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Week 10 power rankings

For the first time this year (we think), an NFC team has climbed to the top of the PFT power rankings.

(Relax, Cowboys fans.  It’s not your team.)

So who’s No. 1?  And who’s No. 2?  And who’s No. 32?  Read on.

1.  Atlanta Falcons (No. 6; 7-2):  As receiver Roddy White said a day after admitting to pushing down Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson on the play that decided Thursday night’s game, it’s only pass interference if the flag is thrown.  As since the flag wasn’t thrown, the Falcons are on track to force the road to Dallas through Atlanta.

2.  New York Jets (No.3; 7-2):  It’s better to be lucky than good.  But good tends to last a little longer.

3.  New England Patriots (No. 7; 7-2):  The Pats should lose by 20 points more often.

4.  Baltimore Ravens (No. 1; 6-3):  Though they got robbed when the officials didn’t flag Roddy White for pass interference, the Ravens of old would have put the clamps on the Falcons long before it got to that point.

5. Green Bay Packers (No. 5; 6-3):  And now the Packers will have a chance to properly send Brett Favre into retirement.  If he doesn’t retire first.

6.  Philadelphia Eagles (No. 8; 6-3):  Could be it that, in the first year after trading the quarterback who couldn’t deliver a Super Bowl win in 11 tries, the Eagles will finally get their Super Bowl win?

7.  New York Giants (No. 2; 6-3):  If the Super Bowl were played in November, the Giants would have a few more trophies in the case.

8.  Indianapolis Colts (No. 11; 6-3):  That breathing room they’ve picked up over the Titans could disappear quickly if the Colts can’t extend their winning streak over New England to three.

9. Oakland Raiders (No. 9; 5-4):  Even in the bye week, the Raiders scored a win, beating back the grievance filed by their former head coach, Lane Kiffin.

10.  New Orleans Saints (No. 10; 6-3):  With Reggie Bush coming back, the Saints could soon be getting back to their 2009 form.

11.  Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 4; 6-3):  For the second straight year, injuries are derailing one of the best teams in the league.

12.  Miami Dolphins (No. 15; 5-4):  Has any win in the history of the league ever felt more like a loss?

13.  Chicago Bears (No. 17; 6-3):  The schedule gets brutal soon, and even with six wins the playoffs continue to be an uphill climb.

14. Cleveland Browns (No. 14; 3-6):  This team can play with anyone.  But even if they beat everyone left on their schedule, it may not be enough for the playoffs.

15.  Kansas City Chiefs (No. 13; 5-4):  With the way this team has played lately, Todd Haley will be able to engage in a lot more post-game finger-pointing.

16.  San Diego Chargers (No. 16; 4-5):  Here comes another playoff run, followed by another quick playoff exit.

17.  Tennessee Titans (No. 12; 5-4):  Since being traded out of New England, Randy Moss is 1-4.  And the Patriots are 4-1.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 19; 6-3):  Win at Baltimore on Thanksgiving weekend, and then we’ll believe.

19.  Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 22; 5-4):  That Hail Mary play was thrilling, but it’ll still take more than a few Rosaries to save Jack Del Rio’s job.

20.  Seattle Seahawks (No. 24; 5-4):  How can a team that lost two games by a combined score of 74-17 be leading a division?  Oh yeah, it’s the NFC West.

21. St. Louis Rams (No. 18; 4-5):  By the time the Rams are good enough to consistently win close games, they won’t have to.

22. Houston Texans (No. 20; 4-5):  The Texans have actually gotten worse since Brian Cushing’s suspension ended.

23. Washington Redskins (No. 21; 4-5):  Mike Shanahan’s next lie will come when he says his team is good.

24.  San Francisco 49ers (No. 27; 3-6):  The Troy Smith era officially has begun.  Don’t blink.

25. Dallas Cowboys (No. 32; 2-7):  In lieu of enjoying an impressive win, Cowboys fans already are thinking that their team can run the table.  Hell, maybe they can.

