NFL Power Rankings: Complete Standings Entering Week 11

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIINovember 12, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 10:  Drew Brees #9 and Kenny Stills #84 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 10, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Week 10 of the 2013 NFL regular season is officially in the books. The two remaining winless teams finally achieved victory, the lone undefeated squad was on bye, and the rest of the league searched for monumental victories.

The question is, what do the standings look like entering Week 11, and what does that mean for the postseason hunt?

NFC EastWLTPCT
Dallas Cowboys550.500
Philadelphia Eagles550.500
New York Giants360.333
Washington Redskins360.333
NFC NorthWLTPCT
Detroit Lions630.667
Chicago Bears540.556
Green Bay Packers540.556
Minnesota Vikings270.222
NFC SouthWLTPCT
New Orleans Saints720.778
Carolina Panthers630.667
Atlanta Falcons270.222
Tampa Bay Buccaneers180.111
NFC WestWLTPCT
Seattle Seahawks910.900
San Francisco 49ers630.667
Arizona Cardinals540.556
St. Louis Rams460.400
AFC EastWLTPCT
New England Patriots720.778
New York Jets540.556
Miami Dolphins450.444
Buffalo Bills370.300
AFC NorthWLTPCT
Cincinnati Bengals640.600
Cleveland Browns450.444
Baltimore Ravens450.444
Pittsburgh Steelers360.333
AFC SouthWLTPCT
Indianapolis Colts630.667
Tennessee Titans450.444
Houston Texans270.222
Jacksonville Jaguars180.111
AFC WestWLTPCT
Kansas City Chiefs9001.000
Denver Broncos810.889
San Diego Chargers450.444
Oakland Raiders360.333
via NFL.com

 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10:  Chad Henne #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws a pass under pressure from Derrick Morgan #91 of the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 10, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Jaguars defeated the Titans 29-27.  (Photo

Record: 1-8

Week 10: 29-27 win at Tennessee Titans

Week 11: vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Jacksonville Jaguars did the unthinkable during Week 10, ending a winless season with a 29-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Despite picking up 214 yards of total offense, the Jaguars put points on the board and earned a victory that was more lopsided than the final score suggests.

Believe it or not, Jacksonville may actually miss out on the No. 1 overall draft choice.

Chad Henne was 14-of-23 for 180 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The run game overcame a generally poor performance to put two scores on the board, and Jacksonville had enough to hold on for its first win of the year.

With four four turnovers and Will Blackmon coming up with a sack and a defensive touchdown, Jacksonville is officially on the board.

 

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  Mike Glennon #8 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hands off to Brian Leonard #30 during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium on November 11, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Record: 1-8

Week 10: 22-19 win vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 11: vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended their winless season with a 22-19 victory over the in-state rival Miami Dolphins. Tampa Bay is now 1-8 with a rookie quarterback and a defense that has displayed flashes of being strong.

The Bucs will look to follow it up with a Week 11 clash against the Atlanta Falcons.

Bobby Rainey had a rushing score, and offensive tackle Ronald Penn caught a touchdown pass against the Dolphins. Defensively, the Bucs held Miami to two rushing yards and came up with two sacks on the final drive.

Darrelle Revis secured the game-sealing interception, and Tampa Bay finally earned a win.

 

30. Atlanta Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 10:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is sacked by Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks at Georgia Dome on November 10, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Record: 2-7

Week 10: 33-10 loss vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 11: at Tampa Bay Rays

The Atlanta Falcons have been the most surprisingly poor team in the NFL. Not only is Atlanta 2-7, but its past three losses have come by a combined margin of 94-33.

Julio Jones is injured, Steven Jackson and Roddy White are banged up, and Atlanta still hasn't recovered from a second-half collapse in the 2013 NFC Championship Game.

During Week 10, the Falcons lost 33-10 to the Seattle Seahawks in a truly lopsided affair. Atlanta was outgained 490-216 in total yardage and trailed 26-3 with 7:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.

At least Atlanta is in line for a high draft pick. 

