2016 NFL Week 10 Powre Rankings
We’re not going to be long-winded in terms of a preamble for this week’s rankings, let’s just get right into them.
1. Dallas Cowboys (7-1).
This season feels like a mirror image of 2007, and Dallas fans are hoping it doesn’t end that way.
2. New England Patriots (7-1).
We’ll find out about them when they face stiffer competition in the back half of the season.
3. Oakland Raiders (7-2).
The Raiders are good enough to beat anyone offensively. They should be getting Mario Edwards, Jr. back soon, and could be getting Aldon Smith back soon thereafter, to help a sometimey and beleaguered (at times) defense.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-2).
Kansas City loves these ugly, muck-it-up games; particularly with their defense. Their offense has been more efficient, despite all the juggling in their backfield and injuries to receivers.
5. Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1).
Minus the cheat fest in New Orleans in which Seattle was robbed of a win, Seattle has bigger issues with their defense; mostly due to Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett being out — but more so defensive coordinator Kris Richard’s inability to adjust to what opposing offenses do. Seattle plays far too much soft zone, and it caused them a streak where teams scored on 13 straight possessions without punting at one stretch before the second half of last night’s game.
6. Atlanta Falcons (6-3).
We’ll get to see how consistent the Falcons will be on both sides of the ball when they face the Eagles on Sunday.
7. New York Football Giants (5-3).
The Giants defense has been good all season, even if they had been on the field for far too long because of the offense’s inability to run the football and the turnovers committed. However, they came out of the bye with a few more offensive wrinkles and it helped them break out of the doldrums. If they can continue the uptick offensively, they are as good as anyone in the NFC.
8. Denver Broncos (6-3).
Trevor Siemian is not enough to take the B-men to the promised land.
9. Detroit Lions (5-4).
The Lions are masters of late game histrionics. They are not to be overlooked as the discussion about who can win in the NFC begins to heat up.
10. Houston Texans (5-3).
This team is a flimsy 5-3, and has a lot of injuries to account for. How healthy is Will Fuller? Jaelen Strong is basically out for the month of November. It’s DeAndre Hopkins, Braxton Miller and a gimpy Fuller for now.
11. Minnesota Vikings (5-3).
No offense, defense not creating turnovers. Fading fast.
12. Miami Dolphins (4-4).
The Fins have found something with this Jay Ajayi.
13. Washington Redskins (4-3-1).
The Redskins could easily go 0 for November.
14. Green Bay Packers (4-4).
It is tough to win with those players, but it is doubly tough when your All Pro QB continues to fail to make basic throws at critical junctures and questions the team’s heart before the media.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4).
The Steelers can’t lose any home games the rest of this year if they want to make the playoffs, because they are one of the worst teams in the league when they go on the road.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4).
Carson Wentz has been figured out, and Doug Pederson repeatedly killed any chances his team had to win the game in East Rutherford with bone-head, 12-year-old-playing-Madden decision-making.
17. Buffalo Bills (4-5).
The Bills went from playing for Rex’s job, to winning a few, to losing two straight and now the speculation begins again, while they complain about officiating that was — aside from the delay of game call — on point.
18. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1).
The Bengals have a golden opportunity to make a dash in the AFC North with Tyler Eifert back. No one in the division is above .500, although the tie might kill them at the end of the season; even if it was with a non-conference opponent.
19. Baltimore Ravens (4-4).
Baltimore just does not have enough offensively to consistently win games, even if their defense keeps them in every game.
20. San Diego Chargers (4-5).
Even at 4-5, the Bolts are one of the most dangerous teams in the league. When you think of the games they’ve blown, they could easily — EASILY — be 9-0 right now, even with the massive injuries to key players.
21. New Orleans Saints (4-4).
Refs delivered a win against Seattle, and they ran up and down the field against a team that hasn’t stopped anyone, not even as a minor speed bump, since Week 1. They’re still not good.
22. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1).
This team has injuries along the offensive line, at wide receiver and to Tyrann Mathieu on the back end of their defense, but they should still be better than what they’ve shown through half the season.
23. Indianapolis Colts (4-5).
The Colts aren’t good, do not let their win in Green Bay fool you.
24. Tennessee Titans (4-5).
The Titans are in most games and play well for about 55 minutes, but Marcus Mariota commits backbreaking turnovers in every one of their losses late in these games.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5).
Jameis Winston is getting eaten alive behind an atrocious (and battered) offensive line. Now Tampa is down to their sixth and seventh running backs. This is absurd.
26. Los Angeles Rams (3-5).
The Rams don’t have talent. The Panthers do. That game coming down to what it did was an indictment on Carolina more than the Rams.
27. Carolina Panthers (3-5).
If Lance Kendricks doesn’t drop a wide open touchdown, things might have gotten very interesting in Los Angeles.
28. New York Jets (3-6).
This team could easily be 0-9 right now, and at the very least 1-8. They caught the Ravens in the midst of injury turmoil, and the Browns blew a lead (as usual) against them.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6).
Gus Bradley says they only need one win to get hot. He needs about eight of them to save his job.
30. Chicago Bears (2-6).
They can’t even tank properly.
31. San Francisco 49ers (1-7).
Colin Kaepernick passed for virtually 400 yards and the 49ers still got blown out.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-9).
The Browns just do not have enough talent to compete for 60 minutes every week. They have SOME talent, but it’s not enough to overcome massive dearths of ability in key positions.