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NFL Power Rankings

   by Matt Fargo - 10/22/2010

The Jets take over the top spot this week, moving up from third to first following their fifth straight win. They now enter their bye week which could hurt momentum.

Pittsburgh dropped a spot due to playing a weak opponent following its bye. Things were shaky early on but the Steelers eventually pulled away to move into first place in the AFC North.

Baltimore let a 10-point fourth quarter lead slip away as the Patriots scored the final 13 points to win in overtime. The Ravens can get it back with Buffalo coming to town.

New England kept pace in the AFC East with a big overtime win as it passed the first of three straight tough tests. The Patriots head west to face a desperate San Diego team.

It wasn’t pretty but the Colts improved to 4-2 with a three-point win over Washington. Indianapolis is part of a three-way tie in the AFC South as it goes into the bye week.

Tennessee looked impressive at Jacksonville even with Vince Young going down. The Titans are 3-0 on the road this season and face another 3-0 road team, Philadelphia, this week.

Atlanta had its four-game winning streak snapped at Philadelphia as it got down 21-0 and couldn’t recover. The Falcons head back home to face a rested Bengals team before their own bye.

The Giants were not overly impressive against the Lions but an average effort was enough for the win. They head to Dallas Monday night and win could end the Cowboys season.

Philadelphia won for the first time at home by snapping a four-game winning streak by the Falcons. The win kept them in a tie with the Giants for first place in the NFC East.

New Orleans finally looked like Super Bowl champions as it racked up 475 yards of offense and easily took care of the Buccaneers. The Saints get a break with a visit from Cleveland.

The Dolphins won again on the road and the home team is now 0-5 in their five games this season. They get a chance to win at home but it won’t be easy against the Steelers.

Chicago looked very sloppy offensively as it went 0-12 on third down attempts. The Bears remain in first place in the NFC North by a game and host Washington before their bye.

Houston stormed back by scoring 14 points in the final 3:30 to pull out the win. The Texans are in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC South heading into their bye.

Green Bay suffered a tough defeat in overtime for the second straight week and now all three losses have been by three points on late field goal. The Packers host the Vikings Sunday night.

Kansas City let another game get away late as it failed to hold onto a 10-point lead. It was the second straight road loss but they head back home against Jacksonville next week.

The Broncos had the game against the Jets pretty much sewn up but a late interference call on fourth down set the Jets up. Three of their next four are divisional games.

Minnesota won the battle of the biggest disappointments in the NFC as it took out the Cowboys. A win in Green Bay and the Vikings could be the team to beat in the division.

Cincinnati didn’t budge in the rankings as it had a bye. The next four games are all against playoff caliber teams to this stretch will tell us a lot about the Bengals.

The Chargers continue to play good enough to win but continue to lose. They are 0-4 on the road while going 2-0 at home and host New England this week in a big AFC clash.

Dallas outgained its opponent for the fifth straight time this season but dropped to 1-4 as mistakes continue to kill them. They now face a must win game Monday against the Giants.

Washington lost at home by a field goal for the second time this season against an AFC South opponent. The Redskins travel to Chicago and Detroit prior to their bye.

Seattle won a non-conference road game for the first time since 2007 and moved into first place in the NFC West. Outright first place is on the line this week at home against Arizona.

Tampa Bay is beating the teams it should but it is getting waxed by the elite teams, showing it isn’t quite there yet. A home game against the Rams can get it back no track.

Arizona was off following that win over the Saints. It has two games with Seattle and a game with Tampa Bay in the next four weeks making this a good time to move up.

Jacksonville had a chance to keep its momentum going but forgot to show up Monday night. It didn’t help that David Garrard got hurt but the defense was the bigger problem.

St. Louis has already matched its win total from the entire 2007 season as well as the 2008 and 2009 seasons combined. Its’ next three opponents have a combined four wins.

Detroit fell to 1-5 heading into its bye but if there is such thing as a strong 1-5, Detroit has it. The five losses have been an average of just 6.4 ppg.

Cleveland continues to battle for three quarters because getting beaten in the final period to fall to 1-5. The Browns schedule doesn’t get easier with the Saints, Patriots and Jets up next.

Oakland led for most of the game against San Francisco but costly turnovers and stalled drives hurt the Raiders while the 49ers were able to convert their into touchdowns.

San Francisco finally was able to snag its first win of the season but it was far from easy. Now the 49ers are on the road again and favored against winless Carolina.

Buffalo is coming off a bye week and the Bills next two games are on the road with the third being played in Toronto after that so getting a win won’t be easy.

Carolina falls to the bottom of the pile this week despite taking last week off. The Panthers flip-flopped with the Bills but it is debatable which team is actually better.

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