hurt either. This was a huge win for their organization.

Key Players Last Week:

Ryan Tannehill (181 Passing Yards, Two Touchdowns)

Derrick Henry (188 Rushing Yards, Two Rushing Touchdowns)

Adam Humphries (23 Yard Touchdown Catch)

Who’s Next?:



Los Angeles Rams (5-4)

Previous Rank: 11

Rams Steelers Football

Why They Moved Down:

If it wasn’t for Pouncey sending the ball over Mason’s head and the team getting a field goal and a safety, the Steelers would have shut out the Rams. That is how much Goff was under pressure in this game. It didn’t help that his center Allen went down with an injury that now puts him on IR. That alone made Goff panic to the point where he was throwing short just to avoid sacks.

Key Players Last Week:

Robert Woods (95 Receiving Yards)

Rams Defense (Three Sacks, One Safety, Three Fumble Forces, Two Fumble Recoveries, One Defensive Touchdown)

Who’s Next?:

The Chicago Bears

I see another instance where the Rams defense is going to have to stand up and help out the offense as Goff will be pressure by Mack and the front seven. Kupp should hopefully get back on track too after not catching a single ball last weekend.


Carolina Panthers (5-4)

Previous Rank: 14

Carolina Panthers v Green Bay Packers

Why They Stayed The Same:

Losing this one was tough, but I figured it would happen. While giving up three touchdowns to Aaron Jones is bad they held the real threat Aaron Rodgers to no touchdowns which is a huge statement made in the passing game. McCaffrey did his thing and D.J. Moore and Greg Olsen came back to ball hard in this one.

Key Players Last Week:

Christian McCaffrey (108 Rushing Yards, One Rushing Touchdown, 33 Receiving Yards)

D.J. Moore (120 Receiving Yards)

Greg Olsen (98 Receiving Yards)

Who’s Next?:

The Atlanta Falcons

The Carolina pass defense has been very exceptional as of late and they will need to be when they face Matt Ryan who will be trying to target his receivers more now that Austin Hooper is out of action. With their run defense gashed too they will need to keep an eye out for Brian Hill. Kyle Allen needs to have a good passing day and he will need to rely on the three members I’ve already mentioned.


Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)

Previous Rank: 13


Why They Stayed The Same:

They were on bye so nothing crazy here on the movement

Key Players Last Week:

None (bye week)

Who’s Next?:

The New England Patriots

The Eagles get a chance to silence the Patriots once and for all if they repeat what they did in the Super Bowl two years ago this week. Wentz has the opportunity to finally play at his best and will look to shrug off any pressure against this crazy good Patriots defense. Look for Ertz to do very well in this game. As for the defensive side of the ball. They need to pressure Brady. If they pressure him he will be off his game. They should also double cover Edelman and Sanu as their pass defense has been garbage lately. Do those things and they should come out with an upset win.


Dallas Cowboys (5-4)

Previous Rank: 12


Why They Stayed The Same:

Honestly, they should have won this game, but instead they stay the same because of bad play calling in my opinion. Otherwise Prescott was incredible in this one with his connection with Amari Cooper growing every single week. Cooper’s toe touch touchdown also gave me chills at how slick it really looked.

Key Players Last Week:

Dak Prescott (397 Passing Yards, Three Touchdowns, One Interception)

Amari Cooper (147 Receiving Yards, One Receiving Touchdown)

Randall Cobb (106 Receiving Yards, One Receiving Touchdown)

Michael Gallup (76 Receiving Yards, One Receiving Touchdown)

Who’s Next?:

The Detroit Lions

I expect the Cowboys to come in and tear them down with Stafford unlikely to play. Zeke will thrive in this one and hopefully Dak’s receivers can get some looks too.


Buffalo Bills (6-3)

Previous Rank: 9

Bills Browns Football

Why They Moved Down:

Allen didn’t have a passing touchdown and decided to run in for two scores. Singletary and the defense underperformed to incredible lengths as well.

