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NFL Week 11 Power Rankings: Steelers, Raiders, Titans prepping for the playoffs?

Two surprise AFC teams have a chance at the postseason.

Los Angeles Rams v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

1. New England Patriots (8-1; BYE) (-)

New England got a week off after suffering their first loss of the season against the Ravens last week. A Super Bowl rematch against the Philadelphia Eagles looms.

2. Seattle Seahawks (8-2; Won 27-24 vs SF) (+2)

Russell Wilson came up huge down the stretch as the Seahawks beat their longtime rivals in an instant classic on Monday night. Jadeveon Clowney had a all-star level performance on defense.

3. San Francisco (8-1; Lost 27-24 vs SEA) (-1)

The 49ers finally suffered their first lost of the season in Week 10. An amazing defensive performance was squandered by a poor day from Jimmy Garoppolo and the receivers. The NFC West is now a real race.

4. Green Bay Packers (8-2; Won 24-16 vs CAR) (+1)

The Packers escaped an icy game at Lambeau after their defense held on the last drive of the game. Another big game from Aaron Jones, who had 93 yards on 13 carries, led the offense earn a win under the weather.

5. New Orleans Saints (7-2; Lost 26-9 vs ATL) (-2)

Drew Brees could only manage 287 yards on 45 attempts as he and the Saints offense could not crack a Falcons defense that has hemorrhaged points this season. New Orleans’ six-game win streak comes to a surprising end.

6. Baltimore Ravens (7-2; Won 49-13 vs CIN) (-)

The Lamar Jackson Show continued in Week 10, after the quarterback piled up 223 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 attempts through the air and added 65 yards and another score on the ground. The Ravens strengthened their grip on the AFC North as they set their sights on a first-round bye in the AFC.

7. Minnesota Vikings (7-3; Won 28-24 vs DAL) (+4)

Minnesota won a huge game against the Cowboys that should help them in the wild card race long term. Kirk Cousins managed to lead the Vikings to victory despite an inefficient day from star running back Dalvin Cook.

8. Houston Texans (6-3; BYE) (+2)

The Texans got a week off ahead of a huge AFC showdown against the Ravens.

9. Dallas Cowboys (5-4; Lost 28-24 vs MIN) (-1)

The Cowboys came up just short in a Sunday night battle against the Vikings that could be crucial in the NFC playoff race. Dak Prescott furthered his MVP campaign with 397 yards and three touchdowns with an impressive prime-time performance.

10. Los Angeles Rams (5-4; Lost 17-12 vs PIT) (-3)

A horrible game from Jared Goff cost the Rams as they watch a spot in the NFC Playoffs slip out of their grasp. The quarterback had 243 yards and two interceptions on 41 attempts as the offense could not get anything done for much of the game.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (6-4; Lost 35-32 vs TEN) (-2)

Kansas City’s fall from grace continued in Week 10 after a last-second blocked field goal cost them a chance at forcing overtime against the Titans. 446 yards and three touchdowns from Patrick Mahomes was not enough in his return from injury.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4; BYE) (-)

The Eagles got a week off ahead of a huge game against the Patriots next week. It will be the team’s first meetings against each other since the 2018 Super Bowl.

13. Carolina Panthers (5-4; Lost 24-16 vs GB) (+2)

The Panthers had trouble dealing with the Packers ground attack and Kyle Allen could not lead his team on a last-minute drive through the snow to tie the game late.

14. Tennessee Titans (5-5; Won 35-32 vs KC) (+4)

A huge 188-yard, two-touchdown day from running back Derrick Henry carried the Titans to an enormous victory that has the Music City thinking playoffs. The Titans blocked a potential game-tying field goal at the end of regulation to preserve a late lead.

15. Indianapolis Colts (5-4; Lost 16-12 vs MIA) (-2)

The Colts desperately need Jacoby Brissett back as a Brian Hoyer=led team fell to a dismal Miami Dolphins. Hoyer threw a hat trick of interceptions.

