Week 11 was a pretty significant one for the 2013 NFL season. The Broncos beat the Chiefs, which means there are no more undefeated teams in the league. Carolina took down New England, and the Panthers are quickly becoming one of the league’s most dangerous teams. Denver overtook Kansas City for the top spot in the rankings, but that could change soon: The two teams play again on December 1.
With great upcoming matchups, including the second Denver-Kansas City game and New Orleans-Seattle on December 2, the rest of the season will show us which teams are truly elite.
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1. Denver Broncos (9-1, Last Week: 2)
By taking down the Chiefs, Denver showed it could score against the NFL’s best defense. The Broncos didn’t get to 40 points as they’ve done so often, but they scored more points than any other Kansas City opponent this season. Peyton Manning only threw one touchdown, but didn’t throw an interception and wasn’t sacked.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1, Last Week: 1)
Kansas City has experienced defeat for the first time this season. Though they ended up losing to the Broncos, the Chiefs showed they could move the ball effectively, and they slowed down the league’s best offense. The Chiefs had better learn from this loss, though, as losing to Denver again could seriously damage their chances of winning the AFC West.
3. Seattle Seahawks (10-1, Last Week: 4)
With their win over the Vikings, the Seahawks became the first team to get to 10 wins this year. They’re in position to win the number 1 seed for the playoffs, which would give them valuable home-field advantage. The Seahawks have a bye week before playing at home against the Saints, in what will be one of the most important NFC matchups of the season.
4. New Orleans Saints (8-2, Last Week: 3)
The Saints didn’t score a ton of points against San Francisco, but they did enough to win a close game. Drew Brees made clutch throws, and the defense didn’t let Colin Kaepernick make plays through the air or on the ground. With the second-best record in the NFC, New Orleans has a great chance to claim one of the top two playoff seeds. That's bad news for other playoff teams: The Saints are extremely difficult to beat at home.
5. Carolina Panthers (7-3, Last Week: 8)
Carolina continued its impressive win streak and beat an elite New England team Monday night. Sure, there was some controversy when the refs reversed a penalty call that would have given the Patriots a chance to score a game-winning touchdown, but the Panthers showed they could beat the best. Cam Newton threw three TDs and added 62 rushing yards, and the defense allowed only one Tom Brady touchdown pass.
6. New England Patriots (7-3, Last Week: 5)
The loss to the Panthers was a very disappointing one for the Patriots. Their defense couldn’t stop Cam Newton, and the offense couldn’t score a late touchdown to win. We’re not used to seeing the Pats lose close games, but they should regroup for a marquee matchup against the Broncos. Expect New England to be ready for the league’s best team.
7. Indianapolis Colts (7-3, Last Week: 3)
The Colts beat the Titans last week, but there are issues they need to solve. Quarterback Andrew Luck has only one touchdown pass in his last two games, and will need to play better. Both sides of the ball will have to improve against a talented Arizona team this weekend.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4, Last Week: 11)
The Bengals got an important division win over Cleveland last weekend. The entire team contributed: Cincinnati scored touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams. That kind of production is great, but it won’t happen every game. Quarterback Andy Dalton had three touchdown passes, but threw for only 93 yards, and top receiver A.J. Green had two catches for only seven yards. Cincinnati’s playmakers have to do better.
9. Chicago Bears (6-4, Last Week: 10)
The Bears had to fight not only the Ravens, but also some rough weather in their win last weekend. Late in the first quarter, the game was delayed almost two hours because of rain and wind, as the Midwest was hit by tornadoes. After the delay, the Bears outplayed Baltimore and are now tied with Detroit for the top spot in the NFC North. Chicago will be part of one of the most exciting divisional races in the league.
10. San Francisco 49ers (6-4, Last Week: 9)
It’s been a roller coaster season for the 49ers. They recovered from early struggles, but have now lost two straight games. As a result, the 49ers will most likely be a Wild Card team in the postseason, and their path to a second straight Super Bowl will be a tough one. They should be able to win their next game, a Monday night matchup with Washington, but the 49ers have gotten themselves into serious trouble.
11. Detroit Lions (6-4, Last Week: 6)
A disappointing loss to the Steelers dropped the Lions from the top 10.
12. Arizona Cardinals (6-4, Last week: 17)
Watch out San Francisco, the Cardinals could soon be in second place in the NFC West.
13. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5, Last week: 13)
The Eagles aren’t great, but they don’t have to be: they’re in first place in a weak NFC East.
14. Miami Dolphins (5-5, Last week: 20)
The Dolphins could overtake the inconsistent Jets for the number 2 spot in the AFC East.
15. Dallas Cowboys (5-5, Last week: 14)
The Cowboys take on the rival Giants in a huge NFC East game this weekend. It’s a game Dallas needs to win.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6, Last week: 25)
The Steelers completely shut down the electric Lions in the second half of their 37-27 win.
17. St, Louis Rams (4-6, Last week: 15)
Coming off a bye week, the Rams are hoping to build off their encouraging win over the Colts when they take on a good Chicago team.
18. New York Jets (5-5, Last week: 12)
Teams need to go on win streaks to have a chance at the playoffs. So far this season, every Jets win has been followed by a loss.
19. Buffalo Bills (4-7, Last week: 26)
The Bills are in last place in the AFC East, but this can still be a promising season for a young team led by first-year head coach Doug Marrone.
20. New York Giants (4-6, Last week: 24)
Winners of four straight after an 0-6 start, the Giants could be in the middle of a great comeback story.
21. Tennessee Titans (4-6, Last week: 23)
The AFC is too competitive for the Titans to make the playoffs, but they’re good enough to beat the conference’s best teams.
22. Green Bay Packers (5-5, Last week: 16)
The Packers have fallen to .500 after their third straight loss.
23. Cleveland Browns (4-6, Last week: 18)
The Browns had a chance to get a huge win against the Bengals, but couldn’t beat the division leader.
24. San Diego Chargers (4-6, Last week: 21)
San Diego and Oakland now have the same record, and the Chargers will have to fight for third place in the AFC West.
25. Baltimore Ravens (4-6, Last week: 19)
The AFC North is competitive, but a short win streak could give the Ravens a chance to take second place in the division.
26. Oakland Raiders (4-6, Last week: 27)
Oakland looked good against Houston, but its matchup with Tennessee this weekend will show whether the Raiders are a middle-of-the-pack team or a last-place squad.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8, Last week: 31)
Not only did the Bucs get their second straight win by beating the Falcons, they actually looked like a good football team.
28. Washington Redskins (3-7, Last week: 22)
The Redskins nearly made a comeback against the Eagles, but ultimately lost their second straight game.
29. Houston Texans (2-8, Last week: 28)
The Texans don’t have the worst record in the league, but their eight-game losing streak is just embarrassing.
30. Minnesota Vikings(2-8, Last week: 30)
The Vikings can shake up the NFC North by upsetting their divisional rivals. Easier said than done, but it could happen.
31. Atlanta Falcons (2-8, Last week: 29)
Last year, the Falcons went 13-3. This year, Atlanta will have a tough time getting to 3-13.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9, Last week: 32)
Now that Tampa Bay won its second game, Jacksonville is the only team in the league with just one victory.
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