PFT’s Week 10 2020 power rankings

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1. Steelers (last week No. 1; 8-0): The Year of Winning Dangerously continues. For now.

2. Chiefs (No. 2; 8-1): They get two weeks to plot emphatic revenge for their only loss of the season, against the Raiders.

3. Saints (No. 5; 6-2): They’re moving toward the driver’s seat in the NFC; however, an early-season loss to the Packers could haunt them when it’s time to apply tiebreakers.

4. Ravens (No. 7; 6-2): The only stat that matters is winning, as they learned the hard way against the Steelers and the better way against the Colts.

5. Titans (No. 6; 6-2): The next three — Colts, Ravens, Colts — will tell us plenty about this team.

6. Bills (No. 8; 7-2): They could be moving from Tier 2 to Tier 1 in the AFC.

7. Seahawks (No. 3; 6-2): They could be moving from Tier 1 to Tier 2 in the NFC.

8. Packers (No. 9; 6-2): The road to Tampa could end up going through Lambeau.

9. Dolphins (No. 12; 5-3): The team is looking great. Can we now do something about the uniforms?

10. Buccaneers (No. 4; 6-3): With losses under the lights to the Bears and Saints and a narrow win over the Giants, the Tompa Bay Bucs just aren’t ready for prime time.

11. Cardinals (No. 10; 5-3): And now we wait four years for Chapter Two of Tua vs. Kyler.

12. Colts (No. 11; 5-3): Team goes up, team goes down.

13. Rams (No. 13; 5-3): Even in a seven-team field, they could still miss the playoffs.

14. Raiders (No. 14; 5-3): They may not be on the cutting edge of beating the virus, but they’re on the cutting edge of making the playoffs.

15. Browns (No. 15; 5-3): If they win the games they should, they’ll go 10-6.

16. Bears (No. 16; 5-4): The season arguably hinges on Monday night’s visit from the Vikings.

17. Eagles (No. 17; 3-4-1): The division is theirs to win, maybe if they don’t even win another game.

18. Vikings (No. 20; 3-5): If they keep playing like they’ve been playing, they’ll take a 7-5 record to Tampa Bay next month.

19. Bengals (No. 19; 2-5-1): It’s not crazy to think that they can beat the Steelers.

20. Falcons (No. 22; 3-6): After the bye, the schedule becomes very difficult.

21. Broncos (No. 18; 3-5): It feels like they’re both close to contending and miles away from doing so.

22. 49ers (No. 21; 4-5): As we said, finishing out a 10-point lead with seven minutes to play in the Super Bowl is a hell of a lot easier than getting to that point.

23. Patriots (No. 23; 3-5): Barely beating the worst team in the league with a broken-down backup quarterback is hardly something to build on.

24. Panthers (No. 24; 3-6): Hopefully, Christian McCaffrey won’t be gone for long.

25. Giants (No. 28; 2-6): With a 4-0 record against Washington, Daniel Jones should imagine that every opposing helmet is burgundy.

26. Washington (No. 25; 2-6): Alex Smith gets a chance to take this team as far as he can.

27. Lions (No. 26; 3-5): After two straight losses, the clock is ticking again.

28. Texans (No. 29; 2-6): If not for wins against a really bad team, the Texans would have no wins at all.

29. Chargers (No. 27; 2-6): With a young franchise quarterback and a team that can’t find a way to win, time could be running out for coach Anthony Lynn.

30. Cowboys (No. 30; 2-7): They’ve met the Steelers three times in the Super Bowl. A fourth installment won’t be happening for a while, but not because of Pittsburgh.

31. Jaguars (No. 31; 1-7): The only thing the Jags can do right lately is find capable quarterbacks in round six.

32. Jets (No. 32; 0-9): Taking the Patriots to the last play of the game isn’t quite what it used to be.

48 responses to “PFT’s Week 10 2020 power rankings

  1. If the road to Tampa ends up going through Lambeau, we all have to thank the Vikings offensive line for plowing a road right through Lambeau two weeks ago. It should be an easy trip through there.

  2. It’s not lost on Steelers fans that you can only play the NFC East one every four years and this year it’s the third place AFC teams and a so so AFC South.

    Next year: AFC West, NFC North and likely as of now a first place AFC for two other divisions.

    Make hay while the sun shines.

  3. The Saints were number 2 this time last year and we ended up getting Kirk Cousin’d outta the playoffs. Lets just go ahead and get those kinda flops out of the way in the regular season this year. Get the 2Dat for Breesus.

