NFL Power Rankings Week 10, 2016

derek-carrAre the Oakland Raiders just overachievers? Certainly not, now that the Raiders gained firm control over the AFC West with a 30-20 victory over the Denver Broncos.

See where Oakland moves up to in our Week 10 power rankings and where Denver falls. Also, take a look at last week’s power rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (7-1); bye, same spot – The Patriots come out of the bye and into a re-match of the 2014 Super Bowl. Just like then, we like New England over Seattle this week.

2. Dallas Cowboys (7-1); beat Cleveland 35-10, up 1 spot – It would’ve taken a Browns upset to create the possibility of Tony Romo starting over Dak Prescott. That obviously didn’t happen, and we see Prescott leading this team the rest of the season.

3. Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1); beat Buffalo 31-25, up 1 spot – Jimmy Graham is experiencing a resurgence this season, as he showed by tallying two touchdowns and 103 receiving yards against Buffalo.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-2); beat Jacksonville 19-14, up 1 spot – Kansas City did just enough down the stretch to preserve this win. But it didn’t help their cause that 5 offensive starters were out.

latavius-murray-raiders5. Oakland Raiders (7-2); beat Denver 30-20, up 4 spots – Defying all preseason expectations, Oakland is now leading the AFC West. Latavius Murray was the hero of this game, running for 114 yards and three touchdowns.

6. Denver Broncos (6-3); lost to Oakland, down 4 spots – Denver lost the turnover battle against the Raiders, and their normally stout defense was run over by Murray.

7. Atlanta Falcons (6-3); beat Tampa Bay 43-28, up 1 spot – Matt Ryan’s outstanding season continued in this one as he threw for 344 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead Atlanta to victory.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4); lost to Baltimore 21-14, down 2 spots – Ben Roethlisberger surprised everybody by returning for this game. But his knee injury possibly held him back as he looked frustrated until the fourth quarter, when he directed a 75-yard scoring drive.

9. Minnesota Vikings (5-3); lost to Detroit 22-16, down 2 spots – Three weeks ago, Minnesota was a Super Bowl contender. Now, they’ve lost three straight games and are in a fight for the NFC North.

10. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1); bye week, up 1 spot – With immense talent on both sides of the ball, Arizona comes out of the bye hoping to have worked out the kinks.

11. Green Bay Packers (4-5); lost to Indianapolis 31-26, down 1 spot – Looking at Aaron Rodgers’ stats – 297 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception – you’d think that Green Bay would’ve won. But they allowed two rushing scores to Frank Gore and gave up an opening kick-off TD to Jordan Todman.

eli-manning12. New York Giants (5-3); beat Philadelphia 28-23, up 5 spots – Eli Manning got off to a hot start, throwing for four early touchdowns. The Giants defense did the rest to hang onto this win.

13. Detroit Lions (5-4); beat Minnesota 22-16, up 5 spots – Matt Prater kicked a clutch 58-yard field goal, and Golden Tate scored an acrobatic TD to help the Lions win.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1); bye week, down 1 spot – The Bengals visit the New York Giants this week, trying to keep their playoff hopes alive.

15. Washington Redskins (4-3-1); bye week, down 1 spot
 – Washington hosts the Vikings, with both clubs fighting to keep pace in their division.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4); lost to NY Giants, down 4 spots – Carson Wentz looked like a rookie from a small school as he was often confused by the Giants’ coverage schemes.

17. Houston Texans (5-3); bye week, down 1 spot – Houston’s lead in the AFC South is down to one game with the Colts’ win.

18. Baltimore Ravens (4-4); beat Pittsburgh 21-14, up 1 spot – Baltimore’s only offensive touchdown came on a 95-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace. But this was enough for the win.

jay-ajayi-dolphins19. Miami Dolphins (4-4); beat NY Jets 27-23, up 1 spot – Kenyan Drake had a 96-yard TD return, and Jay Ajayi turned in another strong performance with 111 yards and a rushing score.

20. Indianapolis Colts (4-5); beat Green Bay 31-26, up 1 spot – At age 33, Frank Gore is having yet another strong season, rushing for 592 yards and 4 touchdowns so far this year.

21. Buffalo Bills (4-5); lost to Seattle 31-26, down 6 spots – Buffalo has now lost three straight games and has fallen into third place in the AFC North.

22. San Diego Chargers (4-5); beat Tennessee 43-35, up 6 spots – Melvin Gordon continues his tear, rushing for 196 yards in this contest. He now leads the NFL with 11 touchdowns.

23. New Orleans Saints (4-4); beat San Francisco 41-23, up 2 spots – Mark Ingram redeemed himself for fumbling issues by running for 158 yards and scoring two touchdowns.

marcus-mariota24. Tennessee Titans (4-5); lost to San Diego 43-35, down 1 spot – Marcus Mariota put up numbers with 313 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. But he also produced 3 crucial turnovers.

