Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 11: Cowboys rule the roost

Nov 15, 2016, 4:45 PM

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the se...

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. The Cowboys won 35-30. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

(AP Photo/Don Wright)

Apparently, it’s hard to stay atop the Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings.

The New England Patriots, who lost Sunday night to the Seattle Seahawks, lost their perch for the second time heading into Week 11. The red-hot Dallas Cowboys, who scored a thrilling win over Pittsburgh last Sunday, are now the fifth different team to top our rankings, joining Arizona (Week 1), the Patriots (Weeks 2-4, 8-10), Denver (Week 5) and Minnesota (Weeks 6,7).

Dallas’ win gave them its first eight-game winning streak in a single season since 1977, which is somewhat hard to believe considering their unbelievable success in the early-to-mid-90s.

Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott continued his stellar play and now ranks fourth in the league in QB Rating, behind only Tom Brady, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. Fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott scored three touchdowns against the Steelers and leads the league with 1,005 yards on the ground. And Tony Romo is healthy enough to play, so Jerry Jones has every opportunity in the world to screw up this terrific run, so all is good in “Big D.”

Here’s a look at how our seven-member panel voted in Week 11

cowboys751. Dallas Cowboys (8-1)

High: 1 (Marotta, Grialou, Morgan, Dimakos)
Low: 2 (Green, Lapinski)
Movement: ▲ 1
Comment: “Wonder if Cowboys fans who hated taking Elliott at #4 still feel that way?” — Lapinski
Next: vs. Baltimore

seahawks752. Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1)

High: 2 (Grialou, Morgan, Dimakos, Burns)
Low: 4 (Lapinski)
Movement: ▲ 3
Comment: “Seahawks are living a charmed life here in 2016.” — Grialou
Next: vs. Philadelphia

patriots753. New England Patriots (7-2)

High: 1 (Green, Lapinski)
Low: 5 (Marotta)
Movement: ▼ 2
Comment: “Now we can ask why the Pats didn’t run from the 1-yard line.” — Marotta
Next: at San Francisco

raiders754. Oakland Raiders (7-2)

High: 3 (Lapinski)
Low: 6 (Burns)
Movement: ▼ 1
Comment: “Oakland has been a great road team. Time to make hay with three straight at home.” — Morgan
Next: vs. Houston

chiefs755. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)

High: 2 (Marotta)
Low: 5 (Morgan, Green, Dimakos, Lapinski)
Movement: ▲ 1
Comment: “Impressive comeback win on the road at Carolina.” — Dimakos
Next: vs. Tampa Bay

broncos756. Denver Broncos (7-3)

High: 5 (Burns)
Low: 7 (Marotta, Green)
Movement: ▲ 1
Comment: “Who cares if Will Parks was out of bounds? Anything goes in 2016!” — Lapinski
Next: Bye

giants757. New York Giants (6-3)

High: 6 (Marotta)
Low: 14 (Burns)
Movement: ▲ 1
Comment: “Team is -2 in point differential, but +3 in the win column. That makes sense.” — Green
Next: vs. Chicago

falcons758. Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

High: 6 (Green)
Low: 11 (Grialou)
Movement: ▼ 4
Comment: “Julio Jones’ drops were costly vs. Eagles.” — Morgan
Next: Bye

redskins759. Washington Redskins (5-3-1)

High: 8 (Grialou)
Low: 11 (Dimakos)
Movement: ▲ 5
Comment: “Kirk Cousins’ postgame singing needs to replace ‘you like that’ memes.” — Dimakos
Next: vs. Green Bay

texans7510. Houston Texans (6-3)

High: 8 (Marotta)
Low: 18 (Green)
Movement: ▲ 3
Comment: “How do you complete 14 passes for 99 yards…and win?” — Marotta
Next: at Oakland

eagles7511. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)

High: 7 (Burns)
Low: 19 (Green)
Movement: ▲ 6
Comment: “Schedule is not easy the rest of the way for this plucky squad.” — Green
Next: at Seattle

lions7512. Detroit Lions (5-4)

High: 8 (Dimakos)
Low: 16 (Marotta)
Comment: “Gained control of NFC North by sitting on their couch.” — Grialou
Next: vs. Jacksonville

Cardinals7513. Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1)

High: 10 (Lapinski)
Low: 16 (Grialou, Morgan)
Movement: ▲ 2
Comment: “Should’ve blown out San Francisco. Win one of next two, still have a chance.” — Green
Next: at Minnesota

Vikings7514. Minnesota Vikings (5-4)

