Week 10 power rankings

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1.  Chiefs (9-0; last week No. 1):  This could their last week in the top spot.

2. Seahawks (9-1; No. 2):  This could be their last week in the No. 2 spot.

3. Broncos (8-1; No. 4):  This could be the last week Peyton Manning is able to play with that bad ankle.

4. Saints (7-2; No. 7):  It took Rob Ryan a bit longer than five minutes to find his next job, but he found the right one.

5. Patriots (7-2; No. 6):  Tom Brady could be having flashbacks to Super Bowl XLII and XLVI as he watches tapes of the Panthers’ pass rush.

6. Colts (6-3; No. 3):  The best way to avoid a fourth-quarter comeback from Andrew Luck is to blow him out before the end of quarter three.

7. 49ers (6-3; No. 5):  It’s a good thing Colin Kaepernick sold out while there was still something to sell.

8. Lions (6-3; No. 10):  Maybe defenses aren’t double-teaming Calvin Johnson because they realize it doesn’t matter.

9. Panthers (6-3; No. 11):  The Panthers finally faced adversity.  And they kicked its ass.

10. Bengals (6-4; No. 8):  The Bengals finally are facing adversity.  And it’s kicking their ass.

11. Jets (5-4; No. 14):  Adversity only kicks the Jets’ ass in the even weeks.

12. Packers (5-4; No. 9):  Adversity, thy name is Scott Tolzein.

13. Cardinals (5-4; No. 17):  Does anyone realize this team is over .500 through 10 weeks?

14. Cowboys (5-5; No. 12):  Everyone realizes this team isn’t over .500 through 10 weeks.

15. Eagles (5-5; No. 19):  If they could win their home games, they’d be 9-1.

16. Bears (5-4; No. 13):  If Josh McCown can pull the Bears back into playoff contention, why would the team bring back Jay Cutler?

17. Dolphins (4-5; No. 15):  If that’s how they perform when galvanized, we’d hate to see how they’d play if they weren’t.

18. Chargers (4-5; No. 16):  At least they didn’t blow a 24-0 lead this time.

19. Titans (4-5; No. 18):  There are far more interesting ways to get everyone fired than to lose to the Jaguars at home.

20. Browns (4-5; No. 20):  Mid-November relevance is a beautiful thing in Cleveland.

21. Ravens (4-5; No. 21):  The one team that none of the other AFC playoff teams want to see in the playoffs is the Ravens.

22. Giants (3-6; No. 24):  The one team that none of the other NFC playoff teams want to see in the playoffs is the Giants.

23. Rams (4-6; No. 26):  Where’ve you been hiding, Tavon Austin?

24. Redskins (3-6; No. 22):  Last year’s playoff team started 3-6, too.  That’s where the similarities end.

25. Steelers (3-6; No. 28):  The question of whether Roethlisberger wants to move on from Pittsburgh overlooks the possibility that the team wants to move on from him.

26. Raiders (3-6; No. 23):  And the playoff drought is destined to continue for another year.

27. Bills (3-7; No. 25):  And the playoff drought is destined to continue for another year.

28. Falcons (2-7; No. 27):  At some point, it’ll be easier to list the Falcons who haven’t been injured.

29. Texans (2-7; No. 29):  Seven is the number of their quarterback of the future — and of their present losing streak.

30. Buccaneers (1-8; No. 30):  With more games like last night’s, could Greg Schiano actually save his job?

31. Vikings (2-7; No. 31):  They’ve finally won a game this year in the United States.

32. Jaguars (1-8; No. 32):  With the Bucs and Vikings also winning, the Jags were able to get a “W” without undermining their crack at the first overall pick in the draft.

93 responses to “Week 10 power rankings

  1. Mike Florio says:
    16. Bears (5-4; No. 13): If Josh McCown can pull the Bears back into playoff contention, why would the team bring back Jay Cutler?

    Because he is better at playing football.

  2. Niners over the Panthers…ROFLMFAO!! Those Pats are going to get an earhole full next Monday night. You might as well drop them below Panthers as well. This IS A LOCK!!!

