The Week 11 Power Rankings feature a newcomer to the number one spot. See who that is, and where your team falls right here at Predominantly Orange.
The Patriots have fallen, meaning the week 11 Power Rankings have a new number one spot. The number 32 spot has not changed however, as the Browns seem poised to become the second team in league history to go 0-32. Who falls in between? Please find out here:
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Nov 13, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates his thirty-two yard touchdown to win the game with teammates against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Dallas won 35-30. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
1. Dallas Cowboys (2)
How ’bout them Cowboys? America’s Team is number one in the power rankings, and they are playing like it. How ’bout this combination of rookies? A big question: which one has been more impressive? Dak Prescott is making this decision very easy for the Cowboys. Barring injury, Tony Romo should be holding a clipboard for the rest of the year—something he himself made very clear in his emotional press conference.
Nov 13, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) returns an interception for a touchdown as Carolina Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker (43) and offensive tackle Daryl Williams (60) and guard Andrew Norwell (68) defend in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs defeated the Panthers 20-17 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
2. Kansas City Chiefs (4)
Since getting destroyed by the Steelers, the Chiefs have been one of the hottest teams in the league. Due to the Raiders bye week, they are now sitting atop the AFC West. They have already crushed the Raiders in Oakland, and in two weeks they will have the opportunity to do that to the Broncos in Denver under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football.
Nov 13, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) at the line of scrimmage against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
3. New England Patriots (1)
It sure seems like it comes down to a goal line stop each time the Patriots and Seahawks get together. The big news coming out of this game—The Patriots can be slowed when they face a good defense. The bigger news coming out of this game—Gronk has a chest injury after getting destroyed by Earl Thomas. This will be something to watch as Gronk is the key to that Patriots offense.
Nov 6, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) reacts after the Raiders rushed for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
4. Oakland Raiders (3)
It sure is a bummer when you go on a bye week and lose the division lead. The Raiders shouldn’t be too concerned though, they are still 7-2 and already own a big win against the Broncos. Now they are rested up and ready to hit the real meat of their schedule. They passed their first big test of the year, but now they have many more to come. Stay tuned.
Nov 13, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; The Seattle Seahawks defense holds off New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) in the last seconds of play at Gillette Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeated the Patriots 31-24. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
5. Seattle Seahawks (6)
What a great road win this was for the Seahawks. Russell Wilson is feeling noticeably better than he was earlier in the season. This is the type of win that could catapult the Seahawks right back to the Super Bowl.
Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Denver Broncos free safety Darian Stewart (26) intercepts a pass that is deflected by New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
6. Denver Broncos (7)
Even a banged up Denver defense is still very potent. The Broncos forced the sound New Orleans offense into four turnovers on the day. If not for their own turnover problems on offense, this game could have been a rout. This team has some big problems on the offensive side of the ball. The good news though—they have a bye week to get their defense healthier, and they have a head coach in Gary Kubiak that is more than qualified to get the best out of his team as the Broncos enter the toughest stretch of their schedule.
Nov 13, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Falcons, 24-15. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
7. Philadelphia Eagles (12)
For a young team, the Eagles are inconsistent, which is to be expected. What is great to see though are three marquee wins—Steelers, Vikings, and now Falcons. These weren’t lucky, fluky wins either, these were three solid victories. This team has to feel great about where they are at now, and where they will be for years to come. They may be in last place in their division, but they have the 3rd highest point differential in the entire NFL.
Nov 13, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) is tackled after the catch by Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated Atlanta 24-15. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
8. Atlanta Falcons (5)
The Falcons are still in a good position, but some of these losses could catch up to them later in the year. Only two losses separate the first place Falcons, and the last place Panthers in the division. The Falcons would be wise to not drop too many more games against teams they are better then or else they could see their division lead slip away mighty quickly.
Nov 13, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Alex Okafor (57) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals won 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
7. Arizona Cardinals (8)
It is tough to win in the NFL—especially in division games. With that said, a three point win against the pitiful San Francisco 49ers cannot project a whole lot of confidence for a team that has been mightily inconsistent throughout the year. The Cardinals have some work to do if they’d like to make a third straight trip to the playoffs.
Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during the first half of their game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
10. New York Giants (9)
The Giants are really playing some good football now, winning all the close games that they weren’t winning a year ago. They play in perhaps the most competitive division in football, but if they keep it up, they should be able to make a play at a wildcard spot.
Nov 13, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrates with fans while leaving the field after the Redskins
11. Washington Redskins (13)
Long live the days of “You like that!?!?” Enter “OOOH WEEE,” a reference to Rick and Morty. This is the new celebration from Kirk Cousins after yet another Redskins win. The Skins are playing some very strong football, and they are in prime position to make a return trip to the playoffs.
Nov 13, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller (26) takes a handoff from quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) during the second half of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Texans won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
12. Houston Texans (16)
It really doesn’t matter how they’ve got there—6-3 is 6-3. The Texans finally got their elusive road win, and now they get to travel to Mexico for a true test against the Oakland Raiders. We’ll see if they can get a streak going outside of Houston.
Nov 13, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs for a short gain against the Green Bay Packers during the second half at Nissan Stadium. The Titans won 47-25. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
13. Tennessee Titans (20)
At 5-5, these Titans are dangerous. They proved it in week 10, as they absolutely beat the snot out of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. They have the most potent rushing attack in the NFL, and a young quarterback that is really starting to find his way. Houston had better watch out—the Titans are coming.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (10)
The good news is the Steelers offense came back to life this week. The bad news—they are now 4-5, and way behind in the race to the playoffs. Both the Raiders, and the Broncos are at 7 wins, and are firmly entrenched in the wildcard spots. The Steelers have work to do if they don’t want this to be a lost season.
Nov 13, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Kiko Alonso (47) runs back an interception for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
15. Miami Dolphins (24)
And just like that the Dolphins have won four in a row and are above .500. Adam Gase has this team playing very well. If they continue to rise, and New England can slip up, the Dolphins could still win the division. It’s wishful thinking to think that the Patriots will fall off, but Dolphins fans can dream right?
Nov 13, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) kneels on the field after being brought down against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
16. Minnesota Vikings (11)
That 5-0 start really seems like a distant memory as all the sudden they are looking up at the Lions in the division. Losers of four straight, the offense has significant issues that have cropped up since their fast start. Most notably, this team just cannot run the ball. It’s not like Adrian Peterson was doing any better before he got hurt as he was only averaging 1.6 YPC. The offensive line is the big issue here, and their defense has been unable to carry the weight.
Nov 6, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Lions won 22-16 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
17. Detroit Lions (21)
Fresh off a bye, and now in first place in the NFC North, the Lions get to take on the porous Jaguars. This is a game that should be taken very seriously by the Lions. Yes, they should win. But they have already had a few losses this season in games very similar to this.
Nov 10, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) scores a touchdown in from of Cleveland Browns free safety Ed Reynolds II (39) during the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
18. Baltimore Ravens (23)
It seems that the absence of Steve Smith was far bigger than they thought. Since his return, the Ravens have gotten back on track, and due to the struggles of the Steelers and the Bengals, the Ravens still lead the division—even after a four game losing streak not long ago. The Ravens will need to continue to get wins as the Steelers are only a game back, and now their quarterback is healthy once again.
Nov 13, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams (16) runs with the ball following a reception as Miami Dolphins strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (24) defends during the second half at Qualcomm Stadium. Miami won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
19. San Diego Chargers (17)
The Chargers appeared to be on some sort of roll, and appeared to be closing in on yet another win. Then Rivers happened. This has been the type of mistake that has haunted Phillip Rivers throughout his career and made it hard to ever be considered a truly elite quarterback. Whatever slim hope the Chargers had of winning this division is likely squashed, and now with the Denver win, a wildcard would seem like only a remote possibility.
Nov 13, 2016;Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20)
The Bucs just earned a huge win as they made up a game on the first place Falcons. The Bucs are 4-5, but still right in the thick of things. The only bad thing is they don’t have the opportunity to get one back in a head-to-head match up, as they have already played the Falcons twice. The good news though is that they split the games, so the Falcons don’t own a head-to-head tiebreaker.
