Time for another adventure through the land of power rankings, as we attempt to put the top 10 teams in the NFL in some kind of order. There was some definite moving and shaking since last week’s rankings came out, with plenty more fun ahead. There is and has been one constant, though: the Green Bay Packers are #1. Keep reading to see about spots two through 10:
#10: Atlanta (#8 last week, 5-4): The Falcons drop a couple of spots after their OT loss to the Saints. A lot of people are killing them for going for it on 4th down in their own territory in overtime, but I loved it. They need to be careful this week, though, as a loss to the Titans would surely bounce them out of the Top 10.
#9: Chicago (Unranked, 6-3): The Bears make what could be an overdue appearance in the rankings after they throttled the Lions. Detroit is nowhere to be found this week as Chicago looks forward towards a VERY soft upcoming schedule.
#8: Houston (#10, 7-3): The Texans had another impressive win over Tampa this week and they’ve done an exceptional job of surviving the Andre Johnson and Mario Williams injuries. I think that luck is about to run, out, though, with Matt Leinart replacing Matt Schaub at QB. The good news is that they should be in the Top 10 for at least another week–they don’t play for two more.
#7: Baltimore (#2, 6-3): An UGLY loss at Seattle drops the Ravens from two to seven and if not for the Leinart factor, they might be at eight. One of the big-time Jekyll and Hyde teams this season, I’m interested to see how they bounce back against the Bengals at home this week.
#6: NY Giants (#5, 6-3): A tough loss at San Francisco means the G-Men only drop one spot, as they now try and pick up a W against the shockingly bad Eagles on Sunday night.
#5: New Orleans (#9, 7-3): The Saints are one of several big winners this week, as they collected a gritty win at Atlanta and now get a well-deserved week off. Like Baltimore, I’m not entirely sure how good they are–but I do know that they’re dangerous.
#4: New England (#7, 6-3): The Pats hop up a couple spots following their Sunday night beat down of the Jets. After losing two straight, you have to figure they pick up a second consecutive win when they host KC this Monday night.
#3: Pittsburgh (#6, 7-3): The Steelers did business in Cincinnati on Sunday, putting the up-start Bengals in their place, with a tough 24-17 win. Cincy may have earned some respect, but Pittsburgh got the win and will head into their bye on a high note.
#2: San Francisco (#3, 8-1): I’ve avoided putting the 49ers in the two-spot as long as I’ve been able to. Now, though, I’ve got no choice. A tough win against a tough Giants team makes it easy to move them up a spot. Time now for another tough east coast game as they get set to head to Baltimore.
#1: Green Bay (9-0, #1): They are the best team in the NFL right now and I don’t feel the need to explain myself further.
OUT this week: Detroit
IN this week: Chicago
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