26.  Denver Broncos (No. 31; 3-6):  One win over a team that got caught flat-footed doesn’t really change much in Denver.

27. Minnesota Vikings (No. 23; 3-6):  Somewhere, Les Steckel is smiling.

28. Arizona Cardinals (No. 25; 3-6):  OK, these are the Cardinals we’ve come to know and regard as worthless.

29.  Buffalo Bills (No. 30; 1-8):  Bills fans deserve a lot more than a two-point win over the Lions.

30.  Detroit Lions (No. 26; 2-7):  The best evidence of the sorry state of this franchise is that it actually feels like they’re having a good year.

31.  Cincinnati Bengals (No. 28; 2-7):  To say that T.O. played with alligator arms would be an insult to alligators.

32.  Carolina Panthers (No. 29; 1-8):  Eventually, John Fox’s attempt to distance himself from the performance of the team could include a suggestion that he isn’t actually the coach.

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48 Responses to “Week 10 power rankings”
  1. floriostoupee says: Nov 16, 2010 7:14 AM

    i guess you have to kinda rank all the 7-2 at the top, but as a jet fan i can see they’re ranked too high. luck WILL run out and they need to improve on defense quickly.

    GO GANG GREEN

  2. deanvernonwormer says: Nov 16, 2010 7:17 AM

    Florio — for doing such a good job with your power rankings all year I present you with this ceremonial gold-plated whistle.

    Dean Wormer

  3. ejtowne says: Nov 16, 2010 7:20 AM

    C’mon Mike, we all know that Buffalo would smack around those Cowboys! I think we deserve to be at least on top of them…

  4. nokoolaidcowboy says: Nov 16, 2010 7:22 AM

    “25. Dallas Cowboys (No. 32; 2-7): In lieu of enjoying an impressive win, Cowboys fans already are thinking that their team can run the table. Hell, maybe they can.”

    Not this fan Mike. The Giants took this game lightly and started putting points up too late.

    Garrett was a part of the problem during the Wade era…unless he was dogging it on purpose which would be cheesey.

  5. rugdaniels says: Nov 16, 2010 7:31 AM

    haha. Florio, you must love these guys who comment and bury everything you say. These rankings are begging for people to flip out on you. You know how to generate the hits on this site man.

  6. steeltownpride says: Nov 16, 2010 7:37 AM

    Raiders over Steelers ? lol Ok Mike the crack smoking has to stop now . I worry for your safety .

  7. techstar25 says: Nov 16, 2010 7:48 AM

    18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Win at on , and then we’ll believe.

    No respect at all. Just fill in the blanks every week. No thinking required.
    But hey, unlike Peter King, though, at least you remembered the team still exists. (See MMQB)

  8. techstar25 says: Nov 16, 2010 7:49 AM

    18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Win at _____ on _____ .
    No respect at all. Just fill in the blanks every week. No thinking required.
    But hey, unlike Peter King, though, at least you remembered the team still exists. (See MMQB)

  9. kevinfromphilly says: Nov 16, 2010 7:54 AM

    C’mon. I’m as big an Eagles fan as there is, but I’m not talking Super Bowl yet. They did look damned impressive last night, but there’s a lot of season left to go.

  10. cleverbob says: Nov 16, 2010 7:57 AM

    The Cowboys will be back to their usual tricks after the excitement of a new coach dies down.

  11. atlien698 says: Nov 16, 2010 8:03 AM

    As a Falcons fan, I almost don’t like the fact you have us (ok, “them”) at #1. Let the Jets, Patriots or Eagles have the crown. We’ll (ok, “they’ll”) just lay back…

  12. richm2256 says: Nov 16, 2010 8:09 AM

    A list that has the Patriots at less than Number One after a thorough beating of the worldwide favorite from last week, is a list you can use for toilet paper.

