NFL Week 10 Power Rankings: Saints hasten a tip 3

For a initial time given Week 3, we have a new No. 1.

The Saints, winners of 7 in a row, not usually gave a Rams their initial detriment of a deteriorate on Sunday, they kicked a Rams out of a Power Rankings penthouse. New Orleans was ranked No. 3 in a preseason, afterwards fell as distant as No. 9 before creation a solid stand to a top.

How did your organisation rate among all 32 before a season? Our NFL Nation reporters demeanour behind during a preseason Power Rankings and where things have left right or wrong since.

How we rank: Our energy quarrel — a organisation of some-more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — evaluated how teams smoke-stack adult by a initial 9 weeks of a season.

Previous rankings: 9 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | Preseason


1. New Orleans Saints (7-1)

Preseason rank: 3 | Week 9: 3

Expectations were apparently high for a Saints to start with. But they have exceeded them so distant by proof they can win with opposite styles during a heartless three-game widen (come-from-behind slugfests during Baltimore and during Minnesota, afterwards a 45-35 lane accommodate during home opposite a Rams). It helps that Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas are putting together one of a best “triplets” seasons in NFL history. — Mike Triplett


2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1)

Preseason rank: 11 | Week 9: 2

Patrick Mahomes has been softened than expected. The Chiefs were assured he would eventually play this well, nonetheless not right out of a chute. