Okay, you might not want to be ranked #1 in my NFL Power Rankings. Seems like any time I put someone there, they lose. This time it was the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. I never really took them too seriously this season, and when I finally did: the New Orleans Saints beat them. Now, that was a tough game for Atlanta and they are still a great team, but they can't remain at #1. So who gets the top spot this week? Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. I have a feeling they will not lose it for awhile too. Too good.
NFL Power Rankings:
1. Denver Broncos (6-3)
There is a great chance that Denver will finish the season (12-4) at worst. The schedule is not so bad and they are clicking at every level. I would not want to play them.
2. Green Bay Packers (6-3)
The Packers need to improve their defense. If they do: they might never lose again. Aaron Rodgers has the offense rolling. They need to run the ball to take pressure off of him, but not too much. Let him sling it!
3. Houston Texans (8-1)
The Texans were able to survive that rain storm in Chicago and still have a great chance to get home field in the AFC. If they get it, they will be hard to beat.
4. Atlanta Falcons (8-1)
Not too far of a drop for the Falcons. They can beat anyone, any Sunday. The defense finally had a bad week, but it was against Drew Brees, so no surprise.
5. Baltimore Ravens (7-2)
The Ravens blew out the Raiders and now get to play Pittsburgh without Ben Roethlisberger. Things are looking back up in Baltimore. They now have to be the clear favorites to win the AFC North.
6. New England Patriots (6-3)
They barely beat Buffalo at home, should have lost to the Jets at home, and actually did lose to the Cardinals at home. Somehow, they are (6-3) though, and tough to bet against.
7. Seattle Seahawks (6-4)
The Seahawks are a pretty good team. They have one of the best defenses in the NFL and Russell Wilson has a bright future ahead of him. Hard to tell if they will make the playoffs, but they impressed me this week.
8. San Francisco 49ers (6-2-1)
The 49ers did not impress me at all this week, being outplayed by the Rams, and the game ending in a tie. Still, their defense is strong.
9. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
How about Andrew Luck? He truly is the real deal. This team was a joke last year and now are in a great position to make the playoffs with Luck as a rookie. Their defense is still bad, not too many weapons on offense, but Luck is THAT good.
10. New Orleans Saints (4-5)
The Saints are hot right now, including defeating the undefeated Saints, but they are still on a long road to make the playoffs. Still, I would not want to play them right now.
Teams who dropped out of the Top 10:
-Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) Last week: #7
The Steelers are not a Top 10 team without Ben Roethlisberger. That simple. Remember, my Power Rankings are weekly. I would much rather play the Steelers without Ben, than the Saints with Drew Brees. I think you can understand that.
-Chicago Bears (7-2) Last Week: #6
Same situation in Chicago. Jason Campbell did not look good after Jay Cutler got hurt. I am not sure if Cutler will be back this week or not, but if not, the Bears are not the same.
-New York Giants (6-4) Last Week: #8
Man, the Giants don't have injuries as an excuse, they have just been bad the last couple of weeks. They have the bye week to fix things though. I expect them to get back on track.
Week 11 starts tomorrow night in Buffalo, where Ryan Fitzpatrick and the disappointing Bills host Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins. As an AFC East fan, I will watch the game, but might not be a pretty one.