NFL Week 10 Power Rankings

Here’s a look at New Arena’s NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 10:


32. Oakland Raiders

Week 9 result: Lost to San Francisco 34-3
Up Next: vs. Los Angeles Chargers
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The Raiders are garbage. Bruce Irvin has become the third ‘important’ Raider to be jettisoned by Jon Gruden this year. Is Derek Carr next?

31. Buffalo Bills

Week 9 result: Lost to Chicago 41-9
                                Up Next: @ New York Jets
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Three more Nathan Peterman interceptions — including yet another pick-six — led to another humiliating defeat. Losers of four-straight, the Bills have scored a total of 46 points since their Week 3 victory in Minnesota.

30. San Francisco 49ers

Week 9 result: Defeated Oakland 34-3
                                Up Next: vs. New York Giants
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What a debut for quarterback Nick Mullens. Making the first start of his career, the Southern Miss product completed 16-of-22 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Mullens will again start for the 49ers on Monday night. It is always a good feeling to beat a rival, but will the 49ers victory prove costly at the end of the year?

29. Arizona Cardinals

Week 9 result: BYE
                           Up Next: @ Kansas City
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Through eight games, the Cardinals are 2-0 against San Francisco, and 0-6 in its other games. A trip to Kansas City seems like a sure loss. Arizona’s main focus the rest of the way should be to protect QB Josh Rosen and continue to develop its young players.

28. New York Jets

Week 9 result: Lost to Miami 13-6
                               Up Next: vs. Buffalo
                               Trend: -1

After a decent start to the season things have taken a turn for the worse for Sam Darnold and the Jets. New York’s offense has been stymied three weeks in a row, and now Darnold is expected to miss this weeks game against Buffalo. It may be time for a coaching change in New York.

27. New York Giants

 Week 9 result: BYE
                                Up Next: @ San Francisco
                                Trend: +1

While their co-tenants are happy about their future at quarterback (Darnold), the Giants are stuck with the miserable play of Eli Manning. An offense that features Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. shouldn’t be stuck in the mud. New York’s 18.8 PPG rank 27th in the NFL.

26. Cleveland Browns

Week 9 result: Lost to Kansas City 37-21
                              Up Next: vs. Atlanta
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Cleveland may have two wins, but the atmosphere surrounding this team is turbulent. Baker Mayfield has struggled mightily for most of the year. Making matters worse, Cleveland’s defense has allowed at least 33 points in four of their last six games.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 9 result: Lost to Carolina 42-28
                          Up Next: vs. Washington
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The final score against Carolina isn’t indicative of the beating Tampa took. Carolina raced out to a 35-7 lead and sleepwalked the rest of the way, allowing Tampa to make the game appear more respectable. One positive — Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes for the third time this season.

24. Dallas Cowboys

Week 9 result: Lost to Tennessee 28-14
Up Next: @ Philadelphia
Trend: -1

Dallas’ first home loss of the season couldn’t have been more deflating. After falling to the Titans, Dallas sits two games behind Washington in the NFC East. With Sean Lee expected to miss significant time, Dallas may see its season crumble within the next few weeks.

23. Denver Broncos

Week 9 result: Lost to Houston 19-17
                                Up Next: BYE
                                Trend: -3

Denver’s chances of winning the AFC West are over. Case Keenum has thrown too many costly interceptions (10) and Vance Joseph’s decision making still leaves a lot to be desired. Denver’s next three games are tough — @ LAC, vs. PIT, @ CIN. Don’t be surprised if Joseph doesn’t make it through the season.

22. Detroit Lions

Week 9 result: Lost to Minnesota 24-9
                            Up Next: @ Chicago
                            Trend: -4

Detroit’s frustrating season continued in Minnesota last week. Injuries and inconsistent play have kept the Lions down — as they now sit in last in the NFC North. Fortunately, Kerryon Johnson has been stellar, giving Detroit their first legitimate running back in years.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 9 result: BYE
                              Up Next: @ Indianapolis
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Jacksonville has been horrendous after starting the season 3-1. However, running back Leonard Fournette is on track to play Sunday for the first time since Week 4. The Jags should try to get Fournette rolling early and often if they hope to knock off Indy.

20. Indianapolis Colts

Week 9 result: BYE
                       Up Next: vs. Jacksonville
                       Trend: +4
Indy has won two-straight games — albeit against two awful teams — and have plenty to be optimistic about. Andrew Luck continues to improve, Marlon Mack is back in the fold, and their 2018 draft class has been dynamite. Don’t count the Colts out.


19. Miami Dolphins

Week 9 result: Defeated New York Jets 13-6
                               Up Next:
@ Green Bay
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While the Dolphins are still very much within reach of a playoff spot, there isn’t much about this team that will excite you. The biggest reason for Miami’s 5-4 record is the play of their secondary. Miami leads the league with 15 interceptions.

18. Baltimore Ravens

                             Week 9 result: Lost to Pittsburgh 23-16
                             Up Next: BYE
                             Trend: -8

After starting the season 4-2, Baltimore looked like a serious contender in the AFC. Only three weeks later the Ravens are sitting below .500 and are in desperate need of a spark. While there is still plenty of time to turn things around, the shouts for Lamar Jackson will grow louder if the losing-streak continues.

17. Tennessee Titans

Week 9 result: Defeated Dallas 28-14
                               Up Next: vs. New England
                               Trend: +5
A stellar defensive performance combined with Marcus Mariota’s best outing of the year equated to a 14-point victory in Dallas. Tennessee is still very much alive in the AFC South, but they will need Mariota to duplicate what he did against the Cowboys.


