NFL Power Rankings, Week 10

Kyle Orton's Mediocrity Continues To Shine Through, As The Broncos Slowly Slide [NFL Power Rankings]

11/10/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

There were a few changes from last week's Power Rankings, the most notable one being the Broncos continuing to slide. Could we see them drop even lower in the coming weeks? Of course... if they keep losing. Here's this week's rankings:

1. Saints, 8-0, Last week: 1
For the second week in a row, they came back from a big deficit and ended up winning by double digits. They're showing remarkable resiliency, but one of these days, they'll lose a game like that.

2. Colts, 8-0, Last week: 2
They benefited from a last second missed field goal by Kris Brown, which saved them from going into overtime against the Texans. This week, their injury-depleted secondary will be tested big time against the Patriots.

3. Vikings, 7-1, Last week: 3
They're coming off their bye week, and have a ridiculously easy second half schedule. Their only tough game is against the Bengals at home. 14-2 wouldn't surprise me at all.

4. Bengals, 6-2, Last week: 6
It's time to admit that this team is for real, whether you want to or not. The defense is stout, the offense is explosive again, and they're looking at double digit wins.

5. Steelers, 6-2, Last week: 7
Their convincing win over the Broncos on the road shows that this team is definitely beyond their early struggles, and are on track for a repeat Super Bowl appearance.

6. Patriots, 6-2, Last week: 5
They've had the Colts' number during the Tom Brady Era... will they be the ones to finally give the Colts their first loss? Don't be surprised if it happens on Sunday night.

7. Broncos, 6-2, Last week: 4
Their defense is still good, but it's safe to say that their offense has been officially exposed. Kyle Orton is a decent game manager, but he's not going to scare anyone. Ever. Except maybe with his neckbeard. But that's the scariest thing about him.

8. Cowboys, 6-2, Last week: 8
Tony Romo is looking better than ever sans Terrell Owens, and Roy Williams even got into the act last week with 75 receiving yards. This team could do some damage in the NFC East, but I still don't think they can compete with the Saints.

9. Chargers, 5-3, Last week: 17
They're on the upswing, with 3 straight wins. The rest of the teams in their division have all lost 2 straight. But can they continue that, and pass the Broncos? We'll probably find out in 2 weeks when they play each other.

10. Eagles, 5-3, Last week: 10
They hung in there against the Cowboys, and it looks like they're currently a close 2nd place in their division. However, I'm thinking the NFC East isn't normally as impressive as ESPN would like you to think.

11. Cardinals, 5-3, Last week: 18
They put a pretty vicious smackdown on the Bears this week, and Kurt Warner redeemed himself a little bit after an embarrassing effort against the Panthers last week. Some consistency would be nice, however.

12. Atlanta, 5-3, Last week: 13
This team has 3 losses, but they were all to quality teams. The Patriots, Cowboys and Saints... there's not shame in that. At least they're winning the games they're "supposed" to win.

13. Texans, 5-4, Last week: 11
They couldn't close the deal, but at the very least, they proved that they can compete with the Colts. They'll get another chance in 3 weeks at home, and I wouldn't be shocked if they won.

14. Ravens, 4-4, Last week: 9
Get ready for the hype machine next week. They'll destroy the Browns on MNF. Everyone will watch, and think they're great. They're not, but they could probably win either West division.

15. Giants, 5-4, Last week: 12
Either Eli Manning needs to get his foot healthy, or they just need to start playing crappy teams again. Otherwise, their season is screwed. 4 straight losses after 5 straight wins? Wow.

16. Bears, 4-4, Last week: 16
They got beat up and down the field by the Cardinals, but their schedule should give them a solid chance to go at least 8-8. The real trouble is in the next few years, when they'll have no top draft picks.

17. 49ers, 3-5, Last week: 14
This team appeared to have some potential, but things have been pretty awful as of late. That being said, would it shock me to see them win the division? Not really.