 

29. Houston Texans

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10:  Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 10, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Record: 2-7

Week 10: 27-24 loss at Arizona Cardinals

Week 11: vs. Oakland Raiders

The Houston Texans have the NFL's No. 1 pass defense and a young quarterback, Case Keenum, who continues to turn heads. This has all added up to a mind-boggling record of 2-7 entering Week 11 of the regular season.

Houston continues to put itself in a position to win but hasn't been able to come through with the necessary plays to get the job done.

Houston has lost by three points or less to the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks. That's a very thin line between 6-3 and 2-7, but the Texans are where they are, and there isn't much reason for encouragement moving forward.

A scary thought is that Houston could add one of the 2014 draft's top players to complement an already elite defense.

 

28. Buffalo Bills

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 10:  Cameron Heyward #97 of the Pittsburgh Steelers sacks EJ Manuel #3 of the Buffalo Bills during the game on November 10, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Record: 3-7

Week 10: 23-10 loss at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 11: vs. New York Jets

The Buffalo Bills have extraordinary promise in every phase of the game. E.J. Manuel has displayed poise under center, C.J. Spiller has combined with Fred Jackson and Steve Johnson to create a balanced offensive attack, and the defense has rising and established forces.

Unfortunately, injuries have hurt this young team, and Buffalo is now 3-7.

The Bills have lost three in a row, including a 23-10 road defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kiko Alonso continued to separate himself from the pack as the leading candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year, but Buffalo's inexperience has been on display.

The future is bright, but Buffalo is likely to end up with a top-10 draft pick.

 

27. Washington Redskins

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 7: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins calls  a play against the Minnesota Vikings on November 7, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Ge

Record: 3-6

Week 10: 34-27 loss at Minnesota Vikings

Week 11: at Philadelphia Eagles

The Washington Redskins are rapidly becoming the most difficult team to predict. Washington is 3-3 during its past six games, and it's displayed the same weaknesses in those loses as it did when it dropped three straight to open up the season.

There may be strong personnel, but a team is only as good as it performs, and Washington is executing poorly.

In Week 10, the Redskins blew a 27-14 lead in the third quarter to eventually lose 34-27 to the Minnesota Vikings. Washington allowed 20 consecutive points to end the game, and the offense was unable to live up to the strength of the statistics.

It's been a long year in Washington, and it keeps on getting worse.

 

26. Minnesota Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 7: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings out runs DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins on November 7, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettch

Record: 2-7

Week 10: 34-27 win vs. Washington Redskins

Week 11: at Seattle Seahawks

The Minnesota Vikings have been painfully inconsistent during the 2013 NFL regular season. Adrian Peterson may be a force, but injuries have struck at multiple positions. Even when the quarterback is playing well, something comes up and ends all momentum.

This past week, it was an injury to Christian Ponder.

Ponder was 17-of-21 for 174 yards, two touchdowns and one interception before going down.
The Vikings ended up holding on for a 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins during Week 10. It was a strong rebound performance for a team that lost on a late-game drive by the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9.

Minnesota could rebound well, but one has to imagine that the lower the win total Minnesota achieves, the better position it'll be in for the future as it pursues a quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft.

 

25. Oakland Raiders

Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) hands off to running back Rashad Jennings (27) during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the Oakland Raiders 24-20.

Record: 3-6

Week 10: 24-20 loss at New York Giants

Week 11 at Houston Texans

The Oakland Raiders have been a strong yet unspectacular team in 2013. Terrelle Pryor is flashing signs of becoming a franchise quarterback, and the team has the No. 6 run defense and No. 5 rushing offense in the NFL.

Unfortunately, Oakland can't close games out.

During Week 10, the Raiders fell 24-20 on the road against the New York Giants. Pryor struggled to do much of anything through the air, but Rashad Jennings ran for 88 yards, Tracy Porter had a pick-six, and rookie Sio Moore had 10 tackles and a sack for the rising Raiders.

The future is bright, but the postseason is becoming an unrealistic dream.

 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 10: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills using the first quarter at Heinz Field on November 10, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images)

Record: 3-6

Week 10: 23-10 win vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 11: vs. Detroit Lions

The Pittsburgh Steelers started the season with four straight losses but have since won three of five. In Week 10, the Steelers earned a 23-10 victory over the Bills to move to 3-6 on the season.

