2017 NFL Power Rankings: Where things stand after Week 10
32) Cleveland Browns
Last week's ranking: 31
Most recent result: L, 38-24 vs. Lions
Why they're here: Welp, the Browns weren’t the 32nd-ranked team in these rankings for one week. Hopefully, they enjoyed it, because Cleveland is now back in its familiar spot after dropping to 0-9.
31) New York Giants
Last week's ranking: 30
Most recent result: L, 31-21 vs. 49ers
Why they're here: The Giants are going to feel awfully small after allowing the Niners to beat them, considering San Francisco hadn’t led in a game since Oct. 1. It might be smart for Ben McAdoo to start packing up his belongings. Can’t hurt to get a head start on things, right
30) San Francisco 49ers
Last week's ranking: 32
Most recent result: W, 31-21 vs. Giants
Why they're here: Kyle Shanahan definitely would’ve liked for it to come earlier than Nov. 12, but the first-year head coach notched his first victory with the Niners on Sunday. He’ll get to savor it a little longer, too, as San Fran is now heading off to their bye. When they return, it should be the beginning of the Jimmy Garoppolo era.
29) Cincinnati Bengals
Last week's ranking: 28
Most recent result: L, 24-20 vs. Titans
Why they're here: If NFL games were decided by which team had the most players ejected, the Bengals would be 1-0-1 in their last two and feelin' pretty solid. Vontaze Burfict followed up AJ Green's early exit with one of his own in Tennessee, and he ended up missing a disappointing showing by his defense, which was unable to stop a late Titans drive.
28) Indianapolis Colts
Last week's ranking: 29
Most recent result: L, 20-17 vs. Steelers
Why they're here: The Colts are bad, like the Giants. But unlike the Giants, they haven’t stopped trying. These rankings respect their effort, so therefore, they move up even after another L.
27) Arizona Cardinals
Last week's ranking: 26
Most recent result: L, 22-16 vs. Seattle
Why they're here: Unless Adrian Peterson has a superhuman day like he did in Week 9, the Cardinals aren’t going to win with Drew Stanton as starter. Exhibit A: Their Week 10 defeat vs. Seattle. Man, Stanton really doesn’t like hitting wide open wide receivers for some reason.
26) Miami Dolphins
Last week's ranking: 25
Most recent result: L, 45-21 vs. Panthers
Why they're here: Jay Cutler was missing receivers by 10 yards and Miami's defense just went into sleep mode from the second quarter on vs. Carolina on Monday night. Thankfully, the Dolphins' run of three consecutive primetime games is officially over.
25) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last week's ranking: 27
Most recent result: W, 15-10 vs. Jets
Why they're here: The much-maligned Bucs defense finally showed up with the right stuff vs. the Jets and corralled New York's offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick was far from productive, but he kept Tampa's ship afloat long enough for them to win their first game since Oct. 1.
24) New York Jets
Last week's ranking: 24
Most recent result: L, 15-10 vs. Buccaneers
Why they're here: Josh McCown and the Jets have now dropped four of five, and this one hurt because they didn't build off of dominating the Bills in their previous game at all. They're mediocre - which is miles ahead of where they were supposed to be, at the bare minimum.
23) Chicago Bears
Last week's ranking: 23
Most recent result: L, 23-16 vs. Packers
Why they're here: Mitch Trubisky tickled 300 yards as the Bears let him sling it around a bit, but they’re now 2-3 since turning to their top pick as the starter. John Fox is thrilled Ben McAdoo exists, because McAdoo’s coaching mishaps are doing a decent job of distracting people from Fox’s.
22) Denver Broncos
Last week's ranking: 22
Most recent result: L, 41-16 vs. Patriots
Why they're here: Brock Osweiler wasn’t even terrible vs. the Patriots and the Broncos were still walloped in primetime. That’s because their special teams were horrendous and their defense was lit up yet again. They’re one of, if not the, most talented squad this far down on the list, but their season has really gone downhill since a their 3-1 start.