18. Jets, 4-4, Last week: 20
The Jets are on the fast track to another 8-8 or 9-7 season. They're an awful lot of bark, but not much bite. But give Rex Ryan another couple years, and they'll be formidable.

19. Packers, 4-4, Last week: 15
There was a time when it seemed like this team might be able to overcome their horrific offensive line. But after a loss to the Bucs, it looks like they're in for a long year.

20. Dolphins, 3-5, Last week: 19
Hopefully Joey Porter talks some more smack before their next game against the Patriots. Their offense is just one big gimmick, and their defense is a big sieve.

21. Jaguars, 4-4, Last week: 24
If they had a QB, they might actually be a little intimidating. But their one-dimensional offense isn't going to get them anywhere any time soon.

22. Seahawks, 3-5, Last week: 23
The Seahawks have too many injuries, and not enough talent to do much of anything this year. It's time to figure out a long term plan for life after Matt Hasselbeck.

23. Titans, 2-6, Last week: 28
Somehow, they've won 2 games straight. Could they actually make a miraculous comeback and make the playoffs? No? Yeah, I didn't think so either.

24. Panthers, 3-5, Last week: 21
Jake Delhomme's name is synonymous with interception, and the Panthers have no possible way to fix the problem. Until it happens, they'll continue to suck.

25. Bills, 3-5, Last week: 22
They managed not to lose this week... only because they have a bye. No worries, though. The Titans will probably pick up their 3rd win in a row against the Bills.

26. Raiders, 2-6, Last week: 25
Al Davis + JaMarcus Russell = unintentional comedy of epic proportions. For everyone who's not a Raiders fan, at least. For them, it's just sad.

27. Redskins, 2-6, Last week: 27
The Redskins are so bad, the fans are actually traveling to their road games just to hold signs protesting the horrible ownership. Partially because Dan Snyder banned signs at home games.

28. Chiefs, 1-7, Last week: 26
Chris Chambers looks like a solid pickup, and maybe another semi-legit WR is exactly what Matt Cassel needed in KC. They still have issues, but things are looking up. Kinda.

29. Lions, 1-7, Last week: 30
They are 1-24 in their last 25 games. The rebuilding process will be a long, LONG time, Lions fans. But at least know that it won't get too much worse, if that's any consolation.

30. Buccaneers, 1-7, Last week: 32
They beat the Packers, and Josh Freeman actually looks like the Bucs might not have made a huge mistake by drafting. He was still a reach, and they should have addressed one of their many other issues, but this kid might be alright.

31. Rams, 1-7, Last week: 29
The Rams play the Saints this week. Get ready for one of the biggest blowouts that you've ever seen. I wouldn't be surprised to see a spread of 20+ in this one. I'll still take the Saints.

32. Browns, 1-7, Last week: 31
Eric Mangini needs to be fired. He's a solid coordinator, but there is no reason whatsoever to believe that he's a competent head coach. None. At all. Fire him.


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11/11/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Jonesey1980 wrote:
So the Steelers beat the Vikings right? and the remainder of the Vikings schedule is easy.....why does that make them more "powerful" again?? P.S. - the Steelers are beating Cincinatti this week and maybe then get a little more consideration.

And the Raiders beat the Eagles. The Jets beat the Patriots. The Ravens beat the Broncos. We could do this all day, but you have to look at the big picture, not just pick and choose one game on which to base your entire opinion.

11/11/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

BluDevil wrote:
I'd have dropped SF a lot more that you did. This season is turning into a train wreck in SF. The coaches can't make a right move, it seems. Alex Smith still turns the ball over in the most crucial situations and SF hasn't won a game since he was named the starter. What else can Singletary do at this point? He's already shot all his bullets, so to speak.

The only problem is, as THE_smoot pointed out, the teams behind them are downright awful. I don't really like what I've seen of the 49ers lately, but I have a hard time putting some of those other teams ahead of them.