Not all hope is lost, but Pittsburgh has a tough task ahead of it with a Week 11 clash against the Detroit Lions.

Pittsburgh ranks No. 4 in passing defense and has a star at quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers didn't allow a single touchdown against the Bills until the final three seconds of the game in Week 10, and that's encouraging enough to put an ounce of faith in Mike Tomlin's squad.

Roethlisberger will need to be at his best to match the Lions' high-octane offense in Week 11.

 

23. St. Louis Rams

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 20:  Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Record: 4-6

Week 10: 38-8 win at Indianapolis Colts

Week 11: Bye

In what was easily the most surprising game of the season, the St. Louis Rams went on the road and dominated the Indianapolis Colts. When it was all said and done, the Rams finished with a 38-8 victory and a new sense of confidence.

It's safe to say that the NFL community now knows better than to sleep on the Rams.

Over the course of the past three weeks, the Rams have suffered one-possession losses to the Titans and Seahawks, but they now boast a 30-point win over the Colts. Playing without Sam Bradford offers reason for concern, but that's not the whole story.

St. Louis goes into its bye week with a great deal of momentum.

 

22. Tennessee Titans

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10:  Running back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans is tackled as he rushes against the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field on November 10, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Record: 4-5

Week 10: 29-27 loss vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 11: vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Tennessee Titans are the unfortunate franchise that will be recognized as the team that lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tennessee fell to its division rival by a score of 29-27 during Week 10, resulting in its current record of 4-5.

Unfortunately, that wasn't Tennessee's worst loss:

Ryan Fitzpatrick is serviceable, but the Titans are currently in a state of disarray.

Tennessee's season won't get any easier during Week 11 when they host the division-leading Indianapolis Colts. The Titans could survive this injury, but the constant state of uncertainty at quarterback seems to have taken its toll.

It doesn't get any worse than dropping one to the Jaguars.

 

21. New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 10:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants scrambles against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on November 10, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The New York Giants defeated the Oakland Raiders

Record: 3-6

Week 10: 24-20 win vs. Oakland Raiders

Week 11: vs. Green Bay Packers

Since starting 0-6, the New York Giants have won three consecutive games to reach 3-6. During Week 10, the Giants won an ugly game against the Oakland Raiders.

Fortunately, the rushing attack did wake up.

Andre Brown returned and exploded with 30 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown. Eli Manning was 12-of-22 for 140 yards, one touchdown and yet another interception, but the Giants overcame an underwhelming performance to hold on for the win.

The Giants will host the banged-up Green Bay Packers in Week 11, and a win would do wonders for their postseason trajectory.

 

20. Miami Dolphins

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  Wide receiver Rishard Matthews #18 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers November 11, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Tampa won 22 - 19.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/G

Record: 4-5

Week 10: 22-19 loss at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 11: vs. San Diego Chargers

The Miami Dolphins have been the definition of inconsistent during the 2013 NFL regular season. For every signature win over a postseason-caliber opponent, there's been a head-scratching loss that reminds the NFL community how far Miami is from contending.

Week 11 was an example of the latter.

Miami fell 22-19 to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan Tannehill was strong on the stat sheet but made a number of dangerous and inaccurate throws that hurt drives, and the rushing attack totaled two yards.

That's a formula for failure.

 

19. Baltimore Ravens

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens prepares to take the field before playing the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on November 10, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens won, 20-17, in overtime.

Record: 4-5

Week 10: 20-17 OT win vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 11: at Chicago Bearas

The Baltimore Ravens have been nothing short of disappointing during the 2013 regular season. Mere months removed from winning the Super Bowl, the Ravens have gone 4-5 and are on the outside looking in of the current postseason picture.

During Week 10, Baltimore took a major step in the right direction with a 20-17 overtime win over the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals.

Joe Flacco still isn't playing elite football, but he's doing enough to make the necessary plays to secure wins. The running game is the true issue, with Ray Rice picking up 30 yards on 18 carries against Cincinnati in a continuation of what has been a dreadful year.

Baltimore still has a lot of work to do, but it's a contender until eliminated.

