Week 10 of the 2013 NFL regular season is officially in the books. The two remaining winless teams finally achieved victory, the lone undefeated squad was on bye, and the rest of the league searched for monumental victories.
The question is, what do the standings look like entering Week 11, and what does that mean for the postseason hunt?
|New York Giants||3||6||0||.333|
|Green Bay Packers||5||4||0||.556|
|New Orleans Saints||7||2||0||.778|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||8||0||.111|
|San Francisco 49ers||6||3||0||.667|
|St. Louis Rams||4||6||0||.400|
|New England Patriots||7||2||0||.778|
|New York Jets||5||4||0||.556|
|Kansas City Chiefs||9||0||0||1.000|
|San Diego Chargers||4||5||0||.444|
32. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 10: 29-27 win at Tennessee Titans
Week 11: vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Jacksonville Jaguars did the unthinkable during Week 10, ending a winless season with a 29-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Despite picking up 214 yards of total offense, the Jaguars put points on the board and earned a victory that was more lopsided than the final score suggests.
Believe it or not, Jacksonville may actually miss out on the No. 1 overall draft choice.
Chad Henne was 14-of-23 for 180 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The run game overcame a generally poor performance to put two scores on the board, and Jacksonville had enough to hold on for its first win of the year.
With four four turnovers and Will Blackmon coming up with a sack and a defensive touchdown, Jacksonville is officially on the board.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 10: 22-19 win vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 11: vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended their winless season with a 22-19 victory over the in-state rival Miami Dolphins. Tampa Bay is now 1-8 with a rookie quarterback and a defense that has displayed flashes of being strong.
The Bucs will look to follow it up with a Week 11 clash against the Atlanta Falcons.
Bobby Rainey had a rushing score, and offensive tackle Ronald Penn caught a touchdown pass against the Dolphins. Defensively, the Bucs held Miami to two rushing yards and came up with two sacks on the final drive.
Darrelle Revis secured the game-sealing interception, and Tampa Bay finally earned a win.
30. Atlanta Falcons
Week 10: 33-10 loss vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 11: at Tampa Bay Rays
The Atlanta Falcons have been the most surprisingly poor team in the NFL. Not only is Atlanta 2-7, but its past three losses have come by a combined margin of 94-33.
During Week 10, the Falcons lost 33-10 to the Seattle Seahawks in a truly lopsided affair. Atlanta was outgained 490-216 in total yardage and trailed 26-3 with 7:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.
At least Atlanta is in line for a high draft pick.
29. Houston Texans
Week 10: 27-24 loss at Arizona Cardinals
Week 11: vs. Oakland Raiders
The Houston Texans have the NFL's No. 1 pass defense and a young quarterback, Case Keenum, who continues to turn heads. This has all added up to a mind-boggling record of 2-7 entering Week 11 of the regular season.
Houston continues to put itself in a position to win but hasn't been able to come through with the necessary plays to get the job done.
Houston has lost by three points or less to the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks. That's a very thin line between 6-3 and 2-7, but the Texans are where they are, and there isn't much reason for encouragement moving forward.
A scary thought is that Houston could add one of the 2014 draft's top players to complement an already elite defense.
28. Buffalo Bills
Week 10: 23-10 loss at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 11: vs. New York Jets
The Buffalo Bills have extraordinary promise in every phase of the game. E.J. Manuel has displayed poise under center, C.J. Spiller has combined with Fred Jackson and Steve Johnson to create a balanced offensive attack, and the defense has rising and established forces.
Unfortunately, injuries have hurt this young team, and Buffalo is now 3-7.
The Bills have lost three in a row, including a 23-10 road defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kiko Alonso continued to separate himself from the pack as the leading candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year, but Buffalo's inexperience has been on display.
The future is bright, but Buffalo is likely to end up with a top-10 draft pick.
27. Washington Redskins
Week 10: 34-27 loss at Minnesota Vikings
Week 11: at Philadelphia Eagles
The Washington Redskins are rapidly becoming the most difficult team to predict. Washington is 3-3 during its past six games, and it's displayed the same weaknesses in those loses as it did when it dropped three straight to open up the season.
