NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where Every Team Stands Going Into Week 10

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We’ve officially entered the second half of the NFL season, and things are starting to clear up a little bit.20-two NFL teams still have a legitimate chance to make the playoffs, but nine true contenders are beginning to separate themselves from the pack.

Chaos still lies between spot #10 and #24, as teams at the edge of the wild card race continue to struggle with inconsistency.

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Once again, here’s how we came up with them.

We took our rankings from last week and moved teams up and down based on the following criteria:

  • A win: up 2 spots
  • A loss: down 1 spot
  • A loss by 10+ points: down 2 spots
  • A win against a top-5 team from the week before: up 2 spots
  • A win against a top-12 team from the week before (aka, a playoff team): up 1 spot
  • Covering the point spread: up 1 spot
  • A winning record: up 1 spot
  • A losing record: down 1 spot
  • No team with a winning record can be outside the top 16
  • No team with a .500 record can be outside the top 20
  • NOTE: We issued an executive order where the three biggest underachieving teams — the Eagles, Jets, and Cowboys — could not be ranked above a .500 team. Subjective, but fair.

1. Atlanta Falcons (#1 last week): Beat the Cowboys

Record: 8-0

Biggest thing we learned this week: The defence is starting to come on strong. They've played two-straight strong games against the Cowboys and the Eagles.

2. Chicago Bears (#2 last week): Beat the Titans

Record: 7-1

Biggest thing we learned this week: The easy part of the Bears' schedule is over. We'll see how good they are when they play the Texans and 49ers in consecutive weeks.

3. Houston Texans (#3 last week): Beat the Bills

Record: 7-1

Biggest thing we learned this week: They can win ugly. We're used to the Texans blowing teams out, but they showed that they can win with redzone D and big plays even when they are out of sync early in games.

4. Green Bay Packers (#5 last week): Beat the Cardinals

Record: 6-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Aaron Rodgers is super sensitive about his height.

5. Baltimore Ravens (#8 last week): Beat the Browns

Record: 6-2

Biggest thing we learned this week: It was an underwhelming win against a bad opponent, the defence will continue to struggle with injuries.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (#9 last week): Beat the Giants

Record: 5-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: They defence began improving a few weeks ago, and now the offence is starting to come around. They showed great balance against a strong Giants team against the run.

7. New York Giants (#4 last week): Lost to the Steelers

Record: 6-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Eli Manning is officially slumping.

8. New England Patriots (#6 last week): Bye

Record: 5-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nothing!

9. San Francisco 49ers (#7 last week): Bye

Record: 6-2

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nothing!

10. Detroit Lions (#10 last week): Beat the Jaguars

Record: 4-4

Biggest thing we learned this week: They can make the playoffs if Mikel Leshoure continues to fill their biggest hole at running back.

11. Seattle Seahawks (#11 last week): Beat the Vikings

Record: 5-4

Biggest thing we learned this week: Russell Wilson played the best game of his career for the second-straight week. He's improving nicely after a slow start.

12. Denver Broncos (#13 last week): Beat the Bengals

Record: 5-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Let the surge begin! They play a super easy schedule from now on, expect them to climb into the top 8 by the end of the year.

13. San Diego Chargers (#18 last week): Beat the Chiefs

Record: 4-4

Biggest thing we learned this week: They're still alive. Everyone is making fun of the Chargers, but at 4-4 they still have a real shot to make the playoffs. They can either make a run or go in the tank right now.

14. Indianapolis Colts (#23 last week): Beat the Dolphins

Record: 5-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Andrew Luck is quietly having one of the best rookie QB seasons ever.

15. Minnesota Vikings (#20 last week): Lost to the Seahawks

Record: 5-4

Biggest thing we learned this week: Christian Ponder has fallen off a cliff. It was the second-straight week he failed to reach 100 yards passing.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (#26 last week): Beat the Raiders

Record: 4-4

Biggest thing we learned this week: Doug Martin is a game-changer, but they still have no defence.

17. Miami Dolphins (#17 last week): Lost to the Colts

Record: 4-4

Biggest thing we learned this week: Ryan Tannehill continues to improve. He got in a fun game with fellow competent rookie Andrew Luck.

18. New York Jets (#14 last week): Bye

Record: 3-5

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nothing!

19. Dallas Cowboys (#15 last week): Lost to the Falcons

Record: 3-5

Biggest thing we learned this week: The Sean Payton speculation has already begun, that tells you everything.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (#12 last week): Lost to the Saints

Record: 3-5

Biggest thing we learned this week: As we suspected, firing Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator was a meaningless move.

21. Arizona Cardinals (#16 last week): Lost to the Packers

Record: 4-5

Biggest thing we learned this week: It's a total mystery that this team was 4-0 at one point.

22. Washington Redskins (#19 last week): Lost to the Panthers

Record: 3-6

Biggest thing we learned this week: Even Mike Shanahan is hinting that his team is toast.

23. Cincinnati Bengals (#21 last week): Lost to the Broncos

Record: 3-5

Biggest thing we learned this week: They've lost four-straight while not even playing that badly. They look destined for 8-8.

24. New Orleans Saints (#27 last week): Beat the Eagles

Record: 3-5

Biggest thing we learned this week: What is potentially the worst defence in NFL history got the perfect medicine in the Eagles.

25. Buffalo Bills (#22 last week): Lost to the Texans

Record: 3-5

Biggest thing we learned this week: They played well, but they really need a win at New England in Week 10 to save their season.

26. Carolina Panthers (#30 last week): Beat the Redskins

Record: 2-6

Biggest thing we learned this week: The defence is starting to come together. They played decently against the Bears last week, and totally shut down RG3 this week.

27. Tennessee Titans (#24 last week): Lost to the Bears

Record: 3-6

Biggest thing we learned this week: The owner called them out this week, that's a bad sign.

28. Oakland Raiders (#25 last week): Lost to the Bucs

Record: 3-5

Biggest thing we learned this week: Caron Palmer is officially not returning to form.

29. St. Louis Rams (#29 last week): Bye

Record: 3-5

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nothing!

30. Cleveland Browns (#28 last week): Lost to the Ravens

Record: 2-7

Biggest thing we learned this week: Trent Richardson is good, he had his second-straight 100-yard game.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (#31 last week): Lost to the Lions

Record: 1-7

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nothing we don't already know, although Blaine Gabbert had one of his better games of the season.

32. Kansas City Chiefs (#32 last week): Lost to the Chargers

Record: 1-7

Biggest thing we learned this week: They cut Stanford Routt, who they signed on a three-year, $18-million deal in February.

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