 

18. Cleveland Browns

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #17 of the Cleveland Browns throws to a receiver as he is pressured by safety James Ihedigbo #32 of the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Mat

Record: 4-5

Week 10: Bye

Week 11: at Cincinnati Bengals

The Cleveland Browns have been one of the regular season's most pleasant surprises. Currently 4-5, the Browns went into their bye week with a 24-18 win over the Ravens during Week 9.

The Browns will face the Cincinnati Bengals during Week 11 with significant postseason ramifications.

 

17. San Diego Chargers

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws the ball against the Denver Broncos during their game on November 10, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Record: 4-5

Week 10: 28-20 loss vs. Denver Broncos

Week 11: at Miami Dolphins

The San Diego Chargers were unable to complete a comeback during Week 10, falling 28-20 to the Denver Broncos. For what it's worth, San Diego did display extraordinary resolve after the Broncos posted four quick touchdowns.

Unfortunately, the loss is the only thing that matters.

San Diego received 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground from Ryan Mathews and 218 yards and a score through the air from Philip Rivers. It wasn't enough to complete the comeback, but the Chargers put on yet another strong performance.

San Diego is 4-5 entering Week 11.

 

16. Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass against the Houston Texans at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 10, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Record: 5-4

Week 10: 27-24 win vs. Houston Texans

Week 11: at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Arizona Cardinals have quietly won two consecutive games with victories over the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans. Arizona is now 5-4 with a genuine opportunity to rise up and make the playoffs in an NFC Wild Card spot.

With a Week 11 showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cardinals are in prime position for a postseason push.

Against Houston, quarterback Carson Palmer was 20-of-32 for 241 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. John Abraham led the team with two sacks, and the Cardinals continue to develop chemistry under head coach Bruce Arians.

If Arizona can keep this up, Arians would be a prime contender to win Coach of the Year. Again.

 

15. Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 10: Scott Tolzien #16 of the Green Bay Packers talks with Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy during a fourth quarter time out while playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on November 10, 2013 in Green Bay, Wiscon

Record: 5-4

Week 10: 27-13 loss vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 11: at New York Giants

The Green Bay Packers are a top-10 team with Aaron Rodgers and a generous No. 15 when he's absent. Unfortunately for Mike McCarthy's club, Rodgers is sidelined by an injury and is, "a couple weeks away," per Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin.

During Week 10, the Packers fell to 5-4 with a 27-13 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Scott Tolzien was 24-of-39 for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Rodgers' place. Eddie Lacy added 73 rushing yards, and Jarrett Boykin tallied 112 yards on eight receptions, but the Packers struggled to find the end zone.

Green Bay will travel to face the New York Giants in Week 11.

 

14. Dallas Cowboys

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 10:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts to an errant throw against the New Orleans Saints during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 10, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  New Orleans won the game 49-17.  (Pho

Record: 5-5

Week 10: 49-17 loss at New Orleans Saints

Week 11: Bye

The Dallas Cowboys ran into an offensive freight train during Week 10, falling 49-17 to the New Orleans Saints. It was an ugly display from a team that had played nine games of very strong football leading up to that clash at the Superdome.

Fortunately for Jason Garrett's club, the Cowboys are now on a Week 11 bye.

DeMarco Murray had 16 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown, and Tony Romo was 10-of-24 for 128 yards, one score and no interceptions against New Orleans. Dallas avoided committing turnovers, but the offense was hardly ever on the field.

Dallas finished with a time of possession of 20 minutes and 28 seconds to New Orleans' 39 minutes and 32 seconds.

 

13. New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 3: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets carries the ball in the 2nd half of the Jets 26-20 win over the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antone

Record: 5-4

Week 10: Bye

Week 11: at Buffalo Bills

The New York Jets have split victories and losses this year, moving to 5-4 overall. After a bye in Week 10, the Jets will travel to face the Buffalo Bills during Week 11 of the regular season.

New York can take a significant step toward the postseason with a win over the Bills.

