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My Week 10 NFL Power Rankings 2017 Edition

Updated on November 15, 2017

NFL Power Rankings

The struggle is real. The power struggle. There are four teams in the NFC with at least seven wins and a .700 winning percentage. There are just six AFC teams that are over .500. That means, as we enter the last week with byes, the playoff picture is beginning to form. It’s much clearer in the AFC where teams like New England and Pittsburgh are all but assured to be playing in the postseason. The NFC is a different story. The Philadelphia Eagles boast the best record in the league at 8-1, yet there are three 7-2 teams right on their heels in the chase for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. That means we should be in for one hell of a close to the season. I know I can’t wait.

1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) ~ While Philly certainly wanted to see some of the other top performing NFC teams lose on Sunday, seeing all three division rivals lose instead is a nice consolation prize. This Sunday night in Dallas is a big game. Huge, even. A win would all but seal up the NFC East for the Birds while simultaneously dealing a huge blow to the Cowboys’ postseason hopes. That’s a win-win scenario if I’ve ever heard one. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. New England Patriots (7-2) ~ There aren’t many things Tom Brady struggles with in the NFL. Winning in Denver, however, is one of them. Brady was just 3-7 in his career as a road opponent to the Broncos. I’m sure he took extra joy looking at that scoreboard when the clock ran out on a 41-16 shellacking of what can now only be referred to as the ghost of the Denver Broncos. (LWR 2)

3. Los Angeles Rams (7-2) ~ The Rams gave Robert Woods a five-year $34 million contract during the offseason. That seemed a bit like an overpay. Woods is proving he is worth every penny. The former Bills wideout leads the team with 39 catches for 622 yards and four touchdowns. He has a dozen catches for 241 yards and all four of those scores over just the last two weeks. This Rams offense is all kinds of scary. (LWR 4)

4. Minnesota Vikings (7-2) ~ Case Keenum topped 300 yards while throwing for a career-high four touchdowns as the Vikes picked up their seventh win on the season. What’s interesting is that Teddy Bridgewater was active for a game for the first time in more than a year and a half. Would Minnesota actually think about replacing Keenum in the lineup when he has Minnesota rolling? It’s a good problem to have, but I wouldn’t mess with success. *EDIT* - After I wrote this the Vikings said they would be sticking with Keenum. (LWR 5)

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2) ~ A road game against the Colts should be easy. No problem at all for the Steeler offense. Somebody probably should have told them that at any point during Sunday’s game. The Steelers didn’t lead until time expired, but that’s the only time holding a lead matters. That Houdini act keeps the Steelers tied with New England for the best record in the AFC. (LWR 3)

6. New Orleans Saints (7-2) ~ If you told me that Drew Brees was going to have under 200 yards passing and zero touchdowns in a road game I’d tell you that is a game the Saints would lose. Well, Brees doesn’t have to do it all himself this year. New Orleans ran for six touchdowns and handed the Bills their first home loss of the year in a 47-10 rout. This looks like a very dangerous team. (LWR 9)

7. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) ~ Kansas City lost three of four before their bye week. Up next is a tasty match-up against the woeful New York Giants. The game may be in the Big Apple, but this should be a big W for the Chiefs. I’m looking for a big game from Kareem Hunt whom I will bet money that he will find the end zone Sunday for the first time since Week Three. (LWR 8)

8. Seattle Seahawks (6-3) ~ Richard Sherman was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles, and I’m not sure the Seahawk defense will be the same. I’ll withhold judgment for a week or two, but considering they re-signed former Philly and Miami castoff Byron Maxwell for immediate help, well, that doesn’t instill a lot of confidence. (LWR 6)

9. Carolina Panthers (7-3) ~ Three straight wins for Carolina gets them invited to the seven-win club in the NFC. They remain a half-game behind New Orleans for the NFC South lead. They’ll get to rest up during their bye this week as they prepare for the stretch run. They play the Saints in New Orleans December 3rd which will go a long way in deciding the division champ. (LWR 10)

10. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3) ~ Their six wins is the most the franchise has had since finishing 8-8 way back in 2010. It’s been some dark times down in Jacksonville. The AFC South isn’t exactly full of world beaters. Could the franchise return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007? Jags legend Fred Taylor played in that game. That just blew my mind. (LWR 11)

11. Dallas Cowboys (5-4) ~ The Ezekiel Elliott suspension is on like Donkey Kong. Dallas’ running back missed Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. What may be a bigger loss, however, is left tackle Tyron Smith. Without him the Cowboys allowed Dak Prescott to be sacked eight times. You aren’t going to win many games with your quarterback on the ground. (LWR 7)

12. Atlanta Falcons (5-4) ~ I mentioned Dak Prescott was sacked eight times. I didn’t mention that six of those came from Adrian Clayborn. The only player to record more sacks in a single game is Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas who had seven. Certainly a day Clayborn, and Falcons fans, won’t soon forget. (LWR 14)

13. Detroit Lions (5-4) ~ They staked the winless Cleveland Browns to a 10-0 lead and I thought the Lions were gonna go and Lions things up. Thankfully, the Browns Brownsed things up more than the Lions Lionsed things up and Detroit closed the game by outscoring Cleveland 38-14. Detroit is still very much alive in the postseason picture. (LWR 13)

14. Tennessee Titans (6-3) ~ DeMarco Murray has topped 60 yards rushing just once on the year and that was in a game in which he ripped off a 75-yard touchdown run. He did find the end zone three times in a win over the Bengals, but the Titans were supposed to be built on their running game. If Murray can pick it up for the stretch run, maybe the Titans can be a force. I'm skeptical, but I've been wrong before. (LWR 17)