    To have the Jets -who barely eeked a wins two weeks in a row against such powerhouses as the Cleveland Browns – ranked higher than New England is demeaning to your reputation as a credible (gulp) football writer.

  13. jackburtonsspawn says: Nov 16, 2010 8:11 AM

    It’s a bad year for most teams when the Raiders are in the top 10 in any power rankings.

  14. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Nov 16, 2010 8:18 AM

    I could nit pick but these look pretty solid. Oakland is probably a bit too high but whatever.

  15. ron0917 says: Nov 16, 2010 9:00 AM

    So, you put the 3-6 Browns, who Tampa at 6-3 beat this year, 4 spots ahead of Tampa? Please. Time to give the Bucs a little respect.

  16. broncsfan says: Nov 16, 2010 9:00 AM

    Obligatory chiding for putting the Jets at #2 with an explanation suggesting you don’t even believe yourselves and just days after having a debate about whether they’re really any good at all.

  17. macjacmccoy says: Nov 16, 2010 9:12 AM

    I get the Falcons have the Best record right now …. but after the performances the Eagles put on this week and the fact that they manhandled the Falcons a few weeks ago , without Vick by the way , I dont see how you could have them ranked in head of the Eagles.

    Im not saying the Eagles should be ranked number 1 Im just saying they should be ranked in head of the Falcons.

    I bet if you went around an asked fans and NFL employs which team out of the two they wouldnt want to play right now the majority of them would say the Eagles.

    Record has nothing to do with a power ranking. Its all about who has the most juice right now. Theres no doubt if its between the Eagles and the Falcons, its definitely the Eagles. There on fire and no ones playing better.

    And I think you would be pretty hard pressed to come up with a legitimate arguement to the contrary.

  18. Rex Grossman says: Nov 16, 2010 9:13 AM

    At first I was gonna be like…”BEARS AT 13 ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!”

    But then I looked at the top 12.

  19. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Nov 16, 2010 9:19 AM

    Again with the media bias for the Cowboys. The Cowboys stink. After getting blown away at home by the Lions next week, the Cowboys will be back at the bottom. Take it to the bank.

  20. steviethewiz says: Nov 16, 2010 9:21 AM

    Ha – I guess all the New England Cheater fans will be crying in their moms basements but facts are facts ladies. Browns destroyed the Pats* and the Jets beat the Browns enough said.

  21. steelersfan5569 says: Nov 16, 2010 9:23 AM

    Ok so Im a Steelers fan I know we didnt play the best of games this week but #11 really Florio Im a little upset about that I dont understand how you put a team that had a bye week in the top like that what did they do this week to earn it?

  22. ineptguy6 says: Nov 16, 2010 9:38 AM

    richm2256 says: Nov 16, 2010 8:09 AM

    A list that has the Patriots at less than Number One after a thorough beating of the worldwide favorite from last week, is a list you can use for toilet paper.

    To have the Jets -who barely eeked a wins two weeks in a row against such powerhouses as the Cleveland Browns – ranked higher than New England is demeaning to your reputation as a credible (gulp) football writer.

    You do realize that the Patriots lost to the Browns right?

  23. grendelg says: Nov 16, 2010 9:39 AM

    @macjacmccoy The Eagles were definitely impressive… But it was just the Redskins. I’d say home field advantage would decide the game between the Falcons and Eagles… The Falcons are nigh on unbeatable at home, but they sure didn’t look good @ Philly. Atlanta has the better record so they’d get the home field, therefore, Falcons on top. For now.

    As a Falcons fan it’s nice to see them at #1, but it makes me nervous… Especially going into St Louis where the Rams have been pretty good at home, whereas the Falcons have just been okay on the road…. We’ll see.

    @richm2256 When putting down the Jets for only squeaking by the Browns it helps to remember a few facts:
    1 – They’ve played some pretty tough teams like the Falcons, Bucs, and Ravens to close games
    2 – They beat the Saints
    3 – They beat the PATRIOTS WHO YOU’RE CLAIMING SHOULD BE HIGHER THAN THE JETS…. Not just a fluke win but a beatdown!

