Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season is in the book and now it’s time for everyone’s favorite meaningful exercise: NFL Power Rankings! Let’s take a look at how all 32 teams stack up. Don’t forget to hear me talking about the league’s landscape on my national podcast: The ODDcast!
BLG’S NFL WEEK 11 POWER RANKINGS
1 - Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 1) - With a blowout victory over a division rival to reach 9-0, the Steelers clinched a winning record for the sixth time in seven seasons. Pittsburgh is eyeing their seventh Vince Lombardi Trophy.
3 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 3) - On the bright side, they’re 7-2 after six straight wins. On the dark side, Drew Brees will miss “some time” after suffering broken ribs and a lung collapse. It’ll be interesting to see what Jameis Winston can do until Brees returns. Winnable games up next: vs. ATL, at DEN, vs. ATL.
4 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 6) - The Packers only won by four points despite being 14-point favorites. They’re 7-2 and pretty good … but not flat out elite. Only eighth in DVOA and ninth in point differential.
5 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 10) - The Dolphins are awesome. They’ve won five in a row and they rank fifth in point differential. The quarterback switch from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Tua Tagovailoa has clearly worked out so far; the rookie is playing well. Legitimate threat to win the AFC East! They also currently have a top six pick in the 2021 NFL Draft thanks to Houston being bad.
6 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 9) - Tom Brady has a history of bouncing back from really bad losses. That’s exactly what he did against Carolina.
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8 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 8) - Pretty tough to lose on a Hail Mary like that. That defeat probably ended their shot at a top two seed in the AFC playoff picture. And their spot atop their division is less secure with Miami on the rise.
9 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 4) - The offense continues to not look right. The Ravens are 4-3 in their last seven games and Lamar Jackson has a 85.9 passer rating in that span. Losing to the Pats likely ended any hope of winning the AFC North.
10 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 12) - The Rams’ defense is very good. They’ve allowed just 16.4 offensive points per game, fewest in the NFL. Los Angeles will at least be a wild card team and they’re in the mix for the NFC West crown.
11 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 5) - The Seahawks are 1-3 in their last four games. Russell Wilson has 10 turnovers in that span. The guy who looked like the NFL’s MVP earlier in the season has to be better than that.
13 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 14) - Big win for the Colts on Thursday Night Football to take the lead in the AFC South. That defense is really solid and Philip Rivers is playing his best ball recently. He’s got a nice weapon in Nyheim Hines.
14 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 7) - The Titans are 1-3 in their last four games. Stephen Gostkowski’s eight field goal misses and two extra point misses have contributed to a team that ranks 30th in special teams DVOA.
16 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 16) - Don’t look now but the Vikings have won three in a row and they’re not dead in the NFC playoff picture. Kirk Cousins FINALLY got a win on Monday Night Football, bringing him up to 1-9 in his career. Naturally, it was achieved with no fans in the stands. Justin Jefferson is now up to four 100+ yards out of nine in his career. He’s kinda good.
17 - New England Patriots (LW: 23) - Very good win over Baltimore after barely beating NYJ last week. They have ground to make up but the Pats’ season isn’t necessarily over yet.
18 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 17) - The Panthers have lost five in a row but this has been an overall encouraging season for them. Shame that Teddy Bridgewater got hurt but not the worst thing in the world for the Panthers to potentially get a look at XFL superstar P.J. Walker.
19 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 18) - Joe Burrow will lead the Bengals to victory over Pittsburgh some day in the future … but not now. A team that finished with the No. 1 overall pick last year still needs to be infused with more talent.
20 - Chicago Bears (LW: 19) - Let’s all hope Nick Foles isn’t seriously hurt and can get back soon. But he might not be playing even if healthy considering the Bears are now 2-5 with him as their starter. We could soon see Foles replaced by Mitchell Trubisky.
22 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 21) - The Bolts need a new coaching staff. Should be a pretty attractive job with Justin Herbert in place.
23 - New York Giants (LW: 27) - The Giants beating Philly for the first time since 2016 qualifies as a signature win for Joe Judge. The rookie head coach might actually be able to lead the G-Men to winning the NFC East.
26 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 22) - The Eagles have serious issues when it comes to their quarterback, coaching staff, and front office. Their foundation is hardly as solid as it was once thought to be.
27 - Denver Broncos (LW: 26) - Drew Lock has thrown seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions this season. Maybe he can further develop into an OK backup but the Broncos need to find a legitimate long-term starter.
29 - Washington Football Team (LW: 29) - Alex Smith almost led the Football Team to a big comeback win after being down by 21 points halfway through the third quarter. Despite their loss, Washington still has hope to win the NFC East. Which is crazy because they’d be picking third overall if the season ended today.
31 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 31) - The Jags gave good effort in a close loss to Green Bay. Perfect tanking result. Currently on track for the No. 2 pick.