Here is where all teams stand as we head into week 10 of the 2020 NFL season
Biggest movers after NFL week 9: NO (+4), MIN (+4), SEA (-3), TB (-3), IND (-3), SF (-4)
49ers continue to slide, Colts drop out of top 10 as Saints surge.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-1)
The Chiefs snuck past the Panthers by a score of 33-31 in week 9, but this just shows that they are built in a way to win in myriad ways. Despite being down early in the second quarter by a score of 3-14, the result was never in doubt as the passing offense thrived.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-0)
A sluggish performance in the 1st half was overcome by Big Ben as they outlasted the undermanned Cowboys in what was an uneven performance from Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger has worryingly been placed on the COVID-19 list ahead of a week 10 tilt vs Cincy.
BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-2)
The Ravens were bottled up by the excellent Colts D in the 1st half, but found their groove in the 3rd Q - the running game eventually wearing Indy down. Injuries to defensive stars Marlon Humphrey, Calais Campbell and LJ Fort will be of concern ahead of week 10.
BUFFALO BILLS (7-2)
That sticky patch of form we mentioned last week? A mere blip as expected, as Josh Allen returned to his MVP-candidate form, throwing for 415 yards and 3 touchdowns, albeit against a much maligned Seahawks secondary.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (6-2)
A Buccaneer beatdown has elevated the Saints back to pre season expectation levels and the top seed in the NFC. New Orleans has now handled Brady and the Bucs twice this season in what could truly be a decisive factor in conference supremacy at season's end.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-2)
A mid season meltdown on defense drops the Hawks in our rankings. The pass D suffered all game with Quinton Dunbar injured throughout and missing Shaq Griffin. This was a down game for Russell Wilson, too, as he turned the ball over 4 times.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-3)
What a letdown after all the hype surrounding the addition of Antonio Brown to this offense. Brady et al just couldn't get anything going against a tough Saints D. They remain just ahead of Green Bay in these rankings due to being a more balanced team overall.
GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-2)
The Packers squuezed out a victory over the lowly Jags in week 10. Every team has a game like this during the season, and it has to be noted that both starting corners, Jaire Alexander and Kevin King were out. Inconsistencies remain, but they'll be fine.
TENNESSEE TITANS (6-2)
The Titans needed a bounceback and got it as they handled the Bears. The defense, led by the ever-impressive Jeffery Simmons, ensured that this game was never truly in doubt. After a distinctly average start to the season, this unit is trending upwards.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-3)
We stated that the Fins are the closest threat o the Bills in the AFC East and that the Cards game was always going to be a yardstick used to test their true level. Well Tua certainly passed the test and led his team to a 34-31 win over another upstart young roster.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-3)
The loss to the Ravens is not of huge concern to Indy, as it was an expected result. This Thursday though, the Colts play the most important game of their season against the Titans in a battle for divisional supremacy and potential playoff seeding.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-3)
Kyler vs Tua in a battle of young, franchise QBs was the headline. K1 did everything he could do to win, but came out on the wrong side of a three point loss. The Cards missed their opportunity to take a division lead and welcome the surging Bills to town in week 10.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-3)
We said that the Raiders were a tough out for anyone and that proven to be the case again this week as they won on a walk off booth review! Derek Carr did not have a huge day, but did what needed to be done and Gruden is content. For now.
LOS ANGELES RAMS (5-3)
Turnovers and generally uninspiring play from Jared Goff is limiting the Rams at the moment. They have had the bye week to sort things out, but in an ultra competitive NFC West, they may not quite have enough this year to mount a serious playoff run.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-5)
We believed last week that the Vikings have a genuine chance to catch the Bears. Well, in these rankings, they already have. Dalvin Cook continued his MVP-calibre tear with another 206 yards rushing and 2 scores - which for him feels like the norm these days.
