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My 2021 Week 10 NFL Power Rankings

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2021 NFL Week 10 Power Rankings

It’s hard to believe we are through 10 weeks of the NFL season. If it doesn’t seem real, remember that Thanksgiving is next week. Next. Week. That’s usually when we get treated to Thursday football, but, now we get that every week. Although it feels like less of a treat than those turkey day games. Anyway it’s time to get your fill of this week’s power rankings and I’ll try and save the Thanksgiving puns until next week.

1. Tennessee Titans (8-2) ~ Hey, I’m as surprised as you are that the Titans are on top. As someone who picked Indianapolis to win the AFC South, you know I did not see this coming. That’s six straight wins for Tennessee and they aren’t cheapies. The Titans are 7-0 against teams who made the playoffs last year. There is that one inexcusable loss to the New York Jets, but let’s focus on the good stuff here shall we? (Last Week’s Ranking 2)

2. Green Bay Packers (8-2) ~ They appear to be the class of the NFC. If you take out their loss in the first game of the season, they’ve won eight straight when Aaron Rodgers is under center. I guess you don’t even have to take out the opening loss to make it eight straight, but, you get my point. When Rogers plays, this team looks damn near unbeatable. Could we be looking at another year where the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC goes through Green Bay? (LWR 3)

3. Arizona Cardinals (8-2) ~ They got popped. There’s no way around it. Last week I credited the team for picking up a win without Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and Chase Edmonds. This week I have to criticize them for not even looking competitive without those three. Maybe it’s just a blip on the radar. Maybe they look like Super Bowl contenders again once they are back to full health. Here’s hoping that happens sooner rather than later as they head to Seattle this weekend to face a desperate Seahawks team. (LWR 1)

4. Dallas Cowboys (7-2) ~ A week ago we were talking about the Cowboys trailing 30-0 in a home game. Fast forward to one week later and we saw Dallas leading by more than 30 in a home game before halftime. Maybe last week was a blip for Dallas? Who knows? Is any team good? Each of the top four teams in the rankings has one really, really bad loss on their resume. Better to get the bad one out now before the playoffs start, right? (LWR 7)

5. Buffalo Bills (6-3) ~ Like Dallas, the Bills had a forgettable performance last week. Like Dallas, the Bills annihilated their opponent this past weekend. Buffalo was up 38-3 in the third quarter. Davis Webb was taking snaps before it was over. The Bills have had more clunkers than other contenders, but on Sunday they showed that they can be scary good when they put it all together. (LWR 8)

6. Los Angeles Rams (7-3) ~ Two straight losses for the Rams. More importantly, they lost their second-leading receiver when Robert Woods tore his ACL Friday. You may have heard that Odell Beckham Jr. is the newest member of the Rams. That signing is now amplified with the loss of Woods. The Rams are on a bye this weekend which gives OBJ time to get acclimated to the playbook. (LWR 4)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) ~ Two straight losses for Tompa Bay. It’s just the second time in his short stint with the Buccaneers that Brady and the team has lost two in a row. We all know what they did last year, but is the Super Bowl hangover coming late in the season for Tampa Bay? We should get our answer Monday night when the Bucs host the New York Giants. (LWR 5)

8. Baltimore Ravens (6-3) ~ Lamar Jackson’s No. 8 jersey was retired by his alma mater Louisville this past weekend. The only other Cardinal who has had their jersey retired is Johnny Unitas. Unitas, you may recall, went on to have a Hall of Fame career as a quarterback for the Baltimore Colts. Jackson, of course, is the current quarterback for Baltimore and is on a current Hall of Fame trajectory himself. Weird how the universe works like that. (LWR 6)

9. New England Patriots (6-4) ~ Four straight wins for New England and they’ve been dominant during that stretch. They’ve outscored their opponents 150-50 over the past month. Jakobi Meyers even got into the end zone ending the longest scoring drought by a receiver in 40 years. Brady won the Super Bowl last year, but Bill Belichick may be asking Tom to hold his beer when it comes to the debate about who was more irreplaceable in their time together. (LWR 11)

10. Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) ~ Patrick Mahomes threw for more than 400 yards and five scores as the Chiefs rolled to their third straight win. They are now back atop the AFC West and they are beginning to resemble the team that represented the AFC in the past two Super Bowls. They’ll have a big test Sunday when the Cowboys come to Arrowhead. I for one cannot wait to see that game. (LWR 14)

11. New Orleans Saints (5-4) ~ Two straight two-point losses have the Saints clinging to their playoff hopes. Sunday’s game came down to a late two-point conversion attempt that came up short after Brian Johnson missed both of his extra point attempts earlier in the game. Johnson is the third kicker the Saints have used this season while Wil Lutz recovers from surgery. Lutz has made more than 97% of his extra point attempts in his career. (LWR 10)

12. Los Angeles Chargers (5-4) ~ For the third time in the last four games Austin Ekeler has failed to reach 100 scrimmage yards. The Chargers are 1-3 in those games. Justin Herbert is coming down to Earth a little after his monster rookie season a year ago. Something that can help a young quarterback find his mojo is a solid run game. Look for Ekeler to be more involved in the coming games if the Chargers want to snap out of their mid-season funk. (LWR 9)

13. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) ~ This is a bit of a leap of faith. The Bengals were off last week and the teams I had slightly ahead of them, well, they didn’t exactly look very good this past weekend. Couple that with the fact the Bengals get to play both Las Vegas and Pittsburgh in back-to-back weeks and we will see if I did the right thing by giving Cincy a little bump this week. (LWR 16)

