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My 2020 Week Ten NFL Power Rankings

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Week 10 NFL Power Rankings

Another week in the books and it feels like some division races are getting tighter. The NFC West, for example, has three teams sitting at 6-3. The AFC East? With Miami on a five-game winning streak, they are making things a bit more interesting than I think some of us imagined. The NFC East? Well, all we know is that the division is the definition of putrid, however, someone has to win it. A massive injury in the NFC South may have shaken that division up as well. There’s a lot to unpack this week. Let’s get to it.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) ~ They were off last week, but let’s not forget just how good this team is. Andy Reid’s teams are 18-3 after the bye and this week they travel to Las Vegas for a rematch against the only team that has beaten them in the last calendar year. Revenge game? Sunday night? In Vegas? Imagine what that stadium would look, feel and sound like if only we weren’t still in this pandemic. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-0) ~ Another week and another one in the win column for the Steelers. After a few close calls over the past few games, Pittsburgh took the excitement out of this one early. They took a 22-7 lead at the half and never looked back. I don’t think they will run the table, but stranger thing have happened. The 1972 Miami Dolphins have to keep that champagne on ice for at least one more week. (LWR 2)

3. Green Bay Packers (7-2) ~ There was no way they would lose at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The one win Jaguars. The team who is starting Jake Luton at quarterback. Welllll, about that. I mean, they DIDN’T lose, but the Jags had the ball, down by four, in Green Bay territory. I think this kind of game is good for them. Just like Pittsburgh’s close call in Dallas. Anyone can beat anyone on any given Sunday. (LWR 4)

4. New Orleans Saints (7-2) ~ Remember that big injury in the NFC South I mentioned in the lead? No? You don’t read those? Oh. I see. Well, I was hinting at the injury that Drew Brees suffered this past Sunday. The future hall of famer has multiple broken ribs and a punctured lung. That’s…..not ideal. Safe to say the signal caller will miss a few games. I just hope it isn’t career-ending. (LWR 6)

5. Baltimore Ravens (6-3) ~ Lamar Jackson and this passing attack have fallen off. Like, way off. The Ravens are 31st in the league with 184 yards through the air per game. Last year’s league MVP, Jackson has just 14 passing touchdowns through nine games after amassing 36 in 15 games last year. He’s also been sacked 23 times which matches last year’s total. His rushing is also down a full yard per carry. Their defense is still top notch, but the offense would have me worried if I were a Ravens fan. (LWR 3)

6. Buffalo Bills (6-3) ~ Yes, they lost the game, but it isn’t as simple as that. Josh Allen led the Bills down the field and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 34 seconds left in the game. That’s what I’m going to focus on. That, and how the Bills bounce back from a gut-wrenching road loss. (LWR 5)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) ~ With Tom Brady in town, it was easy for Bucs fans to move on from the incumbent Jameis Winston. Now it seems they’ll once again be focused on their former quarterback for a few weeks. Winston figures to be the Saints starting quarterback while Brees recovers from injury. It almost seems fitting that Tampa’s fortunes to rest in the hands of their former QB. (LWR 9)

8. Arizona Cardinals (6-3) ~ I’m sure you’ve seen it by now. If you haven’t, enjoy the Hail Murray. If you have, well, enjoy it again. It’s worth it. (LWR 10)

9. Seattle Seahawks (6-3) ~ After missing the past three games, Chris Carson should be ready to go for Thursday night against the Cardinals. I’m certain Russell Wilson will welcome him back. Without Carson providing a serious rushing threat, Wilson has committed seven turnovers in the past three games. Seattle has lost three of four after a 5-0 start to the season. (LWR 7)

10. Los Angeles Rams (6-3) ~ L.A. picked up a much needed game in the division by taking down Seattle, but they suffered a big loss along the way. And I mean big. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who clocks it at 6’7” and 330 pounds, tore two knee ligaments in that win against the Seahawks. The Rams hope he can be back should the team make the playoffs, but it looks as though he will miss the rest of the regular season. (LWR 11)

11. Indianapolis Colts (6-3) ~ Take a guess who Indy’s leading receiver is. I’ll wait. Be honest. You didn’t have Zach Pascal. I’m guessing most Colts fans didn’t have that either. Mo Alie-Cox, a backup tight end, is actually second on the team. It isn’t how the Colts drew it up, but the players they have are getting it done. They sit atop the AFC South after taking out Tennessee Thursday night. (LWR 12)

12. Tennessee Titans (6-3) ~ Remember when Jadeveon Clowney was holding out for a contract that paid him like the former number one overall pick that he was? You might have forgotten that he settled for a one-year deal with Tennessee. Through eight games he has exactly 14 tackles and zero sacks. The Titans need him to regain his pass-rushing prowess. (LWR 8)

13. Miami Dolphins (6-3) ~ Five straight Ws for the fish and the schedule is setting up nicely. The next three games are against Denver, the New York Jets and Cincinnati. All three are winnable which would get Miami to nine wins. Do they really have a shot at the AFC East title? I'm leaning towards yes. (LWR 13)

14. Las Vegas Raiders (6-3) ~ The Raiders keep winning and they are doing it on the strength of their running game. Josh Jacobs is 4th in the NFL with 700 yards on the ground. It isn't just him either. Backup Devontae Booker has racked up 149 yards and three touchdowns over the last two games. (LWR 14)

