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NFL Power Rankings: Complete Standings Entering Week 10

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots following the game at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIINovember 7, 2013

Week 10 of the 2013 NFL regular season is set to commence on Thursday, Nov. 7, when the Minnesota Vikings host the Washington Redskins. This will be the first of many games that will have a significant impact on the postseason picture.

The question is, how do the standings look entering Week 10? More importantly, how realistic are every team's postseason aspirations?

Let's find out.

NFL Standings
NFC EastWLTPCT
Dallas Cowboys540.556
Philadelphia Eagles450.444
Washington Redskins350.375
New York Giants260.250
NFC NorthWLTPCT
Detroit Lions530.625
Green Bay Packers530.625
Chicago Bears530.625
Minnesota Vikings170.125
NFC SouthWLTPCT
New Orleans Saints620.750
Carolina Panthers530.625
Atlanta Falcons260.250
Tampa Bay Buccaneers080.000
NFC WestWLTPCT
Seattle Seahawks810.889
San Francisco 49ers620.750
Arizona Cardinals440.500
St. Louis Rams360.333
AFC EastWLTPCT
New England Patriots720.778
New York Jets540.556
Miami Dolphins440.500
Buffalo Bills360.333
AFC NorthWLTPCT
Cincinnati Bengals630.667
Cleveland Browns450.444
Baltimore Ravens350.375
Pittsburgh Steelers260.250
AFC SouthWLTPCT
Indianapolis Colts620.750
Tennessee Titans440.500
Houston Texans260.250
Jacksonville Jaguars080.000
AFC WestWLTPCT
Kansas City Chiefs9001.000
Denver Broncos710.875
San Diego Chargers440.500
Oakland Raiders350.375
via NFL.com

 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:   Running back Maurice Jones-Drew of Jacksonville Jaguars warms up during a training session at Pennyhill Park Hotel ahead of Sunday's NFL match at Wembley Stadium between Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers on Octo
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Record: 0-8

Week 9: Bye

Week 10: at Tennessee Titans

The Jacksonville Jaguars were on bye during Week 9 but will return to face the Tennessee Titans in Week 10. Jacksonville is currently 0-8 with every loss coming by at least 10 points.

The only question at this point is, do the Jaguars favor defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the 2014 NFL draft?

 

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 03:  Running back Mike James #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushes against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 3, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Buccaneers 27-24 in overtime.  (Photo by Ott
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Record: 0-8

Week 9: 27-24 OT loss at Seattle Seahawks

Week 10: vs. Miami Dolphins

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a heart-breaker during Week 9, blowing a fourth-quarter lead en route to a 27-24 defeat against the Seattle Seahawks. It was yet another display of poor play calling and a lack of discipline, as Tampa committed eight costly penalties for 99 yards.

Now, Tampa Bay will host the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football in hopes of winning its first game of the year.

The Bucs currently have 65 offensive penalties and 51 defensive penalties, creating an average of 14.5 per game. Those offensive penalties have resulted in 636 yards lost, which is just 224 yards less than Tampa Bay has picked up on the ground.

It's been a rough season for the Bucs, and the source of those struggles can be found in a lack of discipline.

 

30. Minnesota Vikings

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 3:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 27-23.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Record: 1-7

Week 9: 23-27 loss at Dallas Cowboys

Week 10: vs. Washington Redskins

The Minnesota Vikings may not have a franchise quarterback, but they move closer to being in position to draft one with every passing week.

In Week 9, it was a heart-breaking 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys that continued a rough season.

Minnesota is now 1-7.

Adrian Peterson ran for 140 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, and Christian Ponder had both a passing and rushing score. Unfortunately, Ponder's very strong performance was hindered by his inability to make deep throws downfield.

Fair or foul, Ponder's days are numbered if Minnesota can't begin winning games to close out the season.

 

29. Atlanta Falcons

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 03:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Record: 2-6

Week 9: 10-34 loss at Carolina Panthers

Week 10: vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Atlanta Falcons' dismal season keeps on getting worse. Julio Jones is out for the season, Roddy White can't seem to get healthy and Steven Jackson has been limited by injuries.

In Week 9, it all boiled over as Atlanta fell to 2-6 with a 34-10 loss against the Carolina Panthers.

