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NFL Power Rankings Week 10

NFL Power Rankings Week 10

If we’re being honest, Week 9 wasn’t the best week of football we’ve ever seen. Aside from a few games turning into a sequel to the UFC event from the night before, most games were either blowouts or just not exciting. Eight games were decided by more than 7 points. Even the ones that were closer points-wise probably weren’t as competitive as the score suggests. Because of that, there wasn’t a tone of movement in the ranks. Most teams we think are good continued to prove why and the teams we think are bad continued to lay down. I’m looking at you, New York Giants. Let’s see how the ranks shake out this week.

Philadelphia Eagles

Power Ranking: 1

  • Record: 8-1
  • Previous Rank: 1
  • Week 9 result: Win versus Denver Broncos, 51-23
  • Week 10: Bye Week

Philly thrashed the Broncos on Sunday and the game was out of control almost as soon as it started. QB Carson Wentz continued his MVP-caliber campaign by throwing 4 touchdowns. Newly acquired RB Jay Ajayi broke off a long touchdown run in limited work and he should get more carries after the bye week. Maybe the most impressive facet of the offensive performance was the Eagles were without their best-receiving option in TE Zach Ertz. The Eagles are a well-rounded team and make their case every week as the team to beat in the NFL.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Power Ranking: 2

  • Record: 6-2
  • Previous Rank: 2
  • Week 9 result: Bye Week
  • Week 10: at Indianapolis Colts

Pittsburgh has their sights set on a Super Bowl run and they have their defense to thank for it. The offense hasn’t quite lived up to expectations so far, but the trio of QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell and WR Antonio Brown could explode at any time. The biggest issue the Steelers have to iron out is the playing time of WRs Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster. They kick off their second half in Indy this week.

New Orleans Saints

Power Ranking: 3

  • Record: 6-2
  • Previous Rank: 7
  • Week 9 result: Win versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-10
  • Week 10: at Buffalo Bills

New Orleans keeps racking up the wins thanks to their new look defense and their reliance on the whole offense instead of just QB Drew Brees. Rookie RB Alvin Kamara carried the load this week after Mark Ingram fumbled twice last week. It seems like no Saints victory would be complete without a touchdown from the special teams of the defense. New Orleans is a dangerous team that has the ability to put up points in bunches and has a reasonable defense. Any team like that is dangerous in the league.

MVP: CB Marshon Lattimore

Player needed most for the 2nd half: WR Michael Thomas

Minnesota Vikings

Power Ranking: 4

  • Record: 6-2
  • Previous Rank: 4
  • Week 9 result: Bye Week
  • Week 10: at Washington Redskins

The Vikings will exit their bye week to face a .500 Washington team and they might have a new QB under center. Rumors have been circulating that QB Teddy Bridgewater could be cleared and back in action. The bye week should have helped WR Stefon Diggs get healthy as well. If the Vikings get good QB play out of someone, they can play with any team in the league.

Los Angeles Rams

Power Ranking: 5

  • Record: 6-2
  • Previous Rank: 8
  • Week 9 result: Win versus New York Giants, 51-17
  • Week 10: versus Houston Texans

Jared GoffSeeing the turnaround the Rams have made since the 2016 season has been fantastic. Los Angeles exited their bye week and took the Giants to the woodshed. The Rams did whatever they pleased on offense and the defense didn’t give up much until garbage time. QB Jared Goff could possibly be the most improved player in the league after a nightmarish rookie season. RB Todd Gurley keeps this offense moving and this Rams team has made incredible strides in just one season.

MVP: QB Jared Goff/Coach Sean McVay

Player needed most for the 2nd half: WR Sammy Watkins

New England Patriots

Power Ranking: 6

  • Record: 6-2
  • Previous Rank: 6
  • Week 9 result: Bye Week
  • Week 10: at Denver Broncos

It will be interesting to see if New England was able to continue to fix their defense during the bye. They were getting on the right track, not that they could have been much worse for the early part of the season. A matchup with Denver looked like fun at the start of the season. Now it just appears like an easy Patriots win.

