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Ranking teams in the NFL is becoming a more difficult process with each passing week, especially since my top two teams (Patriots and Colts) lost last week. Regardless, here is what TOJ is thinking heading into week 10…feel free to express your feelings about my stupidity:
1. Baltimore Ravens (6-2) – An impressive win over the Miami Dolphins can’t be enjoyed long as they travel to Atlanta on Thursday night to face arguably the NFC’s best team.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – They have a nice chance to flex their muscle as an elite team by taking down the New England Patriots at home this Sunday night.
3. New York Giants (6-2) – They are rolling right now but before we crown them, keep in mind some of the quarterbacks they have beaten this year (Matt Moore, Charlie Whitehurst, Shaun Hill).
4. Green Bay Packers (6-3) – Despite all of the injuries, they are heading into the bye week right around where we expected them to be.
5. New York Jets (6-2) – This team (and their quarterback) knows how to win close games…something you can’t frequently say about the Jets. However, they still haven’t played a complete game since week 4.
6. New Orleans Saints (6-3) – They could hit their stride out of the bye week, especially when Reggie Bush gets back in action.
7. Atlanta Falcons (6-2) – If Atlanta wants to show they are an elite team in the NFL, they can start by beating the Ravens at home in two days…who else is pumped about Thursday Night Football?
8. New England Patriots (6-2) – Well we can pump the brakes on the Patriots love fest for now.
9. Tennessee Titans (5-3) – Welcome to town Randy Moss…the Titans can bury another wild-card contender by beating the Dolphins on the road this week.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) – The Eagles still have two games against the Giants to grab control of the NFC East and with Mike Vick straight balling right now, it is certainly possible.
11. Indianapolis Peyton Mannings (5-3) – They just might be a little too beat up this year. Fortunately for them, they get to play Cincinnati this week.
12. Oakland Raiders (5-4) – The atmosphere for the Raiders overtime win ovet the Chiefs was simply awesome. They get a bye week to prep for a huge test against the Steelers.
13. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) – Tough way to lose in Oakland but their second half schedule still makes them the favorite in win the AFC West.
14. Tampa Bay Buccanners (5-3) – The Bucs are going to be around the rest of the season as a legitimate playoff contender.
15. San Diego Chargers (4-5) – Phillip Rivers has been the MVP so far in 2010.
16. Cleveland Browns (3-5) – I can’t remember the last time I have been more worried about the Jets playing a team with a record 3 games worse than them.
17. Washington Redskins (4-4) – They need a victory at home against the Eagles this week to show they will remain a contender in the NFC.
18. Houston Texans (4-4) – 8-8 here we come…yet again.
19. Miami Dolphins (4-4) – 7-9 here we come. Sorry, I will still take Mark Sanchez over Chad Henne any day of the week for the next 10 years. Henne comes up small in every big spot he has been given.
20. Chicago Bears (5-3) – I’d be stunned if they finish .500 or better.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) – See directly above.
22. St. Louis Rams (4-4) – Ladies and gentleman, your first place team in the NFC West. They can put a nail in the 49ers coffin this week.
23. Minnesota Vikings (3-5) – If they beat Chicago this week, which they should, they are very much alive in the second half of the season.
24. Detroit Lions (2-6) – Thanks for throwing that pass on third down with the immortal Drew Stanton.
25. Seattle Seahawks (4-4) – Just about as terrible as a .500 team can get.
26. Arizona Cardinals (3-5) – A brutal loss to the Vikings but they are still one game out of first place.
27. Cincinnati Bengals (2-6) – Well at least, Terrell Owens is happy.
28. San Francisco 49ers (2-6) – Somehow they can pull within a game of first place with a win this week.
29. Denver Broncos (2-6) – Renaldo Hill’s pass interference will be remembered as what started them towards a 4-12 season.
30. Buffalo Bills (0-8) – They are still a tough team to play every week.
31. Carolina Panthers (1-7) – It is hard to see them winning another game in 2010.
32. Dallas Cowboys (1-7) – Their whole team deserves to be fired along with Wade Phillips.