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NFL Power Rankings, Week 11 Preview: Patriots, Falcons, And Packers Lead, But What About Raiders And Bears?

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With at least 26 NFL teams boasting 6-3 records, coming up with any definitive and agreeable set of week 11 power rankings is about as likely as everybody being OK with the NFC West winner making the playoffs. Almost every team has a share of trophy kills worth bragging about, and almost every team has a really puzzling loss to a bad team. The exempt bad-team loss: a loss to the Cleveland Browns, who have somehow beaten everybody, yet remain 3-6.

A case could be made for any of the top four being the best team in the league. The Pittsburgh Steelers have played a brutal schedule, while the Green Bay Packers were seriously depleted during their fluke two-game losing streak and lead the NFL in point differential anyway. The Atlanta Falcons have only lost to two good teams, while the New England Patriots -- well, I'm a lot more comfortable ranking them at the top for the 73rd straight week instead of the Falcons or Packers. Let's ease into this.

Let's not forget about the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears, two teams nobody expected anything from. The Bears win in hideous fashions, but they've still beaten six teams, only one fewer than anybody else in the league. Still waiting on the great Auto Correct in the sky to start adjusting their record to correspond to their play, but it's not happening. And if the Raiders hadn't missed three field goals against the Arizona Cardinals, they'd be yet another 6-3 team.

  1. New England Patriots
  2. Atlanta Falcons
  3. Green Bay Packers
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers
  5. New York Jets
  6. Baltimore Ravens
  7. Indianapolis Colts
  8. New Orleans Saints
  9. New York Giants
  10. Philadelphia Eagles*
  11. Oakland Raiders
  12. Chicago Bears
No, I'm not impressed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who've played a gentle schedule and still have a substantially negative point differential.

* Playing tonight against the Washington Redskins.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.