21) Los Angeles Chargers
Last week's ranking: 18
Most recent result: L, 20-17 vs. Jaguars
Why they're here: The Chargers mostly contained the running and passing games of the Jaguars’ offense, but their special teams faltered and their offense botched a fourth quarter drive that allowed the matchup to get to OT, too. In other words, just another weird, and ultimately unsuccessful, Chargers performance.
20) Houston Texans
Last week's ranking: 17
Most recent result: L, 33-7 vs. Rams
Why they're here: Tom Savage was responsible for three turnovers in LA. Tom Savage will probably be responsible for plenty more turnovers in the future. Get well as soon as possible, Deshaun Watson.
19) Green Bay Packers
Last week's ranking: 21
Most recent result: W, 23-16 vs. Bears
Why they're here: The Packers may just want to play every game vs. the Bears in Chicago: Sunday’s win was the eight consecutive one for Green Bay at Soldier Field. Brett Hundley isn’t going to create any QB controversies, but he put together an all-in-all acceptable line vs. the Bears in picking up his first NFL victory.
18) Baltimore Ravens
Last week's ranking: 20
Most recent result: BYE
Why they're here: At 4-5, the Ravens are still somehow very much alive in the AFC wild card standings. Do they deserve to be? Probably not. But they are.
17) Oakland Raiders
Last week's ranking: 19
Most recent result: BYE
Why they're here: The Raiders have zero interceptions on the season and are now looking squarely at a date with Tom Brady. Good luck, Oakland.
16) Washington Redskins
Last week's ranking: 13
Most recent result: L, 38-30 vs. Vikings
Why they're here: Want to build your case that momentum doesn’t really exist on a week-to-week basis in the NFL? Use the Redskins, who took down the Seahawks in Week 9 and then were helpless vs. the Vikings in Week 10, as your exhibit A. Washington has one more really tough test left in New Orleans, and then the schedule evens out afterward. They’re better than their 4-5 record suggests but still nowhere near consistent enough right now to be a contender.
15) Buffalo Bills
Last week's ranking: 11
Most recent result: L, 47-10 vs. Saints
Why they're here: Everything is falling apart for the Bills at once. Their rushing defense has given up nine scores on the ground the last two times out, while Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy are both entering untimely slumps. Sean McDermott needs to get his team turned around real quick.
14) Tennessee Titans
Last week's ranking: 16
Most recent result: W, 24-20 vs. Bengals
Why they're here: These rankings keep disrespecting the Titans, and the Titans just keep on collecting dubs. Only one of their last five wins have come by more than six points, but there's something to be said for finishing in tight moments. Thursday's clash with the Steelers will be their first matchup with a serious foe in a while. Let's see how they handle it.
13) Atlanta Falcons
Last week's ranking: 15
Most recent result: W, 27-7 vs. Cowboys
Why they're here: Every team in the NFL wanted a win in Week 10, but few needed one as badly as Atlanta did. Fortunately, Adrian Clayborn chose to rack up a season’s worth of sacks in four quarters, and Matt Ryan was more precise than he had been as of late. Now, if only Julio Jones could get going.
12) Dallas Cowboys
Last week's ranking: 10
Most recent result: L, 27-7 vs. Falcons
Why they're here: Ezekiel Elliott didn’t get a chance to play on Sunday because of his suspension, but with the way Dallas’ offensive line performend, perhaps he’s relieved he didn’t. The usually stout unit allowed eight sacks and didn’t do a ton in terms of run blocking, either. Next week’s matchup in Philly will go a long way in determining whether these Cowboys will be battling for a division title or wild card spot down the stretch.
