2018 NFL Power Rankings: A new top team emerges for Week 10
32. Oakland Raiders
Last week's rank: 32
Why they're here: When do they move to Las Vegas? It certainly feels like Jon Gruden's squad is looking forward to 2020 instead of finishing out 2018.
31. Buffalo Bills
Last week's rank: 30
Why they're here: Nathan Peterman started again. Enough said.
30. Arizona Cardinals
Last week's rank: 29
Why they're here: The good news is the Cardinals did not lose this weekend. Arizona released Sam Bradford over the weekend. Not suprising.
Also, if you ever run into Bradford, lunch is on him. The Cardinals ended up paying Bradford around $13.5 million to play in three games.
29. San Francisco 49ers
Last week's rank: 31
Why they're here: The reaction last Thursday to Nick Mullens starting at quarterback for San Francisco was a collective "who?" Well, Mullens was quite impressive, (yes, they did play Oakland) going 16 of 22 for 262 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Who needs Jimmy G? Ok, we won't go that far.
28. New York Giants
Last week's rank: 28
Why they're here: Like the Cardinals, the Giants did not lose this weekend. Congratulations! After a brief run-in with the law, Richmond alum Kyle Lauletta is still likely to see action at some point soon.
27. Cleveland Browns
Last week's rank: 27
Why they're here: The Gregg Williams era in Cleveland didn't get off to a great start. In his defense, most teams get torched by the Chiefs.
26. New York Jets
Last week's rank: 26
Why they're here: Sam Darnold threw the only touchdown past this Sunday in the Jets-Dolphins game. The problem was it was to Miami LB Jerome Baker.
Darnold currently leads the NFL with 14 interceptions.
25. Denver Broncos
Last week's rank: 21
Why they're here: Sunday was a rough one for the Broncos. Vance Joseph's decision to kick a 62-yard field goal with 18 seconds to play in the first half backfired and Brandon McManus pushed a 51-yard field goal as time expired.
It hasn't been an ideal year in Denver.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last week's rank: 23
Why they're here: Ryan "Fitzmagic" is back as the starter. Sadly, the magic has worn off. That being said, the Bucs won't be a walk in the park this Sunday for the Redskins.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars
Last week's rank: 24
Why they're here: Jacksonville has not won a game since late September. Injuries and turnovers continue to be an issue. Blake Bortles is tied for 4th in the NFL with eight interceptions.
22. Indianapolis Colts
Last week's rank: 21
Why they're here: After a brutal start to the season (aside from the win over the Redskins), the Colts have played quality football as of late.
Coming off a bye and facing a struggling Jaguars team, the Colts could be tied for second in the AFC South this time next week.
21. Dallas Cowboys
Last week's rank: 19
Why they're here: Amari Cooper did score a touchdown but that first-round pick the Cowboys gave to the Raiders could be quite high this spring.
Dallas had just 108 second half yards against the Titans.
20. Detroit Lions
Last week's rank: 18
Why they're here: Matthew Stafford could not have been feeling great on Monday morning. The Vikings sacked Stafford 10 times on Sunday afternoon.
Detroit was held to a season-low 214 yards in the loss to Minnesota.
19. Tennessee Titans
Last week's rank: 22
Why they're here: The Titans are difficult team to figure out. Three weeks ago, Tennessee could not do anything right against the Ravens. In London, Mike Vrabel went for the win and came up short. But, on Monday night against the Cowboys, the Titans looked great.
The challenge this weekend? The New England Patriots.
18. Miami Dolphins
Last week's rank: 20
Why they're here: Miami had 168 yards of offense and won. Let that sink in. Brock Osweiler is still starting at quarterback. But, the Dolphins intercepted Sam Darnold four times and returned one for a touchdown.
Some how this team is 5-4.
17. Seattle Seahawks
Last week's rank: 16
Why they're here: The Seahawks are back at .500 following a tough loss to the Chargers. Since winning the division is out of the question, Seattle has an uphill battle to earn one of the two wild card spots in the NFC.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Last week's rank: 12
Why they're here: Unlike the Dolphins, the Ravens look the part but their record does not show it. Baltimore is now 4-5, losers of three straight.
