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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Week 10 Power rankings

Adam Caplan

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Posted February 08, 2011 05:11 PM EST

The New England Patriots showed the NFL world why they are the No. 1 team at this point after their thrashing of the host Buffalo Bills last week. They've already sewn up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and are playing at the top of their game at a critical juncture. It will be interesting to see if any other teams in the AFC can challenge them during the playoffs. But it won't be easy since the Patriots are undefeated at home this season.

In the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons finally lost a game at home, but it wasn't as though the New Orleans Saints were dominant. That game could have gone either way. The Falcons still deserve to be the NFC's top-ranked team at this point based on their performance over the course of the season.

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Seattle Seahawks

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Houston Texans

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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7-2 1 1/10
Here you go. The Jets are ranked at No. 1 this week. That could change soon because the NFL is truly a week-to-week league. Out of all the teams I considered for this spot, the Jets are the one team to have shown they are deserving of being here. We'll seExpand Description
Here you go. The Jets are ranked at No. 1 this week. That could change soon because the NFL is truly a week-to-week league. Out of all the teams I considered for this spot, the Jets are the one team to have shown they are deserving of being here. We'll see if they can sustain that success going forward. If they can't, I guess I'll continue to be the kiss of death.Collapse Description
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7-2 3 1/16
I loved offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey's game plan against the visiting Ravens last week. He attacked Baltimore's weakness in the secondary. Part of being a good coach is understanding what you need to do to win each week. Atlanta, however, needs to Expand Description
I loved offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey's game plan against the visiting Ravens last week. He attacked Baltimore's weakness in the secondary. Part of being a good coach is understanding what you need to do to win each week. Atlanta, however, needs to show that it can win on the road. Collapse Description
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7-2 3 1/13
That was a quite a performance on the road at Pittsburgh. You can tell that they were embarrassed by the previous week's performance at Cleveland. New England is still a bit limited in certain areas, but this team has a tremendous upside based on their soExpand Description
That was a quite a performance on the road at Pittsburgh. You can tell that they were embarrassed by the previous week's performance at Cleveland. New England is still a bit limited in certain areas, but this team has a tremendous upside based on their solid young talent. We'll get a better idea of how good they are this week against the Colts. Collapse Description
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6-3 3 1/21
The Giants clearly weren't ready for what Dallas was bringing last week. Dallas brought a lot of emotion on the road after the coaching change and it showed. However, the Giants are still clearly one of the NFL's best teams this season and they are solid Expand Description
The Giants clearly weren't ready for what Dallas was bringing last week. Dallas brought a lot of emotion on the road after the coaching change and it showed. However, the Giants are still clearly one of the NFL's best teams this season and they are solid on both sides of the ball. We'll see if they can bounce back this week on the road against the Eagles. Collapse Description
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6-3 2 1/17
It's puzzling why veteran WR Donte' Stallworth hasn't been used in the passing game more since his return from a broken foot. Stallworth is the lone deep threat the Ravens have on their 53-man roster. They really need him on the field more so defenses wilExpand Description
It's puzzling why veteran WR Donte' Stallworth hasn't been used in the passing game more since his return from a broken foot. Stallworth is the lone deep threat the Ravens have on their 53-man roster. They really need him on the field more so defenses will have to use an extra defender down field. Collapse Description
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6-3 1 2/16
This team is beat-up on both sides of the ball but remains the class of the AFC South. But for the Colts to go far in the playoffs, they'll have to get some of those key players back on the field soon. Their depth will be tested by the visiting Patriots Expand Description
This team is beat-up on both sides of the ball but remains the class of the AFC South. But for the Colts to go far in the playoffs, they'll have to get some of those key players back on the field soon. Their depth will be tested by the visiting Patriots this week.Collapse Description
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6-3 3 1/7
The offensive line injuries really took their toll during last week's loss to the visiting Patriots. And the defensive line injuries are also an issue. It was just a few weeks ago that the Steelers were looking like perhaps the AFC's best team, but those Expand Description
The offensive line injuries really took their toll during last week's loss to the visiting Patriots. And the defensive line injuries are also an issue. It was just a few weeks ago that the Steelers were looking like perhaps the AFC's best team, but those injuries could prevent them from winning the AFC North. Collapse Description
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8

6-3 - 1/12
This is a team that should benefit from coming off of a bye. The Saints had some injuries to deal with on both sides of the ball. I fully expect them to make a strong run at the NFC South. The Week 16 matchup at Atlanta could settle this division.
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9

