There has been a changing of the guard in the NFC this season and it shows in the new edition of NFL Power Rankings at The Wife Hates Sports.
Every year brings forward a few surprise teams and shocking performances, but four in one conference?
The New Orleans Saints are running the ball with success – gasp!
The Philadelphia Eagles have the best record and Carson Wentz is a legitimate MVP candidate – you don’t say?
The Minnesota Vikings are winning, despite being without its top running back and quarterback – get outta here, man!
And finally, the Los Angeles Rams are dominating with a second-year QB and the league’s youngest head coach – when will the madness stop?
Despite being clouded by protests, suspensions and other various distractions, the National Football League might just be enjoying one of its best and most unpredictable seasons ever.
Heading into Week 11, the aforementioned NFC four-pack lands in the top four slots of the NFL Power Rankings, with the Rams firmly planted in first place, followed by the Eagles, Saints and Vikings.
Here’s where each squad sits in the rankings after Week 10, with some stats and notes included for all 32 teams:
KP’s NFL Power Rankings: November 16, 2017
*Stats, records and information through Week 10 of the 2017 NFL season
- Los Angeles Rams (214 points)
The stats really tell the story, especially on offense. Just look at Jared Goff:
2016 (7 games): 1,089 passing yards, 5 TD, 7 INT, 63.6 rating
2017 (9 games): 2,385 passing yards, 16 TD, 4 INT, 101.5 rating
- Philadelphia Eagles (210 points)
Carson Wentz has 23 passing touchdowns on the season, which is the best in the NFL and better than both Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco combined.
- New Orleans Saints (208 points)
For years, the Saints have been a pass first team. Heading into Week 11, the New Orleans two-headed monster of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara has combined to rush for over 1,000 yards.
- Minnesota Vikings (177 points)
Who needs Teddy Bridgewater? Case Keenum is enjoying career highs in completion percentage (64.9), touchdown passes (11) and QB rating (92.6) this season.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (175 points)
Ben Roethlisberger (12 TD, 10 INT) is not having a “Big Ben” kind of season. Despite that fact, Le’Veon Bell leads the NFL in rushing (840 yards) and Antonio Brown leads in receiving (882 yards).
- Jacksonville Jaguars (161 points)
Good luck stopping the Jags in the trenches. Jacksonville features the top rushing offense (163 ypg), as well as the top passing defense (165.1 ypg allowed), forcing opponents to try to match them run for run.
- Carolina Panthers (158 points)
Cam Newton has three games with three or more passing touchdowns and that has all been accomplished without the likes of Greg Olsen for most of the season and Kelvin Benjamin for part of it.
- New England Patriots (152 points)
When will age slow Tom Brady down? New England’s ageless wonder leads the league in passing (2,807 yards), guiding the Patriots and its number one ranked offense (409.4 ypg).
- Seattle Seahawks (139 points)
Just how one-dimensional are the Seahawks? Russell Wilson leads the team in rushing (290 yards) and worse yet, Chris Carson (injured weeks ago) is second with 208 yards.
- Kansas City Chiefs (113 points)
Alex Smith deserves more love in the MVP race. Kansas City’s signal caller has just one INT (coupled with 18 passing TD’s), the fewest of any regular starter this season.
- Dallas Cowboys (109 points)
In its first game without Ezekiel Elliott (suspension), the Cowboys managed 107 rushing yards over 21 carries, a solid average. The seven points was a season-low, however, and one has to wonder how Dallas can adjust to defenses focusing more on Dak and the pass game.
- Atlanta Falcons (103 points)
The offense without Kyle Shanahan has taken a major step back. Matt Ryan has just two 300-yard passing games this season and Julio Jones has just two 100-yard receiving games.
- Tennessee Titans (98 points)
Of all the current playoff representatives (if the season ended today), the Titans are the only team to not have a winning record on the road.
- Detroit Lions (91 points)
Matthew Stafford is quietly having a great season: 4th in passing yards (2,461), 6th in passing touchdowns (17) and top ten in QB rating (among regular starters).
- Green Bay Packers (60 points)
Brett Hundley might just be figuring things out, following a solid performance against the Bears, where he completed 72% of his passes and led the Packers to a must needed win.
- Baltimore Ravens (58 points)
The Ravens are dead last in passing offense and Jeremy Maclin is the team’s leading receiver, managing just 310 yards over 27 receptions.
- Washington Redskins (50 points)
Despite catastrophic injuries to its offensive line and skill positions, Kirk Cousins has managed the third most passing yards (2,474). He’s certainly earning that big contract, but with which franchise?
- Houston Texans (45 points)
With Deshaun Watson out on offense and J.J. Watt done on defense, has any other team lost more key contributors than the Texans?
- Buffalo Bills (43 points)
In a surprising move, the Bills have decided to bench Tyrod Taylor to go with rookie Nathan Peterman as its starting QB. Peterman went 7-10 for 79 yards and a TD during garbage time last week.
- Oakland Raiders (28 points)
Marshawn Lynch’s 76 rushing yards in Week 1 remain his best week what is a disappointing season.
- Los Angeles Chargers (23 points)
The duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram has combined for 17 sacks and 5 tackles for a loss.
- Arizona Cardinals (22 points)
In Arizona’s two wins since Adrian Peterson joined the team, the future Hall of Famer has 63 carries for 293 rushing yards. In its two losses, Peterson has 32 carries for just 50 yards.
- Chicago Bears (17 points)
Like the Ravens, the Bears have struggled in the passing game, with no receiver topping 30 receptions and Kendall Wright being the top performer, with just 305 total yards.
- Denver Broncos (15 points)
The Broncos do not land in the bottom ten in any of the four major categories (pass/run offense, pass/run defense), yet have a -73 point differential and NFL-worst -14 turnover differential.
- New York Jets (13 points)
Josh McCown has a higher QB rating than Derek Carr, Eli Manning, Andy Dalton, Philip Rivers, Jameis Winston, Ben Roethlisberger, Marcus Mariota and Cam Newton.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6 points)
The underachieving Bucs sit in the NFL’s bottom five in both rushing offense and pass defense.
- Cincinnati Bengals (-7 points)
As the struggles continue in Cincinnati, how many more lives will head cat Marvin Lewis have?
- Miami Dolphins (-16 points)
The Dolphins have played uninspired football offensively, averaging 275 ypg, which is 31st in the NFL.
- Indianapolis Colts (-56 points)
The Colts have allowed an NFL high 39 sacks, seven more than any other team.
- Cleveland Browns (-56 points)
In his rookie season, DeShone Kiser has 4 TD and 12 INT’s, while completing just 52.8 percent of his passes. He does, however, have four rushing touchdowns.
- New York Giants (-75 points)
The heat is clearly on Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning, but it should be noted that the Giants defense is ranked in the bottom five against both the pass and the run.
- San Francisco 49ers (-77 points)
In its nine losses prior to last week’s victory, the Niners had dropped five games by three points or less, with three of the other four defeats being by twenty or more points.
* All stats per NFL.com
The Wife Hates Sports’ NFL Power Rankings system has a method to its madness, attempting to be different and not just rank by popularity and record. It mixes a secret formula of eight completely different categories, meshed into a points system. The categories don’t just include team results regarding record, but how each team has performed on the road, as well as incorporating some statistics on both a team’s offense and defense, too.