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NFL Power Rankings: Hot at the top

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JACKSONVILLE – Here are senior writer John Oehser's Week 11 2016 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

Rank.Team (Rec) | Last week | Comment

  1. Dallas Cowboys (8-1) | 2 | Far and away NFL's hottest team – and biggest story
  1. Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1) | 3 | Big victory Sunday in what may have been Super Bowl preview
  1. New England Patriots (7-2) | 1 | Hard to imagine Pats not representing AFC in Super Bowl
  1. Oakland Raiders (7-2) | 4 | As good during the bye as they had been all season
  1. Denver Broncos (7-3) | 5 | NFL's best third-place team
  1. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2) | 6 | Looks like AFC West will have two wild-card teams
  1. Atlanta Falcons (6-4) | 7 | Still firmly in control of the NFC South
  1. New York Giants (6-3) | 8 | Big Blue may be NFL's quietest really good team
  1. Houston Texans (6-3) | 11 | They just keep finding a way to win – and to stay in first place
  1. Detroit Lions (5-4) | 12 | Moved into first place with huge bye-week performance
  1. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) | 13 | Your last-place Philadelphia Eagles
  1. Washington Redskins (5-3-1) | 17 | A good team won't make the playoffs from the NFC East
  1. Miami Dolphins (5-4) | 18 | Few teams hotter lately than the 'Fins
  1. Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1) | 15 | Narrowly averted a bad loss Sunday
  1. Baltimore Ravens (5-4) |20 | Your first-place Baltimore Ravens
  1. Minnesota Vikings (5-4) | 9 | Even with their injuries their collapse is surprising
  1. Green Bay Packers (4-5) | 10 | Speaking of surprising collapses …
  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-5) | 14 | A loss in an instant classic still stings like a loss
  1. Tennessee Titans (5-5) | 24 | Getting stronger and stronger as the season goes on
  1. New Orleans Saints (4-5) | 19 | They'll relive the ending of that loss for a long time in New Orleans
  1. Buffalo Bills (4-5) | 21 | Need a big run coming out of a late-season bye
  1. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5-1) | 16 | One of biggest surprises of the season
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) |26 | They've struggled at times  – but they're still not out of it
  1. San Diego Chargers (4-6) | 22 | Four fourth-quarter interceptions by Rivers? This one will hurt
  1. Los Angeles Rams (4-5) | 27 | Yet another defense-only victory for Jeff Fisher and Co.
  1. Indianapolis Colts (4-5) | 23 | Lost ground in the AFC South despite crafty bye-week performance
  1. Carolina Panthers (3-6) | 25 | Season very much on the brink for Cam & Co.
  1. New York Jets (3-7) | 28 | New quarterback, same result for Jets
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7) | 29 | No takeaways in the last five games – hard to win doing that
  1. Chicago Bears (2-7) | 30 | Four turnovers on the road in Tampa – hard to win doing that
  1. San Francisco 49ers (1-8) | 31 | Eight and counting
  1. Cleveland Browns (0-10) | 32 | Ten and counting
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