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Week 10 power rankings

Colin Kaepernick, Jonathan Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick lines up before a play during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. At right is San Francisco 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


1. Texans (six first-place votes): Jay Cutler ran into Tim Dobbins the same way Joe Theismann ran into Lawrence Taylor.

2. Falcons: The Saints helped the Falcons get some national media attention.

3. Ravens: They may need some of those 55 points over the next three games, two of which come against the Steelers.

4. 49ers: Colin Kaepernick has shown he’s caepable of helping this team win. (Yes, that was laeme.)

5. Packers: How many injuries to offensive players can they endure? As many that don’t happen to Aaron Rodgers.

6. Bears: The Superfans are bracing for a second annual Superslide.

7. Patriots: If this team keeps blowing fourth-quarter leads in the regular season, it may not have to worry about blowing another fourth-quarter lead in the Super Bowl.

8. Broncos: If Trindon Holliday ever drops the ball before crossing the goal line again, Peyton Manning will put it in a place where it will never fall out.

9. Steelers: By the end of the week, Ben Roethlisberger will claim that doctors thought about amputating his arm.

10. Colts: That five-day neckbeard makes Andrew Luck look like Wooly Willy.

11. Giants: Eli Manning doesn’t have a tired arm; his arm is in a coma.

12. Seahawks: That Week Three replacement-ref win could end up hurting the Vikings more than it hurts the Packers.

13. Vikings: The rest of the schedule will hurt the Vikings a lot more than that.

14. Buccaneers: If this team played in a Super Bowl hosted at Raymond James Stadium, the game still may not sell out.

15. Saints: Before penciling this team in as the No. 6 seed, look at the rest of the schedule.

16. Bengals: Beating the defending Super Bowl champs could be the closest thing this team comes to the playoffs.

17. Lions: Calvin Johnson played well on an injured knee, unless he misused the term “injured knee.”

18. Rams: With the Rams having a 2-0-1 record in the division and a 1-5 mark out of it, the NFC West isn’t as good as we think it is.

19. Chargers: Maybe Norv was simply preparing for his next career as a media critic. Which could be launching by Christmas.

20. Titans: Maybe Bud Adams should threaten to fire everyone more often.

21. Cowboys: Don’t look now, but this team could still climb back into the NFC East race. Just in time for the Giants to win it late.

22. Dolphins: On Sunday against the Titans, the Dolphins were who we thought they are.

23. Cardinals: The season could hinge on their ability to win in Atlanta. If so, there goes the season.

24. Redskins: With Mike Vick likely out, the “evaluation” of the defense could go a lot better on Sunday.

25. Panthers: Upon hearing the news that L.A. is interested in the Panthers, some said, “Wait, I thought Los Angeles wanted an NFL team?”

26. Bills: G.M. Buddy Nix says coach Chan Gailey is safe. But who said Nix is safe?

27. Eagles: Mike Vick’s concussion will heal as soon as Nick Foles gets one.

28. Jets: The vote of confidence from Woody Johnson should be coming any day now.

29. Raiders: It looked like the Raiders were willing to take a step back now in the hopes of taking multiple steps forward in the future. It looks like they decided to take multiple steps back.

30. Browns: Yes, the players want to change their uniforms; they want to wear the uniforms of other teams.

31. Jaguars: If Shad Khan cleans house, he may be paying more money to former employees than he’s paying to his players.

32. Chiefs: A moral victory finally comes during an inherently immoral season.