Ten weeks in to the 2021-22 NFL season, and we’re still getting unexpected results and Power Rankings shake-ups on a weekly basis.

For the first time since my Post-Week 5 rankings, there’s a new team at the top this week. The Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys all brought home victories in Week 10, but who is the best team in the NFL right now? And with the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Baltimore Ravens falling short this week, how far will they tumble? Where do the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots rank after big wins over the Las Vegas Raiders and Cleveland Browns?

Read on for my full Power Rankings, and if you’d like to debate or discuss any rankings, join the conversation with @SakSports on Twitter.

Post-Week 10 Power Rankings

  1. Tennessee Titans (8-2) [Last Week: 2]
    • The Saints may have given the Tennessee Titans a close call at home in Week 10, but Tennessee still prevailed for their sixth straight win. Even without Derrick Henry, the Titans have plowed ahead, beating the Rams and Saints over the past two weeks. Seven of Tennessee’s eight wins have come over teams that made the playoffs last season. As of right now, Tennessee is the hottest team in the league, and they don’t get mentioned enough as a Super Bowl contender.
  2. Green Bay Packers (8-2) [Last Week: 5]
    • The Green Bay Packers defense smothered Russell Wilson and the Seahawks en route to a 17-0 victory at Lambeau Field this week. Green Bay’s defense has now allowed just 20 points over their last two games: that’s eight quarters of football with Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson on the other side of the ball. The Packers also improve to 8-1 with Aaron Rodgers under center this season, not losing a game since Week 1.
  3. Arizona Cardinals (8-2) [Last Week: 1]
    • After a surprisingly good performance without Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins against the 49ers last week, the Arizona Cardinals couldn’t follow it up against the Panthers in Week 10. Assuming at least Murray comes back next week, Arizona should be fine, but they’ve opened the door for other teams to compete for the best record in the NFC.
  4. Dallas Cowboys (7-2) [Last Week: 7]
    • Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys bounced back from last week’s disappointing loss to the Broncos with a 43-3 beatdown of the Falcons in Dallas this week. Dallas is now just half a game behind the Cardinals and Packers for the best record in the NFC.
  5. Buffalo Bills (6-3) [Last Week: 8]
    • Also rebounding from an unexpected loss, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills poured it on the Jets in a 45-17 victory at MetLife Stadium. When Buffalo is playing well, they look unstoppable, but they’re just a step behind the league’s top four teams due to some consistency issues.
  6. Los Angeles Rams (7-3) [Last Week: 4]
    • Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams have dropped back-to-back games to fall out of the Top Five. First, it was a surprising 28-16 loss to the Titans, who had just lost Derrick Henry. This week, the Rams couldn’t stay competitive in a 31-10 loss to their NFC West rival 49ers, even with new weapon Odell Beckham Jr. at their disposal. If not for losses by Tampa Bay and Baltimore, the Rams would be even lower this week.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) [Last Week: 3]
    • A bye week wasn’t enough to help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers regroup, as after a 36-27 loss to the Saints in Week 8, Tampa Bay fell 29-19 to Taylor Heincke and Washington Football Team this week. Losing back-to-back games is rare for Tom Brady, but a lot of blame can be placed on the defense, allowing 32.5 points per game over the last two weeks. The Buccaneers get the Giants next Monday night, a team that has historically given Brady struggles.
  8. Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) [Last Week: 13]
    • The reports of the Kansas City Chiefs’ demise may have been premature. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have had a tumultuous start to the season, going 3-4 in their first seven games with a couple bad losses to the Bills and Titans. Even after back-to-back one-score wins over the Giants and Jordan Love’s Packers, it didn’t feel like Kansas City had it figured out just yet. But after defeating Derek Carr and the Raiders in Las Vegas 41-14, the Chiefs are suddenly in sole possesion of first place in the AFC West.
  9. Baltimore Ravens (6-3) [Last Week: 6]
    • Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens had a poor showing in Miami on Thursday night, losing 22-10 and inviting their AFC North rivals into the race for the division. The Ravens have now lost two of their last three games, and could very easily have lost all three, but defeated the Vikings in overtime last week.
  10. New England Patriots (6-4) [Last Week: 14]
    • The New England Patriots have evolved from a team that could only beat the Texans and Jets into a legitimate threat against playoff-worthy teams. Mac Jones was super efficient, going 19-for-23 for 198 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s 45-7 blowout win over the Browns.
  11. Minnesota Vikings (4-5) [Last Week: 15]
    • The Minnesota Vikings are slowly creeping into the NFC playoff race after a 27-20 win over the Chargers. The #11 spot might seem a little high considering the Vikings have only won one of their last three games, but Minnesota is grittier than their 4-5 record shows, as all five losses have come by seven points or less, and against some good competition. Watch out for Minnesota in the season’s second half.
  12. Los Angeles Chargers (5-4) [Last Week: 9]
    • Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers continue to cool off, losing three of four games after a 4-1 start. The Chargers haven’t been particularly bad in one-score losses to the Patriots and now Vikings, but Los Angeles is obviously not playing as well as they did to begin the season.
  13. New Orleans Saints (5-4) [Last Week: 17]
