Now that Week 9 of the 2022 NFL season is in the books, it’s time for everyone’s favorite meaningful exercise: the NFL Power Rankings! What differentiates these rankings from others is that they are the only really accurate throughout the universe. So let’s see how the 32 teams rank heading into Week 10.
BLG WEEK 10 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 – Philadelphia Eagles (last week: 2) – With Buffalo losing and KC looking faltering, the undefeated Eagles should be the undisputed No. 1 team in the NFL power rankings. The Birds led by at least 12 points in every game and never trailed in the second half. The Eagles rank first overall in DVOA, second in point differential and have an MVP candidate at quarterback. It is fair to recognize that they have holes; their tackle is a worrying running defense issue. But the positives far outweigh the negatives here. I mean, they got off to their best start in franchise history. The Eagles have a very accessible path to 9-0 with a home game against Washington next.
2 — Buffalo Bills (LW: 1) — The Bills lost despite being 10.5 points as road favorites. Josh Allen has thrown twice as many interceptions as touchdown passes in his last two games. Allen is also struggling with an elbow injury. Doesn’t look great.
3 — Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 3) — If the Eagles are going to be discredited for not totally demolishing Houston in a short, week-long road game, we can credit how the Chiefs tracked Tennessee to at 2:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. And then needed overtime to beat a quarterback who only completed five assists against them. You can count on the Chiefs to find a way to win more often than not, but this team has its own vulnerabilities.
4 – Minnesota Vikings (LW: 4) – There’s reason to believe the Vikings aren’t as good as their record suggests. They only rank eighth in point differential despite a loss. They also rank 15th overall by Pro Football Focus and 18th by DVOA. Minnesota’s next four games should tell us more about them: at Buffalo (but maybe not Josh Allen), against Dallas, against New England and against NYJ.
5 – Baltimore Ravens (LW: 5) – The Ravens followed up a disappointing loss to NYG with three straight wins. The last two wins have been game-breaking results in prime-time games. After being pushed aside as the No. 1 seed contender, they could be back in the mix.
6 – Dallas Cowboys (LW: 6) – There’s a lot of “OBJ to the Cowboys” speculation as Dallas returns from its bye to play Green Bay. Mike McCarthy’s Revenge Game.
7 – Miami Dolphins (LW: 7) – The Dolphins are undefeated this season as Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t miss a shot. No quarterback has a better passer rating (115.9) so far.
8 – San Francisco 49ers (LW: 8) – The 49ers will return from their bye to host the Bolts. They should be able to beat this team.
9 – Seattle Seahawks (LW: 9) – Geno Smith has a 105.5 passer rating over his last three games. He’s legit, just like that Seahawks team. They have a real shot at winning the NFC West in a year many thought they would be last in the division.
10 – Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 11) – The Bengals have the fifth-best point differential in the NFL. They don’t always win…but when they do, they win big.
11 – Tennessee Titans (LW: 10) – Thanks to Mike Vrabel and the Titans for being very competitive in a tough game where their quarterback only made five assists. But Malik Willis is clearly not ready to play right now. They need Ryan Tannehill to get their health back.
12 – New England Patriots (LW: 13) – The Pats recorded nine sacks en route to moving to 5-4. They are vying for a wildcard spot in a competitive AFC playoff picture.
13 – New York Jets (LW: 14) – Declaration win over Buffalo. The message is that the Jets should no longer be seen as a joke. Robert Saleh got the defense back in shape. Zach Wilson, meanwhile, posted the best passer rating of his career: 101.1. His previous high of 99.3 was from week 5. Maybe he’s making progress? Still need to see a lot more.
14 – New York Giants (LW: 12) – The G-Men return from their bye to host Houston and then Detroit. They have a very viable path to 8-2 before playing Dallas again.
15 – Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 15) – The Chargers’ last three wins have come down to their opponent battling in the end more than their quality. They are an average team considering their injury problems. Hard to get too excited about their ceiling in this regard.
16 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (AG: 19) – Never. count. out. Landing. To Mr. Seriously, though, as bad as the Bucs seemed… barely to totally send them back with him there. The Bucs are in good shape to finish top in a very winnable NFC South.
17 – Los Angeles Rams (LW: 16) – The defending Super Bowl champions are very uninspiring. They should probably be lower in those rankings. It’s just that there are a lot of other bad teams as well.
18 – Denver Broncos (LW: 18) – The Broncos return from time off to play at Tennessee. They need this match much more than their opponent. Will they play like this?
19 – New Orleans Saints (LW: 17) – They currently owe the No. 6 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to Philadelphia. The Saints are alive in a bad division and they have two winnable games to come: in Pittsburgh and against LAR.
20 – Arizona Cardinals (LW: 20) – Last year’s 7-0 start feels like an eternity after starting this season with a 3-6 record. They are 0-3 in divisional play after being swept in their season series with Seattle.
21 – Washington Commanders (LW: 21) – Washington has kept its games competitive lately. Taylor Heinicke deserves some credit for that. But its limits are clear. The Commanders are averaging just 19 points per game in their last three outings. They don’t score enough.
22 – Atlanta Falcons (LW: 22) – The all-time chokes choke again. Shock.
23 – Cleveland Browns (AG: 24) – The Browns still have three games to play before the return of Deshaun Watson: in Miami, in Buffalo, against Tampa Bay. They need at least one win to keep their playoff hopes alive on life support.
24 – Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 25) – The Stillers return from time off to host New Orleans. Getting TJ Watt back is a big deal considering they’ve only won one game without him since he joined the team.
25 – Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 27) – Things weren’t looking good with the Jags down 17-0 as they rode a five-game losing streak. But Doug Pederson has a reputation for being able to navigate adversity and that’s what the Jags did to stage a well-deserved win.
26 – Chicago Bears (LW: 29) – Knowing that I’m a big Justin Fields skeptic, someone told me I needed to eat crow after his good game on Sunday. People are definitely ready to take victory laps on a game where Fields had 4.4 yards per passing attempt and 116 net passing yards. That’s not to say its historic racing performance should be ignored. But he will ultimately have to rely on his arm more and there are still big questions about him in that regard.
27 – Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 22) – Josh McDaniels is clearly not that.
28 – Indianapolis Colts (LW: 24) – Remember when the Eagles won the Super Bowl solely because of Frank Reich and not Doug Pederson at all? Reich is now out at Indy. He’s clearly not the only person to blame for their failures, but Carson Wentz made a big misstep last year. When it comes to making Jeff Saturday their interim head coach, I don’t hate him as much as the others. Not because I necessarily think Saturday is going to be great. But what is the worst case scenario here? The Colts lose and position themselves for a good pick…to maybe find a quarterback answer? Not a terrible result.
29 – Detroit Lions (LW: 31) – The Lions scrambled to earn a victory over a struggling Green Bay team. Dan Campbell can avoid some heat for now.
30 – Green Bay Packers (LW: 28) – How could anyone pick the Packers to win a game right now? The vibrations are horrible. Aaron Rodgers looked cooked. What’s to hang their hats on?
31 – Carolina Panthers (LW: 30) – Their very slim playoff hopes, which only exist by playing in a very bad division, will be truly dashed with a loss to Atlanta on Thursday night.
32 – Houston Texans (AG: 32) – Dameon Pierce is a good player. The Texans don’t have much else for them to do this year. It’s about revamping the team with these two top picks in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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