NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

Josh McDaniels
After surging to a 6-0 start, the Denver Broncos and Josh McDaniels have lost two straight and find themselves ranked 11th in the power rankings.
1. New Orleans Saints (8-0) After trailing the Panthers at halftime, the Saints did what they’ve done all season long: they came back. Behind Drew Brees’ always reliable arm, they erased the 17-6 deficit and won the game 30-20. Next up on the schedule is the St. Louis Rams, followed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (combined these teams have 2 wins). With that being said, after the Saints go to 10-0 on the season, they meet up with suddenly red hot New England Patriots in Week 12.
2. Indianapolis Colts (8-0) If they weren’t unbeaten, I would have this team below the Vikings, and maybe the Steelers as well. They’ve had two close calls against the 49ers and Texans in the last two weeks, and I see them going down to the Patriots this upcoming week. One question does need to be forwarded to the Colts’ coaching staff, however. Why on earth do you pass with Reggie Wayne, and not one of the best quarterbacks of all-time? I know Wayne went to The U, but come on!
3. Minnesota Vikings (7-1)

 

This is going to be brief: the Vikings had a bye and head into Detroit to take on the Lions, who have the dyslexic version of the Vikings record. So here’s a little fantasy advice: START ADRIAN PETERSON! I’m putting my neck out there on that prediction, so don’t let me down.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) The Steelers beat up on a Denver Broncos team that…well…looked like last year’s Bronco team. Speaking of looking like last year’s version, the Steelers look like defending Super Bowl Champs and I predict them to extend their winning streak to 5 games against the surprising 5th-ranked Cincinnati Bengals.  
5. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) The Bengals are 6-2! Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco are back and better than ever. They are so happy in fact, that they are even willing to share some of the money they’re making, at least Chad is. Coming off a big win and season sweep against the Ravens, they look to mirror that result against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week and take total control of the AFC North.
6. New England Patriots (6-2) Randy Moss is making one-handed catches and Laurence Maroney is carrying the load once again. Is this déjà-vu or what? The Patriots are looking like the 2007 team and putting up big numbers and sitting atop the AFC East (surprise, surprise). Speaking of great things of the past reoccurring, the Patriots play the Colts this week (Peyton versus Brady anyone?).
7. Dallas Cowboys (6-2) Is Jerry Jones a happy man or what? The Cowboys are atop the NFC East Standings after beating their division rival Philadelphia Eagles. Not to mention, Tony Romo is playing mistake-free and Miles Austin can win you the game by only touching the ball once.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) Barely lost to the Cowboys by the count of 20-16. Their team is solid, but their strategy is faulty. Apparently, it’s tradition to kick the field goal when down by seven with no timeouts left and only a couple minutes left in the game. Really Andy Reid? Look at your offense. I see Donovan McNabb, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Bret Celek. In other words, I see playmakers galore. Give them the ball, and watch your team run to 6-2. No, instead you’re 5-3 and a game back of your divisional foe. This week you get the high octane Chargers’ offense, and you better not be scared to take some chances to keep pace with the likes of Phillip Rivers and his numerous weapons.
9. San Diego Chargers (5-3) This week’s theme is reoccurrence. Just like last year, the Broncos had a commanding lead and now the Chargers are practically in the driver’s seat, sitting just a game back of the 6-2 Broncos. They play an extremely dangerous Eagles team this week, and must mirror their effort against the Giants to have a chance.  
10. Baltimore Ravens (4-4) Looked awful in a 17-7 loss to the Bengals following a Week 9 effort in which they man-handled a previously unbeaten Denver Broncos team. I don’t yet know what to think of this team, but I do have one word which they epitomize: inconsistency.
11. Denver Broncos (6-2) I mean if you had told every Broncos fan that their team was going to start the year 6-2, they would’ve said that you were full of it. However, they started 6-0 with impressive victories over 4 teams ranked ahead of them this week. Now, they’ve lost and lost ugly to the Ravens and Steelers in back-to-back weeks. The offense looks pathetic and has me wondering why they aren’t running the ball. I mean, they drafted Knowshon Moreno, have Correll Buckhalter, Lamont Jordan, and last year’s surprise player: Peyton Hillis. Josh McDaniels, I know you love the Patriots and their system, but Denver is built on the ground. So, keep the pressure off of Kyle Orton and pound the football on the ground.
12. Houston Texans (5-4) Played a great second-half against the Colts, but just came up short. Someone forgot to tell Kris Brown that this was the biggest game in the franchise’s short history.
13. Atlanta Falcons (5-3) The Falcons beat a bad Redskins team 31-17 and move on to play the Panthers this Sunday. I like the Falcons chances for a wild-card berth, but I just can’t wait to see D-Will versus Michael Turner this weekend. The quarterback battle is a little less desirable, unless Jake Delhomme decides to resurrect his old-self.  
14. Arizona Cardinals (5-3)

 

According to Ken Whisenhunt, the Chicago Bears were who he thought they were, and he didn’t let them off the hook. Next week, they play the Seahawks, who no one knows what to think of (especially this Julius Jones guy).
15. New York Giants (5-4) Yeah…I don’t really have an answer to why this team is skidding so badly. They’ve lost four straight and showed only brief signs of bringing the streak to a close this past Sunday versus the Chargers. The schedule only gets more difficult from here. In the next three weeks, they get the Falcons, Broncos, and Cowboys, respectively.

The Best of the Rest (16-32)

16. Miami Dolphins (3-5)

17. Green Bay Packers (4-4)

18. Chicago Bears (4-4)

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4)

20. New York Jets (4-4)

21. Tennessee Titans (2-6)

22. Carolina Panthers (3-5)

23. Seattle Seahawks (3-5)

24. San Francisco 49ers (3-5)

25. Buffalo Bills (3-5)

26. Washington Redskins (2-6)

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-7)

28. Oakland Raiders (2-6)

29. Kansas City Chiefs (1-7)

30. Detroit Lions (1-7)

31. St. Louis Rams (1-7)

32. Cleveland Browns (1-7)

 -Jon Harris

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