 

12. Philadelphia Eagles

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 10: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a third quarter touchdown while playing the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 10, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Philadelphia won the game 27-13. (Photo by Gregory Sh

Record: 5-5

Week 10: 27-13 win at Green Bay Packers

Week 11: vs. Washington Redskins

The Philadelphia Eagles seem to have found their franchise quarterback with Nick Foles. In his five games of extended action in 2013, the Eagles are 4-1 and Foles has amassed 16 touchdowns to no interceptions.

Much could change between now and the 2014 NFL draft, but if Foles keeps playing like this, how could Philly abandon him?

Against the Green Bay Packers in Week 10, Foles was 12-of-18 for 228 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and 38 rushing yards. The 24-year-old has displayed poise in the pocket, and his wide receivers are responding well to his presence.

Philadelphia is currently 5-5.

 

11. Chicago Bears

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 10: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears follows Jordan Mills #67 as he runs against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on November 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lions defeated the Bears 21-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Im

Record: 5-4

Week 10: 21-19 loss vs. Detroit Lions

Week 11: vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Chicago Bears have faced the uphill battle of winning games with a quarterback position that has been damaged by injuries. During Week 10, Jay Cutler played a strong game but was unavailable to finish due to the lingering effects of past injuries.

It won't get any easier against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11.

Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall both topped 100 receiving yards, with the latter finding the end zone twice. Matt Forte had a rare day of weakness, but the Bears were still in the game until the closing moments of the outing.

Cutler's health will determine whether or not Chicago reaches the playoffs. When doesn't it?

 

10. Cincinnati Bengals

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 10:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 10, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Record: 6-4

Week 10: 20-17 OT loss at Baltimore Ravens

Week 11: vs. Cleveland Browns

The Cincinnati Bengals have lost their top two defensive players, Geno Atkins and Leon Hall, for the rest of the season. Cincinnati hasn't responded well to those losses, dropping two consecutive games and allowing its division rivals to close the gap.

Worst of all, those two defeats were both in overtime.

Cincinnati fell 20-17 to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10 and needed an insane Hail Mary pass just to reach the extra period of play. Andy Dalton was sloppy, going 24-of-51 with three interceptions.

The Bengals may have promise, but the injuries to Atkins and Hall have proven to be crippling.

 

9. Detroit Lions

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 10: Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions breaks away from James Anderson #50 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lions defeated the Bears 21-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Record: 6-3

Week 10: 21-19 win at Chicago Bears

Week 11: at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Detroit Lions appear to have finally overcome the late-game mental lapses that crippled their postseason dreams in recent seasons. Instead of collapsing under pressure, Detroit is shining during the fourth quarter and closing out games.

Detroit is now 6-3 after yet another big win.

The Lions went on the road and secured a 21-19 win over the rival Chicago Bears. In turn, Detroit moved to 6-3 and is now in control of its own destiny in a crowded NFC North.

It's never easy, but Detroit's grind-it-out attitude is paying dividends as it continues to pile up wins.

 

8. San Francisco 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Record: 6-3

Week 10: 10-9 loss vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 11: at New Orleans Saints

The San Francisco 49ers snapped their five-game winning streak with a 10-9 home loss against the Carolina Panthers. It was a display of dominant defensive prowess and yet another example of the hindrance known as San Francisco's underwhelming passing game.

The Niners are still 6-3, but with a Week 11 road game against the New Orleans Saints looming, there's reason for concern.

Colin Kaepernick was 11-of-22 for 91 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. He's now failed to top 200 passing yards in seven of his first nine games and has failed to throw a touchdown in four of those outings.

The 49ers are still Super Bowl contenders, but the offensive woes are concerning.

 

7. Carolina Panthers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scrambles for five yards and a first down against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by T

Record: 6-3

Week 10: 10-9 win at San Francisco 49ers

Week 11: vs. New England Patriots

The Carolina Panthers made an incredible statement during Week 10 with a gritty 10-9 victory over the 49ers. It was yet another display of the Panthers' top-five defense shining against quality opponents, and it was the first time this season that Carolina earned a win over an elite foe.

Carolina will be tasked with earning another strong victory against the New England Patriots in Week 11.

DeAngelo Williams led the offense with a rushing touchdown, and Cam Newton took care of the football with the exception of one interception. Defensively, Carolina had six sacks and forced two turnovers against Colin Kaepernick and Co.

