Post Week 11 NFL Top 12 Power Rankings
What a great week 11 of the 2012 NFL season we just saw. In the game of the week we saw the mighty 8-1 Houston Texans take on the lowly 1-8 Jacksonville Jaguars in Houston. On paper, it looked like a Texans blowout of the Jaguars was on the horizon. Instead though, we got one of the games of the year in a high scoring, historic, overtime shootout. The Texans would go on to win the game 43-37. The Jaguars would go up 34-20 with 12:33 remaining in the fourth quarter but the Texans would score two late touchdowns to force overtime, where they would become the first team in NFL history to score twice in overtime. Shayne Graham of the Texans would kick a 25 yard field goal with 8:10 remaining in OT to give the Texans a 37-34 lead, but Josh Scobee of the Jaguars would kick a 33 yard field goal with 4:21 remaining to tie it back up at 37-37. With 2:01 remaining Matt Schaub would hit Andre Johnson on a wide receiver screen and Johnson would run down field for the game winning 48 yard touchdown and give the Texans the 43-37 win. There were a lot of big numbers in this game, for instance, Houston QB Matt Schaub threw for five touchdown passes and 527 yards which is tied for the second most passing yards in a single game. Also, Houston WR Andre Johnson finished with 273 receiving yards and the game winning touchdown, while Jacksonville rookie WR Justin Blackmon made his first big impression in the NFL finishing with 236 receiving yards and one touchdown that went 81 yards. It was a memorable game for sure. Now onto my power rankings.
1.Houston Texans (9-1) defeated Jacksonville Jaguars 43-37 (OT). Last Week (1). The Texans win a fun shootout with the Jaguars, but it’s not a good sign giving up 37 points to the one win Jaguars.
2.Baltimore Ravens (8-2) defeated Pittsburgh Steelers 13-10. Last Week (3). The Ravens shut down Byron Leftwich and the Steelers and lengthen their lead in the AFC North.
3.San Francisco 49ers (7-2-1) defeated Chicago Bears 32-7. Last Week (6). The 49ers destroy the Bears and the Colin Kaepernick era looks like it has started with a bang.
4.Atlanta Falcons (9-1) defeated Arizona Cardinals 23-19. Last Week (2). Matty Ice throws five picks, the Falcons go down 13-0 at one point, and need a late touchdown to knock off the Cardinals? Yikes. The Falcons haven’t had one rout this year yet, time to be alarmed when elite teams play them? I think so.
5.Green Bay Packers (7-3) defeated Detroit Lions 24-20. Last Week (4). The Packers comeback to down the Lions in Detroit with a late touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb. It took 11 weeks, but the Packers are finally in first place in the NFC North.
6.New England Patriots (7-3) defeated Indianapolis Colts 59-24. Last Week (7). The Patriots blow out the Colts at home and are really turning it on but they lose tight end Rob Gronkowski to a broken forearm for 4-6 weeks, which will hurt them.
7.Denver Broncos (7-3) defeated San Diego Chargers 30-23. Last Week (8). The Broncos remain hot and hang on to beat their division rivals. Peyton Manning continues his MVP pursuit and the Broncos continue their pursuit for a first round bye.
8.Chicago Bears (7-3) lost to San Francisco 49ers 32-7. Last Week (5). The Bears get blasted by the 49ers and look like a complete mess with Jason Campbell as starting quarterback. It’s evident that the Bears are nothing without Jay Cutler.
9.Seattle Seahawks (6-4) BYE WEEK. Last Week (9). The Seahawks get a deserving bye week and continue their pursuit of chasing down the 49ers for the NFC West title.
10.New Orleans Saints (5-5) defeated Oakland Raiders 38-17. Last Week (N/R). The Saints finally make their debut in the power rankings for the first time this season. They’re one game out of a playoff spot as they put the rest of the NFL on notice.
11.New York Giants (6-4) BYE WEEK. Last Week (12). The Giants finally hit their bye week at the perfect time as they have been struggling. Will they collapse or will they get back on track and get to the playoffs?
12.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-4) defeated Carolina Panthers 27-21 (OT). Last Week (N/R). The Buccaneers make their debut in the power rankings as they knock off the Panthers in OT on the road. This teams offense is very solid, and the defense still needs to be figured out. Playoff team? It’s 50/50.