16. Seattle Seahawks

                                Week 9 result: Lost to Los Angeles Chargers 25-17
                                Up Next: @ Los Angeles Rams
                                Trend: -2

The Seahawks had a chance to tie the game late, but ultimately came up a few yards short. While not a must-win game, the Seahawks can drastically improve their playoff chances by knocking off the Rams in Los Angeles.


15. Houston Texans

 Week 9 result: Defeated Denver 19-17
 Up Next: BYE
 Trend: +1

Even though it isn’t in the prettiest fashion, Houston continues to win. Their sixth-straight victory has put the team firmly in the playoff picture. While Watt, Hopkins and Watson get most of the attention, defensive back Kareem Jackson has been an unsung hero for the team.

14. Washington Redskins

  Week 9 result: Lost to Atlanta 38-14
  Up Next: @ Tampa Bay
  Trend: -1

Despite getting embarrassed at home by Atlanta, Washington remains atop the NFC East standings. In order to keep their position in the division, the Redskins must produce more through the air. Tight end Jordan Reed is the leading receiver through eight games — and he has a minuscule 340 yards.

13. Green Bay Packers

Week 9 result: Lost to New England 31-17
                                Up Next: vs. Miami
                                Trend: -2

There is no shame in losing back-to-back road games to the Rams and Patriots. The Dolphins may have a winning record, but Green Bay will be happy to see them this week. However, they will not be excited about trips to Seattle and Minnesota in the following weeks.

12. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 9 result: BYE
                             Up Next: vs. New Orleans
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The good news for Cincinnati — a 5-3 record has them in the playoffs at the moment. The bad news —  star receiver A.J. Green will miss at least two games due to an injured toe. Already missing their star tight end, Cincinnati cannot afford to be without Green for more than two weeks.

11. Atlanta Falcons

Week 9 result: Defeated Washington 38-14
                         Up Next: @ Cleveland
                         Trend: +6

Through a bevy of injuries and a 1-4 start, the Falcons have climbed back to .500 and have reasserted themselves in the playoff picture. With winnable games against the Browns and Cowboys coming up, Atlanta has a golden opportunity to make a run back to the postseason.

10. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 9 result: BYE
                               Up Next: vs. Dallas
                               Trend: +5

Losses by the Redskins and Cowboys meant Philly improved its standing in the division while idle. A win over Dallas this weekend would further their chances while simultaneously putting a huge dent in Dallas’. Look for Golden Tate to have a big debut game alongside Carson Wentz.

9. Chicago Bears

Week 9 result: Defeated Buffalo 41-9
                                Up Next: vs. Detroit
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Chicago must be feeling good after winning two-straight games without Khalil Mack. After two disappointing defensive efforts against Miami and New England, Chicago’s defense has rounded back into form. A victory over Detroit would help put distance between Chicago and their division rival.

8. Minnesota Vikings

Week 9 result: Defeated Detroit 24-9
                      Up Next: BYE
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Trailing only Chicago in the NFC North, Minnesota has an extra week to prepare for their showdown at Soldier Field next week. If Chicago holds serve this weekend, their Week 11 matchup could go a long way in deciding who has the inside track to win the division.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 9 result: Defeated Baltimore 23-16
                        Up Next: vs. Carolina
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Sitting in sole possession of first place in the AFC North and building momentum, Pittsburgh is asserting itself as one of the best teams in the conference. Their matchup Thursday with Carolina will be a huge test. However, the distractions continue. In addition to Le’Veon Bell’s ongoing drama, Antonio Brown was cited for driving over 100 mph Thursday morning.

6. Carolina Panthers

Week 9 result: Defeated Tampa Bay 42-28
                                Up Next: @ Pittsburgh
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The Panthers finally have an opportunity to prove to a national audience how good they are. Sporting a 6-2 record and heading into Pittsburgh as one of the league’s hottest teams, Carolina can vault into the Super Bowl discussion with a victory over the Steelers.

5. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 9 result: Defeated Seattle 25-17
                                Up Next: @ Oakland                                                                                                                                                Trend:

The Chargers have now won five games in a row. Their victory in Seattle is easily LA’s most impressive victory thus far. Looking at their next three games — @ OAK, vs. DEN, vs. ARI — there is no reason as to why the Chargers shouldn’t be 9-2 heading into their matchup with Pittsburgh.


4. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 9 result: Defeated Cleveland 37-21
                                Up Next: vs. Arizona
                                Trend: -1

The Chiefs will be 9-1 after this week. With that out of the way, who is ready for the Chiefs and Rams to square up next week? A potential matchup between two 9-1 clubs is too tantalizing.

3. New England Patriots

                                Week 9 result: Defeated Green Bay 31-17
                                Up Next: @ Tennessee
                                Trend: -1

While the meeting between Brady and Rodgers didn’t quite live up to the hype, New England claimed its fifth-straight victory. Facing a Tennessee team coming off an impressive win won’t be an easy task. However, the Pats would love to extend their lead over Miami in the AFC East with another win.


2. New Orleans Saints

Week 9 result: Defeated Los Angeles Rams 45-35
                    Up Next: @ Cincinnati
                    Trend: +2

In knocking off the previously undefeated Rams, New Orleans declared itself a legitimate title contender. The Saints benefited from poor refereeing in the first half, but they clearly outplayed LA en route to a 35-17 halftime lead. After squandering the lead, New Orleans scored 10 unanswered points to claim victory. Certainly a massive win, but the Saints need to play better defensively moving forward.

1. Los Angeles Rams

Week 9 result: Lost to New Orleans 45-35
                               Up Next: vs. Seattle
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The Rams played an awful opening stanza in New Orleans. Still, Los Angeles showed why they were undefeated heading into the game. It was unlikely they were going to run the table, so one loss away from home to an elite opponent isn’t enough to drop the Rams from the top spot.

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