Written By: David Scanlan
#10: Tennessee Titans (5-2) Previously – #7
There isn’t much to talk about positives with this game, except the usual Derrick Henry and Corey Davis domination. These two guys are the only reason the Titans didn’t lose in dramatic fashion to the Bengals. Tannehill completed 18 of 30 passes for a total of 223 yards, adding a touchdown and an interception as well, which isn’t the best statline I expected from him considering the opposition. Now to the defensive side of the ball. The Titans didn’t record a single sack or interception on Sunday. Two of their highest defensive paid players in Jadeveon Clowney and Vic Beasley haven’t recorded a single sack all year, which just goes to show how underwhelming they are thus far. Vic Beasley was released Wednesday afternoon after a terrible start to the season after signing a deal for 9 million. The Titans have the worst 3rd Down conversion percentage in history against them, having opponents pick up a first down on 61.9% of third-down tries. The Titans need to find a way to get stops and fix their issues.
#9: Arizona Cardinals (5-2) Previously – #10
Even on a bye week, the Cardinals managed to move up a spot. Teams ahead of them have terribly underperformed so it is hard to just move the Cardinals out of the top 10. I like the matchups the Cardinals have coming up and I believe they could honestly finish the season only losing another 1 or 2 games. A game coming up against the Dolphins after a bye week should be a good game to get back on track since the Dolphins will compete and not back down. With the way the Dolphins defense played last week, the Cardinals can definitely take advantage of this and get back into a rhythm.
#8: Buffalo Bills (6-2) Previously – #8
If it weren’t for another game-ending Cam Newton fumble, we could see this team with their third loss in the last four games. The reason I still have them at 8 from last week is this team just doesn’t give me hope. Josh Allen racked up 174 passing yards and threw one interception, being unable to find the endzone in the air. They need to find their identity through the air again if they want to win some big games again. The running back crew has been fantastic as we have seen Zack Moss come to light in recent weeks, and I expect them to continue feeding the hot hand. The Bills have two tough games back to back coming up as they face the Seahawks and then the Cardinals the week after. The Bills could use a big win against one of these teams to stay on track.
#7: New Orleans Saints (5-2) Previously – Unranked
A new face has arrived on the power rankings and they could continue to find themselves here for weeks to come. The Saints have won four straight games, all coming from behind in the last few minutes. Obviously you don’t want to have to consistently fight your way back into games, but there’s no denying a win, matter of fact four straight. The Saints are getting healthy again, getting Michael Thomas and Emannuel Sanders back for a big game against the Buccaneers. Alvin Kamara has been a beast, and mixing him with MT and Sanders will be a problem once again over these next few weeks. The Saints are getting healthy at the right time.
#6: Baltimore Ravens (5-2) Previously – #5
The Ravens are a great team, there is no denying it. But, when your QB fumbles twice and throws two interceptions, you can see some clear issues on the offensive side. The Ravens lead the league in average rushing yards per game at 178.7, but it seems as if they’re becoming one dimensional against good teams. Sure they had a chance to win at the end, but they could’ve been the ones ahead in the lead if Lamar didn’t turn the ball over four different possessions. The Ravens could be a fantastic squad if Lamar was accurate on his throws and just made the right choices. The Ravens will face a great Colts defense once again this week, and they could use a bounce-back game. Expect to see the Colts force Lamar into throwing the ball and stop his rushing attack.
#5: Green Bay Packers (6-2) Previously – #4
After a huge Thursday night game against the 49ers to start off Week 9, this was exactly the performance they needed to gain their confidence back after a rough loss to the Vikings last week. Regardless of how banged up the 49ers were, the Packers were in a groove all night long. Rodgers threw for 305 yards, 4 touchdowns, and completed 25 of his 31 pass attempts. Aaron Jones returned this week and totaled 80 yards as a whole after being out the last few weeks. Davante Adams racked up 173 and 1 TD, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling pulled in 2 of his own touchdowns. This Packers team is deadly.
#4: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2) Previously – #3
The Buccaneers once again hold a top spot in this week’s power rankings after an iffy game against the Giants that honestly could have gone either way. Daniel Jones threw another 2 interceptions and continues to show he isn’t ready to take the next step, as he made some mental mistakes and key reads down the stretch for what could have won them the game. The Buccaneers have a big game against the Saints on Sunday and they will look to split the divisional series against the Saints.
#3: Seattle Seahawks (6-1) Previously – #6
Hard to disagree with their position here this week after another HUGE game from Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf. Russ tossed four touchdowns for 261 yards, and DK Metcalf caught 12 passes for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Seahawks offense in all honesty can make up for the points their defense allows each week because they are just that good. With Jamal Adams returning from injury and Dunlap being the newest addition, they look to get some much-needed assistance on defense. The Seahawks will look to make the end of the season push and put themselves in good positions for the playoffs.
#2: Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) Previously – #1
Once again, another week has gone by where the Chiefs and Steelers sit atop of the power rankings, proving to themselves that they are the best of the best. There is no denying what the Chiefs have on offense and defense. This team is going to consistently compete week in and week out for as long as Patrick Mahomes is their QB. Mahomes hung 5 touchdowns on the Jets head this week before exiting for his own safety. The rushing attack was subpar, but the receiving core picked up the attack as four receivers caught a touchdown and had at least 50+ yards in the air. The Chiefs will face the Gritty Carolina Panthers who put up a fight each week and I’m excited to watch it unfold.
#1: Pittsburgh Steelers (7-0) Previously – #2
I’ll admit it, the Steelers are the real deal. Big Ben is having a redemption year. The offense has loads of weapons such as Claypool, Juju Smith-Schuster, James Connor, Diontae Washington, and Eric Ebron. Not to mention, this team shuts down opposing QBs better than any other team and forces lots of turnovers. Forcing one of the best Quarterbacks in the game, Lamar Jackson, into FOUR turnovers, is amazing. Like I mentioned, when the Steelers offense shows up to play, they will be a hard team to beat. This defense is one of the best, if not the best in the league. Expect them to have a field day this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys weak defense and depleted offense.
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