2012 NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

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2012 NFL Power Rankings Week 10

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The 2012 NFL season is officially halfway through with all of the 32 teams having played at least eight games each. The true contenders are beginning to separate themselves from the pretenders, rising to the top and displaying their dominance each time they take to the gridiron.

There are 13 teams with winning records who have the inside track on earning one of the 12 playoff spots in January, four teams that sit at the .500 mark who with just an adjustment here or there plus a little bit of luck could get into the tournament and 15 teams that are below .500 who have plenty of work to do just to even entertain the thought of reaching the postseason. There are six to eight teams who truthfully have a chance to reach the Super Bowl and possibly win a world championship and those teams are once again at the top of this week’s power rankings.

Certain teams are getting hot at the right time and are showing that they deserve to be in contender conversations as well. Other teams are cooling off at the wrong time and if something isn’t done as soon as possible then they’ll find themselves sitting at home and watching the postseason instead of competing in it. With the second half of the season about to kickoff in week 10 it’s now time for those teams with postseason and Super Bowl aspirations to step and grab the bulls by the horns before it’s too late and the only thing that they’ll be grabbing is the remote control.

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#32 Kansas City Chiefs (1-7)

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Another game and another loss for the Kansas City Chiefs. Head coach Romeo Crennel stepped down as the team's defensive coordinator but that won't change much seeing how the defense isn't this teams major problem; it's the offense and the fact that not only can they not score but they also can't keep possession.

Last week: #32 This week's opponent: at Pittsburgh

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#31 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7)

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At least the Jacksonville Jaguars have one race that they will be involved in this season; the battle to see who can stay out of the NFL's cellar. Right now they have a slight edge over the underachieving Chiefs.

Last week: #31 This week's opponent: vs Indianapolis

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#30 Cleveland Browns (2-7)

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The Cleveland Browns are a tough, physical team that remains close in many of the games they compete in however they lack the talent to truly have a chance to win those games.

Last week: #29 This week's opponent: Bye Week

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#29 Carolina Panthers (2-6)

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Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers finally earned their second victory of the season after eight games, now how many more games will pass before they get to win number three or have they figured out things that will help them get on a winning track.

Last week: #30 This week's opponent: vs Denver

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#28 Tennessee Titans (3-6)

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After getting shellacked at home 51-20 and ripped publicly by their owner Bud Adams how the Tennessee Titans bounce back could define their entire season. They were on a nice winning streak but after that kind of loss everything goes out the window and a new game plan must be prepared.

Last week: #26 This week's opponent: at Miami

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#27 New York Jets (3-5)

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Coming off of a bye week with a 3-5 record and having their head coach Rex Ryan being voted as the most overrated coach in the NFL the New York Jets must feel like they have something to prove not only this week but for the remainder of the season.

Last week: #27 This week's opponent: at Seattle

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#26 Oakland Raiders (3-5)

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Just as soon as it seems like the Oakland Raiders had gotten their act together they go out and give up 42 points proving that they are the same old Raiders.

Last week: #25 This week's opponent: at Baltimore

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#25 Buffalo Bills (3-5)

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The Buffalo Bills had a much improved defensive game last week but their offense failed to show up for once. If they can get both units playing as one on the same page then they might be able to save their season.

Last week: #24 This week's opponent: at New England

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#24 Cincinnati Bengals (3-5)

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The Cincinnati Bengals lost another game last week and now find themselves quickly sinking in a division where the front runners are maintaining their winning ways. The Bengals must find a way to get back to their winning ways before it's too late.

Last week: #23 This week's opponent: at New York G

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#23 Washington Redskins (3-6)

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The Washington Redskins are going through a difficult stretch in their season and head coach Mike Shanahan has vowed that his team has not given up.

Last week: #19 This week's opponent: Bye Week

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#22 Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)

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After losing four games in a row and seemingly not being able to score points despite how many yards they gain the Philadelphia Eagles are on the verge of becoming a walking disaster. If something isn't done quickly Andy Reid, Michael Vick and many more will be shown the door at the end of the season.

Last week: #15 This week's opponent: vs Dallas

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#21 Dallas Cowboys (3-5)

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The Dallas Cowboys can't seem to be able to do all of the things which are needed to win a football game all at the same time. Last week they actually haled on to the football and played terrific defense the only problem is that their offense forgot how to put points on the board.

Last week: #17 This week's opponent: at Philadelphia

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#20 St. Louis Rams (3-5)

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The St. Louis Rams have had a week off to rest and lick their wounds following their embarrassing defeat across the pond; will they bounce back this week with a much needed victory?

Last week: #20 This week's opponent: at San Francisco

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#19 New Orleans Saints (3-5)

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The rest of the league may need to watch out for the New Orleans Saints as they have won three of their last four games and their defense actually played well on Monday Night Football. This upcoming game will be a true litmus test to see if the Saints are truly ready to be in the mix of the postseason team talk.

