WCSN Week 11 Power Rankings

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Updated: November 21, 2012
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh single-handedly created a quarterback controversy during a press conference this week.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh single-handedly created a quarterback controversy during a press conference this week.

Proctologistics

As we approach the three quarter point in the season, the playoff picture is starting to come into focus. While a few teams at the top continue to win and solidify their position, the desperation of those fighting for the last few spots, has made for some interesting football.

The most bizarre game of the weekend had to belong to the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville stormed into Texas for a good old fashioned shootout. It took overtime for the Texans to dispatch the lowly Jaguars by a score of 43 – 37.

Two teams came out and served notice that, if you want to make it to the big dance, you’re going to have to deal with them. The New England Patriots swatted the Indianapolis Colts like an annoying fly, and the San Francisco 49ers put a beating on the Chicago Bears that caused Ditka and three million other fans to have miny strokes.

You said it

Bill Seeburger, a devout Lions fan, reached out to me last week after there loss to the Vikings, and told me he had a problem with my rankings. (Get in line! I know right?!) The shocking part is what he said:

“You have the Lions ranked too high.”

Well Bill, apparently the Lions agree. They dropped a home game against a division opponent to ensure I could no longer ignore their craptastic ineptitude.

Who’s Hot

Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, and Green Bay Packers for big wins on the road. Congratulations are also in order to the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers who both had statement games at home.

Honorable mention

Don’t look now, but the New Orleans Saints are back from the dead.

On the move

Moving on up are the New Orleans Saints (+8), Buffalo Bills (+7), New England (+4), Tampa Bay (+4), and San Francisco (+4). We have 5 teams that moved down 5 spots. Way to shit the bed, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, St Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, and Detroit Lions.

This was a wild and wacky week. I think you’ll all be surprised at our new #1.

Time to rank ‘em and spank ‘em.

Week 11 Power Rankings

Ranking
(Previous)
Team Record Comments
1
(Irrelevant)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 11-0 For the first time in a decade, the Irish hold the #1 spot. Welcome back!
1a
(5)
San Francisco 49ers 7-2-1 Who would have thought the most convincing win of the weekend would have caused a quarterback controversy?
2
(6)
New England Patriots 7-3 1 part offense, 1 part defense, and 1 part special teams is a recipe for success.
3
(1)
Houston Texans 9-1 I struggled leaving you this high. Don't make me look like an ass.
4
(2)
Atlanta Falcons 9-1 Matty Ice, my ass.
5
(7)
Baltimore Ravens 8-2 Ben or no Ben, winning at Pittsburgh is big.
6
(4)
Green Bay Packers 7-3 The NFCN has a new leader. What took you so long?
7
(8)
Denver Broncos 7-3 This team believes in itself, and sometimes that's all you need to get over the hump.
8
(3)
Chicago Bears 7-3 Since they don't have battered team shelters, I'm hiding you in the top 10. Nobody would think to look for you here.
9
(9)
Seattle Seahawks 6-4 You can thank the bye week for your standing. This week, you'll need to earn it with a win on the road.
10
(14)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-4 Greg Schiano has this team chopping wood.
11
(19)
New Orleans Saints 5-5 There are a lot of teams hoping they don't make the playoffs..
12
(12)
New York Giants 6-4 Our second installment of "saved by the bye".
13
(13)
Minnesota Vikings 6-4 Only Minnesota can suck the joy out of a bye week with a stadium update.
14
(11)
Indianapolis Colts 6-4 I'm beginning to wonder if their "Lucks" run out.
15
(10)
Pittsburgh Steelers 6-4 Ben goes down at the beginning of a tough divisional schedule. Looks like you picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue.
16
(18)
Cincinnati Bengals 5-5 They're not the prettiest girls at the dance, but they don't look terrible after a few beers.
17
(17)
Dallas Cowboys 5-5 Meh
18
(20)
Washington Redskins 4-6 RG III is making a good case for ROY.
19
(26)
Buffalo Bills 4-6 The average snowfall in Buffalo New York is 96.3 inches.
20
(15)
St Louis Rams 3-6-1 Losing to the Jets isn't the end of the world...
but you can see it from there!
* Rim-shot*
21
(16)
Miami Dolphins 4-6 The average snowfall in Miami..
Who am I kidding?
22
(25)
New York Jets 4-6 Settle down. You won one frickin' game.
23
(23)
San Diego Chargers 4-6 The knock for years is that you are the most talented, underachieving team. Personally, I don't see the talent.
24
(24)
Tennessee Titans 4-6 The last bye team of the season!
*Throws confetti*
25
(22)
Arizona Cardinals 4-6 The "losing isn't everything, it's the only thing" speech probably wasn't the best idea.
26
(21)
Detroit lions 4-6 Better, Bill?
27
(27)
Oakland Raiders 3-7 Congratulations, you're the best of the worst.
28
(29)
Carolina Panthers 2-8 Just smile and say, "Thank you, Philly".
29
(28)
Cleveland Browns 2-8 Props for scaring Dallas.
30
(28)
Philadelphia Eagles 3-7 Wow! Just, wow!
31
(31)
Jacksonville Jaguars 1-9 You played a 9-1 team, and nearly pulled off the upset. News flash: You still lost.
32
(32)
Kansas City Chiefs 1-9 Congratulations on scoring 6 points.

