There were several upsets last weekend in the league. ESPN has all the scores and highlights for each and every game. First off the Chicago Bears showed who the real king of the jungle is by beating the Lions 22-34. The Saints blow the stripes off the Bengals with a “Fifty Burger” 51-14 in Ohio. Our first upset was the Browns over the Falcons, playing in Cleveland they won 16-28.
Our second and probably biggest upset of the week was the Patriots vs the Titans in Tennessee. The Titans held the Pats to just 10 points while scoring 34 on their way to victory. The Colts declaw the Jaguars by beating them 26-29 in Indianapolis. The Cardinals travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs and get their wings clipped 14-26. Maybe not an upset, but the Bills grounded the Jets 41-10.
The Redskins lower the boom on the Buccaneers beating them 16-3 in Tampa Bay. The Chargers leave the “Black Hole” with a black eye, when they beat the Raiders 20-6. The Packers wrap up some Dolphin with a win 12-31 in Green Bay. The Seahawks fly south to take on the Rams, but come away a with a loss 31-36.
The last upset of the week was the Cowboys vs the Eagles. This is a game the Eagles should have had, but the Boys ground the birds 27-20. On Monday night the Giants flew to San Francisco to take on the 49ers at Levi Stadium. The Giants dig out a win over the 49ers 27-23.
Power Rankings for the start of week 11 are as follows according to ESPN. Last week we saw the New Orleans Saints a top the chart at number one. This week is no different the Saints at 8-1 are still the team in which all others are measured. According to the article Sean Payton, the coach of the Saints has some issues with the defense, can they can stop the pass and better yet can they stop teams in the Red Zone. The Saints allow 72 percent of the trips inside the 20 yard line by teams to score a TD.
Second in the rankings remains the Kansas City Chiefs at 9-1. The Chiefs with their still improving defense are tied for first in sacks with 31. Their pass rush gives them some optimism going into the later part of the season.
At third in the rankings sit the LA Rams. This week the number 3 team takes on the number 2 team in Los Angles. The Rams vs the Chiefs game was supposed to take place in Mexico City, but due to field conditions was changed by the NFL to be played in LA as the Rams are playing as the home team. The Rams have allowed the 24th most rushing yards to teams they face. This will need to be addressed this Monday against the Chiefs.
In fourth we see the Chargers up one place from last weeks 5th position. The Chargers are allowing just 15.5 points per game on average during the teams 6 game winning streak. The Chargers also score a touchdown 33 percent of the times they reach the red zone. The defense is no slouch either having two goal line stops in each of the last two games. When it comes to defense I am buying what the Chargers are selling.
In fifth place this week we see the Pittsburgh Steelers up form last weeks 7th position. With the drama of Le’Veon Bell now behind them look for the Steelers to really come alive. The defense is already a top 10 and with 18 sacks during their 5 game winning streak they are a force to reckon with. With their running game on track along with a passing game in conjunction with Big Ben’s play making ability the Steelers have a very high ceiling.
This Thursday night we will see the 4-4-1 Green Bay Packers travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on 4-5 Seattle Seahawks. The Packers are 0-4 when playing away and the Hawks are 1-2 at home. Players to watch are Packers QB, Aaron Rodgers, Seahawks RB, Chris Carson and Packers WR, Davante Adams. Both teams are looking to right the seasons issues they have had with injuries. I give the edge to Seattle in this game due to home field advantage and that all of the Seahawks losses have been by just one score. One thing for sure is neither Russel Wilson nor Aaron Rodgers will disappoint this Thursday.