2008 Week 10 NFL Power Rankings
(Dated: November 4 - 9, 2008)
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1. Tennessee Titans (8-0) – The Titans remain at the # 1 position and remain the lone undefeated team in the NFL. The Titans were 19-16 winners over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in overtime. In the win, Chris Johnson ran for 89 yards, and quarterback Kerry Collins threw for 180 yards. The story was kicker Rob Bironas, who kicked four field goals, including the game winner with 9:36 left in overtime; a 41 yarder. The Titans have outscored opponents 199 to 103 on the season. The Titans lead the AFC South with their 8-0 mark lead Indianapolis, who is 4-4. Tennessee will travel to the 5-3 Chicago Bears on Sunday. In three road games this season, the Titans are 3-0.
2. New York Giants (7-1) – The New York Giants continued to make it difficult to find a reason to NOT place them # 1 overall. The Tennessee Titans are their red hot play are the only thing keeping the Giants at # 2. On Sunday, the Giants blasted the Dallas Cowboys, in a 35-14 rout. In the win Eli Manning threw for 147 yards, three touchdowns, and just one interception. Brandon Jacobs ran for 117 yards and a touchdown in the game as well. The win for the Giants moved them to 7-1 overall, and in complete control of the NFC East. New York will travel to NFC East rival Philadelphia on Sunday. The Eagles are 5-3 on the year. The Giants are 2-1 in road games in 2008.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – The Pittsburgh Steelers came up with one of their more impressive wins in recent history. The Steelers, trailing 6-0 four minutes into the game, simply dominated the last 56 minutes of the football game, shutting out the Washington Redskins, and scoring 23 points. The win kept the Steelers at # 3. Backup quarterback Byron Leftwich, who replaced starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who left with a shoulder injury, led Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh will host the 4-4 Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Steelers are 4-1 when playing at Heinz Field this season.
4. Carolina Panthers (6-2) – The Carolina Panthers took week nine off, and during that time moved up one position from # 5 to # 4. The Panthers hold a slim lead inside the NFC South, leading Tampa Bay by a halftime (6-3). The Panthers have won two straight games, beating New Orleans and Arizona. In the week eight win DeAngelo Williams ran for 108 yards in the win. Carolina is outscoring opponents 174-127 on the season. The Panthers will travel to Oakland on Sunday to face the Raiders.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved up four positions from # 9 to # 5 win a 30-27 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The win did not come easy, and it was not pretty, but it was a win, and it moved Tampa Bay to 6-3 overall. The Buccaneers are ½ game behind Carolina in the NFC South. In the nine games played this year, the Buccaneers have outscored opponents 200-147 on the season. Tampa Bay is finally getting their bye week in week 10; with the Minnesota Vikings coming into town on November 16th.
6. Washington Redskins (6-3) – The Redskins were not very successful at home on Monday night offensively, after they were limited to just six points; all in the first four minutes of the game in a 23-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The loss dropped Washington from # 6 to # 4 in the rankings. The Redskins were able to gain just 221 yards of total offense; including just 60 on the ground. The Redskins are in second place in the NFC East, trailing the New York Giants, who are 7-1. Washington will host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) – The Philadelphia Eagles moved up four spots from # 11 to # 7 after their third straight win on Sunday; a 26-7 win over Seattle. The Eagles have gotten a solid season from their quarterback Donovan McNabb, who has completed 182 of 288 passes for 2178 yards and 10 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. The Eagles are two games behind the Giants in the NFC East. In their eight games this season, Philadelphia has outscored opponents 220-144. On Sunday the Eagles will take on the NFC East leading New York Giants. The Eagles are 3-1 in home games this season.
8. Atlanta Falcons (5-3) – The Atlanta Falcons continue their magical 2008 season with their fifth win of the season on Sunday. The win, came over Oakland in 24-0 fashion. In that game the Falcons limited Oakland’s offense to just 77 total yards, and 10 via passing. The Falcons move up from # 12 to # 8 in the rankings after the win. The Falcons will host NFC South rival, the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Atlanta is 3-0 at home this season, while the Saints are 0-3 in road games.