Dallas Cowboys

Power Ranking: 7

  • Record: 5-3
  • Previous Rank: 9
  • Week 9 result: Win versus Kansas City Chiefs, 28-17
  • Week 10: at Atlanta Falcons

Ezekiel ElliottDallas needed this win to at least keep within distance in the NFC East. Their defense played very well against a tough Kansas City offense. LB Sean Lee just makes so much difference when he’s on the field. The offense was able to click even without WR Dez Bryant being heavily productive. It seems like I’m typing that sentence a lot this year. He had a plus matchup and it was Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley doing the damage. RB Ezekiel Elliott could have played his last game for the 2017 season. The running game should still be productive even with Alfred Morris. They face another potential shootout this week in Atlanta.

MVP: QB Dak Prescott, although you can argue Sean Lee

Player needed most in the 2nd half: WR Dez Bryant

Jacksonville Jaguars

Power Ranking: 8

  • Record: 5-3
  • Previous Rank: 12
  • Week 9 result: Win versus Cincinnati Bengals, 23-7
  • Week 10: versus Los Angeles Chargers

It was a big shock Sunday morning when the Jags announced rookie RB Leonard Fournette would be inactive due to a disciplinary reason. Then CB Jalen Ramsey got ejected for shoving WR A.J. Green, which was a little weird to see. Ramsey didn’t do much to warrant the ejection, but Jacksonville didn’t really feel the effects of it. They were in control of this game early on and they have the look of a team that can do damage. They’re built like a throwback team and it’s interesting to see in an era of pass-heavy offenses.

MVP: CBs Jalen Ramsey/ A.J. Bouye

Player needed most for 2nd half: QB Blake Bortles

Carolina Panthers

Power Ranking: 9

  • Record: 6-3
  • Previous Rank: 13
  • Week 9 result: Win versus Atlanta Falcons, 20-17
  • Week 10: versus Miami Dolphins

The Panthers kept pace with the Saints in the win column this week and pushed the Falcons closer to the bottom of the NFC South in the process. The offense is pretty much always going to be hit or miss. That’s just the way it’s built and Carolina didn’t make it easier with the Kelvin Benjamin trade. You’ll excuse my hesitance in proclaiming WR Curtis Samuel is going to make this offense run any better. Carolina has a good defense and they’ll need it during the second part of the season. The Panthers get an easy game on paper this week versus Miami.

Seattle Seahawks

Power Ranking: 10

  • Record: 5-3
  • Previous Rank: 5
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus Washington Redskins, 17-14
  • Week 10: at Arizona Cardinals

It looked like Seattle was going to pull off a trademark win in the dying seconds of a game they didn’t deserve. The Washington stole the game back, leaving Seattle with their third loss of the season. The Seahawks always seem to play mediocre football in the first part of the season only to turn it around in the second half. It remains to be seen if QB Russell Wilson can drag this team to the playoffs because the offense itself isn’t that good. Even the defense hasn’t been as advertised to this point. They travel to Arizona this week for Thursday Night Football this week.

MVP: QB Russell Wilson

Player needed most for the 2nd half: Offensive line

Kansas City Chiefs

Power Ranking: 11

  • Record: 6-3
  • Previous Rank: 3
  • Week 9 result: Loss vers Dallas Cowboys, 28-17
  • Week 10: Bye Week

This is more what I expected from the Chiefs coming into the season. They’re a good football team but they’re not the buzzsaw we witnessed for the first 5 weeks of the year. QB Alex Smith is playing excellent football. However, it’s not a coincidence that the Chiefs are struggling while RB Kareem Hunt has been less productive. Tony Romo pointed it out on the broadcast ad he’s right. This offense is greater than their parts because everyone meshes well together. When Hunt isn’t going well, the offense won’t be as productive. The Chiefs catch a break in their bye week being right now.

Washington Redskins

Power Ranking: 12

  • Record: 4-4
  • Previous Rank: 15
  • Week 9 result: Win versus Seattle Seahawks, 17-14
  • Week 10: versus Minnesota Vikings

Snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat came at a really good time for Washington since both Dallas and Philadelphia also won their game. The offense still isn’t quite there but it’s hard to be too critical of them in this spot. They got a win on the road even with their offensive line injured beyond belief. It’s kind of crazy that this team is 5-3 without a ton of star power that’s widely recognized. They face a rested Vikings squad this upcoming week.

