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NFL Power Rankings Week 11

Because the NFL Energy Rankings dive into the second half of the season, we determined to be gluttons for punishment and play the “What if?” sport. We requested each NFL Nation reporter one factor that the groups they cowl have executed in 2020 that they want they may take again. From clumsy in-game selections (just like the Falcons’ onside kick protection) to offseason personnel selections that did not work out (cough, DeAndre Hopkins, cough) to potential strikes that had been by no means executed, we reminisce about errors that had been made.

How we rank in our Energy Rankings: Our energy panel — a gaggle of greater than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — evaluates how groups stack up all through the season.

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Week 10 rating: 1

What would they take again: Chopping Jordan Berry

When your team is 9-0, it is onerous to wish to take again something. That leaves us with the punter scenario. Looking for extra constant distance, the Steelers minimize Berry and signed veteran Dustin Colquitt simply earlier than the season. However that experiment did not final lengthy when the Tremendous Bowl champ averaged 43.1 yards per punt — decrease than Berry’s 45.5 common in 2019. The Steelers minimize Colquitt after 5 video games and introduced Berry again. Because the swap, Berry has averaged 47.4 yards per punt. The punter swap clearly did not value the Steelers any video games, nevertheless it made some extra hectic than they wanted to be. — Brooke Pryor

Week 10 rating: 2

What would they take again: Not dealing with the Raiders’ passing sport in Week 5

Between an ineffective cross rush and unfavorable matchups towards huge receivers down the sphere, the Chiefs did not have a lot of a defensive sport plan towards the Raiders when the groups performed in October. The outcomes had been 4 Las Vegas cross performs of a minimum of 40 yards, 40 Raiders factors and the one Chiefs lack of the season. The Chiefs will show how effectively they realized their classes on Sunday, when the groups get collectively once more, this time in Nevada. — Adam Teicher

Week 10 rating: 4

What would they take again: Drafting Jordan Love within the first spherical

Considered one of normal supervisor Brian Gutekunst’s duties is to seek out the quarterback of the long run, however with the way in which Aaron Rodgers has performed this season, that future may very well be a good distance off. To make sure, Gutekunst could not have identified Rodgers would return to his MVP degree; however in hindsight, the GM might need been higher off by buying and selling as much as take, say, linebacker Patrick Queen or a large receiver as a substitute of transferring as much as decide a quarterback. Now, even when Rodgers continues to play at this degree, the Packers are going to have to show to Love to seek out out whether or not he can play, maybe transferring on from Rodgers too quickly. — Rob Demovsky



Ryan Clark weighs in on who the Saints ought to begin at quarterback with Drew Brees sidelined with fractured ribs and a collapsed lung,

Week 10 rating: 5

What would they take again: Their protection on Allen Lazard in Week 3

I am getting particular right here because it’s onerous to argue with a lot of the Saints’ offseason personnel selections. (They had been hoping first-round decide Cesar Ruiz would develop quicker at proper guard, however that place was nonetheless an enormous want.) So I am going to let their protection hit the reset button on a Week 3 loss to Inexperienced Bay that would wind up having main playoff seeding implications. The Saints’ secondary acquired off to a gradual begin this season with some inexplicable protection busts — together with two deep passes of 72 and 48 yards they gave as much as Lazard. They might love a do-over after cleansing up these points in current weeks. — Mike Triplett

Week 10 rating: 3

What would they take again: Not including a confirmed No. 1 huge receiver

The Ravens wanted to assist out Lamar Jackson this offseason, as Arizona and Buffalo did with their younger quarterbacks. The Cardinals acquired DeAndre Hopkins for Kyler Murray, and the Payments acquired Stefon Diggs for Josh Allen. The most important veteran addition at huge receiver for Baltimore was Dez Bryant, who hadn’t performed in three years. Jackson ranks twenty fourth in passing yards (1,762) and twenty sixth in completion price (64%). — Jamison Hensley



Ryan Clark and Stephen A. Smith debate whether or not Tom Brady’s offense or the Buccaneers’ protection has the larger affect on Tampa Bay’s success.

