NFL Power Rankings Week 10: Patriots Fall After Browns Blowout, So Who's No. 1?

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer INovember 8, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 10: Patriots Fall After Browns Blowout, So Who's No. 1?

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates their victory over the New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    NFL Week 10 Power Rankings are starting to take shape with one game left to play. But who's No. 1 with the Patriots upset and the Steelers projected to win tonight?

    The Saints and Giants came out and did what they had to do this week, beating bad teams they were supposed to beat while it just gets uglier for Cowboys fans.

    Hope is stirring towns like Oakland and Atlanta, but there is plenty of football to get through before the playoffs really start to take shape.

    Power Rankings aren't necessarily based on record, but record is a major component.

    Read on for the complete list.

The Bottom Two

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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 07: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills reacts after Corey McIntyre #38 (not shown) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears at Rogers Centre on November 7, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Chicago won 22-19.  (Photo by Rick Stewa
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    32. Buffalo Bills: This team can't win on the road, at home, or their home away from home. They are the only winless team left in the league.

    31. Carolina Panthers: The Panthers should be ranked last, but they have a victory, something the Bills can't seem to find this year.

One Step Up From The Bottom

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    GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 07: Alan Ball #20 of the Dallas Cowboys sacks Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 7, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    30. Dallas Cowboys: If Wade Phillips still has a job come Tuesday, I'll be surprised. Given how bad this season has become, what's the point of keeping Phillips? He's a dead man walking and no player is going to listen to a guy on his way out.

    29. Denver Broncos: The Broncos were off this week, but that just means they didn't get any worse.

Scrambling For Answers

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Troy Smith #1 of San Francisco 49ers looks for a pass during the NFL International Series match between Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on October 31, 2010 in London, England. This is the fourth occ
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    28. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals probably are going to lose tonight, so they fall below the 49ers. The Bengals have an offense that isn't good despite a bunch of talent that should say different, and their defense is inconsistent at best.

    27. San Francisco 49ers:  The Niners were idle this week, but they're still a very bad team. However, Troy Smith looked okay in his first start with the team last week, and there's hope he could be the answer, at least for the rest of 2010.

Teams That Should Be Better

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass against the Arizona Cardinals at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 7, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Vikings won 27-24 in overtime. (Photo by Stephe
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    26. Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have a defense that can't stop much of anything and so many questions at quarterback, the Redskins are jealous.

    25. Minnesota Vikings:  Beating a struggling team in overtime isn't cause for celebration, and the Vikings certainly didn't do that in the posgame press conference as Ray Childress and Brett Favre took shots at each other..

Missing Pieces

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    DETROIT - NOVEMBER 07:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions lays on the ground after being sacked by Bryan Thomas #58 of the New York Jets during the third quarter of the game at Ford Field on November 7, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Jets defeated
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    24. Detroit Lions: The Lions lost, but they played well and there's a good chance if they don't make mistakes in the final drive of the fourth quarter, the Lions win that game. Matthew Stafford is hurt again, but he may have come back from the shoulder injury too early.

    23. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have no offense and no defense to speak of at the moment, and it's amazing they're ranked this high with how bad the last two weeks have been.

Dealing With Issues

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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 07: Jay Cutler #6 and Olin Kreutz #57  of the Chicago Bears celebrate Earl Bennett's game winning touchdown against the Buffalo Bills  at Rogers Centre on November 7, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Chicago won 22-19. (Photo by Rick Stewar
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    22. Washington Redskins: The Redskins were idle this week, but their soap opera is threatening to ruin the 2010 season, if it hasn't already.

    21. Chicago Bears: The Bears beat the Buffalo Bills, but it took all four quarters. Jay Cutler didn't throw any picks, so they have that going for them this week. The Bears will continue to hang around this part of the rankings until they can find an offensive line, and start putting more points on the board.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Derek Cox #21 of the Dallas Cowboys returns an interception for positive yards in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Ima
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    Last Week: 19

    The Jaguars were idle this week, and movement around them dropped them a spot, but the Jaguars are a team worth paying attention to this year as their 4-4 record is much better than a lot of their games would suggest.

19. St. Louis Rams

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams hands the ball off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 19

    As with the Jags, the Rams were idle this week and dropped a spot due to movement from other teams. Sam Bradford, though, is proving to be a really good pick, and the Rams now have a legitimate chance of winning the NFC West, which they currently are leading.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 07:  Mike Williams #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulls in this reception against Brent Grimes #20 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 7, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 16

    The Bucs lose a few spots in the rankings after a loss to Atlanta, but the game was close and the Bucs still are a team to watch going forward. This division race is far from settled.

17. Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Matt Schaub walks off the field after throwing an interception to San Diego Charger Paul Oliver at Reliant Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 14

    The Texans continue to lose games to quality opponents, and that's something Texan fans need to be worried about. The Chargers, despite their record, are turning in their usual "Get on fire in the second half of the season" engine.

    Plus, the Texans can't seem to put it all together like they were in the first third of the season, which brings up all other kinds of questions about how the Texans can get back on track and finish the season.

16. Miami Dolphins

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    BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 7:  Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Dolphins 26-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 11

    The Dolphins are showing more and more signs that they are as inconsistent and sketchy as many feared coming out of training camp.

    The Dolphins came out of training camp an enigma as far as the ability to take the talent they had and win games with it. As the season is progressing, more and more holes are being punched through the Dolphins exterior, and this season is starting to take a dark turn.

    Not all is lost yet, but the Dolphins have to get themselves in better positions to win games, especially at home.