MVP: QB Kirk Cousins

Player need most for the 2nd half: Any receiver to be reliable

Tennessee Titans

Power Ranking: 13

  • Record: 5-3
  • Previous Rank: 16
  • Week 9 result: Win versus Baltimore Ravens, 23-20
  • Week 10: versus Cincinnati Bengals

The Titans were able to grind out a victory against the Ravens this week. While that’s great, they still just don’t look like a team that can make the postseason. Tennessee has to find a running game, whether it’s with DeMarco Murray or Derrick Henry. The passing game hasn’t taken the step forward many thought when they brought in Eric Decker and Corey Davis. True, Davis has missed most of the season. Even in some good matchups, the offense just hasn’t produced. They really need to string wins together and they’ll for two straight this week versus the Bengals.

MVP: WR Rishard Matthews

Player needed most for the 2nd half: QB Marcus Mariota


Atlanta Falcons

Power Ranking: 14

  • Record: 4-4
  • Previous Rank: 11
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus Carolina Panthers, 20-17
  • Week 10: versus Dallas Cowboys

Atlanta is seeing their season slip away. They could easily have 2 more losses than they do and they’re quickly falling behind in their division. The offense still really isn’t holding up their end of the bargain. The defense isn’t anything to write home about either. The day could have been better if WR Julio Jones hadn’t dropped a sure touchdown pass. Maybe he’s just not used to being wide open in the end zone and actually get the ball thrown his way. The road isn’t getting any easier when the Cowboys come to town this week.

MVP: RB Devonta Freeman(give him the ball!)

Player needed most in the 2nd half: QB Matt Ryan

Buffalo Bills

Power Ranking: 15

  • Record: 5-3
  • Previous Rank: 10
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus New York Jets, 34-21
  • Week 10: versus New Orleans Saints

LeSean-McCoyThis was a bad loss for Buffalo as they look to sneak into the playoffs as a Wild Card. Lineman Richie Incognito can gripe about the Thursday night game all he wants. He may even have valid points. However, the Jets were playing the same schedule and they showed up and won the game. The defense let them down in this one and we’ll have to wait a few more days to see how WR Kelvin Benjamin is acclimating to his new offense. Buffalo will need all hands on deck to beat the Saints this week.

MVP: QB Tyrod Taylor

Player needed most in the 2nd half: It’s a little unfair, but Benjamin could go a long way for this team.

Detroit Lions

Power Ranking: 16

  • Record: 4-4
  • Previous Ranking: 18
  • Week 9 result: Win versus Green Bay Packers
  • Week 10: versus Cleveland Browns

QB Matthew Stafford continued to throw the ball all over the yard in this one. He was over 350 yards passing for the second consecutive game. That’s pretty much the only way the Lions can win because Ameer Abdullah just isn’t cutting it in the running game. It’s entirely possible the 1-2 punch of WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones is the most underappreciated receiving tandem in the league. They fit together extremely well and this team can be dangerous if they get average play from the defense.

MVP: QB Matthew Stafford

Player needed most for the 2nd half: I’m tempted to say Abdullah, but imagine this passing game if TE Eric Ebron could do anything…

Los Angeles Chargers

Power Ranking: 17

  • Record: 3-5
  • Previous Ranking: 17
  • Week 9 result: Bye Week
  • Week 10: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles has an interesting offense. One could make the argument there are just too many mouths to feed and it’s difficult for anyone to get into a rhythm. They actually have rebounded fairly well after a 0-4 start, but it’s so hard to climb out of that hole. The offense has the biggest challenge in the league when they go to Jacksonville.

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New York Jets

Power Ranking: 18

  • Record: 4-5
  • Previous Ranking: 21
  • Week 9 result: Win versus Buffalo Bills, 34-21
  • Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Is anyone going to tell the Jets they were supposed to be historically bad this season? I thought 0-16 was legitimately in the range of outcomes for this team. Instead, they’ll be fighting for .500 next week versus the Buccaneers. QB Josh McCown is functional, their stable of backs is doing enough to help and WR Robbie Anderson is quietly having a very solid season. Coach Todd Bowles has taken his share of criticism(from me included) but he’s squarely in the running for Coach of the Year.

