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SQ NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

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What teams have made a move up our top five?

The Rams made a jump into our top 5. Putting up 50 on the road will tend to do that. With Goff’s play this season, 2016’s quarterback class of Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Dak Prescott is not looking too shabby. These guys are playing extremely well in spite of their age of each has their team within the top six spots of our rankings. How do the old heads of the NFL and their teams shake out? Fund out below.

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1 (-)

Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)

Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)

Philly have been mauling people all season. Their offense has looked unstoppable under Carson Wentz and shows no signs of slowing down. After losing Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jason Peters, it remained to be seen whether the Eagles offensive line could keep up their high level of play, but it appears that they will. To help matters, they acquired running back Jay Ajayi at the trade deadline. All he did was put up 77 yards and one touchdown on 8 touches. Easy work. Ajayi is a dynamic runner that can break tackles and get up field if the Philadelphia offensive line has a bad day. This team looks to be getting better every week and is the clear leader in the NFL. (Adrian Nelson)

2 (+2)

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)

As the Chiefs continue to cool down, the Steelers look more and more like the clear cut #2 team in the AFC. Their defense is one of the best in league, headlined by a dominant front seven. On offense, it’s no secret that Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are two of the best in the business. Ben Roethlisberger continues to battle with Father Time, but he should have enough left in the tank for one more Super Bowl run. Pittsburgh was off this past week, and they’ll head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts on Sunday. (Kyle Trapp)

3 (-)

New England Patriots (6-2)

New England Patriots (6-2)

Not much new with the Patriots. They’re coming off their bye and get to face the slumping Broncos. New England’s defense was a serious point of concern earlier this season, but the unit is trending up, having averaged 377 yards allowed over the last four games compared to 456 yards over the first four. The Steelers look like the only stiff competition left on New England’s schedule, meaning the Pats are likely headed for their eighth straight first-round bye. (Nick Cardozo)

4 (+2)

Los Angeles Rams (6-2)

Los Angeles Rams (6-2)

From 1999 to 2002, the Rams averaged near 33 points per game as the Greatest Show on Turf. Nearly 20 years later, the Rams once again are leading the league in scoring at just under 33 points per game. Offense is fun, which makes watching the Rams a blast. I was one of the many people laughing at all of the Jared Goff memes this offseason after his horrendous rookie campaign, but he may very well have the last laugh. He has been exceptional so far this year and his growth under the tutelage of Sean McVay is a key reason why the Rams have made the jump. Seattle will give them a run for their money, but the Rams don’t appear to be going anywhere this season (Adrian Nelson)

5 (-3)

Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)

Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)

The hottest team in football out of the gate, the Chiefs have cooled off substantially in recent weeks, dropping three out of their last four. The defense has struggled, letting up nearly 27 points per game over that span. In Sunday’s 28-17 loss to the Cowboys, they gave up 375 yards and failed to force a turnover. On the offensive side of the ball, Alex Smith has just one interception on the year, but rookie standout Kareem Hunt has been held in check. Kansas City should realize they’re at their best when he gets his touches; he’s averaging just 12 carries in losses versus 20 in victories. (Kyle Trapp)

6 (+1)

Dallas Cowboys (5-3)

Dallas Cowboys (5-3)

Going into last week, the Cowboys had dropped two straight at home, and found themselves a home underdog and at risk of dropping an unprecedented third straight game in Jerry World. They came out and shut everyone up as they put up a dominant performance against the Chiefs. Zeke played well, but a big reason for the Cowboys success this year has been Dak. There has been no sophomore slump as Dak has played lights out football all year and is currently second in the league in QBR. Although many are ready to crown Carson Wentz as the MVP, Dak is proving that he is still the best quarterback in the NFC East. (Adrian Nelson)

7 (+4)

New Orleans Saints (6-2)

New Orleans Saints (6-2)

Who would have guessed that the Saints would be 6-2 despite Drew Brees being on pace for his lowest touchdown and yardage output since 2006. New Orleans keeps winning, and it’s all the more impressive they’re doing so without relying on their star quarterback. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara look reminiscent of the lethal Reggie Bush-Deuce McCallister combo, as the duo combined for 231 all-purpose yards and two TDs in Sunday’s win over the Buccaneers. The defense continued its strong play as well, holding Tampa Bay to just 200 total yards. (Kyle Trapp)

8 (-3)

Seattle Seahawks (5-3)

Seattle Seahawks (5-3)

Despite acquiring offensive tackle Duane Brown from the Texans, the Seahawks offensive line looks dreadful. Any team with a competent pass rush has had no trouble getting to Russell Wilson, or rather getting near Russell Wilson. The only reason that the Hawks have been as good as they have on offense is Wilson pulling an escape act on the regular. He is by far their most important player. He has single-handedly carried this offense and when struggles the team has lost. It’s probably frustrating for the Legion of Boom to know this, but regardless of how well they play, they are almost solely dependent on No. 3. (Adrian Nelson)

