NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

 

The NFL season is about to get real interesting. As the playing field evens, the playoffs grow nearer, the plot lines begin to thicken. Check out Week 10's Power Rankings tonight's Thursday Night Football match-up.

Here are my,

Week 10 Power Rankings:

 

32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-7)

The Chiefs rank among the league's worst in every statistical category and the injury list looks like a team roster.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7)

The Jaguars could just as easily been 32 on this list. The scoring offense is a league's worst (14.6ppg) and there is no sight of Maurice Jones-Drew running out of the tunnel anytime soon.

30. Carolina Panthers (2-6)

Cam won the battle against RGIII and the Redskins, but is losing the war against the season.

29. Cleveland Browns (2-7)

Quote me as officially being on the record saying this, the Browns will win three of the next four after this week's bye.

28. Tennessee Titans 3-6)

The Titans blowout loss against the Chicago Bears was completely symptomatic of the season. Jobs are on the line, and a loss this week at Miami can be the straw that broke the Week 11 bye week's back.

27. New York Jets (3-5)

The Jets brand of undisciplined football may result in changes made during this week's bye. A change at quarterback would undoubtedly spell rebuilding, but when your starting quarterback has a completion % of 52 and a 10-8 TD-INT ratio, can you blame them. Yes you can when that quarterback is Tim Tebow..

But all he does is.... Nevermind.

26.Buffalo Bills (3-5)

The Bills haven't recorded a turnover since Week 6, now they head to Foxboro to face the Patriots. Ouch.

25. Oakland Raiders (3-5)

The Raiders appear to still be breathing in the AFC West with a tough two weeks ahead ( Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints). On the dark side, Oakland has committed 10 turnovers since coming out of their Week 5 bye.

24.  Arizona Cardinals (4-5)

The Cardinals five game losing streak after starting the season 4-0 is complete indicative of the research that teams invest in film. As Arizona began to play more games and flaws became evident (lack of offensive production, run defense), teams began to adjust and well, there you have it. Arizona gets to enjoy a bye before taking on the undefeated Falcons at Raymond James Stadium.

23. St. Louis Rams (3-5)

The Rams 28th ranked scoring offense (17.1ppg) won't be enough to get the job done, as what was once a top 10 defense (9 turnovers through five weeks), hasn't recorded a turnover in 3 weeks. There is a lot to address in St. Louis before the bye.

22. Cincinnatti Bengals (3-5)

Despite a terrible home game record (1-3), the Bengals haven't allowed less than 24 points since Week 5.

21. Washington Redskins (3-6)

Sentiments of the field appear to be resonated in the locker room of the Washington Redskins. If the players and quarterback RGIII can unite in spite of head coach Mike Shanahan, than the Redskins can finish the season on a positive note.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)

It appears that Michael Vick and the Eagles will put the "dynasty" talk on ice until they learn how to win a football game. And

19. Dallas Cowboys (3-5)

Strength of schedule (or lack thereof) is the only thing in the Cowboys favor moving forward.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4)

Doug Martin

17. Detroit Lions (4-4)

The Detroit Lions would be undefeated if they were coached by Super Nanny.

16. San Diego Chargers (4-4)

The Chargers have a chance to unseat Denver and perhaps take them by a game in the next two weeks. This is about the time of year that San Diego pulls a San Diego. Norv Turner future lies in 14 days.

15.Miami Dolphins (4-4)

The Dolphins are among a slew of teams at .500 whose season could go either way. No significant injuries but perhaps one of the worst secondaries (298ypg) in the NFL are things to look out for moving forward.

14. New Orleans Saints (3-5)

If the return of interim head coach Joe Vitt can right the ship for the Saints, the potential loss of head coach Sean Payton won't seem as bad.

13.  Minnesota Vikings (5-4)

Adrian Peterson is supporting the team on his rebuilt knees, however, the team cannot allow 30ppg as they have the past two weeks. Upcoming divisional rival Detroit means a pivotal point in the season for the two teams.

12. Seattle Seahawks (5-4)

The Seahawks sound victory over the Minnesota Vikings proves that Russell Wilson can lead this team (173yds, 3TD's-0INT's) and the defense is among the league's best (287 total yards, 2 turnovers, 4 sacks against Minnesota).

11. Indianapolis Colts (5-3)

The Colts continue emotional momentum, as the all shaved their heads in support of head coach Chuck Pagano's fight with cancer. They are also playing remarkably efficient football, rendering only 2 turnovers in the past 3 weeks. Andrew Luck has been nothing short of magnificent (419yds; new NFL rookie record) and adds fuel to the fire of the Offensive Rookie of the Year conversation.

10. Green Bay Packers (6-3)

Green Bay has quietly re-asserted themselves in the NFC North divisional conversation. And the upcoming bye couldn't be perfect timing for the cheeseheads to retool and mend injuries as they head into the thick of their divisional schedule.

9. Denver Broncos (5-3)

Peyton Manning continues to add to his case for regular season MVP (2,404 passing yards, 69.% completion, 20TD's-6INT's).

8.   Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3)

Despite a slow start, the Steelers still have an opportunity to steal the AFC North from the Baltimore Ravens. With WR Antonio Brown ruled out and RB Jonathan Dwyer apparently on the mend, the Steelers still shouldn't have a hard time defeating the terrible Chiefs.

7. New York Giants (6-3)

The G-Men have started uncharacteristically well as defending Super Bowl Champions. I will proceed with cation rating this team, as they head towards a Week 11 bye, they could very well lose the division before that date.

6. New England Patriots (5-3)

The Patriots have a running game (370yds in past three games), that is a scary fact for a team whose passing game already garners 301ypg.

5. Baltimore Ravens (6-3)

Joe Flacco's icy veins has kept the Ravens in atop the AFC North as he has 2 4th quarter comebacks this season. Furthermore, Flacco has yet to record a turnover since the Week 8 bye.

4. San Francisco 49'ers (6-2)

The 49'ers only appear to have two more real contests to finish out the second half of the season (Chicago, New England). If the offense can continue to minimilize turnovers (1 in past two weeks), than the NFC West is theirs for the taking.

3. Houston Texans (7-1)

Houston will face it's biggest challenge of the season at Chicago this weekend. The team will have to show up on all phases if they are to beat the Bears at home on the lakefront.

2. Chicago Bears (7-1)

The Bears are on track for a record breaking season defensively and on special teams. They also can have their first 1,000 yard receiver since Marty Booker. Nothing but smile from Chicago. They will also face their toughest challenge of the season this Sunday against the Houston Texans.

1. Atlanta Falcons (8-0)

The Falcons are the best team in the NFL until beaten otherwise. There are still a few skeptical of their long-term success. Including this guy.

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