NFL Power Rankings: Baalke's responsibility; Raiders ahead of Chiefs
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Ten weeks are now in the books...
32. Cleveland (0-10)
The Browns are trying so hard to secure their first win. If only they had the talent to get one.
31. 49ers (1-8)
General manager Trent Baalke told reporters this week that owner Jed York is not at fault for the team’s current condition. Oh, Trent. That isn't news. We know who’s responsible for this dumpster fire.
30. Chicago (2-7)
Alshon Jeffrey got popped for performance-enhancing drugs. While he’ll miss paychecks during a four-game suspension, time away from this bad Bears team will feel like a vacation.
29. Jacksonville (2-7)
The Jags put a better game together in a loss to Houston, but better ain’t good, just a slightly improved version of bad.
28. NY Jets (3-7)
Remember back in the day, when Darrelle Revis was awesome? That was then. Now ain’t the same. His excuse? “I’m old.” So are the excuses why the Jets keep losing. Bout time to blow this whole thing up.
27. L.A. Rams (4-5)
The Rams have beat two teams 9-6. Purists would be proud. Not us. Four super boring wins. Hollywood loves flash. This team has none of it.
26. Carolina (3-6)
How in holy heck is this team losing so often? Did someone sell a soul to reach the Super Bowl and this is punishment? No logical reason why so much talent has gone sour.
25. Cincinnati (3-5-1)
The Bengals are a conundrum and have officially lost their way. So much success gone awry in recent seasons. Now they’re floundering in a terrible division. Can they figure things out before it’s too late?
24. San Diego (4-6)
Chargers are in the wrong division, cellar dwellers behind a trio of awesome. A heartbreaking loss to Miami essentially ended their season. They’re up late, and then Philip Rivers throws four picks in the fourth quarter. Yeesh. This team is snakebit.
23. Tampa Bay (4-5)
Jameis made the play of the year with that Manziel-esque run around and deep chuck to Mike Evans. The guy has talent. Has to foster it.
22. Buffalo (4-5)
Streaky Bills are in another free fall. Rex Ryan’s a goner if he can’t turn things around.
21. Pittsburgh (4-5)
The Steelers are better than this, but losers of four straight take lumps. That defense is as bad as they say. Still, it’s hard to see a good offense pinned down for long. Still think they figure things out.
20. Green Bay (4-5)
The Packers have lost four of their last five. Getting punked by Tennessee has gotta be rock bottom. Interesting to see how a royal franchise responds. That defense is giving up too much too often.
19. New Orleans (4-5)
Saints were set to exceed .500 until that wacky blocked extra point. This team hasn’t given up. Still in it if the Saints can find a way to close.
18. Indianapolis (4-5)
Colts hanging tough. Thanks, franchise quarterback. Still shocking that, with offensive line play en vogue this year, this front office didn’t try harder to protect their quarterback.
17. Arizona (4-4-1)
Cards gave the Santa Clarans a puncher’s chance? That’s not a good sign. Arizona should play Carolina in the Underachievers Bowl.
16. Minnesota (5-4)
Maybe Norv jumped ship at the right time. These guys are in raft without paddles, headed for a waterfall.
15. Tennessee (5-5)
The Titans make old school football fun. DeMarco Murray has found new life, and that quarterback…oooh-wee. Marcus Mariota can sling it. He isn’t fully developed yet, but there’s real quality in that arm.
14. Philadelphia (5-4)
Eagles run game took some pressure off a rookie quarterback. That was vital, and will be if the Eagles want to keep up in a suddenly speedy NFC East race.
13. Baltimore (5-4)
The Ravens are going again and lead a surprisingly weak division. They beat Cleveland, which is like landing on a free space.
12. Miami (5-4)
These Dolphins were left for dead shortly after the season started. Jay Ajayi has given this team new life, though the defense shocked San Diego with a pick-6 to win a fourth straight game.
11. Washington (5-3-1)
Kirk Cousins walked by a camera after Sunday’s win and yelled “ohhh-weee,” which is apparently meant to replace “you like that?!?” We’re still fans of the original.
10. Detroit (5-4)
The Lions benefitted from a bye and that their division suddenly stinks. We still wonder how long they can live on dramatics alone. Matt Stafford has been impressive. Can’t deny that.
9. Atlanta (6-4)
Falcons hiccupped against Philadelphia, and better figure out how to stop the run. Not even Matt Ryan at his super-hero best can overcome that issue.
8. Houston (6-3)
The Texans are a weak 6-3, with just one win on the road. There’s an odd road game ahead against the Raiders in Mexico City, where Silver and Black fans should prevail. These aren’t comfortable confines. It’ll be interesting to see how Houston responds. That’s especially true of Brock Osweiller, who spent the last showdown with Khalil Mack on his back.
7. New York Giants (6-3)
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo parried disappointing numbers by saying “stats are for losers.” Best quote ever, as long as you’re winning. The G-men are doing lots of that, winning four straight.
6. Denver (7-3)
The Broncos are floundering some with a suspect young quarterback in Trevor Siemian. But, against New Orleans, they found a crazy way to win after getting worked by the Raiders. Keeping pace in a tough division.
5. Seattle (6-2-1)
There are times when Seattle looks like the best team in football. Sunday night was one of those. Halt the Patriots on the goal line with a victory at stake? That’s good stuff. And, man. Kam Chancellor is something else.
4. Kansas City (7-2)
The Chiefs pulled out another one late and are technically alone atop the AFC West. These cats never give up, and have won two coming back multiple scores. P.S. Justin Houston is on the way back. That’ll only make ‘em better.
3. Raiders (7-2)
The Silver and Black were pretty bummed when K.C. and Denver kept pace with comeback road wins. And yes, the Chiefs beat the Raiders at home. Still don’t think they’re a better team. Raiders offense is explosive, yet physical up front. The defense is vastly improved over the last time Kansas City came to town.
2. New England (7-2)
Turns out the Patriots aren’t invincible after all. Seahawks stopped ‘em on the goal line and apparently punctured Gronk’s lung. That wasn’t very nice. Seattle landed a George Foreman uppercut. Those hurt. Doesn’t mean Tom Brady’s down for the count.
1. Dallas (8-1)
This ranking may seem strange from someone who has questioned the Cowboys every step of the way. Well, uncle. Rookies have the Cowboys rolling so fast mentioning Tony Romo is like an outdated joke. Still don’t think they’re Super Bowl contenders, but 8-1 is 8-1. Nobody’s better right now.