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NFL Power Rankings

There is nowhere to hide in the NFL after Week 10 of the season. Here, we find a place for every team in the league from 1 to 32.

1 – Eagles

They may have lost a bit of a shocker in Week 10, but the Philadelphia Eagles have set the standard to start the NFL season. They’re towards the top of the list in offence and defence to be one of the most complete teams in the league. Still, they’re on the third line of betting to win Super Bowl LVII at $7.

2 – Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes is the leading $2.20 candidate to win the Most Valuable Player Award. As you’d expect, that has the Chiefs up with the best teams in the NFL right now. Andy Reid is doing Andy Reid things to get this team to put up points. Although, Clyde Edwards-Helaire hasn’t often been part of his plans. He continues to be a non-contributor to the Chiefs’ offence.

3 – Vikings

Justin Jefferson is a wizard. His catch against the Bills is one that will feature on highlight reels for years to come, and is one that cemented Minnesota’s place as a genuine contender to win Super Bowl LVII. Coming back from 17 points down to beat the Super Bowl favourites justified their 8-1 record to start the season.

4 – Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins are somewhat flying under the radar. Tua Tagovailoa is receiving the recognition he deserves at an individual level but the Dolphins are still out on the 9th line of betting to win it all at $18. There is even some MVP buzz around the once-written-off quarterback:

  • 8 games
  • 7 wins
  • 18 touchdown passes
  • 3 interceptions
  • 71% completion rate
  • 9.1 yards per attempt

5 – Bills

Well, it’s time to start asking questions about the Bills and their position as Super Bowl LVII favourites…

6 – Ravens

There is a ‘Jackson or nothing’ feel to the Ravens. Still, he’s doing enough and staying on the field for long enough for that something to be at a Super Bowl-contending level. The Ravens are running the ball down their opposition’s throat led by Jackson’s NFL-high 7.4 yards per attempt. He leads the team with 86 carries.

7 – 49ers

There is something there with this 49ers team. It isn’t always there, but when it is, they look every bit like Super Bowl contenders. The defence is typically brilliant. Nick Bosa led the defence to a key stop to win late in Week 10. Deebo Samuel, Elijah Mitchell and Christian McCaffrey have only played one game together, but you can see the potential. George Kittle is still finding his feet in the offence, too. If it all comes together, the 49ers will be there at the pointy end of the season.

8 – Titans

Derrick Henry isn’t quite punching out the numbers he did before going down injured last season, but the best rush defence in the NFL is getting the job done for the Titans. They’re 6-3 and there or thereabouts among the teams on the tier below genuine Super Bowl contenders.

9 – Giants

They kind of have to be here, don’t they?

The Giants aren’t great. They’re kind of good, but not great despite what their 7-2 record suggests.

Saquon Barkley carrying the ball a career-high 35 times in Week 10 just about sums up the Giants at the moment. He leads the NFL in rushing yards as he continues to play out a Comeback Player of the Year season.

One thing we can be confident in, Brian Daboll is a big part of the coach of the year conversation.

10 – Buccaneers

The Buccaneers have played out some poor games. After opening the season on the 2nd line of betting to now be on the 8th, they’ve disappointed throughout the first ten weeks. However, they showed enough to be hopeful in Week 10. So long as Tom Brady is out there on the field, there is always hope. The bye comes at the right time for old Tom, too.

11 – Cowboys

The Cowboys defence isn’t good enough to make up for poor periods with the ball. We saw as much in Week 10 as Dallas blew a 14-point lead to the Packers at Lambeau Field. As the offence went cold, the defence didn’t turn up enough to hold on. That’s a concern for the Cowboys moving forward. Dak Prescott will beat the bad teams on his own, but he needs more help when off the field if the Cowboys are to jump up into the Super Bowl conversation.

12 – Bengals

The Bengals don’t have the sort of record that justifies being 12th in the NFL Power Rankings. They’re here for what they can be later in the season. However, Cinci will need to navigate a brutal schedule to finish if they’re to justify this position and make the playoffs ($1.70) at the end. With the Titans, Chiefs, Browns, Buccaneers, Patriots, Bills and Ravens to come, the Bengals are in a tough spot.

13 – Jets

The Jets have surprised to be 6-3 through Week 10 of the NFL season and it could still get better.

FiveThirtyEight gives the Jets a 59% chance of making the playoffs while ESPN’s Power Index is handing them the third-easiest remaining schedule in the league. Things are looking good for the Jets who haven’t made the playoffs since 2010.

Tip: Make the Playoffs – Jets @ $1.88

14 – Seahawks

Geno Smith is still playing well…

Plenty have been waiting for the wheels to fall off Smith following his hot start to the season, but as Russell Wilson continues to struggle in the wake of his departure from Seattle, Smith is standing up. While the Seahawks lost to the Bucs in Germany in Week 10, they’re still a team on the up. Especially when you consider the first-round pick coming from Denver is landing at 7th right now according to Tankathon.

