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NFL Week 10 Power Rankings
by Pietro DiSante Jr,posted Nov 7 2012 2:35PM
Another exciting week in the NFL is in the books and Week 10 is near. One team has been undefeated the entire season, yet has never been #1 in my Power Rankings.....until today! The (8-0) Falcons beat the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football and proved that they really do belong at the top. I am not saying Dallas is a great team, but it was a must-win for them and Atlanta held strong. Another reason they are #1 is former #1 New York Giants looked terrible against Big Ben and the Steelers. There were many bad calls in the game, but the better team pulled out the win in the end. I still think the Giants will bounce back from the loss though. Heck, they normally don't start playing well until Week 16 anyway.
Week 10 Power Rankings:
1. Atlanta Falcons (8-0)
I still feel the most impressive thing about Atlanta is how their defense has played this year. We all knew the offense would be great, but this was a surprise. We also knew Matt Ryan was good, but he is stepping up his game in 2012.
2. Denver Broncos (5-3)
There is no question that I think Peyton Manning is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game and now the team is starting to get on the same page with him. Denver is going to be tough to beat from now on.
3. Green Bay Packers (6-3)
I had the Broncos playing the Packers at Super Bowl XLVII in my NFL Preview, and I still feel they are 2 of the best teams in the game. Still, the Packers may not even win the NFC North with how the Bears are playing right now.
4. New England Patriots (5-3)
The AFC East is bad this year. The Patriots have not played like their normal selves yet, but they don't have to. Just as long as they click before the playoffs, they will be fine.
5. Houston Texans (7-1)
The Texans could be the best team in the NFL, but I still am not quite sure if they will win when they have to. I guess we will see.
6. Chicago Bears (7-1)
I feel the same about the Bears as I do the Texans. They both are clearly great teams, but you have to wonder if they will beat the big teams come playoff time.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3)
The Steelers are hot right now. Many people thought the Steelers would not be a great team this year, but those people forgot that this is a quarterback-driven league.....and Ben Roethlisberger is one of the best.
8. New York Giants (6-3)
The Giants drop from #1 to #8 this week because they looked pretty bad on Sunday. Still, expect them to jump back up soon enough. That is how the Giants have been the last few seasons.
9. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
Due to the bye week the 49ers dropped from #6 to #9. That is not fair. They didn't play! Come on! Hey, this is a "what have you done for me lately?" league. What can I say? In related news: due to the bye week, the Jets moved up 3 spots.
10. Baltimore Ravens (6-2)
Some people are ready to give up on the Ravens, despite their record. I am not. They are definitely a playoff team and who knows what could happen once they get in? Will they win the AFC North? That is a good question.
5 Most disappointing teams at the half-way mark:
1. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)
How can a team with this much talent be 2 games under .500 after 8 games? Hard to figure out. Andy Reid has taken much of the blame, as has Michael Vick, you have to wonder if it is too late for both.
2. Dallas Cowboys (3-5)
The Cowboys should not be (3-5). They play well, but then make terrible mistakes to cost them games almost every week. They are tough to explain.
3. New Orleans Saints (3-5)
We knew them not having a head coach would not be easy, but the Saints are better than a (3-5) team. I still think they can turn it around, but their schedule might make it too difficult.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5)
People thought after their 2011 playoff season Andy Dalton and AJ Green would take the next step this year and be even better. Instead, the Bengals have been below average and flat out bad at times. I don't know why it is so hard for Marvin Lewis to put 2 straight good seasons together in Cincy.
5. Carolina Panthers (2-6)
No one thought the Panthers would be a Super Bowl team this year, but no one thought they would be this bad either. Cam Newton looked great in 2011 and now looks lost under center. He is still taking suggestions if you have any.
Bonus: New York Jets (3-5) I did not put the Jets on the list because of injuries to Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes, Sione Pouha, etc, but they are surely a disappointing team. Rex Ryan was voted the most Overrated Coach in the NFL this week, and I have to say: It makes sense. They went from back to back title game appearances, to self-destructing (8-8) in 2011 and now (3-5). Not good.
Week 10 kicks off tomorrow night, as the Jaguars host Andrew Luck and the surprise (5-3) Colts. The Colts won 2 games last year. They could have 6 by tomorrow night.