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NFL power rankings, Week 11: The Cowboys ascend to their rightful spot atop the throne

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Dallas and New England both played down-to-the-wire games on Sunday, but only one of these teams won, so ...

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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.

Rank SB Nation Yahoo NFL.com ESPN CBS
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