NFL power rankings, Week 11: Cowboys ascend, Vikings plummet

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Ezekiel Elliott
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Ezekiel Elliott /

In Week 11 NFL power rankings, the Dallas Cowboys continue to prove they’re for real, while the NFC North goes downhill in a real way.

32. team. 53. Just win a game. One. Any time now. Come on, Cleveland, you can do it.. 0-10. Previous: . Cleveland Browns

31. team. 42. The 49ers might be worse than Cleveland. If these two teams got on a neutral field, I think the line is EVEN. San Francisco is rough to watch.. 1-8. Previous: . San Francisco 49ers

52. The Jaguars are terrible. Gus Bradley must have pictures of Shad Khan in embarrassing situations. How has Jacksonville not fired him, along with the general manager?. 2-7. Previous: . Jacksonville Jaguars. 30. team

Chicago Bears. 29. team. 57. The Bears are in the midst of a horrid season, but there could be a real bright side. Chicago hasn’t had a franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman, but could get one come April.. 2-7. Previous:

3-7. Previous: . New York Jets. 28. team. 30. This is just a lousy team with losing attitudes across the roster. The Jets need to blow this thing up and start from scratch.

Previous: . Los Angeles Rams. 27. team. 51. Give the defense credit for winning four games, because it is getting no help from Case Keenum. Give Jared Goff a chance. If he’s worse than Keenum, you made the wrong pick.. 4-5

Previous: . Carolina Panthers. 26. team. 87. The Chiefs are a very good team, but blowing a 17-point lead at home? That is likely the swan song for the Panthers.. 3-6

48. Tampa Bay can do some good things when the defense shows up and Jameis Winston doesn’t throw interceptions. Can he keep it up in Arrowhead this Sunday?. 4-5. Previous: . Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 25. team

Previous: . Buffalo Bills. 24. team. 16. The Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999, and it’s hard to see it happening in 2016. Might need to win out.. 4-5

46. The Colts face a huge game on Sunday against the Titans. Whoever loses is likely home for the winter, while the winner maintains hope.. 4-5. Previous: . Indianapolis Colts. 23. team

Previous: . Cincinnati Bengals. 22. team. 56. The Bengals are likely going to end up missing the playoffs for the first time in six years because they can’t block, and the discipline is lacking.. 3-5-1

4-5. Previous: . Green Bay Packers. 21. team. 49. It’s all over in Titletown. The Packers might need to fire Mike McCarthy, who once looked like he would have a tremendous career. This is simply a lost team with too much talent to fail.

4-5. Previous: . Pittsburgh Steelers. 20. team. 55. Four straight losses, and the Steelers are on the brink. Pittsburgh gets a layup this weekend against the Browns, but then it’s a Thanksgiving night showdown with the Colts in Indy.

13. The Chargers are going to look back on this season and kick themselves. They have had so many chances to get into the playoffs, but they lose in asinine fashion time and again.. 4-6. Previous: . San Diego Chargers. 19. team

4-4-1. Previous: . Arizona Cardinals. 18. team. 32. Beating the 49ers at home with a last-second field goal is nothing to write home about. Now they play Minnesota in a de facto playoff game.

5-5. Previous: . Tennessee Titans. 17. team. 35. The Titans quietly have a very potent offense. Can Tennessee challenge the Colts and Texans for the AFC South title? It’s trending that way.

You can’t lose on a blocked extra point getting returned for two points. Teams don’t do that and make the playoffs. New Orleans is likely cooked.. 4-5. Previous: . New Orleans Saints. 16. team. 15

team. 60. The Vikings have completely derailed. Mike Zimmer is a very good coach, but the proverbial horse is out of the barn.. 5-4. Previous: . Minnesota Vikings. 15

team. 26. The Ravens are not winning the North, mostly because they play an insane schedule moving forward. Still, Baltimore can enjoy this while it lasts.. 5-4. Previous: . Baltimore Ravens. 14

54. Just when you think the Eagles are done, they rise up. Philadelphia is right in the mix in the NFC wild card picture, but face a very difficult game against Seattle on the road.. 5-4. Previous: . Philadelphia Eagles. 13. team

The Dolphins are legitimately good. Miami picked off Philip Rivers four times in the fourth quarter on Sunday to win at San Diego. Now, the Rams.. 5-4. Previous: . Miami Dolphins. 12. team. 59

50. Who had the Lions winning the North before the season started? Show of hands. Nobody? Alright. Detroit is playing good football.. 5-4. Previous: . Detroit Lions. 10. team

6-4. Previous: . Atlanta Falcons. 9. team. 44. The Falcons continue to raise questions. Are they a very good team, a good team, or a mediocre, one-dimensional team in a horrid division?

Previous: . Houston Texans. 8. team. 10. Speaking of a potentially mediocre team in a horrid division, the 2016 Houston Texans! Houston should win the division, but Brock Osweiler will put a stop to any kind of playoff advancement.. 6-3

31. The Giants continue to win ugly, but are starting to look really good for a playoff spot. Their next two games are against the Bears and Browns.. 6-3. Previous: . New York Giants. 7. team

45. Denver might be the best third-place team in the history of the NFL. The Broncos don’t wow you offensively, but the defense and special teams are excellent.. 7-3. Previous: . Denver Broncos. 6. team

team. 28. The Raiders are the story of the AFC this year, and have a chance to win the West. Still, tough games remain with trips to Denver and Kansas City waiting in the wings.. 7-2. Previous: . Oakland Raiders. 5

36. Seattle had the single-most impressive win of the season on Sunday night, beating the Patriots in Foxborough. The Seahawks are starting to look like the Super Bowl contender so many believe they are.. 6-2-1. Previous: . Seattle Seahawks. 4. team

The Chiefs now have two 17-point comebacks this season. Kansas City must improve offensively, but the defense is tremendous and with Justin Houston returning this week, could be even better somehow.. 7-2. Previous: . Kansas City Chiefs. 3. team. 124

47. The Patriots remain the team to beat in the AFC, but the loss of Jamie Collins was pronounced against the Seahawks. New England is a truly great team, but there are warts on the defense.. 7-2. Previous: . New England Patriots. 2. team

The Cowboys are for real. Dallas has the best offensive line, running back and arguably defensive coordinator in the league. Could this be the year in Big D?. 8-1. Previous: . Dallas Cowboys. 1. team. 123