Week 10 NFL Power Rankings – Rodgers’ Injury a Blow for Packers
After 9 weeks of NFL action, here is Fanspeak’s Week 10 Power Rankings:
1. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week #1):
Is this the best defense in football right now? Led by their defense, the Chiefs are 9-0 and now have a bye before their week 11 marquee match-up with the Broncos for bragging rights in the AFC West.
Colts had a nice come from behind win over the Texans Sunday night and T.Y. Hilton is proving that he can emerge as a top target for Andrew Luck.
3. Denver Broncos (Last Week #3):
The Broncos were on bye this past week, and face the Chargers this week on the road. Though Denver should be the favorite it will be interesting to see how they fare without John Fox on the the sidelines.
4. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week #5):
The Seahawks found a way to win at home in overtime, but it is a little concerning that in back-to-back weeks they almost lost to really bad teams with uncertain quarterback situations. A lot of the Seahawks mistakes were self inflicted, but they can’t afford to do that versus some of the better teams in the league.
5. San Francisco 49ers (Last Week #6):
The 49ers were on bye and almost caught a break with the Seahawks losing. The 49ers have a tough game at home with the Panthers coming into town, but they should be able to beat them, especially coming off a bye.
6. New England Patriots (Last Week #9):
Is Tom Brady finally back? He looked like it Sunday with 4 TDs, and his weapons looked like real weapons. Now they have a week off to continue to get healthy and improve.
7. New Orleans Saints (Last Week #4):
The Saints are coming off an extremely disappointing game against the Jets, and they now have the Panthers in their rearview mirror looking to try to pass them. Dallas comes into town this week, and though the Saints should be favored, the can’t afford to have the mistakes they had this past week if they want to win.
8. Carolina Panthers (Last Week #12):
Don’t look now but the Panthers are playing excellent football. They have mainly beaten up on bad teams so far, but they are blowing them out for the most part so it’s not as if they are just squeaking by. They face a real test this week on the road in San Francisco, but are firmly in the playoff hunt win or lose.
9. Green Bay Packers (Last Week #7):
Not only did they lose Aaron Rodgers on the first drive and lose to the Bears to fall into a 3-way tie for 1st in the NFC North, but it looks like they’ll be without Rodgers for approximately 3-6 weeks. To make matters worse, they do not have a reliable backup on the roster, as proved by Seneca Wallace on Monday night. Look to see if Packers make any QB moves this week.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week #8):
Really rough outing for Andy Dalton and Co. on Halloween against the Dolphins. Now they must bounce back quickly to face their struggling division rivals, the Ravens Sunday.
11. Detroit Lions (Last Week #11):
A week off and the Lions are the thick of a crazy NFC North race. So they better bring their A-game to Chicago as they face Cutler and the Bears on Sunday.
12. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week #13):
The Cowboys needed a come back win over the lowly Vikings at home, but that win kept them in 1st place in the NFC East. Right now they have all the tie-breaker advantages so Dallas is in control of their own destiny.
13. Chicago Bears (Last Week #15):
Back-up QB Josh McCown played excellent and led the Bears to a huge win over their rivals, the Packers on Monday Night. Yes, the Packers were without Aaron Rodgers, but it was still a huge win and puts them right back in the NFC North race. And even better, it looks like Jay Cutler will return to face the Lions this week in Chicago.
14. New York Jets (Last Week #17):
So every other or every odd week, the Jets get a win. True inconsistency to literally win every other week…so does that mean the Jets lose in week 10?
15. Miami Dolphins (Last Week #16):
Drama surrounds the Dolphins organization right now with the bullying by Richie Incognito of Jonathan Martin. But Tannehill & Co. found a way to get a huge win over the Bengals Thursday night, so you have to give them a lot of credit. But where will they go from here with all the scandal hanging over the team right now?
16. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week #20):
QB Nick Foles tied Peyton Manning’s 7 TD passes this season, as he and the Eagles got back on track with a huge win over the Raiders. If he keeps playing like that, they’ll be really dangerous in the NFC East.
17. San Diego Chargers (Last Week #10):
Tough loss for the Chargers after coming East to Washington and almost squeeking out a victory. Now who do they face, just Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
18. Tennessee Titans (Last Week #18):
The good news for the Titans is they won and Chris Johnson had a big game, the bad news is Jake Locker really struggled and the defense couldn’t shut down a struggling Rams team. Titans should have an easy win at home over the Jaguars this week, but Jacksonville is coming off a bye and will be looking to steal a game here.
19. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week #14):
The Super Bowl champs looked anything but on Sunday as they lost in Cleveland. QB Joe Flacco did not look himself, and the running attack is non existent.
20. Buffalo Bills (Last Week #19):
The Bills once again let what looked to be a possible win slip away from them. The good news is they are staying in games and playing most teams tough, but they need to find a way to finish these games. C.J. Spiller had a big game and E.J. Manuel could be back so things could be looking up in Buffalo.
21. Houston Texans (Last Week #21):
New QB Case Keenum looked great and may have permanently supplanted Matt Schaub. But he and Andre Johnson were not enough to beat Andrew Luck and the Colts Sunday night. Thoughts are with Coach Gary Kubiak after his collapse Sunday night and as he continues to go thru tests and recover.
22. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week #22):
The Cardinals were off this past week and get a Houston team that is a bit depleted. While you can’t take them for granted as the Colts found out in the first half, the Cardinals secondary should be able to confuse Case Keenum somewhat.
23. Cleveland Browns (Last Week #29):
The Browns got a big win this past week and have a bye this week to rest up. They face the Bengals after the bye and if they find a way to win that game they could have a shot at winning the division.
24. Washington Redskins (Last Week #27):
The Redskins were inches away from a devastating loss, but thanks to a huge defensive stand and a nice overtime drive, the Redskins got a huge home win over the Chargers. Now they have a short week and travel to Minnesota for Thursday night. If they want to stay relevant in the NFC East, this is a must win.
25. New York Giants (Last Week #25):
After a couple wins and a bye week, the Giants now host the Raiders with a good chance to get another win.
26. Oakland Raiders (Last Week #23):
Nick Foles absolutely abused the Raiders secondary on the way to a major shellacking. The most concerning thing for the Raiders is the fact that both Pryor and McFadden left the game early due to injury.
27. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week #24):
The Falcons keep falling and it could get worse before it gets better. They are going to have to answer major questions once this season is over.
28. St. Louis Rams (Last Week #26):
The Rams gave the Titans a good game and their defense was able to do some nice things versus Jake Locker, but they didn’t have an answer for Chris Johnson and it cost them. It’s going to be tough to get too many more wins with Clemens at the helm, but the good news is Zac Stacy looks like the real deal for them.
29. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week #30):
The Vikings gave the Cowboys a scare in Dallas, bad teams find a way to lose and the Vikings did just that. Now they face RG3 & the Redskins on Thursday Night Football. So will they play tough against another NFC East team?
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week #28):
What used to be a strength, is now a weakness for the Steelers, as their defense is a liability and got torched by Tom Brady & Co. What an incredibly disappointing season for Steelers and their fans.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week #31):
QB Mike Glennon again showed poise and promise as the Bucs gave the Seahawks a big scare and needed OT to make the Bucs stay winless.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week #32):
They didn’t lose this week, because they were on a bye. Don’t expect too much from them against the Titans this week.