Mike's Week 10 Power Rankings

One fan base is asking what happened, the other is asking what's going to happen. Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers continue asking themselves 'what's wrong with us' after failing to win the division last year and clearly struggling in 2011 as well. The fumble in week 9, and a career-high 3 interceptions (two returned for GB Touchdowns) had Rivers shaking his head in disgust, and all but sealed a 14th straight victory for the Packers going back to last year. Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, is on the path to having one of, if not the, best season for a QB in NFL history. The Packers are 8-0, have the best player in the league, and still don't think their playing up to their potential. The defending Super Bowl Champions are proving to the rest of the league they were worthy of the Lombardi Trophy last year, and are daring any other team to try to take it away from them. 

Almost equally as exciting, we have the 7-1 San Francisco 49ers and rookie coach Jim Harbaugh already close to locking up their first division title since 2002. The Niners look like the only real threat to the Packers in the NFC, and are bringing back the thrill that is San Francisco football.

1. Green Bay Packers (8-0) -- Forget just the Super Bowl, could this team be the first to go 19-0. The '72 Dolphins may be putting the champagne away for a while but first the Pack needs to get past Detroit in weeks 11 and 17.

2. San Francisco 49ers (7-1) -- Jim Harbaugh has shown Stanford wasn't just dumb luck and that some college coaches can be successful in the NFL. 

3. Baltimore Ravens (6-2) -- Two wins against their bitter rivals in Pittsburgh have the Ravens walking on cloud 9, but they still have to get the job done and wrap up the Divisional Title to take the kings' seat in the AFC North.

4. New Orleans Saints (6-3) -- Huge divisional win against Tampa Bay. Still the top team in the South.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) -- The Steelers' brutal 3 week stretch (New England, Baltimore, at Cincinnati) before their bye continues. They have to focus and leave Ohio with a win.

6. Detroit Lions (6-2) -- Halfway through the season and the Lions need one more win to lock up their best season in 10 years. The true test will be Thanksgiving day vs. the Packers.

7. Houston Texans (6-3) -- The Texans are continuing to win even with a combined 7 games missed by their best 2 players, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) -- Andy Dalton marks another impressive win for his Rookie of the Year resume. There's no doubt the OROTY will go to Dalton or Carolina's Cam Newton, but voters have a tough task on their hands deciding who to give it to. Maybe they should pull a Madden 2010 and just split it. 
9. Chicago Bears (5-3) -- Chicago proved they are for real on Monday night after beating an Eagles team that is much better than they were in the first 6 weeks of the season. Give them credit, they're not giving up and Mike Martz seems to be actually changing his game plan.

10 a. New England Patriots (5-3) -- Hoodie and Co. came up on the short end of the stick in a tough loss to the Giants. It was a hard fought battle but there's little argument that Tom Brady is still the same quarterback that we saw over the first 4 weeks of the season and can still get it done.

10 b. NY Jets (5-3) -- The Jets made a statement against Buffalo showing the world they're still more than capable of winning their division. They can really do some damage with a win at home over New England.

10 c. Buffalo Bills (5-3) -- Two weeks in a row with a tie, Buffalo needs to make some adjustments quickly if they want to stay in the hunt for the division title. 

13. Atlanta Falcons (5-3) -- A win against the Colts isn't anything to write home about, but next week's matchup with New Orleans should be a treat.

14. NY Giants (6-2) -- Sure some of you don't agree with my weekly dogging of the Giants, but please remember-- I was the guy who said they'd be trading Eli in the off-season once they won the Luck Lottery. I may have been wrong about Eli, but nobody thought it would be the other Manning's team getting Luck-y. 
15. Dallas Cowboys (4-4) -- The Cowboys are fortunate to have another breakout player similar to Miles Austin just a few years ago. DeMarco Murray has shown he has what it takes to run with the big boys at the RB position.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4) -- Josh Freeman is finally starting to get into a rhythm behind Center. The NFC South is a brutal place to play but the Bucs are still in the hunt.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) -- Monday night's loss to the Bears was as brutal as they come for the Dream Team who seemed to have their problems worked out just a week ago.

18. Tennessee Titans (4-4) -- Hasselbeck stil has it in him, but Chris Johnson has less yards than Reggie Bush in Miami. Johnson needs to figure out what's wrong before Ringer starts getting more carries.

19 a. San Diego Chargers (4-4) -- Sunday's loss to the Packers was almost as heartbreaking as the botched snap in week 8. A team with as much talent as the Chargers have should be in the top 10.

19 b. Oakland Raiders (4-4) -- Darren McFadden's absence is proving to be more of a hinderance to Oakland's record than losing Jason Campbell for the year. Carson Palmer needs to pick up the slack for the Raiders to make the postseason.

19 c. Kansas City Chiefs (4-4) -- They had a ton of momentum after winning four straight, but a brutal loss to Miami has the Chiefs asking the same questions they did for the first three weeks.

22. Denver Broncos (3-5) -- I don't know how they did it, but it seems like the rest of the AFC West's poor play has allowed Denver to stay within 1 game of first place. Things could get interesting down the stretch.

23. Washington Redskins (3-5) -- Having Rex Grossman and John Beck as QBs has caught up to Washington. After a great start they have dropped their past 4 straight games and the Redskins have returned back to mediocrity where they belong.

24. Cleveland Browns (3-5) -- For having the easiest schedule in the NFL this season the Browns are failing to live up to the hype and Colt McCoy is still struggling. The Madden Curse still has Payton Hillis out and with Montario Hardesty out as well there isn't much to look forward to.

25. Carolina Panthers (2-6) -- I have said it before and I will say it again now-- The Carolina Panthers are the best 2-5 team in football. If Cam Newton had the wins Andy Dalton does he would be the hands down favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year, but one thing is for sure-- Carolina fans finally have something to look forward to again.

26. Minnesota Vikings (2-6) -- Well at least All Day is still playing at an all-pro level. Tough trip to Green Bay next week.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) -- Jack Del Rio will be out at the end of the season.

28. Seattle Seahawks (2-6) -- Umm... Tavaris Jackson? Charlie Whitehurst? Does it matter?

29. Arizona Cardinals (2-6) -- I am proud to say that I was correct about Kevin Kolb; He's never been an elite NFL QB, nor will he ever be. Way too much hype for way too little talent.

30. St Louis Rams (1-7) -- Tough break last week but at least they can say they beat the Saints this year.

31. Miami Dolphins (1-7) -- It was a nice win over Kansas City, but winning out the rest of the season isn't enough to save Tony Sparano's job, and that's probably best for Miami Football.

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-9) -- MVP! MVP! MVP! Peyton Manning is the league's real MVP this season. See no. 14 NY Giants for details.

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