Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 10: Steelers barely hang on
There’s still only one team in the NFL with a zero in its loss column, but they didn’t look so hot in Week 9.
The Pittsburgh Steelers went on the road to Jerry World and slogged through an uninspiring 24-19 win over the wretched Dallas Cowboys — a game the Pokes led for 46 minutes and 14 seconds. But hey, a win is a win.
Meanwhile the Kansas City Chiefs won their fourth straight, but had to hold their collective breath as Carolina’s Joey Slye missed a 67-yard field goal attempt at the gun that would have given the Panthers a road win at Arrowhead.
The biggest risers this week are the New Orleans Saints, who embarrassed Tom Brady, Bruce Arians, the entire city of Tampa and everybody who’s ever ironically spoken like a pirate in a 38-3 Sunday night win. Joining the Saints as teams who rose five spots are the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.
Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 10
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0) —
8-0 for first time in storied history, but should be concerned about struggling with Cowboys.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) —
Patrick Mahomes went in motion, grabbed a snap, reversed direction and threw a TD. Yeah, that happened.
3. New Orleans Saints (6-2) ▲5
Saints QBs completed passes to 12 different receivers in dismantling of Bucs.
4. Buffalo Bills (7-2) ▲1
Bills didn’t even pretend to want to run against Seattle’s porous pass defense.
5. Baltimore Ravens (6-2) ▲1
I don’t think Marcus Peters’ interception should’ve counted, but the Ravens used it to their advantage.
6. Green Bay Packers (6-2) ▲1
Davante Adams feels he’s the best receiver in football. It’s getting harder to argue that.
7. Seattle Seahawks (6-2) ▼4
Even with a healthy Jamal Adams and a productive Carlos Dunlap, the Seahawks gave up 44 points.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) ▼4
They’ve looked pretty lousy over the last two weeks, especially vs. New Orleans.
9. Tennessee Titans (6-2) ▲2
Good things happen when you get defensive touchdowns.
10. Las Vegas Raiders (5-3) ▲3
Raiders have quietly won three out of their last four.
11. Miami Dolphins (5-3) ▲3
After a lackluster debut, Tua Tagovailoa looked special against Arizona.
12. Los Angeles Rams (5-2) —
They better be refreshed after the bye; really tough four-game stretch awaits.
13. Arizona Cardinals (5-3) ▼3
Every time you think they’re ready to announce themselves, they slip up like they did against Miami.
14. Indianapolis Colts (5-3) ▼5
Philip Rivers has been decent, just not at tackling.
15. Chicago Bears (5-4) —
Three straight losses has confirmed thoughts that their 5-1 start was fraudulent.
16. Cleveland Browns (5-3) —
If your QB is going to land on the COVID reserve list, the bye week is as good a time as ever, I guess.
17. San Francisco 49ers (4-5) —
Due to their COVID situation, they really got victimized by Thursday Night Football.
18. Minnesota Vikings (3-5) ▲3
Dalvin Cook is a bad man. He’s got 478 yards from scrimmage and six TDs over the last two games.
19. Atlanta Falcons (3-6) ▲6
Matt Ryan (111.3 Passer Rating) is playing at a high level over the Falcons’ last four.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1) ▲2
Five of their remaining eight games are on the road.
21. Carolina Panthers (3-6) ▼2
Christian McCaffrey is back, although he might be out with a different injury.
22. Detroit Lions (3-5) ▼2
Gashed for 275 rushing yards by Minnesota in Week 9.
23. Denver Broncos (3-5) ▼5
Couldn’t climb out of a 21-point hole against the Falcons, and everybody does that, right?
24. New England Patriots (3-5) —
Needing a last-second field goal to bet the Jets says a lot.
25. Los Angeles Chargers (2-6) ▼2
This rash of painful losses has to be the Football Gods telling them to go back to San Diego. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (2-5-1) —
Averaging 30.7 points and 411 yards over their last three contests.
27. New York Giants (2-7) ▲3
Giants wish they could play Washington every week.
28. Houston Texans (2-6) —
Texans wish they could play Jacksonville every week.
29. Washington Football Team (2-6) ▼2
WFT fans three weeks ago: “Alex Smith, what an inspiration.” WFT fans after Sunday: “Alex Smith, get that bum out of town!”
30. Dallas Cowboys (2-7) ▼1
Gutty performance against the league’s best, but a loss is a loss.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) —
Could Jake Luton threaten Gardner Minshew’s job long-term? And why does Jacksonville only use late-pick quarterbacks from the Pacific Northwest?
32. New York Jets (0-9) —
Good news Jets fans, the bye week is here!