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Week 11 NFL Power Rankings: Win projections for all 32 teams

How many wins will your team finish with this season?

What we learned (and didn't) in Week 10: Six reasons the number six mattered
Six rushing touchdowns for the Saints on Sunday. Six sacks for Adrian 
Clayborn. Only six incompletions for C.J. Beathard. The lessons from 
Week 10 are brought to you by the number six.

Toughest, easiest remaining schedules for NFL playoff contenders
Which teams have the most and least favorable schedules for the rest of 
the season? It looks like tough sledding for some NFC clubs, while the 
Jaguars have the easiest path to the postseason.

Here's a rundown of the Week 11 Power Rankings, as voted on by our power 
panel -- a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities 
-- with a look at every team's projected win totals, according to ESPN's 
Football Power Index (FPI).

ESPN Stats & Information's John McTigue contributed the following 

Methodology: These rankings are based on which teams voters think would 
win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams would be favored against 
lower-ranked teams. Coming off a win doesn't guarantee a jump, and a 
loss doesn't guarantee a fall.

1. Philadelphia Eagles

2017 record: 8-1
Week 10 ranking: No. 1

Projected wins: 12.4. The Eagles have the highest win total projection 
in the NFL, according to FPI. As long as they can protect the football, 
there's no reason to think the victories can't keep coming. Philadelphia 
lost the turnover battle just once this season, in a Week 2 loss to the 

2. New England Patriots

2017 record: 7-2
Week 10 ranking: No. 2

Projected wins: 12.1. The Patriots just started a stretch of five road 
games in six weeks and are still projected to win 12.1 games. They've 
allowed 13.4 points per game during their five-game win streak, the 
third-lowest average in the NFL in that span.

3. New Orleans Saints

2017 record: 7-2
Week 10 ranking: No. 9

Projected wins: 11.6. Over their seven-game win streak, the Saints have 
rushed for 1,139 yards and 14 touchdowns. That's not bad for a team that 
was projected to win just 7.9 games in the preseason.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers

2017 record: 7-2
Week 10 ranking: No. 3

Projected wins: 11.9. Only the Eagles and Patriots are projected to win 
more games than the Steelers through Week 10. They'll have to leave 
Pittsburgh for only two of their remaining seven games, one of which is 
in nearby Cincinnati.

5. Kansas City Chiefs

2017 record: 6-3
Week 10 ranking: No. 5

Projected wins: 11.0. If the Chiefs hit their current projection, it 
would be their third straight season with 11 or more wins. They 
shouldn't have much trouble getting there. They have the second-easiest 
remaining schedule.

6. Minnesota Vikings

2017 record: 7-2
Week 10 ranking: No. 4

Projected wins: 11.1. Case Keenum has the third-best Total QBR this 
season (72.5). He has been sacked just once since Week 4, and if he can 
keep up this level of play, the Vikings should cruise to 11 wins.

7. Los Angeles Rams

2017 record: 7-2
Week 10 ranking: No. 7

Projected wins: 11.0. The Rams have scored at least 30 points in six 
games this season, the most in the NFL. The improvement on offense is 
the biggest reason they're now projected to win five more games than 
predicted in the preseason.

8. Seattle Seahawks

2017 record: 6-3
Week 10 ranking: No. 6

Projected wins: 10.3. The secondary is banged up, the penalties are 
adding up (the most in the NFL), and they can't run the ball. Russell 
Wilson has been the saving grace, leading the team in rushing in 
addition to throwing 12 of his 19 touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The 
Seahawks will need him even more down the stretch if they want to meet 
their win projection.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars

2017 record: 6-3
Week 10 ranking: No. 10

Projected wins: 10.9. The preseason projections seemed generous when the 
Jaguars were pegged with 6.7 wins. Now they are projected for almost 11 
wins, which doesn't seem at all far-fetched. It helps that the Jags have 
the easiest remaining schedule.

10. Carolina Panthers

2017 record: 7-3
Week 10 ranking: No. 11

Projected wins: 10.4. The Panthers' run game had been lacking for most 
of the season, but they've eclipsed 200 rushing yards and scored 
multiple rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games. If the ground game 
keeps going, with the strength of their defense, the Panthers will keep 

11. Atlanta Falcons

2017 record: 5-4
Week 10 ranking: No. 17

Projected wins: 8.5. No team has a more difficult remaining schedule 
than the Falcons. They still have a trip to Seattle, two games against 
the Saints and home games against the Vikings and Panthers. If there's 
any reason for hope, it's that they have four home games left, and two 
games against the 3-6 Buccaneers.

12. Tennessee Titans

2017 record: 6-3
Week 10 ranking: No. 14

Projected wins: 9.5. The Titans have won four straight, averaging 125 
rushing yards per game and outrushing opponents by 222 yards over that 
stretch. If they can continue to control the ground game, they should 
have no problem reaching their projected win total.

13. Dallas Cowboys

2017 record: 5-4
Week 10 ranking: No. 8

Projected wins: 8.8. The Cowboys could probably get by without Ezekiel 
Elliott, but if left tackle Tyron Smith misses any more games, they 
could be in big trouble. Dak Prescott was sacked eight times against the 
Falcons last week without Smith -- the most sacks a Cowboys QB had taken 
since Troy Aikman in 1991.

14. Detroit Lions

2017 record: 5-4
Week 10 ranking: No. 16

Projected wins: 8.9. The Lions are 5-4, with all of their losses coming 
against teams with winning records. They have just two games remaining 
against teams that are over .500 (the Vikings and Packers), and both are 
at home.

