Power rankings are good to have, but they only tell you where teams sit in relation to one another in the overall scheme of things. A team lower in rank could easily
defeat a team above it if they matchup well with them--something to keep in mind when evaluating weekend games.
I expected more teams to drop out of the contender group by now, but there is so much parity (or mediocrity) in the league that it's tough to differentiate these teams
from each other. They've all done enough to earn their spot here, but the next 4 games will separate the men from the boys.
The pretender group remains small. These teams have enough to pull off a big win, but are too fundamentally flawed to seriously challenge teams above them. Another half-dozen teams will join them by the end of December.
Give credit to DEN, MIA, and JAX for staying motivated this late into the season. Keep an eye on them during the last month. PHI and CIN remained question marks for most of the year, but November gave us a lot of answers.
If you are like me, my eyes glaze over whenever I see one of these teams on my TV.