Week 10 rating: 8

What would they take again: Inserting Joe Haeg into the lineup as a substitute of A.Q. Shipley in Week 9

Nothing went proper in that Saints sport, nevertheless it all has to undergo Tom Brady, and he could not undergo his progressions correctly when pressured on over 46% of his dropbacks — essentially the most he has confronted since 2016. Having Shipley step into center and transferring Ryan Jensen to left guard in Week 10 towards the Panthers supplied significantly better leads to the absence of Ali Marpet, though the Panthers have a weaker rush. The Bucs acquired swept by the Saints, which may finally decide the NFC South champion. — Jenna Laine

Week 10 rating: 6

What would they take again: DeAndre Hopkins‘ game-winning Hail Mary catch

There’s not a lot you are able to do when arguably one of the best huge receiver within the NFL makes a play worthy of that title, however the Payments would love a redo on Hopkins’ 43-yard Hail Mary seize in triple protection on the finish of their Week 10 loss. If Buffalo’s cross rush may have contained Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray higher, maybe he by no means would have scrambled out of the pocket lengthy sufficient to seek out Hopkins downfield. And if the Payments’ three defenders timed their jumps higher, maybe Hopkins would have by no means made the catch. We’re nitpicking what-if situations, however that is the title of this train, proper? — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Week 10 rating: 10

What would they take again: Any of Kyler Murray‘s three interceptions towards the Lions in Week 3

All three occurred in Detroit territory. Mixed, they led to 10 Lions factors, as Arizona misplaced its first sport of the season on a last-second subject purpose to a group it ought to have defeated. Had the Cardinals received that sport, they’d be in sole possession of first place within the NFC West as a substitute of the three-way tie during which they presently reside. — Josh Weinfuss



Stephen A. Smith breaks down why the Rams stands out as the group to beat popping out of the NFC West.

Week 10 rating: 11

What would they take again: Selecting Samuel Sloman to be their kicker

The Rams went into 2020 needing a brand new kicker after Greg Zuerlein signed with the Cowboys. They held a contest that included CFL kicker Lirim Hajrullahu, former XFL kicker Austin MacGinnis and Sloman, a seventh-round decide. Hajrullahu and MacGinnis appeared to guide the competition a lot of the manner, however the Rams opted to maintain Sloman. Quick-forward and Sloman was waived after Week 7 due to inconsistencies and the Rams signed veteran Kai Forbath, who hasn’t carried out significantly better. In two video games, Forbath has transformed 2 of three subject purpose makes an attempt, and he’s 4-of-5 on PATs. The Rams should stabilize their kicking scenario in the event that they plan to make a playoff run. — Lindsey Thiry

Week 10 rating: 7

What would they take again: Paying Greg Olsen $7 million

It was a superbly logical transfer so as to add a Professional Bowl tight finish to an offense that was going to be leaning extra on Russell Wilson and its passing sport. And it is not as if Olsen has been a whole bust. However the Seahawks have not gotten sufficient bang (21 catches, 204 yards, one landing) for the $7 million they’re paying Olsen on his one-year deal. Now that we all know their protection has been setting or threatening information for futility, that cash would have been higher spent on somebody who may bolster a cross rush that was an enormous query mark heading into the season. — Brady Henderson

Week 10 rating: 12

What would they take again: CB Xavier Rhodes caught peeking in Week 1

There are presently 9 groups, together with the Colts, with a minimum of a 6-3 file within the AFC. Rhodes and the Colts would possibly remorse their Week 1 loss at woeful Jacksonville in the event that they miss the playoffs or do not earn a playoff house sport. About the one unhealthy factor Rhodes — who the Colts signed to a one-year contract — has executed this season is get caught peeking within the backfield on the Jaguars’ go-ahead landing to Keelan Cole, as Rhodes was a minimum of 10 yards behind Cole when the wideout caught it. — Mike Wells

Week 10 rating: 9

What would they take again: Signing Vic Beasley Jr. as a free agent

The Titans thought they had been including pass-rushing assist once they signed Beasley, who posted eight sacks with the Falcons in 2019. Regardless of questions on Beasley’s work ethic, the Titans assumed their blue-collar locker room and a clear slate would permit Beasley to thrive. Their $9.5 million funding did not repay. Beasley acquired off to a horrible begin by reporting to coaching camp 10 days late for unexcused causes. The Titans launched Beasley after solely 5 video games. Beasley performed solely 19% of the defensive snaps, ending with three tackles and 0 sacks. — Turron Davenport

