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  • Dallas is clearly the cream of the crop in the NFL right now. But from the Chiefs to the Patriots to even the Dolphins, you can make a case for quite a few teams who deserve that second spot.
By Chris Burke
November 30, 2016

The Cowboys have won 10 straight and are threatening to run away with the NFC. They’ve won in Washington, Pittsburgh and Green Bay. They also have a victory over AFC North-leading Baltimore and took down the Redskins again Thursday. They have to be No. 1 in Power Rankings right now.

But what about No. 2?

The Patriots certainly have a case as the AFC’s current No. 1 playoff seed, even if they struggled throughout November. The Raiders, tied with New England at 9–2, are in the mix with five straight wins. Or, how about Kansas City? Sure, the Chiefs have three losses, but they also have victories at Oakland and Denver.

Are the Seahawks still part of the conversation, despite their ugly loss in Tampa Bay? They’re positioned for a bye, and they won in New England not too long ago. The Falcons? The surging Dolphins? The 8–3 Giants? The Lions?

O.K., maybe the list of contenders for that 2-hole doesn’t go that deep, but there’s a lot of room for debate behind Dallas. Let’s find out how everything looks.

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