A common query around the NFL Media office today: "Can you believe it's Week 11 already?"
Yes, yes I can. I'm tired. The 32 teams are playing like 32 individual operations that can respond in 32 different ways to a matchup, making the NFL Power Rankings as challenging as ever.
Take the Steelers for example. They blew out the Colts. They blew out the Ravens, too, putting up 43 points on one of the best defenses in the league. Then Pittsburgh encounters the Jets' shoddy secondary ... and drops a big, fat egg -- painted on only one side, of course. Which leads me to ask: Do Steelers fans only paint one side of the egg on Easter? I digress.
Alright, enough shenanigans -- let's get on to the rankings. Remember, head-to-head results aren't the be-all, end-all at this point in the season, with so many games to consider for each team. And we try not to move teams that just had the week off. These stipulations can make the Power Rankings task a bit more difficult, you see. And we'd like to see your take on the NFL hierarchy, too: @HarrisonNFL is the place.
Let the dissension commence!
Massive win for the Cleveland Browns last Thursday, not only because it was the first divisional road win since 2008, but also because of the outstanding effort displayed on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil had to be as giddy as a kid getting his first G.I. Joe with swivel-arm battle grip. Speaking of, Cleveland has a tremendous opportunity to strengthen its grip on the AFC North with the Texans rolling into town, new quarterback included. </content:power-ranking>
a) Jadeveon Clowney to get up to speed.
b) Arian Foster to get healthy.
c) Ryan Mallet to figure out what he is doing.
d) Fans to drive out to where Gilley's used to be. (Rent "Urban Cowboy.")
e) Coaches to fully prepare for Cleveland, and perhaps, stay in the AFC playoff race.
Given that it is Veterans Day, it seems appropriate that we include this note in the D.C. blurb ... I'm a big believer in donating to charities that help veterans. Not all charities are created equal, but if this is something that's important to you, might I recommend FisherHouse.org, which provides comfortable housing where families can stay -- at no cost -- while veterans are receiving medical treatment.