Here’s a look at my power rankings following Week 10’s games.
(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)
1. New England Patriots
(No. 4; Up 3; W, 39-26 vs. Pit)
Rolled over the Steelers in Pittsburgh. They jumped right back up to the top spot after last week’s setback to the Browns.
2. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 1; Down 1; L, 26-21 vs. Atl)
Had a great late touchdown to take the lead but their defense let Atlanta march right down the field to win the game.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 2; Down 1; L, 39-26 vs. NE)
Struggling through injuries, they couldn’t overcome the Patriots. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 387 yards in the loss.
4. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 5; Up 1; W, 23-17 vs. Cin)
After a tough road loss to the Eagles last week, they rebounded nicely with a home win over Cincinnati.
5. New York Giants
(No. 3; Down 2; L, 33-20 vs. Dal)
Were destroying opponents the past month of the season until suddenly dropping one to the two-win Cowboys.
6. New York Jets
(No. 6; No Change; W, 26-20 vs. Cle)
Good road victory for the Jets over the surprising Browns. Mark Sanchez passed for 299 yards.
7. New Orleans Saints
(No. 7; No Change; Bye)
No change on their bye week.
8. Green Bay Packers
(No. 8; No Change; Bye)
No change on their bye week.
9. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 10; Up 1; W, 26-21 vs. Bal)
Big Thursday night victory over the Ravens. Nearly unbeatable at home, but I’d like to see how they do on the road against a good opponent.
10. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 13; Up 3; W, 59-28 vs. Was)
Good revenge victory against Donovan McNabb. Michael Vick had an unbelievable game with 413 all-purpose yards and 6 touchdowns.
11. Tennessee Titans
(No. 9; Down 2; L, 29-17 vs. Mia)
Chris Johnson had 117 rushing yards in the road loss to the Dolphins.
12. Chicago Bears
(No. 14; Up 2; W, 27-13 vs. Min)
Complete three-phase victory division rival Vikings. Devin Hester is back to being a ridiculous kick returner and the defense completely shut down Adrian Peterson.
13. Houston Texans
(No. 11; Down 2; L, 31-24 vs. Jac)
Will this team ever be more than a perennial .500 ballclub? Can’t seem to win on the road, although it took a Hail Mary heave for the Jaguars to win.
14. Washington Redskins
(No. 12; Down 2; L, 59-28 vs. Phi)
They had absolutely no answer for Michael Vick. McNabb was picked off three times in the loss to his former team.
15. San Diego Chargers
(No. 16; Up 1; Bye)
Bye week to prepare for a home game against Denver.
16. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 17; Up 1; W, 36-18 vs. Ari)
Beat up on an inferior divisional opponent. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 333 yards in his return to action.
17. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 15; Down 2; L, 49-29 vs. Den)
Were pounded by divisional foe Denver. Matt Cassel threw for 469 yards in the loss.
18. Miami Dolphins
(No. 19; Up 1; W, 29-17 vs. Ten)
Big home victory against the Titans. Dolphins had to bring out the Wildcat to make up for losing two quarterbacks.
19. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 18; Down 1; L, 27-13 vs. Chi)
Couldn’t do much offensively against the Bears’ defense and four Brett Favre turnovers killed their chances.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 25; Up 5; W, 31-16 vs. Car)
Beat up the lowly Panthers. LeGarrette Blount rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown and Cadillac Williams added 62 yards and a score.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 21; No Change; W, 31-24 vs. Hou)
A desperation heave by David Garrard and a fortuitous deflection into the arms of receiver Mike Thomas at the goal line led to the last second victory.
22. Oakland Raiders
(No. 20; Down 2; Bye)
Used the bye week to prepare for a tough road game against the Steelers.
23. Cleveland Browns
(No. 22; Down 1; L, 26-20 vs. NYJ)
Their luck ran out against a better Jets team. Peyton Hillis looked a little more normal with just 82 yards compared to his big outburst last week.
24. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 23; Down 1; L, 23-17 vs. Ind)
Lost a tough road matchup to the Colts. Carson Palmer threw for 292 yards in the loss.
25. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 28; Up 3; W, 33-20 vs. NYG)
Sparked by their new head coach, the Cowboys knocked off one of the best teams in the NFC and their division rivals.
26. Denver Broncos
(No. 29; Up 3; W, 49-29 vs. KC)
Scored the first five touchdowns of the game — all in the first half — and received 296 yards and 4 touchdowns from Kyle Orton.
27. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 30; Up 3; W, 23-20 vs. Stl)
Picked up a big overtime win against the Rams thanks to a shocking 356 passing yards from Troy Smith.
28. St. Louis Rams
(No. 24; Down 4; L, 23-20 vs. SF)
Lost in overtime to their division rivals. Sam Bradford completed 30 of 42 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
29. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 26; Down 3; L, 36-18 vs. Sea)
Were pounded at home by the Seahawks thanks to 333 passing yards from Matt Hasselbeck. Derek Anderson finished with 322 passing yards in the loss.
30. Detroit Lions
(No. 27; Down 3; L, 14-12 vs. Buf)
How ironic it would be if the Bills don’t win another game all season and the Lions realize they were the team that failed to make the Bills join the 0-16 club that the Lions currently inhabit by themselves.
31. Buffalo Bills
(No. 32; Up 1; W, 14-12 vs. Det)
They were playing much too well to lose the rest of their games this season. I still don’t believe they’re better than the Lions, though, which is why they remain behind them in the rankings.
32. Carolina Panthers
(No. 31; Down 1; L, 31-16 vs. TB)
Finally found the cellar after the Bills picked up their first victory. The Panthers truly are the worst team in football and they have a long rebuilding process ahead of them.
- Bears free agent moves creating competition at positions of need
- Replacing Alshon Jeffery could be near-impossible task
- Bears to sign wide receiver Markus Wheaton
- Bears sign tight end Dion Sims
- Bears sign veteran safety Quintin Demps
- Where do Bears go from here at wide receiver?
- Ryan Pace and John Fox season-ending joint press conference
- Bears-Packers record headed for all-time tie on Sunday
- Vic Fangio, Bears can’t be headed toward a divorce
- 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year