NFL Power Rankings: 2008 Week 11 Edition
The teams changed addresses at Nos. 3 and 4 in the latest poll of our experts. The Panthers moved up after surviving a visit to Oakland, while the Steelers slid to No. 4 after suffering a home loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10. In the previous poll, the Steelers vaulted to No. 3 while the Panthers, who were enjoying a bye, ranked fourth.
The Tennessee Titans, the league's last unbeaten team, rank first after surviving a visit to Chicago. The No. 2 New York Giants beat NFC East rival the Philadelphia Eagles on the road, but the feat was not deemed worthy of dislodging the Titans from the No. 1 spot. The Washington Redskins, one of four teams enjoying the season's last bye week, remain No. 5 overall.
The big climbers this week were the New England Patriots (from No. 12 to No. 7) and Indianapolis Colts (from No. 15 to No. 10), each vaulting five rungs. The Patriots will have their newly restored top-10 status challenged Thursday when the No. 9 New York Jets visit.
The Eagles fell seven spots to No. 13 this week in the wake of their home loss to the Giants. Other big tumblers in this poll include the Chicago Bears (from No. 9 to No. 14), -- whose close call loss to the Titans apparently did not impress the voters -- the Green Bay Packers (from No. 16 to No. 21) and the New Orleans Saints (from No. 18 to No. 23).
We've called upon some of our voting members to provide team-by-team commentary. Thus, for your reading pleasure, you'll have:
• Tim Graham on the AFC East
• James Walker on the AFC North
• Paul Kuharsky on the AFC South
• Bill Williamson on the AFC West
• Matt Mosley on the NFC East
• Kevin Seifert on the NFC North
• Pat Yasinskas on the NFC South
• Mike Sando on the NFC West
The Jacksonville Jaguars continue their interesting trip through the season when the top-ranked Titans visit in Week 11. The No. 22 Jaguars split their bouts with the NFL's underlings, handing the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals a gift in Week 9 but keeping the Detroit Lions winless in Week 10. The unpredictable Jags could make a huge jump in the rankings by handing the Titans their first loss; Tennessee won 17-10 in the season opener in Nashville.
At the bottom of our rankings, the No. 32 Lions face the daunting task of beating the Panthers in Charlotte on Sunday. That would seem to be a mismatch. But in Week 10 the Panthers struggled with the No. 31 Raiders, who have not scored a touchdown in nine quarters. The Lions might find some hope in that.
(Editor's note: LW indicates each team's ranking last week.)