NFL Power Rankings: Week 10 (2021)

Nov 9, 2021 - 1:28 PM

I could probably lead with this every week, but what an insane week in the National Football League.

Seven of the top 10 teams from last week’s power rankings lost in Week 9, including the top four. Perhaps the most surprising loss was Buffalo’s, as they traveled down to Jacksonville and managed just six points against one of the worst defenses in football. Dallas dropped a confusing one, too – at home against the Broncos in a game Denver led 30-0 at one point.

Other top 10 teams like the Packers and Saints were missing their starting quarterbacks and faltered as a result. That’ll be the case for the rest of the year in New Orleans and could be the case in Green Bay for a few more weeks than initially anticipated. The rankings look a lot different than last week, so let’s dive in.

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NFL Power Rankings Week 10

Team Rank (Δ) Last Week Next Week Notes
Arizona Cardinals 1 (+4) W 31-17 @ SF vs. CAR That didn’t take long. Arizona is back on top.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 (+4) Bye @ WSH Can the Bucs get it rolling again coming out of the bye?
Tennessee Titans 3 (+4) W 28-16 @ LAR vs. NO Tennessee has won five in a row since losing to the Jets.
Los Angeles Rams 4 (-3) L 28-16 vs. TEN @ SF (MNF) It’s been a while since I’ve seen Sean McVay have so few answers for a defense.
Dallas Cowboys 5 (-2) L 30-16 vs. DEN vs. ATL Puzzling loss, but the first real hiccup this year for Dallas.
Green Bay Packers 6 (-4) L 13-7 @ KC vs. SEA They’re in trouble if Aaron Rodgers misses extended time, but the defense hung in nicely.
Baltimore Ravens 7 (+4) W 34-31 vs. MIN @ MIA (TNF) Justin Tucker for the win, again.
Buffalo Bills 8 (-4) L 9-6 @ JAC @ NYJ Are you serious, Buffalo?
New England Patriots 9 (+3) W 24-6 @ CAR vs. CLE It looks like the Patriots are good again.
Los Angeles Chargers 10 (+3) W 27-24 @ PHI vs. MIN Big win to stop the skid.
Cleveland Browns 11 (+4) W 41-16 @ CIN @ NE Addition by subtraction for Baker Mayfield and the Browns offense.
New Orleans Saints 12 (-4) L 27-25 vs. ATL @ TEN This isn’t going to be a fun ride to the finish with Trevor Siemian.
Las Vegas Raiders 13 (-4) L 23-16 @ NYG vs. KC (SNF) Tough spot for the Raiders this week, given all that’s gone on recently.
Kansas City Chiefs 14 W 13-7 vs. GB @ LV (SNF) Beating Jordan Love by six at home is less than impressive.
Pittsburgh Steelers 15 (+1) W 29-27 vs. CHI vs. DET Pittsburgh is right in the thick of the division race.
Cincinnati Bengals 15 (-6) L 41-16 vs. CLE Bye This bye is coming at the perfect time. The wheels have come off in Cincinnati.
Seattle Seahawks 17 Bye @ GB Russell Wilson can’t return soon enough.
Indianapolis Colts 18 (+1) W 45-30 vs. NYJ vs. JAC What a performance from the Colts’ offense.
Denver Broncos 19 (+4) W 30-16 @ DAL vs. PHI The AFC West door is still open for Denver.
Atlanta Falcons 20 (+4) W 27-25 @ NO @ DAL The Falcons are .500 at the near-halfway mark.
Minnesota Vikings 21 L 34-31 @ BAL @ LAC Vikings vs. Ravens was an incredible game, but Minnesota came up short – a consistent theme.
Carolina Panthers 22 (-2) L 24-6 vs. NE @ ARI The bottom has completely fallen out in Carolina.
New York Giants 23 (+2) W 23-16 vs. LV Bye The Giants could be at least 5-4 if they could win a close game.
Philadelphia Eagles 24 (-2) L 27-24 vs. LAC @ DEN Frustrating loss; not a great day for the defense.
San Francisco 49ers 25 (-6) L 31-17 vs. ARI vs. LAR (MNF) We can all but close the book on the 49ers in 2021.
Chicago Bears 26 L 29-27 @ PIT Bye The comeback was nearly complete.
Jacksonville Jaguars 27 (+3) W 9-6 vs. BUF @ IND How in the world did Jacksonville beat Buffalo?
Washington Football Team 28 Bye vs. TB Washington’s terrible defense gets Tampa’s explosive offense as they come out of a bye.
Miami Dolphins 29 W 17-9 vs. HOU vs. BAL (TNF) They won, I guess.
New York Jets 30 (-3) L 45-30 @ IND vs. BUF The excitement around the Jets was fun for the four days it lasted.
Houston Texans 31 L 17-9 @ MIA Bye Houston’s defense wasn’t so bad.
Detroit Lions 32 Bye @ PIT The quest to find a win continues in Pittsburgh.


Big Movers

Baltimore Ravens
The NFL is weird. Baltimore got wrecked by Cincinnati just two weeks ago. While the Bengals lost to the Jets and got dismantled by the Browns, the Ravens rested up during their bye week and came out and earned a massive win over Minnesota. Justin Tucker hit another game-winner; what else is new? A kicker is rarely an actual weapon, but Tucker legitimately is one.

Tennessee Titans
The Titans Week 1 loss to the Cardinals is no longer a question mark – Arizona is the best team in the league. But, aside from their defeat at the Jets when half the offense was on the shelf, Tennessee has won five in a row, including four as an underdog and seven of eight. They got it done in Los Angeles with stout defense and long, sustained drives, even without Derrick Henry. If this defense plays the rest of the year as they did against the Rams, the Titans are a real threat in the AFC.

San Francisco 49ers
They’ve been banged up ever since their Super Bowl appearance against the Chiefs. Last year was wrecked by injuries, and again this year, they’ve been hampered by key players missing key games. On top of the injuries this year, however, is poor play and flat-out lousy coaching. The Niners just laid an egg and lost at home to the Cardinals without Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. Given the division they play in, their season is over. The future in San Francisco is somewhat murky.

Random Musings

Buffalo Bills
What on earth is going on in Buffalo? Ever since they dominated the Chiefs in Kansas City, the Bills have been confusingly bad. First, they played well in Tennessee, at least on offense, but a failed fourth-down conversion doomed them. Then, they came out of a bye week and didn’t look great against Miami. And now the highest-scoring offense in the NFL goes down to Jacksonville and puts up six points in a loss… to the Jaguars? In a wide-open AFC, this situation has to get fixed – now.

Las Vegas Raiders
Things are finally catching up with the Raiders. From Jon Gruden to Henry Ruggs to Damon Arnette – it was tough to expect Las Vegas to focus entirely on this game, mainly because they had to fly to the east coast. But the AFC West is open for the taking; even the Broncos are in the thick of the divisional race. So the Raiders can’t let these last few weeks of turmoil define their season – they need to get back on track immediately.

New England Patriots
The “New England has only beaten bad teams” talk has undoubtedly quieted. Sure, they squeaked by Houston and beat the Jets twice – making up 60% of their wins. But they also beat a good Chargers team in Los Angeles, shut down Carolina, and gave the Buccaneers and Cowboys all they could handle. I’m not saying the Patriots are back and are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, but they’re a half-game behind a Bills team who was expected to run away with the AFC East.

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