The Depth Chart: Week 10

November 6th, 2008 - 9:04 pm

My power rankings for the NFL.

(Previous Rank; Last Week’s Result; Movement in the Depth Chart).

High Five

1. Tennessee Titans (8-0)
(No. 1; W, 19-16 vs. GB; No Change)
Still on top until somebody beats them… hopefully the Bears this week. Green Bay gave them a run for their money but the Titans prevailed in overtime.

2. New York Giants (7-1)
(No. 2; W, 35-14 vs. Dal; No Change)
Big divisional victory over the Cowboys. They proved they’re not only top dog in the NFC East, but the NFC as well. They could slip up top soon, if and when the Titans lose.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
(No. 3; W, 23-6 vs. Was; No Change)
The Steelers proved the Redskins were a little too good to be true. They’re clearly one of the top teams in the league with a defense that is ranked No. 1 in passing and No. 1 overall. No. 3 in rushing isn’t too shabby, either.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3)
(No. 6; W, 30-27 vs. KC; Up 2)
A little too close for comfort, but the Bucs prevailed against a young Chiefs team that is competing hard every week.

5. Washington Redskins (6-3)
(No. 4; L, 23-6 vs. Pit; Down 1)
The Redskins ran into a better Steelers team, but they’ve got quality depth and remain one of the toughest teams in the league.

Contenders

6. Carolina Panthers (6-2)
(No. 7; Bye; Up 1)
The Panthers move up a spot during their bye week.

7. Arizona Cardinals (5-3)
(No. 8; W, 34-13 vs. StL; Up 1)
Dominating victory for the Cardinals. Their offense appears nearly unstoppable.

8. Buffalo Bills (5-3)
(No. 5; L, 26-17 vs. NYJ; Down 3)
The Bills have now lost two in a row to division opponents and rapidly sliding down the depth chart.

9. Atlanta Falcons (5-3)
(No. 11; W, 24-0 vs. Oak; Up 2)
Atlanta cruised to a shutout victory over the Raiders. Now much of a contest, but enough for them to jump up two slots.

10. Chicago Bears (5-3)
(No. 12; W, 27-23 vs. Det; Up 2)
Ugly victory for the Bears over one of the worst teams in the league, but in the end, all that matters is a ‘W’.

11. New England Patriots (5-3)
(No. 9; L, 18-15 vs. Ind; Down 2)
What normally is a must-see game between the Patriots and Colts was a dull game that the Colts came out on top of. The Patriots don’t slide too far, though, after losing a tough one on the road.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3)
(No. 15; W, 26-7 vs. Sea; Up 3)
The Eagles cruised to an easy victory over a bad Seahawks team.

Muddled Middle

13. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
(No. 10; L, 35-14 vs. NYG; Down 3)
The Cowboys do not look to be in good shape, but help could be on the way as Tony Romo is on the road back.

14. Green Bay Packers (4-4)
(No. 13; L, 19-16 vs. Ten; Down 1)
The Packers nearly pulled off an upset victory over the Titans, but an overtime field goal by Rob Bironas closed the door.

15. Indianapolis Colts (4-4)
(No. 17; W, 18-15 vs. NE; Up 2)
Good victory over the Patriots at home, but a lot of problems still exist.

16. Baltimore Ravens (5-3)
(No. 18; W, 37-27 vs. Cle; Up 2)
The Ravens have quietly compiled a 5-3 record and are earning some respect. They’ll have to keep it up to jump further up the rankings.

17. New York Jets (5-3)
(No. 19; W, 26-17 vs. Buf; Up 2)
Big divisional victory over the Bills, they’re still working their way up the rankings after digging themselves into a hole earlier in the season.

18. Denver Broncos (4-4)
(No. 14; L, 26-17 vs. Mia; Down 4)
Falling quickly, the Broncos have lost three in a row and four of their last five. Without any defense, things are getting increasingly difficult for the Broncos’ once explosive offense.

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5)
(No. 16; L, 21-19 vs. Jac; Down 3)
The Jaguars lost to the winless Bengals. For this, they should be ranked last. But this is The Depth Chart, and they’ve fallen just three spots.

20. New Orleans Saints (4-4)
(No. 20; Bye; No Change)
The Saints remain unchanged after their bye week.

Pretenders

21. Minnesota Vikings (4-4)
(No. 23; W, 28-21 vs. Hou; Up 2)
The Vikings are creeping up into the “Muddled Middle” section as they’re becoming more competitive. Their defense still has problems stopping the pass, though.

22. San Diego Chargers (3-5)
(No. 22; Bye; No Change)
The Chargers stay put during their bye week.

23. Miami Dolphins (4-4)
(No. 25; W, 26-17 vs. Den; Up 2)
Miami picked up an upset over the Broncos, but need to show some more consistency to continue their ascent.

24. Houston Texans (3-5)
(No. 21; L, 28-21 vs. Min; Down 3)
Tough loss to the Vikings, they have a high octane offense but can’t back it up with their defense.

25. Cleveland Browns (3-5)
(No. 24; L, 37-27 vs. Bal; Down 1)
Cleveland has played better the last few weeks but couldn’t beat the Ravens for the second time this season.

26. Seattle Seahawks (2-6)
(No. 26; L, 26-7 vs. Phi; No Change)
Seattle is in a three-way tie for second place in the NFC West. What does that say about the quality of that division?

27. St. Louis Rams (2-6)
(No. 27; L, 34-13 vs. Ari; No Change)
After winning two in a row, the Rams have now dropped two in a row as they couldn’t keep up with the Cardinals’ explosive offense.

Low Five

28. San Francisco 49ers (2-6)
(No. 28; Bye; No Change)
The 49ers and Mike Singletary’s pants? Neither one dropped this week.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (1-7)
(No. 29; L, 30-27 vs. TB; No Change)
The Chiefs are battling tough week-in and week-out but can’t come away with victories. They’re a young team with some promise, though. You can’t win without a legitimate running game and Larry Johnson’s actions and attitude aren’t helping the team.

30. Cincinnati Bengals (1-8)
(No. 32; W, 21-19 vs. Jac; Up 2)
Huge win for the Bengals over the Jaguars and they’ve jumped up two spots. They’ve got the bye week this week.

31. Detroit Lions (0-8)
(No. 31; L, 27-23 vs. Chi; No Change)
The Lions fought the Bears tough, but their inadequacy killed their chances in the end.

32. Oakland Raiders (2-6)
(No. 30; L, 24-0 vs. Atl; Down 2)
Let’s see, they were shut out by the visiting Falcons and then released one of their best players — cornerback DeAngelo Hall — this week. I think we have a new worst team in the league.