Matt Ryan was 20-of-27 for 219 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw three interceptions. It was the embodiment of this season for Atlanta, as even its world-class quarterback could not overcome the number of injuries that the Falcons have sustained.

It won't get any easier in Week 10 when Atlanta faces the Seattle Seahawks.

 

28. St. Louis Rams

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 3: Zac Stacy #30 of the St. Louis Rams runs against the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 3, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
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Record: 3-6

Week 9: 21-28 vs. Tennessee Titans

Week 10: at Indianapolis Colts

The St. Louis Rams lost franchise quarterback Sam Bradford, and it's been all downhill from there.

St. Louis continues to keep games close against high-quality teams, but it's becoming more and more evident that the team cannot make plays in the clutch.

With a Week 10 road game against the Indianapolis Colts, the Rams' season won't get any easier.

Zac Stacy ran the ball for 127 yards and two touchdowns during Week 9, and quarterback Kellen Clemens threw a touchdown. Unfortunately, the Rams were 5-of-13 on third-down conversions and allowed a game-winning 19-yard touchdown run by Chris Johnson.

This season could be going in a different direction if Bradford was healthy, but he isn't.

 

27. Pittsburgh Steelers

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass against the New England Patriots in the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Record: 2-6

Week 9: 31-55 loss at New England Patriots

Week 10: vs. Buffalo Bills

When the Pittsburgh Steelers play elite defense, the offense fails to put forth the necessary production. When the Steelers explode with dominant displays on offense, the defense seems to collapse.

In Week 9, it was yet another display of a season of imbalance.

Ben Roethlisberger was 28-of-48 for 400 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, but not even that was enough as Pittsburgh fell 55-31 to the New England Patriots.

Jerricho Cotchery secured three receiving touchdowns, but the defense was unable to make the necessary stops—or any stops.

Pittsburgh will look for a last-ditch victory during Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills.

 

26. Houston Texans

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03:  Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans grabs a five yard pass away from Vontae Davis #23 of the Indianapolis Colts for a touchdown in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob
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Record: 2-6

Week 9: 24-27 loss vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 10: at Arizona Cardinals

The Houston Texans won their first two games of the season in unconvincing fashion and have since lost six in a row.

During the course of the season, Houston has lost 17-16 to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, 23-20 to the 8-1 Seattle Seahawks and 27-24 to the 6-2 Indianapolis Colts.

The Texans still have elite talent, but they can't seem to close games out.

The Texans received 350 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions from Case Keenum against the Colts.

Andre Johnson exploded with nine receptions for 228 yards and three touchdowns, but again, Houston fell apart in the second half.

The difference between 2-6 and 5-3 with wins over Indianapolis, Kansas City and Seattle has been a combined seven points. That's a rough season.

 

25. Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball during NFL game action against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Record: 3-6

Week 9: 13-23 loss vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Buffalo Bills have one of the most promising young cores in the entire NFL.

Rookies EJ Manuel and Kiko Alonso are candidates for end-of-the-year awards, Mario Williams is back as an elite pass rusher and there are dynamic skill players at running back and wide receiver.

Unfortunately, injuries have struck Manuel, and the Bills are thus suffering growing pains.

C.J. Spiller had 116 rushing yards and Fred Jackson picked up 77 against the Kansas City Chiefs during Week 9.

Marquise Goodwin added another long receiving touchdown, and both Robert Woods and Steve Johnson continued to prove capable of leading a strong passing attack.

This Bills team will be a Super Bowl contender in future seasons, but until it gets healthy and more experienced at quarterback, the process will be lengthy.

 

24. Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Oakland Raiders can't find a way around safety Earl Wolff #28 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter on November 3, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Brian Ba
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Record: 3-5

Week 9: 20-49 loss vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 10: at New York Giants

The Oakland Raiders may be 3-5, but up until Week 9, they'd managed to keep every game competitive.

During Week 9, the Raiders fell 49-20 to the Philadelphia Eagles in a game in which Nick Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdowns.

In Week 10, the Raiders will look to turn things around against the New York Giants.

Terrelle Pryor was 22-of-41 for 288 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions, running for 94 yards on 10 attempts.

Rashad Jennings added 102 yards on 15 carries, but it just wasn't enough against the high-octane Eagles.

