By Bill Seals - Fred Altieri
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2020 NFL Power Rankings – Week 11

Rams Rise Up - Chargers Drop Down

 

November 19, 2020

Jevone Moore

Los Angeles Rams: 39-18 regular season record under head coach Sean McVay since 2017

1.Pittsburgh Steelers (9-0): The Steelers remain the only unbeaten in the NFL after an impressive 36-10 victory over the Bengals. With a three-game lead over the Browns and the Ravens, the Steelers can focus on securing the No. 1 overall playoff slot and getting a first-round bye, forcing any team that wants to win the AFC Championship to go through Pittsburgh. Next: -10 at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 47.5 (ATS: 7-2 – O/U: 4-3-2)

2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1): The Chiefs have won four straight division titles and look to be headed for a fifth straight division title. The only team standing in their way is the Raiders, who after their victory in Kansas City earlier this season, took a victory lap in their bus around the stadium. That did not sit well with head coach Andy Reid, who stated: "That's not our style.'' Guess who is coming to Las Vegas for a visit this week. Next: -6.5 at Las Vegas Raiders - Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 56.5 (ATS: 6-3 – O/U: 4-5)

3. Green Bay Packers (7-2): There is nothing standing in the way of another NFC North division title for the Packers this season. The Packers are up three games on the Bears in the loss column and neither the Bears nor the Vikings look capable of mounting much of a challenge for the NFC North title. Next: +2.5 at Indianapolis Colts – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 51.5 (ATS: 6-3 – O/U: 5-4)


4. Los Angeles Rams (6-3): The Rams defense was very impressive in their 23-16 win over the Seahawks on Sunday at SoFi Stadium. The Rams held quarterback Russell Wilson without a touchdown pass, intercepted two passes and sacked Wilson six times. Leonard Floyd has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10 for his three sacks and five quarterback hits of Wilson. Next: +3.5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mon, Nov. 23 – O/U: 47.5 (ATS: 5-4 – O/U: 2-7)

5. Las Vegas Raiders (6-3): The Raiders are 3-0 in the AFC West and leaving the Chargers and Broncos behind. In a much-anticipated rematch with the Chiefs, the Raiders get a chance to sweep the Chiefs. The Raiders will likely be without defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who tested positive for Covid-19. Next: +6.5 vs Kansas City Chiefs - Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 56.5 (ATS: 6-3 – O/U: 6-2-1)

6. New Orleans Saints (7-2): A medical evaluation of Saints quarterback Drew Brees has revealed that he has multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on the right side. Brees will be out for a minimum of two weeks and likely closer to four weeks. Next: -4.5 vs Atlanta Falcons – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 51 (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 7-2)


7. Miami Dolphins (6-3): The Dolphins have won five straight games after they easily defeated the Chargers, 29-21. The Dolphins took an early 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Dolphins continue to create scoring opportunities from their defense and special teams, which will make them tough if they make the playoffs. Next: -3.5 at Denver Broncos - Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 45 (ATS: 7-2 – O/U: 4-5)

8. Arizona Cardinals (6-3): The Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills played in the Game of the Week in the NFL Sunday and it was special. The game featured two of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL in Cardinal quarterback Kyler Murray and Bills quarterback Josh Allen. The Cardinals won 32-30 in a game that should be an instant classic. Next: +3 at Seattle Seahawks - Thu, Nov. 19 – O/U: 58 (ATS: 5-4 – O/U: 3-6)

9. Buffalo Bills (7-3): Quarterback Josh Allen threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns, caught a 12-yard touchdown pass, and led the Bills in rushing with 35 rushing yards on the ground. Allen's second touchdown pass, a 21-yard pass to Stefon Diggs with 34 seconds left appeared to be the winning touchdown throw...until the Miracle in the Desert. Next: Bye – Following: N/A vs Los Angeles Chargers - Sun, Nov. 29 – O/U: N/A (ATS: 5-5 – O/U: 7-2-1)

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3): Tight End Rob Gronkowski caught his 94th career TD pass from quarterback Tom Brady, as the Buccaneers got back on track with an easy win over the Panthers. Gronk and Brady have the 2nd-most touchdowns by a QB-receiver combo in NFL history. Next: +3.5 vs Los Angeles Rams - Mon, Nov. 23 – O/U: 47.5 (ATS: 5-5 – O/U: 6-4)


