Ten weeks of the NFL season are complete.  I’ve looked at all the outcomes and considered the records for each of the 32 teams – their good wins, their bad losses, the acceptable games in which they weren’t victorious – and I’ve come up with the GuysNation Power Rankings.  I don’t rank teams solely on how many wins they’ve accumulated – though that certainly helps.  Division games are considered differently than others, and if a margin of victory is close, it can say a lot about both of the teams.

The rankings aren’t perfect, but I can assure you that a lot of thought went into creating them.  If you disagree with my ranking of any number of teams, let me know about it.  I’m always interested to hear different perspectives… though you’ll have to make your point in a polite and intellectual manner if you’re going to convince me to change the way I think a week from now when I re-rank the teams all over again.

32 – Carolina Panthers (1-8) No Change from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 5 with a record of 1-4 since then)

The Panthers are still the worst team in the NFL, although their week 10 loss to the Buccaneers was expected (a division road game).  With Dallas on the rise and Buffalo already having set themselves apart, the Panthers could be here for a while.

31 – Cincinnati Bengals (2-7) Dropped 3 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 15 since Week 5 with a record of 0-5 since then)

The Bengals keep losing and other teams keep looking better and better. They really dropped the ball on a big opportunity Week 9, and I have a bad feeling about the rest of their season.

30 – Buffalo Bills (1-8) No Change from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 2 since Week 5 with a record of 1-4 since then)

The victory over the Detroit Lions at least put a notch in the win column for the first time, but it was a small victory which almost went to overtime – in Buffalo – against a team who NEVER wins on the road. I actually like some of their losses more than this victory.

29 – Dallas Cowboys (2-7) Climbed 2 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 5 with a record of 1-5 since then)

I actually thought about putting Dallas higher in the rankings than this, but they still only have two wins on the season. With what I’ve seen and heard of Jason Garrett, I fully expect their climb to continue. A win over the Giants in New York? That’s fairly significant.

28 – Arizona Cardinals (3-6) Dropped 2 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 5 with a record of 1-4 since then)

Losing to the Seahawks by nearly 20 points, with the game played in Arizona? That’s just bad.

27 – Minnesota Vikings (3-6) Dropped 2 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 5 with a record of 2-4 since then)

This loss puts the victory over Arizona into perspective. The Vikings are moving in the wrong direction and need to get those wide receivers back soon.

26 – Houston Texans (4-5) Dropped 4 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 16 since Week 5 with a record of 1-4 since then)

Just think, if the Texans cornerback had deflected the football in ANY OTHER DIRECTION on the last play than hitting it directly into the arms of a waiting Jaguars receiver, they’d be in a much better place.

25 – St. Louis Rams (4-5) Dropped 4 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 7 since Week 5 with a record of 2-3 since then)

Following up a bye week by visiting the 49ers and losing by 3 points? I suppose it might’ve turned out better for them if the 49ers hadn’t had a bye week too. I still think they have a bright future.

24 – Denver Broncos (3-6) Climbed 5 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 5 since Week 5 with a record of 1-4 since then)

A HUGE win over the Kansas City Chiefs helps the Broncos climb, but they’ve still lost 4 of 5, so lets keep some perspective.

23 – Detroit Lions (2-7) Climbed 1 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 7 since Week 5 with a record of 2-3 since then)

Another close loss, this time on the road, and the Lions keep looking like they’re going to make something happen.

22 – San Francisco 49ers (3-6) Climbed 5 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 7 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

Following up a bye week with a victory when the game is at home is a must. It should’ve been by a larger margin of victory, but a win is a win I suppose, and they actually have a winning record in their last 5 games.

21 – Washington Redskins (4-5) Dropped 7 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 2 since Week 5 with a record of 2-3 since then)

This is tough for me to type, but the loss to the Eagles, in prime time, by a huge margin, in Washington is a very bad thing. The first half was embarrassing.

20 – Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4) Climbed 3 from Week 10 Rank
(No change from Week 5, with a record of 3-2 since then)

Sure, they got a win over the Houston Texans, but it was only because of a poorly executed play by a Texans cornerback on the last play of the game. That’s why we keep this in perspective.

19 – San Diego Chargers (4-5) Dropped 4 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 6 since Week 5 with a record of 2-3 since then)

During their bye week, the Chargers got passed by some teams who weren’t idle in Week 10.

