Cowboys rise to No. 1 in PFF's Week 11 Power Rankings
Week 10 of the NFL season has come and gone, and with it, a new week’s worth of grades are in the Pro Football Focus database.
PFF’s Power Rankings are based off of Senior Analyst Sam Monson’s ordering of all 32 NFL teams, offenses, and defenses. He uses PFF’s overall cumulative grades as a starting point, and makes necessary subjective adjustments to account for things that aren’t captured in the grading system, such as injuries.
The PFF Power Rankings will be updated every Tuesday morning during the NFL season—view the latest edition entering Week 11 here.
Following the Patriots’ second loss of the season, a new franchise has climbed to the top of our NFL Power Rankings after 10 weeks. The Dallas Cowboys, owning the most wins in the league, claim the No. 1 spot, pushing New England to No. 2.
While Ezekiel Elliott’s statistical achievements against the Steelers were certainly noteworthy (114 rushing yards, 95 receiving yards, three total touchdowns), the true stars for the Cowboys on Sunday played in the trenches. Entering Week 11, the Dallas offensive line owns the second-highest team run-blocking grade, only behind the Oakland Raiders (and by a slim margin). Center Travis Frederick owns the second-highest run-blocking grade among centers, while Zack Martin has earned the fourth-highest mark among guards this season. Four of the Cowboys’ five starting O-linemen have earned above-average overall grades this season, each well above 80.0 (RT Doug Free owns a 48.6 grade).
Also benefiting from the protection of the O-line—and making the most of his opportunity—is rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. Heading into Week 11 as the starter over the returning Tony Romo, Prescott currently owns the 13th-highest overall grade among NFL quarterbacks this season.
Another riser this week on the back of their win Sunday night, the Seattle Seahawks move into the top four. Russell Wilson has continued his solid play of late, currently sitting as the fourth-highest-graded quarterback entering Week 11. The return of safety Kam Chancellor also had a major impact in Seattle’s defeat of New England in Foxborough, as he earned the highest grade among all NFL safeties in Week 10.
The Minnesota Vikings continue their slide down the list, dropping from No. 16 to No. 21 after their fourth straight loss. While WR Stefon Diggs recorded the highest grade among NFL wide receivers in Week 10, the Vikings’ O-line continues to surrender pressure on quarterback Sam Bradford at an alarming rate.
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