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Week 11 power rankings

The Eagles, Saints, Rams and Vikings appear set at the top of the NFC, but the Falcons, Seahawks and even the Packers figure to make the end of the season interesting.

1. Eagles (9-1; last week No. 1): Step One for making the no-kicker strategy work? Get Carson Wentz to play quarterback.

2. Patriots (8-2; No. 2): La puerta esta abierta for a Super Bowl win.

3. Steelers (8-2; No. 3): They’re really good, but still not good enough to beat the Patriots in a playoff game.

4. Vikings (8-2; No. 5): Having Teddy Bridgewater looming over Case Keenum’s shoulder actually makes Keenum play better.

5. Saints (8-2; No. 6): The Saints justified their name with a miracle on Sunday.

6. Rams (7-3; No. 4): The loss in Minnesota could be the first of several cold splashes of water in the face of a team still clinging to the NFC West lead.

7. Panthers (7-3; No. 9): Advance scout/tight end Greg Olsen is back, which could make the offense better than ever (especially against the Vikings)

8. Jaguars (7-3; No. 10): If the Steelers stumble and the Jaguars don’t, Jacksonville could end up with a postseason bye.

9. Falcons (6-4; No. 12): “Here we go again” ultimately went nowhere, for a change.

10. Lions (6-4; No. 11): Win Thursday vs. Minnesota, and the Lions will win the NFC North.

11. Chiefs (6-4; No. 7): If dropping from No 1 to Alex Smith’s jersey number doesn’t spark a decision to let Patrick Mahomes show what he can do, eventually dropping to Mahomes’ jersey number possibly will.

12. Seahawks (6-4; No. 8): Maybe Russell Wilson’s One-Man Band should add kicking to the repertoire.

13. Ravens (5-5; No. 18): The Ravens are only 2-5 when the other team scores at least one point.

14. Titans (6-4; No. 13): They’ve come a long way, but they’ve still got a long way to go.

15. Chargers (4-6; No. 19): In the 25th anniversary of the only NFL team that made it to the playoffs after starting 0-4, this one could end up doing the same thing.

16. Cowboys (5-5; No. 14): Getting to the playoffs may be even more difficult than keeping the Commissioner from getting his extension.

17. Washington (4-6; No. 15): If you can’t close out a 15-point lead with three minutes left over a playoff team, you don’t belong in the playoffs.

18. Bills (5-5; No. 16): From 5-2 to 5-5 with a pair of blowouts and two games against the Patriots still left to play, that 18-year playoff drought seems destined to continue.

19. Buccaneers (4-6; No. 24): When a trip to Green Bay is the easiest game left of the schedule down the stretch, it’s not an easy schedule down the stretch.

20. Raiders (4-6; No. 17): The Black Hole may be nearly empty next year, if this continues.

21. Bengals (4-6; No. 25): They may win just enough games to convince Mike Brown to stay the course.

22. Texans (4-6; No. 26): Tom Savage may do enough to get someone to pay him way too much money to eventually be benched for a rookie.

23. Jets (4-6; No. 21): It still won’t be easy to avoid 4-12.

24. Packers (5-5; No. 20): “Did you not just listen to that question I just answered?”

25. Dolphins (4-6; No. 22): How big is the current gap between the Dolphins and the Patriots? They’re about to find out, twice.

26. Cardinals (4-6; No. 23): Blaine Gabbert gets another start, while Colin Kaepernick still can’t get even a phone call.

27. Bears (3-7; No. 27): Kicking changes always seem to come a week to late.

28. Giants (2-8; No. 31): Amazing things can happen when a team actually tries to win.

29. Colts (3-7; No. 29): They’ve come a long way from the annual talk of whether to rest starters.

30. Broncos (3-7; No. 28): Great quarterbacks make offensive coordinators look good, and vice versa.

31. 49ers (1-9; No. 30): The stadium will be only slightly less empty than it was during the bye week.

32. Browns (0-10; No. 32): “Why the NFL Should Consider Contraction.” Exhibit A.