  3. List looks good to me except that the Cowboys come in higher than the Eagles. Cowboy’s defense is done.

  4. man the cardinals should be 6-3 if it wasnt for a blown 4th quarter against the rams. but i will take 5-4, i will also take rank 13 watch out everyone this cardinals defense is very underrated and i wouldnt be surprised if it carried the cardinals to 10 wins and a wildcard spot

  5. Why are my Niners ahead of the Panthers? To quote Ric Flair, to be the man you gotta beat the man…and that’s what they did 😦

  6. So the Patriots beat the Saints, have the same record, yet ranked one spot beneath them? When will you idiots actually figure out how to do the Power Rankings correctly.

  7. Pats have shown zero dominance this year like what we saw from the Saints on Sunday night, and the Saints would destroy the Pats in New Orleans.

  8. Why wouldn’t the other AFC teams want to see the Ravens? They have an anemic run game, inconsistent passing. The defense is dominant sometimes, but is pretty inconsistent. I’m sure they’d LOVE to see the Ravens in the playoffs.

  9. Kaepernick is just following the script. Sensational back up comes in, lights it up, almost wins Superbowl then has a mediocre year, then when he gets his core offensive weapons back, re-lights it up in the new Field of Jeans. And wins the 2014/15 Superbowl!

    Kind of like Steve Martin’s “The Jerk” but in reverse

  10. @devouredbychaos:

    Your logic is that if a team beats another team, it must be better. Let’s track that:

    The Pats lost to the Bengals, who lost to the Browns. Therefore Browns > Patriots.

    The Seahawks lost to the Colts, who lost to the Rams. Rams > Seahawks.

    Doesn’t work.

  11. The fun part about being a Pats fan is how other teams’ fans react to them. The Pats are 7-2… As Bill Parcel’s once said … “you are what your record says you are.” .

    Monday Night can’t get here fast enough. Pats Panthers is in my opinion the best game so far on MNF… (especially after that stink bowl last night) …

    Gonna be a good one.

  12. Mike Florio says:Nov 12, 2013 9:38 AM

    Pats have shown zero dominance this year like what we saw from the Saints on Sunday night, and the Saints would destroy the Pats in New Orleans.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    My question would be: who would win the SB; Saints vs. Pat? I would put my money on Pats in that one.

  13. The Bucs aren’t as bad as people are making them out to be.

    they lost multiple games by a field goal or less.
    throw in a couple of blowouts, yeah, but they are playing tough football against good teams.

  14. Mike Florio says: Nov 12, 2013 9:38 AM

    Pats have shown zero dominance this year like what we saw from the Saints on Sunday night, and the Saints would destroy the Pats in New Orleans.

    Graham ZERO catches vs NE (first time since his rookie season)

    Colston 1 catch 11 yards

    Brees- completed below 50% of his passes (first time in 5 seasons) QB rtg 74.7 compared to his season QB rtg 108.9

    I would say that “dominance” Oh and NE WON the game!

  15. This is all wrong. Power rankings should list in order who you believe the best teams are. So, you should believe #1 would beat #2 on a neutral field, and #2 would beat #3, and so on. If all you are going to do is list teams by records you could have just linked to a standings page. Unless you actually think the Chiefs would beat Seattle, Denver, or New Orleans; in which you you are just crazy.

  16. Next up for the Panthers is the Patriots. The NFL will probably have to make up a new rule for Tom Brady after this game!

  17. The soon-to-be 4-6 Giants will probably be about 16-18 next week….which tells you how lousy the NFL has become.

    And btw….the packers at 12? Are these weekly power ranking or not? If they are, the packers should be in the latter 20’s THIS WEEK. Right now without AR they blow.

  18. “Pats have shown zero dominance this year like what we saw from the Saints on Sunday night, and the Saints would destroy the Pats in New Orleans”….agreed Mike. Pats barely got out of Buffalo the first week with a win….I would remind Carolina that Buffalo beat your team earlier this season too…and of course the Chiefs with all their smoke & mirrors will go down to the Broncos Sunday night……no team is a sure bet this year…..

  19. Even as a homer, I have to say the Falcons are rated correctly.
    And I hate to agree with Mike on the bagheads. They are good.

  20. “Panthers (6-3; No. 11): The Panthers finally faced adversity. And they kicked its ass.”

    Indeed. Props, Panthers fans.

    -Titan Fan

  21. Colts go 4-3 for the remaining games, win the division and get bounced after one playoff game. That’s just how sad the AFC South is this year. Jags are pathetic; Texans one game better than pathetic and the Titans are unpredictable. Colts are a mediocre team in a really bad division.