  24. jetsarestacked says: Nov 16, 2010 9:42 AM

    Richm2256

    The browns team that the jets squeaked by this past Sunday beat the crap out of the pats by 20 points and it wasn’t that close. Also, the Jets beat the Pats by 2 touchdowns in a game that wasn’t that close either.

    You’re an idiot.

  25. btintampa says: Nov 16, 2010 9:45 AM

    When the Bucs beat the best team that ever existed, in this universe of the next, in bare feet and with blindfolds, then, and only then, will I start to maybe begin to think about believing.

    Florio, I apprehend you for the churlish knave of a bucket carrier you are. Only a child would be so childish, and since you’re a stubble beard, there can be only one reason for your stick-in-the-eye journalistic methods: provoke more people, in this case Bucs fans, to register so they can come on and hurl brown matter in your direction. You have succeeded. I can see the ad execs at NBC patting your coifed little head now. Here is a free bit of marketing advice. If the Bucs make the playoffs, shave your head. Just think of the ratings!

  26. richm2256 says: Nov 16, 2010 9:58 AM

    To those who have pointed out that the Browns just beat the Patriots, of course they did. The fact that New England just completely thrashed the world’s favorite team of the week, the Steelers, ought to show you that Cleveland was a mere brain fart on New England’s part. The Browns are what they are.

  27. kellyb9 says: Nov 16, 2010 10:09 AM

    You lost me at 1. Atlanta Falcons.

  28. onewinningdrive says: Nov 16, 2010 10:10 AM

    richm2256 says:
    Nov 16, 2010 8:09 AM
    A list that has the Patriots at less than Number One after a thorough beating of the worldwide favorite from last week, is a list you can use for toilet paper.

    To have the Jets -who barely eeked a wins two weeks in a row against such powerhouses as the Cleveland Browns – ranked higher than New England is demeaning to your reputation as a credible (gulp) football writer.
    ———————————-

    Patriots had one good game. they are still overrated. Brady watched from the sideline SDs kicker to see if he goes to over time, you were beat by the Browns and jets and needed two punts in over time to beat the Ravens at HOME.

    You are ahead of the Steelers, that should be good enough for now.

    I think the Packers and the Falcons are too high. Both are suspect. Philly should be higher.

  29. chapnastier says: Nov 16, 2010 10:29 AM

    Dallas played better because Jenkins and Newman went down and they are looking to get Dez Bryant the ball. Nothing else has changed but the play of the guys on the field. I am optimistic but they cant run the table with Garrett as the HC.

  30. wannabear says: Nov 16, 2010 10:32 AM

    why do you play to win if teams with lower records gets ranked over better ones?
    Raiders over Bears and Steelers? Who you smoking with?

  31. ihumpedurmom says: Nov 16, 2010 10:36 AM

    Raiders at 9? At 9?!? Hahahaha!!! Any team that lost to the Cardinals and 49ers shouldn’t even be in the top 20, let alone top 10. You guys are a joke.

  32. civilwarfish says: Nov 16, 2010 10:42 AM

    richm2256 says:
    Nov 16, 2010 9:58 AM
    To those who have pointed out that the Browns just beat the Patriots, of course they did. The fact that New England just completely thrashed the world’s favorite team of the week, the Steelers, ought to show you that Cleveland was a mere brain fart on New England’s part. The Browns are what they are.

    The Steelers were injury plagued…and the Patriots were feeling extreme angst at their thrashing at the hands of my Brownies. And it wasnt just a lucky thrashing either. This a week after an equally surprising and thorough defeat of the Saints.

    Yes, the Browns are what they are. A damn fine football team just coming into their own.

    You, on the other hand, are a moron.

