Not a lot of movement in this week’s power rankings, though now that bye weeks are finished for the season and things start to get tight down the stretch, we can expect plenty of craziness in the not-too-distant future. Last week’s rankings look very similar to this week’s, and of course there is no change at the top. Check ’em out, leave your comments, and don’t forget to vote for who you think should be #1!
#10: Detroit (Unranked last week, 7-3): The Lions’s win over the Panthers certainly wasn’t super-impressive. It might get them headed back in the right direction, but it definitely gets them back in the Top 10 in advance of their Turkey Day match-up with the Packers.
#9: Atlanta (#10, 6-4): The Dirty Birds took care of business at home against Tennessee this week and so they move up a spot. Still very unsure just how good they are–but getting hot now might be the thing that carries them into the playoffs–and their schedule for the next month sets up nicely for that.
#8: Chicago (#9, 7-3): The Bears would probably be a spot or two higher if not for the impending doom that is Caleb Hanie at quarterback. They caught a tough break when Jay Cutler hurt his hand on a freak play and things could get rough for them, starting this week at Oakland.
#7: Houston (#8, 7-3): The good news: the Texans survived their first week without Matt Schaub. The bad news: it was their bye. The other good news: they play the Jaguars on Sunday so they may very well be able to pick up win #8.
#6: Baltimore (#7, 7-3): The Ravens got back on track and put the Bengals back in their place this Sunday and now have the super-quick turnaround for Harbaugh Bowl I on Thursday night in Baltimore.
#5: New Orleans (#5, 7-3): The Saints get an extra day off of their bye week as they look to continue the Giants’ misery on Monday night in the Big Easy. All season I’ve said how unsure I am about how good they are, but I can’t imagine them losing this game, which sets them up very nicely for a stretch run.
#4: New England (#4, 7-3): The Pats man-handling of the Chiefs last night was not unexpected but they should face some stiffer competition this week at Philly. The Eagles are feeling good about themselves after the win at the Giants and I still think the Pats are due a couple more losses before all is said and done. No doubt a top-five team right now, though.
#3: Pittsburgh (#3, 7-3): The Steelers stay put at number three after their bye ween and now travel to KC for the Sunday night game this week.
#2: San Francisco (#2, 9-1): The Niners took care of business against Arizona this week and now have (another) tough east coast trip as they face off with Baltimore.
#1: Green Bay (#1, 10-0): It’s very trendy right now for people to pick the Lions to beat the Packers on Thursday afternoon and I’m not sure I disagree with it being a decent possibility. And so with that in mind, instead of asking the poll question we always ask (Who should be #1?), we ask a new poll question today. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
IN this week: Detroit
OUT this week: NY Giants
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