25. Carolina Panthers (3-5); beat LA 13-10, up 2 spots – It wasn’t pretty, but Carolina grabbed their second-straight win.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6); lost to Atlanta 43-28, down 4 spots – For the second straight week, Tampa Bay’s secondary was ripped, giving up a big game to Matt Ryan this time.

27. LA Rams (3-5); lost to Carolina 13-10, down 3 spots – The chants of “We want Goff!” grew their loudest yet during this poor offensive display.

28. New York Jets (3-6); lost to Miami 27-23, down 2 spots – New York has already equaled their loss total from last season with seven games left in the year.

29. Chicago Bears (2-6); bye week, same spot – Coming off a win two weeks ago over Minnesota, Chicago returns to action against Tampa Bay.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6); lost to Kansas City 19-14, same spot – If the losing continues, expect head coach Gus Bradley to be gone before the 2016 campaign ends.

31. San Francisco (1-7); lost to New Orleans 41-23, same spot – In other potential firing news, San Francisco GM Trent Baalke is likely to be ousted in the near future.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-9); lost to Dallas 35-10, same spot – Some thought that Dallas could be walking into a trap game since they’d potentially overlook the Browns. But as the score shows, this definitely wasn’t the case.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 10 (Nov 6, 2014)

andre-ellington-cardinals1. Arizona Cardinals (7-1); beat Dallas 28-17, moves up one spot – Arizona not only got their first win in Dallas since 1989, but they also swept the NFC East division this year (4-0).

2. New England Patriots (6-2); 43-21, moves up two spots – You can’t do much better than blowing out the former top-ranked team by 22 points. September’s struggles seem like years ago.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (6-2); beat Houston 31-21, retains same ranking – We tentatively keep the Eagles at number three while Mark Sanchez takes over for the injured Nick Foles.

4. Denver Broncos (6-2); lost to New England 43-21, drops three spots – Peyton Manning tossed two picks while star tight end Julius Thomas got only two targets. We have to think both numbers will change for the better this week.

5. Indianapolis Colts (6-3); beat NY Giants 40-24, moves up three spots – Despite being blitzed 29 times, Andrew Luck finished with 354 yards passing, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.

ben-roethlisberger6. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3); beat Indianapolis 51-34, moves up nine spots – Ben Roethlisberger is now the only QB in NFL history to throw six touchdown passes in back-to-back games.

7. Detroit Lions (6-2); bye week, moves up two spots – With Calvin Johnson expected back this Sunday, the Lions offense will get a lot more potent.

8. Seattle Seahawks (5-3); beat Oakland 30-24, moves up two spots – Russell Wilson continues to be inconsistent, miss-firing on 12 passes last Sunday. But this narrow victory is a win nonetheless.

9. Dallas Cowboys (6-3); lost to Arizona 28-17, drops three spots – Once 6-1 with two home games in front of them, Dallas now has a tougher path to the postseason after losing back-to-back games.

10. San Francisco 49ers (4-4); lost to St. Louis 13-10, drops three spots – The Niners lost a true shocker after Colin Kaepernick fumbled at the one yard line.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2-1); beat Jacksonville 33-23, moves up one spot – Cincinnati will have to rely on Jeremy Hill again (154 rushing yards against Jaguars) since Giovani Bernard won’t play against Cleveland.

aaron-rodgers-bet-312. Green Bay Packers (5-3); bye week, drops one spot – Green Bay hosts division rivals Chicago in what could be a revenge game since the Bears won at Lambeau Field last year.

13. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3); beat NY Jets 24-10, moves up one spot – Alex Smith has caught fire, throwing for 10 touchdowns and just one interception over his past seven games. So how do the Chiefs still not have a wide receiver TD?

14. Miami Dolphins (5-3); beat San Diego 37-0, moves up two spots – Miami keeps pace with a muddled AFC East race that sees them, New England and Buffalo still in contention.

15. San Diego Chargers (5-4); lost to Miami 37-0, drops 10 spots – The Chargers lost their sixth straight game in Miami, and in devastating fashion! They’re beginning to slip out of postseason discussions.

joe-flacco16. Baltimore Ravens (5-4); lost to Pittsburgh 43-23, drops three spots – Joe Flacco had a rough time against the blitzing Pittsburgh linebackers, completing just 12-of-23 passes, throwing one pick and being sacked three times.

17. Buffalo Bills (5-3); bye week, retains same ranking – Kyle Orton has breathed new life into this team, and they are one of the biggest surprise postseason contenders so far.

18. Cleveland Browns (5-3); beat Tampa Bay 22-17, retains same ranking – With three talented running backs and a capable quarterback, Cleveland has far exceeded expectations in 2014.

19. New Orleans Saints (4-4); beat Carolina 28-10, retains same ranking – The Saints finally look to be back on track. However, the back end of their schedule won’t make things easy.

20. St. Louis Rams (3-5); beat San Francisco 13-10, NR – The Rams probably won’t stay in our top 20 long, however, they do deserve some credit for knocking off the Niners and Seahawks in two out of the last three games.