15. Oakland Raiders

2017 record: 4-5
Week 10 ranking: No. 12

Projected wins: 7.0. The Raiders will have to protect the ball and/or 
force turnovers in order to reach their projected win total. They're 1-5 
when losing the turnover battle this season and 3-0 when breaking even 
or winning it.

16. Buffalo Bills

2017 record: 5-4
Week 10 ranking: No. 15

Projected wins: 7.8. The Bills were once 5-2, but two straight losses by 
a combined 50 points have tempered expectations around Buffalo. They've 
allowed 492 yards and nine touchdowns to opposing rushers the past two 

17. Green Bay Packers

2017 record: 5-4
Week 10 ranking: No. 18

Projected wins: 8.3. Brett Hundley has increased his completion 
percentage and yards per attempt with every start this season. The 
Packers still have a tough road ahead, with the Ravens and Steelers over 
the next two weeks, but the season might not be completely lost if 
Hundley keeps improving.

18. Washington Redskins

2017 record: 4-5
Week 10 ranking: No. 13

Projected wins: 7.6. The Redskins have played the toughest schedule to 
date, but they have the second-easiest remaining schedule. The potential 
for wins is there, with two games against the Giants and home matchups 
with the Cardinals and Broncos still to come.

19. Los Angeles Chargers

2017 record: 3-6
Week 10 ranking: No. 19

Projected wins: 7.2. The Chargers have made losing close games into an 
art form. They have five losses by eight or fewer points this season, 
tied with the 49ers for most in the NFL. Statistically, they're bound to 
win in more of these situations sooner or later.

20. Baltimore Ravens

2017 record: 4-5
Week 10 ranking: No. 20

Projected wins: 8.1. Joe Flacco has thrown eight touchdowns in nine 
games and has thrown for multiple touchdowns just twice this season. 
Still, the Ravens could have the QB advantage the next two weeks with 
matchups against Hundley and Tom Savage.

21. Houston Texans

2017 record: 3-6
Week 10 ranking: No. 24

Projected wins: 6.5. The Texans have averaged 9.3 points per game when 
Tom Savage has started versus 34.7 points per game when Deshaun Watson 
has started. With Watson out, it could be a tall task for the Texans to 
double their current win total.

22. Denver Broncos

2017 record: 3-6
Week 10 ranking: No. 21

Projected wins: 6.6. The Broncos have allowed 92 points the past two 
weeks. The quarterback situation is a mess, the special teams are a 
mess, and the defense -- which was supposed to be a strength -- is in 
disarray as a result. Their projection might be generous at this point.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2017 record: 3-6
Week 10 ranking: No. 28

Projected wins: 5.7. Ryan Fitzpatrick brought his Fitz-magic in Week 10 
to snap the Buccaneers' five-game losing streak. That was against the 
Jets, though. The Bucs have the Falcons (twice), Saints, Panthers, 
Packers and Lions the rest of the way.

24. New York Jets

2017 record: 4-6
Week 10 ranking: No. 22

Projected wins: 5.4. The Jets were projected to win 4.0 games in the 
preseason, so they've already met those expectations. But after losing 
four of their past five, the Jets might need a little luck to meet the 
new expectation.

25. Arizona Cardinals

2017 record: 4-5
Week 10 ranking: No. 23

Projected wins: 6.2. Drew Stanton is 7-4 as the starter since joining 
the team in 2013, so the Cardinals aren't completely lost without Carson 
Palmer. But their upcoming schedule includes four games against teams 
currently 6-3 or better, so wins might not come easily.

26. Miami Dolphins

2017 record: 4-5
Week 10 ranking: No. 26

Projected wins: 6.3. When you have the worst scoring offense in the NFL, 
as the Dolphins do (15.2 points per game), you have to be strong 
defensively. Unfortunately for Miami, the defense has allowed 37.3 
points per game during the team's three-game losing streak.

27. Cincinnati Bengals

2017 record: 3-6
Week 10 ranking: No. 25

Projected wins: 6.2. The Bengals have the third-worst turnover 
differential in the NFL this season (minus-9). Can they double their 
current win total with that sloppy play? Their next two games are 
against the two teams with worse turnover margins: the Broncos and Browns.

28. Chicago Bears

2017 record: 3-6
Week 10 ranking: No. 27

Projected wins: 5.6. The Bears have games against the 49ers and Browns 
on their remaining schedule, so there are wins on the table. If Mitchell 
Trubisky -- who has three touchdowns in five starts -- can start making 
plays, the Bears could sneak out a few other wins.

29. Indianapolis Colts

2017 record: 3-7
Week 10 ranking: No. 29

Projected wins: 4.5. Crazy stat of the day: Jacoby Brissett has the most 
60-yard passing touchdowns (four) by a Colts quarterback in a season 
since Johnny Unitas in 1966 (four). Those big plays have helped the 
Colts claim three wins, but they're currently the FPI underdog in each 
of their remaining six games.

30. New York Giants

2017 record: 1-8
Week 10 ranking: No. 30

Projected wins: 3.8. Admittedly, FPI has struggled to put the Giants' 
fall from grace into proper context, given how well they played last 
season with Eli Manning and Ben McAdoo. After losing to the 49ers, it's 
hard to see the Giants beating any of their remaining opponents.

31. San Francisco 49ers

2017 record: 1-9
Week 10 ranking: No. 31

Projected wins: 2.4. Do the 49ers have another win in them? If not, 
they'll be staring at the first one-win season in the history of the 

32. Cleveland Browns

2017 record: 0-9
Week 10 ranking: No. 32

Projected wins: 1.6. It's really hard to lose this much, but even the 
projections don't think the Browns are going to find the win column 
frequently down the stretch. They haven't won the turnover battle in any 
game this season and have the worst team Total QBR.