Chicago Bears

Power Ranking: 19

  • Record: 3-5
  • Previous Ranking: 19
  • Week 9 result: Bye Week
  • Week 10: versus Green Bay Packers

Chicago is another team that is just full of surprises this season. They’re bringing rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky very slowly while leaning on RB Jordan Howard and their defense. If they could get to 6-10 at the end of the year, that actually wouldn’t be terrible given the expectations.

Houston Texans

Power Ranking: 20

  • Record: 3-5
  • Previous Ranking: 14
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus Indianapolis Colts, 20-14
  • Wek 10: at Los Angeles Rams

It’s unfortunate that any hope the Texans had in this season went by the wayside when Deshaun Watson tore his ACL this past week. It’s still impossible to comprehend how Tom Savage won this competition to start the year. Houston now sits at 3-5 and have just too many injuries to overcome to claw back towards the playoffs. They get to play one of the best teams in the league in the Rams this week.

MVP: QB Deshaun Watson

Player needed most in the 2nd half: QB Tom Savage

Oakland Raiders

Power Ranking: 21

  • Record: 4-5
  • Previous Ranking: 22
  • Week 9 result: Win versus Miami Dolphins, 27-24
  • Week 10: Bye Week

Is it weird that the Raiders put up 27 points and just weren’t that impressive? The offense still doesn’t look like it’s firing on all cylinders with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree both having quiet games. Johnny Holton was the receiver who caught the touchdown and TE Jared Cook was the one moving the chains with 8 receptions. They get the bye week to try and figure things out.

Green Bay Packers

Power Ranking: 22

  • Record: 4-4
  • Previous Ranking: 20
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus Detroit Lions, 30-17
  • Week 10: at Chicago Bears

Any hope that the Packers could survive with QB Brett Hundley at the helm of this offense went up in smoke Monday night. He looked totally lost after the first 15 or 20 plays that Green Bay had scripted out. He missed open receivers multiple times, making it harder for the run game to get anything accomplished. The defense can’t play well enough to keep this team afloat. They’ll fall behind quickly in the NFC North without QB Aaron Rodgers.

MVPQB Aaron Rodgers

Player needed most in 2nd half: They need Brett Hundley to do anything

Baltimore Ravens

Power Ranking: 23

  • Record: 4-5
  • Previous Ranking: 25
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus Tennessee Titans, 23-20
  • Week 10: Bye Week
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Every time I see the Ravens play, I’m amazed they’ve been able to win 4 games. They don’t have many players that really stand above the pack. They couldn’t get the job done in Tennessee to fall under .500 ahead of their bye week. The offense just plods along with no big-play threat available. The defense is good, but can’t carry the team. They’re good enough to beat the bottom feeders like Miami, but not good enough to hang with the teams in the upper half of the league.

Cincinnati Bengals

Power Ranking: 24 

  • Record: 3-5
  • Previous Ranking: 23
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-7
  • Week 10: at Tennessee Titans

It’s never a good sign when your star wide receiver creates the biggest highlight of the day trying to choke out an opposing CB. The Bengals offense couldn’t get anything going and only ran 37 plays. It’s no wonder they didn’t do anything on offense. The Bengals just aren’t a very good football team right now and they may not even be .500 by the end of the year. Maybe this is finally the year Marvin Lewis loses his job.

MVP: WR A.J. Green

Player needed most in the 2nd half: QB Andy Dalton

 

Denver Broncos

Power Ranking: 25

  • Record: 3-5
  • Previous Ranking: 24
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus Philadelphia Eagles, 51-23
  • Week 10: versus New England Patriots

For a team that is supposed to be reliant on defense, the Broncos don’t have a very good one as far as giving up points. The total yards numbers still look great but Denver ranks 25th in points allowed per game. That’s not going to get it done, especially when your QB is Brock Osweiler. This team is a wreck and should be salivating at the chance to pursue QB Kirk Cousins if he’s available for 2018. If their defense isn’t lockdown, they have no chance.

MVP: Nobody. Not to be a cop-out, but no player deserves it.