15. Cleveland Browns (6-3) ~ Speaking of strong running games, Cleveland might have the best top two runners in the league. Kareem Hunt has been fantastic while filling in full-time for the injured Nick Chubb. Well, now Chubb is back and the Browns seem poised to run all the way to the playoffs. (LWR 15)

16. Minnesota Vikings (4-5) ~ Three straight division wins for Minnesota. Their next three games, all at home, are against teams with a combined 6-23 record. I like their chances at making it a six straight. Oh yeah, Kirk Cousins got his first win on Monday Night Football snapping a nine-game losing streak. You like that? (LWR 20)

17. Chicago Bears (5-5) ~ That's four losses in a row for the Bears. The problem? The offense. Chicago has put up 63 total points during the losing streak which is under 16 points per game. I don't care how stingy the defense is. If you can't score points in this league it's going to be very tough to win games. (LWR 16)

18. San Francisco 49ers (4-6) ~ Everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong in a lost season for the 49ers. If only they played in the NFC East. The last place 49ers would be leading my team's sorry division. (LWR 17)

19. Carolina Panthers (3-7) ~ Teddy Bridgewater had to leave Carolina's last game due to a knee injury. I didn't see it, or any of the game in which Bridgewater didn't play. I legit had no idea who their backup quarterback was. That would be P.J. Walker who was playing in the XFL this year. Carolina has had some success with former XFL players in the past. Remember He Hate Me? (LWR 18)

20. New England Patriots (4-5) ~ It's safe to say the Patriots have had trouble scoring points this season. They've scored 21 or fewer points in five of their games this season and have only outscored Washington, Denver and the Jets. Not exactly a who's who of stellar offenses. (LWR 21)

21. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5-1) ~ Man was that ugly. I watched my team go 0-for-third down for the first time since 2004. That's right around the time when I could first legally go to bars. Another new low in a season full of them. (LWR 19)

22. Atlanta Falcons (3-6) ~ There might not be a team in the league that would benefit more from Drew Brees missing some time. Atlanta plays the Saints twice over the next three weeks. Suddenly, those games appear a bit more winnable. (LWR 24)

23. Detroit Lions (4-5) ~ Another quarterback injury situation is in Detroit, though I think their expectations for the rest of the season are a bit lower than New Orleans'. Matthew Stafford who has seemingly been a Lion for the last 20 years, had x-rays taken on his hand. If he can't suit up this weekend it will likely be Chase Daniel in a potential battle of the backups in Carolina. (LWR 25)

24. Los Angeles Chargers (2-7) ~ Seven losses this season by a total of 32 points. The Chargers have been in every game they've played. They could be looking at another high draft pick which could prove pivotal to a team that, I think, can be right in the thick of the playoff race next year. (LWR 22)

25. Denver Broncos (3-6) ~ After a four pick day, Drew Lock now has more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (7) for the season. This was supposed to be a big year for Lock as Denver's quarterback of the future. He might not be a lock to be their quarterback next year. I'm sorry. That was too easy. I'd say I'm embarrassed, but I'd be lying and that's not how I treat my readers. (LWR 23)

26. Cincinnati Bengals (2-6-1) ~ They've only won two games, but, I wouldn't be shocked to see them double that total over the next month. Three of Cincy's next four are against the putrid NFC East. They've already tied the Eagles. Why not beat up on what's left of that division? (LWR 27)

27. New York Giants (3-7) ~ The Giants actually might be playing the best football in the division. They seem to have bought in to Joe Judge's system and, if it weren't for that late drop by Evan Engram in the first game against Philly, we'd probably be looking at a team with a two-game lead in the division. (LWR 30)

28. Washington Football Team (2-7) ~ This looks like it's Alex Smith's team the rest of the season. If I were a Washington fan I'd have mixed feelings about that. It's certainly a feel-good story with Smith coming back from what looked to be a career-ending injury. But, at the same time, he isn't the future at quarterback. Is the Dwayne Haskins era already over? (LWR 28)

29. Houston Texans (2-7) ~ Here's a list of the teams Houston has beaten this year. Jacksonville. That's it. That's the list. Eesh. (LWR 26)

30. Dallas Cowboys (2-7) ~ Odds are Andy Dalton will be back under center when the Cowboys take the field in Minnesota Sunday. Will that be enough to lead them to their first win in more than a month? (LWR 29)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) ~ All the talk in Jacksonville is how the team needs a franchise quarterback. There's no denying that. There's also no denying that this team needs a lot of help, especially on defense. The Jags have allowed opponents to put up at least 30 points in six of their nine games this season. (LWR 31)

32. New York Jets (0-9) ~ They didn't lose last week! Sure, you could point out that they didn't play, and you'd be right, but they also didn't lose! This is probably as good as it gets for the Jets this season until they lock up that number one overall pick in next year's draft. (LWR 32)

Well, that’s it. All 32 NFL teams. All in one little list that can cause a reader a bevy of emotions. Do you like where your team is ranked? Do you hate it? Do you think I have no clue what I’m talking about? Maybe you should tell me about it. Leave a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter. Handle is in the profile. See you next time kids.