11/11/09   |   zzj000   |   388 respect

Just 3 comments....
I think this is the week the Bengals start to fade. The Steelers should put a beatdown on them. Im not even sure the Bengals make the playoffs yet.
Not sure why alot of people are back on the Cowboys bandwagon. They beat the Eagles. I dont consider that a major accomplishment. This years Eagles team is not what they could or should be. I mean they lost to the Raiders.... Cmon.
Tom Brady better have his head on a swivel Sunday nite or this may the last game we see Tom Terrific for a while. I predict a ton of screen passes to the left to "try" and slow down Dwight Freeney. Good Luck Patriots... noone else has been able to do it. And dont count on FG's from the Colts in the redzone. I have a feeling the Colts will rectify that little problem this week in practice and begin to put up big numbers again.

11/11/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

I'd have dropped SF a lot more that you did. This season is turning into a train wreck in SF. The coaches can't make a right move, it seems. Alex Smith still turns the ball over in the most crucial situations and SF hasn't won a game since he was named the starter. What else can Singletary do at this point? He's already shot all his bullets, so to speak.

11/11/09   |   I_Bleed_Purple   |   415 respect

Record of Vikes 1st half opponents: 24-40 (although when you beat a team, aren't you a product of their lessor record?) 4 of those losses are the Packers, is it the Vikings fault they've handed them half their losses?

Current record of Vikings 2nd 1/2 opponents: 31-34, looks like the 2nd 1/2 of the season will be a little harder.

However, I'd be very happy with 13-3, as long as the Saints lose a few as well.

11/11/09   |   rogercarver1960   |   126 respect

There seems to be a widening gap between the good teams and the horrible ones.  By the first week of Dec, those in the playoffs should be clear.

11/11/09   |   gaaralink7   |   57 respect

Vikings Should Be Bellow THe Steelers We Beat Them...
In y Oppinion:

 1: Colts/Saints, (w/e)
 2: Colts/Saints, (w/e)
 3: Bengals, (They Beat Us)
 4: STEELERS!
 5: Vike's...


 Other Than That Great iLuve It! 

 I ABSOLUTELY LOVE UR Comment On Kyle Orton... LOL! XD 

 When Me And My Dad Saw Those   Stupid Little Pom-Pom Things The Bronc's Fan's Were Waving... (Horible Excuse For A Terrible Towel)  I Laughed And Said: "Oh-Noes! =O It's Denver's Dasterdly Duster's!  LOL! haha...

11/11/09   |   HolyRollin   |   204 respect

Every time I think of JaMarcus Russell and Al Davis together in the same room, I can't help but wonder if the "Perfect Strangers" theme is playing softly in the background.

11/11/09   |   SteelerSteve   |   17 respect

top four teams afc.......colts,steelers,patriots,chargers.....bengals might make it as a wildcard
top four teams nfc......vikings,saints,eagles,cowboys...... the east is to close to call at least two will make the playoffs

11/11/09   |   Jonesey1980   |   10 respect

So the Steelers beat the Vikings right? and the remainder of the Vikings schedule is easy.....why does that make them more "powerful" again?? P.S. - the Steelers are beating Cincinatti this week and maybe then get a little more consideration.

11/11/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

Seth wrote:
Pat, your ranking are clearly a joke.
The Browns at 32?
That's way too high.

Funny how you would insult the Dolphins and say they were bad but still keep the Patriots way up high. Congrats beating a mediocre team with it's quarterback out by ten AT HOME.

11/11/09   |   Variant   |   1 respect

pizzlewizzle wrote:
Cry in your cheese, Packers fans!!!

even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while...

11/10/09   |   mustangrider   |   2 respect

the Steeler's have what it take to get there!  and know how to make it happen! Ben has it play out to the last second before he make his move! i have not seen too many that does that! defend know it stuff, and only one man is 90% there when it happen! but it will make a difference! they are going to be there rather u like it or not! mmmmmmmmmmmm no7!