6-3 1 4/20
Philadelphia got its revenge from an earlier loss to Washington in a major way. Michael Vick might have put together one of the best games of all time for a quarterback in that game. We're starting to see why head coach Andy Reid wanted Vick last year. HeExpand Description
Philadelphia got its revenge from an earlier loss to Washington in a major way. Michael Vick might have put together one of the best games of all time for a quarterback in that game. We're starting to see why head coach Andy Reid wanted Vick last year. He simply can do things other quarterbacks can't even attempt to do. If he continues to play well, Philadelphia will have no choice but to make a strong push to re-sign him.Collapse Description
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10

6-3 1 1/16
The Packers, despite all of their injury issues, are still primed to win the NFC North. It will be interesting to see if they become more of a running team with the weather turning colder. But then again, losing RB Ryan Grant earlier this season may preveExpand Description
The Packers, despite all of their injury issues, are still primed to win the NFC North. It will be interesting to see if they become more of a running team with the weather turning colder. But then again, losing RB Ryan Grant earlier this season may prevent that from happening. Collapse Description
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11

6-3 2 5/20
From watching this team every week, you don't get the picture that they are a great team, but they are finding a way to win. The Bears can't seem to run the ball well, but they are putting it all on Jay Cutler to make plays every week, and he's mostly comExpand Description
From watching this team every week, you don't get the picture that they are a great team, but they are finding a way to win. The Bears can't seem to run the ball well, but they are putting it all on Jay Cutler to make plays every week, and he's mostly coming through. We'll see how their defense does this week with little practice time to prepare for new Miami starting QB Tyler Thigpen.Collapse Description
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12

6-3 3 9/29
While the maturation process of second-year QB Josh Freeman is ongoing, the young signal caller is well ahead of schedule. Many NFL personnel evaluators didn't think he would be ready to start until his third year. Freeman is the big reason why Tampa Bay Expand Description
While the maturation process of second-year QB Josh Freeman is ongoing, the young signal caller is well ahead of schedule. Many NFL personnel evaluators didn't think he would be ready to start until his third year. Freeman is the big reason why Tampa Bay has been one of the most surprising teams this season.Collapse Description
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13

5-4 4 3/27
They need to find a way to keep their top two quarterbacks healthy going forward. While it didn't show against the Dolphins, veteran WR Randy Moss did make his presence felt. Miami did use a safety over the top at times to take away the deep pass. We'll sExpand Description
They need to find a way to keep their top two quarterbacks healthy going forward. While it didn't show against the Dolphins, veteran WR Randy Moss did make his presence felt. Miami did use a safety over the top at times to take away the deep pass. We'll see how the rest of the teams on their schedule deal with covering him.Collapse Description
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5-4 3 14/30
It's almost hard to believe that the Raiders have turned their season around after their 1-3 start. But they have. And head coach Tom Cable deserves a lot of credit for keeping his team together. The AFC West is so bad that they have as good of a chance oExpand Description
It's almost hard to believe that the Raiders have turned their season around after their 1-3 start. But they have. And head coach Tom Cable deserves a lot of credit for keeping his team together. The AFC West is so bad that they have as good of a chance of any of the four teams to take home the crown.Collapse Description
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5-4 3 8/27
Kansas City, like Oakland, is built for the running game. When they have to play from behind, the Chiefs have very little chance to win. Last week's blowout loss at Denver was alarming, but Kansas City has shown it can hang with any team so far. They'll bExpand Description
Kansas City, like Oakland, is built for the running game. When they have to play from behind, the Chiefs have very little chance to win. Last week's blowout loss at Denver was alarming, but Kansas City has shown it can hang with any team so far. They'll be in thick of the AFC West race the rest of the way.Collapse Description
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5-4 4 9/28
They likely won't win the AFC South, but the Jaguars have righted the ship, at least for now. Veteran QB David Garrard is a big reason for Jacksonville's resurgence of late. He has 11 touchdown passes and only two interceptions over his last five games. OExpand Description
They likely won't win the AFC South, but the Jaguars have righted the ship, at least for now. Veteran QB David Garrard is a big reason for Jacksonville's resurgence of late. He has 11 touchdown passes and only two interceptions over his last five games. Over that time period, Garrard has completed 76.4 percent of his passes.Collapse Description
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17

