NFL Power Ranking: Week 10 Edition


Now that Week 9 of the 2021 NFL Season is in the books, it’s time for everyone’s favorite meaningful exercise: NFL Power Rankings! What sets these rankings apart from others is that they are the only truly accurate ones in the entire universe. Let’s take a look at how all 32 teams rank at the start of Week 10. More talk of the power rankings in this week’s episode of The ODDcast on The SB Nation NFL Show.


1 – Tennessee Titans (last week: 7) – Jeffery Simmons (3 sacks, 3 TFL) eclipsed Aaron Donald as the Titans put an end to Sean McVay’s offense. Tennessee now has five straight wins, the last four ahead of BUF, KC, IND and LAR. No freebies in this section. The Titans have earned their current spot atop the AFC playoff table.

2 – Arizona Cardinals (LW: 4) – The Cardinals outscored San Fran despite the absence of Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and AJ Green. Thanks to Kliff Kingsbury for being able to win with Colt McCoy under the center. Arizona also benefited from losing other top NFC teams on Sunday.

3 – Los Angeles Rams (LW: 1) – Matthew Stafford’s hype took a hit with the veteran quarterback throwing a really bad interception near his own goal line (Carson Wentz nuances) and another pick for posting a 71.0 passer rating in the Rams’ second loss. Missed opportunity for LA to gain ground on the push of the No.1 seed.

4 – Green Bay Packers (LW: 3) – Our friends at Acme Packing Company said so in the offseason: Aaron Rodgers is a putz. His decision not to get the shot prevented him from playing week 9 and it is possible that he will also miss week 10. Pretty bad result for what is supposed to be a “Last Dance” season.

5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 6) – The Bucs saw LAR, GB, DAL and NO lose while on their bye. They will definitely take it. Tampa returns to play with the football team.

6 – Buffalo Bills (LW: 2) – I mean. How to lose against the Urban Meyer Jags? Buffalo didn’t look great against Miami and they struggled against Jacksonville. Florida has its number right now. Bills QB Josh Allen’s ugly games are pretty darn ugly. He has failed to achieve an 80 or better passer rating in three of eight games this year.

7 – Baltimore Ravens (LW: 8) – The Ravens don’t always make it easy, but they find a way to get the job done. Baltimore is leading a very competitive AFC North. They have a chance to make a run for the No. 1 seed in their conference.

8 – Dallas Cowboys (LW: 5) – If you didn’t already know, I co-host a weekly podcast with Blogging The Boys’ RJ Ochoa on the NFL’s Most Important Division. It’s called the NFC East Mixtape. You should take a look. Especially with the Cowboys suffering an embarrassing loss to a Broncos team that RJ has chased all year. Two striking quotes from RJ about this performance: 1) “We were all afraid to believe in the Cowboys. They just showed us why. … 2) “It was one of the worst games of Dak Prescott’s career. By far.” You just hate to see it. The Cowboys are likely to bounce back, but that bad loss could cost Dallas their chance to become the No.1 seed.

9 – Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 11) – The Chargers dub in Philly. It was a perfect match for Justin Herbert, who took advantage of Philly’s weak defense. The Bolts run an AFC West division where each team currently has five wins.

10 – Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 13) – The Kansas City defense put in their best performance of the season … against Jordan Love who is making his first career start. The Chiefs will live with a lousy win if that means it saves them time to get warm and run late in the season. I can’t rule out this happening … but it’s not guaranteed.

11 – New England Patriots (LW: 14) – The Pats have won three in a row and actually have the fifth best points differential in the league. Maybe Bill Belichick could get AFC East back.

12 – New Orleans Saints (LW: 10) – The Saints gave Atlanta a hard time in the end, but it wasn’t enough. Sean Payton’s presence keeps this team from being a walk in the park but their quarterback situation obviously caps their ceiling.

13 – Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 15) – The Stillers currently have the league’s second-longest winning streak in a row. Pittsburgh’s offense isn’t very aesthetic to watch given Ben Roethlisberger’s limitations. But, much like their division rivals in Baltimore, the Steelers are just finding ways to fend for themselves and get the job done. Mike Tomlin is a very good coach.

