Another week of madness in the NFL and another week of power rankings, as Sunday and Monday’s results mix everything up. Several teams I’d love to include in the Top 10 just couldn’t be fit in this week and while there is no change at #1, there is plenty of movement up and down the list. Keep reading to see more and be sure to vote on what team you think should be #1:
#10: Houston (#10 last week, 6-3): The Texans did what they were supposed to do this week, handling the Browns at home. Andre Johnson is on his way back and this Sunday’s game at Tampa should be a really nice test to see just how good this six-win team really is.
#9: New Orleans (#8, 6-3): The Saints and Falcons have both moved up and down the rankings all season long as we try and figure out if any of them is as good as they’ve looked during their wins or as bad as they’ve looked during some of their losses. There should be some clarity gained this week when they go head-to-head in Atlanta, as one of these teams will probably bounce out of the Top 10.
#8: Atlanta (#7, 5-3): See above.
#7: New England (#6, 5-3): The Patriots fall just one spot after their loss to the Giants on Sunday. Even after the heartbreaking defeat to Eli and Co., I just can’t put them behind the two NFC South teams at this point.
#6: Pittsburgh (#2, 6-3): The Steelers, meanwhile, tumble after their home loss to the Ravens. Meanwhile, they have to travel to take on a feisty 6-2 Bengals team this week in a match-up that could very easily see those teams swapping places in these rankings.
#5: NY Giants (#9, 6-2): The G-Men move up a few spots after the wild win in Foxboro this past week. That was, however, just the beginning of an insane stretch of schedule that continues this week in San Francisco.
#4: Detroit (#5, 6-2): The Lions were off last week and move up a spot thanks to the Steelers’ loss. Lions have a very legit road test this week at Chicago.
#3: San Francisco (#3, 7-1): I’m leaving the 49ers at #3 even though last week’s #2 (Pittsburgh) lost. The Niners had (yet another) east coast win this week, but it was an ugly one against an ugly Redskins team. I’m very interested to see how their home game against the Giants plays out this week.
#2: Baltimore (#4, 6-2): The Ravens do the leap-frog thing over SF thanks to the gutsy win at Pittsburgh. Have to credit them for sweeping that (regular) season series and while you’re at it, may as well credit them with a win this Sunday at Seattle, too.
#1: Green Bay (#1, 8-0): The Packers had a tough road game in San Diego but got points from both their insanely efficient offense as well as their play-making defense. A Monday night home game against the Vikings is unlikely to be their first slip-up of the season.
OUT this week: None
IN this week: None
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