11) Detroit Lions
Last week's ranking: 12
Most recent result: W, 38-24 vs. Browns
Why they're here: The Lions let the Browns stay relevant for much longer than Detroit would’ve liked for them to stay relevant, but in the end, Matt Stafford’s offense took over. The Lions are doing their best to keep the Vikings in their sights while also staying in the thick of the wild card race. As long as Stafford and his receivers stay this hot, they’ll be fine.
10) Carolina Panthers
Last week's ranking: 14
Most recent result: W, 45-21 vs. Dolphins
Why they're here: That was a totally different Panthers offense that showed up on Monday, as they churned up more than 500(!) yards. Christian McCaffrey scored twice as the rookie is starting to become a weapon as a pro, and Cam Newton's arm was just as dangerous as his legs were. If they can keep a similar rhythm like that going in the coming weeks, look out, because their defense is already Super Bowl caliber.
9) Jacksonville Jaguars
Last week's ranking: 9
Most recent result: W, 20-17 vs. Chargers
Why they're here: The Jaguars looked very Jaguars-y at times vs. the Chargers at home, but in the end, they escaped in overtime for their first three-game winning streak since 2013. Both Blake Bortles and Leonard Fournette were below average, but a sweet fake punt and some clutch kicking was enough to give Jacksonville a wacky W. It wasn’t an impressive one but it counts as one regardless.
8) Minnesota Vikings
Last week's ranking: 8
Most recent result: W, 38-30 vs. Redskins
Why they're here: While the rest of the league continues to underestimate Case Keenum, the Vikings will gladly keep winning with him. The Minnesota passer was on fire for most of Sunday’s victory vs. the Redskins, as was Adam Thielen. Next week’s tilt vs. the Rams is a massive one.
7) Seattle Seahawks
Last week's ranking: 6
Most recent result: W, 22-16 vs. Cardinals
Why they're here: Russell Wilson continued to razzle and dazzle behind Seattle’s sketchy offensive line in Arizona on Thursday, and if Carson Wentz ever slows down, he’d be a deserving MVP. But the Seahawks’ loss of Richard Sherman obviously does a ton of damage to their secondary. Add that to the plate of things Wilson must try to mitigate.
6) New Orleans Saints
Last week's ranking: 7
Most recent result: W, 47-10 vs. Bills
Why they're here: The Saints have one of the NFL's top QBs, but with the way they're rolling, they don't even have to rely on him these days. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are taking turns exploding each week and the defense is also impressing. This is a new New Orleans bunch, and its breathing life into a franchise that looked like it was at the end of an era earlier in 2017.
5) Kansas City Chiefs
Last week's ranking: 5
Most recent result: BYE
Why they're here: The Chiefs' bye came at a good time, because they went into it on a cold streak. They'll look to contribute to the Giants' misery in Week 11.
4) Los Angeles Rams
Last week's ranking: 4
Most recent result: W, 33-7 vs. Texans
Why they're here: Seven days after setting a career mark for touchdown throws, Jared Goff passed for the most yards of his young career vs. the Texans. The defense was equally on-point, as it fully took advantage of Tom Savage and Co. That’s four in a row for the Rams, and now they get a chance to end the Vikings’ own winning streak next week.
3) Pittsburgh Steelers
Last week's ranking: 3
Most recent result: W, 20-17 vs. Colts
Why they're here: The Steelers made some enormous plays in the fourth quarter, and they needed every one of them to avoid a nasty loss vs. an inferior Colts team. They’ll hope that late spark will carry over into their Thursday night showdown with the Titans.
2) New England Patriots
Last week's ranking: 2
Most recent result: W, 41-16 vs. Broncos
Why they're here: With the Eagles on their bye, the Pats looked as good as anyone did in the NFL this weekend. All three phases were flying around in Denver. Those early season struggles feel like they happened an eternity ago.
1) Philadelphia Eagles
Last week's ranking: 1
Most recent result: BYE
Why they're here: The Eagles got to rest and also watched all three of their three NFC East rivals lose on Sunday. As if 2017 wasn’t going well enough for them already.