9. New England Patriots (5-3) – The New England Patriots lost a prime opportunity to gain the top spot in the AFC East on Sunday. The Patriots were 18-15 victims to the Indianapolis Colts. The loss dropped the Patriots three spots from # 9 to # 6. The Patriots have been led my quarterback Matt Cassell in the last seven games, with Tom Brady going down to a season ending injury. Laurence Maroney, the Patriots top running back is also out with an injury. The Patriots are outscoring opponents 168-150 on the year. New England will host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Bills and Patriots are tied; with the Jets atop the AFC East.
10. Buffalo Bills (5-3) – The Buffalo Bills have lost two straight games and fallen into a three way atop the AFC East. With the 26-17 loss to the Jets on Sunday; Buffalo dropped from # 7 to # 10. The Bills are outscoring opponents 182-169 on the season. Buffalo’s five wins this season have come over Seattle, Jacksonville, Oakland, St. Louis and San Diego- all team under .500; while the Bills three losses have come to Arizona, Miami and NY Jets- all teams at .500 or above. On Sunday the Buffalo Bills will take on co-leader in the AFC East; the Patriots.
11. Arizona Cardinals (5-3) – The Arizona Cardinals continue to impress the NFC with there 5-3 mark. With there 34-13 win on the road in ST. Louis, the Cardinals improved to a full three games ahead of the rest of the division. The Cardinals moved up from # 13 to # 11 with the win. The ageless Kurt Warner at quarterback has led Arizona. Warner has thrown for 2431 yards on 207-296 passing and 16 touchdowns. Arizona will host the Monday Night football game this week, as the San Francisco 49ers will come to town.
12. Dallas Cowboys (5-4) – The Dallas Cowboys need their bye week more than ever. After getting pummeled on Sunday by the New York Giants 35-14 the Cowboys are 5-4 and at the bottom of the NFC East. Dallas fell from # 8 to # 12 with the loss. After the 3-0 start the Cowboys have dropped four of six, including back-to-back road games at Arizona and St. Louis. The Cowboys will take on Washington after the bye week on November 16th.
13. Chicago Bears (5-3) – The Chicago Bears took full control of the NFC North on Sunday. Their 27-23 win over Detroit was in come from behind fashion as Detroit led at one time 23-13. Quarterback Kyle Orton went down with an injury and could miss up to a month. His replacement will be former starting Rex Grossman. Grossman led the final drive of the game on Sunday; running in for a game winning touchdown. The win for the Bears moved them up a spot from # 14 to # 13. The Bears will tangle with the 8-0 Tennessee Titans at home on Sunday.
14. Indianapolis Colts (4-4) – The Indianapolis Colts came up with a huge win on Sunday night over New England. In danger of falling below .500 at 3-5 with a loss, the Colts came away 19-16 winners. The win for Indianapolis moved them up one spot from # 15 to # 14. The Colts are still not the old high-powered offensive Colts, but they are still in the playoff hunt at 4-4. The Colts trail the Titans in the AFC South, but lead Jacksonville and Houston. On Sunday the Colts will face another stiff test as they will travel to Pittsburgh and battle with the Steelers. The Colts are 2-2 on the road while the Steelers are 2-1 when at home.
15. Green Bay Packers (4-4) – The Green Bay Packers fell five spots after an overtime loss to Tennessee on Sunday. The Packers were # 10 last week, and have moved to the # 15 spot. Green Bay sits one game back of Chicago in the NFC North. The Bears are 5-3, while Green Bay and Minnesota are 4-4. The Packers have scored 210 points in eight games, while allowing 178. The Packers will take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, in a key NFC North match up. Green Bay is 2-2 in road games this season.
