After another wild week of NFL football, it’s once again time to adjust the power rankings and update the outlook for each of the 32 franchises as they head into Week 11 of the regular season.
Here is where every team stands as Week 11 approaches.
*All stats via NFL.com.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)
The Kansas City Chiefs spent the week on bye, but the unblemished record still earns them a spot at the top of this week’s rankings. The ultimate test will come in Week 11 against the Denver Broncos.
2. Denver Broncos (8-1)
As well as Kansas City has played this season, the team will face its toughest test of the season against the Broncos this Sunday. If Peyton Manning enters the matchup healthy (undergoing a MRI Monday for a knee injury, per Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com) the Chiefs’ perfection could be shattered and a seismic shift could take place at the top of the power rankings.
3. New Orleans Saints (7-2)
The New Orleans Saints have turned the tide on the mediocre season the franchise had in 2012, and a lopsided 49-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys proves the team is a legitimate Super Bowl contender. With the San Francisco 49ers coming to town in Week 11, the Saints will be tested once again.
4. Seattle Seahawks (9-1)
The Seattle Seahawks won their fifth straight game over the lowly Atlanta Falcons, but the franchise can’t sleep on the Minnesota Vikings. While this week’s challenger doesn’t pose a serious threat, Seattle is heading into the bye in Week 12 and could overlook its opponent.
5. New England Patriots (7-2)
Of all the teams that spent Week 10 on the bye, few needed it as much as the New England Patriots. With tight end Rob Gronkowski and the rest of the team getting healthy, this is a franchise that will only get stronger as the season wears on.
6. Carolina Panthers (6-3)
Who thought the Carolina Panthers would be legitimate contenders to make the playoffs? With an offense predicated on running the ball and a defense that shut down the vaunted 49ers, the Panthers have the talent needed to make the postseason.
7. Detroit Lions (6-3)
As long as the connection between wide receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford continues to produce, there is no question that the Detroit Lions will be able to pull out the close wins in the waning stages of the year.
8. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
There is no question that the Indianapolis Colts are still one of the best teams in the league, but with a Week 11 bye, it’s clear that the franchise overlooked the lowly St. Louis Rams during the 38-8 blowout loss Sunday. How the team bounces back in Week 12 will determine their merit as a Super Bowl contender.
9. New York Jets (5-4)
The New York Jets must find consistency on both sides of the ball to be considered legitimate contenders. The team winning and losing every other game this season has resulted in a 5-4 record, but the hope is that the bye week will give the franchise the chance to reform the game plan moving into the second half of the season.
10. San Francisco 49ers (6-3)
As well as the San Francisco 49ers played on the way to a 2012 Super Bowl appearance, a tough loss to Carolina and three losses on the season have many fans questioning their legitimacy. As if the road to the postseason wasn’t tough enough, the 49ers must travel to New Orleans in Week 11.
11. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)
The Cincinnati Bengals have all the raw talent on both sides of the ball to be legitimate playoff contenders, but the inability to pull out close victories against solid competition—like Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens—has resulted in four tough losses this season.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)
While the loss of veteran quarterback Michael Vick looked like the deathblow for the team, the Philadelphia Eagles have emerged as serious contenders to win the NFC East with Nick Foles under center. A huge victory over the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers is a sign of big things to come.
13. Cleveland Browns (4-5)
The Cleveland Browns need to find consistency on offense before they will be considered a playoff threat, but with one of the best defensive units in the NFL, there is little doubt that the franchise has the talent to make the postseason with a strong second-half performance.
14. Green Bay Packers (5-4)
With quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured (collarbone) and backup Seneca Wallace going down with a groin injury against the Philadelphia Eagles, per Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, the Green Bay Packers turned to Scott Tolzien and were awarded a loss. Expect a quarterback signing this week.
15. Miami Dolphins (4-4)
The Miami Dolphins have the chance to shine on Monday Night Football in Week 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but if the franchise doesn’t thoroughly dominate its opponent, there is no question that Miami will be considered a pretender.
