NFL power rankings: Surging Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins crack top 10
NFL power rankings, 2020 post-Week 10 edition (previous rank in parentheses):
1. Steelers (1): QB Ben Roethlisberger is making a belated MVP push with nine TDs, zero turnovers and a 109.1 passer rating over last three weeks for team that continues to avoid the loss column.
2. Chiefs (2): Eventful Monday included contract extensions for coach Andy Reid and GM Brett Veach before starting OTs Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz went on reserve/COVID-19 list. Kansas City will surely need that duo back if it hopes for an eventful Sunday, when champs seek to avenge loss to Raiders in front of national TV audience.
3. Saints (3): What a show of guts by QB Drew Brees to finish the first half Sunday with his myriad injuries and later conduct a press conference with a collapsed lung. Baller.
4. Buccaneers (8): When it comes to 11 personnel (1 TE, 3 WRs), has there ever been a scarier group than Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, AB and Gronk? Sunday illustrated what might be coming down the pike.
5. Packers (9): David Bakhtiari's $100M+ extension is well deserved ... and signed not a minute too soon given the way his fellow left tackles have gone by the wayside in 2020.
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6. Ravens (4): Season-ending injury to blocking TE Nick Boyle is latest blow to offense that also sorely misses LT Ronnie Stanley and retired G Marshal Yanda.
7. Dolphins (10): DE Emmanuel Ogbah has been quite the pick-up, posting a career-best eight sacks and first six-game sack streak for this franchise since Jason Taylor did it 17 years ago.
8. Cardinals (11): They must visit the Seahawks, Patriots and Giants over next four weeks. Time to see how well this top-ranked offense travels.
9. Rams (13): LT Andrew Whitworth has probably been their most valuable player not named Aaron Donald. Losing him certainly won't provide the offensive consistency coach Sean McVay is desperate to find.
10. Colts (15): A run game that should not have struggled so mightily behind this mauling O-line is finally picking it up, averaging 121.3 yards over the past three weeks ... a significant factor to Indy's rise to top of AFC South table.
11. Titans (5): Mike Vrabel is one of the craftiest coaches in the league. But he definitely goofed by turning away from veteran P Ryan Allen last week.
12. Bills (6): You won’t find many better defensive back trios than Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer and Tre'Davious White ... probably the most talented threesome ever burned for a game-ending Hail Mary.
13. Raiders (12): Time to show some love to a widely beleaguered defense displaying signs of life while allowing just 14.7 points per game over the last three weeks. Maintain something close to that level, and this team becomes a playoff factor.
14. Seahawks (7): Want another sad defensive metric? S Jamal Adams has a team-best 5½ sacks in his five 2020 appearances ... while his teammates average 1.8 per game collectively.
15. Browns (14): RB Nick Chubb is money ... whether he's reviving the Cleveland ground game, costing his fantasy owners cash or vexing bettors.
16. Patriots (26): Get to know the name J.C. Jackson, a corner with a league-best six INTs – including one in a team record five consecutive games.
17. Falcons (17): Six of their final seven opponents are at least 6-3, which includes two dates apiece with New Orleans and Tampa Bay. Atlanta could be quite the spoiler.
18. Vikings (18): It wasn't pretty, but QB Kirk Cousins broke a nine-game losing streak on "Monday Night Football," the longest for any player in MNF history, while also beating Chicago for the first time since he signed with Minnesota.
19. Lions (21): Nice to see rookie RB D'Andre Swift have a breakthrough game with 149 total yards ... but why did it take this long to start him?
20. Bears (16): Unfortunate to see QB Nick Foles go down Monday night ... while pondering ways a punchless offense might have actually just gotten irretrievably worse.
21. Panthers (19): Hate to see QB Teddy Bridgewater miss any time with a bum knee. But if he has to skip a game, might be fun to see what XFL standout P.J. Walker can do.
22. 49ers (25): With Arik Armstead landing on COVID-19 list, Niners don't currently have any of their five first-round D-linemen from 2019 available.
23. Giants (28): They have at least two sacks in their first 10 games for the first time in eight decades. Maybe more impressive, 15 defenders have registered in the sack department, though none has more than five.
24. Broncos (23): They better learn how to compete in AFC West after surrendering 110 points in their initial three-game swing through the division.
25. Chargers (24): How crazy has their season been? Beat the Jets by 20 Sunday – well within realm of possibility – and Bolts will have outscored opposition in 2020.
26. Eagles (22): Mathematically, they remain in the NFC East driver's seat. They're also about to face five consecutive teams each sporting at least six wins. Little wonder coach Doug Pederson is "pissed off" following another missed opportunity.
27. Bengals (20): The abuse rookie QB Joe Burrow has absorbed is concerning ... and unlikely to improve as he faces a gauntlet of teams that apply pressure.
28. Texans (27): They've screwed up just about everything in 2020, last week being especially egregious with their offensive no-show in Cleveland following the shocking dismissal of ace PR chief Amy Palcic.
29. Washington (29): Sunday provided pretty solid proof that QB Alex Smith isn't just an appreciated heartwarming story in 2020, but a man who can still play at a high level. The next benchmark will be getting his first win since 2018 – perhaps Sunday against Cincinnati.
30. Jaguars (31): They gave a good account of themselves at Green Bay against the NFC's current No. 1 seed. Next up for the Jags? Pittsburgh, the AFC's current No. 1 seed.
31. Cowboys (30): After coping with a concussion and COVID-19 isolation, QB Andy Dalton is back for a team that could use good news as it prepares to play its next three games in 12 days.
32. Jets (32): Last year, GM Joe Douglas promised QB Sam Darnold's parents he would take care of him. It appears Douglas is trying to live up to that vow ... even if it's worth wondering if Darnold has played his last game for this franchise and could be some other club's responsibility in 2021.
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