What a terrific week of matchups we were blessed with. Saints vs. Rams, Packers vs. Patriots, Steelers vs. Ravens, Baker vs. Mahomes. Tom Brady and the Patriots scored more points Sunday than the other three teams in the AFC East combined, 31-28. Pat Mahomes has 29 touchdowns through his team’s first nine games!? There is no longer an undefeated team remaining in the league. Thielen’s streak of 100-yard receiving games has ended at eight. Le’Veon Bell tweeted out “Farewell Miami👋🏾.” Will he be returning this week? Let’s jump into the Week 10 NFL power rankings.
32.) Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 32) (1-7) 31.) New York Giants (31) (1-7) BYE 30.) Buffalo Bills (29) (2-7) 29.) San Francisco 49ers (30) (2-7) 28.) Cleveland Browns (28) (2-6-1) 27.) Arizona Cardinals (27) (2-6) BYE 26.) New York Jets (26) (3-6) 25.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (25) (3-5) 24.) Denver Broncos (24) (3-6) 23.) Jacksonville Jaguars (23) (3-5) BYE 22.) Indianapolis Colts (22) (3-5) BYE 21.) Detroit Lions (18) (3-5) 20.) Dallas Cowboys (20) (3-5) 19.) Tennessee Titans (21) (4-4) 18.) Baltimore Ravens (16) (4-5) 17.) Green Bay Packers (12) (3-4-1) 16.) Seattle Seahawks (15) (4-4) 15.) Miami Dolphins (17) (5-4) 14.) Philadelphia Eagles (14) (4-4) BYE 13.) Washington Redskins (8) (5-3) 12.) Atlanta Falcons (19) (4-4) 11.) Cincinnati Bengals (9) (5-3) BYE
10.) Chicago Bears (13) (5-3)
The Bears faced a Nathan Peterman-led Bills team this week. The game went as you could have expected. A 41-9 beatdown, with the defense scoring two touchdowns. Chicago is in prime position to take control of the division as they face the Lions this week, followed by the Vikings at home. Will they seize their opportunity?
9.) Houston Texans (10) (6-3)
If you have followed along this year you know that to be successful in this league you need a little luck on your side. The Broncos were in position to win the game against Houston, but McManus missed the go-ahead field goal as time expired. After beginning the season 0-3, the Texans have now won six straight games. Houston has a nice division lead and now gets the week off for their bye.
8.) Minnesota Vikings (11) (5-3-1)
The Vikes were without Diggs this week and Thielen was finally held under 100 yards receiving for the first time this season. Dalvin Cook made his return and had a nice showing on limited touches. NFL’s Next Gen Stats clocked Cook at 22.07 MPH on his 70-yard run, the fastest recorded time by a player this season. Minnesota heads into the bye, then comes out to face the Bears at Soldier Field.
7.) Los Angeles Chargers (7) (6-2)
The Chargers went into one of the toughest stadiums to play in and left with a victory. Melvin Gordon came back from injury to rush for 113 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Desmond King took an interception 42 yards to the house. The Chargers head to Oakland to take on a deflated Raiders team this week.
6.) Carolina Panthers (6) (6-2)
Eric Reid recorded his first interception of the season and the Panthers easily handled the Bucs. Fitz’s magic has seemed to run out for the Buccaneers. CMC had himself a day, having over 150 yards from scrimmage. The Panthers take on the Steelers at Heinz Field Thursday. Will they be able to contain the Steelers’ plethora of weapons?
5.) Pittsburgh Steelers (5) (5-2-1)
The Steelers went on the road to hand the Baltimore Ravens their third-consecutive loss. James Conner is averaging 135.6 yards from scrimmage per game. The only player with a better average? Todd Gurley. Conner is the only player in Steelers’ history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in the first eight games of the season. Le’Veon who?
4.) Los Angeles Rams (1) (8-1)
The Rams were handed their first loss of the season on the road against the Saints. Gurley was held to just 68 yards on the ground in New Orleans. Brees carved up the Rams secondary, passing for 346 yards, while throwing 4 touchdowns. Seattle comes to Los Angeles this week, then the red hot Chiefs come to town.
3.) Kansas City Chiefs (3) (8-1)
Pat Mahomes has passed for 29 touchdowns and 3,185 passing yards, the most by a player in NFL history through their first 10 career games. Mahomes is putting up video game numbers so far this season. That should continue next week, as the Chiefs take on the Cardinals, before heading to Los Angeles for their Sunday Night showdown against the Rams.
2.) New England Patriots (2) (7-2)
No Gronk, no Michel, no problem. Brady and Rodgers embraced at midfield for potentially the last time after the Patriots bested the Packers. The Pats have now won six straight. They will travel to Nashville this week, before heading into the bye.
1.) New Orleans Saints (4) (7-1)
Michael Thomas paid homage to Joe Horn after he burned Marcus peters on a 72-yard touchdown. The Saints lost week 1, but have gone on to win seven straight. The undefeated Rams came to town and left with their first loss of the season. New Orleans is on the road this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.