As the season continues and the best teams play each other, the NFL power rankings could see some big changes. For now, the rankings haven’t seen much movement.
The league’s elite teams have separated themselves, but two upcoming Denver-Kansas City matchups, along with a Colts-Chiefs game, could shake up the rankings. If the Chiefs drop one of those games, or lose to another team, we could see a new team at the top spot.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0, Last Week: 1)
The “0” still remains under the loss column for the Chiefs. Their win over Buffalo guaranteed the Chiefs a winning record for this season, and now they’ll be fighting for the AFC’s top playoff seed. The competition is heavy the rest of the way: Kansas City plays Denver twice and also takes on Indianapolis. No matter how they finish, the Chiefs will be tough to beat.
2. Denver Broncos (7-1, Last Week: 3)
The Broncos lost to the Colts in week 7, didn’t play their best game against the Redskins in week 8, and were off last week. Denver must now face a tough San Diego team that could give it trouble. There’s no need to panic if you’re a Broncos fan, but Denver might be coming back down to earth after an electric start. Even if that’s the case, the Broncos will be serious contenders the rest of the season.
3. Indianapolis Colts (6-2, Last Week: 2)
Andrew Luck might be the best quarterback in football right now. His three-touchdown performance got the Colts a comeback win against Houston, and he hasn’t thrown an interception in his past two games. That means Indianapolis is again in the top 5, and will stay there as long as Luck plays at an elite level.
4. New England Patriots (7-2, Last Week: 10)
The Patriots scored 55 points in their win over the Steelers, and 28 in the fourth quarter. If they can continue to score points the rest of the season, the Pats will go from a good-but-beatable team to a great squad that could compete for an AFC title. New England doesn’t play this weekend, but has a chance to show what it can do on national television against Carolina in week 11.
5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2, Last Week: 6)
The 49ers got a week off, and now host the Panthers this weekend. Carolina has been playing great, so if the 49ers can win this game, they’ll be even more feared. In order for that to happen, the defense will have to shut down Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, and running back Frank Gore will need to produce against the Panthers’ second-ranked run defense..
6. Seattle Seahawks (8-1, Last Week: 8)
The Seahawks are coming off a close win that could have been a huge upset. They were down 21-0 before beating the Buccaneers in overtime despite playing at home in front of their rowdy fans. They now play a bad Falcons team, and should be able to get back to their dominant ways. The Bucs game wasn’t the first one in which Seattle struggled against an inferior opponent, so the Seahawks must figure out how to be more consistent.
7. New Orleans Saints (6-2, Last Week: 4)
The Saints lost a disappointing game to the Jets, and now play the Cowboys at home on Sunday night. They’ll have to win that game in order to keep a comfortable lead over Carolina in the NFC South. Running back Darren Sproles may not play against the Cowboys after getting injured against the Jets, so Drew Brees could be without one of his most dangerous weapons.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3, Last Week: 5)
After looking like an elite team in their 49-9 win over the Jets, the Bengals were mediocre in a loss against the Dolphins in week 9. With the Browns only two games behind the Bengals in the AFC North, Cincinnati must keep on winning games to hold on to its spot as the top team in the division.
9. Detroit Lions (5-3, Last Week: 7)
The Lions got a week off to prepare for a crucial divisional game against Chicago on Sunday. Both teams are 5-3, and a win over the Bears would give the Lions a bit of breathing room in the division. Calvin Johnson won’t have 329 receiving yards in a game again, but if he can remain an effective target Detroit’s chances of making the postseason will remain high.
10. Chicago Bears (5-3, Last Week: 18)
Led by backup quarterback Josh McCown’s great performance, the Bears looked strong against the Packers on Monday night. Of course, Green Bay was without quarterback Aaron Rodgers for almost the entire game, but Chicago is talented enough to be one of the league’s best teams. They’ll have to continue playing well to be in the race for the NFC North title, but if they stay consistent the Bears could be division champs.
11. Carolina Panthers (5-3, Last Week: 14)
Carolina has gone from a 1-3 team to a squad that could be in the playoffs.
12. Miami Dolphins (4-4, Last week: 15)
It would require a lot of other teams losing, but Miami could get one of the AFC’s Wild Card playoff spots.
13. New York Jets (5-4, Last week: 16)
The most inconsistent team in the league beat the high-powered Saints, but they’ll have to win again this weekend to prove they’re truly a good team..
14. Dallas Cowboys (5-4, Last week: 12)
The Cowboys also aren’t very consistent, but they’re the only team in the NFC East with a winning record.
15. Cleveland Browns (4-5, Last week: 21)
It would be tough for the Browns to make the playoffs, but this has still been a solid season for a team that hasn’t won too much lately.
16. Green Bay Packers (5-3, Last week: 9)
Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone injury could doom the Packers.
17. San Diego Chargers (4-4, Last week: 11)
The Chargers could have been above .500, but a loss to Washington dropped them to 4-4.
18. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5, Last week: 23)
Nick Foles and Peyton Manning have something in common: they’ve both thrown seven touchdowns in one game.
19. Arizona Cardinals (4-4, Last week: 13)
Arizona could close in on San Francisco’s second-place spot in the NFC West with a win over Houston.
20. Tennessee Titans (4-4, Last week: 17)
Running back Chris Johnson finally had a 100-yard game in Tennessee’s win over St. Louis.
21. Buffalo Bills (3-6, Last week: 20)
Buffalo gave Kansas City a good game, but couldn’t defeat the perfect Chiefs.
22. Washington Redskins (3-5, Last week: 24)
A strong second half could put the Redskins in position to compete for the NFC East title.
23. Baltimore Ravens (3-5, Last week: 19)
After beating the Browns 11 consecutive times, the Ravens lost to Cleveland to continue a disappointing season.
24. St. Louis Rams (3-6, Last week: 22)
The Rams were once 3-3, but after three straight losses, they’re in danger of becoming irrelevant.
25. Oakland Raiders (3-5, Last week: 25)
The Raiders defense let Eagles quarterback Nick Foles look like an All-Pro.
26. Houston Texans (2-6, Last week: 26)
Houston lost to Indianapolis, but Case Keenum has kept the Texans competitive since taking over at quarterback.
27. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6, Last week: 27)
The Steelers are traditionally known for having strong defenses. Not this year: they gave up 55 points to the Patriots.
28. Atlanta Falcons (2-6, Last week: 29)
Last season, the Falcons nearly made the Super Bowl. This season, they might not even get to eight wins.
29. New York Giants (2-6, Last week: 28)
The Giants will try to keep their winning streak going against the Raiders.
30. Minnesota Vikings(1-7, Last week: 30)
Minnesota could have had a great win on the road against the Cowboys, but lost in the final moments.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8, Last week: 31)
They haven’t won yet, but at least the Bucs kept it close against Seattle.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8, Last week: 32)
Want to know why the Jags haven’t won a game yet? They’re last in the league in points scored (10.8 per game), and in points allowed (33.0 per game).
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