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NFL Power Rankings
by Matt Fargo - 11/19/2010
For the ninth time in 10 weeks, we have a change as the Jets take over number one. They were a half minute away from a tie but the Browns forgot how to tackle.
Atlanta pulled off an improbable win thanks to an interference no-call on the winning score. The Falcons refuse to lose at home under Matt Ryan (18-1) in games he starts.
New England took out top ranked Pittsburgh to improve to 22-2 in regular season games following a regular season loss since 2003. Now come the hated Colts to Foxboro.
After starting 3-1 without Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh is 3-2 with him. A blown call in Miami and a dropped catch in Cincinnati has saved the Steelers from being 0-4 in their last four.
Baltimore made a huge comeback in Atlanta only to see the Falcons win in the final seconds. The Ravens have two more against the NFC South before playing Pittsburgh.
Philadelphia broke all sorts of records as they lit up the Redskins for 59 points and 592 yards before taking the pedal off. First place is on the line this week against the Giants.
Green Bay is coming off its bye week tied with the Bears for first in the NFC North. Four of its next five games are on the road starting with Minnesota on Sunday.
Indianapolis bounced back with a win over the Bengals to move back into first place in the AFC South. The next three against New England, San Diego and Dallas provide a tough stretch.
New Orleans was idle this past week which was good to get some injured players healthy before the stretch run. After hosting Seattle, four of the next five games are on the road.
The Giants were in the wrong spot at the wrong time but there is still no excuse for getting dominated by the 1-7 Cowboys. They must regroup quickly as the Eagles await.
Tennessee has dropped two in a row and the quarterback situation is a mess with injuries. It may not matter as the Titans welcome the worst defense in the league with Washington Sunday.
Speaking of quarterbacks, the Dolphins are running out. Tyler Thigpen? Patrick Ramsay? The way the offense has performed this season, it may be a good thing but a short week hurts.
Chicago took care of business at home against the Vikings to move into a tie with the Packers for first place. The Bears head south to face the beat up Dolphins on a short week.
Tampa Bay is looking more and more like a playoff team every week. Well, the schedule has helped as its six wins are against non-winning teams. The 49ers this week fit the bill.
Oakland did not get to add to its three-game winning streak, the longest since 2002, because of the bye. The Raiders head east to face a pissed Steelers team coming off an embarrassment.
Apparently, falling behind 35-0 means you do not have to shake hands after the game. Chiefs coach Todd Haley apologized the next day but that adolescent behavior is uncalled for.
San Diego had the week off which came at a bad time as the Chargers were finally starting to win. The good news is that four of their next five games are at home.
Jacksonville pulled off a miracle and defeated the reeling Texans with no time left. The fact that the Jaguars are 5-4 is remarkable as they have looked absolutely horrendous at times.
Seattle took over first place in the NFC West, which really isn’t saying a lot. The rest of the schedule sets up pretty well for the Seahawks to be able to run the table.
Cleveland nearly had its third straight win over a Super Bowl contender but missed tackles allowed the Jets to score a rare overtime touchdown which killed the cover as well.
Washington fell down 7-0 after one play against the Eagles and the rout was on. The Redskins were outgained for the ninth straight time, the same day McNabb signed a five-year extension.
Memo to Houston defensive backs: When you have a chance to make an interception, do it. Do not bat the ball right into the mitts of an opposing receiver. The Texans look done.
St. Louis suffered another brutal loss, the fourth time this season it has lost by four points or less. The Rams host Atlanta which is tough but the Falcons are a different team on the road.
The Vikings needed to win in Chicago to keep their season alive but they are likely done now as they are three games back. It may be time for Favre to finally call it quits.
Denver held onto what little hope was left with a big win over Kansas City. The Broncos are two games back in the AFC West and they are once again in a must win spot in San Diego.
The Bengals lost yet another close game, their sixth straight loss by eight points or less. They host the Bills this week who may still be celebrating their first win of the season.
Detroit lost its fourth game by a field goal or less and making it even worse, it won the yardage battle in three of those games. The guess is that this team plays hard going forward.
San Francisco won its second consecutive game in dramatic fashion over the Rams to remain two games behind Seattle. The 49ers host the surprising Bucs in a must win battle.
All it took was for the Cowboys to play for someone other than Wade Philips. That was a completely different team on the field but the move came a few weeks too late.
Arizona has allowed a league-high 261 points and it has been outgained in eight straight games. The Cardinals head to Kansas City and face a Chiefs team angry over something.
The Bills popped their cherry as they were involved in their fourth straight game decided by a field goal or less. At least they finally were able to be on the right side of one.
Carolina played strong for over three quarters against the Buccaneers but fell apart late once again. The Panthers have scored 18 or fewer points in all but one game this season.