High: 12 (Grialou)
Low: 16 (Dimakos)
Movement: ▼ 4
Comment: “The Vikings have gone from best team in the NFC to non-playoff team in four weeks.” — Morgan
Next: vs. Arizona

steelers7515. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-5)

High: 9 (Burns)
Low: 20 (Morgan)
Movement: ▼ 6
Comment: “James Harrison said the Pittsburgh defense is ‘quite terrible.’ He ain’t lying.” — Marotta
Next: at Cleveland

ravens7516. Baltimore Ravens (5-4)

High: 12 (Marotta, Morgan)
Low: 21 (Green)
Movement: ▲ 4
Comment: “Couldn’t let the Browns win one? Guess not.” — Dimakos
Next: at Dallas

titans7517. Tennessee Titans (5-5)

High: 9 (Green)
Low: 19 (Grialou, Lapinski)
Movement: ▲ 8
Comment: “Pairing Murray’s corpse with Mariota has proven to be a good thing.” — Green
Next: at Indianapolis

dolphins7518. Miami Dolphins (5-4)

High: 15 (Morgan)
Low: 24 (Dimakos)
Movement: ▲ 4
Comment: “They’re 5-4, but I’m not buying into them yet.” — Dimakos
Next: at Los Angeles

saints7519. New Orleans Saints (4-5)

High: 14 (Green)
Low: 21 (Marotta, Grialou)
Movement: ▼ 3
Comment: “Kind of a brutal way to start the second half of the season.” — Lapinski
Next: at Carolina

packers7520. Green Bay Packers (4-5)

High: 14 (Grialou)
Low: 22 (Morgan)
Movement: ▼ 9
Comment: “The Packers are 8-11 since Nov. 1, 2015 — and one of those wins came on a Hail Mary.” — Morgan
Next: at Washington

bills7521. Buffalo Bills (4-5)

High: 17 (Grialou)
Low: 26 (Green)
Movement: ▼ 3
Comment: “Streaky team is on a bad one right now.” — Green
Next: at Cincinnati

chargers7522. San Diego Chargers (4-6)

High: 17 (Green)
Low: 27 (Grialou)
Movement: ▲ 1
Comment: “They lost twice — the stadium vote and then to the Dolphins.” — Grialou
Next: Bye

colts7523. Indianapolis Colts (4-5)

High: 21 (Morgan)
Low: 27 (Burns)
Movement: ▲ 1
Comment: “So meh.” — Dimakos
Next: vs. Tennessee

bengals7524. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5-1)

High: 19 (Burns)
Low: 26 (Morgan, Dimakos)
Movement: ▼ 5
Comment: “Annual tradition of losing first-round playoff game is in jeopardy now.” — Lapinski
Next: vs. Buffalo

buccaneers7525. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5)

High: 20 (Dimakos)
Low: 27 (Marotta)
Movement: ▲ 1
Comment: “Jameis can play. The rest of the team? Not so much.” — Green
Next: at Kansas City

panthers7526. Carolina Panthers (3-6)

High: 22 (Lapinski)
Low: 27 (Morgan, Dimakos)
Movement: ▼ 5
Comment: “I think this ship has sailed. A loss on TNF will cap their season.” — Dimakos
Next: vs. New Orleans

rams7527. Los Angeles Rams (4-5)

High: 22 (Marotta)
Low: 27 (Green, Lapinski)
Comment: “Jeff Fisher sounds like a parent whose kid is bad at sports when defending Keenum.” — Lapinski
Next: vs. Miami

jets7528. New York Jets (3-7)

High: 28 (unanimous)
Low: 28 (unanimous)
Comment: “Todd Bowles won’t name a QB until next week. Maybe because he doesn’t have one?” — Morgan
Next: Bye

bears7529. Chicago Bears (2-7)

High: 29 (Marotta, Grialou, Morgan, Dimakos, Burns)
Low: 31 (Green)
Comment: “CUTLER SUCKS.” — Dimakos
Next: at NY Giants

jaguars7530. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7)

High: 29 (Lapinski)
Low: 31 (Dimakos)
Comment: “Considering their free-agent spending spree, there might not be a more disappointing team in the NFL.” — Grialou
Next: at Detroit

49ers7531. San Francisco 49ers (1-8)

High: 29 (Green)
Low: 31 (Everyone else)
Comment: “Let’s focus on the positive. DeForest Buckner. That is all.” — Lapinski
Next: vs. New England

browns7532. Cleveland Browns (0-9)

High: 32 (unanimous)
Low: 32 (unanimous)
Comment: “Only six more games to immortality. You can do it, guys!” — Green
Next: vs. Pittsburgh

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