2017 NFL Power Rankings: Where things stand after Week 11
32) Cleveland Browns
Last week's ranking: 32
Most recent result: L, 19-7 vs. Jaguars
Why they're here: According to the Associated Press, the Browns’ 4-43 record since Nov. 30, 2014 is the worst stretch of pro football that anyone has ever seen. Their game vs. the Bengals next week is probably their best chance left to avoid 0-16.
31) San Francisco 49ers
Last week's ranking: 30
Most recent result: BYE
Why they're here: Hopefully the 49ers didn't spend their whole bye week celebrating their first victory. They'll look to capture their second vs. the Seahawks next weekend.
30) New York Giants
Last week's ranking: 31
Most recent result: W, 12-9 vs. Chiefs
Why they're here: The Giants’ two wins this year have come against what looked to be much better AFC West foes. Victory No. 2 means the screaming for Ben McAdoo’s job in New York will be slightly less muted this week. Slightly.
29) Indianapolis Colts
Last week's ranking: 28
Most recent result: BYE
Why they're here: With match-ups coming up against the Titans and Jags in the next two weeks, the Colts have a chance to play spoiler vs. two division rivals.
28) Arizona Cardinals
Last week's ranking: 27
Most recent result: L, 31-21 vs. Texans
Why they're here: When you’re choosing between starting Blaine Gabbert or Drew Stanton, you’re in a bad place. The Cardinals are in that bad place right now.
27) Cincinnati Bengals
Last week's ranking: 29
Most recent result: W, 20-17 vs. Broncos
Why they're here: The Bengals are really just beating other bad teams, but that strategy has led them to a 4-6 record. Every win is one step closer to a Marvin Lewis return, Cincy fans.
26) Miami Dolphins
Last week's ranking: 26
Most recent result: L, 30-20 vs. Bucs
Why they're here: Jay Cutler dug his team a hole that was just too big to get out of by the time Miami went to Matt Moore. The fact that the Dolphins committed a whopping 17 penalties and two non-Cutler turnovers in addition to his three picks certainly didn’t help the cause.
25) Denver Broncos
Last week's ranking: 22
Most recent result: L, 20-17 vs. Bengals
Why they're here: The Broncos’ offense was anemic - again - and Denver has now gone a month and a half without a win. But hey, they fired their offensive coordinator the day after their most recent loss, so things should start looking up soon.
24) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last week's ranking: 25
Most recent result: W, 30-20 vs. Dolphins
Why they're here: Leave it to the Bucs to nearly lose a game that their opponent is essentially giving away, but that’s what Dirk Koetter’s bunch did against the Dolphins. Of course, afterward, the coach praised his team’s ability to respond to adversity. Nevermind the fact that the adversity should’ve never existed in the first place.
23) Green Bay Packers
Last week's ranking: 19
Most recent result: L, 23-0 vs. Ravens
Why they're here: Before his injury, everyone felt Aaron Rodgers was the foundation of the Packers. Now, though, it’s clear that he was not only the foundation, but the walls, the roof and everything else as well.
22) Chicago Bears
Last week's ranking: 23
Most recent result: L, 27-24 vs. Lions
Why they're here: Between Mitch Trubisky, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, the Bears’ backfield has a bright future. The rest of the roster needs some serious work, though. Chicago has now fallen in three consecutive games.
21) New York Jets
Last week's ranking: 24
Most recent result: BYE
Why they're here: The Jets entered their bye week with four wins. That's four more than a lot of people expected them to have in late-November.
20) Oakland Raiders
Last week's ranking: 17
Most recent result: L, 33-8 vs. Patriots
Why they're here: Derek Carr’s receivers dropped and fumbled his throws throughout the first half while Oakland’s defense was helpless vs. the Patriots’ relentless attack, making this contest over at halftime. This loss only looks worse once you consider the Raiders were coming off a bye week, too.
19) Houston Texans
Last week's ranking: 20
Most recent result: W, 31-21 vs. Cardinals
Why they're here: D’Onta Foreman had his best day as a pro vs. the Cards, as the rookie running back scored twice for the Texans before, sadly, tearing his Achilles. DeAndre Hopkins, meanwhile, keeps proving that it doesn’t matter who his QB is, he’ll just keep on scoring touchdowns.
18) Buffalo Bills
Last week's ranking: 15
Most recent result: L, 54-24 vs. Chargers
Why they're here: Nothing like benching your pretty good starting QB when you still have some decent playoff hopes and then seeing your backup throw five interceptions in his debut, right, Sean McDermott? There are bad coaching decisions, then there are catastrophic ones. You can guess which one sitting Tyrod Taylor falls under.
17) Washington Redskins
Last week's ranking: 16
Most recent result: L, 34-31 vs. Saints
Why they're here: The Redskins went up 15 late in New Orleans on Sunday and still figured out a way to lose. It was about as brutal as a loss as you’ll see in the NFL, and they suffer in the rankings and in the playoff standings because of it.
16) Tennessee Titans
Last week's ranking: 14
Most recent result: L, 40-17 vs. Steelers
Why they're here: The Titans had a chance to prove they could hang with the big boys on Thursday in Pittsburgh. It didn't go so well, and now, they're a game behind the Jaguars in the AFC South.
