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NFL Power Rankings Week 10

NFL Power Rankings

NFL Power Rankings Week 10

For the first time since the beginning of the season, we have a new #1! The top 7 or 8 teams are really starting to separate themselves from the rest of the league, and two of them will match up this week on Thursday Night Football.

As usual, these rankings loosely reflect my current Super Bowl odds.

New Orleans Saints

Power Ranking: 1

  • Record: 7-1
  • Previous Rank: 3
  • Week 9: Win vs Rams, 45-35
  • Week 10: @ CIN

The Saints earned the #1 spot in these rankings with their convincing win over the previously undefeated Rams. The offense looked unstoppable, and the defense produced timely stops. The Saints haven’t lost since Week 1.

New England Patriots

Power Ranking: 2

  • Record: 7-2
  • Previous Rank: 2
  • Week 9: Win vs Packers, 31-17
  • Week 10: @ TEN

The GOAT showdown wasn’t nearly as exciting as the Rams-Saints game, but it was a statement win for the Patriots, who looked dominant.

Los Angeles Rams

Power Ranking: 3

  • Record: 8-1
  • Previous Rank: 1
  • Week 9: Loss @ Saints, 45-35
  • Week 10: vs SEA

After scoring 35 points in their first loss of 2018, the defense has to be the Rams’ biggest concern. CB Marcus Peters’ recent struggles suddenly magnify the continued absence of Aqib Talib.

Kansas City Chiefs

Power Ranking: 4

  • Record: 8-1
  • Previous Rank: 4
  • Week 9: Win @ Browns, 37-21
  • Week 10: vs ARI

The Chiefs eclipsed 30 points for the eighth time in nine games, and QB Patrick Mahomes now has 29 TD passes (on pace for over 51).

Pittsburgh Steelers

Power Ranking: 5

  • Record: 5-2-1
  • Previous Rank: 5
  • Week 9: Win @ Ravens, 23-16
  • Week 10: Thursday Night Football vs CAR

The Steelers’ road win in Baltimore was even more convincing than the final score. They now have a short week before a TNF matchup with a formidable Carolina squad.

Los Angeles Chargers

Power Ranking: 6

  • Record: 6-2
  • Previous Rank: 6
  • Week 9: Win @ Seahawks, 25-17
  • Week 10: @ OAK

For the first time years, the Chargers are playing up to their high potential. With a mid-week kicker change and the eventual return of DE Joey Bosa (sorry, Rex), they could still get even better.

 

 

Carolina Panthers

Power Ranking: 7

  • Record: 7-2
  • Previous Rank: 7
  • Week 9: Win vs Buccaneers, 42-28
  • Week 10: Thursday Night Football @ PIT

Carolina’s offense has looked scary-good for several weeks. Their trip north to face a resurgent Steelers’ defense could produce the game of the week.

Minnesota Vikings

Power Ranking: 8

  • Record: 5-3-1
  • Previous Rank: 9
  • Week 9: Win vs Lions, 24-9
  • Week 10: Bye

A dominant win over the division-rival Lions was a fine way for the Vikings to enter their bye week.

Philadelphia Eagles

Power Ranking: 9

  • Record: 4-4
  • Previous Rank: 11
  • Week 9: Bye
  • Week 10: Sunday Night Football vs DAL

The Eagles return from their bye week to host their arch-rivals on SNF, with newly acquired offensive weapon Golden Tate on display for the first time.

Chicago Bears

Power Ranking: 10

  • Record: 5-3
  • Previous Rank: 12
  • Week 9: Win @ Bills, 41-9
  • Week 10: vs DET

The Bears may as well have put Nathan Peterman and the Bills through tables in the parking lot on Sunday (it may have been less painful). Chicago was dominant on both sides of the ball, and have a chance to all but end the Lions’ playoff hopes this week.

Houston Texans

Power Ranking: 11

  • Record: 6-3
  • Previous Rank: 13
  • Week 9: Win @ Broncos, 19-17
  • Week 10: Bye

Demaryius Thomas got a win with his new team in his return to Denver, and the once 0-3 Texans are now, remarkably, 6-3 and in first place heading into their bye week.

