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NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

The Los Angeles Rams are in first place in the NFC West at the halfway point of the season.

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We’ve officially passed the halfway mark for the NFL season and parity might be the operative word this year given how many teams still look like they can make a second-half surge toward a Lombardi Trophy.

 

Doing as much as one can to sort through all that and factoring in everything from overall roster strength, to quarterback play, to the coaching staff, here is the latest edition of NFL power rankings and where every team stacks up from 1 to 32.

 

Week 10 NFL Power Rankings

 

1. Philadelphia Eagles

NFL Power Rankings: EaglesLast week: 1

The class of the league sure seems like they’re getting better by the week, and the Jay Ajayi trade paying dividends right away is only part of the story. This isn’t an invincible unit, but it is a young team that’s starting to peak at the right time.

 

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Power Rankings: SteelersLast week: 2

They may not be able to move past their in-state rivals the way things are trending but it probably wouldn’t be all that shocking to see the two teams meet in Minnesota next February if the Steelers come back from the bye on the same page offensively.

 

3. New England Patriots

NFL Power Rankings: PatriotsLast week: 4

Four wins in a row heading into the bye week was great news for this veteran group. Given the slate ahead though, there’s just one truly tough game between now and the playoffs.

 

4. Los Angeles Rams

NFL Power Rankings: RamsLast week: 7

The highest-scoring offense in the league did what it was supposed to against New York despite the early start for them. L.A. has handled a lot of different schedule issues and tough situations the past month, which adds to the already impressive 6-2 start that Sean McVay has engineered.

 

5. New Orleans Saints

NFL Power Rankings: SaintsLast week: 8

The Saints are the third team to win their next six games after an 0-2 start. The other two – the 1993 Cowboys and 2007 Giants – both won the Super Bowl. We’re not saying but... we might just be saying this is an intriguing team right now.

 

6. Minnesota Vikings

NFL Power Rankings: VikingsLast week: 6

There’s no question this team has overachieved at the halfway mark given the injuries the Vikings have sustained. Whether this is simply a playoff team or one that can do some damage will be determined by the quarterback derby sure to ensue over the coming weeks.

 

7. Dallas Cowboys

NFL Power Rankings: CowboysLast week: 11

The Ezekiel Elliott saga continues in court rooms across the country but it hasn’t fazed the Cowboys all that much as they captured their biggest win of the season against Kansas City. They still have a gap to make up with the Eagles but they will at least have a chance to close it on the field in the coming weeks.

 

8. Kansas City Chiefs

Last week: 2

NFL Power Rankings: ChiefsThat’s now three losses in their last four and the door is ever so ajar in the division too. While home-field advantage appears to be slipping out of their hands, the next few weeks will allow them to get back on track. Still, the explosive offense we saw early in the year needs to get back in a groove because the Chiefs are clearly out of it now.

 

9. Carolina Panthers

NFL Power Rankings: PanthersLast week: 10

The Panthers needed some help to escape with a win and keep pace in the NFC South with the surging Saints. It still doesn’t seem like this team is really ready to make a run at the Super Bowl given all the moving parts but winning ugly is still winning.

 

10. Seattle Seahawks

NFL Power Rankings: SeahawksLast week: 5

Dropping a home game, against that Washington offensive line, by allowing Kirk Cousins to march right down the field in crunch time is inexcusable. Say what you want about the missed field goals, Seattle shouldn’t have been in that position and now the division title could be a lot harder to come by than it was a few weeks ago.

 

11. Tennessee Titans

NFL Power Rankings: Tennessee TitansLast week: 14

Not the greatest of efforts in the second half against the Ravens but it’s looking like that bye week got Marcus Mariota 100 percent healthy. That’s the best development of the past few weeks for a team that is still trying to find what they’re all about.

 

12. Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL Power Rankings: JaguarsLast week: 15

Given how bunched up the standings are, it’s wild to think this team could host a playoff game. The Jaguars won back-to-back games for the first time in a year which is a good sign of progress for a team that is winning in two phases of the game and getting better in the third by the week.

 

13. Detroit Lions

NFL Power Rankings: Detroit LionsLast week: 13

After that romp in Green Bay, the Lions are part of a huge pack of NFC teams that still have a solid shot at sneaking into the playoffs — even sitting at just .500 on the year. Given what’s on the slate ahead, a strong close to the second half of the year certainly looks likely.

 

14. Washington Redskins

NFL Power Rankings: RedskinsLast week: 17

You like that? Yes, Kirk Cousins (above, right) and Washington fans all over like that victory in Seattle to show what this team is capable of (even if it wasn’t pretty).

 

15. Buffalo Bills

NFL Power Rankings: BillsLast week: 12

You kind of figured that the Bills were due to revert back to form and going on the road on a short week (even down to East Rutherford, New Jersey) proved to be too much for this team to handle. The offensive line is absolutely a huge issue going forward as the Bills hit the stretch run but a playoff berth remains on the table.