    • I was ready to write the New Orleans Saints off without Jameis Winston, but even in a 23-21 losing effort to the Titans in Week 10, Trevor Siemian and the Saints impressed me. New Orleans easily could have enjoyed a different outcome if not for a couple of missed PAT’s.
  14. Cleveland Browns (5-5) [Last Week: 10]
    • The up-and-down Cleveland Browns were down this week, failing to score outside of the first quarter in a 45-7 manhandling by Mac Jones and the Patriots.
  15. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) [Last Week: 11]
    • Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals were off this week, but as the losers of back-to-back games, still slide in this week’s rankings with other teams rising above them. Losing to the Browns last week looks even worse after Cleveland’s big Week 10 loss.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders (5-4) [Last Week: 12]
    • The Las Vegas Raiders couldn’t keep up in the most important game of their season so far, and have given up the AFC West lead to the Chiefs after a 41-14 loss. The Raiders have lost two in a row, and the last time they beat a team over .500 was a win over the Steelers all the way back in Week 2.
  2. Indianapolis Colts (5-5) [Last Week: 18]
    • Carson Wentz and the Indianapolis Colts may not have blown by the Jaguars in Week 10, but they earned their fifth win of the season nonetheless. The Colts are 5-2 in their last seven games after a trying 0-3 start to the season, and quietly hold the NFL’s 8th-best offense and 13th-best defense in terms of points scored and allowed.
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3-1) [Last Week: 16]
    • Ben Roethlisberger was a late scratch for Sunday’s game against the Lions with COVID-19, but the Pittsburgh Steelers still should have been able to play a good game with Mason Rudolph under center. Instead, Pittsburgh’s defense allowed Detroit to run all over them, in a tie that somehow feels more like a loss.
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) [Last Week: 21]
    • After a 1-3 start that included losses to tough opponents like Dallas and Kansas City, the Philadelphia Eagles are 3-3 over their last six games. They still need a little extra push to be able to beat teams like Tampa Bay, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, but at 4-6, they’ll still have a chance to enter the NFC playoff race in the season’s second half: my midseason predictions even have them claiming a wildcard spot.
  5. San Francisco 49ers (4-5) [Last Week: 24]
    • The San Francisco 49ers stunned the new-look Rams on Monday Night Football with a 31-10 victory. Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers are 2-1 in their last three games following a four-game losing streak, and like other teams on this list, have a chance to salvage their season with a strong second half.
  6. Carolina Panthers (5-5) [Last Week: 26]
    • The Carolina Panthers season might not be over after all. After sliding from 3-0 to 4-5 and losing Sam Darnold for a significant chunk of the season, the Panthers seemed down and out. But after a 34-10 win over the Murray-less Cardinals, the Panthers have a chance, especially with some soft opponents over the next three weeks. It will be interesting to see what Cam Newton can do if/when he assumes the starting position.
  7. Denver Broncos (5-5) [Last Week: 19]
    • Teddy Bridgewater and the Denver Broncos followed up a thrilling victory over the Cowboys with a lackluster performance in a 30-13 loss to the Eagles this week.
  8. New York Giants (3-6) [Last Week: 22]
    • The New York Giants had the week off, and face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Monday Night Football in Week 11.
  9. Seattle Seahawks (3-6) [Last Week: 23]
    • The Seattle Seahawks got Russell Wilson back under center this week, but their 17-0 loss to the Packers showed Seattle’s struggles ran deeper than the quarterback position. It was the first time the Seahawks were held scoreless in the Wilson era.
  10. Atlanta Falcons (4-5) [Last Week: 20]
    • Every team it seems like the Atlanta Falcons are heating up and at least finding the consistency to be an offensive powerhouse, they turn around and put in a performance like this week’s embarrassing 43-3 loss to the Cowboys.
  11. Miami Dolphins (3-7) [Last Week: 27]
    • The Miami Dolphins utilized both Jacoby Brissett and Tua Tagovailoa in a Thursday night 22-10 win over the Ravens. Miami’s record is too poor for the team to recover this season, but for what it’s worth, the Dolphins have won back-to-back games and either won or lost by three points or less in four of their last five games.
  12. Washington Football Team (3-6) [Last Week: 28]
    • I’m not going to move Washington Football Team up much for their first win in their last five games, but kudos to Taylor Heincke and company for their surprising 29-19 win over Tampa Bay. In the grand scheme of things, losing Chase Young for the season was the most significant takeaway from Sunday.
  13. Chicago Bears (3-6) [Last Week: 25]
    • Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears were on bye in Week 10, but with the Dolphins and Washington winning, Chicago is now one of the coldest teams in the league, currently on a four-game losing streak.
  14. Detroit Lions (0-8-1) [Last Week: 31]
    • D’Andre Swift and the Detroit Lions ran all over the Steelers to defense to force overtime, and ultimately, a 16-16 tie in Pittsburgh. A tie is technically a step in the right direction for Jared Goff and the winless Lions.
  15. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7) [Last Week: 30]
    • The Jacksonville Jaguars scored eight points in the fourth quarter to make things interesting, but fell 23-17 to their AFC South rival Colts.
  16. New York Jets (2-7) [Last Week: 29]
    • The Mike White honeymoon era is officially over, with the New York Jets quarterback throwing four interceptions in a 45-17 home loss to Josh Allen and the Bills.
  17. Houston Texans (1-8) [Last Week: 32]
    • The Houston Texans, owners of an NFL-high eight-game losing streak, had a bye this week ahead of a tough matchup with the Titans in Tennessee.




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