15. Cleveland Browns

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns leaves the field after their victory over the New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 20

    I got some heat for ranking the Browns 20th last week, and look what happened. The Browns are a much better team than their 3-5 record indicates. They played the Bucs and the Chiefs very close before losing in the fourth quarter, and have had the lead going into halftime of every game but one this year.

    Colt McCoy has instantly made this team much better, Peyton Hillis runs over everybody, and Rob Ryan's UFO defense now has completely neutralized the defending Super Bowl champions and Bill Belichick's Patriots.

    While the Browns playoff hopes still are slim, they announced to the world yesterday that they finally are on the comeback trail.

14. San Diego Chargers

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 07:  Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers looks on during game action against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 17

    The Chargers continue their second half surge trend of recent years, holding on to beat a tenacious Texan team on a final drive mistake by Andre Johnson.

    The Chargers should continue to rise in the rankings if they keep taking advantage of other team's mistakes instead of the other way around.

13. Indianapolis Colts

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 8

    Injuries and a pourous offensive line are catching up with Peyton Manning and the Colts. The Colts had a lot of depth on offense to start the year, but just about everybody seems to be injured now, and Manning's protection wasn't all that great versus the Eagles yesterday.

    The Colts still can hope some of their injured come back this season, but their road to the Super Bowl just got a whole lot bumpier.

12. Kansas City Chiefs

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs is sacked against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 5

    The Chiefs are showing the warning signs all rebuilding teams show at some point, the inability to put a complete game together week after week.

    Not that the Raiders are a pushover anymore, but in this battle of rebuilding teams, the Raiders got the edge, and now Kansas City has to go back and figure out how to seal those cracks the Raiders exploited.

11. Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jason Campbell #8 hands the ball off to Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed
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    Last Week: 15

    The Raiders proved on Sunday they have the edge over Kansas City in the AFC West, and they also proved again they are a team to be respected going forward.

    The Raiders may not be ready to win a Super Bowl, but don't be surprised now to see them in the playoffs. The AFC West is not locked down by any means with seven weeks to go.

10. Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Colts 26-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/
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    Last Week: 13

    The Eagles played a good, close game with the Colts, but Michael Vick looked crazy good out there.

    With a victory over a potential playoff team, the Eagles begin to rise again in the rankings.

    DeSean Jackson had a good day in his return to the field, and Andy Reid outlasted the offensive monster that is Peyton Manning.

9. New England Patriots

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns  at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 2

    The Patriots took their worst beating in recent memory from the upstart Cleveland Browns, so there's no way they remain in the Top 5 after that.

    Bill Belichick's defense could not stop Peyton Hillis, allowed young rookie quarterback Colt McCoy to make plays when he needed to, and Tom Brady may as well have stayed home with how effective he was.

    The last touchdown in the fourth quarter was a gimmee, and it's not going to be a fun week of practice in New England.

8. New Orleans Saints

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints calls a play against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 9

    The Saints move up a spot by doing what they were supposed to do and destroying a clearly inferior team.

    The Saints were playing these kinds of games closer earlier in the season, so it's looking better for the Saints as we move into the second half of the season.

7. Tennessee Titans

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans drops back to pass against the San Diego Chargers in the game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25.  (Photo by
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    Last Week: 4

    The Tennessee Titans were idle this week, but they picked up Randy Moss off of waivers, which automatically drops them a few spots because of the havoc this guy can create in the locker room if his ego isn't happy with something.

    It's the truth. If Vince Young has a bad day, Moss will quit playing and the drama will ramp up.

6. New York Jets

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    DETROIT - NOVEMBER 07: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets throws a pass during the overtime period of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 7, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Jets defeated the Lions 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Le
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    Last Week: 10

    The Jets rallied to beat the rapidly improving Detroit Lions, but they needed overtime to do it.

    That being said, Mark Sanchez rose to the occassion at the end of the game and Santonio Holmes proved why he's still one of the best receivers in the game.

    Now they get the Browns this week, and we'll see if the Jets become the latest victim in Mangini's war on former employers.

5. Atlanta Falcons

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 07:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by Sean Jones #26 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Georgia Dome on November 7, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 7

    The Falcons proved they are real contenders by beating the Buccaneers Sunday. Some questionable wins earlier in the season raised some doubt the Falcons were as good as their record, but Sunday's game should put some of those questions to rest.

    The Falcons now control the division, and it's up to another team to take it from them.

4. Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 07: Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on November 7, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 45-7. (Photo by Jona
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    Last Week: 12

    The Packers beat the Cowboys, which isn't news, but it did allow the Packers to get more momentum moving forward.

    Not sure we learned anything from last night's beatdown, but the fact the Packers did dominate a much weaker, disorganized team speaks well of the coaching staff.

3. Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 7:  Willis McGahee #23 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Dolphins 26-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 6

    The Ravens defense finally showed up and played like they are supposed to and crushed the Dolphins in the second half.

    If the Ravens defense is firing on all cylinders again, that's bad news for the rest of the league.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: 3

    This ranking is based on the prediction they will win against Cincinnati tonight. If the Steelers lose, you can drop them several spots for that.

    But beating the Bengals only moves the Steelers up one spot since the Bengals have been so bad this year. The Steelers still are on the league's elite teams, and a genuine threat to win the Super Bowl.

1. New York Giants

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    SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 07:  Tight end Kevin Boss #89 of the New York Giants is congratulated by quarterback Eli Manning #10 after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 7, 2010 in Seattle, Washington.
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    Last Week: 1

    The Giants hold on to the top spot two weeks in a row after demolishing the Seattle Seahawks 45-7 on Sunday.

    The Giants offense and Eli Manning are a scoring threat every time they take the field, and the Giants defense is turning into an unbeatable monster.

    If the Giants don't make it to at least the NFC Championship game at this point, something went horribly wrong.