11/10/09   |   mustangrider   |   2 respect

the Saint's know how to handle wildcat play! they take note s and break then down! they have 3 smart men and they will come back an win! they have one thing on there mine,and nothing is going to stop then from getting there! it doesn't matter if they win by 3 or 20 point,and they lose a game it not over till it over

11/10/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect

The Bears got molested on Sunday and their ranking didn't change. Hmmnn... There's definitely a mediocre bottom 20 to the league.

11/10/09   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25436 respect

Pat wrote:
No, it's not really like that. It's a little different. I guess what I should have said is that you can't base the entire power rankings on who won 1 individual game, because it would just be one cyclical system. The Raiders beat the Eagles... should they be ahead of them? Of course not. The Eagles have had a better year so far, and appear to be the better team right now. Based on their overall performance, I believe the Patriots are the better team. That's all it is, really.

I was busting your balls, I would have put the Patriots ahead too

11/10/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
Isn't that like saying if the Broncos had played the Ravens on a neutral field and the Ravens weren't coming off a three game losing streak and  in dire need of a win, the Broncos would have won? 
Oh well, at least we still have Kyle Orton

No, it's not really like that. It's a little different. I guess what I should have said is that you can't base the entire power rankings on who won 1 individual game, because it would just be one cyclical system. The Raiders beat the Eagles... should they be ahead of them? Of course not. The Eagles have had a better year so far, and appear to be the better team right now. Based on their overall performance, I believe the Patriots are the better team. That's all it is, really.

11/10/09   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25436 respect

Pat wrote:
The Broncos beat the Patriots in OT in Denver. They also lost badly to the Ravens, whom the Patriots beat handily. Right now, on a neutral field, I think the Patriots would win that game.

Isn't that like saying if the Broncos had played the Ravens on a neutral field and the Ravens weren't coming off a three game losing streak and  in dire need of a win, the Broncos would have won? 
Oh well, at least we still have Kyle Orton

11/10/09   |   Dubya   |   39 respect

I looked at the list to see where I might make a change and really couldn't find one. I'd probably switch #12 Falcons and put them ahead of #11 Cardinals. The Titans might have turned it around with the key to their offense...get the ball to Chriss Johnson. I think they'll be on their way up over the next few weeks.

11/10/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

adrisoto86 wrote:
 i don't think Minnesota should be ahead of Pitt considering they lost to them, but i agree that they're better than the Bengals. and how are the Broncos behind the Patriots?

The Broncos beat the Patriots in OT in Denver. They also lost badly to the Ravens, whom the Patriots beat handily. Right now, on a neutral field, I think the Patriots would win that game.

11/10/09   |   wickedklown975

Seth wrote:
Pat, your ranking are clearly a joke.
The Browns at 32?
That's way too high.

 I agree.... Most college teams and even a few high school teams rank higher.

11/10/09   |   adrisoto86   |   117 respect

 i don't think Minnesota should be ahead of Pitt considering they lost to them, but i agree that they're better than the Bengals. and how are the Broncos behind the Patriots?

11/10/09   |   zballa07   |   44 respect

the vikings have had an easy first half schedule. the broncos have one of the hardest of all

11/10/09   |   eddier001   |   3 respect

Well at least the redskins suck so the cowboys can't end up in last place:)
P.S. The skins should be in the bottom 2 EASY!!!

11/10/09   |   Seth   |   301 respect

(Edited by Seth)

Pat, your ranking are clearly a joke.
The Browns at 32?
That's way too high.

11/10/09   |   pizzlewizzle   |   224 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Damn those Buccaneers winning a game. They have thoroughly disappointed me

Cry in your cheese, Packers fans!!!

11/10/09   |   Joe_L   |   12372 respect

"TOUCHDOWN"  finally week 8 and no confusion.

11/10/09   |   ary201   |   213 respect

wrote:
The Cowboys are a team to be reckoned with i think...