16. Buffalo Bills (6-3; Lost 19-16 vs CLE) (-2)

Don’t let the record deceive you, this team is bad. Josh Allen and the Bills offense could not manage more than 16 points against the Browns defense, squandering a great performance from their own defense. These guys will still probably make the playoffs, though.

17. Oakland Raiders (5-4; Won 26-24 vs LAC) (-)

Oakland got a big performance from their defense as they won a crucial divisional matchup in the race to the AFC Playoffs. With a favorable schedule ahead, the Raiders are a dark horse to crash into the postseason.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4; Won 17-12 vs LAR) (+4)

Don’t look now but Mason Rudolph might lead these Steelers to the AFC Playoffs. The Steelers got above .500 with a huge upset win over the Rams. Minkah Fitzpatrick continued his impressive season, returning a fumble for a touchdown and intercepting a late pass to seal the victory.

19. Chicago Bears (4-5; Won 20-13 vs DET)

Mitchell Trubisky played his best game of the season as the young quarterback had three touchdowns in a winning outing. The defense had little trouble dealing with a Jeff Driskel-led Detroit Lions either.

20. Los Angeles Chargers (4-6; Lost 26-24 vs OAK) (-4)

The Chargers had a chance to get their season back on track against the Raiders on Thursday night. A rough day for quarterback Philip Rivers condemned them, though, as they fall back below .500 on the year.

21. Cleveland Browns (3-6; Won 19-16 vs BUF) (+4)

Cleveland finally got back into the win column this week. Nick Chubb had 116 rushing yards on 20 attempts to lead on offense while the defense had no trouble dealing with Josh Allen. The playoffs are most likely out of reach, but they do have enough talent on the roster to make a run.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6; Won 30-27 vs ARI) (+4)

Jameis Winston grouped his 358 passing yards and a touchdown with a pair of interceptions as the Buccaneers managed to sneak away from the Cardinals in a hotly-contested shootout.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5; BYE) (-)

Jacksonville got a week off after getting hammered by the Texans in London last week. They have a chance to get back to .500 against a reeling Colts team next week.

24. Arizona Cardinals (3-6-1; Lost 30-27 vs TB) (-3)

Kyler Murray and the Cardinals came up just short in a sloppy shootout on the east coast. The rookie quarterback had 324 yards and three touchdowns, while second-year receiver Christian Kirk caught all three touchdowns along with 138 yards to continue his impressive season.

25. Detroit Lions (3-5-1; Lost 20-13 vs CHI) (-5)

Detroit had no chance in their first game without Matthew Stafford in almost nine years.

26. Denver Broncos (3-6; BYE) (-2)

Denver got a week off after their win against the Browns. A tough game against the Vikings is up next.

27. Atlanta Falcons (2-7; Won 26-9 vs NO) (+1)

Atlanta’s defense decided to show up against their biggest rivals as the Falcons pulled off what is possibly the upset of the season. They managed to keep the Saints out of the end zone and absolutely shut down the New Orleans’ ground game.

28. New York Jets (2-7; Won 34-27 vs NYG) (+1)

The Jets came out on top in the battle of New York (Jersey) after winning a barn burner against their instate rivals. The offense was not as good as the scoreboard would indicate, with Sam Darnold only coming up with 230 yards on 30 attempts and Le’Veon Bell having another quiet performance.

29. New York Giants (2-8; Lost 34-27 vs NYJ) (-2)

The Giants have now dropped six straight as the Danny Dimes Hype Train has literally exploded. He played much worse than his 308-yard, four-touchdown day would indicate as a few costly mistakes cost his team any chance they had in the battle for New York (Jersey).

30. Miami Dolphins (2-7; Won 16-12 vs IND) (+1)

Miami managed to eek out a victory against a Jacoby Brissett-less Colts team. The tank has flipped over.

31. Washington (1-8; BYE) (-1)

Washington will take on the Jets next week after an eventful—and shameful—bye week in the nation’s capital.

32. Cincinnati Bengals (0-9; Lost 49-13 vs BAL) (-)

Joe Burrow might be a better quarterback than Ryan Finley right now.