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Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:51 am
 

2010 NFL Power Rankings, Week 7

In my opening last week, I mentioned that the good teams were starting to separate themselves.  This week showed the separation even more starkly.  Good teams can get lucky and catch breaks, too.  Also, the AFC clearly looks to be the stronger of the two conferences at this point of the season.  Could that change as the season moves on?  Certainly.  But for now, the power teams are heavily skewed toward the AFC.  Let's go!

1.) NY Jets (5-1) [no change]
 It's always nice for me when teams are on a bye and already in the Rankings.  No movement, no thinking, no questioning.  Plus, the Jets are one of the three prospective "great" teams that have shown up so far.  Not to be premature, or anything...because the Jets could come out in Week 8 and lay an egg.  But I have confidence that they'll continue to play well.

2.) New England (5-1) [no change]
 Going into San Diego and playing late is better than playing early.  Still, the Patriots were not at their best.  But as I said above, good teams find a way...even if it means watching a kicker bounce one off the upright after a stupid penalty.  This is another team I have confidence in, though, so I'm sure they'll play at a higher level in the weeks to come.

3.) Pittsburgh (5-1) [no change]
 Some might get hung up on the fact that the Steelers pulled out a victory when they probably didn't deserve it.  They might complain about the call being a fluke, that Miami clearly had possession, and such.  It just fits into my theme of finding ways to win.  And not every win will be pretty.  This one sure wasn't pretty...but there were uglier ones this week as well.

4.) Indianapolis (4-2) [no change]
 The Colts were on a bye, yet they lost Dallas Clark for the season and might be without Austin Collie as well.  Ouch.  That means someone will have to step up in the interim.  Of course, since they have Peyton Manning at QB...it probably won't be as difficult to adjust.  Probably.  We'll see next Monday.

5.) Tennessee (5-2) [no change]
 The Titans owned the 4th quarter against Philadelphia.  Kenny Britt played well with Kerry Collins, and some people might wonder if there's a QB controversy brewing.  This isn't like the Eagles' situation; Vince Young is the Titans' starter.  The situation in Philadelphia is not as clear-cut.  Tennessee now leads the AFC South, and they've got what looks like stiff competition.

6.) Baltimore (5-2) [+1]
 It went into overtime, but the Ravens got the win.  It does concern me that they had to go to OT against Buffalo, of all teams, especially after losing in OT to New England.  Now that Ed Reed has come back, I think the already surprising defense gets better.  The AFC North will probably be a dogfight down the stretch, though the loser probably gets a wild card for their trouble.

7.) Atlanta (5-2) [+1]
 Best team in the NFC?  At the moment, I think so.  Why?  They've played three games against the AFC and are 2-1.  OK, so the two victories are at Cleveland and against Cincinnati, not exactly "elite" teams.  Their lone loss was at Pittsburgh, in overtime.  So it's possible that I've underrated the Falcons.  We'll see in a couple weeks when they take on Baltimore.  If the Falcons win in two weeks and win against Baltimore, they'll be 7-2 and in the driver's seat in their division.

8.) NY Giants (5-2) [-]
 In this case, there's nothing wrong with second-best.  Especially in the NFC.  It's hard to imagine the Giants losing home-field advantage or the NFC East at this point.  If they keep playing like this, 10 wins will come with ease, and they could end up with 12.  Why are they behind Atlanta?  Well, they've played two games against the AFC and lost both.  Granted, they looked better on Monday.  So they're clearly rising.  But are they the best in the NFC?  Not just yet.

9.) Kansas City (4-2) [-]
 A solid win against Jacksonville after outscoring them by a count of 28-7 in the second half.  The Chiefs have one of the easier schedules out there, too.  It would not be shocking to see them end up with 12 or 13 wins.  Matt Cassel appears to be rounding into form; he's got weapons in TE Tony Moeaki and WR Dwayne Bowe.  And he's got a hell of a running game behind him spearheaded by Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles.  With San Diego and Denver looking pretty pathetic, KC has run with the ball and have a solid lead in the AFC West.  It's still the weakest division in the AFC, but don't be surprised if the Chiefs give teams a run for their money in the playoffs.

10.) Tampa Bay (4-2) [-]
 There are a couple other teams that I could have put here in the 10th spot.  But for some reason I like Tampa Bay; even if they got demolished by the Saints (who in turn got demolished by the CLEVELAND Browns, of all teams), they still had the resiliency to hand the Rams a loss via Josh Freeman's bread-and-butter: the 4th quarter comeback.  Tampa Bay looks like they're for real...but if they can put together some consistent performances in a row, it'd do them better.
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Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:06 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 7:14 pm
 

2010 NFL Power Rankings, Week 6

As we near the halfway point of the season, some of the good teams are starting to separate themselves, and the division races are becoming clearer.  Well, sort of.  The AFC South, for example, is a three-team crapshoot.  The AFC East could be won by anybody but Buffalo.  Both West divisions are in a horrific state of disarray.  It makes for an exciting season, especially down the stretch, but what I wouldn't give for a couple of these one-loss teams to really take off.  Here we go!