11. Indianapolis Colts (6-3): The Colts got a big victory in Nashville, knocking off the Titans, 34-17. Running back Nyheim Hines rushed for 70 yards and one touchdown and had five receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown. Rookie wide receiver Michael Pittman, a second-round pick of the Colts from USC, caught seven passes for 101 yards in the best game of his young NFL career. Next: -2.5 vs Green Bay Packers - Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 51.5 (ATS: 5-4 – O/U: 5-4)

12. Baltimore Ravens (6-3): Winning a division title does not look like a possibility this year for the Ravens. They are three games behind the Steelers, with games this week at home against the Titans and on Thanksgiving Night in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. The Ravens need to win this weekend to stay in the wild-card playoff race. Next: -6.5 vs Tennessee Titans – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 49 (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 3-6)

13. Cleveland Browns (6-3): The Browns are ranked 23rd in total offensive yardage per game and 15th in total defensive yardage per game. Statistically, the Browns are nothing special. But a look at their schedule shows remaining games with the Eagles, Jaguars, Jets and Giants. They look like a 10-win team. Next: -3.5 vs Philadelphia Eagles - Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 46.5 (ATS: 3-6 – O/U: 5-4)

14. Tennessee Titans (6-3): The Titans were soundly beaten by the Colts at home and have now lost three of their last four games. The next two weeks will not get any easier, with road games at Baltimore and Indianapolis. Next: +6.5 at Baltimore Ravens – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 49 (ATS: 3-6 – O/U: 6-2-1)

15. Seattle Seahawks (6-3): The Seahawks have committed ten turnovers in the past four games and as one might expect, have lost three of those four games. Quarterback Russell Wilson has hit a wall and needs some help, especially from the defense and the offensive line. Next: -3 vs Arizona Cardinals – Thu, Nov. 19 – O/U: 58 (ATS: 5-4 – O/U: 6-3)

16. Minnesota Vikings (4-5): The Vikings held the anemic Bears offense to 149 yards in total offense in their win on Monday Night in Chicago. The Vikings get the Cowboys, the Panthers, and the Jaguars over the next three weeks, so there is an opportunity to make a playoff run. Next: -8 vs Dallas Cowboys – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 47.5 (ATS: 6-3 – O/U: 6-3)

17. New England Patriots (4-5): The Pats stunned the Ravens on Sunday Night, 23-17, behind the passing of wide receiver Jakobi Meyers, who threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to running back Rex Burkhead. Meyers also caught 5 passes for 59 yards and running back Damien Harris rushed for 121 yards in the upset victory. Next: -2 at Houston Texans – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 48 (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 4-5)

18. San Francisco 49ers (4-6): The 49ers have claimed former first round pick Takk McKinley, who was recently waived by the Falcons. McKinley starred at defensive end for UCLA and played his high school football in the Bay Area at Kennedy high school in Richmond, California. The 49ers need help at defensive end due to several key injuries at the position. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A at Los Angeles Rams – Sun, Nov 29 – O/U: N/A (ATS: 4-6 – O/U: 5-5)

19. Detroit Lions (4-5): Matt Prater connected on a 59-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Lions to a 30-27 win over the Washington Football Team. Prater also made a 53-yard field goal as the Lions kept their hopes alive for a playoff spot with the victory. Next: -1.5 at Carolina Panthers – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U 49 (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 6-3)


20. Chicago Bears (5-5): Cordarrelle Patterson had a 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on Monday in the Bears loss at home to the Vikings. It was the No. 8 kickoff return for a touchdown for Paterson in his career. That ties Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington for the most kickoff return touchdowns in NFL history. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A at Green Bay Packers – Sun, Nov. 29 – O/U: N/A (ATS: 5-5 – O/U: 3-7)

21. New York Giants (3-7): The Giants have won two in a row and three of their last five games. To celebrate, head coach Joe Judge fired their offensive line coach, Marc Columbo. Pro Football Focus has the Giants rated last in pass blocking and 29th in run blocking, so the firing was not a complete surprise, but the timing was. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A at Cincinnati Bengals - Sun, Nov. 29 – O/U: 44 (ATS: 7-3 – O/U: 3-7)

