It’s the time of year to count your blessings again, and the NFL team will do that too.
This week’s 12th edition of Power Rankings, our NFL Nation reporters adopted a theme Turkey Day and found a reason why every team should thank.
How we rank: Our power panel – a group of more than 80 authors, editors and TV personalities – evaluated how teams stack up during the first 11 weeks of the season.  Previous Ratings: 11 | 10 | 9 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | Preseason
Week 11 ranking: 1
Thank you for: Drew Brees and Sean Payton are better than ever in year 13 together. Brees has done some amazing things for a long time, but nothing compares to the crazy season he has at age 39 (25 TD passes, one intercept and a 76.9 final degree). Meanwhile, Payton still lives with creative new wrinkles on a weekly basis for an average score of 48 points per game over the past three weeks. – Mike Triplett
Week 11 ranking: 3
Thank you for: Owner Stan Kroenke. Not only did Kroenke invest in building the team’s new stadium in Inglewood, which should open in 2020, but he undertook major payroll days for several players, including defending the year’s NFL Defensive Player Aaron Donald, with a six-year $ 135 million extension and defense of NFL Offensive player of the year Todd Gurley, with an extension of four years up to $ 60 million. Kroenkes willingness to cut controls ensures that Rams will be able to be a dominant team for the seasons that come. – Lindsey Thiry
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