  4. I would pump the brakes on Miami a little. They’re building a nice up and coming team. Better this yr than most people thought. But, they’re not a top 10 team yet. 8/9 wins, no playoffs.

  5. The Steeler offense got zero points in the first half against the Ravens and 6 points in the first half against the Cowboys. I hate to say it but I feel an upset coming on this Sunday against the Bengals.

  6. As a Miami fan I think you are jumping to gun here on this ranking. If they go 4-0 over the next 4 games then yes they belong in the top 10. But not until they prove they belong.
    I do want the people that all said Miami would only win a few games this season to speak up and own that they picked Miami to be dead last and admit they were very wrong.
    This isn’t the season, it will be next season they will compete with KC, Balt and Buffalo for title.

  7. 2. Chiefs (No. 2; 8-1): They get two weeks to plot emphatic revenge for their only loss of the season, against the Raiders.

    As I recall, the league has placed the Raiders after the Chiefs bye-week numerous times in the past — knowing full-well that Andy Reid virtually never loses coming off a bye.

    It happened last year, 2018, 2016… Notice a pattern here?

  8. jimmygeewhiz says:
    November 10, 2020 at 9:44 am
    I’m way more focused on where my favorite team sits after week 16 than after week 9.

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    Yet, here you are commenting on power rankings.

  9. Is it just me or do titans at 5 seem a little high??? Maybe move another NFC team in there, only having 1 in the top 6 is ridiculous.

  10. Okay, I call Uncle. The Bears just suck too much offensively to go anywhere but down.

    Reality has sunk in and it sucks.

  11. Pretty good list – I would move the Bills to #5, Packers #6, Titans down to #7, Seattle to #8. Their D is dreadful.

    Only reason I move Titans down is that they lost vs Bengals, barely beat MIN, JAX and DEN and HOU – those are bad teams. I think TEN is a good team, they seem to play to the level of their competition.

    I agree with some people with Fins a little high as well, but its a now list – and now they are playing well.

  12. nytro says:
    As I recall, the league has placed the Raiders after the Chiefs bye-week numerous times in the past — knowing full-well that Andy Reid virtually never loses coming off a bye.
    It happened last year, 2018, 2016… Notice a pattern here?
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    Much like the Minnesota Vikings, if you listen to their fans the Oakland-Los Angeles-Oakland-Las Vegas Raiders have never, ever lost a football game that wasn’t stolen from them.
    The difference between the two is that while Minnesota almost always seems to get jobbed by the officials, paranoid Raiders apologists split their excuses equally between bad officiating and a corrupt NFL that’s hiding behind ever bush and is out to get them.
    Anybody searching for a last-minute Christmas gift for Raiders fan should look into a box of black tinfoil. It’s versatile, and it makes a great hat.

  13. With the raiders inability to finish a season above .500, basic math indicates that the raiders playing any team after a bye, or any week for that matter, typically equals a loss.

  14. phansen90 says:
    November 10, 2020 at 10:42 am
    So, Tennessee loses to Cincinnati by 11, and still moves up in the rankings? So logical…..

    6 1 Rate This

    Try keeping up. That was two weeks ago.

  15. Oakland and Miami both win and have the same record, yet Miami moves up three spots, while Oakland stays put. Yeah, okay.

  16. 4. Ravens (No. 7; 6-2): The only stat that matters is winning, as they learned the hard way against the Steelers and the better way against the Colts.
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    It was not an Int.

  17. conormacleod says:
    November 10, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Saints #1 seed. Vikings #8 seed. Vikings win in OT against Saints in playoffs? Yes, it will happen.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Not here. Not in the stock market. Not in life.

  18. While its true the Texans two wins are vs the lonely Jags, on the other hand, their 6 losses are vs your #1 Steelers, #2 Chiefs, #4 Ravens, #5 Titans, #8 Pack and #18 Vikings. Obviously, Bill O’Brien pissed off somebody in the scheduling office.

  19. Sean Dorsey says:
    November 10, 2020 at 12:16 pm
    Steelers fan…and I don’t see us as #1

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    Bills fan…and I see you as #1. You are what your record says you are

  20. arealisticpackerfan says:
    November 10, 2020 at 9:30 am

    If the road to Tampa ends up going through Lambeau, we all have to thank the Vikings offensive line for plowing a road right through Lambeau two weeks ago. It should be an easy trip through there.
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    It could be worse.
    The Pack could have the Vikings garbage run defense. 🤣

  21. Alan Light says:
    The Vikings would lose to #19-32 on this list.
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    Well said.