  33. shallowfan says: Nov 16, 2010 10:55 AM

    You seem to be giving Cleveland credit for taking teams to the wire and ranking them pretty high even though they have only won 3 games. When other teams like the Bucs you give no credit to…they did come 1 yard from taking a late lead against Atl, which may have won the game for them.

    You do know that Atl barely beat san fran, got beat by pit, got stomped by philly, and barely beat cincy…and barely beat the bucs….YET you “believe” they are the #1 team and will only believe the bucs are higher than #18 when they beat someone you deam worthy. This makes no sense to me.

  34. clownburger says: Nov 16, 2010 11:06 AM

    Funny how anytime the Cowboys or Vikings win a game, the media creams in their pants a little bit and starts wondering if they can run the table.

    NOTE: The Cowboys and Vikings SUCK!

  35. clownburger says: Nov 16, 2010 11:11 AM

    As is reflected in these rankings, the football media is filled with a lot of dopes who can’t accept the fact that the teams they thought would be good suck and the teams they thought would suck are good.

    Hence the constant ripping on the bucs and the constant hopeful urging of the Cowboys and Vikings.

  36. shallowfan says: Nov 16, 2010 11:19 AM

    i have to post again…

    Looks like you believe in the Raiders too…they have lost to tenn,cardinals, and san fran…and barely beat the rams and chargers…plus lost to the texans…so you are basing your rankings on the fact they beat the broncos (#26), seahawks (#20), and chiefs (#15) the last 3 weeks…after losing to san fran (#24)…The Bucs last four games…Rams (#21), Cardinals (#28), Atl (#1), Car (#)…only lost to the #1 team…barely.

    My point is both teams seem to be beating below 500 teams, yet you have Oakland in the top 10 and you will only believe the Bucs are good when they beat a good team and won’t put them any higher…Everyone talks about beating the teams you are suppose to beat…well Oakland hasn’t done that…they lost to teams they should’ve beat. The Bucs are beating teams nobody said they should beat and nearly beating the best in the league…even if I wasn’t a bucs fan I would argue your logic is terrible in this case.

  37. lleesman725 says: Nov 16, 2010 12:02 PM

    There is no way Floria will make the bet of the Bucs making the playoffs he will shave his head. According to him, they should not win another game until about 2013. 6 wins in 3 years. At least people don’t consider him an “expert”, even though they might as well if they consider Peter King an “expert”. No love for the Bucs ever. If there has ever been a team get its act together, this is it. Too bad the Cowboys are having a bad season or we would hear about them more?

  38. scra22 says: Nov 16, 2010 12:06 PM

    2. New York Jets (No.3; 7-2): It’s better to be lucky than good. But good tends to last a little longer.
    ======

    This should be the line for the Falcons. In at least four of their games they got incredibly lucky right at the end to win. Roddy White’s OPI not being called is just one example.

  39. jimmysee says: Nov 16, 2010 12:28 PM

    How humiliating it must be for the Vikings and their troll fans here on PFT to be ranked BELOW Dallas after Dallas got blown out by the young Packers.

  40. nybeez80 says: Nov 16, 2010 12:34 PM

    Ok so the Steelers are being held back due to injuries and you call them one of the best teams in football. However you make no mention about the Giants injuries despite having more than the Steelers.

  41. keabu says: Nov 16, 2010 1:50 PM

    All teams have injury problems. Green Bay and Indy are winning with serious injury problems. Pittsburgh (and other teams) is no worse off than them…so stifle it on the injury excuses. No one should ever bring up injuries when discussing power rankings … everyone has to over come them so I just don’t want to hear about it.

    Teams being lucky????? Good teams find a way to win . Tell me a team that’s won a super bowl without getting lucky a few times during that season

  42. xtrout says: Nov 16, 2010 2:11 PM

    “A list that has the Patriots at less than Number One after a thorough beating of the worldwide favorite from last week, is a list you can use for toilet paper.

