Welcome to the Week 10 edition of the Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings. Every Tuesday you can look forward to our composite rankings, as well as a bit of brief insight and analysis about each of the 32 teams.
The rankings are determined by taking the average of each of the contributors here at The Cube . For Week 10, we have rankings from five members of the Cubicle GM team, including me, Gideon, Mickey, Walker and Smokey. So remember, if you disagree with some portion of our rankings, be sure to check the individual rankings to find the culprit.
As it has been for nearly a month now, the Saints and Colts held on to their unanimous places in the top two spots in the rankings after their respective close wins. The Minnesota Vikings may have gotten a real life boost during their bye week, but not so in the rankings, as the New England Patriots leapfrogged them into the No. 3 spot, their highest such ranking since the preseason edition.
Entering the Top 10 for the first time this season are the Dallas Cowboys, who jumped three spots to No. 8 after their Sunday night victory over Philadelphia which moved them into first place in the NFC East. Falling out as a result were the Ravens, who dropped two spots to No. 11 after their second loss to Cincinnati this season.
After dropping five spots in the last two weeks, the Giants fell down to No. 14 this week after suffering a fourth straight loss; a heartbreaker to the San Diego Chargers at home. The Chargers, on the other hand, jumped up three spots to No. 12 as a result.
The bottom of the rankings got another change this week, as there are finally no more winless teams in the league. Tampa Bay jumped to No. 31 after their first win of the season, an indication that beating Green Bay means more than defeating Detroit. St. Louis again occupies the bottom spot, but both Tampa and Cleveland are not far away.
As with last week, change was the theme in the rankings. Including the two undefeated teams, there were just five teams that held steady this week, with eight teams moving at least three spots up or down the ranks.
The Arizona Cardinals can’t decide what kind of a team they are, but after another big win had the biggest positive movement this week, jumping four spots back to No. 15 where they stood two weeks ago after defeating the Giants. The biggest downward mover was not surprising, as the Green Bay Packers fell six spots after their loss at the hands of previously winless Tampa Bay.
The disagreements among the rankers remained very little this week. There were just five disagreements of at least six spots in their ranks, and this marks the third consecutive week with no double digit disagreements between any of the contributors.
Carolina Panthers (7) – Mickey 18, Walker 25
Seattle Seahawks (7) – Walker 18, Gideon/Mickey 25
New York Giants (6) – Smokey 11, Gideon 17
New York Jets (6) – Gideon 14, Smokey 20
Oakland Raiders (6) – Mickey 26, Walker 32
On the divisional side, the NFC East’s lead is nearly gone, as their average score of 12.80 barely leads the AFC North, who came in with a 13.00 average this week. The bottom division remains the same for the seventh consecutive week, as the NFC West checks in with a 22.65 average rank. Second to last did get a change, as the Broncos fall gave the lowly AFC West a score of 18.90.