After watching the Broncos come back down to earth last Monday, I really thought it was best to pull them down a few spots. They still have a great team, but I’m still not sure if this team is capable of being a solid team for four months and then remain solid in the playoffs. Kyle Orton isn’t a bad QB, but he’s got to step it up a little bit more for this team to be a true contender for the Super Bowl, which I don’t; think they are. Until they convince me otherwise, I’m still going to keep them pretty low. Here’s my NFL Power Rankings entering week ten.
1. New Orleans Saints (8-0, Last Week: 1)
The Saints have outscored opponents by a combined 119 points (best in the NFL.) Their run defense will get a decent test against Steven Jackson this week. However I expect the Saints to win this one by a mile.
2. New England Patriots (6-2, Last Week: 3)
The Patriots return to the top of the AFC East where they belong. Tom Brady still remains a top three QB in the league (no surprise there.)
3. Indianapolis Colts (8-0, Last Week: 2)
Sure the Colts are undefeated right now, but their first loss could be coming their way this weekend.
4. Minnesota Vikings (7-1, Last Week: 4)
A well deserved bye week has come and gone. They shouldn’t lose any momentum this weekend against the Lions.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3, Last Week: 5)
Despite the loss to the Cowboys, I still think they have a little more chemistry and talent than Dallas, but by the slimmest of margins.
6. Dallas Cowboys (6-2, Last Week: 7)
As long as the Cowboys keep winning, they will keep rising. I still think the Eagles have a little more talent than the Cowboys, but my opinion of that changes every week. Oh, I’m a Cowboys fan, by the way…
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2, Last Week: 11)
The one thing on the Steelers mind this weekend: Revenge.
8. Baltimore Ravens (4-4, Last Week: 6)
I drop the Ravens down two spots because of one reason: I realize that the not longer have an elite NFL defense, but are still a good team overall.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2, Last Week: 12)
The winner of this weekend’s Bengals/Steelers game will be the favorite to win the AFC North.
10. New York Jets (4-4, Last Week: 10)
The week off was needed. Now it’s time for this elite defense to start playing like it once again.
11. Green Bay Packers (4-4, Last Week: 8)
I would have the Packers in the top ten, but I don’t for one reason: They lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
12. Atlanta Falcons (5-3, Last Week: 16)
A win over the Redskins was one of those “confidence boosting” wins for the Falcons. I still believe they have all the talent in the world to make the playoffs once again.
13. Arizona Cardinals (5-3, Last Week: 17)
The Cardinals could be staring at a future 10-6 record. They should be nicknamed the “Road Warriors.” They are currently 4-0 on the road, in case you didn’t know.
14. New York Giants (5-4, Last Week: 14)
Boy, does this team need a bye week. If they don’t take full advantage of their week off, their remaining part of the season could also go bye-bye.
15. San Diego Chargers (5-3, Last Week: 15)
With the win over the Giants, and the Broncos falling back down to earth, the Chargers are now my new favorite to win the AFC West.
16. Houston Texans (5-4, Last Week: 13)
This team could be a field goal away from a possible 6-3 record. This team still has the talent to make the playoffs for the first time in their short history.
17. Denver Broncos (6-2, Last Week: 9)
Could offensive mistakes against the Steelers be a sign of things to come? I hate to say it, but it’s possible.
18. Seattle Seahawks (3-5, Last Week: 21)
In my opinion, a loss this weekend to the Cardinals will most likely mean that the Seahawks will not make the playoffs.
19. San Francisco 49ers (3-5, Last Week: 19)
During early October, I thought the 49ers could have a great chance to make the playoffs. Now, with the 49ers on a four-game losing streak, I’m not so sure.
20. Chicago Bears (4-4, Last Week: 18)
One simple guarantee: the Chicago Bears will not make the playoffs this season. Bank on it.
21. Miami Dolphins (3-5, Last Week: 20)
If you think that the “wildcat” plays will help the Dolphins make the playoffs, you’re wrong.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4, Last Week: 24)
Even though I have them pretty low here, I honestly didn’t think the Jags would be 4-4 halfway into the season.
23. Washington Redskins (2-6, Last Week: 22)
The Redskins should probably throw in the towel and look toward 2010. Seriously, they should.
24. Buffalo Bills (3-5, Last Week: 25)
If the Bills want to see any sort playoff chances, this offense has GOT to get better.
25. Carolina Panthers (3-5, Last Week: 23)
As long as Jake Delhomme protects the ball, the Panthers can be a decent team.
26. Kansas City Chiefs (1-7, Last Week: 26)
The Chiefs helped cure the Jaguars' pass-rush problems in their loss at Jacksonville.
27. Tennessee Titans (2-6, Last Week: 28)
It’s official: the Titans are a MUCH better team with Vince Young at QB. The Titans are 0-6 with Collins starting and 2-0 with VY starting. I’m just saying…
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-7, Last Week: 29)
For the first time this season, I will give the Buccaneers huge credit for beating a much more talented Packers team.
29. Detroit Lions (1-7, Last Week: 27)
The Lions are 1-24 in their last 25 games. *Insert sound of car crash here*
30. Oakland Raiders (2-6, Last Week: 30)
Now let’s see what sort of cures the Raiders drew up during their bye week.
31. Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 31)
Who cares about who the Browns starting QB is going to be next Monday night, they’re going to lose, regardless.
32. St. Louis Rams (Last Week: 32)
The Rams have been outscored by a combined 144 points this season so far (worst in the NFL.)