Detroit News' NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

1. Arizona Cardinals (7-1): A big 28-17 win at Dallas solidified the Cards as the new No. 1, with the best record in the league. The only loss was at Denver, but wins over the Chargers, 49ers and Eagles highlight a surprising first half. Last week: 2

2. New England Patriots (7-2): The hottest team in the AFC dominated the Broncos, 43-21, for its fifth straight win, at Foxborough. After the bye week comes another tough stretch, at the Colts, vs. the Lions and at Green Bay. Last week: 4

3. Denver Broncos (6-2): Losing to the Patriots, but the way they were dominated was unexpected. Still, the Broncos are one of the top teams in the league and have a favorable schedule to finish the month. They're still the favorite for a top seed. Last week: 1

4. Philadelphia Eagles (6-2): They went step for step with the Texans and took an impressive 31-21 win, piling up 483 yards. Without Nick Foles, they'll have to lean on Mark Sanchez for a while. Good luck with that. Last week: 5

5. Detroit Lions (6-2): Coming off the bye week, they'll embark on the second half with a tough three-game stretch — against the Dolphins, at the Cardinals and at the Patriots — which might reveal whether they're really pretenders or contenders. Last week: 3

6. Indianapolis Colts (6-3): They toyed around with the Giants in the first half before putting them away, 40-24, on Monday night. Andrew Luck's name has to be in MVP consideration, as he added 354 yards and four touchdowns with no picks. Last week: 8

7. Seattle Seahawks (5-3): After rushing out to a 24-3 lead in the first half, they got a scare from the Raiders in a 30-24 win. Russell Wilson still isn't himself, but they're doing just enough to win games and stay close to the Cardinals in the division. Last week: 10

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3): Ben Roethlisberger continues to play like Dan Fouts, passing for six touchdowns for the second straight game. They didn't need a running game (55 yards) with their passing game clicking on all cylinders. Last week: 12

9. Dallas Cowboys (6-3): Without Tony Romo, they're not quite the same team, as Brandon Weeden showed. Still, they blew a 10-0 lead and couldn't mount much offense (266 yards) against the Cardinals. Last week: 6

10. Cincinnati Bengals: (5-2-1): After a nice win over the Jaguars, they'll host the Browns for a divisional showdown. They piled up 423 yards behind Jeremy Hill (154 yards, two touchdowns) and Mohamed Sanu is becoming a weapon alongside A.J. Green. Last week: 13

11. Miami Dolphins (5-3): Trouncing the Chargers, 37-0, was an eye-opener but this week's game against the Lions will be a test. The Dolphins are second in pass defense and could give the Lions offense some problems. They could be an AFC sleeper. Last week: 16

12. Green Bay Packers (5-3): During the bye week, they got a chance to stew over the blowout loss to the Saints and prep for the Bears. Their second-half schedule isn't as tough as the Lions', so they'll need to keep pace. Last week: 11

13. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3): That's three straight wins for the Chiefs, beating up on mediocre competition to get back in the AFC West race. Playing at Buffalo this week won't be easy, but they're only a game behind the Broncos now. Last week: 18

14. San Francisco 49ers (4-4): Controversial non-touchdown call or not, they can't lose at home to the Rams, after the defense allowed fewer than 200 yards. Given the tight NFC West race, this hurts their playoff hopes. Last week: 9

15. Buffalo Bills (5-3): Following the bye week, they get the Chiefs, one of the hotter teams in the AFC. The Bills have won two straight and three of four and are a surprise with an above-.500 record. Last week: 14

16. New Orleans Saints (4-4): After beating the Panthers, they've won two straight and catapulted into the lead in the NFC South. The next two games, at home against the 49ers and the Bengals, will be bigger tests. Last week: 17

17. Cleveland Browns (5-3): They got a needed win over the Bucs, but would love to stretch their win streak to three with a victory over the Bengals, keeping them in the thick of the division race. Brian Hoyer (300 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions) continues to be steady. Last week: 19

18. San Diego Chargers (5-4): A 37-0 loss to the Dolphins should drop them more than this, but there should be some concerns with the Chargers, who were one of the hottest teams in the league. Last week: 7

19. Baltimore Ravens (5-4): They're on a two-game skid after being trounced by the Steelers, 43-23. They didn't have an answer for Ben Roethlisberger, but few teams will if he continues his stellar play. Last week: 15

20. Minnesota Vikings (4-5): They head into the bye week after squeaking out a win against Washington. They're not as good as their record, but they've been making plays to get wins, behind Teddy Bridgewater (268 yards, touchdown). Last week: 23

21. St. Louis Rams (3-5): When is a 3-5 team not a 3-5 team? When two of the wins are over the division favorites. After surprising the 49ers, they'll look to make it a trifecta with a win in a tough spot: at Arizona. Last week: 26

22. Houston Texans (4-5): They'll slide into the bye week after a 31-21 loss to the Eagles, which dealt their playoff chances a blow. The offense was impotent, as it has been for the most part, behind Ryan Fitzpatrick (13-of-27 for 203 yards). Last week: 20

23. Carolina Panthers (3-5-1): The skid continues, with a 28-10 defeat to the Saints dealing them their third straight loss. The gauntlet doesn't end, playing at Philadelphia on Monday night, before facing Atlanta and getting to a needed bye. Last week: 21

24. Washington (3-6): They had their chances against the Vikings, but couldn't get a stop or a tying field goal in the final minutes. Robert Griffin III is back, but didn't have a big impact with 251 yards and a touchdown. Last week: 22

25. New York Giants (3-5): The offense still isn't clicking and the Colts were able to take advantage in the 40-24 loss. Rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (eight catches, 156 yards) is growing into a draft steal. Last week: 24

26. Chicago Bears (3-5): They'll look to bounce back after the bye, facing division foes in three of the next four games. It's their last shot to get back in the division race, needing a win over the Packers at Lambeau. Last week: 25

27. Atlanta Falcons (2-6): They marinated in the inexplicable loss to the Lions during the bye week but get back at it at the Bucs this week. The first half held so much promise, but went so wrong, losing five of their last six. Last week: 27

28. Tennessee Titans (2-6): Coming off the bye, they'll face three good teams: Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Yeah, so much for easing into the second half of the season. Last week: 28

29. New York Jets (1-8): The Jets are on their third quarterback with Matt Simms, after Michael Vick was injured. It's still a long season, but Percy Harvin made a mark with 11 catches for 129 yards. Last week: 29

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8): Blake Bortles had one of his best games, going 22-of-33 for 247 yards and two touchdowns, but they still lost, 33-23, to the Bengals. Denard Robinson (94 yards rushing) and Allen Hurns (112 yards and two touchdown catches) added good outings. Last week: 30

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-7): Following a bye, the Bucs have their best chance to get a few wins, facing Atlanta, Washington and Chicago. They've been close in three of the past four games. Last week: 31

32. Oakland Raiders (0-8): Each week is a different version of Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown. This time, it was a 30-24 loss at Seattle. The Raiders don't have the spirit to go winless, but they just might do it anyway. Last week: 32

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