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NFL Power Rankings Week 11 - Back in Black

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Cleveland Browns HC Pat Shurmur -engineer of mind-numbingly pedestrian offenses and apparently, sideline male model.
Cleveland Browns HC Pat Shurmur -engineer of mind-numbingly pedestrian offenses and apparently, sideline male model.

  Well I missed last week due to an insane personal schedule and heart pains due to a football game I watched but that has been conveniently removed from my memory.

  In any case, the power ranking aggregate is back fresh off another Rams win albeit an ugly undeserving one. And save for one set of rankings, that win either pushed the Rams up a bit or saw them hold position. But let's be fair - beating a fellow bottom-dweller and in unconvincing fashion is hardly a win that you want to hang your hat on.

  The Rams are now looking at five divisional games down the stretch starting with a trip to Seattle on Sunday where what looked like a promising return to prominence 2010 season ended in misery, a misery that carried over to this season and has rolled right through the Ed. Yay.

Average ranking (# of rankings) 29.56 (9)
Average change from last week +0.44
Highest ranking (source) 28th (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 31st (Pro Football Weekly)
Biggest positive change (source) +2 (multiple sources)
Biggest negative change (source) -4 (Pro Football Talk)

SB Nation: 29th (31st last week, not previous power ranking aggregate)

So the Rams are a Patrick Peterson punt return away from putting three wins together. With games coming up against Seattle and Arizona, they can add to their win total.

The rest of the major power rankings after the jump.

ESPN: 30th (30th)

Not that anyone will offer sympathy, but the Rams already were severely depleted before their latest wave of injuries.

NFL.com: 28th (29th)

Steven Jackson had another monster game Sunday in a much-needed win, and his production is going too far under the radar. Much like 2009, when Jackson was a one-man gang with a bad back. In 2011, he has 825 yards from scrimmage on a team that has little in the way of offensive weapons. For all intents and purposes, Jackson IS the offense. The most underrated player in the league resides in St. Louis.

CBS Sports: 30th (31st)

They're still fighting for Steve Spagnuolo. I think he should keep his job.

Pro Football Talk: 30th (26th)

The next seven games will determine the future of Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis.

Pro Football Weekly: 31st (31st)

Jackson again on pace for 1,000 yards rushing, no playoff appearance.

Fox Sports: 29th (30th)

What a spectacular one-handed catch by Brandon Lloyd on Sunday. I don't understand why he has been unable to find a more permanent home in the NFL. Beating the Browns still counts as a win, but its kind of like the junior varsity beating the freshman team in a scrimmage.

National Football Post: 29th (31st)

The "highlights" from the Rams’ win over the Browns didn’t offer much.

Sports Illustrated: 30th (31st)

Midseason trades don't usually amount to all that much in the NFL, but the Rams' pickup of receiver Brandon Lloyd has been the exception to the rule. Lloyd scored the only St. Louis touchdown in last week's 13-12 win at Cleveland, and he has 21 catches for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first four games as a Ram. Had Lloyd stayed in Denver, he wouldn't have been even targeted that many times in the Broncos' run-first option offense.