“He (Belichick) at all times says ‘I have been teaching this recreation a very long time, 47-plus years. So, he has a number of connections in his Rolodex of numbers. I would not be stunned if God or Jesus is on one of many telephone book he has tucked below his desk.” – Cam Newton on Invoice Belichick
This may be the quote of the yr proper therefrom Patriots QB Cam Newton after Thursday’s observation, in response to the Patriots web site.
Now, whereas New England remains to be a good way and a few divine interventions away from cracking our prime 10 NFL Power Rankings, they’re now winners of two in a row heading into Houston this Sunday. A victory there places them at 5-5, again at .500 for the primary time since week 4, and again within the chase for the wild card playoff chase.
As for our vaunted rankings, there’s not a number of motion on the prime, however plenty of change from groups 5 by means often. Additionally, we now have the Saints coping with critical harm to quarterback Drew Brees. He’s coping with 5 cracked ribs and a punctured lung that leaves him out for the indefinite future as he continues to get extra checks and opinions on the harm.
Plus, we’ve obtained some tasty prime 10 matchups because the Colts host the Packers, the Bucs host the Rams, and the Seahawks have already overwhelmed the Cardinals on Thursday of their NFC West rematch. Don’t overlook, after week 11, we’ve obtained Thanksgiving Day soccer with a trio of video games to be pleased about on Thursday.
So, let’s buckle up and deal with this week’s prime 10!
Better of Relaxation: Los Angeles Rams (6-3, Final week: not ranked), Baltimore Ravens (6-3, Final week: ranked fifth)
All of the sudden, the Rams have gone from an afterthought to being tied for the highest of the NFC West heading into week 11 though Seattle technically grabbed a half-game lead with the Thursday night time win over Arizona. The query for the Rams is how good are they? Their wins are over the Cowboys, Eagles, Washington, Giants, Bears, and Seahawks.
The Ravens have gotten to be kicking themselves after a Sunday night time misfire in Foxboro. Shedding to the Patriots leaves Baltimore three full video games behind Pittsburgh within the AFC North and now trying to combat for the wild card.
10. Arizona Cardinals (6-4, Final week: ranked Better of Relaxation / * – already performed in week 11)
Discuss your vary of feelings for the Cardinals. They go from profitable on a Hail Murray cross from Kyler Murray to DeAndre Hopkins on Sunday in opposition to the Payments to not with the ability to full a final-minute game-tying drive, dropping in Seattle Thursday night time. Playing cards go from first to 3rd in 5 days.
9. Indianapolis Colts (6-3, Final week: ranked ninth)
The Colts need to be feeling good about themselves. 10 days off after a highway win in Tennessee finds the Colts with a chance to knock off the 7-2 Packers at the house this Sunday within the marquee match-up of the weekend. If anybody can decelerate Aaron Rodgers and buddies, it’s the NFL’s top-ranked protection. Then, it’s a rematch with the Titans in week 12 in Indy, A two-game house profitable streak is simply what Frank Reich’s workforce must solidify a house recreation in January.
8. Miami Dolphins (6-3, Final week: ranked tenth)
Don’t look know, however not solely is Miami the most popular workforce not named Pittsburgh today, however, issues may get a lot better within the close to future too. Up forward after the Broncos this week in Denver is the winless Jets after which the last-place Bengals earlier than hitting the iron of the Chiefs, Patriots, Raiders, and Payments to shut out the season. The Dolphins may very well be 9-3 heading into week 14.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3, Final week: ranked seventh)
Will this be the week the Bucs finish their rollercoaster trip and put two back-to-back good video games collectively? It’ll be powerful in opposition to the Rams, ranked 2nd in whole protection. However then once more, the Buccaneers are ranked third in whole protection too. A house win over the Rams Monday night time would do wonders as they battle the Saints, who are actually going through query marks without Drew Brees, for the NFC South Division title. Subsequent week, it’s the Chiefs earlier than a much-needed week 13 bye.
6. Seattle Seahawks (7-3, Final week: ranked eighth / * – already performed in week 11)
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks obtained off the two-game dropping snide Thursday night time with a way more balanced 28-21 win over the Cardinals. It was the primary time Wilson threw for below 200 yards all season as Carlos Hyde returned to guide a floor assault that was good for 165 yards. Up forward, the highway will get simpler with the Eagles, Giants, Jets, and Washington over the following 4 weeks.
5. Buffalo Payments (7-3, Final week: ranked sixth)
Such heartbreak for the Payments. Quarterback Josh Allen leads his workforce to a season-defining drive, culminated with a terrific landing toss to Stefon Diggs to place Buffalo on prime, solely to see a Hail Murray snap the victory away. Concern, not Buffalo. A final-second highway loss to the Playing cards is nothing to hold your heads on. The AFC East Division title remains to be yours for the taking. Plus, the Dolphins nonetheless should come to Orchard Park in week 17.
4. Inexperienced Bay Packers (7-2, Final week: ranked 4th)
After this week’s recreation in Indianapolis, the Packers have the best highway to the playoffs. Inexperienced Bay faces the Bears (twice), Eagles, Lions, Panthers, and Titans. The Packers can’t afford any extra lackluster performances although like a final week at a house in opposition to Jacksonville. The Jaguars almost pulled a monumental upset.
3. New Orleans Saints (7-2, Final week: ranked third)
With Drew Brees out for no less than three weeks now that he’s on injured reserve in response to NFL.com, it’ll be Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston main the best way for the Saints. Hill is the anticipated starter per ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday, however, search for Winston to get some reps as properly. Simply as they did final season when Teddy Bridgewater went 5-0 in Brees’ absence, New Orleans might want to keep on the monitor in the event that they need to maintain off Tampa within the NFC South.
2. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (8-1, Final week: ranked 2nd)
Are you able to say revenge week? The Chiefs head to Las Vegas Sunday night time to attempt to avenge the Raiders 40-32 win again in week 5, KC”s solely lack of the season. As if Kansas Metropolis wanted any assistance, many of the Raider’s beginning protection isn’t working towards this week on account of shut contacts with COVID-19. YIKES! After this one, it’s a tasty deal with in opposition to Tom Brady and the Bucs in week 12.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-0, Final week: ranked 1st)
Week 11 is the pure definition of a lure recreation for the Steelers. They play in Jacksonville Sunday in opposition to a nasty Jaguars workforce whereas a Thanksgiving Day recreation in opposition to hated rival Baltimore lays straight forward on Thursday. To remain on prime, they’ll need to keep away from the turkey lure! The Steelers proceed to get it executed on protection, main the NFL with a mean of 4 quarterback sacks per recreation.
Better of Relaxation: Cardinals