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