Week 10 had no shortage of upsets, shifts in the standings, and tight fourth quarter finishes. While the top two teams in my rankings haven’t budged, there is disorder and mayhem after that.
I may be exaggerating a little, with few teams rising or falling more than three spots, but Week 10 taught us anyone’s beatable in the NFL. After a string of 30+ point performances, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks were shut down by the Los Angeles Rams for their third loss in four games. With the Arizona Cardinals miracle last-second victory over the Buffalo Bills, there’s now a three-way tie for the NFC West lead.
The Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans also lost their third games of the season, putting into question their dominance.
The bottom half of the rankings also sees quite a shakeup, as the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, and even Jacksonville Jaguars are playing competitive games as of late.
Post-Week 10 Power Rankings
- Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) [Last Week: 1]
- Four Straight Weeks at the Top: Call me stubborn, but I’m going to need to see a Chiefs loss, or perhaps a string of dominant Steelers victories, before I let Pittsburgh dethrone the defending Super Bowl champions. The Chiefs were on a bye this week, and though the Steelers did record a 26-point victory, it was against the Bengals.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (9-0) [Last Week: 2]
- The Steelers took care of business, dispatching the Bengals 36-10 in Week 10. Pittsburgh faces a pesky (as of late) Jaguars team next week, followed by a key final regular season matchup with the Ravens on Thanksgiving night.
- New Orleans Saints (7-2) [Last Week: 4]
- The Saints earned a routine 27-13 victory over the 49ers (minus Jimmy Garroppolo,) but may have lost their own quarterback, Drew Brees, for a couple games. Jamies Winston was 6-of-10 for 63 yards in Brees’ relief.
- Green Bay Packers (7-2) [Last Week: 7]
- Some weeks, the Packers narrow 24-20 win over the Jaguars would be cause for fall in the rankings. But with the Ravens and Seahawks exposing themselves as beatable, Green Bay re-enters the Top Five at 7-2.
- Baltimore Ravens (6-3) [Last Week: 3]
- I only dropped the Ravens two spots, but make no mistake: their loss to the 3-5 New England Patriots was certainly concerning. My defense of Baltimore all season has been that they only lost to the best two teams in the NFL, but the Ravens loss in New England proves anyone can beat them.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) [Last Week: 8]
- Tampa Bay has lost to the Saints twice, and the Bears once. Besides that, they’ve been a pretty formidable force that you don’t want to see on your schedule. Tom Brady bounced back from a 38-3 loss to the Saints with a 46-23 win over the Panthers in Week 10.
- Arizona Cardinals (6-3) [Last Week: 10]
- If DeAndre Hopkins didn’t make THAT catch (the one you’ve seen at last a dozen times,) we would be seeing a different story with a 5-4 Cardinals team. But Kyler Murray worked his magic and willed Arizona in to a tie for first place in the NFC West.
- Seattle Seahawks (6-3) [Last Week: 5]
- Seattle enjoyed a couple weeks atop my Power Rankings, with a 5-0 start to their season. Since then, they’ve gone 1-3, and something has become evident. They’re 6-0 against teams that currently hold losing records, and 0-3 against those with winning records.
- Buffalo Bills (7-3) [Last Week: 6]
- Los Angeles Rams (6-3) [Last Week: 13]
- Jared Goff and the Rams are up three spots after Los Angeles’ defense shut down Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in a 23-16 victory.
- Miami Dolphins (6-3) [Last Week: 11]
- The Dolphins don’t rise in the rankings, but their stock continues trending upwards after a 29-21 win over the Chargers, making Tua Tagovailoa 3-0 as an NFL starter.
- Indianapolis Colts (6-3) [Last Week: 14]
- The Colts’ ping-pong in the Power Rankings continues, shooting back up after defeating the Colts on Thursday Night Football to take the AFC South lead.
- Las Vegas Raiders (6-3) [Last Week: 12]
- It feels kind of unfair for the Raiders to fall a spot despite a dominant 37-12 win over the Broncos. But the Colts, Dolphins, and Rams above them all had more important wins against better opponents.
- Tennessee Titans (6-3) [Last Week: 9]
- Biggest Loser of Week 10 (tie:): After a 5-0 start, the Titans are 1-3 in their last four games, losing the AFC South lead to the Colts. Tennessee still shapes up to be a playoff team, but with a couple more losses in the near future, that could easily change.
- Cleveland Browns (6-3) [Last Week: 16]
- Minnesota Vikings (4-5) [Last Week: 22]
- Biggest Winner of Week 10: The Rams, Titans, and Cardinals all had more important wins in Week 10. But Minnesota sees the biggest rise in the rankings after upsetting the Bears on Monday Night Football. After a 1-5 start, Minnesota has won a game over each of their NFC North foes. With manageable games against the Cowboys, Panthers, and Jaguars coming up, Minnesota could theoretically get back into the NFC playoff hunt.
- San Francisco 49ers (4-6) [Last Week: 17]
- Chicago Bears (5-5) [Last Week: 15]
- The once 5-1 Bears are now 5-5 after four straight losses. The last three have all been by one score: to hot and/or good teams. But Chicago, especially on offense, is trending in the wrong direction.
- Los Angeles Chargers (2-7) [Last Week: 19]
- Only three teams haven’t lost a game by more than eight points (one score) this season: the 9-0 Steelers, the 8-1 Chiefs, and the 2-7 Chargers.
- Carolina Panthers (3-7) [Last Week: 18]
- Detroit Lions (4-5) [Last Week: 24]
- Atlanta Falcons (3-6) [Last Week: 23]
- New England Patriots (4-5) [Last Week: 28]
- The Patriots looked like, well, the Patriots on Sunday Night Football for the first time in a while. New England didn’t overpower or even outplay Baltimore, but rather outsmart them in a grueling chess match in the rain. A signature Bill Belichick win showed the Patriots might not be dead just yet.
- New York Giants (3-7) [Last Week: 27]
- The Giants rise to a season-high 24th ranking after downing the Eagles 27-17 to get right into the NFC East race.
- Philadelphia Eagles (3-5-1) [Last Week: 20]
- Biggest Loser of Week 10 (tie:): The Eagles squandered a chance to earn a win against a 2-7 Giants squad, and though they lead the NFC East, that could change at any moment. Philadelphia has a tough upcoming schedule.
- Denver Broncos (3-6) [Last Week: 21]
- Biggest Loser of Week 10 (tie:): The Broncos don’t feel like as big of losers as the Titans and Eagles, but they did drop five spots after losing 37-12 to the Raiders, so they also earn the dubious distinction.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) [Last Week: 30]
- The Jaguars defense is pretty bad, but Jacksonville has strung together a couple of surprisingly close games the last two weeks with rookie Jake Luton at the helm. After a 27-25 loss to the Texans and 24-20 loss to the Packers, I’d consider this team semi-competitive.
- Cincinnati Bengals (2-6-1) [Last Week: 25]
- Washington Football Team (2-7) [Last Week: 29]
- Houston Texans (2-7) [Last Week: 26]
- Just seven points against the Cleveland Browns defense? Maybe this Texans team is mailing it in on 2020.
- Dallas Cowboys (2-7) [Last Week: 31]
- New York Jets (0-9) [Last Week: 32]
- Eight Straight Weeks at the Bottom: The Jets were competitive in Week 9 against the Patriots, and had a bye in Week 10. But with the Jaguars, Cowboys, and Washington playing better recently, the Jets will need to do more to get out of the 32nd spot.
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