  22. Florio, you ranked the Saints above the Patriots, and I completely understand why – Saints barrrrely lost in Foxboro.

    Okay, but how can you justify putting the 49ers above the Panthers? How? Same record, and the Panthers defense just manhandled the 49ers all day long in their own back yard.

    Does. Not. Compute.

  23. It the start of the season it looked like the power shifted to the AFC completely. As the season progressed things are starting to look like they should.

    NFC West is looking like I thought it would Cardinals and Rams defenses are starting to get back on track like last year. You gotta swap the Panthers and 49ers though, even though it was a 1 point game. It was the most one sided one point game I ever watched.

  24. I am a niner fan and I am puzzled how
    a) How the niners are ranked 7 (10 would be more appropriate)
    b) How are the Panthers ranked lower than the niners – the score was 10-9 but it was a physical domination of the LOS especially in the second half.

  25. Wait a minute, shouldn’t da bears be above the Lions? You know, with the Lions being the little brother and all.

  26. After blowing the Cowgirls out of the water, how are the Saints not in the top 3. KC hasn’t had a real test this year. Sorry to burst your bubble but beating the Eagles, Cardinals and narrowly escaping the Texans and Cowboys doesn’t make you number one. Alex Smith has been terrible and if it wasn’t for that defence putting up points, they would be far from perfect. Give credit to Andy Reid, but they are by no means the best team in football.

  27. OMG!!!!!!!!!!! REDSKINS AT TWENTY FOUR?!?!?!?! Typical of the media to hate on God’s chosen team, the Washington Redskins. Hate all you want, on February 2nd, the Lombardi Trophy will return to where it has ALWAYS belonged- Washington DC!

  28. flash1283 says: Nov 12, 2013 10:06 AM

    Mike Florio says: Nov 12, 2013 9:38 AM

    Pats have shown zero dominance this year like what we saw from the Saints on Sunday night, and the Saints would destroy the Pats in New Orleans.

    Graham ZERO catches vs NE (first time since his rookie season)

    Colston 1 catch 11 yards

    Brees- completed below 50% of his passes (first time in 5 seasons) QB rtg 74.7 compared to his season QB rtg 108.9

    I would say that “dominance” Oh and NE WON the game!
    ____________

    Since that game, NE has lost Talib, Wilfork and Mayo. Something tells me the Pats couldn’t handle the Saints without those players.

  29. Holy crap my Bengals actually have a home game this week. May have to gps on where PB Stadium is. Tough game against the Browns. Who are legit. Then finally a bye week to get healthier. Both of these teams will make the playoffs regardless who loses. Just my 2 cents.

  30. Mike Florio says:
    Nov 12, 2013 9:38 AM
    Pats have shown zero dominance this year like what we saw from the Saints on Sunday night, and the Saints would destroy the Pats in New Orleans.

    So the Pats beat-down of the Steelers 55-31 wasn’t a dominant performance? What facts are you basing that the Saints would destroy the Pats in NO on? You can’t say for certain that would happen, all we know today is that in their head-to-head matchup, the Pats won. But I guess we’ll just throw the fact out the window and rely on your opinion for why the Saints are ranked higher than the Pats.

  31. Mike Florio says:
    Nov 12, 2013 9:38 AM
    Pats have shown zero dominance this year like what we saw from the Saints on Sunday night, and the Saints would destroy the Pats in New Orleans.
    —————————————————

    The Saints have yet to show they can beat a decent defense playing outdoors. The Seahawks and Panthers’ games will tell all.

    UncleBuck – what teams were doing the first two weeks of the season doesn’t bear much reflection on what they are doing now. Most teams have probably lost 2-3 starters on their Ds and Os since then, too.

  32. 7. 49ers (6-3; No. 5): It’s a good thing Colin Kaepernick sold out while there was still something to sell.

    ^^^^^
    He must be making tens of millions per year for all the commercials he’s doing because it’s apparent he has lost interest in football and it’s taking a back seat to his TV time. He can probably retire on his endorsements alone now.

  33. The reason you don’t want to see the ravens or giants in the playoffs is because their last super bowl wins came from wild card spots while playing poorly in the regular season… They end up pulling upsets.

  34. Regardless of their current record or offensive struggles this season, the Ravens are the reigning Super Bowl champions. Recent history shows that they can go on the road in the playoffs and win games. Joe was inconsistent all year last season, then got hot and carried the team to the Super Bowl.

