SportsTips’ NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

SportsTips’ NFL Power Rankings: Week 10
Tue 10th November 2020

In a bizarre weekend of NFL results the Packers, Bills and Saints posted emphatic wins to remain in Super Bowl contention. While the Seahawks, Buccaneers and Cardinals were brought back down to earth with tough losses. And of course, the Steelers and Chiefs are powering on in the AFC.

Here’s where all 32 NFL teams stand ahead of Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0)

Super Bowl Odds: +550
Previous Rank: 1

It wasn’t pretty, but the Steelers came back from a 13-0 deficit to defeat the Cowboys 24-19 and remain undefeated in season 2020. Down 13-0 in the first half and with Big Ben off the field due to a knee injury it looked like a massive upset was brewing. However, Roethlisbeger returned to the game, finishing with 306 yards and three touchdowns to get the Steelers over the line. The usually ever-reliable Pittsburgh defense had an off game, giving up 19 points to Dallas’ fourth string quarterback. With the Bengals and Jaguars to come, Pittsburgh should remain undefeated in the next to weeks, advancing to 10-0.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1)

Super Bowl Odds: +350
Previous Rank: 2

The Chiefs held on for a 33-31 victory against the Panthers with Patrick Mahomes putting the team on his back to secure the W. Mahomes threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns adding to his MVP worthy season. Like the Steelers, it wasn’t pretty but winning ugly is still winning. Kansas City is sitting well with an 8-1 record going into their bye week.

3. Baltimore Ravens (6-2)

Super Bowl Odds: +800
Previous Rank: 5

Defeating the Colts is not the ‘Big Scalp’ that Lamar Jackson and the Ravens need to be in the same conversation as Pittsburgh and Kansas City, however Baltimore’s 24-10 victory over a playoff calibre team is still impressive. The Ravens defense kept Indianapolis to only three points after the first quarter while also forcing two turnovers.

4. New Orleans Saints (6-2)

Super Bowl Odds: +700
Previous Rank: 7

With top spot in the NFC South on the line the Saints put the entire league on notice by dismantling the in form Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football. New Orleans kept Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay offense to only three points, while Drew Brees piled 38 points on the Buccaneers defense. This is the Saints’ first convincing victory since beating the Bucs in Week 1, however they now have a firm grasp on their division having swept Tampa Bay and are arguably the best team in the NFC given Seattle’s loss to Buffalo. The inclusion of Michael Thomas makes a huge difference to New Orleans’ offense.

5. Buffalo Bills (7-2)

Super Bowl Odds: +1800
Previous Rank: 8

Josh Allen outplayed the MVP favourite Russell Wilson in the Bills 44-34 victory on Sunday. Allen threw for 415 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Despite giving up 34 points, the Bills defense was seriously impressive forcing four Seahawks turnovers and putting Wilson and his offensive line under intense pressure with 5 sacks. Buffalo has not led the AFC East this late in a season since 1996.

6. Seattle Seahawks (6-2)

Super Bowl Odds: +1100
Previous Rank: 3

Seattle have now lost two of their past three games and despite being the team to beat in the first half of the season their defensive issues are now a genuine concern. The Seahawks showed why they entered Week 9 having allowed the most passing yards per game, as Josh Allen recorded 415 yards in the air. The 44 points allowed on defense brings Seattle’s allowed points per game up to 30.4 for the season, the fifth highest in the league. And Russell Wilson can only do so much when his offensive line looks as poor as it did on Sunday against Buffalo’s blitz. With NFC West matchups against the Rams and Cardinals in the next two weeks, Seattle is still sitting comfortably, but the pressure is starting to grow.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +900
Previous Rank: 4

The Bucs were dismal against the Saints on Sunday Night Football. Tampa Bay’s defense had no answers for New Orleans’ offense who jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead. It didn’t get any better in the second half with the Buccaneers converting only one field goal and allowing another 10 Saints points to go down 38-3. Tampa Bay only rushed the ball on five occasions, setting an NFL record for the fewest rush attempts in a game, while three turnovers and no touchdowns for Tom Brady didn’t help the cause. 

8. Green Bay Packers (6-2)

Super Bowl Odds: +1000
Previous Rank: 9

A great bounce back game for the Packers who beat up on the undermanned 49’ers 34-17 on Thursday Night Football. Aaron Rodgers threw for 305 yards with four touchdowns while his star receiver Davante Adams added to his spectacular season with 173 yards and a touchdown. The most noticeable improvement for the Packers was their defense who recorded their first interception since Week 2 as well as recovering a San Francisco fumble. With the Jaguars up next, Green Bay should be 7-2 at this time next week.

9. Arizona Cardinals (5-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +3000
Previous Rank: 6

The Cardinals were a 49-yard field goal away from forcing overtime in their matchup against the Dolphins. Kyler Murray was outstanding throwing 283 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing 106 yards and scoring a touchdown of his own. However, Murray’s brilliance could not translate to the Cardinals defense who allowed 34 points and coughed up a 10-point lead. Arizona are still very much in play to win the NFC West with BIG matches against the Bills and Seahawks to come.