16. New York Jets (5-3) – Brett Favre’s first season in New York has been an exciting one for the Jets, who moved into a three way, first place tie in the AFC East with their 26-17 win at Buffalo Sunday. The Jets moved up one spot from # 17 to # 16. Favre has thrown for 1812 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games, while once again not missing a game all season. The Jets will take on the 2-6 St. Louis Rams on Sunday. In four games played at Giants Stadium, the Jets are 3-1 this season.
17. Baltimore Ravens (5-3) – The Baltimore Ravens are winners of three straight games, and have moved up to # 17. The Ravens sit just one game back of the Steelers in the AFC North. On the season Baltimore has scored 171 points and allowed 137. Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco has completed 136 of 220 passes for 1464 yards and five touchdowns. Baltimore will face the Houston Texans on the road on Sunday. The Ravens are 2-2 in road games this year.
18. New Orleans Saints (4-4) – The New Orleans Saints, after taking a week off after their trip to London will take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Saints and Falcons are both in the hunt in the NFC South, trailing Carolina at 6-2, and Tampa Bay at 6-3. The Saints will be without their running back Reggie Bush. The Saints have outscored opponents 216-195 on the season. The Saints, during the bye week moved up from # 19 to # 18.
19. Minnesota Vikings (4-4) – The Minnesota Vikings came away with a 28-21 win on Sunday over Houston. The win moved Minnesota to 4-4 overall, and up from # 20 to # 19 in the rankings. The Vikings Adrian Peterson has ran for over 100 yards in five of the eight games played this season. Minnesota is tied in second in the NFC North with Green Bay and just a game back of Chicago. The Vikings will take on the Packers this week at home. Minnesota is 3-1 at home this season.
20. Miami Dolphins (4-4) – The Dolphins have climbed back to .500 and just one game behind the AFC East back at 4-4. With their win on Sunday over Denver; on the road the Dolphins moved up from # 25 to # 20. The Dolphins have outscored opponents on the season 171-163. Miami has gotten solid quarterback play from Chad Pennington, who has completed 163 of 242 passes for 1991 yards and seven touchdowns. The Dolphins will look to climb to above .500 on the year on Sunday when they take on the Seattle Seahawks at home.
21. Denver Broncos (4-4) – After starting 3-0 on the season, the Broncos have dropped four of five games and fallen in the rankings from # 21 to # 15. Denver will play on Thursday night this week when they travel to Cleveland to take on the 3-5 Browns. The Broncos still currently lead the AFC West with a 4-4 mark, one full game over San Diego. Quarterback Jay Cutler has thrown for 2169 yards on the year, along with 15 touchdown passes.
22. San Diego Chargers (3-5) – The San Diego Chargers hope their return trip from London and the week off has re-energized the squad. Starting the first half of the season 3-5 has put San Diego in a hole. The Chargers are optimistic regardless of their start, trailing the Denver Broncos by just one game in the struggling AFC West. During the bye week San Diego moved up a spot from # 23 to # 22. The Chargers will start the second of their season on Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs come to town. Kansas City is 1-7 on the season.
23. Cleveland Browns (3-5) – The Cleveland Browns are all over the sports news this week. Coach Romeo Crennel has bench Derek Anderson in favor of the hometown favorite Brady Quinn at quarterback. The Browns are 3-5 and coming off a 37-27 loss to Baltimore. The Browns are two games behind Baltimore, and three behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North. Cleveland will get short practice time this week, as they host the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. The Browns dropped from # 21 to # 23.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5) – The Jaguars have lost two straight games to cause them to fall back to 3-5 on the season; tied with Houston in the AFC South. Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati, allowed the Bengals to pick up their first of the season. The loss dropped Jacksonville from # 24 to # 22. The Jaguars have scored 160 points on the season and allowed 172. The Jaguars will travel to 0-8 Detroit on Sunday. Jacksonville is 2-2 when playing on the road this season.