Key Players Last Week:

Josh Allen (266 passing Yards, 28 Rushing Yards, Two Rushing Touchdowns)

Who’s Next?:

The Miami Dolphins

A rematch between these two isn’t what I want to see especially since the Bills slipped a little in this one. Miami is on a two game win streak so the defense will have to step up against Ryan Fitzpatrick. Josh Allen has to connect for passing touchdowns in this game. I know he might get a rushing score, but have some confidence in your wideouts please. Take a shot down field or something so Singletary can do his work on the ground.


Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)

Previous Rank: 10


Why They Stayed The Same:

Look I get it okay. I know their defense cannot stop the run. They gave up almost 200 rushing yards to Derrick Henry and they lost the game. So why not move them then? While the defense rode the struggle bus, Mahomes returned and lit it up in the passing game with over 400 passing yards and three touchdowns. His return plus his performance negates that sorry.

Key Players Last Week:

Patrick Mahomes (446 Passing Yards, Three Touchdowns)

Tyreek Hill (157 Receiving Yards, One Receiving Touchdown)

Travis Kelce (75 Receiving Yards, One Receiving Touchdown)

Mecole Hardman (63 Yard Touchdown Catch)

Who’s Next?:

The Los Angeles Chargers

If the Chiefs are going to win this week, they need to strike early and hope for the best. Gordon and Ekeler will be huge problems for them if they can’t stop them. Mahomes needs to keep doing what he is doing and find his main weapons for success in this one.


Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4)

Previous Rank: 15

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers

Why They Moved Up:

Yinzer fans rejoice!!! The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in the top ten for the first time all season since Ben went down. The defense virtually shut out the Rams at home in an all out attack. Rudolph did decent, but still had some issues connecting with receivers, but he played very well behind the best offensive line in football this past week.

Key Players Last Week:

Mason Rudolph (242 Passing Yards, One Touchdown)

James Washington (90 Receiving Yards, One Touchdown)

Pittsburgh Defense (Four Sacks, Three Interceptions, Three Fumble Forces, One Fumble Recovery, One Defensive Touchdown)

Who’s Next?:

The Cleveland Browns

The game is in Cleveland so after the Browns came away with a win they are hyping it up to the point that Cleveland will win this game. I can promise you that if the defense covers Mayfield like they did Goff, that won’t happen. The offense needs to groove it out too with james Conner potentially coming back this week that gives Mason confidence in the passing game as well. Washington, Johnson, Smith-Schuster and McDonald should all see their looks too in a Thursday night showdown in the AFC North.


Houston Texans (6-3)

Previous Rank: 7


Why They Moved Down:

They are coming off of a bye, but I already do not like the matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.

Key Players Last Week:

None (bye week)

Who’s Next?:

The Baltimore Ravens

As I have stated already, I am not crazy about this matchup with the Ravens, but it should be an exciting one to say the least. The Texans defense has been awful and now without Watt it is garbage. They need to improve themselves defensively in order to stop Lamar. As for the offense, that line needs to protect Watson in this one or it will be game over. The Baltimore defense isn’t anything to get excited about, but after scoring two defensive touchdowns last weekend against the Bengals they are sure to be fired up.


Minnesota Vikings (7-3)

Previous Rank: 8


Why They Moved Up:

Cousins proved me wrong here in this primetime showdown as he didn’t have a single turnover on the day. Plus Dalvin Cook gashed the rushing defense of the Cowboys and even did damage in the air. Oh yeah and Rudolph made an incredible touchdown catch. Polished performance by the Vikings last weekend.

Key Players Last Week:

Kirk Cousins (220 Passing Yards, Two Touchdowns)

Dalvin Cook (97 Rushing Yards, One Rushing Touchdown, 86 Receiving Yards)

Kyle Rudolph (14 Receiving Yards, Two Touchdowns)

Who’s Next?:

The Denver Broncos

If they keep the ball on the ground with Cook and have Cousins make those passes when needed then this should be an easy win for Minnesota. That offensive line also has to protect him from Von Miller. The defense also gets rookie quarterback Brandon Allen which will be a hateful matchup for him.


