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NFL Power Rankings Week 10 105


For the second week in a row, the top team in the power rankings torpedoed out of the top four. Upsets, close calls and not one, but two position players kicking extra points wrapped up another wacky week, completely jumbling the power structure in the NFL. We’re heading into Week 10 and it seems like almost every team is still in the playoff hunt. (Sorry Bills fans, I said “almost” every team.) Keep reading to see where your team landed and, of course, let me know how you feel about the rankings in the comments below!

NFL Power Rankings
1Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 3
The return of Big Ben hasn’t rejuvenated the offense the way I thought it would, but the defense is playing at such an elite level against the run that this still looks like the team to beat in the NFL right now. If Pittsburgh can figure out a way to jumpstart their 27th ranked pass offense, they’ll be the most complete team in the league.
 
2Baltimore Ravens
Last Week: 4
Even after pasting the Dolphins in Week 9, the Ravens should be a little concerned about their inability to get the ball into the end zone. Baltimore is tied for 23rd in red zone efficiency and will need to score more points to compete with the league’s elite.
 
3New York Giants
Last Week: 6
On the other hand, the Giants practically live in the end zone. The G-Men lead the NFC in touchdowns scored and have crushed their opponents by a combined score of 161-75 during their current five-game winning streak.
 
4Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 9
When you play a patsy and you’re an elite team, you should destroy them. By that reasoning, Green Bay took a step towards becoming an elite team by completely dismantling the Cowboys in Week 9. With a week off heading into the stretch run, the Packers might be able to get healthy enough to challenge for the NFC crown with the Giants and Eagles.
 
5Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 12
Yes, so long as Michael Vick stays healthy, they are a real Super Bowl contender. If they can avoid getting tripped up by the Redskins in McNabb Bowl II, they’ll head into their battle for NFC East supremacy with the Giants in Week 11 having won four out of five.
 
6New York Jets
Last Week: 5
They got bailed out by bad play-calling in Detroit last week and their clunky offense might just dash their Super Bowl hopes. The Jets are averaging 11.5 points per game since their bye week, while struggling quarterback Mark Sanchez has just a 61.6 QB rating in his last four starts.
 
7New England Patriots
Last Week: 1
BOOM! That crashing noise came from the Patriots colossal stinkbomb in Cleveland. The fall from #1 down to #7 should serve as a wake up call to play more fundamentally complete football. And really, the Pats don’t have a choice, with back-to-back battles against the Steelers and Colts coming up.
 
8Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 7
There’s a lot of big name, big mouthed receivers in this league, but how about we take a moment to appreciate the greatness of Falcons All-Pro receiver Roddy White? Since 2008, White is second in the NFL in receiving yards, fifth in receiving TDs and last in annoying press conferences and silly touchdown dances.
 
9Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 2
They didn’t fall this far just because of one road loss to a tough Eagles team, they fell this far because they lost yet another key offensive player to injury. Austin Collie’s concussion might be just too much to overcome, even for All-World Peyton Manning.
 
10New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 10
They haven’t looked right all year, but do you realize the Saints’ defense is first in passing yards allowed and fifth in points allowed? If Reggie Bush and/or Pierre Thomas can return healthy to balance out this offense, the Saints might just be more dangerous than last year.
 
11Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 8
Even during a bye week, the Titans captured a ton of league-wide headlines by signing one of the NFL’s most talented, and controversial, players in Randy Moss. This is Moss’ third opportunity THIS SEASON to prove that he’s not washed up, can he handle the challenge?
 
12Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 17
Welcome to the NFL, Jacoby Ford. Ford, a fourth-round draft choice out of Clemson, had six catches for 148 yards (even adding a return TD to boot) in the Raiders important division victory over the Chiefs. It’s unexpected contributions from guys like Ford that have the Raiders talking playoffs for the first time since 2002.
 
13San Diego Chargers
Last Week: 15
This is unfolding like another typical San Diego season. First come the catastrophic early season losses. Then the crippling injuries. Now the bye week is here and the Chargers are only one and a half games back in the AFC West. Will this topsy-turvy season finish like all the rest, with a trip to the playoffs? Stay tuned…
 
14Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 11
Whenever a surprise team shoots out to a fast start, we always wonder if they’re for real. Well, the Chiefs just dropped a very winnable division game in Oakland. Now they need to prove they can bounce back and handle adversity. Then again, it’s hard to call games against softies like Denver, Arizona and Seattle “adverse.”
 
15Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week: 13
Speaking of upstart teams trying to prove how seriously we should take them, the Bucs proved a lot…in a loss. Tampa Bay had a chance to claim sole possession of first place in the NFC South deep into the fourth quarter of Week 9 and came up just short. But the toughness they showed proved that this Bucs team isn’t going to fall from the playoff race without a fight.
 
16Miami Dolphins
Last Week: 14
The Dolphins are hoping one Chad can do what another Chad couldn’t. Chad Henne has thrown one touchdown against five interceptions in his last three games, so Miami is looking to the reliable Chad Pennington, who hasn’t started a game since September of last year, to steady the offense.
 
17Houston Texans
Last Week: 16
Deteriorating defensive line play has destroyed any momentum the Texans built up earlier this season. The line only has three sacks in the teams’ last four games during which the Texans have gone 1-3 and fallen back to the middle of the pack.
 
18St. Louis Rams
Last Week: 18
The one thing the improving Rams have failed to do so far in their turnaround season is win on the road. Their Week 10 match-up in San Francisco provides the best opportunity to grab their first road victory of the season, while also knocking the Niners out of the playoff race for good.
 
19Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: 24
Barely escaping with a home win over the punchless Cardinals wasn’t impressive, but it did keep the Vikings within sniffing distance of the playoffs. Believe it or not, with two straight division games coming up (at Chicago, Green Bay), Minnesota could find itself fighting for first place in the NFC North at the end of Week 11.
 
20Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 25
It’s only been three starts, but it looks like Colt McCoy has staked his claim to the starting QB spot in Cleveland. When you knock off the defending Super Bowl champs and Patriots in two straight contests, you’re obviously making the right plays behind center.
 
21Chicago Bears
Last Week: 20
The Bears helped keep the Bills away from Jay Culter in Week 9 with a commitment to the running game. Chicago called 31 running plays to only 30 passing plays and exhibited the kind of balance they’ll need to keep Cutler upright long enough to make big plays in the passing game. Now if they just improve their 3.9 yards per carry average, they can make a push in the scattered NFC.
 
22Detroit Lions
Last Week: 22
The gut-wrenching close calls continue to pile up. Detroit’s six losses have come by a combined total of 35 points. Even more gut-wrenching, the Lions might be without quarterback Matthew Stafford for the rest of the season. Again. Stafford has missed almost as many games (11) as he’s started (13).
 
23Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 21
Halfway through the season, the Jags reach a breaking point in their season. In the jumbled AFC South, a win on Sunday could vault them into a first-place tie in their division.
 
24Washington Redskins
Last Week: 23
I see this McNabb drama unfolding in one of two ways: McNabb explodes in an inspired performance to prove both his current and former coach that they were wrong about him. Or, McNabb is washed up, just like his current and former coach said, and he falls apart, effectively ending the Redskins season. Either way, it will make for very dramatic television.
 
25Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week: 26
For all the trouble he seems to have brought with him, Terrell Owens sure has delivered on the field. TO is third in the NFL in receiving yards and fourth in receiving touchdowns this season. Too bad his mouthy partner is not having such a successful campaign. Chad Ochocinco is on pace to have his worst fully healthy season since his rookie year in 2001.
 
26Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 19
It’s really all or nothing for this Seahawks team. In their four wins, Seattle is averaging just under 26 points per game. In their losses, however, the Seahawks don’t even average a touchdown a game.
 
27Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: 27
As bad as the Cardinals – and more noticeably, their quarterbacks – have been this season, a win in Week 10 could land them in a first-place tie. Such is the world of the NFC West.
 
28San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 28
Speaking of the mild NFC West, people are still counting the Niners as a group capable of winning their division. That’s because at 2-6, they’re still only two games out of first. If Troy Smith leads this squad to the playoffs, we shouldn’t call him a quarterback, we should call him a magician.
 
29Denver Broncos
Last Week: 29
They’re the worst running team in the league, and the second to worst run defense in the league. That’s not gonna add up to a whole lotta wins in the Mile High City.
 