    If Pitta can come back at 75%, that will be an upgrade in the passing game which will lead to 3rd down conversions. Looking at the other teams fighting for that final spot in the AFC playoffs, ask Tom Brady who he’d rather play in the first round? Ravens or Cleveland, Jets, Titans, etc. Teams with inexperienced and untested QB’s.

    I know people hate the Ravens, but they can’t hate common sense. At this point in the season, this is a logical argument. Please disagree and provide counter-arguments.

  35. deathonwings410 says:
    Nov 12, 2013 9:40 AM
    Why wouldn’t the other AFC teams want to see the Ravens? They have an anemic run game, inconsistent passing. The defense is dominant sometimes, but is pretty inconsistent. I’m sure they’d LOVE to see the Ravens in the playoffs.

    ———————————————–

    You know, you’re absolutely right. I mean, it’s not like the Ravens are a veteran team who has made the playoffs each of the last five years or have a QB who tends to be up and down during the regular season and ups his game in the postseason or anyth – oh, wait.

  36. Prior to the season, Bucs fans were so excited and said the Bucs would make the NFC Championship game this year. It appears they are already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs?

  37. jibberator says:
    Nov 12, 2013 11:52 AM
    The reason you don’t want to see the ravens or giants in the playoffs is because their last super bowl wins came from wild card spots while playing poorly in the regular season… They end up pulling upsets.

    ———————————————-

    Umm….not exactly.

    1.) The Ravens and Giants were both division winners leading up to their most recent Super Bowl victories. The Giants were a Wild Card team leading up to Super Bowl 42.

    2.) The Ravens were 9-2 at one point last season and had already clinched a playoff spot before losing three straight games. They most certainly did not “back” their way into the postseason last year. They had finished with a record of 10-6, and as mentioned previously, were AFC North Champions before going on to winning the Super Bowl.

    Aside from all that, you’re spot on.

  38. “myeaglescantwin says:
    Nov 12, 2013 10:05 AM
    The Bucs aren’t as bad as people are making them out to be. they lost multiple games by a field goal or less. throw in a couple of blowouts, yeah, but they are playing tough football against good teams.”

    Yeah that’s what Detroit Lions fans used to tell themselves. Hey, if it makes you feel better right?

  39. 5. Patriots (7-2; No. 6): Tom Brady could be having flashbacks to Super Bowl XLII and XLVI as he watches tapes of the Panthers’ pass rush.
    _____

    Or Super Bowl XXXVIII when he dropped 32 points on Julius Peppers, Mike Rucker, and Kris Jenkins to win his second Super Bowl.

  40. Pats fan living in NC (I cheer for the Panthers every game except against Pats). Can’t wait to go to Monday’s game, best MNF game of the year. Tom better be ready, that Panther D-line is for real. I honestly have no idea what to expect from this game. If the Pats offense clicks like they did with Gronk back and if Vereen returns and is effective, it could be a long day for the Panthers. BUT, the numbers tell me the Panthers could beat Brady up and run the ball down the Pats throats. Either way, should be a good one.

  41. jayniner says: Nov 12, 2013 11:40 AM

    7. 49ers (6-3; No. 5): It’s a good thing Colin Kaepernick sold out while there was still something to sell.

    ^^^^^
    He must be making tens of millions per year for all the commercials he’s doing because it’s apparent he has lost interest in football and it’s taking a back seat to his TV time. He can probably retire on his endorsements alone now.
    **********************
    Kaepernick just wants to play for Miami. He showed that during last off season.

  42. there is something a lot more accurate than power rankings, called “standings”.

    but whoever started this power ranking stuff, i got to hand it to them, you really no how to tick people off.

  43. I don’t understand why everybody thinks the Packers are so bad without Rodgers. The problem is the refs.

    Week 9 vs. CHI:
    1. The hit that knocked Rodgers out looked like a horse collar tackle.
    2. A bad no-catch call against Andrew Quarless on 3rd down killed a pretty solid drive.

    Week 10 vs. PHI:
    1. Jarrett Boykin was given a bad spot on 3rd down.
    2. The Eagles got away with a couple obvious PI’s.
    3a. Riley Cooper was awarded a catch when the ball touched the ground but his hand was under it.
    b. The same happened with Jordy Nelson on what should’ve been a touchdown but was ruled incomplete.
    4. On the Foles fumble, the refs whistled the play dead prematurely and it cost the Packers a scoop and score, so it shouldn’t have come down to 3b.
    b. The same happened to

  44. Vikings have figured out how to lose to just about everyone this year, but the Cowboys figured out a way to make them look respectible in the process, even though they beat them on a last minute drive.