We'll have to wait until the final 4 weeks of the season to actually see if this is true. Last year the Cowboys dismantled the Giants at home only to screw up the Ravens game on the final plays and lose to the Eagles by 38 pts.

11/10/09   |   ary201   |   213 respect

Chargers and Cowboys continue to tease fans. We'll see! I know most fans don't have much trust in Norv Turner and Wade Phillips to keep winning.

11/10/09   |   Bearman1   |   3 respect

Pat wrote:
That's an interesting take... I like it.

great minds think alike

11/10/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

You are a bit too hard on Garrard, with his callow receiving corps and good run blocking, but shaky pass blocking offensive line his 1867 yards, 60.9%  is solid but pedestrian, the 6-5 TD/INT is at least in part due to the factors just mentioned.  If they restock the OT position and the WRs get some experience, I bet his numbers will improve.  If he had the Cowboys talent around him he'd have made it to at least 1 Super Bowl.

11/10/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

The Bengals beat the Steelers the first time around, but the Steelers have not lost with Polamalu in the lineup.  I wouldn't be surprised to see him pick off his old roommate next week.

11/10/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

If the Saints continue their high level of play (which I know they will) Mickey Loomis should be the executive of the year.  Every move he made during the offseason has produced excellent results. Teams were skiddish about Darren Sharper because of his age, but he has played like the Darren Sharper of old. Truth be told, I'd never heard of Jabari Greer until the Saints signed him, and he is playing as well as any other corner in the league.  Anthony Hargrove, a guy who was out the league last year due to suspension, has been outstanding on the defensive line. Malcom Jenkins, the Saints first round pick, has been excellent on special teams and has been pretty solid in spot duty on defense.  Speaking of special teams, I scratched my head when the Saints traded up to draft punter Thomas Morstead (shades of Russell Erxleben), bu the has helped the Saints in temrs of field positioning on punts and kickoffs. Punting was a nightmare for most of last season and it has been solidified. Until he was injured, Heath Evans was making a huge impact on the running game.  Loomis has had the Midas touch and should be commended.

11/10/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Damn those Buccaneers winning a game. They have thoroughly disappointed me

11/10/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Bearman1 wrote:

the bears have not done well with their top draft picks since Angelo has been calling the shots, so maybe we should give the man credit for knowing his weakness, trade your top picks and save the team some money, and find good players later on.

That's an interesting take... I like it.

11/10/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Note to Randy Lerner: Fire Mangini NOW!!! The Browns are not progressing, they are REGRESSING!!! The Browns will have the worst record in franchise history!!! Fire Mangini, hire Gruden!!! This team is a joke!!!

11/10/09   |   Bearman1   |   3 respect

the bears have not done well with their top draft picks since Angelo has been calling the shots, so maybe we should give the man credit for knowing his weakness, trade your top picks and save the team some money, and find good players later on.

11/10/09   |   uwgb44   |   28 respect

Maybe this week all the Steeler fans wont be commplaining about their position. Now they got that convincing win that they need to put them back over the top. But I think that the Bottem ten teams need to get out of the way. After the next few weeks I think we will see the Packers Tumbling down there.

11/10/09   |   zhum24   |   47 respect

I like it how you pointed out that the Bears won't be having any high draft picks over the next couple of years. But, the Dolphins offense might not be as strong as last year's was but it definetly isn't a gimmick. The wildcat probably still has one or two more years of being a threat to other teams. Plus, Chad Henne has been looking pretty good as a replacement for Chad Pennington.

11/10/09   |   ms_hippie_queen   |   30317 respect

(Edited by ms_hippie_queen)

same story, different day with the texans and colts. texans coulda/woulda/shoulda but made the plays to lose the game. as much as this one hurt...it wasn't as bad as last year's game 5 reinactment of the 1993 oilers. i have a good feeling about the grudge match on the 29th though!