Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 10: Saints reign supreme

Nov 6, 2018, 7:26 AM | Updated: 9:09 am
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) pulls out a cell phone after his 72 yard touch...
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) pulls out a cell phone after his 72 yard touchdown reception in the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
(AP Photo/Bill Feig)

The New Orleans Saints knocked the Los Angeles Rams from the ranks of the unbeaten with an impressive 45-35 win in The Big Easy Sunday. That, and their current seven-game winning streak are enough to propel them into the top spot in this week’s Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings.

The Rams fall to fourth, with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs nudging ahead of Sean McVay’s team in this week’s pecking order.

There’s also a new team in the cellar — the Oakland Raiders, who continued their nightmare of a season with an embarrassing 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, who aren’t good themselves, and were led by a quarterback making his first-ever NFL start on national television.

Here’s a look at this week’s order:

Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings – Week 10

Rank Team Record Result Movement Comment
1. New Orleans Saints 7-1 beat LA Rams 45-35 (▲1) Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara shined in league’s biggest game of the season so far.
2. New England Patriots 7-2 beat Green Bay 31-17 (▲1) Pats cash in on huge fumble in the fourth quarter for SNF win.
3. Kansas City Chiefs 8-1 beat Cleveland 37-21 (▲1) Chiefs had five touchdowns on their first six possessions in easy win.
4. Los Angeles Rams 8-1 lost to New Orleans 45-35 (▼3) Goff’s late second-quarter pick loomed large in Rams’ first loss.
5. Carolina Panthers 6-2 beat Tampa Bay 42-28 (–) Carolina just keeps on rolling along.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers 5-2-1 beat Baltimore 23-16 (–) Le’Veon’s misspelled tweet might indicate he’s on his way to Pittsburgh.
7. Los Angeles Chargers 6-2 beat Seattle 25-17 (–) Five straight wins against five mediocre to bad opponents.
8. Minnesota Vikings 5-3-1 beat Detroit 24-9 (▲2) Adam Thielen’s amazing streak of 100-yard games comes to an end, but he’s still scored a TD in six straight.
9. Cincinnati Bengals 5-3 Bye week (–) Good news: they’re rested. Bad news: Saints are coming to town.
10. Chicago Bears 5-3 beat Buffalo 41-9 (▲1) Two defensive TDs in second quarter help bury the Bills.
11. Houston Texans 6-3 beat Denver 19-17 (▲2) Winning streak alive thanks to missed FG at the gun.
12. Washington Redskins 5-3 lost to Atlanta 38-14 (▼4) This team has been perplexing all season long, especially against the Falcons.
13. Philadelphia Eagles 4-4 Bye week (▲3) A visit from Dallas awaits the Super Bowl champs.
14. Miami Dolphins 5-4 beat NY Jets 13-6 (▲3) Survived a boring defensive struggle against the Jets.
15. Atlanta Falcons 4-4 beat Washington 38-14 (▲4) Matt Ryan continues to put up incredible numbers; 17 TDs, 1 pick in last six games.
16. Green Bay Packers 3-4-1 lost to New England 31-17 (▼4) Packers’ frustration grows with third loss in last four contests.
17. Seattle Seahawks 4-4 lost to LA Chargers 25-17 (▼3) Might be facing the incredibly rare LA sweep in back-to-back weeks with Rams looming.
18. Baltimore Ravens 4-5 lost to Pittsburgh 23-16 (▼3) The Baltimore free-fall continues.
19. Tennessee Titans 4-4 beat Dallas 28-14 (▲7) Titans win the game on third down, converting 11-of-14 against Cowboys’ defense.
20. Indianapolis Colts 3-5 Bye week (▲1) Colts rested after the bye and have three straight home games vs. Jaguars, Titans and Dolphins.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-5 Bye Week (▲1) Will try to break their four-game skid in Indy.
22. Detroit Lions 3-5 lost to Minnesota 24-9 (▼4) Lions have only 23 points in the last two weeks — but amazing posture.
23. Dallas Cowboys 3-5 lost to Tennessee 28-14 (▼1) Amari Cooper was pretty good, so at least there’s that.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-5 lost to Carolina 42-28 (▼1) Fall behind early, Fitzpatrick leads comeback that falls short…where have I heard this before?
25. Denver Broncos 3-6 lost to Houston 19-17 (–) McManus misses two field goals, including the game-winner. Ouch.
26. New York Jets 3-6 lost to Miami 13-9 (▼2) Darnold has two TDs and seven picks over his last three games.
27. Cleveland Browns 2-6-1 lost to Kansas City 37-21 (–) Only losing by 16 to the Chiefs kinda feels like a win for the Browns. Kinda.
28. Arizona Cardinals 2-6 Bye week (–) Can the Cardinals hang with the Chiefs? Can anyone?
29. San Francisco 49ers 2-7 beat Oakland 34-3 (▲3) Forget Jimmy G…it’s all about Nick M!
30. New York Giants 1-7 Bye week (▼1) Off the bye to SF for Monday Night Football.
31. Buffalo Bills 2-7 lost to Chicago 41-9 (▼1) Only three picks for Nathan Peterman? Hey, he’s getting better.
32. Oakland Raiders 1-7 lost to San Francisco 34-3 (▼1) Lost to a horrible football team by 31 points.

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