While the top two teams stay the same in our NFL Power Rankings off the Week 9 results, there is some movement among other contenders.
2020 NFL Week 10 Power Rankings
1. Pittsburgh (8-0): As good as the Steelers have been over the years, this is the first time they have ever started 8-0 – that’s surprising. Since 1970, 15 of the 26 teams who started their season 8-0 made it to the Super Bowl. However, they are dealing with a COVID-19 issue on the team right now.
2. Kansas City (8-1): Michael Jordan should have won the NBA MVP Award every year of his prime, but sometimes voters got “fatigue” by picking him and would choose someone else. Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes also should win the NFL MVP Award every year of his prime. That guy is ridiculous.
3. New Orleans (6-2): What the Saints went to Tampa and did to Tom Brady and the Bucs on Sunday night was quite the statement. Drew Brees & Co. swept the season series and now hold the NFC’s top seed.
4. Buffalo (7-2): When Josh Allen plays like an MVP candidate – and he surely did Sunday in a win over Seattle – this team is a Super Bowl contender. Just not sure I trust him fully yet.
5. Baltimore (6-2): The Ravens set an NFL record in Sunday’s win by becoming the first team to score at least 20 points in 31 straight regular-season games.
6. Green Bay (6-2): I’m still shocked the Packers didn’t add receiving help for Aaron Rodgers ahead of last Tuesday’s NFL Trade Deadline. That might prove costly.
7. Seattle (6-2): Russell Wilson has had two turnover-filled games of late to essentially shrink his entire NFL MVP lead over Patrick Mahomes.
8. Tampa Bay (6-3): Did you know Sunday’s loss to the Saints meant it was the first time Tom Brady ever was swept in the regular season by a divisional opponent? That’s crazy. For some reason, the Bucs stink in night games this season but are great during the day.
9. Tennessee (6-2): The Titans need to hope that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney isn’t out long because their pass rush has been a weakness even when he has been healthy.
10. Miami (5-3): Maybe the switch from Ryan Fitzpatrick to rookie Tua Tagovailoa was the right thing after all. Tua showed signs of stardom in Sunday’s upset at Arizona.
11: Las Vegas (5-3): The Raiders remain the only team to beat the Chiefs and would be the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs as things stand. Jon Gruden has done a nice job.
12. Arizona (5-3): Led by Kyler Murray, this is one of the league’s best offences, but the defence just isn’t up to NFC contender status yet. That’s where the Cards need to focus this offseason.
13. LA Rams (5-3): The Rams had a great Week 9 and didn’t even play as the other three teams in the NFC West all lost – two in upsets.
14. Indianapolis (5-3): The Colts are a good team but a tier down among AFC contenders behind Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Baltimore.
15. Cleveland (5-3): The Browns come out of their bye in good shape to end their playoff drought and potentially set to get back Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb this week from injury.
16. Minnesota (3-5): Dalvin Cook has been the NFL’s MVP over the past two weeks with an incredible 478 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in back-to-back Vikings wins.
17. Chicago (5-4): If head coach Matt Nagy doesn’t give up offensive play-calling this week to one of his assistants, there will be a revolt in the Windy City.
18. New England (3-5): If you watched Monday night’s near-stunning loss at the winless Jets, it’s almost like the Patriots were trying to tank – but Cam Newton wouldn’t let them.
19. Philadelphia (3-4-1): The Eagles come out of their bye controlling their destiny to repeat in the NFC East and set to get a handful of banged-up players back.
20. Cincinnati (2-5-1): Joe Burrow is on pace to break Andrew Luck’s rookie passing yardage record set in 2012.
21. Atlanta (3-6): The Falcons are 3-1 since parting ways with Dan Quinn and elevating Raheem Morris to interim coach. QB Matt Ryan has completed at least 70 percent of his passes in each of those games.
22. Denver (3-5): The Broncos have trailed by at least 10 points at halftime in five of their first eight games. Then the team tends to wake up after intermission, but it’s usually too late.
23. Carolina (3-6): The Panthers somehow have lost their past 11 games when star running back Christian McCaffrey has played. The All-Pro who just returned from injury is hurt again and may miss Week 10.
24. LA Chargers (2-6): Simply amazing how this team manages to lose close games – the Bolts have lost their six by a combined 24 points.
25. San Francisco (4-5): The season is over for this club with all the injuries and now you hear rumours the Niners could pursue a trade for Bay Area native Aaron Rodgers this offseason. Good luck getting him.
26. Houston (2-6): Deshaun Watson is only the fifth different quarterback with at least 275 passing yards and a passer rating of 105-or-higher in five consecutive games within a single season in NFL history.
27. Detroit (3-5): The Lions became the first team in the NFL since 2014 to block two punts in a game this past Sunday yet still were blown out by the Vikings.
28. NY Giants (2-7): Second-year QB Daniel Jones is now 4-0 in his career and 1-16 against everybody else, and that one everybody else win came in his first-ever start.
29. Dallas (2-7): More bad news for the NFL’s biggest disappointment: Rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs, who has been terrific for the most part, could be done for the season with a broken foot.
30. Washington (2-6): Remember when Alex Smith suffered his gruesome broken leg two years ago? Smith will make his first NFL start since this week in Detroit with Kyle Allen out for the year due to injury.
31. Jacksonville (1-7): The Jaguars are realistically the only team that can “catch” the Jets for the top pick in next year’s draft.
32. NY Jets (0-9): Will the Jets fire coach Adam Gase during the bye? They should be thankful they didn’t beat the Patriots on Monday night to ruin their chances at the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft.
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