Week 10 rating: 14

What would they take again: Signing Jordan Howard

The Dolphins tried a brief repair at operating again with Howard and Matt Breida as a substitute of taking a number of possibilities so as to add a long-term operating again within the 2020 draft. Taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire or D’Andre Swift late in Spherical 1 or Jonathan Taylor, J.K. Dobbins or Antonio Gibson in Spherical 2 with one in all their 5 alternatives in these rounds appeared like a greater transfer. Howard, inked to a two-year, $9.75 million deal in March and waived Monday, had 28 carries for 33 yards and was a wholesome scratch for 4 video games. The excellent news is Miami will get one other crack at correcting this within the 2021 draft. — Cameron Wolfe

Week 10 rating: 13

What would they take again: Drafting Lynn Bowden Jr. in Spherical 3

Taking essentially the most versatile participant within the draft at No. 80 total appeared a stroke of genius on the time. However Bowden by no means performed a snap with the Raiders after they traded him and a conditional sixth-round decide to the Dolphins for a fourth-round decide after coaching camp. GM Mike Mayock insisted it was purely a soccer determination, because the Raiders had been attempting to transform the WR/QB/KR into an NFL operating again. It turned out to be a wasted decide in a 3rd spherical during which the Raiders are presently 0-for-3. Bowden is gone, WR Bryan Edwards has been injured and LB Tanner Muse is on IR. — Paul Gutierrez

Week 10 rating: 16

What would they take again: Not including one other pass-rusher

It is onerous to fault the Browns for his or her mess at security, contemplating second-round decide Grant Delpit was misplaced for the season with an Achilles damage in coaching camp. However given its ample cap area, Cleveland may’ve been extra aggressive discovering assist for Myles Garrett, who’s third within the league in cross rush win price (no different Cleveland participant is within the prime 35). Whether or not it was being extra aggressive in signing Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffen or buying and selling for Yannick Ngakoue, the Browns most likely may’ve executed extra to spice up a protection that ranks simply twenty fourth in effectivity, even with Garrett. — Jake Trotter

Week 10 rating: 15

What would they take again: Signing Robert Quinn

The Bears spent lavishly on the veteran defensive finish to the tune of $30 million assured. Quinn has one sack in 9 video games. To make room for Quinn, the Bears launched former first-round decide Leonard Floyd within the offseason. Floyd, who now performs for the Rams, recorded three sacks versus the Seahawks in Week 10, giving him seven sacks in 9 video games for Los Angeles. Speak about your all-time backfires. — Jeff Dickerson

Week 10 rating: 17

What would they take again: Buying and selling DeForest Buckner

The logic behind buying and selling Buckner to the Colts was sound: He was about to land an enormous contract extension; the Niners wanted to re-sign key gamers comparable to Arik Armstead and Jimmie Ward; and San Francisco was in a position to make use of the decide acquired for Buckner to land an economical alternative in Javon Kinlaw. However on this injury-ravaged season, the 49ers miss Buckner’s distinctive mixture of sturdiness, productiveness and management much more than they may have identified on the time of the deal. — Nick Wagoner

Week 10 rating: 21

What would they take again: Cam Newton‘s fumble at Buffalo

If the ball was within the quarterback’s left hand or just higher protected, the Patriots a minimum of would have tied the Week 8 sport with a brief subject purpose (if not win it) late within the fourth quarter. The Patriots’ file would then probably be flipped to 5-4, and they might be 3-0 in division play. That marked the third sport this season the Patriots had misplaced within the fourth quarter when trailing by one rating with an opportunity to win. — Mike Reiss

Week 10 rating: 19

What would they take again: Buying and selling for Yannick Ngakoue

The Vikings acquired the 25-year-old defensive finish from Jacksonville with the thought that they’d finally be capable to pair him with Danielle Hunter. A neck damage Hunter sustained in camp that finally required season-ending surgical procedure precluded that from occurring, and the Vikings minimize bait on Ngakoue after six weeks, taking over $6.8 million in lifeless cap. What if the Vikings would have used their assets to as a substitute purchase an skilled cornerback to assist their younger secondary? What if Minnesota signed a veteran inside offensive lineman? Would these strikes have panned out higher long run than paying for lower than two months of labor from Ngakoue? — Courtney Cronin

