Week 10 of the 2013 NFL season is almost upon us, and the excitement over the next week’s slate of games has the league at a fever pitch.
Football fans will be treated to blowouts, upsets and enough fun for an entire season this week, but here is how the NFL landscape currently looks after the Week 9 madness.
*All stats and information via NFL.com.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)
As the last undefeated team left the in the league, the Kansas City Chiefs deserve the top spot once again after holding off the Buffalo Bills in what was predicted by many to be a trap game. As long as Kansas City continues to play tough defensive football and runs the ball well, this could be the biggest single-season turnaround in NFL history.
2. Indianapolis Colts (6-2)
The Indianapolis Colts took everything the Houston Texans had on Sunday Night Football and still managed to steal the victory. Led by tough quarterback Andrew Luck, the Colts have proven to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
3. Denver Broncos (7-1)
Many fans forgot to talk about the Denver Broncos with the team on bye, but they are still one of the most dangerous franchises. As long as Peyton Manning stays healthy, the Broncos will prove to be the cream of the AFC crop.
4. Seattle Seahawks (8-1)
The Seattle Seahawks haven’t looked perfect this season, but a stellar defense and a consistent rushing attack has kept the team in every game. With as much grit as any organization in the NFL, Seattle will continue to win the close games.
5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
The San Francisco 49ers are coming into Week 10 with five straight victories, and the battle against Seattle for the divisional win in the NFC West is turning out to be the most intriguing of the season.
6. New England Patriots (7-2)
After the emergence of tight end Rob Gronkowski as an elite player once again, it is clear that the New England Patriots have the potential to be a sleeper championship contender. It’s hard to imagine New England as a sleeper, but after a horrible start and a turnaround performance, the team is legitimate once again.
7. New Orleans Saints (6-2)
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints were upset on the road by the New York Jets in Week 9, but a matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in New Orleans Sunday night could be the perfect remedy to the defensive issues plaguing the team.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3)
The Cincinnati Bengals have the talent to be a legitimate contender, but a tough loss to the Miami Dolphins and a season-ending injury to defensive tackle Geno Atkins, per Joe Reedy of the USA Today, have created the perfect storm of panic.
9. Green Bay Packers (5-2)
The Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. The team will win big again.
10. Detroit Lions (5-3)
After having a week to get healthy during the bye, the Detroit Lions must come out of the gate fast to ensure a strong finish to the season. The team has the talent to make the postseason, but Detroit must toughen up in the secondary to be a serious threat.
11. Chicago Bears (4-3)
The Chicago Bears' position in this week’s power rankings could change dramatically with how they perform this week against Green Bay, but it is clear that this team is better with veteran Jay Cutler on the field.
12. Carolina Panthers (5-3)
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers offense hasn’t played up to expectations, but the franchise is being saved by the talented defensive unit. As one of the best in the league at taking the ball away, Carolina could be on a collision course with a wild-card spot.
13. New York Jets (5-4)
The New York Jets bounced back from a devastating loss in Week 9 to beat the vaunted Saints Sunday afternoon. With the defense stepping up and the offense proving that it is at its best when running the ball, Gang Green would be dangerous if the team could find consistency.
14. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
The Dallas Cowboys still possess one of the most talented offensive units in the NFL, but a lackluster defensive effort at times will put quarterback Tony Romo in bad positions. For every game he wins in the fourth quarter, he loses twice as many.
15. San Diego Chargers (4-4)
The San Diego Chargers suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Washington Redskins this week in overtime, but the strong performance from Philip Rivers and the offense is a positive sign moving forward.
16. Tennessee Titans (4-4)
While the inconsistency is a serious concern, the Tennessee Titans have a very talented cast of characters. If QB Jake Locker can continue to build a rapport with teammates and the rushing attack can find its rhythm, Tennessee will continue to be tough.
17. Miami Dolphins (4-4)
The Miami Dolphins stunned the world and beat Cincinnati last Thursday, but the team must do a better job protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill if the Dolphins want a chance to contend in the tough AFC East.
18. Baltimore Ravens (3-5)
The Baltimore Ravens are a shell of the team that won the Super Bowl in 2012, and another tough loss against a divisional foe will send the franchise into a tailspin. Add in a Week 10 game against the Bengals this week, and Baltimore is in trouble.
19. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)
The Philadelphia Eagles are going through wholesale changes this season but have still managed to find some success. With second-year quarterback Nick Foles throwing for seven touchdowns, the future is bright in Philadelphia.
20. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
The Arizona Cardinals are one of the hardest teams to dissect each week because of the inconsistency on both sides of the ball. While the defense has remained the better of the two groups, the offensive woes have dampened the hopes in Arizona.
21. St. Louis Rams (3-6)
Despite losing quarterback Sam Bradford for the season with a knee injury, the St. Louis Rams have continued to fight. While a tough schedule will result in even more heartbreak, the team will not go out without a fight.
22. Cleveland Browns (4-5)
The Cleveland Browns haven’t closed out games well, but with a terrific defense and a strong offensive line leading the charge, there is always a chance the Browns can pull off the upset each and every week.
23. Washington Redskins (3-5)
It’s clear that Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins offense is rounding into elite shape, but the defense is still hemorrhaging points. Unless Washington can clean up its issues defensively, the Redskins will continue to slide.
24. Oakland Raiders (3-5)
After being decimated by the Eagles, the Oakland Raiders fall down the rankings once again. The team has found little consistency on either side of the ball this season, and that was on full display Sunday.
25. Buffalo Bills (3-6)
The Buffalo Bills were picked by many to be the team that stopped the undefeated Chiefs, but a lackluster performance at home resulted in yet another loss. The season continues to go from bad to worse.
26. Houston Texans (2-6)
Despite having the sheer talent and skill to stay in every game this season, the Houston Texans once again chocked away a victory Sunday night. The team hopes it will find its third win this week against Arizona.
27. New York Giants (2-6)
New York limped into the bye with just two victories, but a Week 10 matchup against the Raiders could be the opportunity the Giants need to shine in the porous NFC East.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6)
There was a time when the Pittsburgh Steelers were known for the tough run-first offensive mindset and the tough defensive style. With aging players and a lack of protection from the O-line, this has been a shell of a perennial championship contending team.
29. Atlanta Falcons (2-6)
The Atlanta Falcons were dominated by Carolina this week and are now heading into a meeting with Seattle Sunday. As if things couldn’t get any worse, expect Atlanta to lose big once again.
30. Minnesota Vikings (1-7)
The Minnesota Vikings have the best running back in the NFL with Adrian Peterson but do not possess the talent to surround him with on offense. Add in a lackluster defense, and the disappointment will continue moving forward.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)
The only reason the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t lose this week was because the team was on bye.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have played like a team with nothing to lose, but that still wasn’t enough to earn their first win of the season. Now the team will be featured on Week 10's Monday Night Football.