NFL Power Rankings Week 10: NFC Teams Gain on AFC, But Who's No. 1 This Week?

Drake Oz@drakeozbrSenior Writer IINovember 9, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 10: NFC Teams Gain on AFC, But Who's No. 1 This Week?

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 08:  Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates in the endzone with Antwaan Randle El #82 and Mike Wallace #17 after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 8, 2010 in Cincinnati
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    NFL Power Rankings Week 10 are here, and it's time to rank all 32 teams from the bottom to the very top of the league.

    While it was a busy week for most teams, six squads—the Broncos, 49ers, Jaguars, Rams, Redskins and Titans—got the weekend off and sat back to watch the rest of the league do their work for them.

    We witnessed some major shakeups in the rankings this week, with some teams in the NFL's upper echelon surprisingly biting the dust this week.

    We also saw teams like the Chargers and Vikings take one step closer toward saving their seasons and squads like the Cowboys have their season go up in smoke.

    We've also got a new No. 1 at the top after the Patriots stumbled.

    So who took advantage and is the best team in the NFL right now?

    Let's take a look at the NFL Power Rankings Week 10 to find out.

32-21: The Fat Lady's Beginning To Sing

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys stands in the huddle with his head down against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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    32. Dallas Cowboys: Everybody loses in the NFL, but the Cowboys showed zero effort on Sunday night. (Last Week: 30)

    31. Buffalo Bills: Buffalo continues to hang tough, but they're still the only winless team in the league. (Last Week: 32)

    30. Carolina Panthers: Matt Moore's out for the season, so is it Jimmy Clausen or Tony Pike? Better yet, does it matter? (Last Week: 31)

    29. Denver Broncos: Denver had a bye this week, so at least they didn't have to lose again. (Last Week: 29)

    28. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are done following their loss to the Steelers, and they're playing for nothing more than pride now. (Last Week: 27)

    27. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have been outscored 74-10 the past two games. Wow, did they look awful too. (Last Week: 21)

    26. Arizona Cardinals: I'd be surprised if the Cardinals win more than two games the rest of the way. They're just not very good. (Last Week: 26)

    25. San Francisco 49ers: I wonder what Mike Singletary did on his week off. Hopefully for him, he's got his team turned around. (Last Week: 25)

    24. Minnesota Vikings: Sorry, Minnesota, but a win over Arizona just isn't that big of a deal. (Last Week: 28)

    23. Detroit Lions: The Lions were incredibly close to upsetting the Jets, but they still lost the game. (Last Week: 24)

    22. Jacksonville Jaguars: Still in shock over David Garrard's performance against the Cowboys two weeks ago. (Last Week: 23)

    21. Chicago Bears: The Bears won against the Bills but continue to look less impressive each week. (Last Week: 20)

20. Tampa Bay (Last Week: 15)

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walks off the field after their 27-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 7, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Alright, so the Buccaneers are the best team in the NFC, huh?

    I know they played the Falcons pretty close this week, but they should try being one of the top two teams in their division before thinking about the entire conference.

19. Washington Redskins (Last Week: 18)

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 31: Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washigton Redkins warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 31, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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    I'm guessing that the chances are pretty slim that Donovan McNabb joins Mike Shanahan and his family for Thanksgiving dinner this year.

    Anyway, the Redskins sat at home this week, but I'm hoping for fans of this team that someone slapped some sense into Shanahan this week. 

    Rex Grossman isn't taking you anywhere.

18. Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 22)

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 and Alex Mack #55 of the Cleveland Browns celebrate after a touchdown against the New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Ge
    Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

    The Broncos organization has got to literally be kicking themselves for trading Peyton Hillis for Brady Quinn right about now. 

    No one can say that they knew the trade would be this lopsided, but I bet no one in Denver was too happy when Hillis carried the Browns to a huge victory over the Patriots this week.

    I'm starting to believe in Cleveland a little more every week.

17. San Diego Chargers (Last Week: 19)

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks down field for an open receiver against the Tennessee Titans in the game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Tit
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    I actually wrote an article last week saying the Chargers would win the AFC West, and I naturally got blasted for it.

    Well, they still have a top-five offense and defense, and they're now just one game below .500.

    I'm sticking with that pick.

16. St. Louis Rams (Last Week: 17)

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks for an open receiver 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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    The Rams sat at home this week, but I've got 'em moving up a spot because they're way better than anyone thought they would be.

    Sam Bradford's got a shot at Rookie of the Year, and St. Louis has already exceeded every expectation imaginable. 

15. Houston Texans (Last Week: 14)

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 07:  Dan Orlovsky #7 of the Houston Texans reacts after a late interception by San Diego was not overturned on a challenge at Reliant Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    I wonder if the Texans think their secondary can get shredded every week and they'll still win football games.

    Seriously, you can't give up 295 yards and four touchdowns and still expect to win.

    Houston's in trouble if it can't get that defense turned around.

14. Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 11)

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    CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 31:  Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Ronnie Brown rushed for 59 yards this week, and Chad Henne had 34 pass attempts with three interceptions.

    That's not how Miami is going to win football games.

    But I can't drop the Fins too low because it was their first road loss in five roads game so far, which is pretty impressive.

13. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 12)

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs against Mike Mitchell #34 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty
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    The Chiefs lost in overtime to the Raiders this week, but I'm more worried about Todd Haley's coaching than I am about the team itself.

    When will he realize that Jamaal Charles (10 carries, 53 yards) is the answer rather than Thomas Jones (19 carries, 32 yards)?

    I mean, every week he hands the ball to Jones, and I just don't understand it.

12. Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 16)

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 31:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders claps his hands after the Raiders scored their last touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 31, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra S
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    The Raiders are slowly starting to climb up this list, and I think it's time that other teams start to take notice.

    Quarterback Jason Campbell has five touchdowns and just one interception during Oakland's three-game winning streak, and that should scare teams who worry about stopping the Raiders' run game.

11. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 11)

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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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    Eagles quarterback Michael Vick picked up right where he left off this week, with a nice little performance in a big win over the Indianapolis Colts.

    It should definitely be interesting to see the Vick-led Eagles and the Giants duke it out for the NFC East crown.

10. Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 10)

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    FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 31:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings runs onto the field before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    Who's as excited for the Randy Moss experiment in Tennessee as I am?

    Moss arrived at Titans headquarters yesterday, and I'm ready to see how he meshes with Jeff Fisher, Vince Young and the team in general.

    At the very least, I'm thinking that Moss provides Young with a reliable target while Kenny Britt is sidelined with an injury.

9. New England Patriots (Last Week: 1)

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play 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, I had the Patriots as the first team other than the Jets and the Steelers to top these rankings.

    Well, they absolutely dropped the ball with a 20-point loss against the Browns this week, and plummeted down these rankings quicker than any team so far this season.

8. New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 9)

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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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    The Saints are fresh off a 34-3 dismantling of the Panthers, and the team seems to finally have righted the ship after that rocky start that sent half the city into panic mode.

    One thing's now certain though: the Saints bandwagon is filling up mighty quickly once again.

    Let's just see how long that lasts.

7. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 2)

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on 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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    Peyton Manning attempted 52 passes against the Eagles this week.

    I don't care who he is. It's never a good thing when you have to throw the ball that much.

    The Colts need to get something going in the running game if they want to stick around all season.

6. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 7)

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 07:  Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes upfield against Quincy Black #58 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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    When Matt Ryan completes 67 percent of his passes and Michael Turner rushes for 100 yards, it means good things for the Falcons.

    That's what Atlanta got this week out of its two offensive stars on the way to a huge NFC South victory over the Buccaneers.

    The Falcons are beginning to establish themselves as a legitimate Super Bowl threat.

5. Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 8)

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    GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 07: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers rolls out to look for a receiver against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on November 7, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Alright, so the Packers only beat the lowly Cowboys this week.

    But Aaron Rodgers threw in a solid 289-yard, three-touchdown performance in an 45-7 destruction of Dallas.

    Green Bay may not have a running game, but I'm not sure it'll matter when it's all said and done.

4. New York Jets (Last Week: 4)

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    DETROIT - NOVEMBER 07: Head coach Rex Ryan and Josh Mauga #53 of the New York Jets celebrate a 23-20 ovetime win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 7, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Jets defeated the Lions 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Leon
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    If the Lions don't have Ndamukong Suh kicking that extra point, do the Jets lose the game?

    Well, I guess we'll never know.

    But the Jets were close enough to losing, and hence do not move up these rankings despite slip-ups by the Colts and Patriots.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 3)

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 08:  Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is congratulated by Ben Roethlisberger #7  after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 8, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt
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    The Steelers rebounded nicely this week with a victory on the road against Cincinnati.

    The Bengals may not be what they were last year, but that was the kind of game that good teams know how to win.

    Pittsburgh's run defense will keep them in a lot of games all season.

2. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 3)

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    BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 7:  Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins lies on the ground after being sacked 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 Fre
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    Baltimore's defense looked very good on Sunday, holding the Dolphins to just 10 points, including a scoreless second half.

    If there's anything we've learned about the best teams in Ravens history, it's that they can show up with big defensive performances when they need it most.

    Couple that with a potent offense, and Baltimore has all the makings of a Super Bowl threat.

1. New York Giants (Last Week: 8)

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    SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants celebrates after the Giants scored a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 7, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Giants defeated the Seahawks 41-7. (Photo
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    Who would have thought after the Giants' 1-2 start that they'd top these rankings?

    Well, it's hard to argue against a team with a 6-2 record that's No. 1 in total defense and No. 2 in total offense. 

    The Giants are your top-ranked team in the Week 10 power rankings.