Last week: #28 This week's opponent: vs Atlanta

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#18 Arizona Cardinals (4-5)

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The Arizona Cardinals losing streak has now reached five and if they suffer anymore losses in a row it could damage not only this team's postseason chances but also their will to play the game as well.

Last week: #18 This week's opponent: Bye Week

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#17 Miami Dolphins (4-4)

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The Miami Dolphins lost a tough one last week that could have given them a tie for first place in the AFC East, it's a good thing that they are just one game back with plenty of time to catch up.

Last week: #14 This week's opponent: vs Tennessee

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#16 Minnesota Vikings (5-4)

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The Minnesota Vikings are watching their season slowly slip away with one more loss they could possibly watch themselves fall from second place in the NFC North all the way to the cellar.

Last week: #11 This week's opponent: vs Detroit

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#15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4)

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finally beginning to put all of their hard work together and transform it into victories; Doug Martin is now on everyone's radar as a serious Rookie of the Year candidate.

Last week: #22 This week's opponent: vs San Diego

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#14 Detroit Lions (4-4)

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All of a sudden the Detroit Lions are beginning to play as many expected them to compete all season long. There biggest game of the season to date awaits them this week; what will they do when the pressure is on?

Last week: #21 This week's opponent: at Minnesota

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#13 San Diego Chargers (4-4)

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The San Diego Chargers pulled out a victory in a must win scenario last week; now will they capitalize on that momentum or go back to be a team that just can't seem to figure out to play well consistently?

Last week: #16 This week's opponent: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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#12 Indianapolis Colts (5-3)

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Don't look now but Andrew Luck has his Indianapolis Colts sitting at 5-3 and in prime position to even make a run at the postseason; seems as if Jim Irsay made the right decision after all.

Last week: #13 This week's opponent: at Jacksonville

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#11 Seattle Seahawks (5-4)

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The Seattle Seahawks pulled off a must needed win last week now they must follow that one up with another one versus a team that they should be able to handle easily.

Last week: #12 This week's opponent: vs New York J

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#10 Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3)

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Following an impressive road victory against one of the league's elite teams the Pittsburgh Steelers are finally beginning to look like the Pittsburgh Steelers; now they need to continue their fine play and they will be right back amongst the elite in the NFL themselves.

Last week: #10 This week's opponent: vs Kansas City

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#9 New England Patriots (5-3)

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The New England Patriots are coming off of their bye week and will look to continue their recent good fortunes this week versus an AFC East rival who they already handled convincingly earlier this season.

Last week: #8 This week's opponent: vs Buffalo

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#8 Denver Broncos (5-3)

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The Denver Broncos put together another week on 60 minute football which could mean trouble for the rest of the league. Not only is Peyton Manning healthy but it seems like the whirlpool that he used during his rehab period was in fact a hot tub time machine.

Last week: #9 This week's opponent: at Carolina

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#7 New York Giants (6-3)

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The New York Giants wouldn't be the New York Giants of the 21st century if they didn't blow a few games during the regular season as they did last week. Giants fans shouldn't worry however this team is still one of the best in the league.

Last week: #4 This week's opponent: at Cincinnati

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#6 Baltimore Ravens (6-2)

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Coming off of their bye week the Baltimore Ravens a much needed win to maintain their lead in the AFC North; now they need to follow that win up with another one because their margin for error is extremely small.

Last week: #7 This week's opponent: vs Oakland

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#5 Green Bay Packers (6-3)

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The Green Bay Packers have reached my top five due to their recent play which has been nostalgic to the 2010 and 2011 edition's of the Pack. With their bye week ahead of them they can rest and come back for the second half of their season rest and ready to go.

Last week: #6 This week's opponent: Bye Week

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#4 San Francisco 49ers (6-2)

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The San Francisco 49ers find themselves back in the number four spot following a bye week and a loss from the team who previous held this spot. This week they must come out and prove why they deserve to be part of the NFL's elite versus a divisional rival who is also coming off of a week of rest.

Last week: #5 This week's opponent: vs St. Louis

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#3 Chicago Bears (7-1)

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I will repeat again as I have for the past few weeks; the Chicago Bears are who I knew they were; while many other publications' power rankings are just now giving them respect and placing them in their number three slot the Bears have occupied that space in my power rankings for weeks now.

Last week #3 This week's opponent: vs Houston

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#2 Houston Texans (7-1)

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The Houston Texans again showed why they are the best team in the AFC last week but now this week they have a huge games versus one of the best teams in the NFC; can they prove themselves worthy again of being the most complete team in the NFL.

Last week: #2 This week's opponent: at Chicago

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#1 Atlanta Falcons (8-0)

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The Atlanta Falcons have gone through the entire first half of their schedule without losing a game; now that their schedule gets much tougher during the second half will that remain?

Last week: #1 This week's opponent: at New Orleans