By Matt Vensel
12:30 PM EST, November 7, 2011
Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in).
Here's the balance of power heading into Monday night’s Week 9 finale between the Eagles and Bears:
1. Packers: This week’s ridiculous Aaron Rodgers stat: His passer rating is 129.1 -- 28.5 points higher than Drew Brees.
2. Ravens: Anything less than an AFC North title and a first-round playoff bye will now be a major disappointment.
3. 49ers: When healthy, Frank Gore is one of the best backs in the NFL. That’s five straight 100-yard rushing games.
4. Giants: They look like a legit title threat now, but we’ll know for sure after games against the 49ers, Eagles, Saints and Packers.
5. Saints: New Orleans bounced back from a bad loss to St. Louis with a convincing win over Tampa Bay. Up next is Atlanta.
6. Steelers: They aren’t as good as the Ravens this year, but they are still one of the best bets in the wide-open AFC.
7. Patriots: The Patriots have lost two games in a row heading into a huge road clash against the Jets in New York.
8. Falcons: The gamble to trade a slew of picks to the Browns in order to draft Julio Jones has paid off for the Falcons.
9. Lions: My fantasy teams survived without Matthew Stafford this week thanks to Tim Tebow. That’s all I have to say about Detroit’s bye week.
10. Jets: Kudos to Rex Ryan for remembering that his quarterback is Mark Sanchez then getting back to the ground game.
11. Bengals: Are the Bengals the real deal? That’s the question, one that will get answered soon with four games against the Ravens and Steelers.
Biggest rise (not on the list): The Texans, who have won three straight games since losing to the Ravens.
Biggest fall (not on the list): The Bills, who have lost three of five games since their landmark win over the Patriots.
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