There may be strong personnel, but a team is only as good as it performs, and Washington is executing poorly.
In Week 10, the Redskins blew a 27-14 lead in the third quarter to eventually lose 34-27 to the Minnesota Vikings. Washington allowed 20 consecutive points to end the game, and the offense was unable to live up to the strength of the statistics.
It's been a long year in Washington, and it keeps on getting worse.
26. Minnesota Vikings
Week 10: 34-27 win vs. Washington Redskins
Week 11: at Seattle Seahawks
The Minnesota Vikings have been painfully inconsistent during the 2013 NFL regular season. Adrian Peterson may be a force, but injuries have struck at multiple positions. Even when the quarterback is playing well, something comes up and ends all momentum.
This past week, it was an injury to Christian Ponder.
Ponder was 17-of-21 for 174 yards, two touchdowns and one interception before going down.
The Vikings ended up holding on for a 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins during Week 10. It was a strong rebound performance for a team that lost on a late-game drive by the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9.
Minnesota could rebound well, but one has to imagine that the lower the win total Minnesota achieves, the better position it'll be in for the future as it pursues a quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft.
25. Oakland Raiders
Week 10: 24-20 loss at New York Giants
Week 11 at Houston Texans
The Oakland Raiders have been a strong yet unspectacular team in 2013. Terrelle Pryor is flashing signs of becoming a franchise quarterback, and the team has the No. 6 run defense and No. 5 rushing offense in the NFL.
Unfortunately, Oakland can't close games out.
During Week 10, the Raiders fell 24-20 on the road against the New York Giants. Pryor struggled to do much of anything through the air, but Rashad Jennings ran for 88 yards, Tracy Porter had a pick-six, and rookie Sio Moore had 10 tackles and a sack for the rising Raiders.
The future is bright, but the postseason is becoming an unrealistic dream.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 10: 23-10 win vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 11: vs. Detroit Lions
The Pittsburgh Steelers started the season with four straight losses but have since won three of five. In Week 10, the Steelers earned a 23-10 victory over the Bills to move to 3-6 on the season.
Not all hope is lost, but Pittsburgh has a tough task ahead of it with a Week 11 clash against the Detroit Lions.
Pittsburgh ranks No. 4 in passing defense and has a star at quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers didn't allow a single touchdown against the Bills until the final three seconds of the game in Week 10, and that's encouraging enough to put an ounce of faith in Mike Tomlin's squad.
Roethlisberger will need to be at his best to match the Lions' high-octane offense in Week 11.
23. St. Louis Rams
Week 10: 38-8 win at Indianapolis Colts
Week 11: Bye
In what was easily the most surprising game of the season, the St. Louis Rams went on the road and dominated the Indianapolis Colts. When it was all said and done, the Rams finished with a 38-8 victory and a new sense of confidence.
It's safe to say that the NFL community now knows better than to sleep on the Rams.
Over the course of the past three weeks, the Rams have suffered one-possession losses to the Titans and Seahawks, but they now boast a 30-point win over the Colts. Playing without Sam Bradford offers reason for concern, but that's not the whole story.
St. Louis goes into its bye week with a great deal of momentum.
22. Tennessee Titans
Week 10: 29-27 loss vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 11: vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Tennessee Titans are the unfortunate franchise that will be recognized as the team that lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tennessee fell to its division rival by a score of 29-27 during Week 10, resulting in its current record of 4-5.
Unfortunately, that wasn't Tennessee's worst loss:
Ryan Fitzpatrick is serviceable, but the Titans are currently in a state of disarray.
Tennessee's season won't get any easier during Week 11 when they host the division-leading Indianapolis Colts. The Titans could survive this injury, but the constant state of uncertainty at quarterback seems to have taken its toll.
It doesn't get any worse than dropping one to the Jaguars.
