Carter's NFL Power Rankings Entering Week 10: Titans Dethroned From Top Spot

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Carter's NFL Power Rankings Entering Week 10: Titans Dethroned From Top Spot
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1. Green Bay Packers (6-3)
Despite a lot of the injuries that the Packers have suffered, they proved on Sunday night that they have a lot of depth which is a key ingredient for a playoff run.

2. Tennessee Titans (5-3)
Coming off the bye week, the Titans will get more media attention with the addition of Randy Moss.

3. New York Giants (6-2)
The Giants are looking like the team to beat in the NFC East. In the end it could be a close call between them and the Eagles.

4. New York Jets (6-2)
The Jets are known for having a great defense with a good front line. But they seem to have a hard time getting to the quarterback.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
The Steelers escape with a win over the Bengals last night. They are now 3-1 this year with Ben Roethlisberger taking the snaps.

6. New Orleans Saints (6-3)
The win over the Panthers was probably the best game of the season for Sean Payton’s team.

7. Indianapolis Colts (5-3)
The Colts seem to have lost a step or two against the Eagles on Sunday. Let’s see if they get back on track against the sub-par Bengals next week.

8. Oakland Raiders (5-4)
It’s weird to think about but the Raiders are actually GOOD! I honestly think they have a great chance of winning the AFC West this year, as long as Darren McFadden stays healthy and consistent. If the Raiders can finally get good quarterback play, they could be a huge factor heading into late-December.

9. Atlanta Falcons (6-2)
The Falcons have held six of their last ten opponents to 278 or fewer yards and are now in the top ten in least total points against for the season.

10. San Diego Chargers (4-5)
Could the Chargers be making nice strides for a strong ending to a regular season after the bad start? I think so.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3)
With the loss to the Raiders, the Chiefs are only a half-game up on Oakland. They better not make any huge slip ups because they could miss the playoffs after a good start.

12. Baltimore Ravens (6-2)
The Ravens have given up more than 20 points only one time this season.

13. New England Patriots (6-2)
The Patriots are ranked 32nd in 3rd down defense. Shocking, I know…

14. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3)
After watching Michael Vick against the Colts, it seems to me like Vick is willing to do as much as he can and take the hardest hits as long as the Eagles win. 

15. Chicago Bears (5-3)
With the way they played in Week 9, they Bears better feel lucky that they played against the Bills.

16. Detroit Lions (2-6)
Despite only having two wins to this point, the Lions have outscored their opponents by a total of 15 points in their eight games. A big part of that was their 44-6 win over the Rams a few weeks back.

17. St. Louis Rams (4-4)
We could be witnessing a huge turnaround in St. Louis. The Rams could go from 1-15 last year to being the NFC West Champions this year.

18. Cleveland Browns (3-5)
The three wins over the Patriots, Saints, and Steelers. This leads one to believe that if the Browns somehow, some way make the playoffs they should not be a team to sleep on.

19. Minnesota Vikings (3-5)
Is anybody else confused about this whole Brett Favre/Brad Childress issue? I sure am. I don’t think they will be exchanging Christmas gifts to each other.

20. Washington Redskins (4-4)
With all the controversy surrounding Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan, a Monday-Night win over the Eagles would be a huge boost for the entire team.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (2-6)
If the Bengals don’t win every game from here on out, they are most likely out of the playoffs. Have fun, Bengals! Upcoming opponents: at Colts, vs. Bills, at Jets, vs. Saints, at Steelers, vs. Browns, vs. Chargers, at Ravens.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3)
The Buccaneers get my vote as the most overrated team in the entire NFL. Despite them having five wins to this point, they’ve been outscored by a combined 33 points.

23. Houston Texans (4-4)
The Texans are still contenders for the playoffs. Great running back, good quarterback, star wide receiver, and great players on defense. I still wouldn’t sleep on the Texans.

24. Miami Dolphins (4-4)
I thought the running game was supposed to be good. With guys like Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, this is disappointing.

25. San Francisco 49ers (2-6)
Two more losses and the 49ers could be out of the playoffs. Have fun, Troy Smith!

26. Seattle Seahawks (4-4)
Something tells me the Matt Hasselbeck-era is coming to a close after this year. I know he didn’t play last week but still….

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4)
The game against the Texans will be an interesting one. The Jaguars’ defense is terrible, but David Garrard has performed a bit better than Matt Schaub as of late and they won both games against the Texans last year.

28. Arizona Cardinals (3-5)
The Cardinals’ eight return touchdowns are covering up their terrible offense.

29. Denver Broncos (2-6)
Losers of four in a row and then a bye week. The Broncos need a win desperately and beating the Chiefs could make their win a bit more sweeter.

30. Dallas Cowboys (1-7)
Dear Jason Garrett: Good luck. You’re going to need a lot of it!

31. Buffalo Bills (0-8)
Ye,s the Bills are still a bad team but the switch from Trent Edwards to Ryan Fitzpatrick has proved to be a good one.

32. Carolina Panthers (1-7)
Strong prediction: The next NFL coach to get fired will be John Fox.

Top 10 Quarterbacks
1. Philip Rivers (Chargers)
2. Drew Brees (Saints)
3. Peyton Manning (Colts)
4. Eli Manning (Giants)
5. Aaron Rodgers (Packers)
6. Carson Palmer (Bengals)
7. Kyle Orton (Broncos)
8. Matt Ryan (Falcons)
9. Tom Brady (Patriots)
10. Joe Flacco (Ravens)

Top 10 Running Backs:
1. Arian Foster (Texans)
2. Adrian Peterson (Vikings)
3. Chris Johnson (Titans)
4. Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers)
5. Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants)
6. Darren McFadden (Raiders)
7. Peyton Hillis (Browns)
8. Michael Turner (Falcons)
9. LaDainian Tomlinson (Jets)
10. Jamaal Charles (Chiefs)
 
Top 10 Wide Receivers
1. Terrell Owens (Bengals)
2. Hakeem Nicks (Giants)
3. Roddy White (Falcons)
4. Brandon Lloyd (Broncos)
5. Calvin Johnson (Lions)
6. Steve Johnson (Bills)
7. Greg Jennings (Packers)
8. Reggie Wayne (Colts)
9. Mike Williams (Buccaneers)
10. Andre Johnson (Texans)

Top 10 Defensive Players
1. Clay Matthews (GB)
2. Cameron Wake (MIA)
3. DeMarcus Ware (DAL)
4. Tamba Hali (KC)
5. Jerod Mayo (NE)
6. Chad Greenway (MIN)
7. Stephen Tulloch (TEN)
8. DeAngelo Hall (WSH)
9. Aqib Talib (TB)
10. Alphonso Smith (DET)

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