 

16. Oakland Raiders

NFL Power Rankings: RaidersLast week: 23

An encouraging finish to the East Coast road swing in Miami on Sunday night, as the run game looked like it was starting to churn and that helped open up the passing game. Still, it seems like this is a team stuck in the no-man’s land of being average until the Raiders start stringing consistent performances together.

 

17. Atlanta Falcons

NFL Power Rankings: FalconsLast week: 16

The Super Bowl hangover is officially official for the Falcons as they slip further behind in the division and wild-card races at the halfway mark. A second-half surge could end up happening but there’s been nothing to suggest it so far for this team.

 

18. Baltimore Ravens

NFL Power Rankings: RavensLast week: 19

A solid fourth quarter effort made things a little more interesting against the Titans but this simply isn’t a team that scares you in any one aspect.

 

19. Miami Dolphins

NFL Power Rankings: DolphinsLast week: 20

Because they’re in the constantly changing AFC, the Dolphins are by no means out of the hunt after that mediocre performance against Oakland. Still, this doesn’t look like all that dangerous of a team nor one that can really string together some good outings in a row.

 

20. Denver Broncos

NFL Power Rankings: BroncosLast week: 18

Questions about the offense aside — because they’re obvious — what happened to the Denver defense? It’s one thing to lose to Philadelphia, it’s another thing to get run out of the building like that.

 

21. Arizona Cardinals

NFL Power Rankings: CardinalsLast week: 25

Arizona really does seem to be the fountain of youth for older running backs needing a new spot to thrive, as Adrian Peterson can attest to after that 37-carry day. The team is still on the fringes of the playoff discussion but Drew Stanton under center seems to indicate that line of thinking won’t last.

 

22. Los Angeles Chargers

NFL Power Rankings: ChargersLast week: 21

As the Chargers hit the bye and the midseason point, do we really have a good read on them? They were awful for four games and then solid enough the five weeks after. The next three games will be quite revealing as to the direction of the franchise. 

 

23. New York Jets

NFL Power Rankings: JetsLast week: 27

It is still mind blowing that the Jets have four wins despite having one of the worst rosters in the league. They have stayed relatively healthy and are getting the most out veterans like Josh McCown and Matt Forte and it doesn’t seem like they’re going to stop winning games considering they’ve been in just about every one this year.

 

24. Chicago Bears

NFL Power Rankings: Chicago BearsLast week: 24

Imagine telling a Bears fans after that loss to the Packers that Chicago will actually be favored to win the next time the two meet. Wild times in the NFC North but you can’t deny that this team might be better than we once thought.

 

25. Houston Texans

NFL Power Rankings: HoustonLast week: 9

The sports gods giving the city a championship but taking away the pleasure of watching Deshaun Watson in the same week is rough. Just as bad as that performance against the Colts as a matter of fact.

 

26. Green Bay Packers

NFL Power Rankings: PackersLast week: 22

There are tons of teams in the league that would love to have Green Bay’s talent but it’s pretty clear that it’s not worth that much without No. 12 under center. Even after having extra time to prepare, that offensive performance was severely lacking against Detroit.

 

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Power Rankings: BuccaneersLast week: 26

The quarterback health issues aside, this is beyond a dismal season for a team some thought had the weapons to reach the Super Bowl. You hate to say another coaching change will help but at this point there may be no alternative.

 

28. Cincinnati Bengals

NFL Power Rankings: BengalsLast week: 28

A.J. Green might have shown the most fight the Bengals have had all season long when he got into it with the Jaguars.

 

29. Indianapolis Colts

NFL Power Rankings: ColtsLast week: 30

Indy needed a goal-line stand to take advantage of a Houston team starting Tom Savage, which isn’t that encouraging as the schedule gets tougher. At least the Colts have their entertaining moments to make games watchable so this tank of a year isn’t as bad as being a Browns fan.

 

30. New York Giants

NFL Power Rankings: GiantsLast week: 29

Will Ben McAdoo even make it to December as head coach of the Giants? If it wasn’t clear that the team had quit on their head coach before, coming off a bye week and laying that egg at home confirmed it.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers

NFL Power Rankings: 49ersLast week: 31

If you’re Jimmy Garoppolo, you’re probably not rushing to start for this team given those offensive line woes. Long term the future may be much brighter in Santa Clara but this is simply a bad team right now no matter how you slice it.

 

32. Cleveland Browns

NFL Power Rankings: Cleveland BrownsLast week: 32

The best week of the season for the Browns is one where they don’t lose a game. It was a bye, so Cleveland can claim victory on that front and worry more about the slow-starting Cavs.

 

— Written by Bryan Fischer, an award-winning college football columnist and member of the Athlon Contributor Network. You can follow him from coast-to-coast on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @BryanDFischer.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 01:01

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