14 – Cleveland Browns (LW: 16) – Releasing OBJ: a case of addition by subtraction? The Browns are 14-15 with him and 9-5 without him since trading for him. In any case, a very big victory and a crucial victory over Cincy. Cleveland’s defense is capable of some pretty solid performance.

15 – Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 9) – It looked like the Bengals had broken through after dominating Baltimore. Then they lost to NYJ and CLE. Not quite there yet. More an average team with ups and downs than a consistently good team.

16 – Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 12) – Difficult to assess where the Raiders were in light of the Henry Ruggs III situation. They will have to find a way to turn the page on a bad loss for NYG.

17 – Indianapolis Colts (LW: 17) – Jonathan Taylor is a beast. With Derrick Henry injured, he claims to be the best running back in the league. He is second in the race.

18 – Denver Broncos (LW: 24) – We thought we knew what the Broncos were: a team with solid defense that really isn’t going anywhere with Teddy Bridgewater under center. This is probably still the case in the long run. But beat Dallas comfortably on the road? It’s a pretty good victory. Then again, they simply own the Cowboys. I haven’t lost to them since 1995.

19 – Seattle Seahawks (LW: 19) – Seahawks recover Russell Wilson. It’s a big problem. To be determined whether Seattle will face Aaron Rodgers or Jordan Love in Green Bay this week. It is also a big problem.

20 – Minnesota Vikings (LW: 20) – The Vikings are stuck in purgatory with Mike Zimmer and Kirk Cousins.

21 – Atlanta Falcons (LW: 23) – This team won against Zach Wilson, Daniel Jones, Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Siemian. They would currently be the seventh seed in the NFC playoff table if the season ended today. And they would absolutely be smoked by the # 2 seed. The Falcons turned out not to be a total disaster, but they certainly aren’t a Well team.

22 – San Francisco 49ers (LW: 18) – The 49ers signing Kyle Shanahan for a six-year extension in June 2020 doesn’t seem like a good move. There is a case to be made, he should be in the hot seat. Trey Lance’s development has the potential to turn things around for him… but he won’t even play the rookie.

23 – New York Giants (LW: 25) – The G-Men earned a well-deserved victory despite a big disadvantage at rest against Las Vegas. It wasn’t pretty for the Giants, who scored just 16 offensive points. But they are still alive.

24 – Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 22) – One might be tempted to describe the Eagles’ effort against the Bolts as a moral victory. Indeed, the Birds played an effective offensive game. Nick Sirianni hammered the rock and Jalen Hurts led two big touchdowns in the second half. But Hurts also left at least seven field points in a close loss. And the defense of Philly has made life way too easy at LAC. As a result, the Eagles are 3-6.

25 – Carolina Panthers (LW: 21) – It was thought that Sam Darnold could have a career year away from Adam Gase. And he proved it to be true! Darnold’s pass mark of 71.3 is on track to be his lowest score yet. He’s really bad.

26 – Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 29) – The Jags doubled their winning streak in 2020 with a big upset against Buffalo. Josh Allen absolutely dominated Josh Allen.

27 – New York Jets (LW: 26) – I would have liked to see what the Jets could have done on Thursday night if Mike White hadn’t been injured early in the game. Of course, he would have solved all the defensive problems which led to giving up 45 points.

28 – Chicago Bears (LW: 27) – Justin Fields still has a long way to go to justify the hype; he’s a player with just four touchdown passes with eight interceptions. But the arrow points to him after an encouraging performance against a strong Pittsburgh defense. The next challenge will be to do enough to end the Bears’ losing streak, which is currently at four games.

29 – Washington Soccer Team (LW: 28) – The soccer team returns from their break to welcome the defending Super Bowl champions. They are likely to drop to 3-6.

30 – Miami Dolphins (LW: 30) – Miami managed to beat arguably the worst team in the NFL (second worst at best) by one possession. Whoops.

31 – Detroit Lions (LW: 31) – The Lions are returning from their leave to play in Pittsburgh. When will they win a match? Or will they become the first team to go 0-17?

32 – Houston Texans (LW: 32) – Tyrod Taylor’s return hasn’t done much for Houston. The veteran threw no touchdowns and three picks for a 42.8 passer rating in his first comeback. Houston has lost eight straight games. They are 1-13 in their last 14 games with the only win over Jacksonville.

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