The Reality Check Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

November 16, 2011 | Glenn Clark

16. Dallas Cowboys (LW:  17)

Hell of a performance Sunday. They’re still just 5-4, but they look to be moving in the right direction.

15. Tennessee Titans (LW:  20)

I know a group of people that had to be VERY happy to hear the news about Matt Schaub. This team just received life in the AFC South.

14. New York Jets (LW:  10)

I have no problem with Rex Ryan’s outburst. I guess reports of the Jets’ return to prominence were premature.

13. Atlanta Falcons (LW:  11)

Do you get the feeling Mike Smith will be thinking about his decision for a long time to come?

12. Oakland Raiders (LW:  19)

The Carson Palmer move sure as hell looked better Thursday night.

11. Detroit Lions (LW:  5)

Matt Stafford throwing picks-not a good recipe for Motor City victory.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (LW:  7)

They have another chance to make an AFC North statement Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. I pray to God they don’t.

9. Houston Texans (LW:  9)

They had the AFC South clinched…right up until the point where they had to play Matt Leinart.

8. Chicago Bears (LW:  12)

They can’t win the NFC North, but they just put themselves in a hell of a spot in the Wild Card race.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW:  8)

They’re like zombies. They just won’t die.

6. Baltimore Ravens (LW:  2)

To be the best team in the AFC, you’ll have to deal better with success.

5. New England Patriots (LW:  13)

The conference is so out of whack that they’re the best team a week after losing back to back games.

4. New York Giants (LW:  4)

In my heart I don’t believe they’re this good.

3. New Orleans Saints (LW:  6)

I don’t know how much the return of Sean Payton to the sidelines helped, but I’ll guess it did.

2. San Francisco 49ers (LW:  3)

The defense is excellent. The team has answered all questions. What else can be said?

1. Green Bay Packers (LW:  1)

They sure are.