Hope remains in Oakland, but a 29-point loss is a devastating setback.

 

23. New York Giants

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants calls a play on the line against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 27, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The G
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Record: 2-6

Week 9: Bye

Week 10: vs. Oakland Raiders

The New York Giants were on bye during Week 9 of the regular season. New York now enters Week 10 at 2-6 but has won two consecutive games leading up to its showdown with the Oakland Raiders.

It hasn't been perfect, but New York has the opportunity to move to 3-6 with a win over a team that it's favored against. If that is to happen, the race for the NFC East will tighten up.

Somehow, the season isn't lost for the Giants of New York.

 

22. Baltimore Ravens

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 3: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens scrambles under pressure from inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson #52 of the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jason Miller/Getty Images

Record: 3-5

Week 9: 18-24 loss at Cleveland Browns

Week 10: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Baltimore Ravens have done quite a poor job of following up their Super Bowl winning season. The defense has played well, but Baltimore hasn't been able to replace Anquan Boldin on its injury-plagued offense.

Now, the Ravens head into Week 10 at 3-5.

Baltimore lost to the Browns 24-18 during Week 9, and it was as ugly as the score seems. The running game combined for 55 yards on 21 carries, and Joe Flacco's two touchdowns were offset by an interception and five sacks taken.

Baltimore is in serious danger of missing the postseason.

 

21. Washington Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 03:  Alfred Morris #46 of the Washington Redskins rushes for a second quarter touchdown whilie being tackled by  Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers at FedExField on November 3, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr
Rob Carr/Getty Images

Record: 3-5

Week 9: 30-24 OT win vs. San Diego Chargers

Week 10: at Minnesota Vikings

The Washington Redskins have gone 3-2 during their past five games, including a 30-24 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers in Week 9. The Redskins are now 3-5 with a Week 10 clash against the 1-7 Minnesota Vikings looming.

There's never been a better time than now for Washington to re-enter the race for the NFC East.

Robert Griffin III was an efficient 23-of-32 for 291 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception. Alfred Morris had 121 yards and a touchdown, and fullback Darrel Young ran for three scores to lead Washington to the win.

If Washington continues running the football, it can turn around what appeared to be a lost season.

 

20. Cleveland Browns

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #17 of the Cleveland Browns throws to a receiver as he is pressured by safety James Ihedigbo #32 of the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Mat
Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

Record: 4-5

Week 9: 24-18 win vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 10: Bye

During Week 9, the Cleveland Browns secured a victory that shouldn't be undervalued, defeating the Baltimore Ravens 24-18. It was a rare example of the Browns winning without Brian Hoyer, and it sheds a light of hope on the Browns' season.

At 4-5, Cleveland will have a Week 10 bye before facing the Cincinnati Bengals during Week 11.

The Browns' savior in this game has been quarterback Jason Campbell, who was 23-of-36 for 265 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Browns had five sacks, and Joe Haden tallied an interception as the defense came up with a monster performance.

Cleveland is a team to watch during the second half of the regular season.

 

19. Philadelphia Eagles

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to throw as defensive tackle Pat Sims #90 of the the Oakland Raiders rushes him in the second quarter on November 3, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The
Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Record: 4-5

Week 9: 49-20 win at Oakland Raiders

Week 10: at Green Bay Packers

The Philadelphia Eagles erupted with a 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders during Week 9. It was yet another display of Nick Foles' potential, and it should quiet the critics of his Week 7 meltdown.

The Eagles will now face a banged up Packers squad with a chance at .500 on the line.

Foles was 22-of-28 for 406 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions against Oakland. He now has 13 touchdowns to zero interceptions in 2013, which should prove just how underrated he's been.

There are holes on this roster, but with Foles under center, Philadelphia is a dangerous offensive unit.

 

18. Miami Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 31: (C) Lamar Miller #26 of the Miami Dolphins runs with ball under pressure from (L) Reggie Nelson #20 of the Cincinnati Bengals and (R) Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Sun Life Stadium on October 31, 2013 in Mi
Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Record: 4-4

Week 9: 22-20 OT win vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Miami Dolphins earned a major victory during Week 9, securing a 22-20 overtime victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins are now 4-4 and have a long lay-off going from Thursday Night Football to Monday Night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Miami is in turmoil right now, but that doesn't make its skill level any less significant.