New Orleans Saints (7-2)

Previous Rank: 2


Why They Moved Down:

What in the world was that game? Brees didn’t throw a single touchdown and was sacked on so many occasions. They had to settle for field goals and the defense was overpowered by Matt Ryan even with the interception. Not a good look here. The Saints need a vertical threat to compliment Thomas, but I am sorry Tedd Ginn is not that guy.

Key Players Last Week:

Michael Thomas (152 Receiving Yards)

Who’s Next?:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brees needs to pass touchdowns in this one. Get Kamara back involved down the field and have Thomas score one as well. They need to score early and keep Jameis Winston on his toes with that defense.


Green Bay Packers (8-2)

Previous Rank: 6


Why They Moved Up:

Aaron Jones was a stud in this one while Aaron Rodgers was a dud. There’s no disrespect to Rodgers with that, but Aaron Jones had three rushing touchdowns in this one. Granted the snowy weather might have had something to do with that, but otherwise the Packers got the win.

Key Players Last Week:

Aaron Jones (93 Rushing Yards, Three Rushing Touchdowns)

Davante Adams (118 Receiving Yards)

Who’s Next?:



New England Patriots (8-1)

Previous Rank: 3


Why They Moved Down:

I don’t care. It’s Philly vs New England and I am hoping for the same result as the Super Bowl they played in.

Key Players Last Week:

None (Bye Week)

Who’s Next?:

The Philadelphia Eagles

Like I said above, I am hoping for an Eagles win here, but in order to do that they will need to pressure Brady. If they do that and cover Sanu and Edelman they will do fine. However, if New England wants to come out with a win they have to expose the secondary.


Baltimore Ravens (7-2)

Previous Rank: 4

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

Why They Moved Up:

They straight up embarrassed the Bengals now twice this season. Jackson and the Ravens dominated this game offensively and defensively. They probably would have moved up more, but honestly it was the Bengals and they sit last in the power rankings this week so let’s not get crazy.

Key Players Last Week:

Lamar Jackson (223 Passing Yards, Three Passing Touchdowns, 65 Rushing Yards, One Rushing Touchdown)

Marquise Brown (80 Receiving Yards, One Receiving Touchdown)

Mark Andrews (53 Receiving Yards, Two Receiving Touchdowns)

Ravens Defense (Two Defensive Touchdowns, Two Sacks, One Interception, Two Forced Fumbles, Two Fumble Recoveries)

Who’s Next?:

The Houston Texans

This one is gonna be a shoot out. If the Ravens want to top off the Texans then they will need to expose that secondary with Brown and hit down the middle with Andrews. he rushing game is gonna be mostly Lamar in this one if he can stay mobile. They also need to pressure Watson and play good defense.


Seattle Seahawks (8-2)

Previous Rank: 5

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Why They Moved Up:

They are the only team to have beaten the San Francisco 49ers. It wasn’t easy though. They did it in overtime against virtually the best defense in the league. Wilson was just amazing in this game and the defense stepped up when it needed to.

Key Players Last Week:

Russell Wilson (232 Passing Yards, One Touchdown, One Interception)

Chris Carson (89 Rushing Yards, One Rushing Touchdown)

Jason Myers (Game Winning Field Goal)

Who’s Next?:



San Francisco 49ers (8-1)

Previous Rank: 1


Why They Stayed The Same:

This one is gonna be the most controversial one I have made today. However, even though this team lost it was in overtime without Emmanuel Sanders and they intercepted Wilson for only his second pick all season. This is still the best defense in football and I am confident with this selection despite Garoppolo’s struggles in this one.

Key Players Last Week:

Jimmy Garoppolo (248 Passing Yards, One Passing Touchdown, One Interception)

Deebo Samuel (112 Receiving Yards)

49ers Defense (One Defensive Touchdown, Five Sacks, One Interception, Five Forced Fumbles, Three Fumble Recoveries)

Who’s Next?:

The Arizona Cardinals

This team gave them trouble in their first outing, but I see a whole new game plan being made for Kyler Murray this weekend. Look for the Niners to target Murray hard, defend Christian Kirk and attack Kenyan Drake. If they can do all that then the offense should have no trouble beating them this weekend.

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