2013 NFL Power Rankings Week 10: Kansas City Chiefs Stay Hot; Improve to 9-0
2013 NFL Power Rankings Week 10
After another exciting weekend of football--it's time to look at the 2013 NFL Power Rankings for Week 10.
Unfortunately, the Green Bay Packers may have suffered the biggest loss of Week 9 as Aaron Rodgers is expected to miss a few weeks after suffering a small fracture in his collarbone--which is the last thing this team needs to deal with. Thanks to the injury from Rodgers, the Chicago Bears managed to pull off the big win on the road at Lambeau to make a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North with the Packers and Detroit Lions--meaning these next few weeks could get interesting in the division.
On top of the news surrounding Rodgers, the biggest story from Week 9 was arguably Nick Foles as he tied an NFL record by throwing seven touchdown passes against the Oakland Raiders to help the Philadelphia Eagles end a frustrating two-game drought without an offensive touchdown. Foles has shown potential at times throughout the 2013 season, but to display the type of performance like he did against a Raiders' defense that ranked in the top 10 heading into Week 9 was quite impressive.
And of course, give credit to the Kansas City Chiefs once again as they remain the only undefeated team left in the league at 9-0. With November in full swing, it's that time of year where we begin to see which teams are strong playoff contenders and which teams need to start looking forward to next year. Without wasting any more time, here's a look at the 2013 NFL Power Rankings for Week 9.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 0-8 (32)
The best part about being on the bye in Week 9--the Jacksonville Jaguars couldn't lose another game.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-8 (31)
How did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose to the Seattle Seahawks? This was their chance to finally make up for a poor first half of the season after jumping out to a 21-0 lead and they simply blew it.
30. Minnesota Vikings 1-7 (30)
Adrian Peterson proved once again why he's considered one of the top running backs in the league, but the Minnesota Vikings let this one slip away against the Dallas Cowboys as they let Tony Romo and company rally in the final minutes.
29. Houston Texans 2-6 (29)
Make that six-straight losses for the Houston Texans as impressive performances by Andre Johnson (nine catches for 229 yards with three touchdowns) and Case Keenum (20 of 34 for for 350 yards with three touchdowns) couldn't help this team avoid a second-half collapse against the Indianapolis Colts.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers 2-6 (27)
The Pittsburgh Steelers looked like they had a chance to pull off the win against the New England Patriots until the defense decided to not show up in the fourth quarter. The 2013 season continues to be a frustrating one for Ben Roethlisberger and company as they've managed just two wins over the first half of the season.
27. New York Giants 2-6 (28)
As crazy as it sounds, the New York Giants are only two games back in the NFC East and should be well rested coming off the bye week.
26. Atlanta Falcons 2-6 (23)
It's getting to the point where it's just depressing to watch the Atlanta Falcons each week as Matt Ryan (three interceptions) recorded another disappointing performance against the Carolina Panthers.
25. Oakland Raiders 3-5 (20)
For a team with a top-10 ranked defense heading into Sunday, the Oakland Raiders certainly didn't look like one as they were flat-out embarrassed by the Philadelphia Eagles as Nick Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes.
24. Buffalo Bills 3-6 (22)
Come on, you didn't really think the Buffalo Bills were going to hold on against the Kansas City Chiefs with Jeff Tuel at quarterback--did you? This was a game the Bills could have won if it wasn't for too many mistakes made on offense.
23. St. Louis Rams 3-6 (21)
Give Zac Stacy (127 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries) credit for an impressive performance, but even that wasn't enough for the St. Louis Rams as they had zero answers when it came to stopping Chris Johnson on defense.
22. Baltimore Ravens 3-5 (15)
So much for the bye week helping the Baltimore Ravens rest up and finally get back on track--they looked awful against the Cleveland Browns as Ray Rice (17 rushing yards on 11 attempts) struggled once again.
21. Cleveland Browns 4-5 (25)
Well look at that--Jason Campbell (23 of 35 for 262 yards with three touchdowns) has looked impressive for the Cleveland Browns over the last couple of weeks as they pulled off an impressive win over the defending Super Bowl champions.
20. Washington Redskins 3-5 (26)
This was a win the Washington Redskins needed as they are somehow still in the hunt for the NFC East as Alfred Morris (121 rushing yards with one touchdown) and Pierre Garcon (seven catches for 172 yards) led the way for the offense.
19. Philadelphia Eagles 4-5 (24)
Who saw that performance coming by Nick Foles? What a win for the Philadelphia Eagles as Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes against the Raiders--which is ridiculous.
The better question--where was this offense during the previous two weeks?
