Another tough week in the Rankings as some of the top teams lost. Of course, others move up to take their place, but not much has changed, really. It's certainly a fluid situation with everyone having nine games under their belt now. I don't think my Rankings have any predictive value; note that last week's first-place team is now in sixth, for example. So this is really a picture of what has gone on, rather than an attempt to determine what will occur in the future. Let's go!
1.) Atlanta (7-2) [+3]
Playing last Thursday, the Falcons earned the biggest win of Week 10. Of course, there are arguments for other teams, and I won't ignore them. However, I think Atlanta's win was most impressive, and they move up to the first spot thanks to that. It's about time an NFC team had a turn, I think. I still believe the best teams all reside in the AFC; Atlanta is now 3-1 against the other conference, and that too is being rewarded. Is there any doubt now that they're the best team in the NFC? At least, for this week?
2.) NY Jets (7-2) [+1]
A modest jump for the Jets after a second OT win on the road. Originally, I planned to put them at first, but late last night I had a feeling that putting Atlanta first would be the better idea. The Jets played well, especially their QB Mark Sanchez and two of his receivers, Jerricho Cotchery (who manned up huge) and Santonio Holmes. Holmes caught the TD pass that won the game in OT. As long as Sanchez continues to improve, 12-14 wins are not out of the question. They currently hold the tiebreaker in the AFC East.
3.) New England (7-2) [+3]
Sunday Night was a good stage for New England, and going to Pittsburgh somehow proved to be the tonic that healed them. It sounds all kinds of wrong, but the Patriots came out like gangbusters and blew up the Steelers. It was impressive all the way around. Tom Brady was masterful again, throwing three TD's to a rookie tight end and running for another one. Here's hoping they can sustain that kind of play.
4.) Philadelphia (6-3) [+6]
The biggest jump of the week belongs to the Eagles, who vaulted from 10th to 4th after a total beatdown of Washington last night. It was simultaneously great and ugly. Michael Vick was responsible for six TD's and generally looked like an elite QB all night. The Eagles also had three RB's making contributions as well. They look tough to stop, and they face what many consider a great defense next week as they play the Giants.
5.) Indianapolis (6-3) [+3]
Another win, another jump for the Colts. Playing the Bengals, it was no surprise they won. Next week they get a much tougher opponent as they play the Patriots. That should be a good one, but tough to pick.
6.) Pittsburgh (6-3) [-5]
A disappointing performance from the Steelers, who couldn't seem to get anything going until late in the game, and then even that went awry when Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception that was run back for a touchdown. Oops! The Steelers aren't out of it by any means, but that elite sheen they had been developing is all but gone now. Time for a bounce back.
7.) Green Bay (6-3) [-]
The Packers were on a bye, which bodes well for their injury situation. It was also nice to not have to hear about how Aaron Rodgers is an elite QB. He isn't. Of course, that doesn't mean GB won't win the NFC North.
8.) Baltimore (6-3) [-6]
I can't say I was disappointed in how the Ravens played. They just got beat at a critical juncture. Some may say that their defense was exposed on the last drive, or something like that. I disagree. They got beat by a team that played better. No more, no less.
9.) New Orleans (6-3) [-]
Another team that was on a bye. The Saints had their week off to get ready for the final push to win the NFC South. They're still looking up at Atlanta.
10.) NY Giants (6-3) [-5]
The Giants were probably the most disappointing team in Week 10. That doesn't bother me much, since I hate them. I wasn't as high on them as other people were; I noted that Atlanta looked like the better team, and was proven right as Atlanta defeated a really good team and the Giants lost to a really bad team. Them's the breaks.
Thanks for reading. See you next week.