Predominantly Orange Week Ten NFL Power Rankings
The Cowboys remain hot, the Browns are not. While the Broncos faltered and the Raiders rose up. Who is number one? Check the Week Ten Power Rankings here.
Week nine was one of the most predictable weeks in recent memory. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t movement in the Top-5 of the Power Rankings. The Raiders have now solidified themselves as a top team, and the defending champion Broncos have a lot of issues they need to work out when trying to climb their way back to the top.
Meanwhile, in Dallas, Dak Prescott is having one of the best rookie seasons we have ever seen from a quarterback. What’s even crazier than that, he might not be the best rookie on his own team. See who fell where here:
1. New England Patriots (1)
The best team in football just got a nice week off to charge the batteries. Tom Brady is playing the best football of his career at the age of 39—a modern miracle to say the least. The 2016 season does not feature hardly any teams that come off as a power house. The Patriots are really the only team that seem great.
2. Dallas Cowboys (2)
One crazy thing to watch with the Cowboys is the fact that they have two players that could be in the mix for Rookie of the Year, and MVP—Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. It is remarkable to watch these two rookies perform like seasoned vets, and are really at the heart of the 7-1 start by the Cowboys. Tony Romo, please get comfortable holding the clipboard.
3. Oakland Raiders (5)
7-2, first place in the AFC West—all of this is uncharted territory for the Raiders. Their offense is very good and their defense got the best medicine at all—a game with the Broncos offense. Regardless they finally have a signature win and they are rolling right now. For the first time in 14 years, this team has legitimate playoff aspirations.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (4)
It’s hard to win in the NFL, so a team should never apologize for squeaking by the lowly Jaguars at home. However, it is likely that they are eager to get Alex Smith back into the lineup sooner rather than later. This Chiefs team has some Jeckyll and Hyde to it. It’s always a mystery which one is going to show up.
5. Atlanta Falcons (6)
Matt Ryan and the Falcons are just making it look so easy on the offensive side of the football. Ryan should be the front-runner for MVP, and the Falcons are certainly the favorite to come of the NFC South. Matty-Ice is sure getting a lot of help from his duo of terrific running backs—if he could get similar help from his defense, this team would be unstoppable.
6. Seattle Seahawks (7)
The Seahawks are extremely fortunate to be 5-2-1. They have had two victories where the officials have appeared to miss blatant pass interference calls—calls that if made, likely would have turned W’s to L’s. They also got away with one in Arizona. It is due to good fortune that they aren’t 3-5 or 4-4 right now. With that said, they have a good defense, and Monday Night, Russell Wilson seemed to discover his legs again. If they can get going, they certainly have the pieces to compete for another Lombardi.
7. Denver Broncos (3)
What the heck happened? Sunday Night, the Broncos looked like a 2-14 team, not a perennial Super Bowl contender. For the first time in two years, they got manhandled on both sides of the ball. They looked like the finesse team, not Oakland. For a year and a half, the offense has been a huge problem for this team. With the defense banged up and suddenly very vulnerable, this team will be competing for nothing anytime soon unless they can find a way to move the ball.
Their quarterback is regressing, as is their offensive line. Since you cannot switch out an entire line, a quarterback switch seems to be inevitable if things continue along this path. Paging Paxton Lynch—make sure you’re ready.
8. Arizona Cardinals (12)
Last we saw the Cardinals, they were having flashbacks to the NFC Championship Game from a year ago—getting blown off the field once again by the Panthers. However, with a bye week, followed by a date with the Niners should be all the medicine they need to get back on track.
9. New York Giants (13)
The Giants knocked off a good young Eagles team Sunday and are quietly right in the playoff hunt. If the season ended today, the Giants would own the first wildcard spot. With Beckham coming on strong as of late, it would be surprising if their play got worse.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (9)
Yes, they lost, but Steeler fans can rejoice in the fact that Big Ben is back in the lineup. Historically, Roethlisberger has played poor in his return from injury, only to right the ship the following week. Expect the high flying Steelers offense to return to form next week.
11. Minnesota Vikings (8)
The Vikings are currently in a free-fall. After starting the season as the last remaining undefeated team, three straight losses have send this team back to the middle of the pack. Their offensive coordinator has resigned, and if things don’t change, this team will be looking up at the Lions or Packers in the standings.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (10)
One word can be used to describe the Eagles—young. Another word that can bring joy bring joy to Eagles fans—promising. They’ve already exceeded all expecations coming into the year, so every thing else should be a bonus.
A couple things they know is that they have a true superstar in the making at the quarterback position, and a good young head coach. Peterson’s aggressiveness backfired on him against the Giants as twice in the first half the Eagles were stopped on fourth and short in field goal range.
What it showed though was that he had faith in his guys, and that is something that a team loves in a head coach. The Eagles are going to be very good sooner, rather than later. Can they make a run at the playoffs this year? Maybe, maybe not. But for years to come they will be set up, and that is comforting to know if you are an Eagles fan.
13. Washington Redskins (14)
It’s still early, but the Redskins are currently sitting in the final wildcard spot in the NFC. They had a nice bye week to enjoy after their trip to London, and now look to come out in the second half firing. Kirk Cousins is playing for a long-term deal, and Redskins are getting it done in the best division in football. Buckle up—should be an exciting second half in the NFC East.
14. Green Bay Packers (11)
One of the most troubling things about the Packers 4-4 start is the lack of a home field advantage. Once upon a time it was nearly impossible to go into Lambeau and come out with a victory again Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Now? Not so much.