18. Arizona Cardinals 4-4 (16)
It will be interesting to see how the Arizona Cardinals perform after the bye week as they've been one of the most difficult teams to figure out so far this season. If this team is going to have any chance of competing, Carson Palmer and the offense are going to need to figure out a way to perform at a higher level.
17. Tennessee Titans 4-4 (18)
Chris Johnson (150 rushing yards with two touchdowns) finally had the breakout performance fantasy owners have been waiting for all season as the Tennessee Titans pulled off a big win on the road against the Rams.
16. Miami Dolphins 4-4 (19)
The losing streak finally came to an end as the Miami Dolphins won against the
Cincinnati Bengalsin one of the most bizarre ways possible with a safety...in overtime.
15. San Diego Chargers 4-4 (14)
The San Diego Chargers seemed to have the win at the end of the game against the Redskins, but some questionable play calling forced the game to go into overtime before they ended up losing. With the way things are shaking out in the AFC, this was a game the Chargers couldn't have afforded to lose--and they blew it.
14. New York Jets 5-4 (17)
If you didn't believe in the New York Jets before, you better stop believing as they managed to defeat one of the top offenses in the league in the New Orleans Saints. Rex Ryan deserves all of the credit in the world for helping this team win games when nobody expected them to win more than four games at the beginning of the year.
13. Green Bay Packers 5-3 (8)
Monday night was the perfect example of how valuable Aaron Rodgers is to this team and these next few weeks will be difficult to adjust to--which is the last thing the Green Bay Packers want to deal with in the second half of the season.
12. Chicago Bears 5-3 (13)
The Chicago Bears came through with a big win on the road against the Packers on Monday Night Football and as if being in a three-way tie for first place wasn't already good enough news--the team may get a treat with Jay Cutler back in the lineup for Week 10.
11. Dallas Cowboys 5-4 (11)
How is it the Dallas Cowboys can compete at a high level with the Denver Broncos, but barely get by a team like the Minnesota Vikings? At least Tony Romo and company managed to come back against the Vikings instead of experiencing another collapse as they remain on top of the NFC East.
10. Cincinnati Bengals 6-3 (6)
Andy Dalton struggles against the Dolphins and all of a sudden everyone is panicking about the Cincinnati Bengals. Relax folks--this team still has one of the top defenses in the league and will be just fine moving forward.
9. Carolina Panthers 5-3 (12)
After a rough start to the season, the Carolina Panthers are playing at a high level and look like one of the most dangerous teams in the NFC as they're only one game out of first place in the NFC South. Not only is Cam Newton finally coming around, but the defense looks like one of the best in the league and is getting hot at the right time.
8. Detroit Lions 5-3 (10)
All of a sudden, the NFC North race just got a little more interesting as the Detroit Lions will face a key matchup in Week 10 against the Bears--who are coming off a big win against the Packers in Week 9. The Lions may be the team to beat in the division, but they still have a lot to prove in the second half of the season if they're going to have any chance of finishing on top.
7. New Orleans Saints 6-2 (5)
After losing two of their last three games, the New Orleans Saints only hold a one-game lead in the NFC South after a tough loss to the Jets in Week 10. Still, as long as Drew Brees is healthy at quarterback, this team will always be a top contender in the NFC, but they better get back on track quickly as the Panthers look like one of the hottest teams in football right now.
6. Indianapolis Colts 6-2 (7)
5. New England Patriots 7-2 (8)
Tom Brady (432 passing yards with four touchdowns) finally had the big game we've been waiting all season for as the New England Patriots took over in the fourth quarter against the Steelers to improve to 7-2 on the season. With a two-game lead, the Patriots control their own destiny in the AFC East as they continue to find ways to win football games in the strangest ways.
4. Denver Broncos 7-1 (4)
While this team is clearly loaded with weapons on offense, it will be interesting to see how the Denver Broncos perform moving forward with John Fox recovering from heart surgery and Jack Del Rio taking over the head coaching duties.
3. San Francisco 49ers 6-2 (3)
The San Francisco 49ers should be well rested coming off the bye week as they look to continue being one of the hottest teams in the NFC as they take a five-game winning streak into a key game against the Panthers.
2. Seattle Seahawks 8-1 (2)
Talk about almost losing a game that shouldn't have even been close as the Buccaneers gave the Seattle Seahawks quite the scare on Sunday. At least the Seahawks managed to rally and come through with the win thanks to strong performances by Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch.
1. Kansas City Chiefs 9-0 (1)
The Kansas City Chiefs continue to find ways to win games as they're still undefeated heading into Week 10. It was close at first against the Bills, but a strong defensive performance helped the Chiefs pull off the win in this game.