CHICAGO BEARS (5-4)
As predicted earlier in the year, the Bears have begun to revert to the mean. They flatter to deceive and whilst they are effective on defense, they simply do not have a quarterback. It wouldn't be a total surprise if they were caught by the Vikings or Lions.
CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-3)
Inconsistencies threaten to derail their season. The whole of Cleveland held their collective breath as star pass rusher Myles Garrett went down with a knee injury, but apparently the severity is not as bad as first feared and he has had the bye week to rest up.
ATLANTA FALCONS (3-6)
Another win for Raheem Morris against a sleepwalking Broncos side. The Falcons are on a roll and would have been 4-0 across the last four weeks if it wasn't for a Todd Gurley brain fart against the Lions. People remember the collapses, but this squad is underrated
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-5)
The Niners continue to stumble and fall again in the rankings. They can still make the playoffs, but would probablly prefer to settle for a top-10 draft pick at this point in order to restock a snakebitten roster. That is a scary proposition for NFC West teams in 2021.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-5)
The Pats struggled to overcome a Jets team that is cruising towards the number 1 overall pick. Worryingly, the D couldn't fully contain a washed up Joe Flacco which is of major concern. Jakobi Meyers was a bright spot though, with 12 receptions for 169 yards.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-4-1)
Wentz remains turnover prone and leads the league in INTs. His O-line has surrended a league high 32 sacks, and he has few weapons. Jalen Reagor could breakout in the second half of the year, but Philly are just a middling team who don't deserve to be a Wild Card.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-5-1)
The Bengals are starting to come together. With a healthy O-line next year, Joe Burrow could take a real leap. The team gets its bye this week but will truly be put to the test against the Steelers after that. They could put a real spanner in the works of Pittsburgh.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (2-6)
How on earth did the Chargers lose that game? Take 2... Deja Vu! The Chargers continue to find ways to lose. That makes them exciting to watch for the neutral, but heartbreaking for the Bolts' faithful. The Herbert-led future however, is bright.
CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-6)
An encouraging a loss if there ever was one. Matt Rhule came into the game with a positive game plan and almost stole a win from the powerhouse Chiefs. Joey Slye was always unlikely to hit a 67 yard field goal, but they move up one spot for the nature of the loss.
DENVER BRONCOS (3-6)
Drew Lock just is not the answer. Unfortuneatly, the Broncos may have won too many already to take them out of reach of a top QB in the 2021 NFL Draft. Will John Elway make another mistake and take Mac Jones or Zach Wilson higher than he should?
DETROIT LIONS (3-5)
Calls for Matt Patricia's head intensify by the week. The team just looks directionless in all phases of the game and continue to look devoid of any identity.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-6)
Alex Smith has been confiremd as the starter and faces a soft schedule moving forward. The same could have been said this week, but WFT appear jinxed against the Giants, although Smith's 3 turnovers did nto help. The can still take the NFC East.
HOUSTON TEXANS (2-6)
The Texans move to 2 wins on the season. Those 2 wins have both come against the Jags and so do not tell us a great deal about this team. The defense is pretty appalling and so they will remain in the lower depths of the rankings until they can grab a tough win.
NEW YORK GIANTS (2-7)
A second win feels promising, but it came against a team who actually has a better overall roster than the Giants from top to bottom. They are competitive against most teams, but Daniel Jones is not the answer. Justin Fields or Trey Lance could be.
DALLAS COWBOYS (2-7)
America's Team were more competitive with Garrett Gilbert under center, but remain rudderless on offense. They currently stand to benefit from a top-3 NFL Draft pick which could be used on Penei Sewell to protect Dak Prescott upon his return in 2021.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-8)
The loss to the Packers was not quite as close as the scoreline made out. Yes, there were some positives, but if it wasn't for the Keelan Cole return, the Pack would have been much more comfortable.
NEW YORK JETS (0-9)
The Jets were leading the Pats in the 4th quarter and playing themselves out of the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes in week 9. If they had clinched the win, it would have become a new level of ineptitude for Adam Gase et al.