10. Miami Dolphins (5-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +6000
Previous Rank: 14

It’s Tua time! In just his second game as a starter Tua Tagovailoa threw for 248 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions to lead an impressive 34-31 win over the Cardinals. Miami’s defense kept Arizona scoreless in the final quarter while also putting up 10 points on offense to steal the game. The Dolphins are now 5-3 and in second place behind Buffalo in the AFC East as Tagovailoa improves to 2-0 as a starter.

11. Tennessee Titans (6-2)

Super Bowl Odds: +3000
Previous Rank: 11

Tennessee bounced back from two straight losses to register their sixth win of the season and take top spot in the AFC South. The Titans defense inspired the win, keeping Chicago scoreless for the first three quarters. However, Tennessee allowed Nick Foles and the lowly Bears offense to score 17 fourth quarter points making the 24-17 win much closer than it needed to be. The Titans are still far from convincing.

12. Indianapolis Colts (5-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +3000
Previous Rank: 10

The Colts were quite simply beaten by a better team in their 24-10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. With a strong running game and defense, Indianapolis are a Joe Burrow or a Justin Herbert away from being a serious contender in the AFC. Granted those guys do not grow on trees but they are out there. With matches against the Titans in Week 10 and Week 12, as well as a game against the Packers in between, the Colts can still take back top spot in the AFC South. However, they could just as easily find themselves at 5-6 at the end of that stretch of games.

13. Las Vegas Raiders (5-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +4000
Previous Rank: 15

Las Vegas are putting together an under the radar impressive season. Their 45-20 loss to the Buccaneers in Week 7 can be attributed to Covid-19 and they have registered wins against Kansas City and New Orleans. With two touchdowns in the air, two touchdowns on the ground and one turnover forced on defense in their five point win over the Chargers, Las Vegas are now 5-3 going into their Week 10 matchup against Denver at home. Las Vegas are a genuine playoff team.

14. Los Angeles Rams (5-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +2500
Previous Rank: 13

The Rams got to see each of their division rivals suffer a loss this week, while also enjoying their Week 9 bye. Los Angeles got the week off to prepare for their huge NFC West matchup against the Seahawks in Week 10. The Rams are hoping to beat Seattle and join them on six wins.

15. Chicago Bears (5-4)

Super Bowl Odds: +6600
Previous Rank: 12

Three straight losses for Chicago since their 5-1 start leaves the Bears with a 5-4 record and off the pace in the NFC North. Nick Foles and the Bears offense was scoreless in the first three quarters of their Week 9 matchup, and have only scored 50 points in their past three games combined. Defensively the Bears are strong; however, their unattractive offense is incapable of winning games against teams playing well.  A one score loss against the Titans doesn’t reflect how bad their offense looked this week.

16. Cleveland Browns (5-3)

Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Previous Rank: 16

The Browns will return from their Week 9 bye to face three teams with losing records (Texans, Eagles and Jaguars) in the hope of pushing for a Wild Card spot in the AFC. Although wins for the Raiders and Dolphins in Week 9 as well as Baker Mayfield landing on the COVID-19 list certainly don’t help their chances.

17. Minnesota Vikings (3-5)

Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Previous Rank: 21

They may be too far back to make the playoffs, but there is no doubt that the Vikings are one of the in form teams in the NFL. Dalvin Cook continues to dominate opposing defenses rushing for 206 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings 34-20 win over the Lions. If Cook can continue his MVP worthy run, an NFC Wild Card spot is not out of the question, especially given their favourable schedule.

18. San Francisco 49’ers (4-5)

Super Bowl Odds: +6000
Previous Rank: 17

Injuries continue to riddle the 2019 NFC champions, who are losing touch with their NFC West rivals. Back-up quarterback Nick Mullens and the 49’ers offense only managed to score 3 points in the first three quarters before scoring two junk time touchdowns when the game had been put to bed. With Kittle and Garoppolo indefinitely sidelined, matches against the Saints, Rams and Bills in the next three weeks could all yield similar results to Thursday’s 34-17 loss.

19. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1)

Super Bowl Odds: +5000
Previous Rank: 18

With losses for Washington and Dallas in Week 9, Philadelphia have held onto a one win lead in the NFC East during their bye week. The Eagles will return much healthier for their Week 10 matchup to face the Giants as they look to take a firm grasp on top spot in the NFC East.

20. New England Patriots (3-5)

Super Bowl Odds: +15000
Previous Rank: 25

For the first three quarters of this game New England were being carved up by the 0-8 Jets and their backup quarterback. However, Cam Newton and the Patriots put together a gritty 13-0 last quarter to steal the victory with a field goal in the final seconds of the game. Cam Rushed for 16 yards and two touchdowns while also not allowing an offensive turnover for the first time this season.

