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NFL Power Rankings: Assessing Every Team's Stock Entering Week 10

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NFL Power Rankings: Assessing Every Team's Stock Entering Week 10
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NFL power rankings were greatly rearranged heading in Week 10 due to numerous upsets.

Five teams on the ends of the rankings remained in order, but the 27 in between saw much movement.

Here are updated power rankings after Sunday's action, including an assessment of every team's stock. (Last week's positions are according to Week 9’s power rankings.)

 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars, 0-8 (LW: 32)

Only Jacksonville could find a way to lose on its bye week. As if it hadn't struggled enough to win football games, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reported on Friday that star wide receiver Justin Blackmon would be suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

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31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 0-8 (LW: 31)

Tampa Bay's point differential is only four points fewer than the Jets' who have five more wins. It has a special gift when it comes to choking. This week, the Buccaneers coughed up a 21-point lead against the Seahawks to lose in overtime.

 

30. Minnesota Vikings, 1-7 (LW: 30)

Apparently, Adrian Peterson needs to produce more than 177 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown for the Vikings to win games. That's what he did on Sunday, but they still squandered a 23-20 fourth-quarter lead over the Cowboys.

 

29. Houston Texans, 2-6 (LW: 29)

Houston held a 21-3 lead over the Colts at halftime and looked primed to skyrocket up the power rankings. Then Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes to T.Y. Hilton and ruined Case Keenum's breakout performance.

 

28. St. Louis Rams, 3-6 (LW: 20)

St. Louis still hasn't won since Week 6, and Kellen Clemens still hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since 2011. Given that only a single team with a losing record remains on its schedule, Tampa Bay, both of those trends are likely to continue.

 

27. Pittsburgh Steelers, 2-6 (LW: 27)

When the once-feared Steelers defense surrenders 55 points, you know it's a lost season. Three Ben Roethlisberger turnovers also played a key role in their 24-point loss to the Patriots in Week 9.

 

26. Atlanta Falcons, 2-6 (LW: 26)

Atlanta is an eight-point win over the Buccaneers from being the worst team in the NFC South. After a 34-10 beatdown at the paws of the Panthers, it's lost its last two games by a combined 38 points.

 

25. New York Giants, 2-6 (LW: 24)

New York may have just beat the Eagles, but it didn't have to face Nick Foles. The Giants get leapfrogged on their bye despite a two-game winning streak.

 

24. Buffalo Bills, 3-6 (LW: 22)

Buffalo's 23-13 loss to the Chiefs marked its fourth loss in its last five games. The fact that injuries have forced the Bills to already use three different quarterbacks hasn't helped.

 

23. Oakland Raiders, 3-5 (LW: 18)

Oakland's Sunday couldn't have gone much worse. Their offense lost Terrelle Pryor and Darren McFadden to injuries, and their defense surrendered seven touchdown passes. The Raiders can kiss the playoffs goodbye.

 

22. Washington Redskins, 3-5 (LW: 28)

After starting 0-3, Washington defeated the Chargers in overtime on Sunday and has now won three of its last five games. It needs to pick up the winning pace even more to make the playoffs. The Redskins must win their next two games against the 1-7 Vikings and 4-5 Eagles.

 

21. Baltimore Ravens, 3-5 (LW: 16)

Baltimore lost a game determined by one score for the fourth time this season. The Ravens may miss Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin, but their absence doesn't account for Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce's pitiful 2.8 yards-per-carry averages.

 

20. Philadelphia Eagles, 4-5 (LW: 25)

Michael Vick isn't getting his job back. Foles tied the NFL record for most touchdown passes with seven on Sunday against the Raiders. He must continue to play like an All-Pro for the Eagles to climb out of the hole they dug for themselves through eight weeks and make the playoffs.

 

19. Miami Dolphins, 4-4 (LW: 23)

Miami shocked the Bengals in shocking fashion, winning by a safety in overtime on Thursday night. Their dramatic victory ended a four-game losing streak and put the Dolphins back in playoff contention.

 

18. Cleveland Browns, 4-5 (LW: 21)

Cleveland ended a three-game losing streak this season and an 11-game losing streak against the Ravens with its 24-18 win over them on Sunday. The Browns are now just two games back in the AFC North and would hold a tiebreaker over the Bengals with a win over them in two weeks. 

 

17. New York Jets, 5-4 (LW: 19)

New York boasts the title of the most inconsistent team in the NFL this season, which has it off better than many ballclubs. The Jets haven't won or lost back-to-back ballgames, but they need to break that streak eventually to make the postseason.