    The Cowboys are a BAD football team and to have them ranked any higher than 25 is rediculous. I’m alright with the Vikings at 31 even though they have lost 4 games on last minute TD drives and could easily be 6-3 even without an NFL QB, but the Cowboys at 14 is a joke.

  45. if you look at strength of schedule (for the current year), the 3 teams with the easiest schedule are the Chiefs, Seahawks and Broncos. By the end of the year a 9-7 record will no doubt get you into the playoffs this year. The Chiefs, Seahawks and Broncos will all come back to the pack before its over.

  46. Not a fan of either team, but the Panthers most definitely should be higher than the 49ers. Everyone loves to point out how the Chiefs and Broncos haven’t beaten anyone, but who exactly has SF beaten since week 1? There isn’t a single team this year that looks like they are a surefire Super Bowl participant, just a dozen or so good but flawed teams. Parity is definitely king this season.

  47. pantherlouie says: Nov 12, 2013 10:18 AM

    Next up for the Panthers is the Patriots. The NFL will probably have to make up a new rule for Tom Brady after this game!
    ———————-
    Maybe the NFL can make sure that none of the Panthers’ starting players are taking “alarmingly high” amounts of steroids as they were during Super Bowl XXXVIII.

  48. detroitlionstoronto says:
    Nov 12, 2013 11:05 AM
    After blowing the Cowgirls out of the water, how are the Saints not in the top 3.
    ===============================
    Simple. Blowing out the Cowboys isn’t that big of a deal.

  49. capslockkey says:Nov 12, 2013 3:02 PM

    Not a fan of either team, but the Panthers most definitely should be higher than the 49ers. Everyone loves to point out how the Chiefs and Broncos haven’t beaten anyone, but who exactly has SF beaten since week 1? There isn’t a single team this year that looks like they are a surefire Super Bowl participant, just a dozen or so good but flawed teams. Parity is definitely king this season.
    —————————————————
    Seahawks are dominant. They’ll have their first unit offense intact for the first time this season this weekend. Russell Wilson is going to make Percy Harvin unstoppable…or visa versa, I’m not sure which.

  50. Nicely done. Witty comments for most of the teams. I’m fine with the Panthers ranking. This week’s game is going to be fun. But with our standout D going up against a team with more weapons, and the Pats injuries on defense, I think it’s going to be a track meet. I have the Pats and Giants DST units on my fantasy team. I’m starting the Giants.

  51. The last month or so has had to be hell for the analysts who make these power rankings. All of a sudden there’s the Panthers and Lions coming on strong, into a top ten already filled with the unlikely Chiefs, the consistent Broncos, The predictable Pats, the ulcer producing Hawks, the fading Pack, crumbling Bears, etc. I get the feeling that the top third of the league is going to look like a pinball machine down the stretch.

    Enjoy the little things this year Gus, because next year they’re going to start crying for wins in North Florida.

  52. @thereisfootballwestofjersey

    The Jerk is rags to riches to rags to riches.

    So the reverse of that would be Kap being awesome, the sucking, then being awesome, then ending up sucking.

    So yeah, that could be about right.

  53. Lions might be 8-1 if they had Kickalicious instead of ancient Akers, who had a FG blocked near the end of the first half vs the Bengals in an eventual 3 point loss when Cinci’s K Nugent kicked a game-winning 54 yarder as time expired, and he also had three FG attempts missed vs @ Cards in a 4 point loss, the first of which was a wide right retry from the 47 after missing wide left from the 52, which resulted in a 5 yd penalty for AZ’s defender running into him after the kick.

    But the Lions have also won their last two games by close scores and due to last minute heroics by Stafford and Fairley, (although Akers missed wide right from 56 yards out about midway throught the 4th quarter vs @ Bears last Sunday) so I suppose it has evened out so far for the team. Just hope that Akers doesn’t become the Lions’ season scapegoat if he continues to fail to kick crucial FGs in any more close games that have yet to be played this season.

  54. So the Panthers only good win of the year puts them ahead of the Jets, even though the Jets have two wins over teams in the Top 5? Oh right, by “power ranking” you mean “standings.” Carry on.

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