Now the rumors are starting to swirl. Is it time to fire Harbaugh? Start Lamar? It could be long finish to the season.
15. Washington Redskins
Last week's rank: 8
Why they're here: Injuries, injuries, and more injuries. Not only was the loss to the Falcons rough to watch, the Redskins will be without three starters (Scherff, Laovao, Richardson) for the rest of the year.
14. Atlanta Falcons
Last week's rank: 17
Why they're here: Atlanta has now won three straight after Sunday's dismantling of the Redskins. The Falcons still have their flaws defensively but they have a lot of firepower on offense.
13. Cincinnati Bengals
Last week's rank: 13
Why they're here: The Bengals washed the taste of a 35-point loss to Chiefs out of their mouth two weeks ago thanks to a win over the Bucs.
It seems like most folks don't have much faith in the five-win Bengals. This Sunday will be interesting against the Saints.
12. Green Bay Packers
Last week's rank: 15
Why they're here: Yes, the Packers are under .500 but back-to-back road games against the Rams and Patriots did not help.
Aaron Rodgers has been solid (15 TD, 1 INT this season) but needs some more weapons to throw aside from Davante Adams.
11. Philadelphia Eagles
Last week's rank: 11
Why they're here: During the bye week, the Eagles traded for Golden Tate while the team they were chasing in the NFC East, the Redskins, lost three starters due to injury.
That is a productive week off.
10. Chicago Bears
Last week's rank: 14
Why they're here: If you have the Bears defense on your fantasy football team, you were likely a happy owner on Sunday. Chicago's defense scored a pair of touchdowns and had three interceptions.
Playing Nathan Peterman is helpful, too.
9. Houston Texans
Last week's rank: 10
Why they're here: Denver head coach Vance McDonald had a nice assist in the Texans win on Sunday. But, Houston remains the leader in the AFC South and Demaryius Thomas will continue to get more comfortable in the Texans' offense.
8. Carolina Panthers
Last week's rank: 9
Why they're here: Since their loss at FedEx Field, the Panthers have won three straight. Christian McCaffrey is a touchdown scoring machine and the Panthers offense has looked terrfic the last two games.
7. Minnesota Vikings
Last week's rank: 7
Why they're here: The Vikings defense, which had been absent the first few weeks of the season, was dominant on Sunday against the Lions.
Minnesota tied a franchise-record with 10 sacks in the win.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
Last week's rank: 6
Why they're here: Despite having no fans in Los Angeles, the Chargers are quietly one of the best teams in the NFL.
Phillip Rivers, 36, is having a great season. He had 19 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
Last week's rank: 5
Why they're here: Maybe Le'Veon Bell is coming back this week. Maybe he's not. In the meantime, the Steelers will continue to hand the ball to James Connor.
Connor has rushed for over 100 yards in four straight games, all Steelers wins.
4. Kansas City Chiefs
Last week's rank: 3
Why they're here: Another week, another big performance by Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes threw for 375 yards and three scores against the Browns.
Kareem Hunt is also quite good at his job. Hunt scored three touchdowns (2 rushing & 1 receiving).
3. New England Patriots
Last week's rank: 4
Why they're here: New England has now won six straight games after a 1-2 start to the season.
In classic Patriots fashion, they used Cardarrelle Patterson at running back and he was successful (11 carries, 61 yards, 1 touchdown).
2. Los Angeles Rams
Last week's rank: 1
Why they're here: It's bizarre not seeing the Rams atop the mountain but the Saints handed LA their first loss in a thriller.
The 1972 Dolphins can finally pop some champagne.
1. New Orleans Saints
Last week's rank: 4
Why they're here: The Saints are rolling. Alvin Kamara is magically with the ball in his hands, Michael Thomas is unguardable (when he's not busy making phone calls), and Drew Brees, even at 39, is still Drew Brees.