18 – Cleveland Browns (3-6) Dropped 1 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 9 since Week 5 with a record of 2-3 since then)

So close, Cleveland. Not only did you take the Jets (one of the top teams in the NFL) to OVERTIME, but the game didn’t end in the first few drives of overtime. That win would’ve thrown them close to the Top 10. A very fine two weeks, including the win over the Patriots in Week 9.

17 – Seattle Seahawks (5-4) Climbed 3 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 5 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

This jump is due to the big win on the road against a division opponent, the Arizona Cardinals. I still don’t know what to expect from the Seahawks.

16 – Kansas City Chiefs (5-4) Dropped 4 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 11 since Week 5 with a record of 2-4 since then)

Losing big time on the road to the Denver Broncos is bad, but it’s forgivable since it’s a division game on the road. They’re still a decent team, which is why they didn’t drop too badly. Still, only winning 2 games in their past 6 makes me think they’re close to dropping even further.

15 – Chicago Bears (6-3) Climbed 1 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 6 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

Winning home games against divisional opponents is a must, especially when the other team isn’t all that good. The Bears need to be more consistent.

14 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) Climbed 4 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 2 since Week 5 with a record of 4-2 since then)

Read what I said about the Bears. Then consider that Tampa Bay’s opponent in Week 10 was just the Carolina Panthers.

13 – Miami Dolphins (5-4) Climbed 6 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 8 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

Beating the Tennessee Titans is a big deal. I still don’t know what to expect from Miami, especially with their shaky quarterback situation.

12 – Tennessee Titans (5-4) Dropped 4 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 2 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

Losing to the Miami Dolphins after having a Week 9 bye week is not something that should’ve happened to the Titans, who at one point in the season was a top 5 team.

11 – Oakland Raiders (5-4) No Change from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 17 since Week 5 with a record of 4-1 since then)

The bye week didn’t hurt the Raiders at all. They’re going to slip if they can’t maintain the momentum they built in their past 5 games.

10 – New Orleans Saints (6-3) Dropped 1 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 2 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

The Saints drop one spot as other teams establish themselves while New Orleans is idle.

9 – Philadelphia Eagles (6-3) Climbed 4 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 8 since Week 5 with a record of 4-1 since then)

The huge margin of victory over the Redskins in Washington is a great thing for the Birds, who looked unstoppable in Week 10.

8 – Indianapolis Colts (6-3) Climbed 2 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 3 since Week 5 with a record of 4-1 since then)

Beating Cincinnati isn’t necessarily impressive, but considering they accomplished this without much help from Peyton Manning nor their running backs, it should give Colts fans some confidence that their team knows how to win.

7 – New York Giants (6-3) Dropped 5 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 8 since Week 5 with a record of 4-1 since then)

Losing to the rejuvenated Dallas Cowboys, in New York, is not a good thing at all. Still, they have won 4 of 5, so they won’t drop out of the top 10 because of it.

6 – Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) Dropped 5 from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 4 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

Losing to New England is forgivable, but it’s disappointing when it happens in Pittsburgh. The game wasn’t as close as the final score makes it seem, were it not for a late-game comeback which fell short.

5 – Green Bay Packers (6-3) Climbed 1 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 2 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

The bye week helped the Packers as the Giants and Steelers both dropped off a bit.

4 – New York Jets (7-2) No Change from Week 10 Rank
(No change from Week 5, with a record of 4-1 since then)

Against the Cleveland Browns, the Jets should’ve done a lot better than having to go to overtime, and they didn’t end the game until LATE in overtime. Very disappointing after almost losing to the Lions in Week 9. They probably should’ve dropped back a bit, but both of those outcomes were wins, so I can’t dock them too much for it.

3 – Baltimore Ravens (6-3) No Change from Week 10 Rank
(Dropping 2 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

Losing to the Falcons by just 5 points in Atlanta isn’t a huge problem for the Ravens. I’d take that outcome over a close victory over Cleveland or Detroit.

2 – Atlanta Falcons (7-2) Climbed 5 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 5 with a record of 4-1 since then)

A victory over the Ravens is a big time way for Atlanta to show that the Falcons are one of the top teams in the NFL. Now they’re one of three teams with 7 wins, their most recent of which is certainly a signature win.

1 – New England Patriots (7-2) Climbed 4 from Week 10 Rank
(Climbing 5 since Week 5 with a record of 4-1 since then)

Beating the Steelers gets the Patriots back on top, as they are not only one of the members of the 7 win club, but they get there in definitive style in a game which wasn’t as close as the final score made it seem. Did I mention that the game against the Steelers was IN Pittsburgh? Impressive.

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