Player needed most in the 2nd half: Average QB play

Indianapolis Colts

Power Ranking: 26

  • Record: 3-6
  • Previous Ranking: 27
  • Week 9 result: Win versus Houston Texans, 20-14
  • Week 10: versus Pittsburgh Steelers

Indy was able to squeak out a victory against the depleted Texans but they’re not going to move up very much. WR T.Y. Hilton continued to torture Houston when he went off for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns. That was really the extent of the Colts offense in this one. I’m not going to put stock into the defensive performance until they face a QB not named Tom Savage. Speaking of, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers come into Indy this weekend.

Arizona Cardinals

Power Ranking: 27

  • Record: 4-4
  • Previous Ranking: 28
  • Week 9 result: Win versus San Francisco 49ers, 20-10
  • Week 10: versus Seattle Seahawks

The Drew Stanton-led Cardinals were too much for the 49ers on Sunday. That doesn’t mean Arizona is going to have a good second half of the season and they should get a rude awakening against Seattle this week on Thursday night. They’re short on talent everywhere and one has to wonder what the future holds for this team and coaching staff.

MVP: WR Larry Fitzgerald

Player needed most in the 2nd half: WR John Brown

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Power Ranking: 28

  • Record: 2-6
  • Previous Ranking: 26
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus New Orleans Saints, 30-10
  • Week 10: versus New York Jets

The season has completely imploded for Tampa Bay. They sit dead last in their division and just had their star WR get(deservedly) suspended for conduct versus the Saints. Monday also brought the news QB Jameis Winston will be shut down for a few weeks with a shoulder injury. Tampa has raised the white flag on this year. Now it’s just a matter to see if the coaching staff can survive the disappointing season.

MVP: WR Mike Evans

Player needed most in the 2nd half: RB Doug Martin

Miami Dolphins

Power Ranking: 29

  • Record: 4-4
  • Previous Ranking: 30
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus Oakland Raiders, 27-24
  • Week 10: at Carolina Panthers

Damien WilliamsMiami looked reasonably good in their first game without RB Jay Ajayi as Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake were an effective 1-2 combo in the backfield. WR DeVante Parker has played very well when he’s been in the lineup. The Dolphins are mathematically in the Wild Card race but they are one of the least talented 4 win teams in the league. Facing Carolina this week won’t help either.

MVP: DE Cameron Wake

Player needed most in the 2nd half: QB Jay Cutler

San Francisco 49ers

Power Ranking: 30

  • Record: 0-9
  • Previous Ranking: 29
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus Arizona Cardinals, 20-10
  • Week 10: versus New York Giants

Another week, another loss for 49ers. Next week features a game where both teams have a combined 1-16 record. Even if you have players in fantasy on these teams, just plug them in and look at the stats later. This game will be ugly.

New York Giants

Power Ranking: 31

  • Record: 1-7
  • Previous Ranking: 31
  • Week 9 result: Loss versus Los Angeles Rams, 51-17
  • Week 10: at San Francisco 49ers
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The Giants flat out gave up on their coach on Sunday. When a team stops fighting, it’s time for the coach to go. Ben McAdoo is openly discussing putting QB Eli Manning on the bench and when asked what he said to his team during halftime this past weekend, he responded with, “Um”. That was it, he didn’t have anything else. New York has been ravaged by injuries but they are a train wreck from top to bottom.

Cleveland Browns

Power Ranking: 32

  • Record: 0-8
  • Previous Ranking: 32
  • Week 9 result: Bye Week
  • Week 10: at Detroit Lions

Cleveland exits their bye week with stories of a woefully inept front office and coaching staff making the rounds. Their bungling of potential trades have given NFL fans some laughs this past week. They also have WR Corey Coleman back at practice and will get star-crossed receiver Josh Gordon back at the facility this week. We’ll see if the Browns can pick up their first win of the year against the Detroit Lions.

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I'm a sports fanatic who wears it on my sleeve (seriously, I have a Pittsburgh sports tattoo). I'm just a big scruffy looking nerf-herder who somehow managed to marry an incredible and supportive woman, have a wonderful family and a sweetheart dog. When I'm not at work, odds are I'm watching sports or the latest comic book movie. Life is good, it's just much better with fantasy football in it. The sarcastic and above it all fantasy analysis is overdone, I'm here to bring it back to what you need to know with a terrible sense of humor. Let's win some fantasy titles!

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