Queens Park Rangers finally won their first match, Arsenal finally took some heat off Arsene Wenger, and Aston Villa finally scored two goals in one half.
All of those accomplishments counted in the English Premier League table. So how much did they count in this week's B/R EPL Power Poll?
Click through to find out where your team ranks this week. Then be sure to add your thoughts in the comments below.
1. Manchester United
2. Manchester City
3. Tottenham Hotspur
5. Norwich City
8. Stoke City
9. West Bromwich Albion
10. Aston Villa
11. Swansea City
12. West Ham United
16. Queens Park Rangers
17. Newcastle United
18. Wigan Athletic
Nine B/R personalities ranked all 20 Premier League clubs. A first-place vote counted as 20 points, a second-place vote as 19 and so on.
Each team's score is listed along with results and fixtures.
The voters this week were:
Aliko Carter: B/R front-page editor. @AlikoCarter
John Greely: B/R world football assistant editor. @johnwgreely
Adam Hirshfield: B/R deputy editor. @ahirshfield
Dan Levy: B/R national lead writer. @DanLevyThinks
Karl Matchett: B/R world football full-time writer. @karlmatchett
Sean Swaby: B/R featured columnist coordinator. @seanswaby
Will Tidey: B/R world football lead writer and editor. @willtidey
Sam Tighe: B/R world football tactical analyst. @stighefootball
Michael Cummings: B/R world football lead writer and poll organizer. @MikeCummings37
Result: Lost 5-2 home to Arsenal
Up next: At Man City, Saturday
Reading have lost six straight matches. Up next is a trip to champions Manchester City.
Shall we just say it's seven straight, then?
Will: Goodbye, Reading.
Result: Lost 3-1 at Man United
Up next: At Southampton, Saturday
Sunderland looked thoroughly outclassed in losing 3-1 at leaders Manchester United last weekend. That's fine. Many other Premier League clubs can commiserate.
More revealing will be this weekend's trip to Southampton.
Result: Lost 2-1 at Norwich
Up next: At Arsenal, Saturday
Wigan have lost five of seven and seem destined for another relegation fight next spring.
So, in other words, they're exactly where Roberto Martinez wants them.
Result: Lost 3-1 home to Man City
Up next: Home to QPR, Saturday
After losing six of seven, Newcastle suddenly have a relegation six-pointer against QPR this weekend.
Result: Won 2-1 home to Fulham
Up next: At Newcastle, Saturday
It took QPR nearly half the season to win a league match. Now the fight to avoid relegation begins.
Sean: It was a good run. A great run. Why does it now seem inevitable that they'll easily escape the relegation zone?
Result: Lost 2-1 at QPR
Up next: At Liverpool, Saturday
Fulham rank fifth among Premier League teams in goals scored (28) and fifth worst in goals conceded (29).
Up next: Home to Sunderland, Saturday
Southampton's match against Chelsea was postponed due to Chelsea's involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup. The Saints resume league play Saturday with a key match against fellow strugglers Sunderland.
Result: Lost 3-1 home to Aston Villa
Up next: Home to Fulham, Saturday
Back-to-back home games against Villa and Fulham must have seemed like a golden opportunity for Liverpool to gather six points. Villa's 3-1 victory at Anfield instead served as a sobering reminder of how much work Brendan Rodgers still has to do.
Result: Drew 0-0 at West Brom
Up next: Home to Everton, Saturday
West Ham come as close as any team to being perfectly average in the Premier League. Sam Allardyce's Hammers have won six, lost six and drawn five with a goal differential of plus-one.
That's currently good for 11th in the table.
Result: Lost 1-0 at Spurs
Up next: Home to Man United, Sunday
The blissful high of winning at Arsenal has been replaced by back-to-back defeats. Sunday's home match against United presents an opportunity for another high-profile win.
Result: Won 3-1 at Liverpool
Up next: At Chelsea, Sunday
Fun facts abounded in Aston Villa's 3-1 away win over Liverpool: for starters, Villa scored three goals for the first time this term. For another thing, Paul Lambert's side scored twice in one half—something they hadn't done all season.
Result: Drew 0-0 home to West Ham
Up next: Home to Norwich, Saturday
West Brom have won eight matches. That's more than Arsenal or Everton.
Unfortunately, the Baggies have lost six. That's more than Stoke, Norwich or Liverpool.
Sean: "Welcome to Earth."
Result: Drew 1-1 home to Everton
Up next: At Spurs, Saturday
Stoke's run of seven matches without defeat has been built on a miserly defense and a stagnant offense. The Potters have allowed only 13 goals all season (best in the league), but have scored only 15.
Up next: Home to Aston Villa, Sunday
Chelsea's trip to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup was supposed to serve as a chance to win a trophy and rediscover form. Instead, the Blues return with more negativity after losing to Corinthians in the final.
Result: Drew 1-1 at Stoke
Up next: At West Ham, Saturday
So that's how Marouane Fellaini overpowers opponents. Yikes.
Sean: Fellaini's three-match ban is going to hurt Everton a lot worse than Ryan Shawcross' head felt on Monday morning.
Result: Won 2-1 home to Wigan
Up next: At West Brom, Saturday
Norwich's rise through the table has been astounding. After losing to Chelsea on Oct. 6, the Canaries were 19th.
On Saturday they'll head to West Brom only one spot below the seventh-place Baggies.
Sean: They're the new Swansea. Who may be the new West Brom. Who may be the next Stoke.
Result: Won 5-2 at Reading
Up next: At Wigan, Saturday
Winning 5-2 at Reading was nice, but a couple words of caution are in order.
First, it was Reading. Second, we all know Arsenal are perfectly capable of following that with a loss to Wigan this weekend.
Sean: Theo (finally) got his chance up top and flourished. Now please "sign da ting."
Result: Won 1-0 home to Swansea
Up next: Home to Stoke, Saturday
Spurs have drawn only twice this season. Their 17 matches have featured 55 goals.
Tottenham's opponents this weekend, Stoke City, have drawn nine times. Their 17 matches have featured 28 goals.
What does all that mean? You tell us.
Result: Won 3-1 at Newcastle
Up next: Home to Reading, Saturday
Mario Balotelli almost took Manchester City to a tribunal over a fine before backing down, according to the Daily Mail. Yes, this ended better than originally anticipated.
Result: Won 3-1 home to Sunderland
Up next: At Swansea, Sunday
Three more goals. One more conceded. Most importantly, another win.
It was already starting to look like no one would outscore United this season. With captain Nemanja Vidic returning to the defense, that's looking even less likely.
Sean: Three-goal outings: as constant as gravity.