Ryan Tannehill was efficient in Week 9, going 20-of-28 for 208 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions and a rushing score. Lamar Miller added 105 rushing yards, and the defense forced four turnovers and a game-winning safety.

Cameron Wake had three sacks, and Miami has enough balance to take down any force.

 

17. Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 27:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 27, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Falcons 27-13.  (P
Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Record: 4-4

Week 9: Bye

Week 10: vs. Houston Texans

The Arizona Cardinals were on bye during Week 9. Entering Week 10, the Cardinals are 4-4 and fresh off of a 27-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Arizona ranks No. 4 in run defense, but there hasn't been a strong enough balance to build sustainable success. Carson Palmer has displayed flashes of brilliance, but turnovers have been an issue.

Look for Larry Fitzgerald and company to attempt a strong rebound against the Houston Texans in Week 10.

 

16. San Diego Chargers

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks on during the secocnd half against the Washington Redskins  at FedExField on November 3, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

Record: 4-4

Week 9: 30-24 OT loss at Washington Redskins

Week 10: vs. Denver Broncos

The San Diego Chargers are one of the teams that has been trading wins and losses throughout the season. At some point, the Chargers will either bend and fall to below .500 or break out and move to above .500.

Week 10 paints a bleak picture, as the Chargers prepare to face the Denver Broncos.

The Chargers' play-calling was the biggest issue in Week 9, as the coaching staff made a series of questionable decisions during the final minute of regulation. Instead of running it in with Ryan Mathews, who topped 100 yards in consecutive games, San Diego attempted just 16 carries and none in the final goal line set.

San Diego now enters a meeting with Denver without momentum. That's a dangerous place to be.

 

15. Tennessee Titans

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 3: Jake Locker #10 of the Tennessee Titans hands the ball off to Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans at the Edward Jones Dome on November 3, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Titans beat the Rams 28-21. (Photo by Dilip Vishw
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Record: 4-4

Week 9: 28-21 at St. Louis Rams

Week 10: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Tennessee Titans are reaching full health, and the results are displaying just how dangerous this team can be. During Week 9, the Titans survived a tough test on the road against former coach Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams.

The emotions are now behind them, and the Titans enter Week 10 at 4-4.

Jake Locker was 13-of-22 for 185 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, but he did run for a five-yard score. Chris Johnson erupted for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, Shonn Greene tallied another score and Jurrell Casey had two sacks.

The Titans play the Jaguars in Week 10, and that's the perfect opportunity for Tennessee to move above .500.

 

14. New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 03:   Chris Ivory #33 of the New York Jets runs against the New Orleans Saints during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Al Bello/Getty Images

Record: 5-4

Week 9: 26-20 win vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 10: Bye

The New York Jets continue to trade impressive wins and upsetting losses. During Week 9, New York took its success to a new level with a 26-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

New York now goes into a Week 10 bye at 5-4.

Chris Ivory continued to tear opposing defenses apart, carrying the ball 18 times for 139 yards and a touchdown against his former team. Geno Smith struggled, but did run for a score and Nick Folk kicked four field goals.

It's been inconsistent, but New York is in position to reach the playoffs.

 

13. Dallas Cowboys

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 3:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 27-23.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Record: 5-4

Week 9: 27-23 win vs. Minnesota Vikings

Week 10: at New Orleans Saints

The Dallas Cowboys weren't very convincing in Week 9, but the 27-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings may be the best result they'll find all season. The Vikings may be 1-7, but the Cowboys' biggest weakness has been closing out games.

Pretty or not, a 27-23 escape of Minnesota is just what Dallas needed to right those wrongs.

Tony Romo was 34-of-51 for 337 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, finding Jason Witten eight times for 102 yards and a score. The concerning number, however, is that Dallas attempted nine total carries.

A Week 10 meeting with the New Orleans Saints will gauge how ready Dallas is for the postseason push.

 

12. Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 03:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Record: 5-3

Week 9: 34-10 win vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 10: at San Francisco 49ers

The Carolina Panthers have a legitimate force on defense, with a front seven that can compete with anyone in the NFL. Offensively, Cam Newton has cut down on turnovers and is taking over games by making the smart throws.

