Pickswise Week 10 NFL Power Rankings

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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

It’s getting crowded at the top following New Orleans’ takedown of the previously undefeated Rams. Now three teams are sporting just one loss, while New England is also lurking near the No. 1 spot. Let’s take a look at how the NFL is currently shaking out from top to bottom in our NFL Power Rankings.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) – The Chiefs have won three in a row since their tough loss at New England. They have scored at least 30 points in all but one game.

2. Los Angeles Rams (8-1) – There are no more perfect teams following L.A.’s 45-35 loss at New Orleans. The race for home-field advantage in the NFC is on.

3. New Orleans Saints (7-1) – Getting to play at home was obviously a factor. The Saints will have to survive a brutal schedule if they want to play the Rams at home again in January.

4. New England Patriots (7-2) – Only the Saints have won more games in a row than New England, which took care of Green Bay 31-17 in Week 9.

5. Los Angeles Chargers (6-2) – Good news for the Chargers: they are 6-2, including 5-0 in their last five. Great news for the Chargers: they get to face Oakland on Sunday.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) – Pittsburgh’s current four-game surge includes victories over each of the other three AFC North competitors.

7. Carolina Panthers (6-2) – New Orleans is not running away with the NFC South because Carolina has won three straight. A Week 10 showdown against the Steelers is big.

8. Chicago Bears (5-3) – Only Tennessee and Dallas have surrendered fewer points than Chicago, which can look forward to three consecutive contests against NFC North rivals.

9. Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) – The Bears’ closest division contender is Minnesota and those two teams will clash in Week 11. Two of the Vikings’ three losses have come to the Rams and Saints.

10. Houston Texans (6-3) – Once 0-3, Houston suddenly boasts the NFL’s second-longest winning streak (tied with New England at six games). The AFC South may be over soon.

11. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) – The Eagles have a chance to win two straight games for the first time this season when the defending champs host Dallas on Sunday night.

12. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3) – A.J. Green is out for a few weeks, but at least he doesn’t need surgery on an injured toe. Can Cincinnati keep up with New Orleans without him on Sunday?

13. Atlanta Falcons (4-4) – The Falcons were left for dead at 1-4 and with injuries all over the field. Now, however, they are 3-0 in their last three and just signed DE Bruce Irvin.

14. Green Bay Packers (3-4-1) – Unsurprisingly, a back-to-back stretch at the Rams and the Patriots was too hot to handle. Green Bay now has to capitalize as the schedule lets up.

15. Washington Redskins (5-3) – After they started a surprising 5-2, the Redskins may be who we thought they were following a blowout loss at home to Atlanta.

16. Miami Dolphins (5-4) – Miami may have a winning record, but it lacks any kind of signature victory and all four of its losses have come by double-digits.

17. Tennessee Titans (4-4) – The Titans won at Dallas on Monday night, but that is not saying a lot. Two of their next three contests are vs. New England and at Houston.

18. Seattle Seahawks (4-4) – Seattle is in the midst of a current stretch that goes vs. Chargers, at Rams, vs. Packers, and at Panthers. It stated with a 25-17 loss to Los Angeles.

19. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) – Baltimore slumped into its bye week on a three-game losing streak. The John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco era may be coming to an end.

20. Dallas Cowboys (3-5) – A home loss to Tennessee should just about do it for these Cowboys. Upcoming tests at Philadelphia and Atlanta may officially finish them.

21. Denver Broncos (3-6) – The Broncos recently shipped Demaryius Thomas to Houston and they are still griping with him. Nothing is going right on or off the field.

22. Detroit Lions (3-5) – Like Dallas, the Lions are losing touch in the NFC playoff race and face a tough upcoming stretch (Chicago twice, Carolina, and the Rams in the next four weeks).

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) – Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick probably doesn’t matter at this point. Tampa Bay’s defense is just too terrible.

24. Indianapolis Colts (3-5) – Andrew Luck has thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions during a two-game winning streak for Indianapolis, which plays its next three at home.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5) – The only thing worse for Jacksonville than Houston’s 6-0 run it’s a four-game losing streak of its own. Blake Bortles’ offense is hopeless.

26. New York Jets (3-6) – New York is 0-3 in its last three and has been outscored by a combined 41 points during this stretch. Sam Darnold is likely out against Buffalo.

27. San Francisco 49ers (2-7) – San Francisco halted the NFL’s longest losing streak at six by actually winning a game. But does a win even count against the Raiders?

28. Cleveland Browns (2-6-1) – Game one under interim coach Gregg Williams resulted in a loss to Kansas City. It doesn’t get any easier with Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, and Carolina next.

29. Arizona Cardinals (2-6) – Arizona is 2-0 against the 49ers and 0-6 against everyone else. Its next opponent certainly isn’t the 49ers (it’s the Chiefs).

30. New York Giants (1-7) – With San Francisco’s victory, the Giants now own the league’s longest skid at five games. Not even Saquon Barkley can save this team.

31. Buffalo Bills (2-7) – Both Josh Allen and Derek Anderson are probably out this week. That means another appearance by the infamous Nathan Peterman.

32. Oakland Raiders (1-7) – The Raiders were somewhat competitive through four weeks, but they have lost their last four contests by a ridiculous 85 points. Tank time!

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