Week 10 rating: 18

What would they take again: Fourth-and-1 to Alex Armah within the opener

The Panthers have arguably one of the best all-purpose again within the NFL in Christian McCaffrey and an opportunity to win Matt Rhule’s opener at house. Then on fourth-and-1 from the Las Vegas 46 with 1:23 remaining, they gave the ball to Armah, a fullback who was stuffed for no acquire. Very conservative name for offensive coordinator Joe Brady. The Raiders received 34-30, and that appeared to set the tone for a season during which the Panthers have not found out a approach to persistently end off video games, shedding 5 by eight factors or fewer and three by 4 or fewer. — David Newton



Mike Greenberg asks Ryan Clark for some evaluation on the Eagles’ file and is as a substitute handled to Clark’s impersonation of Greenberg on Philadelphia’s early-season tie.

Week 10 rating: 20

What would they take again: Not buying and selling for DeAndre Hopkins

The Eagles and Texans mentioned a Hopkins commerce earlier than he was dealt to the Cardinals. Given the compensation Houston was requesting (apparently better than the package deal it accepted from Arizona) and the amount of cash the cap-strapped Eagles must decide to the huge receiver, they determined to replenish within the draft as a substitute. Whereas that strategy would possibly work out long run, it is onerous to not watch that ridiculous Hail Mary seize between three defenders on Sunday and consider what might need been. — Tim McManus

Week 10 rating: 25

What would they take again: The fourth-quarter technique towards Chicago

The Lions had been up 17 factors within the season opener towards the Bears earlier than struggling a collapse, leading to a 27-24 defeat after D’Andre Swift dropped a cross in the long run zone on the Lions’ remaining drive. The mixture of Detroit’s conservative offensive play within the fourth quarter, a choice to strive a protracted subject purpose that backfired and the group’s insistence on heavy man protection turned a win right into a loss and instantly altered the tenor of the season. — Michael Rothstein

Week 10 rating: 22

What would they take again: Not selecting up Garett Bolles‘ fifth-year choice

Passing on Bolles’ fifth-year choice will value Denver within the quick time period. Had the Broncos engaged Bolles’ choice, he would have been paid barely greater than $11 million subsequent season. Whereas Bolles led the league in holding penalties throughout his first three seasons, he labored this previous offseason to get stronger, and he has performed with extra composure in addition to higher hand method. Some personnel executives consider he has performed in addition to any sort out within the league. The Broncos will face a choice, in addition to competitors for his providers, when he’s an unrestricted free agent in March. They will want to chop an enormous examine to maintain him. — Jeff Legwold

Week 10 rating: 24

What would they take again: Onside kick blunder in Week 2

Ever marvel the place the Falcons is perhaps at the moment had one in all three gamers fallen on an onside kick in Week 2? It was a comedy of errors and allowed Dallas to finish a comeback from 15 factors down within the remaining 5 minutes. It set the tone for head coach Dan Quinn to be fired after a Week 5 loss to the Panthers in addition to maybe for different fourth-quarter collapses that ensued. Not since 1933, based on ESPN Stats & Data analysis, had a group that scored 39 factors and had no turnovers misplaced. If Atlanta may have that second again and began the season 1-1, there is no telling the place it is perhaps within the NFC playoff image. — David Newton

Week 10 rating: 23

What would they take again: Not going for it on fourth down towards the Chiefs in Week 2

The Chargers might need upset the reigning Tremendous Bowl champions in Week 2 had they only gone for it as a substitute of punting on fourth-and-short on their first additional time possession. As an alternative, the Chargers selected to punt and provides the ball to Patrick Mahomes, who led the Chiefs to a successful subject purpose. This was the primary of many shut, irritating losses the Chargers have had, and it set a tone that wasn’t good. — Shelley Smith

Week 10 rating: 28

What would they take again: Evan Engram‘s drop versus Philly in Week 7

Let’s return to the Giants’ first assembly with Philadelphia, when Engram let a win slip by his palms. The Giants had an 11-point lead with slightly below 5 minutes left. After the Eagles made it a one-score contest, the Giants had an opportunity to place the sport away. All Engram needed to do was catch a superbly lofted Daniel Jones cross down the left sideline with simply over two minutes remaining. If he made the catch, the Giants can be 4-1 within the NFC East, with sweeps of Philadelphia and Washington, they usually’d be 4-6 total and in prime place to win the division with a cushion over the 2-6-1 Eagles. — Jordan Raanan