5-4 7 13/31
I certainly didn't see last week's performance coming down the pike based on how they were playing in previous weeks. But getting back Matt Hasselbeck behind center certainly helped. And their struggling defense really bounced back against Arizona. We'll Expand Description
I certainly didn't see last week's performance coming down the pike based on how they were playing in previous weeks. But getting back Matt Hasselbeck behind center certainly helped. And their struggling defense really bounced back against Arizona. We'll get a realistic idea of how good this team is when they play the Saints on the road this week.Collapse Description
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18

5-4 1 8/20
The Tyler Thigpen era seems to have begun, at least for a few games. But Thigpen's success two years ago with the Kansas City Chiefs came out shotgun formation, so it will be interesting to see if offensive coordinator Dan Henning adjusts Miami's offensivExpand Description
The Tyler Thigpen era seems to have begun, at least for a few games. But Thigpen's success two years ago with the Kansas City Chiefs came out shotgun formation, so it will be interesting to see if offensive coordinator Dan Henning adjusts Miami's offensive scheme going forward. Collapse Description
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4-5 1 9/27
San Diego is yet another team that should benefit from their bye week. While their record is 4-5, the Chargers have been playing much better of late, and they should get back some of their injured receivers for this week's game against the visiting BroncoExpand Description
San Diego is yet another team that should benefit from their bye week. While their record is 4-5, the Chargers have been playing much better of late, and they should get back some of their injured receivers for this week's game against the visiting Broncos. Collapse Description
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20

4-5 6 4/30
It's the same old story for this team. Great offense, bad defense. General manager Rick Smith will need to take a hard look at how to improve the defense for next season. It's not about the coaching this time, it's about the personnel. And that area fallsExpand Description
It's the same old story for this team. Great offense, bad defense. General manager Rick Smith will need to take a hard look at how to improve the defense for next season. It's not about the coaching this time, it's about the personnel. And that area falls within his jurisdiction. Collapse Description
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21

4-5 5 15/32
I've been saying for weeks in this space that for the Rams to be a good football team, they'll need to start winning on the road. However, you apparently don't need to be a good team to win the NFC West this season. The Rams are just one game back despiteExpand Description
I've been saying for weeks in this space that for the Rams to be a good football team, they'll need to start winning on the road. However, you apparently don't need to be a good team to win the NFC West this season. The Rams are just one game back despite having a losing record.Collapse Description
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22

3-6 - 18/30
You're probably wondering why this team didn't move down despite losing last week. The Browns are extremely competitive. In fact, had they not gotten off to such a bad start this season, they might have had a realistic shot to compete for a wild card spotExpand Description
You're probably wondering why this team didn't move down despite losing last week. The Browns are extremely competitive. In fact, had they not gotten off to such a bad start this season, they might have had a realistic shot to compete for a wild card spot. It will be interesting to see if rookie Colt McCoy gets to keep the starting quarterback job going forward. He's done nothing to lose it.Collapse Description
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23

4-5 2 11/27
Reality has reared its head with this team. They treaded water for a while, but the truth is they just don't have enough talent at key positions in order to be a solid playoff contender. I think we all learned that during Monday night's loss to the visitiExpand Description
Reality has reared its head with this team. They treaded water for a while, but the truth is they just don't have enough talent at key positions in order to be a solid playoff contender. I think we all learned that during Monday night's loss to the visiting Eagles.Collapse Description
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24

3-6 3 17/31
Well, Troy Smith played the best game of his career to this point in last week's win over the Rams. There's simply no way he won't be the starter the rest of the way. He has a much stronger arm than Alex Smith. It will be interesting to see if this team cExpand Description
Well, Troy Smith played the best game of his career to this point in last week's win over the Rams. There's simply no way he won't be the starter the rest of the way. He has a much stronger arm than Alex Smith. It will be interesting to see if this team can make a run in the lowly NFC West. Collapse Description
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25

3-6 3 14/31
The bye clearly benefited this team. It's amazing they could play so badly at home against the Raiders but play so exceedingly well at home a few weeks later against the Chiefs. But that's the NFL this season, expect the unexpected. And because the AFC WeExpand Description
The bye clearly benefited this team. It's amazing they could play so badly at home against the Raiders but play so exceedingly well at home a few weeks later against the Chiefs. But that's the NFL this season, expect the unexpected. And because the AFC West is so bad this season, they are only two games back of first place. Collapse Description
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26