14. Indianapolis Colts (5-5) ~ Their upcoming five-game stretch will determine whether the Colts will be playing games deep into January. Four of their next five games are against the Bills, Bucs, Patriots and Cardinals. While you might think, hey, the Colts should be fine if they can just split those tough games, you have to remember that it’s been 11 months since they’ve beaten a team with a winning record. Will that trend continue? (LWR 17)

15. Las Vegas Raiders (5-4) ~ DeSean Jackson made his Raiders debut. It didn’t go well. (LWR 12)

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3-1) ~ Rookie running back Najee Harris said he didn’t realize there could be ties in the NFL. How can casual fans know about ties, which seem to happen every year, but players don’t? It blows my mind. Truly. Now, because the Steelers couldn’t beat the winless Detroit Lions, I have to have that damn third column in the win/loss/tie thingy I put by each team. Sigh. (LWR 13)

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17. Cleveland Browns (5-5) ~ Five straight weeks alternating wins and losses for the Browns. Baker Mayfield was knocked out of Sunday’s blowout loss to the Patriots. If he is forced to miss time the team does have Case Keenum as a solid backup. Remember that Keenum led the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship game just a few years ago. (LWR 16)

18. Minnesota Vikings (4-5) ~ Justin Jefferson now has 2,175 career receiving yards which is the 2nd most by any player through 25 games in the Super Bowl era. The first? That would be OBJ who had a whopping 2,625 yards in his first 25 games. They both had 10 games with at least 100 yards in that span. Oh, and they both went to LSU. They’ve put out quite the set of receivers over the past decade or so. (LWR 19)

19. Carolina Panthers (5-5) ~ Here me out. Or just hear him out. If he can rekindle some of the magic of his past Carolina days, this team could look drastically different the rest of the season. Cam Newton is projected to start this week against his old coach Ron Rivera and the Washington Football Team. (LWR 23)

20. Denver Broncos (5-5) ~ Kids, if you want to know how to not tackle someone, look no further than what Teddy Bridgewater did Sunday while Darius Slay of the Philadelphia Eagles was returning a fumble for a back-breaking touchdown. (LWR 18)

21. San Francisco 49ers (4-5) ~ With an absolute demolition of the Rams Monday night, the 49ers may have saved their season. They may have even saved Jimmy Garoppolo’s job. If San Fran was 3-6 with a trip to Jacksonville up next on the schedule, it would seem like the perfect time to turn things over to rookie Trey Lance. Now they’re just a win away from getting back to .500 and having a shot at the playoffs. (LWR 22)

22. Seattle Seahawks (3-6) ~ Russell Wilson came back, but maybe that was a mistake. After missing the previous three games (the first time Wilson has missed a game in his 10-year career), the Seahawks were shut out for the first time in his career. (LWR 20)

23. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) ~ Sunday’s upcoming game against the Saints is huge. If, and that’s a big if, the Eagles can pick up the win, the rest of the schedule sets up nicely for a late playoff push. They have two games left against the Giants and Football Team with another against the Jets. The finale against the Cowboys might see Dallas resting a few players. Is it optimistic? Sure. But, I am an Eagles fan and if I squint I can see the playoffs as a real possibility. (LWR 24)

24. Atlanta Falcons (4-5) ~ The Falcons just suffered their worst loss in 17 years. At least the Braves won the World Series. (LWR 21)

25. Washington Football Team (3-6) ~ It might not get better than this. They pulled off what might be the upset of the season when they intercepted Tom Brady twice in a thorough defeat of the defending champion Bucs. They almost couldn’t even enjoy the moment, however, as stud defensive end Chase Young left the game with an injury that turned out to be a torn ACL. He will miss the rest of the season and maybe the start of next year. (LWR 27)

26. New York Giants (3-6) ~ Last week I teased the notion that the Giants would be better off without Saquon Barkley. I don’t actually believe that to be true. Let’s be real. Let’s also hope that Barkley, who has missed the last month due to injury, can suit up Monday night in Tampa. We have yet to see this Giants offense with its full complement of skill players this season. (LWR 25)

27. Chicago Bears (3-6) ~ It’s easy to forget that at one point the Bears were 3-2 and had legit playoff hopes. They’ve since dropped four straight and have a date with a Baltimore team that will be well rested after their Thursday night game. I’m betting that losing streak hits five. If it does, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Matt Nagy be the first head coach to lose their job this season. (LWR 26)

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7) ~ Trevor Lawrence is having the type of season that reminds me a lot of former top draft picks. He’s struggled while playing on a bad team. He has just eight touchdown passes to nine interceptions. He had a costly fumble late in the game Sunday while Jacksonville was driving with a chance to take the lead and pull off the upset. There are growing pains for sure, but, there are also no expectations in Jacksonville. It’s a good place to work your way through it and figure it out. (LWR 28)

29. Miami Dolphins (3-7) ~ Last week I actually dropped the Dolphins in the rankings after a win. I can’t do that this week since they actually beat a real NFL team when they took down the Ravens Thursday night. Two straight wins for the Dolphins who are now ruining the Eagles chances at a nice top three pick in next year’s draft. (LWR 30)

30. New York Jets (2-7) ~ Is this the end of the Mike White era in New York? After he threw four interceptions against the Bills it better be. Zach Wilson should be able to start this Sunday and I believe that he will play the season out as the starter if healthy. The team did use the number two overall pick on him after all. (LWR 29)

31. Houston Texans (1-8) ~ I’ve got nothing. Nothing to say about the Texans. They stink. They had their bye. What can I say? At least the aren’t the Lions? (LWR 31)

32. Detroit Lions (0-8-1) ~ Memes, man. The internet always comes through. (LWR 32)

And that is that. That's all I've got this week. You're now free to go about the rest of your day. Or night. Whatever it may be. If you want more of me, leave a comment below or follow me on social media via the link in my bio

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