Week 10 may have given us the best Sunday of NFL action 2016 had to offer, and with that excitement came a change at the top of the league’s power rankings. The Dallas Cowboys, riding an eight-game winning streak and the only one-loss team in the land, are now your football overlords.
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott each stamped their place in the league MVP race in a nailbiting win over the Steelers in a game that featured seven lead changes -- and three in the final 1:55. The victory gave them prominence over the Patriots, who played a game with seven lead changes of its own, but ultimately lost on a technically correct no-call on a possible pass interference in the fourth quarter.
New England is still in fine shape, but will have to fight to keep its spot atop the AFC thanks to a rising tide of strong teams. The Kansas City Chiefs took over the top spot in the AFC West by virtue of a comeback win over the Carolina Panthers. Now, the Chiefs, Patriots, and Oakland Raiders all share the league’s best record at 7-2, and the race for home-field advantage will be absolutely lit.
The pecking order in the NFC is a bit clearer. Sunday night’s win alone would have been enough to secure the Seahawks' spot at No. 2, but Atlanta’s loss to the Eagles made Seattle’s path to a first-round bye a bit easier. The Falcons fell back to a pack of conference contenders that includes Washington, Philadelphia, the New York Giants, and Detroit.
That list doesn’t include Minnesota, however. The Vikings have been in a freefall after starting the season 5-0. A ragged offense, currently missing its starting quarterback, running back, and both tackles, has contributed to a four-game losing streak in which the team has scored only 14 points per game.
The rankings were more stable at the bottom. Cleveland, at 0-10, remains locked in at No. 32. The 1-8 49ers aren’t too far ahead, however. Since Week 1, these two teams have combined to lose 17 games in a race to the top for the 2017 NFL draft order.
Around the internet, there's more or less a consensus about the top six teams and the bottom six teams in the Week 11 power rankings. The rest, though, is tough to sort out.
|1||Dallas Cowboys||Dallas Cowboys||Dallas Cowboys||Dallas Cowboys||Dallas Cowboys|
|2||Seattle Seahawks||New England Patriots||Seattle Seahawks||Seattle Seahawks||New England Patriots|
|3||New England Patriots||Seattle Seahawks||New England Patriots||New England Patriots||Kansas City Chiefs|
|4||Oakland Raiders||Kansas City Chiefs||Kansas City Chiefs||Denver Broncos||Oakland Raiders|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||Oakland Raiders||Oakland Raiders||Kansas City Chiefs||Denver Broncos|
|6||New York Giants||Denver Broncos||Denver Broncos||Oakland Raiders||Seattle Seahawks|
|7||Atlanta Falcons||Atlanta Falcons||New York Giants||Atlanta Falcons||New York Giants|
|8||Denver Broncos||Washington||Detroit Lions||Philadelphia Eagles||Atlanta Falcons|
|9||Washington||Detroit Lions||Washington||Pittsburgh Steelers||Houston Texans|
|10||Philadelphia Eagles||Philadelphia Eagles||Philadelphia Eagles||Arizona Cardinals||Detroit Lions|
|11||Miami Dolphins||New York Giants||Atlanta Falcons||Washington||Washington|
|12||Baltimore Ravens||Minnesota Vikings||Miami Dolphins||Detroit Lions||Baltimore Ravens|
|13||Pittsburgh Steelers||Buffalo Bills||Houston Texans||Baltimore Ravens||Miami Dolphins|
|14||Cincinnati Bengals||Pittsburgh Steelers||Arizona Cardinals||Houston Texans||Philadelphia Eagles|
|15||Arizona Cardinals||Green Bay Packers||Baltimore Ravens||Minnesota Vikings||Tennessee Titans|
|16||New Orleans Saints||Houston Texans||Minnesota Vikings||New York Giants||Minnesota Vikings|
|17||Minnesota Vikings||Arizona Cardinals||Buffalo Bills||Miami Dolphins||Green Bay Packers|
|18||Buffalo Bills||Tennessee Titans||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cincinnati Bengals||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|19||Detroit Lions||Miami Dolphins||San Diego Chargers||Tennessee Titans||San Diego Chargers|
|20||Houston Texans||Baltimore Ravens||Tennessee Titans||New Orleans Saints||New Orleans Saints|
|21||Tennessee Titans||New Orleans Saints||Green Bay Packers||Buffalo Bills||Arizona Cardinals|
|22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||San Diego Chargers||New Orleans Saints||Green Bay Packers||Indianapolis Colts|
|23||San Diego Chargers||Indianapolis Colts||Cincinnati Bengals||San Diego Chargers||Cincinnati Bengals|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||Carolina Panthers||Indianapolis Colts||Carolina Panthers||Carolina Panthers|
|25||Carolina Panthers||Cincinnati Bengals||Los Angeles Rams||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Buffalo Bills|
|26||Green Bay Packers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Los Angeles Rams||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|27||Los Angeles Rams||Los Angeles Rams||Carolina Panthers||Indianapolis Colts||Los Angeles Rams|
|28||New York Jets||New York Jets||Chicago Bears||New York Jets||New York Jets|
|29||Chicago Bears||Jacksonville Jaguars||New York Jets||Chicago Bears||Chicago Bears|
|30||Jacksonville Jaguars||Chicago Bears||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||Cleveland Browns||San Francisco 49ers||San Francisco 49ers||San Francisco 49ers|
|32||Cleveland Browns||San Francisco 49ers||Cleveland Browns||Cleveland Browns||Cleveland Browns|