21. New York Giants
Week 10: 24-20 win vs. Oakland Raiders
Week 11: vs. Green Bay Packers
Since starting 0-6, the New York Giants have won three consecutive games to reach 3-6. During Week 10, the Giants won an ugly game against the Oakland Raiders.
Fortunately, the rushing attack did wake up.
Andre Brown returned and exploded with 30 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown. Eli Manning was 12-of-22 for 140 yards, one touchdown and yet another interception, but the Giants overcame an underwhelming performance to hold on for the win.
The Giants will host the banged-up Green Bay Packers in Week 11, and a win would do wonders for their postseason trajectory.
20. Miami Dolphins
Week 10: 22-19 loss at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 11: vs. San Diego Chargers
The Miami Dolphins have been the definition of inconsistent during the 2013 NFL regular season. For every signature win over a postseason-caliber opponent, there's been a head-scratching loss that reminds the NFL community how far Miami is from contending.
Week 11 was an example of the latter.
Miami fell 22-19 to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan Tannehill was strong on the stat sheet but made a number of dangerous and inaccurate throws that hurt drives, and the rushing attack totaled two yards.
That's a formula for failure.
19. Baltimore Ravens
Week 10: 20-17 OT win vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 11: at Chicago Bearas
The Baltimore Ravens have been nothing short of disappointing during the 2013 regular season. Mere months removed from winning the Super Bowl, the Ravens have gone 4-5 and are on the outside looking in of the current postseason picture.
During Week 10, Baltimore took a major step in the right direction with a 20-17 overtime win over the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals.
Joe Flacco still isn't playing elite football, but he's doing enough to make the necessary plays to secure wins. The running game is the true issue, with Ray Rice picking up 30 yards on 18 carries against Cincinnati in a continuation of what has been a dreadful year.
Baltimore still has a lot of work to do, but it's a contender until eliminated.
18. Cleveland Browns
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: at Cincinnati Bengals
The Cleveland Browns have been one of the regular season's most pleasant surprises. Currently 4-5, the Browns went into their bye week with a 24-18 win over the Ravens during Week 9.
The Browns will face the Cincinnati Bengals during Week 11 with significant postseason ramifications.
17. San Diego Chargers
Week 10: 28-20 loss vs. Denver Broncos
Week 11: at Miami Dolphins
The San Diego Chargers were unable to complete a comeback during Week 10, falling 28-20 to the Denver Broncos. For what it's worth, San Diego did display extraordinary resolve after the Broncos posted four quick touchdowns.
Unfortunately, the loss is the only thing that matters.
San Diego received 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground from Ryan Mathews and 218 yards and a score through the air from Philip Rivers. It wasn't enough to complete the comeback, but the Chargers put on yet another strong performance.
San Diego is 4-5 entering Week 11.
16. Arizona Cardinals
Week 10: 27-24 win vs. Houston Texans
Week 11: at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Arizona Cardinals have quietly won two consecutive games with victories over the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans. Arizona is now 5-4 with a genuine opportunity to rise up and make the playoffs in an NFC Wild Card spot.
With a Week 11 showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cardinals are in prime position for a postseason push.
Against Houston, quarterback Carson Palmer was 20-of-32 for 241 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. John Abraham led the team with two sacks, and the Cardinals continue to develop chemistry under head coach Bruce Arians.
If Arizona can keep this up, Arians would be a prime contender to win Coach of the Year. Again.
15. Green Bay Packers
Week 10: 27-13 loss vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 11: at New York Giants
The Green Bay Packers are a top-10 team with Aaron Rodgers and a generous No. 15 when he's absent. Unfortunately for Mike McCarthy's club, Rodgers is sidelined by an injury and is, "a couple weeks away," per Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin.
During Week 10, the Packers fell to 5-4 with a 27-13 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Scott Tolzien was 24-of-39 for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Rodgers' place. Eddie Lacy added 73 rushing yards, and Jarrett Boykin tallied 112 yards on eight receptions, but the Packers struggled to find the end zone.
Green Bay will travel to face the New York Giants in Week 11.
