NFL power rankings entering Week 11 of the 2023 season (previous rank in parentheses):
1. Eagles (2): Hope you’re rested, fellas – especially you, Jalen Hurts (knee). Philadelphia kicks off a five-game obstacle course against some of the league’s elite teams Monday night with a Super Bowl 57 rematch at Kansas City. And with TE Dallas Goedert dealing with a broken forearm, a fifth-ranked offense is down one significant element. Seems like a lot of negativity here, but this is a team with 8-1 starts in consecutive seasons and one well-equipped to persevere now that its inevitable regular-season test has arrived.
2. Chiefs (3): Unlike Philly, five of the reigning champs’ next six games are against teams that don’t have winning records – though they’re unlikely to have the Taylor Swift edge given she’s touring in South America. Still, a good time to see if an eighth-ranked offense finally ticks up. And you can’t accuse QB Patrick Mahomes of not trying all available options, establishing a new record during the Super Bowl era (since 1966) by completing passes to at least 10 different players in six games this season.
3. 49ers (4): Told you they’d be fine with All-Pro LT Trent Williams and WR Deebo Samuel back in the lineup. And let’s give a little more love to Pro Bowler George Kittle, who’s now surpassed 500 receiving yards in all seven of his professional seasons – the fourth tight end in NFL history to manage the feat.
4. Browns (13): You wonder what Cleveland could be if…