NFL Power Rankings Week 10: New England Patriots Fall, So Who's New No. 1?
NFL power rankings Week 10 edition are here, and with a lot of shakeups among some of the top teams in football, it's time to go through and figure out who is the cream of the crop.
It's only going to get harder as the year goes along and it's becoming more clear that it's almost impossible to predict what's going to happen on a weekly basis—it seems a powerhouse team suffers a major defeat every week. It's going to be a wild ride as we head down the final stretch of the NFL season.
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Nos. 32-21: Bottom of the Barrel
32. Buffalo (Last Week: 32): This is the third straight week that Buffalo tried its hardest, only to fall short.
31. Dallas (Last Week: 31): There is no excuse for a performance like that.
30. Carolina (Last Week: 30): The Panthers have made it all the way down to Tony Pike on the depth chart. Sad but true.
29. Denver (Last Week: 29): At least the Broncos couldn't lose this week—they had a bye.
28. Cincinnati (Last Week: 28): That should just about do it for the Bengals' season.
27. San Francisco (Last Week: 26): We'll see if the 49ers can keep this up. I have major doubts.
26. Detroit (Last Week: 25): Matthew Stafford is hurt again. I think we're seeing a trend here.
25. Arizona (Last Week: 22): That collapse on Sunday was vintage Cardinals.
24. Minnesota (Last Week: 27): Brett Favre saved the Vikings' season for now.
23. Chicago (Last Week: 21): Color me unimpressed with Chicago's win over Buffalo.
22: Seattle (Last Week: 19): The Seahawks just plain didn't show up on Sunday.
21: San Diego (Last Week: 24): The Chargers are starting to roll. Watch out.
No. 20: St. Louis
Last Week: 20
Sam Bradford has the Rams rolling right now, and with the way the rest of the NFC West played last week, I see no reason why this isn't the Rams' division to lose.
Bradford has turned this team into a winner and he's done it with virtually no one to throw to in the passing game. Danny Amendola is a nice player, but he shoudn't be anchoring a group of wideouts. Imagine how good the Rams will be when they're fully healthy next year.
We'll see if the Rams can take advantage of the situation in the weak NFC West this weekend.
No. 19: Washington
Last Week: 18
The Redskins had a bye this past week, and it was more than eventful.
Any time you try out JaMarcus Russell at quarterback, you really need to be re-evaluating the state of your franchise. I'm not sure what Mike Shanahan is trying to pull, but he needs to realize Donovan McNabb is his best bet for winning games.
Unless he really thinks that highly of Rex Grossman, and if that's the truth, he should probably get his head examined.
No. 18: Cleveland
Last Week: 23
Cleveland beat the stuffing out of New England on Sunday. It wasn't even close.
Peyton Hillis ran up and down on the Patriots and Colt McCoy made plays under center, and now the Browns have beaten the Patriots and the Saints in the same season. Let that all process for a couple of minutes.
Eric Mangini has saved his job after looking like a dead man.
No. 17: Miami
Last Week: 15
The Miami Dolphins cannot score in the red zone. That's become blatantly clear.
Chad Henne is struggling, the offense just cannot find a way to cross the goal line, and Dan Carpenter's leg may fall off at the rate he's having to kick field goals. The Dolphins have struggled at home this year and now have to play the Tennessee Titans.
Good luck figuring out how to stop Randy Moss and Chris Johnson.
No. 16: Jacksonville
Last Week: 16
I still can't figure out the Jacksonville Jaguars. I've seen two totally different teams.
There's the team that beat the Colts, and then there's the team that got steamrolled by Tennessee and just looks uninspired at the same time. The Jaguars are wildly inconsistent and that responsibility for that lies with the head coach. Jacksonville is in last place in the AFC South and the Jags look like they're in some trouble.
Jacksonville might want to prepare for the offseason.
No. 15: Tampa Bay
Last Week: 14
The Bucs tried their hardest, but just came up a little bit short against Atlanta in a big division game.
Tampa Bay almost worked more fourth-quarter magic, but the Falcons were able to stand up to win the game in the trenches when it mattered. Josh Freeman looks like he is going to be a good quarterback in this league and he's only going to get better.
With the Saints starting to roll, this may be the end for the Bucs' playoff hopes.
No. 14: Houston
Last Week: 13
So much for the hype around the Houston Texans.
A lot of preseason hype and the big opening-day win against the Colts had a lot of people talking playoffs for the Texans; now Houston is 4-4 at the halfway point. Haven't we seen this before from the Texans?
Maybe we should be selling Houston every year until it does something.