    To have the Jets -who barely eeked a wins two weeks in a row against such powerhouses as the Cleveland Browns – ranked higher than New England is demeaning to your reputation as a credible (gulp) football writer.”

    This guy is delusional. The Browns beat NE soundly. The Jets beat the Browns. Oh yeah, The Jets beat NE too. NE is good, but from a ranking standpoint, Jets beat em handily.

  43. borderline1988 says: Nov 16, 2010 3:32 PM

    I would say the Eagles and Packers are playing the best football in the NFC right now.
    The underrated Packers defense is arguably the best defense in the league (given up the fewest points so far). And the offense is starting to click – they’re easily one of the best offensive teams in the NFL when healthy (even w/o grant). They’re what you would call a ‘complete’ team.
    All those AFC teams have some great strentghs, but are not all-around good teams.

    The Jets should count their lucky stars that they’re not 5-4 right now. Their offense just isn’t that good. The Pats are inconsistent. The Falcons have not beat anyone convincingly all season long (except for Arizona). They’ve won games, but it’s hard to say they’ve been the better team in a lot of their wins.

    I guess you can make arguments for any team. But I can’t wait to see the Packers-Falcons game in 2 weeks. It’ll prove to be a big power-changer in the NFC>

  44. roddy84 says: Nov 16, 2010 4:39 PM

    All Roddy White did was knock the idiot defender’s arm and hand away from him before the dunderhead could hold him, push him or otherwise interfere with his route. White can’t help the fact that the DB can’t stay on his feet and was trying to grab him to begin with. White made a great play and “got away” with nothing more than saving the stumbling, bumbling, falling DB from his own illegal contact penalty. Give it a rest….

  45. brasho says: Nov 16, 2010 6:40 PM

    Ok, so the Bucs have the best young QB in football, some real talent at WR and RB, an opportunistic defense… and of course according to Florio, they won’t win 7 games for 3 seasons (I guess they need to go winless for the next 2 and a half seasons to fulfill that idiotic prediction)… and on top of that, they have won twice as many games as they have lost and came within a yard of beating the #1 team in the Falcons… which was prabably a better performance than the #4 Ravens had and yet they’re at #18?

    Hilarious! Especially considering that they beat the #14 team despite their QB playing for the first time in 3 weeks and coming off an injury that only affected his abililty to throw the ball.

    And in the meantime, this team has greatly improved since week 1 with rookie LeGarrette Blount emerging as a powerhouse on the ground the last 3 games.

    This Buc team is the youngest in the league and unlike the veteran laden teams, instead of getting worse throughout the year (because vets tend to breakdown physically), this team will continue to improve as they adjust to the speed of the game, gain experience, learn techniques, and learn the playbooks. This #18 Bucs team will be far better than the one that started the season (they already are) and will continue to improve.

  46. pastabelly says: Nov 17, 2010 9:51 AM

    xtrout says:
    Nov 16, 2010 2:11 PM

    “This guy is delusional. The Browns beat NE soundly. The Jets beat the Browns. Oh yeah, The Jets beat NE too. NE is good, but from a ranking standpoint, Jets beat em handily.”

    _______________________________
    Hmmm, that was a long time ago and the game was in NY. The Pats were starting a bunch of rookies on defense and playing a different type of offense. The Patriots have won road games in Baltimore, San Diego, and Pittsburgh. But it really doesn’t matter about these lists right now. If the Patriots beat Indy, Green Bay, and the Jets (all home games), this discussion will be moot and we will know that they will win the division and get the bye. That’s all that matters.

  47. mtstrecker says: Nov 18, 2010 3:34 AM

    Raiders at #9????

    You are delusional. They are clearly a top five team. When they when the Superbowl this year, I hope you look back and consider how misguided you were in your ratings.

  48. detroitlionsnfl says: May 18, 2012 7:12 PM

    Back in the day when the Lions were bad…. Ha! GO LIONS!

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