2-7 4 5/30
It wasn't that much of a surprise that the Cowboys played well on the road against the Giants. Teams typically have a renewed sense of urgency after a coaching change. The key for Dallas will be sustaining that energy and urgency against the lowly Lions tExpand Description
It wasn't that much of a surprise that the Cowboys played well on the road against the Giants. Teams typically have a renewed sense of urgency after a coaching change. The key for Dallas will be sustaining that energy and urgency against the lowly Lions this week.Collapse Description
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3-6 4 8/28
There's no question it's getting harder and harder for Brett Favre to find quality passing options each game, but the defense is the real reason why this team is underachieving. While Minnesota's defense is ranked No. 7, it has only recorded 13 sacks and Expand Description
There's no question it's getting harder and harder for Brett Favre to find quality passing options each game, but the defense is the real reason why this team is underachieving. While Minnesota's defense is ranked No. 7, it has only recorded 13 sacks and 10 turnovers. Collapse Description
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3-6 2 15/32
Arizona's defense has really dropped off a bit this season. They're ranked No. 31 for a reason. They simply can't consistently cover on the backend. And on offense, they have no semblance of a running game. Yet, they are only two games back in the NFC WesExpand Description
Arizona's defense has really dropped off a bit this season. They're ranked No. 31 for a reason. They simply can't consistently cover on the backend. And on offense, they have no semblance of a running game. Yet, they are only two games back in the NFC West.Collapse Description
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1-8 3 19/32
I mentioned here last week that they would win a few games before the season ended. They must get back to power running with RB Fred Jackson. He clearly can handle a lot of work. Controlling the clock on the ground would help QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has Expand Description
I mentioned here last week that they would win a few games before the season ended. They must get back to power running with RB Fred Jackson. He clearly can handle a lot of work. Controlling the clock on the ground would help QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has been struggling a bit of late.Collapse Description
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30

2-7 5 19/30
It doesn't show in their 2-7 record, but Lions actually have scored more points this season than they have given up. Detroit is one of those teams that is very competitive, but simply does not have enough talent at certain positions to win consistently. HExpand Description
It doesn't show in their 2-7 record, but Lions actually have scored more points this season than they have given up. Detroit is one of those teams that is very competitive, but simply does not have enough talent at certain positions to win consistently. However, this is a team that is on the rise, and they figure to be much improved next season. They'll still have to find a way to win on the road -- something they haven't done in their last 25 games away from home. Collapse Description
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2-7 2 3/31
They deserve credit for playing the Colts tough, but in the end the Bengals simply couldn't overcome their mistakes. It's a bit surprising that the Bengals aren't running the ball well this season. The running game was a big part of their success last seaExpand Description
They deserve credit for playing the Colts tough, but in the end the Bengals simply couldn't overcome their mistakes. It's a bit surprising that the Bengals aren't running the ball well this season. The running game was a big part of their success last season. Defensively, they simply can't stop anyone, so there's not much hope that this team can turn it around the rest of the way. Collapse Description
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1-8 1 25/32
There really isn't much hope left on the horizon for the rest of the season for this team. The one piece of good news came in the form of rookie QB Jimmy Clausen, who made some good throws during last week's loss at Tampa Bay. There's no reason why he shoExpand Description
There really isn't much hope left on the horizon for the rest of the season for this team. The one piece of good news came in the form of rookie QB Jimmy Clausen, who made some good throws during last week's loss at Tampa Bay. There's no reason why he shouldn't start the rest of the way, unless the concussion he suffered last week prevents him from playing. Collapse Description
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Eagles    2 0 0
Redskins    1 1 0
Cowboys    1 1 0
Giants    0 2 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Cardinals    2 0 0
Seahawks    1 1 0
49ers    1 1 0
Rams    1 1 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Bears    1 1 0
Vikings    1 1 0
Lions    1 1 0
Packers    1 1 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Panthers    2 0 0
Falcons    2 1 0
Saints    0 2 0
Buccaneers    0 3 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Bills    2 0 0
Dolphins    1 1 0
Jets    1 1 0
Patriots    1 1 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    2 0 0
Chargers    1 1 0
Raiders    0 2 0
Chiefs    0 2 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Bengals    2 0 0
Ravens    1 1 0
Steelers    1 1 0
Browns    1 1 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Texans    2 0 0
Titans    1 1 0
Jaguars    0 2 0
Colts    0 2 0