No. 13: Kansas City
Last Week: 12
The Chiefs lost a game against the Raiders that they had right in their hands.
Jason Campbell threw a pass that should have been picked off. But a little luck and a little skill put the Raiders in position to send the game in overtime, and Oakland quickly finished it off to hand the Chiefs a big loss.
Oakland and San Diego are right on the Chiefs' heels.
No. 12: Oakland
Last Week: 17
Three wins in a row for Oakland? It almost sounds impossible, but here it is.
The Raiders are even above .500 and are right in the thick of the AFC West race. If Oakland wins the division after the way the season started, it would be pretty shocking to say the least. Who would have thought the Raiders would show up like this?
Normally an Oakland team would just roll over.
No. 11: New Orleans
Last Week: 10
It was nothing more than a formality once the Saints lined up against the Panthers.
Drew Brees and company just ripped Carolina apart and the Saints cruised to victory.That's what New Orleans should be doing against these teams, instead of letting it slip away like has happened in the past.
It was a strong win this week for the Saints.
No. 10: Philadelphia
Last Week: 11
Michael Vick is back under center for the Eagles, and he helped lead Philadelphia to a huge win over Peyton Manning and the Colts.
It was a close game but the Eagles had a chance to blow it wide open—but just couldn't seal the deal. There were many trips into the red zone that ended with field goals, and that simply cannot happen.
Good teams execute inside the 20.
No. 9: Tennessee
Last Week: 9
The Titans have lost Kenny Britt for at least a month, but now they've got Randy Moss to fill the void. Not bad.
Tennessee will be able to get Chris Johnson room to run with Moss on the outside, and if teams try to stack the box, Moss is going get plenty of looks. It's a huge dilemma and Vince Young is the second-highest rated passer in the NFL.
Let that sink in for a little bit.
No. 8: Green Bay
Last Week: 8
Green Bay really just needed to show up on Sunday, and it was going to be a win.
The Packers steamrolled an awful Cowboys team and have a stranglehold on the NFC North after getting things together after some struggles. Green Bay is still dinged up, but Aaron Rodgers and company keep figuring out how to get things done.
Green Bay is flying under the radar.
No. 7: Indianapolis
Last Week: 3
How many guys can Peyton Manning lose before it finally starts to break down the offense?
Manning tried his best but struggled against the Eagles and threw a couple of picks as the Colts fell in Philadelphia. The Colts were coming off of a short week, but the flaws are there in this Indy team and the Colts are no juggernaut.
We'll see how they bounce back this week.
No. 6: New England
Last Week: 1
So what in the world was that, New England?
The Patriots came into the week as the best team in football and then just got steamrolled by the Browns and Peyton Hillis, who just ran up and down the field on them at will. New England was getting run on and Tom Brady looked bad.
I guess it was just one of those games for the Patriots.
No. 5: Atlanta
Last Week: 7
Matt Ryan and company now have major control of the NFC South after beating the Bucs on Sunday.
It was a hard-fought game and the Falcons managed to come up big when it counted late in the game to win and control the division. Matt Ryan and Michael Turner are carrying the offense—throw in Roddy White, and you've got a potent combination.
Don't sleep on the Falcons.
No. 4: NY Giants
Last Week: 6
Eli Manning and company are straight rolling right now, and stomped Seattle on the road.
The Seahawks are a pretty decent home team, but when you're missing your starting quarterback, there's not much you can do against a team like the Giants. New York just beat the stuffing out of the Seahawks and didn't let up.
New York is looking like one of the best teams in the NFC.
No. 3: NY Jets
Last Week: 5
Sure, the Jets have looked brutal the past two weeks, but at least this time, New York walked away with the win.
It was an ugly win, and who would have thought that a missed extra point by a defensive lineman would have determined the fate of this game? New York made enough plays to win the game and Mark Sanchez executed down the stretch.
Rex Ryan made some baffling moves, though.
No. 2: Pittsburgh
Last Week: 4
Pittsburgh had a tough division game Monday night against the Bengals, but found a way to win.
The Bengals had that game in their hands, but Pittsburgh made the plays to win the game, including a clutch play by James Harrison to knock the ball loose on the fourth-down play to seal the game. You would expect the Bengals to find a way to lose that game, though.
But Pittsburgh keeps winning—regardless of how pretty it is.
No. 1: Baltimore
Last Week: 2
Baltimore beat a Miami team that hasn't lost on the road the entire season, and did it rather convincingly.
Ray Rice was a monster in the passing game and had a very big day from scrimmage to help the Ravens get by the Dolphins. Baltimore is going to be going back and forth with the Steelers for the AFC North crown.
It should be a fun race down the stretch.