Nov 13, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and tackle Jason Spriggs (78) react after a sack during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. The Titans won 47-25. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
21. Green Bay Packers (14)
The Packers are a real mess right now, losers of three straight—two straight against the terrible AFC South. It’s very odd to look at the standings and see the Packers below .500 after nine games. Something isn’t right, and now there are rumblings of a deteriorating relationship between Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers. You’d figure McCarthy would be out the door before Rodgers, but it will be interesting to watch how it all plays out.
Nov 13, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs in for a score over Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker (38) during the game at Bank of America Stadium. The Chiefs win 20-17 over the Panthers. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
22. Carolina Panthers (15)
The Panthers had some momentum, and even held a double digit lead. But a last second loss to the Chiefs really put a damper in their plans to get back in the division race. The good news—both the Falcons and Saints lost. The Bucs did win, so they only lost ground to one of the three teams ahead of them. Still, it sure would have been a good time to hang on for a win and get back in the thick of things.
Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) celebrates a touchdown as New Orleans Saints defensive end Paul Kruger (99) looks on during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Broncos defeated the Saints 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
23. New Orleans Saints (18)
The Saints have now blown two last second opportunities to beat AFC West teams. All they had to do was kick the extra point. Instead they blow an opportunity to pull within a half game of Atlanta in the division race. Now they have a short turnaround and have to travel to Carolina.
Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs the ball against New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
24. Cincinnati Bengals (22)
Not sure which season is more disappointing—the Packers or the Bengals. It will be very hard for Andy Dalton to shake his first round playoff woes when he’s sitting on the couch. It’s not too late for a turnaround as they only have one more loss than the first place Ravens, but they need to get going now. There is no more time to screw around.
Nov 7, 2016; Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
25. Buffalo Bills (19)
Buffalo really played a good game against he Seahawks, even though it ended in defeat. It’s been an up and down year, but they seem to look the part of a better team than their 4-5 record would indicate. Rex Ryan would hope to have his crew refocused and ready to roll coming out of the bye.
Nov 6, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) walks off the field with linebacker Erik Walden (93) after the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Colts beat the Packers 31-26. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
26. Indianapolis Colts (25)
Last we saw the Colts, they were putting together their finest performance of the year in a Lambeau win. Now after a bye, they get a chance to make up some ground in the division as they host the upstart Titans. This will be a huge game for Indy–win and they are likely only a game back of Houston. Lose and they will be looking at a hole that is too deep to dig out of.
Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
27. Chicago Bears (27)
We saw good Jay Cutler against the Vikings. It was time for bad Jay Cutler to rear his ugly head against a very poor Bucs defense. Would you like to know what Cutler’s QBR was Sunday? Four. Just four.
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (4) kicks a first quarter field goal against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
28. Los Angeles Rams (29)
For the second time this season, the Rams have won a game without scoring a touchdown. Despite the win, Jared Goff will finally get the chance to show why he was the number one pick. Goff will make his first career start in front of the Los Angeles crowd—maybe he can help the Rams score a touchdown.
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back C.J. Spiller (26) cannot hang on to a pass in the second half as Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) and cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) defend at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
29. New York Jets (28)
At least Bryce Petty could get his team into the end zone once. His kicker couldn’t convert the extra point, nor could his team beat a team that couldn’t get into the end zone themselves, but at least they scored a touchdown.
Nov 13, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) is unable to make a catch against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock (26) during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals won 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
30. San Francisco 49ers (31)
The Niners get a bump this week for almost beating the Cardinals. That and because the Jaguars have been just that disappointing. Kaepernick is better than Gabbert, but he’s really not good. Chip Kelly should be given one more year, but next year will have a short leash.
Nov 13, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns (88) drops the pass under pressure from Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (24) during the second half of a football game at EverBank Field. The Texans won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (30)
Despite the record, the Texans are not a very good team. They’ve been outscored by 27 points on the year. And yet, the Jaguars just let them come into Jacksonville and secure their first road win of the year. It’s like a broken record, week after week—when is Gus Bradley going to get the axe?
Nov 10, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Chris Matthews (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (20) during the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
32. Cleveland Browns (32)
Cody Kessler had thrown a touchdown, and had the lead—then he was benched. What??? Now, he is starting again next week. What??? The Browns are likely to go 0-16, and they deserve it. Meanwhile Carson Wentz just had a huge win against the Falcons.