9 (-)

Carolina Panthers (6-3)

Carolina Panthers (6-3)

Few teams have been as up and down as the Panthers this season, and it still remains unclear if they’re a contender in the NFC. What we do know is that their defense is elite, ranking in the league’s top six in passing defense, rushing defense, and points allowed. Luckily enough, Carolina will face off against the Dolphins and Jets over the next two weeks and should have no issue stifling those offenses. Despite the hype around the Saints, the Panthers are quietly just half a game back in the NFC South and just need to remain in striking distance before the teams face off in Week 13. (Nick Cardozo)

10 (+3)

Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3)

Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3)

In the five games Jacksonville has won this season, they’ve allowed 7, 7, 9, 0, and 7 points. Those low outputs have led the team to the NFL’s third best point differential at +89. The Jags’ weakness earlier in the season had been run defense, but they’ve gone from allowing 166 rushing yards per game over their first four contests to allowing an average of just 84 rushing yards per game since. Blake Bortles will always be a concern, but with a historically good defense and by far the league’s best run game, Jacksonville can reasonably expect to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. (Nick Cardozo)

11 (-3)

Buffalo Bills (5-3)

Buffalo Bills (5-3)

In what can only be characterized as an NFL loss, the Bills somehow fell to the New York Jets at home, despite having a perfect record there this season before the game. Although the Bills were never 5-2 good, they also aren’t get blown out by the Jets at home bad. Tyrod Taylor has played average this season, posting a 51.3 QBR, which is extremely impressive considering their leading receiver is Charles Clay who only has 258 receiving yards and has only appeared in five of their seven games. By the way, their next leading receiver is RB Shady McCoy. They traded for Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin who will be a boost to this receiving group even if he checks in at 280 lbs.They’ll need something from him if they want to make the playoffs for the first time this century. (Adrian Nelson)

12 (-)

Minnesota Vikings (6-2)

Minnesota Vikings (6-2)

The Vikings have now won four straight and hold a two game lead over the rest of the division. At a glance it looks like they’ve had a great year thus far, but only one of their wins was against a winning team. Minnesota’s schedule gets tougher and will provide a chance for the team to prove themselves. The team is allowing just 155 passing yards per game since Week 3, which almost seems impossible. If the Vikings’ defense can continue to take away the pass game like they have lately, they could be chasing a first-round bye. (Nick Cardozo)

13 (+3)

Detroit Lions (4-4)

Detroit Lions (4-4)

Detroit has yet to beat a legitimately good team this season, but can’t be ruled out in a weak, banged up division. The team’s main problem has been establishing any sort of balance on offense. The Lions have only eclipsed 100 rushing yards in a game one time this season, while Matthew Stafford trails only Tom Brady in pass attempts this season. Defensively, the Lions have been average by most measures, but are near the top of the NFL in takeaways with 16. If they can figure out how to establish the run, the Lions could make a march at a division title, but history tells us they’ll remain pass happy. (Nick Cardozo)

14 (+3)

Washington Redskins (4-4)

Washington Redskins (4-4)

Although they sit at 4-4 and are not in the playoffs as of now, Kirk Cousins saved the Redskins season last week with an impressive winning drive against a very tough Seattle Seahawks defense. The Skins were missing over half of their offensive line and were starting guys who weren’t on the roster 10 days ago. While the win was impressive, expectations should be tempered for the Skins. They are in the middle of a truly brutal stretch to their schedule. Having just played the Eagles, Cowboys, and Seahawks, three of their next four opponents are the Vikings, Saints, and Cowboys (again). It might be a bit too much for this Washington team to overcome. (Adrian Nelson)

15 (+4)

Tennessee Titans (5-3)

Tennessee Titans (5-3)

Tennessee’s defense has played good ball lately, but the offense hasn’t held up their end of the bargain. On one side, you’ve got a defense allowing just 275 yards per game since Week 4, which would be second in the league had it been that way all season. On the other side, the offense has failed to crack 270 total yards since Week 3 aside from one game, and that was against the Colts and their putrid defense. The Titans have plenty of talent on offense, but they need to turn things around in a hurry if they want to beat out the Jags for the division. (Nick Cardozo)

16 (+2)

Los Angeles Chargers (3-5)

Los Angeles Chargers (3-5)