Week 10 rating: 26

What would they take again: Giving A.J. Green the franchise tag

Up to now, this determination hasn’t aged effectively in any respect. The Bengals had been hopeful a wholesome Inexperienced was going to nonetheless appear to be a seven-time Professional Bowler after he missed the 2019 season with an ankle damage. However up to now, Inexperienced has been very shaky. In Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, Inexperienced had no catches on 5 targets. Inexperienced is averaging a mere 35.1 yards per sport. Whereas he’s nonetheless somebody defenses should account for and helps open issues up for rookie Tee Higgins, Inexperienced hasn’t supplied the manufacturing the Bengals wished once they tagged him at $18.2 million. — Ben Child

Week 10 rating: 27

What would they take again: Buying and selling DeAndre Hopkins

It is a no-brainer. Hopkins confirmed precisely why Houston by no means ought to have traded him when he caught a Hail Mary to win the sport for the Cardinals on Sunday. Halfway by the season, it is clear the Texans do not have a playmaker like that on offense for Deshaun Watson to throw to. Not solely did Houston lose Hopkins, nevertheless it traded for operating again David Johnson and his $11 million 2020 wage. Within the eight video games he has performed, Johnson has not been effective, operating for 408 yards and three touchdowns on 103 carries. Sure, the Texans had salary-cap considerations and Hopkins wished a brand new deal, however there was no speedy have to shed his wage. — Sarah Barshop

Week 10 rating: 29

What would they take again: Their stance on Dwayne Haskins Jr.

Washington was dedicated to Haskins due to his expertise and the way he completed the 2019 marketing campaign; he additionally was the group proprietor’s choice within the earlier draft. The incoming employees felt it may coax extra from Haskins by difficult and supporting him, solely to bitter on him after 11 weeks and 4 begins. They had been proper to bench him, however they failed to choose up higher backup choices within the offseason. They wanted to have Haskins compete towards stiff competitors, however they handed on different quarterbacks atop the draft to take Chase Young. Alex Smith is displaying what a good quarterback can do on this offense, however it will have been good to check Haskins earlier towards higher personnel. — John Keim



Stephen A. Smith wouldn’t be shocked if Jerry Jones drafted Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields ought to the Cowboys have the chance.

Week 10 rating: 30

What would they take again: Not re-signing CB Byron Jones

Only one? So many to choose from and a few would possibly hint again to not signing Dak Prescott long run, which helped result in the large deal Jaylon Smith signed that finally value them Jones. Sure, you need cornerbacks to take the ball away greater than Jones, however what concerning the full physique of labor? Add this to the record: If the Cowboys knew they may get CeeDee Lamb within the first spherical, would they nonetheless have signed Amari Cooper to a long-term deal? Not at $20 million a 12 months, which may have left room for Jones, too. 2020 has been an enormous mess, however the Cowboys ought to have made an even bigger pitch to maintain Jones. — Todd Archer

Week 10 rating: 31

What would they take again: Not buying and selling as much as draft Justin Herbert

The Jaguars would possibly really be a contender within the AFC South had they moved as much as take Herbert, who has thrown for a minimum of 264 yards in seven of his eight video games and has 19 TD passes to 6 INTs. They might have had to surrender their second first-round decide — which they used on edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, who has one sack and two QB hits in 9 video games — however they’d the additional picks to place collectively deal. The Jaguars would have had a younger core of offensive gamers with RB James Robinson and WR DJ Chark Jr. round which to construct and may very well be enjoying significant late-season video games. — Mike DiRocco

Week 10 rating: 32

What would they take again: Not re-signing WR Robby Anderson

GM Joe Douglas already has admitted this error, saying the Jets miscalculated Anderson’s market worth. New York let Sam Darnold‘s favourite goal go to the Panthers for 2 years and $20 million — hardly an outrageous contract. Anderson has emerged as one of many league’s main huge receivers, whereas the Jets have struggled mightily with their passing assault. The Jets signed Breshad Perriman to interchange Anderson, however Perriman has missed 4 video games due to accidents. — Wealthy Cimini

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