Green Bay Packers

Power Ranking: 12

  • Record: 3-4-1
  • Previous Rank: 10
  • Week 9: Loss @ Patriots, 31-17
  • Week 10: vs MIA

The emergence of rookie WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (3-101) was arguably the bright spot for the Packers in an otherwise disappointing loss in Foxborough. Another costly fumble by a running back ensured a 2nd straight loss for Green Bay.

Baltimore Ravens

Power Ranking: 13

  • Record: 4-5
  • Previous Rank: 8
  • Week 9: Loss vs Steelers, 23-16
  • Week 10: Bye

The Week 9 home loss to the hated Steelers dealt a significant blow to the Ravens’ playoff odds, and now the whispers about head coach John Harbaugh being on the hot seat are getting louder. Will rookie QB Lamar Jackson see the starting lineup before the season is over?

Atlanta Falcons

Power Ranking: 14

  • Record: 4-4
  • Previous Rank: 15
  • Week 9: Win @ Redskins, 38-14
  • Week 10: @ CLE

The Falcons offense picked up where it left off prior to the bye week. Perhaps more importantly, the defense played well, and the mid-week acquisition of Bruce Irvin should help the Atlanta pass rush.

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Power Ranking: 15

  • Record: 5-3
  • Previous Rank: 14
  • Week 9: Bye
  • Week 10: vs NO

The Bengals will be without their no. 1 WR for at least a couple of weeks, which is bad news when you’re about to host the Saints. Will disappointing second-year wideout John Ross finally break out in A.J. Green’s absence?

Tennessee Titans

Power Ranking: 16

  • Record: 4-4
  • Previous Rank: 18
  • Week 9: Win @ Cowboys, 28-14
  • Week 10: vs NE

Coming out of their bye week after a disappointing loss in Week 7, the Titans badly needed a win, and their performance on MNF felt like a statement game from QB Marcus Mariota*.

*The Gridiron Experts Staff Chat was quite a read on Tuesday morning: about an hour of intense mockery of Mariota, “trash” memes, etc., followed by a lot of gloating from our resident Titans’ fan.

Washington Redskins

Power Ranking: 17

  • Record: 5-3
  • Previous Rank: 16
  • Week 9: Loss vs Falcons, 38-14
  • Week 10: @ TB

When forced to play from behind in Week 9, things were very ugly for the Washington offense. Not to be outdone, the Redskins defense gave up chunk plays throughout the game and allowed each of Atlanta’s star players to stuff the stat sheet.

Seattle Seahawks

Power Ranking: 18

  • Record: 4-4
  • Previous Rank: 17
  • Week 9: Loss vs Chargers, 25-17
  • Week 10: @ LAR

The Seahawks lost a heartbreaker on the game’s final play when it looked like they may tie it late against the Chargers. Seattle committed sloppy penalties and costly turnovers, and they’ll have to eliminate both if they hope to beat the Rams in L.A. this week.

 

Indianapolis Colts

Power Ranking: 19

  • Record: 3-5
  • Previous Rank: 19
  • Week 9: Bye
  • Week 10: vs JAC

The Week 10 AFC South matchup with Jacksonville is fascinating to me, as it’s a low-key HUGE game. The loser can forget about making the playoffs, and the winner will still have a shot. I like the Colts to get one step closer to .500.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Power Ranking: 20

  • Record: 3-5
  • Previous Rank: 20
  • Week 9: Bye
  • Week 10: @ IND

Many questions, few answers so far for the Jags in 2018. Will the defense finally look like the dominant unit it can be? Will we see Good Blake or Bad Blake this week? Is Leonard Fournette ready to return? Is Landry Jones going to see the field at Lucas Oil Stadium this week?

Detroit Lions

Power Ranking: 21

  • Record: 3-5
  • Previous Rank: 21
  • Week 9: Loss @ Vikings, 24-9
  • Week 10: @ CHI

QB Matthew Stafford was sacked a staggering 10 times by the Vikings in Week 9, and head coach Matt Patricia added a sack of his own when he fired the special teams coach after the game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Power Ranking: 22

  • Record: 3-5
  • Previous Rank: 23
  • Week 9: Loss @ Panthers, 42-28
  • Week 10: vs WAS

Unfortunately, Week 9’s game script has become a familiar one for the Buccaneers: fall way behind early, then Ryan Fitzpatrick nearly leads the team to a miracle comeback before falling short. The defense remains the biggest problem.