14. Dallas Cowboys
Week 10: 49-17 loss at New Orleans Saints
Week 11: Bye
The Dallas Cowboys ran into an offensive freight train during Week 10, falling 49-17 to the New Orleans Saints. It was an ugly display from a team that had played nine games of very strong football leading up to that clash at the Superdome.
Fortunately for Jason Garrett's club, the Cowboys are now on a Week 11 bye.
DeMarco Murray had 16 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown, and Tony Romo was 10-of-24 for 128 yards, one score and no interceptions against New Orleans. Dallas avoided committing turnovers, but the offense was hardly ever on the field.
Dallas finished with a time of possession of 20 minutes and 28 seconds to New Orleans' 39 minutes and 32 seconds.
13. New York Jets
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: at Buffalo Bills
The New York Jets have split victories and losses this year, moving to 5-4 overall. After a bye in Week 10, the Jets will travel to face the Buffalo Bills during Week 11 of the regular season.
New York can take a significant step toward the postseason with a win over the Bills.
12. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 10: 27-13 win at Green Bay Packers
Week 11: vs. Washington Redskins
The Philadelphia Eagles seem to have found their franchise quarterback with Nick Foles. In his five games of extended action in 2013, the Eagles are 4-1 and Foles has amassed 16 touchdowns to no interceptions.
Much could change between now and the 2014 NFL draft, but if Foles keeps playing like this, how could Philly abandon him?
Against the Green Bay Packers in Week 10, Foles was 12-of-18 for 228 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and 38 rushing yards. The 24-year-old has displayed poise in the pocket, and his wide receivers are responding well to his presence.
Philadelphia is currently 5-5.
11. Chicago Bears
Week 10: 21-19 loss vs. Detroit Lions
Week 11: vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Chicago Bears have faced the uphill battle of winning games with a quarterback position that has been damaged by injuries. During Week 10, Jay Cutler played a strong game but was unavailable to finish due to the lingering effects of past injuries.
It won't get any easier against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11.
Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall both topped 100 receiving yards, with the latter finding the end zone twice. Matt Forte had a rare day of weakness, but the Bears were still in the game until the closing moments of the outing.
Cutler's health will determine whether or not Chicago reaches the playoffs. When doesn't it?
10. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 10: 20-17 OT loss at Baltimore Ravens
Week 11: vs. Cleveland Browns
The Cincinnati Bengals have lost their top two defensive players, Geno Atkins and Leon Hall, for the rest of the season. Cincinnati hasn't responded well to those losses, dropping two consecutive games and allowing its division rivals to close the gap.
Worst of all, those two defeats were both in overtime.
Cincinnati fell 20-17 to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10 and needed an insane Hail Mary pass just to reach the extra period of play. Andy Dalton was sloppy, going 24-of-51 with three interceptions.
The Bengals may have promise, but the injuries to Atkins and Hall have proven to be crippling.
9. Detroit Lions
Week 10: 21-19 win at Chicago Bears
Week 11: at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Detroit Lions appear to have finally overcome the late-game mental lapses that crippled their postseason dreams in recent seasons. Instead of collapsing under pressure, Detroit is shining during the fourth quarter and closing out games.
Detroit is now 6-3 after yet another big win.
The Lions went on the road and secured a 21-19 win over the rival Chicago Bears. In turn, Detroit moved to 6-3 and is now in control of its own destiny in a crowded NFC North.
It's never easy, but Detroit's grind-it-out attitude is paying dividends as it continues to pile up wins.
8. San Francisco 49ers
Week 10: 10-9 loss vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 11: at New Orleans Saints
The San Francisco 49ers snapped their five-game winning streak with a 10-9 home loss against the Carolina Panthers. It was a display of dominant defensive prowess and yet another example of the hindrance known as San Francisco's underwhelming passing game.
The Niners are still 6-3, but with a Week 11 road game against the New Orleans Saints looming, there's reason for concern.
Colin Kaepernick was 11-of-22 for 91 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. He's now failed to top 200 passing yards in seven of his first nine games and has failed to throw a touchdown in four of those outings.
The 49ers are still Super Bowl contenders, but the offensive woes are concerning.