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179 comments
adambballn
adambballn

Fairley illness?  He couldn't wait for his wife to finish cooking the turkey?  Food poisoning?

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq.

That Jerome Bettis coin flip ordeal is still crazy to me

I wonder if you can challenge that lol

Rourke
Rourke

Less than one hour till kickoff! It's Lions/Texans first, right?

Rourke
Rourke

I have never liked Twitter because of the compressed form of communication. I also am disliking more and more how one-sided it is. People post comments as though they want answers, but 99% of the time they never respond to answers, so what is the point? It's like one big vanity fest: how many answers can I get to my question/comment/provocative statement/whatever, but I never interact back.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

woah.  Carimi got demoted too.  Two new starters.

 

niemerg1
niemerg1

i love the bears comment in the article...+100

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! (even you, LKP!)

 

I hope everyone enjoys the day - family, great food, and football.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

I wish the NFL could schedule Thanksgiving games a few weeks beforehand.  Schedule all the turkeys on Thanksgiving.  How appropriate would it be to watch Kansas City, Oakland, Philly, etc. today?  

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

Irony: Cowboys fan on ESPN Chicago saying the Bears are the most overrated team in the NFL.

 

I guess being a Cowboys fan does make him something of an expert on overrated teams.  

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

Marshall and Jeffery are gonna work out and train together all offseason. I really like the chances of Jeffery developing.  

 

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

So, Maized, I have a fantasy dilemma.  Do I start Colin Kaepernick, on the road but with a great matchup, or Tony Romo at home against a depleted Washington defense?  

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  In honor of the day, I vow not to be mean to Lions fans today.

Houndog
Houndog

Good Morning Gluttons, we shall gorge ourselves on Football and Food today, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Preparation_A
Preparation_A

Is it wrong that I might actually half-heartedly root for the Lions to win today, since that would make the Bears look even suckier?

Rourke
Rourke

  I am about to post BBAO. Got any suggestions for a picture?

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq.

  Speaking of which, I am torn between starting Stafford, Eli or Kaepernick

Doctor ϟ Professor ☧
Doctor ϟ Professor ☧ moderator

  and i picked up Minny's DST for this week..icing on the cake if Cutler is out.

Houndog
Houndog

  Who's gonna throw to them? Does Cutler ever work out?

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

  He was doing well as a rookie before he got hurt. If he keeps it up he could be a consistent threat.

Houndog
Houndog

  I had given that some thought, but LKP was here in true form yesterday, Lions fans get no sympathy from me today!

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

  

F-that! Mocking the Lions is a Thanksgiving tradition in my family!!!

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  Chicago beat Detroit head-to-head, so a Detroit win would actually make Chicago look better.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

  If they aren't playing the Packers, I always tend to root for the Lions on Thanksgiving.  Living in Michigan, you start to pity them.

adambballn
adambballn

   

 John Madden and the 8 legged turkey!

Rourke
Rourke

  Oo, that would be hard. I have to think Stafford will end up with the better numbers, but how many TDs he will actually throw is always the sticky question.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  It looks like they really realized they needed changes after the SF game.  Hopefully those changes include how they call plays for their offense.  

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

    If you count smoking and looking downtrodden "working out" then YES, he works out all the time!

Houndog
Houndog

    Fox Sports. not Harbaugh has said so, but I think he goes.  But I'd go with Romo!

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  according to reports from last night, yes.  But I still think I'm going with Romo as the safer thing.  

Preparation_A
Preparation_A

  

Word. I also now have a soft spot for their true fans because they seemed cool. Fuck the fevered though.

Rourke
Rourke

  I think we would see a rather sharp reduction in play on Thursday after playing a Monday game, particularly for road offenses. The record of road teams on Thursday Night Football is abysmal in the past couple of years.

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq.

  Which actually would be some interesting analysis. What happens when teams play on Thursday after playing Sunday.

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq.

  I have him in the lineup. Henne blew up Houston last week and they're on a short week, which I think favors the offense. 

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq.

    It's like they forgot Matt Forte is a top 10 running back, which is incredible because they just paid him a lot of money.

Houndog
Houndog

    Doesn't he like to exercise his Elbow too? Doing the Pabst Blue Ribbon curls!

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  I also have Fitzpatrick, who plays a generous Colts defense on Sunday, but that was my thinking too.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

  Yeah, that's the only problem, if you go with Kaepernick, You could get screwed if Harbaugh changes his mind saturday and Romo will have already played.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

  Lol at drafting I. Pead!

 

The fact that he has 1 win is pretty impressive then!

Preparation_A
Preparation_A

  

Nah, this is a guy who doesn't really pay attention to football, just likes to play fantasy to talk shit. He drafted I. Pead and B. Quick just for their names. Usually tries to draft Jordy Nelson because of the Star Trek connection. I assume he had no idea Terrell Owens was not going to be playing in the NFL this year, and has also not bothered to recognize that fact and drop him now 12 weeks in.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

Someone drafted Terrell Owens?!!!

 

Is the team owner Terrell Owens? I know he has a lot of time on his hands.

 

Preparation_A
Preparation_A

  

So, I'm playing the worst team in the league in FF this weekend. 1-10 and starting Terrell Owens and Arizona's 3rd string RB who's on IR. I am guaranteed to lose this one.