Of all the teams that are last in their division, the Chargers are clearly the best and still have legitimate playoff potential. Their upcoming schedule includes games against Jacksonville, Buffalo, and Dallas, but if the Chargers can win two of the three they’ll be right in the thick of the wild card race. The defense is averaging 3.2 sacks per game and currently sits at seventh in points allowed. The unit will have to maintain that level of play in order to climb in the standings, but is more than capable of doing so. Don’t rule this team out quite yet. (Nick Cardozo)

17 (-3)

Atlanta Falcons (4-4)

Atlanta Falcons (4-4)

This is a shell of the team that was a few plays away from winning the Super Bowl last season. You can still see flashes of it from time to time, like in an eight-play touchdown drive midway through the first quarter against the Panthers. But the loss of Kyle Shanahan has ultimately hurt this team more than most people expected. There are still a ton of playmakers on both sides of the ball, and at 4-4 the Falcons are still right in the thick of things. But they’ve dropped four out of their last five, and they’re running out of time to turn this season around. (Kyle Trapp)

18 (-8)

Houston Texans (3-5)

Houston Texans (3-5)

Calls for a Collin Kaepernick signing continue to grow louder in Houston, especially after Tom Savage’s abysmal performance in a loss against the Colts on Sunday. The quarterback completed just 19 of 44 attempts for 219 yards, and lost one of two fumbles. Deshaun Watson had the offense firing on all cylinders, and without him they struggled to get anything going. With all the injuries the Texans have dealt with this season, the playoffs look like a longshot. (Kyle Trapp)

19 (-4)

Denver Broncos (3-5)

Denver Broncos (3-5)

The Broncos had an undeniably impressive start to the 2017 season, but suddenly find themselves tied for last in the AFC West. Denver’s defense has allowed 31 points per game over the past four weeks, while the offense is averaging just 13 points per game over that span. With Brock Osweiler under center, it isn’t hard to understand why the offense has performed poorly lately. However, the defense is playing its worst ball in years and it starts with the front seven. The unit had been playing suffocating run defense, which in turn helped the defensive backfield. Now, the Broncos are being gashed on the ground and the entire defense has unraveled. Denver is looking at a last-place finish unless the team can find a quick solution. (Nick Cardozo)

20 (-)

Oakland Raiders (4-5)

Oakland Raiders (4-5)

The Raiders’ main issue all year has been defense, and it showed when they allowed 24 points to Miami, who had been averaging just 13 points per game entering last week’s game. Oakland is also 31st in sacks, taking down opposing QBs just 1.4 times per game. In addition, the Raiders are the only team in the NFL that hasn’t recorded an interception on defense. No matter how good your offense is, a defense with no pass rush that can’t create big plays won’t take you very far. (Nick Cardozo)

21 (+2)

Chicago Bears (3-5)

Chicago Bears (3-5)

The Bears were off in Week 9, giving rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky some additional development time. He hasn’t been asked to do much thus far in his career, averaging just 20 attempts and 128 passing yards a game in his four starts. Jordan Howard and the Chicago defense have shouldered most of the burden, and they’ve done an admirable job. The Bears aren’t a legitimate playoff contender yet, but they’re not an easy team to beat. (Kyle Trapp)

22 (-1)

Green Bay Packers (4-4)

Green Bay Packers (4-4)

Brett Hundley had his moments on Monday night against Detroit, running for a score after a 46-yard completion to Randall Cobb. He also protected the ball well, a good sign after he tossed four interceptions in his first two starts. However, even if Hundley continues to improve, it goes without saying that he’s no Aaron Rodgers. This team isn’t a playoff contender without him, plain and simple. They may win a few more games, but it looks like the Packers’ eight year playoff streak will come to an end. (Kyle Trapp)

23 (+5)

New York Jets (4-5)

New York Jets (4-5)

Coming into the season, many people questioned whether the Jets would win a game, but halfway through they are half a game under .500 at 4-5. Look, the Jets are a bad team, but they have played weirdly well at stretches. McCown as at the part of this annual cycle before he falls off a cliff where he tricks you into thinking that he is serviceable. Don’t fall for it. He is still the quarterback who has bounced all around the league. He is still handing the ball off to a running back in Matt Forte who may be 53 years old. And most importantly, they are still the New York Jets. (Adrian Nelson)

24 (+2)

Arizona Cardinals (4-4)

Arizona Cardinals (4-4)

Everyone just kind of assumed that when David Johnson went down and the Cards struggled early, that they would punt this season and try to regroup. The front office clearly had other ideas. They made a move to bring in Adrian Peterson and him combined with a solid receiving corps and a defense full of playmakers got the Cardinals to a 4-4 record halfway through the season and chance at the playoffs if the rest of the NFC teams cooperate. It’s a very difficult road ahead, but this team has been building for a while, it’ll be interesting to see whether they have enough in house for a return to playoff football. (Adrian Nelson)

25 (-)

Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

After their 40-0 rout of Miami in Week 8, the Ravens immediately went back to playing like they have all season, losing to a mediocre Titans team in Week 9. As it stands, Baltimore is 31st in passing offense and simply doesn’t have enough talent on that side of the ball to score consistently. On the other hand, the team has had a dominant pass defense all season and gets to face the Packers and Texans without Aaron Rodgers and DeShaun Watson over the next two weeks. The Ravens aren’t an exciting team, but a weak AFC field will keep their wild card hopes alive for another couple of weeks, at least. (Nick Cardozo)

26 (+1)

Miami Dolphins (4-4)

Miami Dolphins (4-4)

Jay Cutler had arguably his best game in years, tossing for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. It wasn’t enough, however, as the Fins lost by three to the Raiders. Cutler’s performance is a great sign moving forward, as is the production of Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams in the place of Jay Ajayi. Neither had an overly impressive performance, but they combined for 165 all-purpose yards and had the look of a solid 1-2 punch. All in all, Miami is a solid football team, and at 4-4 they’re right in the heart of the wild card race. (Kyle Trapp)

27 (-3)

Cincinnati Bengals (3-5)

Cincinnati Bengals (3-5)

With just 10 seconds left in the first half, A.J. Green was ejected from the game after suplexing cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Without their star wideout, the Bengals offense looked lost, failing to score the rest of the way. This is an offense that has struggled all season long; seven points won’t cut it, no matter who you’re playing. Cincinnati needed a win on Sunday to stay in borderline playoff contention, and the Jaguars, without Leonard Fournette, were beatable team. But Andy Dalton and company simply didn’t do enough. (Kyle Trapp)

28 (-6)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)

It’s been over a month since Tampa Bay won a game, and now Jameis Winston will be out for several weeks with a shoulder issue. What seemed like such a promising team has been nothing short of a disaster, and you’ve got to wonder how much more time Dirk Koetter has as head coach. The Bucs’ pass rush is easily the worst in the NFL, while the offense has gotten progressively worse over the past few weeks. The team’s frustration boiled over in Week 9 against the Saints when Mike Evans fought Marshon Lattimore, thus earning himself a one-game suspension. This season cannot end quickly enough for Tampa Bay’s fans. (Nick Cardozo)

29 (+1)

Indianapolis Colts (3-6)

Indianapolis Colts (3-6)

As mentioned last week, despite their dearth of talent, this is a Colts team that keeps on fighting. Jacoby Brissett continues to show he has what it takes to be a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL, completing a couple impressive deep balls to T.Y. Hilton. The speedy wideout’s first big game since Week 5 is a good sign moving forward, as he’s arguably the only above-average playmaker on the roster. However, with the Andew Luck uncertainty finally put to rest, this team can focus on building for the future. (Kyle Trapp)

30 (-1)

New York Giants (1-7)

New York Giants (1-7)

It’s been an utterly embarrassing season for the Giants, and Sunday only added to that. New York gave up 50 points to the Rams at home in a 51-17 loss. The Rams have a good offense, but no NFL team should be giving up 50 points at home. Ben McAdoo may be done despite this being only his second season with the team and the fact that he took the Giants to the playoffs just a season ago. However McAdoo was brought in to get the most out of Eli and it seems like Manning may not have anything left to give. Yes the Giants are hurt, but they need to consider blowing up their offense and getting rid of everyone without bleached blonde hair. (Adrian Nelson)

31 (-)

San Francisco 49ers (0-9)

San Francisco 49ers (0-9)

One of the leagues two winless teams, the San Francisco 49ers are currently sharing the position of NFL laughing stock. The one thing you can credit this team for is that they fight. They have lost a lot of close games and are a team filled with individuals trying to do it the right way. They simply don’t have the talent. You cannot honestly hope to win games in the NFL with the guys that they have brought out their at quarterback. They made the move to bring in Jimmy Garroppolo from the Patriots, but he may not play this season, and even if he does, will not be an immediate success story given his lack of experience. Shanahan will need time to get this team together. (Adrian Nelson)

32 (-)

Cleveland Browns (0-8)

Cleveland Browns (0-8)

The winless Browns made it through Week 9 without another loss, due to the fact that they were on bye. They’ll look to capture their first win of the season on Sunday in Detroit, although the outlook in unsurprisingly bleak. The defense remains a bright spot, and Myles Garrett should be back after missing a game due to a concussion. But unless DeShone Kizer learned how to be a serviceable quarterback in the span of a week, Cleveland will continue to struggle. (Kyle Trapp)

Edited by Brian Kang.

SQuiz
What pick in the draft was Dak Prescott?
Created 11/9/17
  1. 17th
  2. 50th
  3. 99th
  4. 135th

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