7. Carolina Panthers
Week 10: 10-9 win at San Francisco 49ers
Week 11: vs. New England Patriots
The Carolina Panthers made an incredible statement during Week 10 with a gritty 10-9 victory over the 49ers. It was yet another display of the Panthers' top-five defense shining against quality opponents, and it was the first time this season that Carolina earned a win over an elite foe.
Carolina will be tasked with earning another strong victory against the New England Patriots in Week 11.
DeAngelo Williams led the offense with a rushing touchdown, and Cam Newton took care of the football with the exception of one interception. Defensively, Carolina had six sacks and forced two turnovers against Colin Kaepernick and Co.
The Panthers may be experiencing new levels of success, but that doesn't make them any less legitimate.
6. Indianapolis Colts
Week 10: 38-8 loss vs. St. Louis Rams
Week 11: at Tennessee Titans
The only way to describe the Indianapolis Colts' most recent performance is as a pure and utter collapse. The Colts lost 38-8 to the St. Louis Rams at home.
Indianapolis now plays three of its next four on the road.
Andrew Luck threw three interceptions and coughed up a fumble, and the running game managed just 18 yards on 14 carries. Indianapolis' defense allowed two passing touchdowns of 57 yards or more, while its special teams let up a 98-yard punt return for a score.
The Colts proven to be better than that performance displayed, but it was certainly a concerning loss in the team's second game since Reggie Wayne went down with a season-ending knee injury.
5. New Orleans Saints
Week 10: 49-17 win vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 11: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Entering Week 10, the New Orleans Saints had lost two of their previous three games. Exiting Week 10, the Saints returned to their status as one of the game's truly elite.
Instead of surviving the Dallas Cowboys, the Saints erupted for a 49-17 victory.
Drew Brees was surgical and dominant with 392 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions on 34-of-41 passing. Mark Ingram carried the ball 14 times for 145 yards and a touchdown, and Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles both tallied rushing and receiving scores.
If New Orleans can continue producing on the ground, there won't be a defense in the NFL that can stop its offense.
4. New England Patriots
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: at Carolina Panthers
The New England Patriots went on bye during Week 10 after moving to 7-2 with a Week 9 domination of the Steelers. The Patriots will now travel to face the rising Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football during Week 11.
New England is elite. Prepare for a great one.
3. Seattle Seahawks
Week 10: 33-10 win at Atlanta Falcons
Week 11: vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Seattle Seahawks returned to their dominant ways during Week 10. Now 9-1, Seattle defeated the Atlanta Falcons 33-10 to end a stretch of games in which the end result was more impressive than the process of the win.
In case you didn't know, this team is dangerous.
Russell Wilson was 19-of-26 for two touchdowns and no interceptions, and Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 24 times for 145 yards and a score during Seattle's win over Atlanta. Three separate receivers topped 75 yards, and Seattle's offense erupted with a convincing performance.
It's no secret that the defense is elite, and if the offense can maintain this pace, the Seahawks will be very difficult to beat come the playoffs.
2. Denver Broncos
Week 10: 28-20 win at San Diego Chargers
Week 11: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Denver Broncos survived a scare during Week 10, defeating the San Diego Chargers 28-20 at Qualcomm Stadium. It wasn't the most impressive outing of the year, but it was a character-building victory for a squad that has experienced its fair share of lopsided wins.
If nothing else, the NFL community should acknowledge that it was yet another masterful display by Peyton Manning.
Manning was 25-of-36 for 330 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Chargers. Knowshon Moreno continued his marvelous season with 114 yards of total offense from scrimmage, Demaryius Thomas scored three times, and Von Miller secured his second sack in as many games.
As Miller and Champ Bailey move closer to their usual level of health and shape, the Broncos will be significantly better.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: at Denver Broncos
The Kansas City Chiefs were on bye during Week 9 and thus remained the only undefeated team. Kansas City will get its most significant test yet when it goes toe-to-toe with the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium during Week 11.
Prepare for a good one between the top two teams in the NFL.