Week 9 is now in the books and we have a huge upcoming Week 10 for the Top 10 teams as six of the ten will face off against each other.
The first match-up will probably be the main game for 4 pm block with #2 Dallas Cowboys travelling to the #8 Pittsburgh Steelers. Dallas will have a chance to cement themselves as one of the best teams in the league with a victory here and Pittsburgh needs to win to stay in the division race.
On Sunday Night Football, the #5 Seattle Seahawks will face the #1 New England Patriots. Probably two of the most hated teams in the league right now face off in a Super Bowl rematch.
The third Top Ten matchup is on Monday Night Football, with #9 Cincinnati Bengals facing off with the #10 New York Giants. The Giants need a win to keep pace with the Cowboys and the Bengals need to prove they really are one of the best teams in football with a good opportunity against the Giants defense.
Check out the previous weeks Power Rankings here.
1.New England Patriots (7-1) (ESPN #1) – Remain at #1
New England is hands down the best overall team in the AFC and win out for the best team in the NFL right now over the Dallas Cowboys for three factors: 1. Bill Belichick; 2. Tom Brady; 3. The whole team has more experience than the young Cowboys team.
2.Dallas Cowboys (7-1) (ESPN #2) – Remain at #2
Many thought this would be a trap game for the Cowboys after beating division opponent in overtime the week before and getting the Steelers the week after Cleveland. It was nice to see them come out and dominate a game that they should dominate. Best run game in the league right now.
3.Atlanta Falcons (6-3) (ESPN #5) – Up 1
The Falcons appeared on Thursday Night Football which may have been one of the most interesting TNF games since it was introduced. The offense showed up scoring 43 points but the defense still allowed 28 points to the Bucs.
4.Oakland Raiders (7-2) (ESPN #3) – Up 1
Derek Carr should be the MVP candidate. It seems like Oakland is doing everything they can to lose games. They boast the worst defense in the league and recently set the record for most penalties in a game. However Carr keeps leading this team to victories, most recently against Denver for the division lead.
5.Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1) (ESPN #4) – Up 1
That was a dirty play from Richard Sherman. I don’t want to hear he was playing through the whistle. He should have been ejected from the game. Finally the offense showed up, but still almost lost this game at the end to Buffalo.
6.Denver Broncos (6-3) (ESPN #7) – Down 3
Trevor Siemian is just a fill in QB until they find their next good one. Imagine if this team had a quality quarterback, say like Tony Romo, or someone that could actually through to Thomas and Sanders.
7.Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) (ESPN #6) – Remain at #7
If I told you KC has four straight wins, would you believe me? Well you should, because they do. Tough match up coming up against the somewhat surging Carolina Panthers.
8.Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) (ESPN #9) – Up 3
Sentences you didn’t think you would hear: The Steelers would have had a better chance to win this past week with the backup QB. Ben played but was pretty terrible through the first three quarters. The Steelers made a comeback at the end which was quickly ended by the worst onside kick attempt ever.
9.Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1) (ESPN #8) – Up 6
The Bengals benefited here from all the team above them losing. Hopefully they don’t blow this opportunity here after a bye week.
10.New York Giants (5-4) (ESPN #12) – Up 6
Odell scored two touchdowns and the defense got two early turnovers. It should have been more of a blowout, but the Eagles were able to make this a game and had a shot at the end.
Biggest Jump: Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants
Biggest Drop: Denver Broncos
Dropped out of Top 10: Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings
Just Outside of Top 10:
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