 

 

Denver Broncos

Power Ranking: 23

  • Record: 3-6
  • Previous Rank: 22
  • Week 9: Loss vs Texans, 19-17
  • Week 10: Bye

Denver fans had to be frustrated by Brandon McManus missing what would have been a game-winning field goal as time expired in Week 9. They should have been even more frustrated by Vance Joseph’s questionable decision-making, which included settling for said 51-yard attempt instead of trying to get his offense closer in the final seconds.

Dallas Cowboys

Power Ranking: 24

  • Record: 3-5
  • Previous Rank: 24
  • Week 9: Loss vs Titans, 28-14
  • Week 10: Sunday Night Football @ PHI

The Cowboys aren’t going to make the playoffs this year. The biggest remaining question is whether Jerry Jones is angry enough to fire Jason Garrett before the end of the season.

Miami Dolphins

Power Ranking: 25

  • Record: 5-4
  • Previous Rank: 26
  • Week 9: Win vs Jets, 13-6
  • Week 10: @ GB

The Dolphins managed to win an ugly game against the Jets without either team scoring an offensive touchdown. Perhaps more surprising: Miami now has a winning record.

Cleveland Browns

Power Ranking: 26

  • Record: 2-6-1
  • Previous Rank: 25
  • Week 9: Loss vs Chiefs, 37-21
  • Week 10: vs ATL

After the Browns’ scintillating 16-point loss to the Chiefs, it’s easy to see why teams were beating down the door to hire interim coach Gregg Williams.

San Francisco 49ers

Power Ranking: 27

  • Record: 2-7
  • Previous Rank: 30
  • Week 9: Win vs Raiders, 34-3
  • Week 10: Monday Night Football vs NYG

Maybe Mike Shanahan really is a quarterback whisperer. Down to undrafted third-string QB Nick Mullens, the 49ers decimated the Raiders on TNF in what will likely stand as a career-game for Mullens (262-3, 151.9 rating). Amazingly, San Fran will be back in prime-time this week against the Giants.

New York Jets

Power Ranking: 28

  • Record: 3-6
  • Previous Rank: 27
  • Week 9: Loss @ Dolphins, 13-6
  • Week 10: vs BUF

Rookie QB Sam Darnold continues to struggle, particularly with ball security. Suffice it to say that the Jets’ Week 10 game against the Bills will not be flexed into prime-time.

Arizona Cardinals

Power Ranking: 29

  • Record: 2-6
  • Previous Rank: 29
  • Week 9: Bye
  • Week 10: @ KC

The Cardinals did not lose in Week 9, but even a bye week won’t be enough preparation for them to contain the Chiefs’ offense in Kansas City.

Buffalo Bills

Power Ranking: 30

  • Record: 2-7
  • Previous Rank: 28
  • Week 9: Loss vs Bears, 41-9
  • Week 10: @ NYJ

One week after hanging tough for three quarters against the Patriots, the Bills hung tough for zero quarters against the Bears. NFL Twitter’s continued roasting of QB Nathan Peterman remains strong.

New York Giants

Power Ranking: 31

  • Record: 1-7
  • Previous Rank: 31
  • Week 9: Bye
  • Week 10: Monday Night Football @ SF

After their Week 9 bye, the Giants announced that Eli Manning will remain the team’s starting QB…for now.

Oakland Raiders

Power Ranking: 32

  • Record: 1-7
  • Previous Rank: 32
  • Week 9: Loss @ 49ers, 34-3
  • Week 10: vs LAC

The Raiders may be the clear worst-team-in-the-league, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying to find new low points on a weekly basis. After an embarrassing loss on TNF, the team released veteran pass rusher Bruce Irvin, who was quickly scooped up by the Falcons.

 

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Matthew Foreman

Matt is a Pitt graduate whose home smells of rich mahogany. His life is filled with dogs, scotch, leather-bound books, and winning fantasy football teams. When he’s not writing or thinking about fantasy football, Matt does a fine impression of a lawyer. He holds grudges in fantasy football and real life, and his heroes include Charles Barkley, George Costanza, and Ric Flair, who often told opponents, “To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man! WOOO!”

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