NFL Power Rankings: Assessing Biggest Risers and Fallers Heading into Week 11

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVNovember 13, 2013

November 10, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up on the sideline against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 10-9. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Week 10 produced that ever-elusive victory for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who became the last two teams to secure a win in 2013. 

While it wouldn't be surprising to see those two teams stay in the cellar of these power rankings, other teams also saw their fate change dramatically last weekend. Some teams rose more than the rest, and others plummeted down the standings.

Here's a breakdown of how the rankings look for all 32 teams heading into Week 11. 

NFL Power Rankings—Week 11
1Kansas City Chiefs
2Denver Broncos
3Seattle Seahawks
4New England Patriots
5New Orleans Saints
6Carolina Panthers
7Indianapolis Colts
8San Francisco 49ers
9Detroit Lions
10Chicago Bears
11New York Jets
12Cincinnati Bengals
13Philadelphia Eagles
14Green Bay Packers
15Arizona Cardinals
16Dallas Cowboys
17Baltimore Ravens
18San Diego Chargers
19Tennessee Titans
20St. Louis Rams
21Cleveland Browns
22Miami Dolphins
23Pittsburgh Steelers
24New York Giants
25Washington Redskins
26Oakland Raiders
27Buffalo Bills
28Houston Texans
29Atlanta Falcons
30Minnesota Vikings
31Tampa Bay Buccaneers
32Jacksonville Jaguars
Steven Cook's projections



Biggest Risers

Carolina Panthers

November 10, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) celebrates with his teammates after an interception by cornerback Drayton Florence (29, not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49er
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Panthers proved in Week 1 they can lose tight, ugly games—a 12-7 loss to Seattle. On Sunday, one of those games went in their favor. 

Cam Newton's revitalized passing attack was nowhere to be found, but Carolina still squeaked out a 10-9 win over San Francisco in a defensive battle. The Niners had won five straight heading into the showdown. 

With six sacks, that stingy Panthers front seven held Colin Kaepernick to just 16 rushing yards. Along with a non-existent pass game, the 49ers were held touchdown-less.

Carolina has looked its best defensively against the conference's elite, and that could go a long way come January—should the Panthers continue their surge toward the playoffs. 

Up next is a tough test against an elite AFC squad, the New England Patriots, on Monday Night Football


Philadelphia Eagles

The NFC East is just begging to be taken over, and perhaps the Philadelphia Eagles are the ones to do it after a big Week 10 win.

Philly beat the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers 27-13 and revealed two aspects of its game that need to stay: Nick Foles' big-play ability in the passing game (three touchdowns) and LeSean McCoy's continued success despite playing without Michael Vick.  

It's been a trivial season of struggles for both sides of the football in Chip Kelly's first season. But there is plenty of time left for them to make some noise—especially in a notoriously hapless division this year. 

After the Eagles' win and Cowboys' loss at New Orleans, the two are stalemated at 5-5 for the NFC East lead. The Redskins and Giants each sport a 3-6 record.  May the best—or least bad—team win. 



Biggest Fallers

Indianapolis Colts

Nov 10, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Dan Herron (36) is tackled by St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan (31) during the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Rams won 38-8. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY S
Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts' convincingly bad loss to the Rams on Sunday indicated just how unpredictable the NFL truly is.

Nobody showed better form than Indy heading into Week 10, ranking up at No. 2 on ESPN's weekly rankings. Then they were stomped, 38-8, by the Rams in arguably Andrew Luck's worst performance as a pro.

The big story from the Colts' lopsided loss, however, happened to be big plays from Rams wideout Tavon Austin. He scored three times—all of which were of 50 yards or more. 

At 6-3, Indianapolis is still firmly at the top of the division. It turns around for a short week as it plays Tennessee on Thursday Night Football, but a loss there would reduce its divisional lead to just one game. 


Tennessee Titans

The Colts got beat rather badly, but no loss will sting worse than the Titans' loss on Sunday.

Not only did Mike Munchak's team lose to the once-winless Jaguars at home, but they lost starting quarterback Jake Locker for the season with a Lisfranc injury (per Associated Press via ABC). 

Being knocked down to 4-5, the Titans will need a heck of a finish without their offense's leader for any chance of making the playoffs. With such a quick turnaround, this deflating of a loss along with this detrimental of an injury came at the absolute worst time for Tennessee. 

Perhaps the only silver lining for the Titans is that the rival Colts come in Thursday nursing a 30-point loss to a team that Tennessee beat one week prior. 


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