2010 NFL Power Rankings - Week 10

Since a few of my top ten was off this week, I'll give my thoughts on some random teams throughout the rankings.

1 (6). Atlanta Falcons (7-2). The Falcons lose when they play the state of Pennsylvania, but have handled business every other game. When Michael Turner doesn't get going, Matt Ryan has become good enough to put the team on his shoulders. The defense is causing a lot of turnovers and getting to the quarterback just enough.

2 (12). Philadelphia Eagles (6-3). This team is just a different machine with Michael Vick in there. He has played six games, has 11 touchdown passes, another 4 rushing with zero turnovers. The offense is littered with dangerous weapons like Jackson, Maclin, McCoy. Imagine how Donovan McNabb feels. The guy had to throw to Todd Pinkston and James Thrash his whole career, and gets traded when the Eagles finally get offensive weapons. Vick for MVP by the way. How can you stop the guy right now?

3 (9). New England Patriots (7-2)

4 (2). New York Giants (6-3). I won't penalize the Giants too much for this loss. They most likely overlooked the Cowboys and ran into a team that had everything to play for. Maybe they decided their egos have been crapped on for weeks and wanted to gain a bit of pride back.

5 (1). Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
6 (5). New York Jets (7-2)
7 (4). Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
8 (3). Baltimore Ravens (6-3)
9 (8). New Orleans Saints (6-3)
10 (7). San Diego Chargers (4-5)
11 (11). Green Bay Packers (6-3)
12 (13). Miami Dolphins (5-4)
13 (10). Tennessee Titans (5-4)

14 (15). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3). The Buccaneers have a remarkably easy schedule this year. They only three times they have played winning teams, they have lost, and lost handily. But in this crazy NFL, good teams are losing to bad teams left and right, so the Bucs are winning the games they are supposed to win. They still have games against the Niners, Redskins, Lions and Seahawks. If they can win three of those four, that could be good enough to get into the playoffs.

15 (17). Oakland Raiders (5-4)
16 (20). Chicago Bears (6-3)

17 (14). Kansas City Chiefs (5-4). The Chiefs get blasted and Major Asshole Todd Haley refuses to shake Josh McDaniels hand. Things are getting fun in Kansas City. It doesn't help they have lost to their two rivals in back to back weeks. I think we all saw this coming. Like I said a few weeks earlier, the Chargers will win this division with an 8-8 or 9-7 record.

18 (18). Houston Texans (4-5). It wasn't long ago people were saying the Texans were a possible Super Bowl contender. But every quarterback who goes up against them looks like a prime Dan Marino. Fantasy players, make sure you start Mark Sanchez, Michael Vick, Joe Flacco and Kyle Orton in upcoming weeks.

19 (19). Cleveland Browns (3-6). The Browns might be the best "bad" team in the NFL. They have only allowed 10 more points then they have scored. Only two of their losses have come by more then 10 points, and those are against the Steelers and Falcons. They have played better and better lately, led by the punishing running of Peyton Hillis and the play of Colt McCoy. I really thought McCoy had absolutely no chance to be an NFL quarterback, but he is at the worst looking good enough that the Browns don't have to use a first round pick on a quarterback. They still have the Jaguars, Dolphins, Ravens and Steelers, and my prediction is they will knock one of those teams out of the playoffs.

20 (21). Washington Redskins (4-5)

21 (22). St. Louis Rams (4-5). As much as I hate talking about the NFC West, I have to point out that every team in this division has allowed more points then they have scored. The Rams are the only team that is better then -30, as they have allowed only four more points. That's good enough for me to call them the best of the worst.

22 (24). Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4)
23 (26). Seattle Seahawks (5-4)

24 (16). Minnesota Vikings (3-6). You have to love Brett Favre's quote saying if he knew the season would turn out like this his decision would have been easier. That's quite a leader there. The coach and quarterback are acting like spoiled 12 year olds, and the locker room is a mess. And Adrian Peterson isn't being used nearly enough. Stick a fork in this team, they are a miraculious Arizona Cardinals meltdown away from being in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

25 (27). San Francisco 49ers (3-6). Do the Niners have enough in the tank to win the division? Troy Smith has provided a much needed spark as he has led the team to two wins (over bad teams). I think it is too late. Then again, I wouldn't be surprised if 7-9 wins the division. The Niners still have four division games left on their schedule, all winnable.

26 (28). Dallas Cowboys (2-7)
27 (29). Denver Broncos (3-6)
28 (23). Detroit Lions (2-7)
29 (25). Cincinnati Bengals (2-7)
30 (30). Arizona Cardinals (3-6)
31 (31). Buffalo Bills (1-8)

32 (32). Carolina Panthers (1-8). The one constant in this unpredictable  season has been the ineptness of the Carolina Panthers. In their eight losses, they have been outscored by 10 or more points seven times. They have given up twice as many points as they have scored. This team has holes all over the place and no real way to replace them. The question is if they finish with the worst record overall (a near certainty), do they take Andrew Luck? And another question is, does anyone even care?

Jonathan Carrano

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