NFC Power Rankings: Week 10!

Richard ReschCorrespondent INovember 10, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 08:  Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys can't make the catch against Sheldon Brown #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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1. Saints (8-0)

Won by double digits despite a big early deficit.  It is good to see them overcoming adversity, but it is also concerning trend.  They’re still the odds on favorite. Still the odds on favorite. (Last Week: 1)

2. Vikings (7-1)

A week off to rest up for their huge battle with the Lions.  This team should have no problem winning 12 games. (2)

3. Cowboys (6-2)

In what can only be considered a national phenomenon, the Cowboys somehow became underrated this season.  Seemingly everyone in America picked the Eagles to beat them on Sunday night (note: I had the Cowboys ranked one spot above the Eagles last week, so go me).  In losing TO and elevating Miles Austin to starter, the Cowboys have transformed into a team that looks like they can contend for a title.(3)

4. Eagles (5-3)

No shame in losing to the third best team in the NFC.  LeSean McCoy is a good young player, but they need Brian Westbrook to get healthy.  Their offense can be good without him, but better teams will be able to stop their pass-heavy offense. (4)

5. Cardinals (5-3)

Absolutely thrashed the Bears on the road.  Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald was unstoppable.  The Cardinals are starting to run away with the division, and the fact that they are now winning on the road is bad news for NFC teams. (6)

6. Falcons (5-3)

Their game against the Redskins was closer than it should have been, but a win is a win.  They have a huge game against the Giants in two weeks, but they should not overlook the Panthers this week. (5)

7. Giants (5-4)

Lost what Tom Coughlin called a "one game season." They will have a week off to think about what they've done before their real "one game season" against the Falcons. (8)

8. Bears (4-4)

The fact that they could get blown out by the Cardinals and still move up two spots lets you know what kind of week it was for the Packers and 49ers.  This team has too many problems. (10)

9. 49ers (3-5)

Now two games behind the Cardinals, it looks as if the 49ers are a year away from playoff contention.  The loss to the Titans may be a tough pill to swallow for Niners fans, but they are only a QB away from being a real contender: an offensive core of Frank Gore, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree can be one of the best in the league.  They move up a spot after a loss only because the Packers lost to the only remaining winless team. (9)

10. Packers (4-4)

What is there to say?  Sure, the Bucs look better with Josh Freeman, but...come on.  The supposedly solid Packers defense gave up 38 points to a rookie QB and Aaron Rodgers was sacked six times. (7)

11. Panthers (3-5)

They put up a good fight against the Saints.  As long as Jake Delhomme isn't turning the ball over, this could be a very good team.  Too bad their awful start will keep them from playoff contention. (11)

12. Seahawks (3-5)

They overcame a 17 point deficit to the Lions to win by 12.  It's good to see that they have some fight in them, but the fact that they were down 17 to the Lions says enough. (12)

13. Redskins (2-6)

Their week 14 match with the Raiders could be a good one. (13)

14. Bucs (1-7)

With Josh Freemen captaining the ship, this offense looked worlds better.  They'll still have a hard time winning two more games, but this could be a major bright spot for Bucs fans. (16)

15. Rams (1-7)

Their first win came before a bye week, giving them a two-week undefeated streak. (15)

16. Lions (1-7)

In blowing a 17 point lead, the Lions finally showed some desire.  They really want that number one pick again. (14)


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