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Week 11 NFL power rankings: A shakeup at the top of the NFC

Week 11 NFL power rankings: A shakeup at the top of the NFC

The Eagles (5-4) got to watch football last Sunday on their bye week, but they come back with seven games left and a good shot to make it to the playoffs. 

Let’s take a look at the latest NFC power rankings, which includes a shakeup at the top: 

1. Seahawks (8-2) Last week: 3
A new No. 1! In a really fun game on Monday night, the Seahawks handed the 49ers their first loss of the season. Seattle kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to pick up a 27-24 win over their divisional foe. That means the Seahawks have won both of their last two games in overtime. Their only losses this season are to the Saints and Ravens. 

2. 49ers (8-1) Last week: 1
I admire the 49ers’ aggressiveness, but they probably should have played for a tie late in that overtime. That would have kept more distance between them and the Seahawks in the NFC West. Anyway, they have just one loss and it came in overtime to a good team. After a game against the Cardinals, the Niners have three tough ones in a row, against the Packers, Ravens and Saints. 

3. Packers (8-2) Last week: 4
Even though the Packers let the Panthers stick around late, they got another win over a quality opponent, beating Carolina 24-16. They bounce back after that bad loss to the Chargers and have a bye week before traveling to San Francisco in Week 12. 

4. Saints (7-2) Last week: 2
Coming off the bye week, the Saints laid an egg against the Falcons, losing 26-9. That’s a bad loss. 

5. Vikings (7-3) Last week: 5
Nice 28-24 win over the Cowboys for the Vikings, but there’s no room for them to go up. I don’t think they’re better than any of the teams listed above them. Still, they’re just one game behind Green Bay in the NFC North and face the Broncos before their Week 12 bye. 

6. Cowboys (5-4) Last week: 7 
The Cowboys should have beaten the Vikings late in that game but a few questionable play calls killed them. Dallas is a talented team, but I question their coaching staff. 

7. Eagles (5-4) Last week: 8 
The Eagles rested on their bye week, but came out of it in a much better spot than they went in, largely because of the Cowboys’ loss. I couldn’t put them ahead of Dallas thanks to their head-to-head game a few weeks ago, but they have better playoff chances right now. 

8. Rams (5-4) Last week: 6
The Rams' offense looks broken, but at least Sean McVay remembers what he had for lunch 12 years ago. 

9. Panthers (5-4) Last week: 9
I won’t kill the Packers for losing to the Packers. They’re not on that level, but the Panthers were two yards away from possibly tying the game when a Christian McCaffrey run from the 2 fell short and time ran out on Carolina in a 24-16 loss. The Panthers had five plays inside the 10-yard line and couldn't score. 

10. Bears (4-5) Last week: 12
After losing four straight games, the Bears got a 20-13 win over the Lions, who were without Matthew Stafford. Remember, the Bears were 3-1 at one point earlier this season. 

11. Lions (3-5-1) Last week: 11
Without Matthew Stafford, the Lions lost to the reeling Bears, 20-13. It’s their second-straight loss and their fourth in five games since their early bye. So much for the Lions being contenders. 

12. Buccaneers (3-6) Last week: 13
After four-straight losses, the Bucs got a 30-27 win over the Cardinals last week to stop the bleeding. 

13. Cardinals (3-6-1) Last week: 10 
A three-point loss to the Bucs drops the Cards down three spots. 

14. Falcons (2-7) Last week: 15
Where did that come from? The Falcons went to New Orleans last week and beat the Saints, 26-9. Their two wins this season are over the Eagles (5-4) and the Saints (7-2). This is a weird league. 

15. Giants (2-8) Last week: 14
They lost to the Jets and now have to think about what they’ve done over the bye week. 

16. Redskins (1-8) Last week: 16 
Washington will face the Jets coming off their bye week for a rare chance to get a win. Good for them, deciding to go with Dwayne Haskins the rest of the way. 

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Week 10 NFL power rankings: Did win over Bears move Eagles up in NFC?

Week 10 NFL power rankings: Did win over Bears move Eagles up in NFC?

The Eagles got a 22-14 win over the Bears to get their record to 5-4 before their Week 10 bye. 

Were they able to jump up in the NFC power rankings? 

1. 49ers (8-0) Last week: 1
No, it wasn’t great that they beat the Cardinals by just three points, but the 49ers get the benefit of the doubt. They still got the 28-25 win and keep their No. 1 spot. 

2. Saints (7-1) Last week: 2
The Saints were on a bye in Week 9, but they’ll come back with a home game against the Falcons and then a road contest in Tampa Bay. They should have a 9-1 record soon enough. 

3. Seahawks (7-2) Last week: 5
Seattle probably shouldn’t have needed an overtime period to take down the Bucs, 40-34, but they got it done and the next two teams on the list lost in Week 9. 

4. Packers (7-2) Last week: 3
Strange 26-11 loss for the Packers to the Chargers. It’s even harder because of a couple tough games coming. They host the Panthers this week and then travel to San Francisco after the bye to face the 49ers. 

5. Vikings (6-3) Last week: 4
A three-point loss against the Chiefs wouldn’t have been bad, but Patrick Mahomes wasn’t playing. And the Vikings had a late lead and let the Chiefs kick a field goal to tie it and then another to win it with no time left in regulation. 

6. Rams (5-3) Last week: 6
No movement for the Rams on their bye week. But they have plenty of work to do to catch the Seahawks and 49ers in the NFC West. 

7. Cowboys (5-3) Last week: 7
After a brief scare, the Cowboys pulled away from the Giants for a 37-18 win on Monday Night Football. Big home test against the Vikings this week. 

8. Eagles (5-4) Last week: 8
The Eagles got a win over the reeling Bears, but it’s not enough to leapfrog any of the teams ahead of them, especially not the Cowboys, who beat them soundly a few weeks ago. 