15) Baltimore Ravens
Last week's ranking: 18
Most recent result: W 23-0, vs. Packers
Why they're here: The Ravens aren’t a very intimidating team on offense. But on defense? They’ve now pitched three shutouts in 10 tries, and are propping up the other side of the ball enough to place Baltimore in the thick of postseason contention.
14) Los Angeles Chargers
Last week's ranking: 21
Most recent result: W, 54-24 vs. Bills
Why they're here: The Chargers destroyed the Bills and also guaranteed a spot in Nathan Peterman’s nightmares for months to come. LA is 4-2 since their disastrous first month and have inserted themselves back into the playoff discussion because of that recovery.
13) Dallas Cowboys
Last week's ranking: 12
Most recent result: L, 37-9 vs. Eagles
Why they're here: The hope was that, when Ezekiel Elliott got suspended, he would at least be back in time for a late push for the playoffs. With the way Dallas is trending, however, he’d be lucky to return to a .500 team.
12) Kansas City Chiefs
Last week's ranking: 5
Most recent result: L, 12-9 vs. Giants
Why they're here: The Chiefs are fortunate the AFC West is so sloppy behind them, because their slide continued with a pretty shocking loss to the Giants in Week 11. Believe it or not, the team who sat atop these rankings for the first month-plus of the season is now out of the top 10.
11) Detroit Lions
Last week's ranking: 11
Most recent result: W, 27-24 vs. Bears
Why they're here: The Lions squeaked by a game Bears team in Week 11 and are now a strong 6-4. Matt Stafford isn’t playing quite at an MVP level, but with 19 touchdowns to just five interceptions, the signal caller is putting together one of his best campaigns as a pro.
10) Atlanta Falcons
Last week's ranking: 13
Most recent result: W, 34-31 vs. Seahawks
Why they're here: The Falcons were flying high at the start of the season, went into a tailspin, and are now back in business after defeating the Cowboys and Seahawks their last two times out. They'll need to keep it up, too, because the NFC South is loaded.
9) Carolina Panthers
Last week's ranking: 10
Most recent result: BYE
Why they're here: The Panthers' offense went into their off week scorching hot. Can that unit match their defense's stellar play again vs. the Jets in Week 12?
8) Seattle Seahawks
Last week's ranking: 7
Most recent result: L, 34-31 vs. Falcons
Why they're here: Russell Wilson is amazing, but even he can't kick field goals for the Seahawks. You have to think Seattle could have two more wins under its belt if it weren't for Blair Walsh's issues in the kicking game.
7) Jacksonville Jaguars
Last week's ranking: 9
Most recent result: W, 19-7 vs. Browns
Why they're here: The Jaguars’ stout defense vs. DeShone Kizer was one of the biggest mismatches in the NFL on Sunday. And it played out as expected, as Jacksonville leaned on its defense, which forced five turnovers, to move to 7-3.
6) Los Angeles Rams
Last week's ranking: 4
Most recent result: L, 24-7 vs. Vikings
Why they're here: The Rams face planted in their Week 11 test vs. a fellow elite NFC foe. If they do so again next week vs. the Saints, their ranking will take more of a hit. One road L won’t cost them too much, however.
5) Minnesota Vikings
Last week's ranking: 8
Most recent result: W, 24-7 vs. Rams
Why they're here: Mike Zimmer avoided making a Sean McDermott-ish mistake by sticking with Case Keenum at QB, and Keenum responded with a solid effort to move the Vikings to 8-2. One week after an uncharacteristic performance, Minnesota’s defense was back to its stingy self and limited one of the league’s best offenses to seven measly points.
4) New Orleans Saints
Last week's ranking: 6
Most recent result: W, 34-31 vs. Redskins
Why they're here: Sure, the Redskins helped, but the Saints’ 15-point comeback and final drive in overtime were impressive nonetheless. By airing it out late when his team needed him to, Drew Brees showed everyone he can still get it done when the situation calls for it.
3) Pittsburgh Steelers
Last week's ranking: 3
Most recent result: W, 40-17 vs. Titans
Why they're here: The Thursday blowout of the Titans is a prime example of why the Steelers are so scary: in any game, Antonio Brown or Le'Veon Bell can just totally take over. Brown did so vs. Tennessee, and the Steelers have now won five straight.
2) New England Patriots
Last week's ranking: 2
Most recent result: W, 33-8 vs. Raiders
Why they're here: Everyone expected the Patriots-Raiders game to be a shootout. New England did their part, at least. Shocker: Playing in a little bit of altitude didn’t phase Tom Brady at all.
1) Philadelphia Eagles
Last week's ranking: 1
Most recent result: W, 37-9 vs. Cowboys
Why they're here: For a half there, the Eagles looked mortal again. But then Carson Wentz and the offense just went to town on the Cowboys, and Philly ended up winning thanks to a 30-0 run in the last 30 minutes. Might as well crown them as the NFC East champs now and just save everyone the trouble of doing it later.