NFL Power Rankings Week 11, 2016

seattle-vs-new-englandLast weekend, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots faced off in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIX. Seattle stopped New England four straight times on the one-yard line to preserve a 31-24 victory.

See where Seattle rises and New England falls in our Week 11 power rankings. And you can check out our week 10 power rankings here.

1. Dallas Cowboys (8-1); beat Pittsburgh 35-30, up 1 spot – While many eyes were on the Seattle-New England game, Dallas vs. Pittsburgh was the most exciting. Ben Roethlisberger threw a TD strike to Antonio Brown with 42 seconds left, but Ezekiel Elliott scored on an 83-yard catch-and-run to win the game.

2. Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1); beat New England 31-24, up 1 spot – After a slow start this year, both Seattle’s offense and defense look in tune.

3. New England Patriots (7-2); lost to Seattle 31-24, down 2 spots – Losing to Seattle wasn’t the only loss that New England took. Rob Gronkwoski is believed to have a punctured lung and will miss time.

kelvin-benjamin-panthers4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2); beat Carolina 20-17, same spot – It looked like Carolina might be the one with a chance to win. But Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin, leading to a Cairo Santos game-winning field goal.

5. Oakland Raiders (7-2); bye week, same spot – The Raiders host the Houston Texans while hoping to stay atop the AFC West.

6. Denver Broncos (7-3); beat New Orleans 25-23, same spot – What a reversal of fortunes as Justin Simmons blocked an extra point, then Will Parks ran it back for a defensive two-point conversion that won the game.

7. Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1); beat San Francisco 23-20, up 3 spots – The third time was a charm for Chandler Catanzaro, as he made his first game-winning field goal in three tries this season.

8. Atlanta Falcons (6-4); beat Philadelphia 24-15, down 1 spot – Atlanta’s high-powered offense was stifled in this one, and they couldn’t slow down Ryan Matthews (108 rushing yards, 2 TDs).

eli-manning-future-19. New York Giants (6-3); beat Cincinnati 21-20, up 3 spots – Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, including a game-winner to rookie Ben McAdoo in the fourth quarter.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-5); lost to Dallas 35-30, down 2 spots – Ben Roethlisberger looked to be himself again while Pittsburgh gave Dallas all they could handle. But the end result was still a loss and a 4-5 overall record.

11. Washington Redskins (5-3-1); beat Minnesota 26-20, up 4 spots – After a rocky 0-2 start, Washington is now looking to defend their NFC East crown.

12. Minnesota Vikings (5-4); lost to Washington 26-20, down 3 spots – Minnesota has now lost four straight games and desperately needs a win to keep their season on track.

13. Detroit Lions (5-4); bye week, same spot – Detroit has a great chance to go two games above .500 by beating Jacksonville at home.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4); beat Atlanta 24-15, up 2 spots – Philadelphia showed their elite defense by shutting down the high-scoring Falcons’ running game and holding Matt Ryan in check.

15. Houston Texans (6-3); beat Jacksonville 24-21, up 2 spots – Brock Owseiler only threw for 99 yards, but he also got two important touchdown passes to win this game.

16. Green Bay Packers (4-5); lost to Tennessee 47-25, down 5 spots – Things are in disarray with the Packers, and the schedule isn’t easy from here on out.

joe-flacco17. Baltimore Ravens (5-4); beat Cleveland 28-7, up 1 spot – Joe Flacco threw three TDs while Baltimore won for the second straight week.

18. Miami Dolphins (5-4); beat San Diego 31-24, up 1 spot – Miami took advantage of a Philip Rivers interception spree, capped off by Kiko Alonso’s interception-return TD.

19. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5-1); lost to NY Giants 21-20, down 5 spots – It’s looking more and more like Cincinnati might miss the postseason for the first time in 6 years.

20. Indianapolis Colts (4-5); bye week, same spot – Indianapolis has some ground to make up in the AFC South since they’re two games behind Houston, and a game behind Tennessee.

21. Buffalo Bills (4-5); bye week, same spot – Buffalo will try to stop a three-game slide as they travel to Cincinnati this week.

22. Tennessee Titans (5-5); beat Green Bay 47-25, up 2 spots – Tennessee jumped out to a 21-0 lead on the Packers and never looked back. They now face a tough division opponent in the Colts this week.

23. San Diego Chargers (4-6); lost to Miami Dolphins 31-24, down 1 spot – The Chargers may have seen their postseason hopes vanish since they’re now at least 2 1/2 games behind everybody in their division.

24. New Orleans Saints (4-5); lost to Denver 25-23, down 1 spot – New Orleans is reeling after seeing a potential win against Denver reversed by a blocked kick and defensive two-point conversion return.

jay-cutler-john-fox25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6); beat Chicago 36-10, up 1 spot – The Buccaneers defense turned out a good effort by forcing four turnovers and sacking Jay Cutler four times.

26. LA Rams (4-5); beat NY Jets 9-6, up 1 spot – Despite the win, Jeff Fisher has seen enough poor offensive play to finally start Jared Goff. The rookie faces a tough assignment against a strong Miami defensive line.

27. Carolina Panthers (3-6); lost to Kansas City 20-17, down 2 spots – Eric Berry intercepted Cam Newton and returned it 42 yards to highlight the Chiefs’ 17-point fourth quarter.

28. New York Jets (3-7); lost to LA Rams 9-6, same spot – The New York Jets offense hasn’t been a juggernaut this season, but it was downright anemic with Bryce Petty starting at quarterback.

29. Chicago Bears (2-7); lost to Tampa Bay 36-10, same spot – Outside of Jay Cutler’s 50-yard hail mail to Cameron Meredith, this Bears team did very little on offense.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7); lost to Houston 24-21, same spot – Jacksonville made a strong comeback attempt at the end, with Blake Bortles hitting Allen Robinson for both a touchdown and 2-point conversion. But the defense couldn’t get the ball back with under three minutes left.

31. San Francisco (1-8); lost to Arizona 23-20, same spot – This is the best that San Francisco has played in a while, but it wasn’t enough as they’ve now lost eight in a row.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-10); lost to Baltimore 28-7, same spot – This loss drops Cleveland to their worst start in franchise history.

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