Paired with an explosive rushing attack, the Panthers have the perfect balance to dominate.

The Panthers ran for 131 yards during a 34-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons during Week 9. Brandon LaFell is emerging into a reliable No. 2 wide receiver, DeAngelo Williams continues to put forth strong efforts and Mike Tolbert is an unstoppable force in goal line sets.

Carolina isn't your conventional contender, but its a true postseason team.

 

11. Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers returns to the field after a colar bone injury which occurred in the first half of the game against the Chicago Bears during the game at Lambeau Field on November 04, 2013 in Green Ba
Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

Record: 5-3

Week 9: 20-27 loss vs. Chicago Bears

Week 10: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

During Week 9, the Green Bay Packers lost their first home game since Week 1 of the 2012 regular season. Green Bay fell 27-20 to its rival Chicago Bears, thus falling into a three-way tie for the division lead in the NFC North.

Unfortunately, the game wasn't the biggest thing that Green Bay lost. Aaron Rodgers was.

No. 11 is a generous spot with Rodgers' future in doubt, but Mike McCarthy gets the benefit of the doubt.

The Packers still have an elite rushing attack with Eddie Lacy, James Starks and Johnathan Franklin in the backfield. Unfortunately, at least a small portion of those young running backs' success can be accredited to Rodgers opening up the field with his arm.

The first offensive test without Rodgers will be a rough one against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10.

 

10. Chicago Bears

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs with the football before getting tackled by M.D. Jennings #43 of the Green Bay Packers during the second half of play at Lambeau Field on November 04, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Pho
Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

Record: 5-3

Week 9: 27-20 win at Green Bay Packers

Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions

The Chicago Bears are 5-3 after picking up an unforeseen victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 9. Aaron Rodgers went down with a game-ending injury on the Packers' first possession, but that doesn't make Chicago's win any less significant.

It's difficult to go on the road and win at Green Bay, and that's exactly what Chicago did.

Matt Forte had 179 yards of total offense and a rushing score, Brandon Marshall had 107 receiving yards and a touchdown, and Josh McCown went without a turnover. Shea McLellin added three sacks, Julius Peppers had an interception and Chicago went back to what works.

According to Fred Mitchell of The Chicago Tribunestarting quarterback Jay Cutler could be back for Week 10. Cutler had a passer rating of 91.7 before going down.

Get excited, Chicago.

 

9. Detroit Lions

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions throws a second quarter pass while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Record: 5-3

Week 9: Bye

Week 10: at Chicago Bears

The Detroit Lions are currently in first place in the NFC North after defeating the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8 to move to 5-3. The two teams that are tied atop the division at 5-3 are the Packers and Bears—two teams with injured starting quarterbacks.

If Jim Schwartz can't cash in on this opportunity to win the NFC North, it's hard to imagine he ever will.

 

8. Cincinnati Bengals

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 31:  Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks turnover pass the ball during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 31, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Record: 6-3

Week 9: 20-22 OT loss at Miami Dolphins

Week 10: at Baltimore Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals suffered a devastating loss during Week 9, losing 22-20 in overtime to the Dolphins. The game was decided when Andy Dalton was sacked in the end zone for a game-ending safety.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the loss Cincinnati should be worried about.

According to Josh Alper of NBC Sports, superstar defensive tackle Geno Atkins suffered a season-ending torn ACL. Atkins is, arguably, the most important player on the entire roster, holding together Cincinnati's pass rush and run defense.

The Bengals will need to recover fast with a Week 10 road game against the Baltimore Ravens looming.

 

7. New Orleans Saints

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 3:  Outside linebacker Calvin Pace #97 of the New York Jets hits quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints from behind in the 2nd half of the Jets 26-20 win over the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium on Novembe
Ron Antonelli/Getty Images

Record: 6-2

Week 9: 20-26 at New York Jets

Week 10: vs. Dallas Cowboys

The New Orleans Saints ran into a tough Jets squad during Week 9, and the end result was a 26-20 loss. It was a disappointing result, but the Saints aren't any less of a contender after suffering this defeat.

Keep in mind, this loss included Drew Brees nearly hitting 400 yards passing and the defense maintaining its strong level of play.