  22. If it weren’t for instant replay the Chargers would have won their last two games on the final play. Ouch, that must suck to be the Spanos family and keep losing games like that

  23. hellooooooooooobrooklyn says:
    November 10, 2020 at 12:41 pm
    Sean Dorsey says:
    November 10, 2020 at 12:16 pm
    Steelers fan…and I don’t see us as #1

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    Bills fan…and I see you as #1. You are what your record says you are

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    I agree with Bills guy. At a certain point, if you’re the only undefeated team left, you’re number one.

  24. 8. Packers (No. 9; 6-2): The road to Tampa could end up going through Lambeau
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    Already handing them the 1 seed? Shouldn’t they have beat a team with a winning record at the time of the game before you put that on their resume?

  25. jimmygeewhiz says:
    November 10, 2020 at 9:44 am
    I’m way more focused on where my favorite team sits after week 16 than after week 9.

    The NFL regular season is 17 weeks because every team gets a bye. You are focused on week 16, I assume, because your team is expected to be eliminated by week 16?

  26. Is it just me or do titans at 5 seem a little high??? Maybe move another NFC team in there, only having 1 in the top 6 is ridiculous.

    It is what it is.

  27. My Comments
    1. Steelers 58.1% pass they have Randy Fichtner as OC who especially with Big Ben Throws too much. Establish the Run.
    2. Chiefs Another Team that lives by the pass and dies by the pass. 12 Runs against the Panthers. After rushing a few weeks ago over 40 times. Since then Reid back up to 60% pass.
    3. Saints another Jekyl & Hyde team Payton loses when he throws too much even when the run was working like he did against the Raiders & Packers.
    4. Ravens Have a good Defense 47.1% Pass
    5. Titans They try to stay balanced on offense 51.8% pass
    6. Bills The team living most dangerously been above 60% pass almost the entire yr
    59.7% right now. Were up 28-3 against the Rams the Rams got back in the game
    against Pass happy Daboll by running the ball nearly winning the game.
    7. Seahawks Let Russell Cook okay but another team where injuries have hurt their
    Run Game which they need to keep defenses honest 62.2% pass
    Neither the Bills nor the Seahawks ran the ball enough on Sunday
    neither team got to 20 Rush attempts
    8. Packers 56.6% pass The More they run and take some pressure off the defense
    and Aaron Rodgers the better they will be
    9. Dolphins Starting to play Defense and trying to keep teams honest by running the ball
    55% pass
    10. Bucs 5 Run plays. They don’t run the ball enough. You have Jones & Fournette
    you need to rely on the run game to loosen up the defense. 63.3% pass
    that is not getting you into the Superbowl.
    Especially if you have to play in Weather
    Rain/ Wind/ Snow

    11. Cardinals Pretty bad when your Kicker leaves a kick short in a dome or was the Roof Open. 49 yards. Klif Kinsbury took 3 or 4 games to realize the Air Raid as he knew
    it in college was not working in the NFL. 53.3% pass I keep saying Mike Leach
    would be 1-15 or 0-16 in the NFL if he threw it 80% of the time like he does in college

    12. Colts 55.6% pass when they are balanced and are healthy they are tough to beat when you have Phillip Rivers throwing it more then 40 times you are going to be in trouble.

    13. Rams Vs the Bills McVay was down 28-3 stayed balanced and ran the ball to get back in. Their last game threw it wayy to much yet still at 53.9% pass on the yr. last season they finished 9-7 and were over 60% pass on offense

    14. Raiders Gruden knows Balance, Control the clock and you usually control the game. 53.0% pass.

    15. Browns yes and if they run the ball like they should they will win the games
    they should and be at least 10-6. In the bad conditions in their last game
    they did not run it enough and the defense looked horrible
    but that is why you don’t replace Joe Schobert with some bargain basement free agent.
    Browns 46.3% pass
    16. Bears A Clueless Head coach who calls the plays they have a very good defense
    which is helping them stay in games. They need to find a way to successfully run the ball
    66.3% pass which is the highest in the league.
    17. Eagles 0-3-1 when a team does not rush it 20 times. 0-3 when they do it. the Tie
    an OT game where the Bengals did not run it 20 times.
    Doug Pederson is just bad at calling plays. They run successfully he stops
    they are up 17-0 lets pass every down.
    18. Vikings 48.9% pass other then the Turnovers they easily could be 5-3.
    They have lost some tough games.
    19. Bengals 62.3% pass but Zac Taylor has been running more lately. they were 0-2-1 at 68.9% pass thru 3 games

    20. Falcons now after he gets the HC fired Dirk Koetter decides to run the ball more.
    58.7% pass They were 0-5 and at 62.4%. Pass happy coaches who forget to run the ball or give it to their back when the guy is playing well need to retake OC School.

