NFL Power Rankings Week 11: 2016 Standings, Reaction for All Teams Post-MNF

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 14, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Another week of football is in the books, and perhaps for the first time this season we're starting to see the cream rise to the top. 

For much of the season there have been one or two teams in each conference at the top, followed by an enormous jumbled mess of teams hovering around .500. 

But in Week 10, we saw most of the top teams win, pushing a group of them closer to a comfortable seat in the playoff picture.

The AFC now features five teams that are at least three games over .500. 

The NFC is little more mixed up, but three of the four division leaders are at least two games ahead in the win column over their division rivals. 

Based on the latest results, here's an updated look at the NFL power rankings as we head in to Week 11:

NFL Power Rankings
1Dallas Cowboys8-1
2Seattle Seahawks6-2-1
3New England Patriots7-2
4Kansas City Chiefs7-2
5Oakland Raiders7-2
6Denver Broncos7-3
7Atlanta Falcons6-4
8New York Giants6-3
9Philadelphia Eagles5-4
10Pittsburgh Steelers4-5
11Arizona Cardinals4-4-1
12Houston Texans6-3
13Washington Redskins5-3-1
14Minnesota Vikings5-4
15Baltimore Ravens5-4
16Green Bay Packers4-5
17Miami Dolphins5-4
18Detroit Lions5-4
19Tennessee Titans5-5
20Carolina Panthers3-6
21Cincinnati Bengals3-5-1
22New Orleans Saints4-5
25Buffalo Bills4-5
24San Diego Chargers4-6
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers4-5
26Indianapolis Colts4-5
27Los Angeles Rams4-5
28New York Jets3-7
29Jacksonville Jaguars2-7
30Chicago Bears2-7
31San Francisco 49ers1-8
32Cleveland Browns0-10


6. Denver Broncos

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 13:  Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos reacts after a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 13, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Broncos won 25-23. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Ge
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When the Denver Broncos announced Trevor Siemian as their starting quarterback, it was expected that the team would feature a heavy run-oriented offense to ease in their young quarterback. But as the season has progressed, the Broncos have clearly begun to trust their quarterback to carry the team. 

Over the past five games, Siemian has attempted an average of 38 pass attempts per game. To put that into perspective, after Peyton Manning returned from injury last season, he never threw the ball more than 37 times in a single game. 

Siemian has also been a more efficient quarterback than Manning, according to ESPN's Total Quarterback Rating. Siemian has generated a Total QBR of 57.8 this season, well ahead of Manning's 47.2 during the regular season last year. 

The Broncos have been through some ups and downs this season, but if Siemian's recent progression is a trend that continues, the Broncos could enter the playoffs with a squad playing at an even higher level than their Super Bowl-winning team from 2015. 


8. New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 14, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty
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It might be time to talk about the New York Giants as legitimate contenders in the NFC. 

After a 21-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, the Giants have now won four straight games and are solidly in the playoff picture at 6-3 overall. 

Based on how the schedule shapes up for the Giants, this winning streak could easily continue into December. The Giants' next two games will be at home against the Chicago Bears in Week 11 and then at the winless Cleveland Browns in Week 12.

The next step for the Giants is catching the Dallas Cowboys, who hold a two-game lead in the division. However, the Giants already defeated Dallas in Week 1 and will get another chance to knock them off in Week 14. If Eli Manning remains consistent and the defense continues to improve, the Giants could be a legitimate threat in the NFC.


21. Cincinnati Bengals

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to throw a pass against the New York Giants during the first half of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 14, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Re
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The Bengals have reached the playoffs in all five seasons of the Andy Dalton era, so many of us have been waiting for Cincinnati to turn things around. But after another loss on Monday Night Football dropped the Bengals to 3-5-1, it's probably time to throw in the towel. 

Cincinnati's only victories have come against the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns—three teams with a combined 8-21 record. And the Bengals' losses haven't looked any better, with four of the five defeats coming by eight or more points. 

The issue for the Bengals is that they just haven't been consistent in any area. 

It looked like Dalton was turning things around when he led the Bengals to over 900 yards of total offense in their two games heading into their Week 9 bye. But then on Monday night, the Bengals offense laid an egg against a mediocre Giants defense, managing just 264 yards and 12 first downs. 

On the defensive side of things, Cincinnati actually held the Giants to 351 yards, the lowest number the Bengals have allowed since Week 4. But unless the Bengals can start to get the offense and defense on track on the same day, their losing ways are likely to continue. 


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