25. Houston Texans (3-5) – After winning three straight the streak came to an end on Sunday as the Texans were downed 28-21 to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The loss moved the Texans down from # 24 to # 25. Houston’s quarterback Matt Schaub went down with an injury and will be replaced by back-up Sage Rosenfels. The Texans have been outscored 213 to 196 on the season. The Texans will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. In four home games this season, the Texans are 3-1; with wins over Miami, Detroit and Cincinnati.
26. Oakland Raiders (2-6) – The Oakland Raiders were blanked on Sunday by the Atlanta Falcons, by the score of a 24-0. In the loss the Oakland offense was limited to just 77 total yards. The Raiders were only able to accumulate 10 yards of passing. The loss for Oakland kept them at # 26 in the rankings. The Raiders will play at home on Sunday and face the 6-2 Carolina Panthers. The Raiders are 1-3 when playing at home this season.
27. Seattle Seahawks (2-6) – The Seahawks were 26-7 victims to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The loss kept Seattle at # 27 in the rankings. Seattle is now 2-6, and in a three way tie at the bottom of the NFC West, three games back of Arizona. In the loss on Sunday, the Seahawks were only able to muster 233 total yards of offense, including just 86 on the ground. Seneca Wallace, who has taken over for the injured Matt Hasslebeck has started the last three weeks for Seattle. The Seahawks will travel to Miami on Sunday to take on the 4-4 Dolphins.
28. St. Louis Rams (2-6) – The Rams lost a prime opportunity on Sunday to make a run at the top of the NFC West, but were beaten by Arizona 34-13. In the loss, the Rams offense allowed 510 total yards of offense to Arizona. The loss kept the Rams at # 28 in the rankings. St. Louis two wins came in straight weeks over Washington and Dallas. The Rams are tied with Seattle and San Francisco in the NFL West rest, all at 2-6, three games behind Arizona. The Rams will take on the New York Jets on Sunday. In road games, the Rams are 1-3 on the season.
29. San Francisco 49ers (2-6) – The 49ers took week nine off, and remained at # 29 in the meantime. Mixed in with two other NFC West teams at 2-6, the 49ers look to have a much better second half of the season. The niners losses have been to Arizona, New Orleans, New England, Philadelphia, NY Giants and Seattle. The two wins for the 49ers have been over Seattle and Detroit. San Francisco sits three games back of the Arizona Cardinals in the division. The 49ers have been outscored 230-171 on the season. San Francisco will travel to Phoenix on Sunday and take on the front running Cardinals. San Francisco is 1-2 on the road this season.
30. Cincinnati Bengals (1-8) – The Bengals finally found a way to pick up their first win of the 2008 season on Sunday. Knocking off Jacksonville 21-19, sent the Jaguars even further behind in the standings. The win for Cincinnati moved them up one spot from # 31 to # 31. Chad Johnson completed his first multi touchdown game of the season in the win. The Bengals stand two games behind Cleveland, four behind Baltimore, and five behind the Steelers in the AFC North. The Bengals have been outscored 236-125 on the season. Cincinnati will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The Bengals are 5-0 in home games this season.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) – The Kansas City Chiefs feel they should have their second win, after the 30-27 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay. Kansas City led at halftime 24-13, but were outscored in the fourth quarter 14-3, and allowed a Matt Bryant field gal in overtime. The Chiefs loss dropped them one position from # 30 to # 31. Kansas City is at the bottom of the AFC West, trailing Denver, San Diego and Oakland. The Chiefs will take on the San Diego Chargers; on the road on Sunday. The Chiefs are 0-4 this season when playing on the road.
32. Detroit Lions (0-8) – The Detroit Lions continue their quest towards a winless season in 2008. The Lions, who led throughout the game on Sunday, allowed a fourth quarter touchdown, on the ground to Rex Grossman, to fall 27-23. The Lions turned the ball over three times in the game, with two interceptions thrown, and also a fumble. The Lions are behind Chicago, Green Bay and Minnesota in the NFC North. On Sunday, the Lions will host the 3-5 Jacksonville Jaguars. Detroit is 0-3 in games played at home this season
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