15. Carolina Panthers (19)
Just Keep Pounding. After a 1-5 start, the Panthers seemed to have weathered the storm in their young secondary. With a renewed commitment to feeding Jonathan Stewart, the Panthers look poised to recapture some of that magic from the 2015 season. The biggest concern for the Panthers at this point is the week-to-week beating that their MVP quarterback is taking. Perhaps Newton will draw a roughing the passer penalty next week when he gets speared in the head. But for now, the officials seem content to swallow their whistles and watch one of the true superstars in the league absorb unnecessary hits repeatedly.
16. Houston Texans (15)
The Texans have now had their bye and have yet to win a road game. They have a good opportunity to do that Sunday as they play the Jaguars. They better figure out how to get some road wins quick, because they only have 3 remaining games at home.
17. San Diego Chargers (16)
San Diego is a team on the rise. This past weekend they scored two defensive touchdowns. Combine that with Melvin Gordon rushing for over 190 yards against a team that gives up slightly more than 80 yards per game on the ground, and a veteran quarterback playing at a very high level and you have a team that can win this year. The slow start killed them, but this team could easily be 6-3 or 7-2, and has one of the most balanced rosters in the league.
18. New Orleans Saints (24)
All of the sudden, the Saints are hot as they have climbed all the way back to .500. They chose a perfect time to host the defending champion Broncos this week. The Saints offense is rolling, and the Broncos defense is battered, allowing 30 on Sunday Night to the Raiders. Combine that with the fact that the Saints weakness is their defense—a weakness that a terrible Broncos offense is unlikely to be able to exploit. For weeks, the Broncos futile offense has been making average to poor defenses look like absolute world beaters. Combine all this with the fact that the 11am start time is typically a tough game for a Pacific/Mountain time zone team, and you have a good recipe to get a win if you are the Saints.
19. Buffalo Bills (18)
There are no moral victories in the NFL, but the Bills came about as close to that as they could hope. They delivered a very good showing in an extremely hostile environment as they nearly out-gained the Seahawks 2 to 1. It really doesn’t help them at all in the win column, but they should feel good about themselves moving forward as many teams have fared far worse in front of the 12th man.
20. Tennessee Titans (17)
Are the Titans going to win the AFC South? Who knows. What is certain is, despite the loss, the Titans have the look of the best team in that division. Not sure if that says more about the weakness of the division or the strength of the Titans, but either way, it’s good news for a team that has been down for a long time.
21. Detroit Lions (23)
Oh the Lions—just when it’s time to declare them a good team, they stink up the joint. Just when it’s time to write them off as awful, they come out and win a big game. Matthew Stafford is playing some great football, and because of that they’ll be competitive. Really not sure what else to say about the Lions—check back next week.
22. Cincinnati Bengals (21)
The Bengals got a week to sit and think about where they are at as a football team. In comparison to expectations, the year would appear to be lost. There is a lot of football left to be played, but they are going to have to begin playing at a high level very soon if they would like to get their season off of life support.
23. Baltimore Ravens (25)
It is impossible to judge the Ravens after they beat the Steelers. It does not matter the quality of these two teams, they always play close games. However, it was encouraging to see the Ravens back in the win column. Now with a team other than the Steelers on the docket, can they build on this win, or will they revert back to the team that lost the previous four games?
24. Miami Dolphins (22)
It doesn’t quite seem fair that the Dolphins dropped two spots in the rankings after a win, however life isn’t fair. Fact is though, the Dolphins are playing far better football then they were a few weeks ago when they appeared they’d be in the running for the number one draft pick. They’ve actually put themselves in the hunt for a wildcard spot in the AFC—an impressive turnaround to say the least.
25. Indianapolis Colts (28)
Sometimes things happen and we don’t really know why—things like the Colts beating the Packers in Lambeau. I suppose sometimes it’s good to have a little Luck on your side—Andrew Luck that is. When there’s a Luck, there’s a way.
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20)
The future is bright for the Bucs as they have a very good young quarterback. Unfortunately the future isn’t now just yet. The Bucs have a lot of holes on there football team that need to be addressed—defending the pass is one of them.
27. Chicago Bears (27)
Are the Cutler-led Bears a good team, or are the Vikings just a much worse team than we initially thought? This question was put on hold due to the Bears bye week. Lets reconvene after this coming week.
28. New York Jets (26)
What a disappointing season for the Jets. Their QB turned out to be a fraud. Their star cornerback turned out to be over the hill. Poor Brandon Marshall may never go to the playoffs. Time to hit the reset button in New York.
29. Los Angeles Rams (29)
Here comes the weekly, “why isn’t Jared Goff playing” argument. Jeff Fisher states that Keenum gives them the best chance to win. The question needs to be “what are your really playing for anyways?”
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (30)
The Jaguars are the biggest waste of collective talent in the league. For the players they have, the record is simply unacceptable. Gus Bradley has no excuses, he should have been let go a week ago. He has been afforded multiple years through the rebuilding process, but this was supposed to be the year they were competitive at the very least. That has not happened and Bradley will be extremely fortunate if he see’s another year.
31. San Francisco 49ers (31)
If the Browns weren’t around, the Niners would be a shoe-in for the worst team in the league. Lucky for them, Cleveland is even worse. The Niners have been having nice first halves, but following it up with abysmal second halves. Maybe the offense just wears themselves down playing at such a high pace—-the opposite of what it is supposed to do.
32. Cleveland Browns (32)
Terrelle Pryor is the only player on the roster that should be retained—he and Jamie Collins.
This team is more likely than not to go 0-16—what a joke.
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