Brees was 30-of-51 for 382 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Jimmy Graham had nine receptions for 116 yards and two scores, the defense limited the Jets to 45.0 percent passing and turnovers were the deciding factor.

If New Orleans can take care of the ball, and re-establish both its run defense and rushing attack, it'll be just fine.

 

6. New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 3: Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots celebrates his touchdown with Tom Brady #12 in the first quarter during a game with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo
Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Record: 7-2

Week 9: 55-31 win vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 10: Bye

In a game that many expected to be a defensive battle, the New England Patriots came out firing with a 55-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a performance that should silence every critic of the Patriots' slow offensive start.

At 7-2, the Patriots are right back in the Super Bowl hunt. You know, if they ever weren't.

Tom Brady was 23-of-33 for 432 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, linking up with three separate receivers for more than 100 yards. Stevan Ridley added 115 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and LeGarrette Blount ran for 47 yards and a score on five carries.

With five sacks and three turnovers forced, New England finally put it all together and reminded the NFL community that it's a championship contender.

 

5. San Francisco 49ers

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  #21 Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the NFL International Series game between San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on October 27, 2013 in London, E
Michael Regan/Getty Images

Record: 6-2

Week 9: Bye

Week 10: vs. Carolina Panthers

The San Francisco 49ers were on bye during Week 9. Prior to that point, San Francisco had won five consecutive games since starting at 1-2 to reach 6-2 on the season.

The Niners will receive a tough task in Week 10 when it hosts the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are dominant on defense and explosive offensively.

San Francisco needs to continue winning to maintain the pace with the Seahawks.

 

4. Indianapolis Colts

HOUSTON, TX- NOVEMBER 03: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts passes against the Houston Texans  on November 03, 2013 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Colts won 27 to 24. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

Record: 6-2

Week 9: 27-24 win at Houston Texans

Week 10: vs. St. Louis Rams

The Indianapolis Colts continue to defy the odds, pulling out comeback-after-comeback against teams that are superior on paper. During Week 9, the Colts rallied from 18 points down in the third quarter to defeated the Houston Texans 27-24.

Losing Reggie Wayne will be a devastating blow in the long-term, but right now, Indianapolis deserves respect.

 

3. Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field on November 3, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Record: 8-1

Week 9: 27-24 OT win vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 10: at Atlanta Falcons

The Seattle Seahawks haven't been earning many style points this season, but 8-1 is still 8-1. It took a comeback that shouldn't have been necessary, but Seattle reached that record with 27-24 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fortunately, the standings don't care about the way games are won. Neither should you.

Seattle ranks No. 2 against the pass and No. 5 in rushing offense, which has been the source of their success. Unknown running backs Zac Stacy and Mike James have torched the Seahawks in consecutive weeks, but the only thing that matters is that Seattle can close out.

These close wins build character, and its better that they're happening Week 9 than in the playoffs. Seattle can only get stronger from here.

 

2. Denver Broncos

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos scans down the field for an open receiver against the Washington Redskins at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 27, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dusti
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Record: 7-1

Week 9: Bye

Week 10: at San Diego Chargers

The Denver Broncos were on bye during Week 9, but enter Week 10 with an impressive record of 7-1. Somehow, that has the Broncos as the No. 5 seed in the AFC.

In Week 10, the Broncos will travel to face the 4-4 San Diego Chargers. Denver defeated San Diego by a combined 18 points in two games during the 2012 regular season.

Keep an eye on this high-stakes meeting between Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Record: 9-0

Week 9: 23-13 win at Buffalo Bills

Week 10: Bye

The Kansas City Chiefs enter a Week 10 bye at 9-0. Kansas City is the only undefeated team in the NFL, has already won seven more games than it did in 2012, and has secured the franchise's first winning season since 2010.

This all sets up a monumental clash during Week 11, when the Chiefs travel to play the Denver Broncos.

Offensively, Alex Smith continues to take care of the football and make big plays when they're needed. Jamaal Charles had yet another 90-yard rushing performance, Dwayne Bowe came to life with seven receptions for 67 yards and Kansas City continued to play smothering defense.

The Chiefs forced three turnovers and two defensive touchdowns, and still haven't allowed more than 17 points in a single game. You can't penalize a team for winning.

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