15 – Patriots

Defence is so often the key to winning in the NFL and the Patriots have that covered. They’re winning games without the ball to be 5-4 after Week 10. Their issues are at quarterback where Mac Jones just hasn’t produced at the level he needs to if the Patriots are to make the playoffs. We will know more about this team in three weeks after facing the Jets, Vikings and Bills.

16 – Chargers

Justin Herbert is enough to warrant the Chargers at 16th despite a fairly disappointing 5-4 record.

He is a superstar talent still producing plays despite injuries to his receiving corps and offensive line. The Chargers will tumble down the rankings at the slightest sign of an injury to their quarterback, though.

17 – Packers

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t performed at the level you’d expect from a reigning back-to-back NFL MVP. However, he looked good in Week 10 while rookie Christian Watson caught three touchdown passes in a breakout performance.

Are the Packers – currently 4-6 – back?

Probably not. Even if they are, it’s all coming too late.

18 – Commanders

Taylor Heinicke is 3-1 as the Commanders starting quarterback. Following a disastrous start to the NFL season with Carson Wentz under centre, the Commanders are 5-5 and showing signs of life. Their latest win broke Philly’s eight-game winning streak and should make Ron Rivera’s decision fairly simple when Wentz is cleared to play – possibly next week.

19 – Cardinals

The Cardinals managed to get past the Rams without Kyler Murray but he can’t spend much longer off the field if they’re to sneak into the playoffs. Their Week 11 matchup with the 49ers will make or break their season to date. Unfortunately, given Murray’s health and the recent improvements in San Francisco, the Cardinals are unlikely to be a major feature in the post-season.

20 – Lions

They had lost 98 games in a row while trailing by at least 14 points heading into the 4th quarter.

Dan Campbell had never won a road game.

And just like that, as the pick-six inspired the comeback, the Lions won back-to-back games for the first time in over two years.

21 – Falcons

Now 4-6 following a 25-15 loss to the Panthers, we’re at the portion of the season where the fan base is calling for the backup quarterback.

Enough said about the Falcons.

22 – Bears

You can only drop the 3-7 Bears so low when Justin Fields is doing what he is doing.

23 – Saints

In another instalment of ‘the fans are calling for the backup quarterback’, it can’t be long before Jameis Winston replaces Andy Dalton.

Sure, he throws a few picks and is inconsistent. But at least he offers something exciting. Failing that, just commit to Taysom Hill. The Saints need to do something because what they’re doing now isn’t working.

24 – Rams

It’s difficult to back up a Super Bowl win with another but to be out at $126 after only ten weeks of an NFL season is embarrassing for the Rams.

Winning the big one is something every player and fan will remember for a lifetime but there is little doubt that some of the shine of last season has washed off in this 3-6 record. They’re only a 6% chance at making the playoffs…

25 – Browns

The Browns defence is shocking to be second-last in points conceded per game. Sure to have had contention in mind when Deshaun Watson returns in Week 13, those hopes are likely to be dashed at some point over the next fortnight while taking on the Bills and Buccaneers.

26 – Steelers

The Steelers always at least threaten to bounce back when things aren’t going right. They did just that in Week 10 as the defence held up their end of the bargain to move to 3-6. However, a lot lies on the shoulders of rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett from here.

Pittsburgh is way out at $10 to make the playoffs.

27 – Colts

One win isn’t enough to call Jeff Saturday a capable NFL head coach.

Particularly when that win involved a 38-yard scramble from Matt Ryan – almost double his career-high.

The novelty of a TV personality coaching the team and giving them a day off will wear off soon enough. This might be as close to .500 as the Colts get for the remainder of the season. They’re $3.25 and +6.5 underdogs against the Eagles in Week 11.

28 – Jaguars

Doug Pederson is trying a few different things but not many are working for the Jaguars. He opened the game with an onside kick in Week 10 – fun. That is about as good as it got for Jacksonville who were behind the Chiefs 20-0 in the second quarter. This is a young and talented team but still has a lot of work to do if they’re to feature in the playoffs next season.

29 – Broncos

It keeps going from bad to worse for Russell Wilson and the Broncos.

30 – Panthers

It didn’t take long for the Panthers faithful to realise Baker Mayfield isn’t very good. In response, they’ve leaned into the rebuild and traded away productive pieces and sacked the coach.

Plenty in Cleveland are sitting back thinking “I told you so” at the state of the Panthers right now.

31 – Raiders

Derek Carr became emotional in the postgame press conference after the Raiders lost to a Colts team barely above them in the NFL Power Rankings.

Owner Mark Daivs quickly backed up his first-year head coach Josh McDaniels:

“Rome was not built in a day. The guy’s coached nine games. We’re 2-7, not the results we’re looking for, but at the same time, we’ve lost six one-score games with the ball and a chance to win at the end.”

After losing to Jeff Saturday’s Colts, the season is over after Week 10 despite coming into it as a playoff team expected to improve.

32 – Texans

Dameon Pierce is really good but there isn’t a lot to write home about otherwise.

The Texans are 1-7-1 and not particularly enjoyable to watch. Davis Mills isn’t it at quarterback.

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