1.) NY Jets (5-1) [+1]
 Best team in the NFL?  Yes, for this week.  They've got the longest current win streak, have only lost by a single point, and just pulled out a road win in a game they could have easily lost.  In a word, real.  Why #1?  Because they've got the most wins.  The two teams just below are nothing to sneeze at either, though.

2.) New England (4-1) [+1]
 An OT victory in hand, the Patriots move up to 2nd this week.  Apparently, Ron Jaworski was right: "No Moss, no problem".  Deion Branch came in and played just like he had never left.  Can that keep going?  Maybe.  But even if it doesn't, Brady has plenty of receivers who can get open and get the ball.  They're narrowly ahead of Pittsburgh because they beat a team I figured was great.  And they might still be.  But for this week, the Pats were just a little better.

3.) Pittsburgh (4-1) [+5]
 Into the breach jump the Steelers again.  With Baltimore's OT loss to the Pats, some real estate at the top opened up.  Also, Ben Roethlisberger re-entered the league with style, putting on a nice beatdown of the Browns.  Clearly, I don't expect much from the Browns, so that's why the Steelers are currently third.  That's not a slight, though; the Steelers are a hell of a team.  And it's looking like everyone will slip up once or twice this season.

4.) Indianapolis (4-2) [+5]
 Another beneficiary of Baltimore's OT loss, Indianapolis shoots up the Rankings to claim the 4th spot after beating the Redskins.  It was closer than I thought it would be.  Peyton Manning is playing well; too bad he can't help the defense.  It's also too bad that they lost to Jacksonville.  A 5-1 record in the 4th spot would look much better than 4-2.

5.) Tennessee (4-2) [+5]
 I had a good feeling about the Titans going into their Monday Night game yesterday.  As it turns out, I was rewarded by seeing one of the bigger beatdowns of the week.  It's nice to be right, I guess.  Though I guess if I was following my own rules about who teams beat vis a vis moving up in the Rankings, I should probably have Philadelphia ahead.  Oh well.

6.) Philadelphia (4-2) [-]
 The Eagles are looking sharp no matter who lines up under center.  In fact, it's probably better for them to have Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb.  We'll see how that situation develops through the season, of course.  Right now, with Vick still recovering and Kolb playing pretty well, it's no tough decision.  But once Vick gets healthy...well, it's a nice problem to have.

7.) Baltimore (4-2) [-6]
 No matter what, a loss leads to a big drop in the Rankings.  Even in OT, to a team that they had beat.  This is not an indictment of Baltimore specifically; notice that Tampa Bay and Kansas City have been bounced out.  I still believe in the Ravens long-term.  But it's obvious at 4-2 that they're not better than the top three as it stands today.  At the end of the season, it could be something else.  We'll see when we get there.  I like the Ravens, though, and I'm confident they'll be a solid playoff team.

8.) Atlanta (4-2) [-4]
 I considered dropping Atlanta out entirely.  But I didn't really see a replacement that looked better at this time.  And I still believe the Falcons are a playoff team, though they might have gotten exposed somewhat against Philly.  But honestly, how many teams are going to throw over the top like that?  How many have the guts AND the personnel?  In the NFC, not that many.  And the ones that do are dealing with a whole bunch of issues (I'm looking at you, Green Bay and Dallas).

9.) Chicago (4-2) [-4]
 Again, I'm really disappointed in Chicago.  This is another team that I considered dropping out entirely, because I just don't trust them.  But who could have replaced them?  Well, omit the 3-2 teams, firstly.  Then take a look at who else is 4-2: Houston, and the NY Giants.  Are either of them trustworthy?  No.  Are either of them BETTER than the Bears?  Well, the Giants certainly have an argument.  I guess this is where my personal bias shows again, since I also can't stand those two.  I'm not a huge fan of Chicago either, obviously.

10.) New Orleans (4-2) [-]
 The other team to re-enter the Rankings this week is the defending champion Saints.  What a surprise to see them go to Tampa and beat up the Bucs in all phases of the game.  To be honest, this is the kind of performance I was expecting since the opening Thursday night against Minnesota...a performance which the Saints have not provided until this past week.  Well, good for them.

Thanks for reading.  See you next week.
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