22. Carolina Panthers (3-7): The Panthers have lost five straight game and are sinking fast. Running back Christian McCaffrey has again been ruled out for this weekend with an injured shoulder and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a sprained MCL and may not play this weekend. Next: -1.5 vs Detroit Lions – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U 49 (ATS: 5-5 – O/U: 5-5)

23. Denver Broncos (3-6): Drew Lock had a horrible game against the Raiders, throwing four interceptions and getting knocked out with a severe strain and bruising of his ribs. He is considered week-to-week. Head Coach Vic Fangio might be in that category as well after his team got trounced by the Raiders, 37-12. Next: +3.5 vs Miami Dolphins - Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 45 (ATS: 5-4 – O/U: 5-4)

24. Atlanta Falcons (3-6): The Falcons could have a huge impact on the playoffs over their last seven games. In the division, they play the Saints twice and the Falcons twice. The other three games are all against the AFC West, with a game at home against the Raiders, and games on the road against the Chiefs and the Chargers. Next: +4.5 at New Orleans Saints – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 51 (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 5-4)

25. Los Angeles Chargers (2-7): The Chargers have lost six of their last seven games. Injuries have taken a toll on the team, but there is an attention to detail that seems to be lacking at crucial points in every game. Head Coach Anthony Lynn cannot afford a loss to his next opponent and hope to keep his job. Next: -8.5 vs New York Jets - Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 47 (ATS: 5-4 – O/U: 6-3)

26. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5-1): Quarterback Carson Wentz has been sacked 35 times this season, more than any other starting quarterback in the NFL. Wentz has thrown 12 interceptions, more than any other NFL quarterback. It has been a rough season for Wentz. Next: +3.5 at Cleveland Browns – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 46.5 (ATS: 3-6 – O/U: 4-5)

27. Washington Football Team (2-7): Antonio Gibson has been the Washington Football Team's most productive running back with 436 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. Alex Smith threw for 390 yards last week in the loss to Detroit and appears to have won the starting job for the rest of the season. With Smith and Gibson on offense, the WFT could win the NFC East. Next: -1.5 vs Cincinnati Bengals – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 46.5 (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 4-5)

28. Cincinnati Bengals (2-6-1): Rookie wide receiver has 40 receptions, 4 for touchdowns, as he is fast becoming a favorite of fellow rookie, quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow was selected with the first pick overall and Higgins was selected in the second round. Next: +1.5 at Washington Football Team - Sun, Nov. 2 – O/U: 46.5 (ATS: 6-3 – O/U 5-3-1)

29. Houston Texans (2-7): The Texans are last in the NFL against the run, giving up an average of 167.4 yards per game. The Chicago Bears are last in running the football, averaging 78.2 yards per game on the ground. In what should be a classic matchup, the Texans meet the Bears on December 13th. Next: +2 vs New England Patriots – Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 48 (ATS: 2-7 – O/U: 5-4)


30. Dallas Cowboys (2-7): Cowboys punter Chris Jones is done for the season after surgery to repair a sports hernia. Hunter Niswander made his NFL debut against the Steelers, but he may not last long. The Cowboys brought in former Raider punter Marquette King for a workout and he may end up on the roster. King has a powerful leg and is a good kicker but was cut by Jon Gruden due to personal foul penalties. Gruden did not need a punter with personality. Next: +8 at Minnesota Vikings - Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U 47.5 (ATS: 1-8 – O/U 4-5)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8): Jaguar head coach Doug Marrone has a 12-29 record since he led the Jaguars to the AFC Championship game at the end of the 2017 season. The Jaguars have lost eight consecutive games since their opening day win over the Colts. Marrone will likely be replaced at the end of the season. Next: +10 vs Pittsburgh Steelers - Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 47.5 (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 5-4)

32. New York Jets (0-9): Looking at the Jets schedule, they do not appear to have a win on their schedule for the rest of the season. Games against the Dolphins, Raiders, Seahawks. Rams, Browns and at the Patriots do not look too inviting. Their best shot may come this weekend. Next: +8.5 at Los Angeles Chargers - Sun, Nov. 22 – O/U: 47 (ATS: 2-7 – O/U: 4-5)

LA Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers: 28-29 regular season record under head coach Anthony Lynn since 2017

 

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