    21. Broncos they have Pass Happy Putrid Pat Shurmur who will stop running it
    who does not run it enough. He only had a good offense once and he was on the verge
    of being fired by Mike Zimmer after taking over for Norv Turner who fired himself.
    By the way when Shurmur got the Giants HC job because of it.
    John Defillipo was the OC for the Vikings and got fired for pulling a Pat Shurmur
    Broncos at 60.5% pass. His teams are always over 60% pass except for the 2017 Vikings
    when I believe Zimmer told him run the ball or your gone.

    22. 49ers better then their record and better then a lot of teams ahead of them on this list. 58.0% pass Injuries, Covid, etc hit this team hard

    23. Patriots 49.3% pass though this feels like Karma for them to be struggling

    24. Panthers 59.3% pass need to rely more on the run game.

    25. Giants too pass happy, too many mistakes. 61.2% pass

    26. Washington Fire Scott Turner before he gets Ron Rivera Fired
    just like his Dad Norv did in Carolina. 62.1% pass 9 run plays in
    a winnable game against the Giants on Sunday

    27. Lions another pass happy team. 61.0% they have some talented Running backs
    who don’t get the ball enough

    28. Texans another team with an OC who should not be in the league who
    can’t call plays. They traded away their best Receiver. 62.3% pass

    29. Chargers some games they run it enough others they do not.
    They have leads against all these teams then can’t finish it off.
    54.3% pass They should be up where the Broncos are
    and the Broncos should be in this spot.

    30. Cowboys Pass Happy Kellen Moore got Dak Prescott injured
    all those throws in all those games they should have been running
    the ball in earlier in the yr.
    62.9% pass. Kellen Moore should not have been retained as the OC.
    He was the reason they were 8-8 last yr somehow only throwing it 58.0%

    31. Jaguars they dump Fournette find a Diamond in the Rough with this James Robinson
    yet continue to play Mike Leach ball. 65.1% pass you wonder why their record is so bad.
    They dump a lot of players on Defense. But sign Joe Schobert the Browns best LB
    by far who they should have had the intelligence to keep but did not.

    32. Jets Adam Gase, Adam Gase Adam Gase 61.5% pass with Gase Calling plays.
    Last 3 games With Loggains 55.5% overall 60.2%
    Gase is a terrible HC and playcaller.
    He and Shurmur are two of the very worst in the league these days

  28. 23. Patriots (No. 23; 3-5): Barely beating the worst team in the league with a broken-down backup quarterback is hardly something to build on.
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    Nearly the same could be said about the Steelers, barely beating the 2nd worse team in the league that was playing with a 4th string QB(one that wasn’t even on their roster a week ago) is hardly something to build on. And the Boys had the Steelers on the ropes for 3 2/3 quarters. If this were the NCAAF they’d have lost that top spot!

  29. As a Seattle fan I have to admit i think we’re ranked a bit high. Our D is so beyond awful i think teams are going to pass 90% of the time and go for it on 4th down a lot moving forward. Teams like Buffalo will game-plan to expose the D the way they did. Going to be a rough 1/2 half of the season.

  30. iknoweverything says:
    November 10, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    The packer fans on here are sure worried about the 3-5 Vikings.
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    I think you have humor misunderstood for concern.

  31. As a Phins fan, I am puzzled why the Cards didn’t target Deandre Hopkins ONCE in the first half. The guy is a real playmaker, knows how to get open, catches the ball and gets YAC too! Strange indeed. I’m not complaining, that lack of foresight I think contributed highly towards my team getting the W.

    I just would have liked to see how my guys did against Hopkins a little more. I like a good game, I like seeing your best go against my best. Unlike a lot of guys, I don’t live or die due to how my team did on the weekend. To me it’s entertainment, and yes I played the game as a young man, I’m not a couch warrior.

    I think the Phins are ranked a bit too high. The Raiders deserve some respect too, they beat the Saints, Chiefs and Browns. I’d say it should be a tie between the Phins and Raiders.

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