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Week 10 NFL Power Rankings
by Matt Fargo - 11/11/2010
A change at the top for the eighth tine in nine weeks as Pittsburgh is on top for a third different time. The Steelers are home after a three-game trip to face the Patriots.
The Giants are the team to beat in the NFC as they annihilated the Seahawks. They take on the Cowboys for the 2nd time in just 20 days but face a 17.5-point line shift.
Baltimore remains tied with the Steelers atop the AFC North and face a short week heading into Atlanta for a Thursday tilt. This is just the 2nd road game since the start of October.
The Jets fought back from a late fourth quarter 10-point deficit to take out the Lions in overtime. They are now road favorites for the fourth straight time this week at Cleveland.
Atlanta has a short week after taking over first place in the NFC South. The Falcons are 17-1 at home in games started by Matt Ryan but have a tough one Thursday against Baltimore.
New England was stunned against the Browns but it was a prime letdown spot. The Patriots hope to get back in the win column but must try to do so in Pittsburgh.
Green Bay absolutely hammered the Cowboys who decided not to show up again. The Packers head into the bye week on a high before their rematch against the Vikings at Minnesota.
The Saints made it two straight wins and they hope that momentum isn’t lost with the off week. The next four games are all against teams that are sitting at .500 or worse.
Indianapolis was outgained for the first time in its last five games and just the second time this season. On a positive, Peyton Manning improved to 13-3 ATS as an underdog.
Tennessee had the week off to shake off that tough loss in San Diego. The Titans, who are now tied in the AFC South, are 3-1 on the road and are road favorites in Miami.
The Eagles held on against the Colts thanks to a huge game from Michael Vick. They now head to Washington for a revenge rematch and are laying points to the Redskins.
Kansas City looked like it had a win but the Raiders clutch plays got it done. The Chiefs play their second straight divisional road game this week and this time are laying points.
Oakland has won three straight games for the first time since 2002, its Super Bowl season. The bye week could not have come at a worse time as confidence was sky high.
Don’t look now but here come the Chargers as they have won two straight games. They have the week off and then four of the next five games are at home, three in the division.
Even though Tampa Bay lost, it put up an effort that was worthy of a win. Josh Freeman is playing with extreme confidence and they have a winnable game against Carolina up next.
Chicago snapped its two-game skid with a win in Canada but it was far from impressive. The Bears face Minnesota for the first time this season in a key divisional showdown.
Miami lost for the first time on the road this season and this week, the Dolphins will be looking to win for the first time at home and keep pace in the division.
Washington has had two weeks to rest before facing the Eagles on Monday night. The Redskins are 4-4 on the season despite getting outgained in every game this year.
Cleveland won its second straight game against an elite team as it took out the Patriots with ease. The Browns get to do it all over again as they are home dogs to the Jets.
The Texans could not recover from their Monday night loss against the Colts as they blew a late lead against the Chargers. They are on a 0-4 ATS run heading into Jacksonville.
Things get tougher for St. Louis as four of its next five games are on the road including the first meeting with the 49ers this week. The Rams have been swept the last two years.
Minnesota used a huge comeback to win in overtime against Arizona, arguably keeping its season alive. It takes its 0-4 road record into Chicago this weekend in another must win game.
Jacksonville is just a game out in the AFC South despite getting outgained in seven of eight games, the lone exception being against winless Buffalo. This is the first home game since 10/18.
Seattle was looking good at 4-2 but it has been shelled the last two games, getting outscored 74-10 and getting outgained by 705 yards. Facing Arizona could be the cure.
The Lions are in contention for the first half award for worst luck in the league. Four of their six losses have come by five points or fewer, three by a field goal or less.
Cincinnati tried to make a late comeback against the Steelers Monday night but fell short. With that, the season is all but done as the Bengals are four games back in the AFC North.
Arizona had its game at Minnesota in hand but blew a 14-point lead with just over three minutes left before losing in overtime. The Cardinals have been outgained in seven straight.
Denver hopes a week off can help remedy its current problems as the Broncos have dropped four straight games. They are underdogs to the Chiefs for the first time since 2007.
Despite being 2-6, San Francisco is just two games back in the NFC West and it can pick up a game on the Rams this Sunday. The 49ers are 1-5 ATS laying points this season.
Dallas hit a new low after getting embarrassed on national television at Green Bay. Head coach Wade Philips was finally fired and now the players are playing for their own jobs.
Buffalo is the other candidate for the first half award for worst luck in the league. The Bills lost their third straight game by a field goal to remain the only winless NFL team.
Carolina retains the bottom of the rankings for the fourth straight week after getting pummeled at home against the Saints. The Panthers have scored single digits in half their games.