NFL Power Rankings Week 10: One Reason to Watch Each Team in Coming Weeks

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04:  Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown on an interception against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 4, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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If you're a diehard NFL fan, every game is worth watching.

Whether the team is good or bad, obsessive fans of the gridiron can find a reason to watch anything. One player, playing style or play can change that on a dime, and that's what makes the league so fun.

This year is no different. As we enter the second half of the season, each and every team has something that should make you turn on your television.

Let's power rank every NFL team and figure out why you should watch them in the coming weeks.

1. Atlanta Falcons

It's always worth watching any team chase an undefeated record, even if it's a pipe dream.

2. Houston Texans

J.J. Watt and Arian Foster are two elite players at two high-exposure positions. I guess that's two reasons, but they're just that good.

3. Chicago Bears

The Bears' defense isn't just good, it's exciting. No team makes you feel like a turnover is coming like these guys. Sadly, that goes for Jay Cutler as well.

4. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers defense is startling at times, and the talent is deep on all three levels.

5. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers can hit players in the seam like this:

If you like passing, this is the team to watch.

6. Baltimore Ravens

Watching Joe Flacco walk the fine line between above average and mediocre is constantly entertaining. Without a dominant defense to back him, he's facing more pressure than ever.

7. New England Patriots

Tom Brady still has it. The veteran signal-caller is still one of the league's top passers. He's fifth in the league in passing touchdowns, second in passing yards and sixth in passer rating. As long as he's doing that, this team is worth paying attention to.

Adding to that are the Patriots' other positive elements this season. A dangerous run game gives Brady a crutch when necessary, and Stevan Ridley is capable of being much more than that. His shifty north-south running fits New England's offense and forces defenses to respect Brady more.

Defensively, New England still gives up too many big plays through the air, but Vince Wilfork anchors one of the league's most underrated run defenses. That's more than the Patriots could say last year.

Whether you like him or not, Brady runs the quarterback position like a prodigy. His understanding of the offense and feel for the position makes him must-watch television.

8. Denver Broncos

If you're impatient, Peyton Manning can be excruciating to watch at the line of scrimmage. But, come on, it's Peyton Manning. If you call yourself a football fan, watching him play quarterback is as good as it gets.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger is elite in terms of wins and ability. His Houdini-escape attempts in the pocket every week are breathtaking and completely unique for his position.

10. New York Giants

Jason Pierre-Paul does something every week that makes me do a double take. Even when Eli Manning struggles and the Giants lose, JPP is an unparalleled athlete at defensive end.

11. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle isn't all that fun to watch offensively, but if you enjoy watching hulking defensive backs head hunt in the secondary, this is your team. Toughness and a blue-collar attitude make the Seahawks a dangerous team week in and week out.

12. Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson's knee is more than OK, as you can see here:

The Vikings ball-carrier has reestablished himself as one of the league's best running backs. He tore through an elite defense in Seattle on Sunday, making an even bigger case for himself.

Minnesota doesn't play a particularly exciting brand of football, but AD's violent running style is truly remarkable sometimes. It's no wonder he gets hurt, but who could stop him? It's what makes him who he is, and his production is tough to understate when he's on.

It's great to have Peterson back at full strength, and he's picked up right where he left off. His presence alone can grab the Vikings a victory any time.

13. Indianapolis Colts

Anyone and everyone was excited to watch Andrew Luck coming into this season. Luck's record-breaking performance on Sunday made the wait worthwhile. Not only did he throw for 400-plus yards, but he also led a comeback over the Dolphins.

This kid is the real deal. He doesn't have Robert Griffin III's athleticism, but he's as savvy as it gets. The Colts aren't a great team overall, but he has them as winners of three straight games. Going 4-1 at home so far helps as well.

Luck has all the tools necessary to succeed in a big way. He's mobile, has a big arm and a vast understanding of the game. As his teammates improve around him, Indianapolis should continue to improve.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Just watch this video, and it will all become clear:

Doug Martin is very good and he's only going to get better. Look out, folks.

15. Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill's development is right there with Luck's, and it's not nearly as expected. Despite concerns regarding his experience at the college level, Tannehill has handled himself expertly this season.

Having Reggie Bush and runs like this helps:

But the Dolphins' rookie is still playing well in his own right. He has an above-average arm, excellent mobility and has caught on very quickly to the NFL game.

Miami isn't a playoff team yet, but it appears that it made the right choice in selecting Tannehill in the last draft. He's proven to have moxie, and the physical tools are all there.

16.  San Diego Chargers

Do you like watching teams find ways to lose games? If you do, watch Norv Turner's tenure in San Diego draw to a close (finally).

17. Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo is fun to watch in a good way sometimes, using his feet to make plays outside of the pocket, but then he throws an unexplainable pass to the other team. Either way, he makes me laugh.

18. Detroit Lions

It's always fun to see which Lions team will show up. Inconsistency has doomed them this year, but the talent on offense is undeniable.

19. Arizona Cardinals

It's fun to watch John Skelton try and throw accurate passes. Other than that, though, this Cardinals team is in a tragic tailspin.

20. Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are only fun to watch if you dislike them. If you're a fan, even I feel your pain. This team should be really fun to watch, but they've made "shooting yourself in the foot" into a 60-minute game plan.

21. Oakland Raiders

Carson Palmer has weapons to throw to, and they will be fun to watch moving forward. It's also fun to watch Palmer throw interceptions in terrible moments.

22. St. Louis Rams

Talk about a nondescript team. Jeff Fisher has these guys playing scrappy, blue-collar football. It's nothing flashy, but it works if the other team isn't paying attention.

23. Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton has thrown an interception in every game this season, but some of his passes also land in A.J. Green's hands. When that happens, your television should have an alarm that tells you to tune in.

24. New York Jets

It's fun to watch Rex Ryan get mad, and it's really fun to hear him say anything positive about this team after the game. On the field, though, nothing is that fun to watch.

25. Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III and the Redskins have struggled lately, but that doesn't take away from this kid's dynamic ability. He doesn't have much help, but the future is extremely bright.

26. New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees, three wins or not, is still a wizard behind center. It's worth watching this team attempt to climb out of a hole and retain some dignity in the second half of the season.

27. Buffalo Bills

Even though they split carries, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are exciting. Few teams boast two running backs who can take it to the house at any time.

28. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton has been incredibly inconsistent, but he's still fun to watch.

29. Cleveland Browns

Believe it or not, the Browns can be fun to watch at times. Trent Richardson is a budding star, and this extremely young team looks half competent at times. Then, Brandon Weeden remembers that he's an absurdly old rookie and throws another pick.

30. Tennessee Titans

Chris Johnson has had two excellent games in a row, so he can qualify for a team that has looked really, really bad at times.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are your team if you don't like watching a team move the ball offensively. Don't count on their defense either.

32. Kansas City Chiefs

If you enjoy the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard, watching people fall down or tuning in to sad movies, watch Kansas City.


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