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NFL Power Rankings: Teams That Will Storm into Top 10

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06:  Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Bengals won 24-17.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 16, 2011

Staying near the top of the NFL elite is tough to do, but it’s even harder to work your way up to the top with doubters questioning every success.

Making a name for yourself is hard for teams in the league, but it can be done.

Here are three teams that will continue their charge in Week 11.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13: Domata Peko #94 and Robert Geathers #91 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrate during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers won 24-17. (Photo by Joe
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Win or lose, the Cincinnati Bengals will make a statement in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

This will be a nail-biter, as the Bengals have been one of the best road teams this season. They are 4-1 away from Paul Brown Stadium, and need a solid showing in a divisional game. A loss will drop them to 1-2 in the AFC North, which they need to avoid.

Baltimore is really struggling to find their offensive identity. The Ravens haven’t been sharp when their defense doesn’t create points for them.

If Andy Dalton doesn’t throw interceptions, the Bengals will leave Baltimore happy.

 

Chicago Bears

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears carries the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 7, 2011 in Phildelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bears have provided one of the most impressive turnarounds of the season.

Four straight wins for the Bears have them right in the thick of the NFC wild-card race, which is all they can ask for with Green Bay in their division. The offense is centered around Matt Forte, which is similar to what the Bears did in Forte’s rookie year (2008). The Bears finished 9-7 that year.

The Bears will get the job done against San Diego this week, moving them into my Top 10.

 

Atlanta Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons drops back to pass against the New Orleans Saints at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Unfortunately for the Bears, the Atlanta Falcons will also make a statement in Week 11. The Falcons are also competing for a wild-card berth as the New Orleans Saints are running away with the division.

The Falcons will exploit the Tennessee Titans and their secondary on Sunday, vaulting them into my Top 10. Matt Ryan and Roddy White won’t be denied for a second straight week, and the Titans are nowhere near the level of the Saints.

The NFC wild-card race will go down to the wire this season.

 

Tom Loughrey’s Week 11 NFL Power Rankings 

1. Green Bay Packers 

2. San Francisco 49ers  

3. Pittsburgh Steelers  

4. Houston Texans 

5. New York Giants

6. New England Patriots

7. New Orleans Saints

8. Dallas Cowboys

9. Baltimore Ravens

10. New York Jets

11. Cincinnati Bengals

12. Chicago Bears

13. Detroit Lions

14. Atlanta Falcons

15. Oakland Raiders

16. Tennessee Titans

17. Buffalo Bills

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

19. Miami Dolphins

20. Philadelphia Eagles

21. San Diego Chargers

22. Denver Broncos

23. Seattle Seahawks

24. Arizona Cardinals

25. Kansas City Chiefs

26. Minnesota Vikings

27. Washington Redskins

28. Carolina Panthers

29. St. Louis Rams

30. Jacksonville Jaguars

31. Cleveland Browns

32. Indianapolis Colts

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