NFL Power Rankings Week 10:
After this past weekend of NFL football, we sure have quite a bit to talk about:
The Dallas Cowboys just can't seem to get it together, and they'll start this week with a new coach.
The Pittsburgh Steelers held off the Cincinnati Bengals for yet another win.
And is it just me, or did a ridiculous amount of games go into overtime this past Sunday?
Well, the dust has settled from this weekend, and some teams have proven themselves to be some very solid contenders.
Well, not so much,
Here are the NFL Power Rankings coming into Week 10 of NFL football.
These teams didn't quite make the cut this week:
32 (32). Buffalo Bills: I was convinced that this would be the week the Bills would pull off their first win, but they blew it!
31 (29). Dallas Cowboys: Maybe a change at head coach will pull the Cowboys out of the deep, deep hole they've been digging all season.
30 (31). Carolina Panthers: It is unfortunate that a team this bad is in such a strong division. Good luck against the Bucs next week!
29 (25). Cincinnati Bengals: Something is wrong in Cincinnati this season. How does a team go from sweeping the AFC North to starting Week 10 with a 2-6 record?
28 (28). Denver Broncos: The Broncos have lost four in a row, and things won't get easier when they come off a bye to play the Chiefs.
27 (30). San Francisco 49ers: I still want to believe in the Niners this season.
26 (27). Detroit Lions: If the Lions don't start winning some games, this will be the last time I rank them this high for the rest of the season. Come on, Detroit! You're better than that!
25 (24). Arizona Cardinals: After that win over the Saints in Week 5, the Cardinals have lost three in a row.
24 (23). Minnesota Vikings: Brett Favre performed well in the clutch for an overtime victory over the Cardinals.
23 (19). Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags may have defeated the Dallas Cowboys, but that's not saying much.
22 (20). Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have been outscored by their last two opponents 74-10.
21 (21). St. Louis Rams: Going from the worst team in the league to the top of the NFC West? I'd say this Sam Bradford kid is really working out for the Rams.
Last Week's Rank: 26
Why They Climb: The Browns have won their last two games, and normally we wouldn't get very excited about a two-game winning streak...
But the Browns' last two opponents were the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots.
The best thing about these wins? They were no flukes.
There were no last-second mistakes mixed with some luck.
The Browns beat the Saints 30-17 and the Pats 34-14.
With Peyton Hillis and Colt McCoy, the Browns have developed an identity on offense, and their defense has been great all season.
Last Week's Rank: 18
Why They Fall: The Skins haven't had a convincing victory since Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams, and things won't get easier when they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
At the start of the season, the Redskins seemed to have lucked out with the acquisition of Donovan McNabb, but some questionable decisions from Mike Shanahan may indicate that there's some trouble in paradise...or in this case, D.C.
Last Week's Rank: 22
Why They Climb: Finally!
My boy Philip Rivers and company are starting to look like the San Diego Chargers for the first time this season.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised.
Come on, Bolts. We know you like to play "hard-to-get" at the beginning of every season, but now it's just getting predictable.
Last Week's Rank: 13
Why They Fall: At the beginning of the season, I thought the Houston Texans were the team to beat in the AFC South, but now they're at third place.
They need to get it together.
The Texans have lost two in a row, and while that is not a losing streak (yet), Houston needs to contemplate all meanings of the word "defense" in order to save their season.
Last Week's Rank: 17
Why They Climb: I was all but ready to stick a fork in the Chicago Bears, but they pulled off the win over the Bills on Sunday.
We'll see if they can continue their momentum against the Vikings this weekend.
Last Week's Rank: 15
Why They Stay the Same: Even after a tough loss to the Baltimore Ravens, I still think that Miami has one hell of a football team.
The Dolphins' defense will have a real test when they take on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, but if this team can gain some momentum, they could really contend for the top of their strong division.
Last Week's Rank: 14
Why They Stay the Same: The Bucs lost the battle for a top spot in the NFC South against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, but I expect them to win at least their next two games.
Last Week's Rank: 11
Why They Fall: The Chiefs came out of the gate with guns blazing, but they seem to have lost some of their early-season momentum.
They almost lost to the Bills in Week 8, and they finally fell to the Oakland Raiders in Week 9.
Last Week's Rank: 9
Why They Fall: The Titans take a dive in their bye week after a lack-luster performance in Week 8 against the San Diego Chargers.
Time will tell if the addition of Randy Moss will help or hinder the Titans' offense.
Last Week's Rank: 16
Why They Climb: I simply cannot say enough about the Oakland Raiders this season.
They have won three games in a row (two by complete blowout), and they will have a week off to rest up for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Last Week's Rank: 10
Why They Stay the Same: After a disappointing loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Saints have been trying to get a winning streak going.
They defeated the dominant Pittsburgh Steelers, and they killed the Carolina Panthers.
One more, and I'll be convinced.
Last Week's Rank: 5
Why They Fall: The Colts have been confusing me all season. Just when I think they have some momentum started, they take a dive.
Week 8's victory over the Houston Texans showcased the Peyton Manning that I'm used to, but then the Colts turn around and lose to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Last Week's Rank: 8
Why They Stay The Same: Sure the Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, but who hasn't this season?
Still, the Pack is on a winning streak after Sunday's victory, and they'll take a bye to prepare for the struggling Minnesota Vikings.
Last Week's Rank: 12
Why They Climb: Michael Vick is back in action, and the Eagles are looking like one of the best teams in the NFC.
The Eagles will look to gain some more momentum (and some revenge for an early season loss) as they travel to D.C. to take on the Redskins.
Last Week's Rank: 4
Why They Fall: The Jets got shut out at home by the Green Bay Packers, and they just barely got past the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
The preseason hype seems to be wearing off for the Jets right about now.
Last Week's Rank: 1
Why They Fall: The Pats suffered a really tough loss at the hands of the Cleveland Browns.
They may have been the best team in the league until this past weekend, but now they're not looking so hot.
New England will have to get it together if they want a shot at defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Last Week's Rank: 6
Why They Climb: The Falcons are at the top of what looks like the strongest division in the NFC, and they proved themselves on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last Week's Rank: 7
Why They Climb: I've said it before, and I'll say it again. The New York Giants are the best team in the NFC, and my thoughts were confirmed when they absolutely destroyed the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
The Giants also have that "intimidation factor" that goes into creating a dominant football team.
Last Week's Rank: 2
Why They Stay The Same: The Ravens had a great win over the very talented Miami Dolphins on Sunday, and they are tied for first in the toughest division in the NFL.
Last Week's Rank: 3
Why They Climb: Does this one really surprise you?
I may be a Steelers fan, but it's pretty hard to argue with Pittsburgh's dominance.
Even when it looked like the Cincinnati Bengals would make a comeback, the Steelers laughed and said, "try again in five weeks."