15 Biggest Winners and Losers From NFL Week 11
The Biggest Winners and Losers From NFL Week 11
The latest week of NFL action has come and gone. Week 11 is now in the books and as always, the entire landscape of the league has changed. Several teams took control of division races, while others opened things back up with a loss. The contenders and pretenders across the league have basically all been determined and now it's crunch time over the final six weeks.
When you look at the standings at this point in the season, you'll notice several playoff teams from a season ago that are out of the playoff race. We'll touch on some of the other losers from week 11 a few slides from now, but a couple of teams didn't make the list because they were already out of contention coming into play in week 11. Those teams are the: Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans.
All three teams will not be playing in January this upcoming year, that's for sure. The good news for all three is that there's still a good amount of talent in place on the roster. All three are just a few moves away from being right back in the thick of things next season.
The Falcons have been ridiculed by injuries, the Texans have had issues at QB and the Vikings are in need of some tweaks on defense and could also use a new signal caller. The only good thing about their terrible seasons in 2013? They'll all have high draft picks in next May's draft.
So those are a few of the losers that we already knew about. Now it's time to take a look at the biggest winners and losers from week 11. Some won big, others lost big, but most of these teams will live to fight another day. However, a couple of them have reached fork status. Here are the biggest winners and losers from NFL week 11:
Winner - Carolina Panthers
After six straight wins, you have to buy the Carolina Panthers. This is a playoff team that could be a force to be reckoned with in January.
Loser - New York Jets
With a chance to firmly establish themselves as a Wild Card team in the AFC, the Jets blew it in a big way in week 11. Their up and down play continued with a beating at the hands of the Bills.
Winner - New Orleans Saints
The Saints kept rolling in week 11 and also kept pace right behind the Seahawks. If New Orleans can get home field advantage in the playoffs, look out.
Loser - Detroit Lions
The Lions needed to go on the road and beat the Steelers in week 11 and they flat out couldn't get the job done. With the loss, Detroit opened things back up in the NFC North.
Winner - Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles ended a 10-game home losing streak and also established themselves as the favorite to win the NFC East.
Loser - Gary Kubiak
If the Texans' terrible season didn't already have Kubiak on the hot seat, his decision to bench Case Keenum hasn't certainly placed him there. It's tough to see him coaching the Texans in 2014.
Winner - Indianapolis Colts
The Colts basically locked up the AFC South in week 11 and now they're in position to make a run at the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs.
Loser - Green Bay Packers
The Packers are lost without Aaron Rodgers and it might be too late once he finally returns from his broken collarbone. The only good news? The Vikings are coming to town in week 12.
Loser - San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were rolling in October, but now after week 11, they've dropped two straight. This 49ers team needs to get healthy at receiver to have any shot at another Super Bowl run.
Winner - Cincinnati Bengals
After a win in week 11, the Bengals are in firm control of the AFC North. Only a late-season collapse will doom them now.
Winner - Matt McGloin
After going undrafted and being disrespected throughout his football career, McGloin led the Raiders to a big morale win in week 11. There could be a QB controversy in Oakland later this season.
Winner - Arizona Cardinals
Don't look now, but the Cardinals are 6-4 and in thick of the NFC Wild Card race. If they can beat a tough Colts team in week 12, you have to buy the Bruce Arians-led Cardinals.
Loser - Tennessee Titans
The Titans were basically done after Jake Locker went down in week 10, but now it's official after they blew a big lead against the Colts in week 11.
Winner - New York Giants
After losing six straight games to start the season, the Giants have won four in a row. As always, don't sleep on Tom Coughlin's bunch as the season winds down.
Loser - Washington Redskins
The Redksins aren't coming back from a 3-7 hole. The Eagles, Giants and Cowboys are all playing better football right now in 2013.