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

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

Steven Cook's projections

Biggest Risers

Carolina Panthers

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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.

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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

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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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