Week 11 in the NFL comes to a close and while some divisions looked just about wrapped up, others have only become less clear. The NFC wild card race is now in full effect, with the Bears, Cowboys, Lions, Giants and Falcons all fighting for a spot to play in January. The AFC, too, has a few teams fighting for position, the most interesting race lying in the AFC North. Point totals were much higher in week 11 after defenses seemed to reign in week 10.
Let's get on with the power rankings. As usual, LW= last week's rankings.
10. Dallas Cowboys
11. New York Giants
13. Detroit Lions
14. Atlanta Falcons
15. Denver Broncos
16. Buffalo Bills
17. New York Jets
18. Tennessee Titans
22. Seattle Seahawks (4-6) (LW: 25): Tarvaris Jackson never does anything spectacular, but he looks to be a competent stopgap QB until the 'Hawks get their franchise guy. Maybe Pete Carroll made a good decision after all. Now the question is whether or not they choose to re-sign Marshawn Lynch.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) (LW: 21): Josh Freeman had a great game against the Packers, passing for 342 yards, 132 of them going to his tight end Kellen Winslow. LeGarrette Blount also rushed for over 100 yards, including one of the best runs of the year. The Bucs need to figure it all out in time to make a run at the postseason.
25. Arizona Cardinals (3-7) (LW: 22): It appears that any possible QB controversy that once existed is now gone after John Skelton threw three interceptions and was unable to help his team score any points against the 49ers. Kevin Kolb will definitely be starting under center once he is healthy enough to do so.
26. Miami Dolphins (3-7) (LW: 31): Tell me if I saw this correctly: Matt Moore passed for three touchdowns against the Bills. Their defense looked good, picking off Ryan Fitzpatrick twice during the game. They also held Fred Jackson to 17 yards on the ground. Once they get a QB and a more consistent run game, they might be a decent team. Has Tony Sparano saved his job during this past month?
27. Washington Redskins (3-7) (LW: 26): The 'Skins kept the game close enough to push the Cowboys into overtime, but they were unable to avoid their sixth straight loss of the 2011 season. Rex Grossman only threw 1 INT, so he probably gets to keep his starting job for another week.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (4-6) (LW: 28): Tyler Palko got his first NFL start and unfortunately he had to play the Patriots during it. The Chiefs held tough in the first half, but were eventually overwhelmed by the insane Patriot offense. This team is building a decent product for the future, but will Matt Cassell be a part of it?
29. Carolina Panthers (2-8) (LW: 30): I decided to move the Panthers up because they actually looked somewhat decent against the Lions... in the first half. Once all of their youth develops, they will find a way to finish games.
30. St. Louis Rams (2-8) (LW: 27): Sam Bradford was sacked five times, allowing two fumbles that led to touchdowns against the Seahawks. They were forced to punt ten times. Steven Jackson carried the ball 15 times for 42 yards. Does that sum it up well enough?
31. Minnesota Vikings (2-7) (LW: 27): This team sinks and swims with Adrian Peterson and yesterday, they were like submarines. Peterson left the game in the 2nd quarter with an ankle injury and didn't return. Christian Ponder also threw three interceptions, which is never good for the confidence of a young quarterback. Better luck next year, Vikes.
32. Indianapolis Colts (0-10) (LW: 32): Hey the Colts finally didn't lose a game! Oh, that's because they had their bye week. What does an 0-10 team even do during a bye week?