21. Los Angeles Chargers (2-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +20000
Previous Rank: 20

The Chargers keep finding ways to lose close games. Sunday’s five-point loss to the Raiders was the Chargers sixth single score loss for the season. Justin Herbert is a serious talent, once again putting up 300+ yards and two touchdowns. The rookie QB even put the ball into the hands of Donald Parham Jr. in the end zone on the game winning final drive before the play was ruled incomplete after replay review. 

22. Carolina Panthers (3-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +20000
Previous Rank: 23

The Panthers got Christian McCaffrey back for their match against the Chiefs and the All Pro running back didn’t miss a beat, putting up 151 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns against the Super Bowl champs. Carolina led the Chiefs at half time and were a 67-yard last second field goal off completing one of the upsets of the season. The Panthers have now lost four straight games and sit at the bottom of the NFC South ahead of their Week 10 matchup against Tampa Bay.

23. Atlanta Falcons (3-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +15000
Previous Rank: 26

The Falcons have strung together a good month of football. With three wins and one foolish loss to the Lions in their past four games. However, in classic Atlanta fashion they almost blew it this week. The Falcons led the Broncos 20-3 at half time before escaping with a 34-27 win. Atlanta will enjoy their bye in Week 10 before matching up against the division leading Saints twice in the next month.

24. Cincinnati Bengals (2-5-1)

Super Bowl Odds: +50000
Previous Rank: 22

Coming out of their bye week, Cincinnati will be hoping that running back Joe Mixon will be active for their Week 10 matchup against the undefeated Steelers. Joe Burrow earned a week off and will enter the second half of the season looking to continue his push for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

25. Denver Broncos (3-5)

Super Bowl Odds: +25000
Previous Rank: 19

The Broncos have put up 42 points in their past two fourth quarters, however unlike their Week 8 matchup against the Chargers, a 21 point fourth quarter wasn’t enough to beat the Falcons on Sunday. Rookie receiver Jerry Jeudy had a breakout game with seven catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. However, the Broncos defense was once again poor, allowing 30+ points for the third consecutive week.

26. Detroit Lions (3-5)

Super Bowl Odds: +15000
Previous Rank: 24

Having given up 41 and 34 points on defense in their past two games, the one thing Detroit could not afford was an injury at quarterback. Which is exactly what they got when Matthew Stafford left the game with a concussion. Relying on a backup quarterback was not Detroit’s biggest concern of the night with the Lions defense allowing 275 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Matt Patricia is under immense pressure now.

27. Houston Texans (2-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +30000
Previous Rank: 28

Houston moved a game clear of Jacksonville in the division standing after beating the Jags 27-25. Deshaun Watson is doing everything possible to ignite the Texans on offense however the weapons just aren’t there. Houston’s defense is the major reason for their losing record, allowing backup Jaguars quarterback Jake Luton to put up 25 points and almost steal the game. On a positive note wide receiver Will Fuller recorded a touchdown reception for the sixth consecutive game. The longest streak since Antonio Brown’s eight-game run in 2018.

28. New York Giants (2-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +50000
Previous Rank: 29

Daniel Jones ended his three-game interception streak in New York’s 23-20 win over Washington. The Giants took care of the ball, rushing for 166 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s win. New York have now equaled Dallas and Washington on two wins for the season, and are now only one win behind Philadelphia in the NFC East. The Giants face the Eagles in Week 10.

29. Dallas Cowboys (2-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +20000
Previous Rank: 30

Dallas took it up to the Steelers on Sunday with fourth string quarterback Garrett Gilbert showing plenty of fight in the 24-19 loss. The Cowboys jumped out to a 13-0 lead against the undefeated Steelers before their defense allowed Pittsburgh to outscore them 15-0 in the fourth quarter. Dallas will enjoy a bye in Week 10 before attempting to steal the NFC East playoff spot in the second half of the season.

30. Washington Football Team (2-6)

Super Bowl Odds: +40000
Previous Rank: 27

A dislocated ankle ended Kyle Allen’s day after seven pass attempts allowing the Comeback Player of the Year favourite, Alex Smith to take control of Washington’s offense. Smith threw three interceptions in Washington’s three-point loss to the Giants, opening the door for Dwayne Haskins to return as a starter.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7)

Super Bowl Odds: +100000
Previous Rank: 31

Given the Texans win and the Jets loss, the Jaguars are the only team in the NFL with one win to their name. Jacksonville fought hard in their two-point loss to Houston with backup quarterback Jake Luton producing a similar output to that of Minshew. However, the Jags’ defense is just not good enough to keep them competitive in any contest.  

32. New York Jets (0-9)

Super Bowl Odds: +200000
Previous Rank: 32

That might’ve been it. The Jets best chance to record a win in 2020 has gone begging after a last second Patriots field goal has left New York 0-9 after a 30-27 defeat. Joe Flacco threw for an impressive 262 yards and three touchdowns before a crucial interception swung the game in the Patriots favour as New England outscored New York 13-0 in the fourth quarter. The Jets will limp into their Week 10 bye still looking for their first win.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

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