The Panthers may be experiencing new levels of success, but that doesn't make them any less legitimate.

 

6. Indianapolis Colts

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Trent Richardson #34 of the Indianapolis Colts rushes in the fourth quarter as he pursued by D.J. Swearinger #36 of the Houston Texans and Whitney Mercilus #59 at Reliant Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by

Record: 6-3

Week 10: 38-8 loss vs. St. Louis Rams

Week 11: at Tennessee Titans

The only way to describe the Indianapolis Colts' most recent performance is as a pure and utter collapse. The Colts lost 38-8 to the St. Louis Rams at home.

Indianapolis now plays three of its next four on the road.

Andrew Luck threw three interceptions and coughed up a fumble, and the running game managed just 18 yards on 14 carries. Indianapolis' defense allowed two passing touchdowns of 57 yards or more, while its special teams let up a 98-yard punt return for a score.

The Colts proven to be better than that performance displayed, but it was certainly a concerning loss in the team's second game since Reggie Wayne went down with a season-ending knee injury.

 

5. New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 10:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints congratulates Darren Sproles #43 following a touchdown during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 10, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo

Record: 7-2

Week 10: 49-17 win vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 11: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Entering Week 10, the New Orleans Saints had lost two of their previous three games. Exiting Week 10, the Saints returned to their status as one of the game's truly elite.

Instead of surviving the Dallas Cowboys, the Saints erupted for a 49-17 victory.

Drew Brees was surgical and dominant with 392 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions on 34-of-41 passing. Mark Ingram carried the ball 14 times for 145 yards and a touchdown, and Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles both tallied rushing and receiving scores.

If New Orleans can continue producing on the ground, there won't be a defense in the NFL that can stop its offense.

 

4. New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 3: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots after Blunt's touchdown in the 2nd half against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half at Gillette Stadium on November

Record: 7-2

Week 10: Bye

Week 11: at Carolina Panthers

The New England Patriots went on bye during Week 10 after moving to 7-2 with a Week 9 domination of the Steelers. The Patriots will now travel to face the rising Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football during Week 11.

New England is elite. Prepare for a great one.

 

3. Seattle Seahawks

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 10:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts in the final minutes of their 33-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 10, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Record: 9-1

Week 10: 33-10 win at Atlanta Falcons

Week 11: vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Seattle Seahawks returned to their dominant ways during Week 10. Now 9-1, Seattle defeated the Atlanta Falcons 33-10 to end a stretch of games in which the end result was more impressive than the process of the win.

In case you didn't know, this team is dangerous.

Russell Wilson was 19-of-26 for two touchdowns and no interceptions, and Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 24 times for 145 yards and a score during Seattle's win over Atlanta. Three separate receivers topped 75 yards, and Seattle's offense erupted with a convincing performance.

It's no secret that the defense is elite, and if the offense can maintain this pace, the Seahawks will be very difficult to beat come the playoffs.

 

2. Denver Broncos

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER, 10:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos complains to the game officials for not penalizing Corey Liuget #94 of the San Diego Chargers for a tackle during the football game at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, 2013 in San Die

Record: 8-1

Week 10: 28-20 win at San Diego Chargers

Week 11: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

The Denver Broncos survived a scare during Week 10, defeating the San Diego Chargers 28-20 at Qualcomm Stadium. It wasn't the most impressive outing of the year, but it was a character-building victory for a squad that has experienced its fair share of lopsided wins.

If nothing else, the NFL community should acknowledge that it was yet another masterful display by Peyton Manning.

Manning was 25-of-36 for 330 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Chargers. Knowshon Moreno continued his marvelous season with 114 yards of total offense from scrimmage, Demaryius Thomas scored three times, and Von Miller secured his second sack in as many games.

As Miller and Champ Bailey move closer to their usual level of health and shape, the Broncos will be significantly better.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Record: 9-0

Week 10: Bye

Week 11: at Denver Broncos

The Kansas City Chiefs were on bye during Week 9 and thus remained the only undefeated team. Kansas City will get its most significant test yet when it goes toe-to-toe with the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium during Week 11.

Prepare for a good one between the top two teams in the NFL.