16. Chicago Bears (5-4)
The Chicago Bears have tons of talent on offense and defense, but injuries and inconsistency have ruined the team’s chances of contending right now. With the NFC North still wide open, though, the Bears could still stun the world and win the division.
17. San Diego Chargers (4-5)
The San Diego Chargers are one of the most enigmatic teams in the league. While Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense can be as dangerous as they come, the lack of consistency on both sides of the ball has led to porous play in key situations.
18. Dallas Cowboys (5-5)
The rest of the NFC East gave the Dallas Cowboys ample opportunities to run away with the division, but another loss against the Saints has opened the door for the Eagles to challenge the Cowboys. While Dallas still has the inside lane to securing the guaranteed playoff spot, it is far from a lock.
19. St. Louis Rams (4-6)
Many fans thought that losing starting quarterback Sam Bradford would be the end of the road for the St. Louis Rams, but a 30-point victory over the Colts has proved that this team is far from done making life tough on the rest of the NFL.
20. Baltimore Ravens (4-5)
After winning the Super Bowl in 2012, the expectations were through the roof for the Baltimore Ravens. While a big win over Cincinnati is a good sign for the future, the Ravens must showcase the ability to win on a more consistent basis. A postseason berth is not out of the question if the team returns to elite form.
21. Arizona Cardinals (5-4)
The Arizona Cardinals stunned the Houston Texans and proved the team has enough raw talent to be a viable contender. If Carson Palmer and the offensive line could find a rhythm, there is no question that Arizona could win nine or 10 games this season.
22. Buffalo Bills (3-7)
The Buffalo Bills are the most talented three-win team in the NFL, but the defense has been flat-out awful. If the franchise doesn’t stiffen up defensively, the Bills could easily lose 12 games or more this season.
23. Tennessee Titans (4-5)
The Tennessee Titans were building great momentum after a victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 9, but a tough loss to the then winless Jacksonville Jaguars has ruined all of the momentum the team had built.
24. Houston Texans (2-7)
As if season-ending injuries to key players like running back Arian Foster weren’t bad enough, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Houston Texans lost their seventh straight game. While a favorable matchup against the Oakland Raiders is up next, the team is far from a lock to win anymore.
25. New York Giants (3-6)
In the ultimate battle of futility, the New York Giants held off the Oakland Raiders in one of the ugliest games football fans will ever witness. While New York was victorious, there were no real winners.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)
A hard-fought win over Buffalo is a good sign for the future, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are in serious trouble against the Detroit Lions in Week 11. If Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t put the team on his back, the Steelers have no chance of winning Sunday.
27. Oakland Raiders (3-6)
The Oakland Raiders have been awful at times this season, but the loss to the Giants was the final straw. Oakland will continue to fail as injuries and porous play on both sides of the ball plagues the team.
28. Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
Injuries, inconsistent play and a lack of depth on either side of the ball have doomed the Atlanta Falcons' season. While Matt Ryan is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league, the Falcons are a shell of the team that won 13 games in 2012.
29. Minnesota Vikings (2-7)
The Minnesota Vikings were able to knock off the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football, but there are too many issues for the team to climb very high in the rankings. Besides running back Adrian Peterson, the season has been an utter failure for Minnesota.
30. Washington Redskins (3-6)
Despite the reemergence of Robert Griffin III as a viable star quarterback in the NFL once again, the defense for the Washington Redskins has been non-existent and that will result in the franchise continuing to slip down the power rankings and out of contention in the awful NFC East.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)
The Jacksonville Jaguars started the season 0-8, but after a bye in Week 9, the franchise came out strong in Week 10 and beat the Tennessee Titans. While the Jaguars are still awful on both sides of the ball, any momentum is good momentum.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8)
With Jacksonville winning its first game of the season Sunday, it's clear that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the worst team in the NFL. At least the team is on the right track to the No. 1 overall pick.
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