30Buffalo Bills
Last Week: 31
Oh Buffalo…I feel for you. Sure, I’m a Bears fan, so I was rooting against you this past weekend, but still, how many hearbreaking losses can one fanbase endure? If it’s any consolation, the Bills seem to be fighting A LOT harder than the rest of the league’s bottom-feeders.
 
31Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 30
Bottom-feeders such as these Panthers, who aren’t failing to put up a fight, they’re not putting up much of anything. Carolina has scored 42 fewer points than the second lowest scoring team in the league.
 
32Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 32
Nice guy Wade Phillips got shipped out of town, but it’s going to take more than changing the guy who wears the headset on the sidelines to wake up a team that’s lost its last two games by a combined score of 80-24.
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105 Comments

saints

who cares about the rankings the patriots are by far the team to beat

I saw them Redskins above the Bengals. GO WASHINGTON !!

I saw them Redskins. Go Washington!!

I'd like to see a New York Giants Vs falcons
Falcons win 20-19

My top THREE
1.JETS
2.GAINTS
3.STEELERS

THERE
PORT ALL THE COMMENTS U WANT ILL READ THEM AS SOPON AS THEY GO ON

Pats to da bowl

patriots all the way

My top three is

1. Patriots
2. Ravens
3. Raiders

This is three of the best teams

HEY DO U BELEAVE GAINTS ARE IN 7 PLACE I THINK U GOT THAT WRONG BUDDY CHANGE GAINTS TO THE #1 PLACE AND JETS TO #2 THATS WHAT I THINK PEACE OUT BRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BY THE WAY CHANGE IT

Give Buffalo credit they got a W this week!

Yeah I am a big Bills fan so lets see Bills win another one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Titans are going to win it allno matter what

Okay let's get this straight. Everybody says," Oooh. The Eagles and Giants are the best teams in the NFC."

You want to know my Super Bowl Pick? I'm going with Falcons vs. Ravens.

Falcons win 35-30
( I am a Packer fan so don't say no to them either.)

Falcons vs Pats. I wanna see it because I'm a Pats fan and I like Matt Ryan bbecause he played for the Boston College Eagles. Brady vs Ryan is a good matchup. This could happen too.

You right there on it man!

well the patriots are going to win it all

you are very smart to say that

yep

HELO THIS IS ME Power Bro10 I WAS GOING TO TALK TO YOU YESTARDAY BUT I HAD TO TALK TO ONE OF MY FRIENDS ON SIKIDS SO ANY WAY I WAS SAYING THAT IF YOU ARE WRITTING I WAS GOING TODO SOMETHING LIKE THIS SAY IF YOU WERE IN ONE OF THE FOOTBALL TEAMS AND I WAS THE NEWS WRIITER AND I SAID TO EVERYBODY IN THE SIKIDS.COM THAT THE FOOTBALL TEAMS ARE DOING NOT GOOD AND YOU HAD DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT. HOW WOULD YOU DO THAT WELL I GOT TO GO BECAUSE REMBER THAT I TELL YOU THAT I HAD TO TALK TO ONE OF MY FRIENDS. WELL I GOT TO DO THAT NOW.BYE

BY Power Bro10

AGREED

professor, can i ask you something i hope that is a yes what age do you have to stop on si KIDS?? thx in advance i hope you answer.:)

HELO THIS IS ME Power Bro10 I was saying to you later inthe morning about what you are doing in the great news about the football teams. I just have a little change here I was going to talk to you a lot longer but at 9:00 am I was talking to a nother person how was talking to you on happy halloween. but I just have to say good bye because I have to talk to somebody now so bye.

BY Power Bro10

my top ten:

giants
steelers
falcons
packers
ravens
patriots
jets
saints
colts
titans

G-Men are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! they are going to beat the cowboys!!!!

Theese are pretty good rankings and its good to see that you put the Packers at number four they are proving thet theyre an elite team and that they can still contend for the NFC or the Super Bowl even though they have a lot of injuries.

#1Vikings!

The Pats sould be higher than the Eagles cause the Patriots are the BOMB

guys plz talk about hockey i think the professor would make a good guy to talk about hockey! or the wiz!

My top 10:

1.Giants
2.Steelers
3.Packers
4.Ravens
5.Jets
6.Falcons
7.Titans
8.Saints
9.Chiefs
10.Patriots

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