 

16. San Diego Chargers, 4-4 (LW: 12)

San Diego had the ball 1st-and-goal at the Redskins' 1-yard line down three points with under a minute to go, but enough time for four plays, and it lost. These are the types of defeats that define letdown seasons. It has a date with Denver next week.

 

15. Tennessee Titans, 4-4 (LW: 17)

Chris Johnson's 150-yard, one-touchdown performance on the ground helped the Titans end their three-game losing skid on Sunday against their former head coach, Jeff Fisher, and the Rams. Three out of their next four games are against divisional opponents—two vs. Indianapolis—and could make or break their pursuit of a playoff spot.

 

14. Chicago Bears, 4-3 (LW: 15)

At Green Bay, without Jay Cutler, Chicago should lose by a wide margin on Monday night. Under those circumstances, a close loss would be a morale victory.

 

13. Arizona Cardinals, 4-4 (LW: 14)

Arizona will play three teams with losing records over the next four weeks. It must take advantage of that kind stretch of games to ultimately clinch a wild-card spot with the Seahawks and 49ers waiting for them in Week 16 and 17, respectively.

 

12. Dallas Cowboys, 5-4 (LW: 13)

Tony Romo didn't choke this time. He completed a touchdown pass to Dwayne Harris to put the Cowboys up, 27-23, over the Vikings with 35 seconds left in the game on Sunday. Dallas will run away with the NFC East if he maintains that level of play.

 

11. Carolina Panthers, 5-3 (LW: 11)

Carolina is riding a four-game winning streak and has outscored its opponents over that period of time by a total of 82 points. Whether or not the Panthers are a legitimate Super Bowl contender will be revealed against the 49ers and Patriots the next two weeks.

 

10. Detroit Lions, 5-3 (LW: 10)

Detroit's remaining opponents have a combined record of 21-41. Jim Schwartz should be fired if the Lions fail to make the playoffs.

 

9. New England Patriots, 7-2 (LW: 9)

New England averaged at least 32.1 points per game over the previous three seasons. It scored over 30 for the first time this season, dropping 55 on the Steelers. A few more blasts from the pasts and the Patriots will have clinched the AFC East once again.

 

8. Green Bay Packers, 5-2 (LW: 8)

Barring a major upset loss to the Bears on Monday night, Green Bay will ride a five-game winning streak into a three-game stretch next week against teams with losing records. The Packers should be 9-2 heading into their Week 13 showdown with the Lions.

 

7. Cincinnati Bengals, 6-3 (LW: 7)

If the Bengals didn't have a cushion in the AFC North, their overtime loss, via safety, to the Dolphins would've been a Chargers-like crushing. Cincinnati plays just one winning team the rest of the season and will have plenty of chances to bounce back. Its head-to-head victories over the Patriots and Packers keep it from falling in the rankings.

 

6. New Orleans Saints, 6-2 (LW: 3)

New Orleans couldn't fight its way back from a 26-17 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat a Jets team that had lost to the Bengals, 49-9, the week before. The Saints no longer look like the NFC's best bet to knock off the Seahawks.

 

5. San Francisco 49ers, 6-2 (LW: 6)

San Francisco is still the second-hottest team in the NFL after taking a week off. Second-best in the NFC, though, will remain its ceiling until it proves it can beat Seattle this season.

 

4. Indianapolis Colts, 6-2 (LW: 5)

Andrew Luck did it again. He brought the Colts back from yet another deficit. They scored 21 unanswered points in the second half, kicking the already down Texans by the score of 27-24.

 

3. Kansas City Chiefs, 9-0 (LW: 4)

Kansas City rose in the rankings because New Orleans lost not because it beat a team ranked in the top of these power rankings—something it has yet to do. A 23-10 victory over the Bills kept the Chiefs as the NFL's lone undefeated team in their special, turnaround season, but it wasn't a special win in particular.

 

2. Seattle Seahawks, 8-1 (LW: 2)

Seattle isn't winning with style points like it did earlier this season, but it's still winning. Few teams in the NFL are capable of climbing back from a 21-point deficit, but the NFC favorites showed that they're one of them, doing so against the Buccaneers in a 24-21 overtime victory.

 

1. Denver Broncos, 7-1 (LW: 1)

On a bye this week, Denver could've been leapfrogged by an overwhelming victory by the Chiefs, Saints or Seahawks. That didn't happen. The Broncos are still the team to beat.

 

David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.

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