9. Panthers (5-3) Last week: 9 
A solid 10-point win for the Panthers over the Titans. When Cam Newton went down, I thought the Panthers were doomed, but Kyle Allen has been getting it done. It’s his team now. At Green Bay for a tough one this week. 

10. Cardinals (3-5-1) Last week: 12
I’ve been impressed with the Cardinals this year and a three-point loss to the 49ers didn’t change that. Two road games before a Week 12 bye week. 

11. Lions (3-4-1) Last week: 10 
The Lions kind of are what I thought they were: an average team. Their 31-24 loss to the Raiders isn’t shocking. I have them ahead of the Bears right now, but those two teams play each other this week to figure it out. 

12. Bears (3-5) Last week: 11
Losing to the Eagles wouldn’t have been so bad, but it was their fourth straight loss. Their biggest problem is that they put all their eggs in the Mitchell Trubisky basket and he doesn’t look good. 

13. Buccaneers (2-6) Last week: 13
They played the Seahawks tight, but I still can’t put them above the Bears. A winnable game against Arizona this weekend. 

14. Giants (2-7) Last week: 14
They played the Cowboys tight last week for a bit, but then remembered they’re not supposed to be very good. A “road game” against the Jets this weekend. That has to be weird. A road game in your own stadium. 

15. Falcons (1-7) Last week: 15
The Falcons were on a bye last week, but are at New Orleans and at Carolina coming out of it. They’re staring at a 1-9 record. Is Dan Quinn really gonna last through the season? 

16. Redskins (1-8) Last week: 16 
The Redskins can’t lose this week. They’re on a bye. 

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Week 9 NFL power rankings: Eagles jump up after win over Buffalo

Week 9 NFL power rankings: Eagles jump up after win over Buffalo

The Eagles got a huge 31-13 win over the Bills in Buffalo on Sunday to get their record back to .500 and to jump up a couple spots this week.

Here are my latest NFC power rankings:

1. 49ers (7-0) Last week: 2
The Saints didn’t do anything to lose the top spot, but the Niners did everything to take it. San Francisco crushed Carolina, 51-13. Just a dominant performance from the NFC’s only undefeated team. Remember, the Panthers were well-rested coming off a bye and were hot going into it, coming off four straight wins. Then they got their doors blown off by the 49ers.

2. Saints (7-1) Last week: 1
The Saints took care of business with a 31-9 win over the Cardinals. Drew Brees returned and looked like Drew Brees. He threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in his return. Ho hum.

3. Packers (7-1) Last week: 3
After they lost at home to the Eagles on Sept. 26, the Packers have gotten hot. They beat the Patrick Mahomes-less Chiefs 31-24 and have now rattled off four straight wins by an averaged of 9.0 points per game.

4. Vikings (6-2) Last week: 4
The Vikings let the Redskins stick around, but still beat them, 19-9. Stefon Diggs went off for 143 of Kirk Cousins’ 285 passing yards. Minnesota has now won four straight after a 2-2 start.

5. Seahawks (6-2) Last week: 5
The Seahawks were up 24-0, but then let the Falcons stage a comeback. Matt Schaub threw for 460 yards! So this wasn’t an impressive win, but they’re still firmly in second place in the very competitive NFC West.

6. Rams (5-3) Last week: 7
Now on their bye week, the Rams took care of business against the lowly Bengals with a 24-10 win. They let Cincinnati tie the game 10-10 but then scored the game’s last two touchdowns to get the win.

7. Cowboys (4-3) Last week: 8
The Cowboys were on their bye week, but get a bump up thanks to the Panthers’ loss. Dallas will be on the road to face the Giants this week. They beat New York 35-17 in Week 1.

8. Eagles (4-4) Last week: 10
After two horrible losses, the Eagles rebounded with a 31-13 victory over a decent Bills team in the road in bad conditions. Their run game came alive and Carson Wentz had an efficient performance.

9. Panthers (4-3) Last week: 6
Carolina got crushed by the 49ers last week. They had been riding high into with four straight wins, but lost by 38 points on Sunday.

10. Lions (3-3-1) Last week: 11
The Giants scored late on the Lions to make the game look a little closer, but the Lions still got a 31-26 win at home. Matt Stafford had a nice game. The Lions aren’t bad, but they’re just an average team and they play in a division with some heavy hitters.

11. Bears (3-4) Last week: 9
Surprise, surprise, the Bears had a last-second field-goal attempt that would have won the game against the Chargers and Eddy Pineiro missed. But the Bears’ bigger problem is QB play from Mitchell Trubisky, who has not taken the step Chicago hoped he would.

12. Cardinals (3-4-1) Last week: 12
After three straight wins against the Bengals, Falcons and Giants, the Cardinals had to finally face a good team and got spanked by the Saints. They’ll face the 49ers tonight … good luck.

13. Buccaneers (2-5) Last week: 13
Coming off their bye week, the Bucs dropped one to the Titans 27-23 and have lost three straight. They had a lead in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold on. Jameis Winston is tied for the league lead in INTs with 12 in seven games.

14. Giants (2-6) Last week: 14
A loss to the Lions on Sunday was their fourth straight after starting the year with a 2-2 record. In these four losses, Daniel Jones is completing under 60 percent of his passes with 7 TDs and 5 INTs.

15. Falcons (1-7) Last week: 15
They beat the Eagles in Week 2 and lost six straight heading into their Week 9 bye. On Sunday, they lost 27-20 to the Seahawks. This team is a disaster.

16. Redskins (1-7) Last week: 16
They lost two straight and failed to trade Trent Williams at the deadline. Had they worked on a trade a little earlier, maybe they could have gotten real value for their elite left tackle who desperately wants out of that miserable organization.

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