15. Washington Redskins (4-5) ~ What happened to Washington's defense? The Redskins are giving up nearly 26 points a game which is 26th in the league. Scoring isn't an issue as they are 12th in the league, but it's tough to win games when you can't keep your opponent off the board. Things won't get easier this weekend when they travel to New Orleans to take on a white hot Saints team. (LWR 12)

16. Oakland Raiders (4-5) ~ Derek Carr and the Raiders are set to play in Mexico City for the second straight year. Last season Carr threw for 295 and three scores as the Raiders toppled a good Texans defense. This time around he will square off against Tom Brady. The fans south of the border should be in for a good game Sunday afternoon. (LWR 16)

17. Buffalo Bills (5-4) ~ Tyrod Taylor's days as Buffalo's starting quarterback are over. The Bills have officially benched Taylor for Nathan Peterman who will make his first career start Sunday in Los Angeles. Not a bad place to begin your NFL career as a starting quarterback. At least not until you see Joey Bosa across the line ready to try and break you in half. (LWR 15)

18. Green Bay Packers (5-4) ~ Brett Hundley picked up his first career NFL win and he did so in Chicago which I'm sure makes Packers fans feel even better. Aaron Rodgers is not coming back this season and Hundley still has seven games to impress not only the Packers staff, but the rest of the NFL. (LWR 19)

19. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) ~ When Jay Ajayi scored last week he ended his touchdown-less season. Now that crown falls to Baltimore's Alex Collins who has yet to find paydirt despite 96 touches and a robust 5.6 yards per carry. With Danny Woodhead expected back this week, maybe that opens things up even more for Collins up the middle. Maybe this is the week he gets into the end zone. (LWR 20)

20. Los Angeles Chargers (3-6) ~ We make a big deal of the way L.A. finds a way to lose games because it is a big deal. This time, they started two drives with less than two minutes remaining in the game while holding the lead and still found a way to lose. It's almost impossible to keep losing games like this, yet the Chargers have made it an art form. Unreal. (LWR 18)

21. Houston Texans (3-6) ~ Tom Savage is no Deshaun Watson. That is no secret. Do you know what else he isn't? A dummy. Savage may not put up number like his rookie phenom teammate, but knows what he has in receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Savage has targeted Hopkins 30 times over the last two weeks while completing 13 of those passes for 197 yards and a score. Look for Savage to continue chucking the ball in Hopkins' direction the rest of the season. (LWR 21)

22. Cincinnati Bengals (3-6) ~ Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has a bad reputation. He is frequently fined and even ejected from games for his play and conduct during, and even after a play. This past weekend was no different when Burfict was ejected for making contact with an official. While the video seems like it was nothing egregious, when you have that kind of rep, you get no leeway. (LWR 23)

23. New York Jets (4-6) ~ Remember when people were thinking that the Jets could surprise people and make a run for the playoffs? Back when the Jets were 3-2? Those people were either the most optimistic Jets fans out there, or delusional. New York has lost four of their last five and face Carolina and Kansas City after they return from the bye. That should leave them at 4-8 and looking forward to next year. (LWR 24)

24. Denver Broncos (3-6) ~ The team turned to Brock Osweiler, and while he hasn't exactly impressed over the past two weeks, he can hardly be blamed for all the problems in Denver. Their vaunted defense was gashed by Philly and New England for 92 points over those two games. 92! Last week I said the wheels were off in Denver. Their most recent game did nothing to make me even waver a bit on that declaration. (LWR 22)

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) ~ No Jameis Winson. No Mike Evans. No problem? Ryan Fitzpatrick led Tampa to just their third win of the season Sunday and he did it against his former team, the Jets. That had to be sweet for Fitzy. If he can help lead the Bucs past Miami this weekend it could infuse some life into a team I thought was destined for the playoffs this year. (LWR 29)

26. Arizona Cardinals (4-5) ~ Carson Palmer is already out and now backup Drew Stanton may not be healthy enough to play on Sunday. The season of injuries continues for Arizona. (LWR 26)

27. Miami Dolphins (4-5) ~ Three straight losses for the Dolphins, two of which were blowouts. They've yet to win a game this year by seven or more points. It just goes to show how much Ryan Tannehill means to this team's success. (LWR 25)

28. Indianapolis Colts (3-7) ~ They almost pulled the upset over the Steelers, but fell short due to a last-second field goal. That would have been the highlight of the season for the Colts who have only beaten Cleveland, Houston and San Francisco thus far. (LWR 28)

29. Chicago Bears (3-6) ~ Coach John Fox challenged a play in which running back Benny Cunningham was ruled out of bounds near the goal line. At the time the Bears would have been set up with a first and goal. The challenge was to see if he had scored on the play. The review showed he actually fumbled into the end zone which resulted in a touchback. Chicago lost by seven. Ouch. (LWR 27)

30. San Francisco 49ers (1-9) ~ You can put it on the boooooooooard. YES! The 49ers picked up their first win of the Kyle Shanahan era when they beat the visiting Giants on Sunday. They'll have a little extra time to bask in the glow as they enjoy their bye this week. (LWR 31)

31. New York Giants (1-8) ~ After losing to the 49ers it's easy to see that the Giants have given up all hope this season of being competitive. Now they'll travel back home to face a rested Chiefs team and have a great shot at clinching a losing season before Thanksgiving. (LWR 30)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-9) ~ Call it a hunch, but I think the NFL's last winless team breaks through this weekend. I'm looking at you Jacksonville to be that team that loses to the Browns. (LWR 32)

That's all she wrote folks. Or that's all I wrote. He. I brought this on myself didn't I.....Anyway.... Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them right here. Or if that's not good enough you can follow/harass me on Twitter. Handle is in my profile. It wouldn't be the biggest waste of your time.


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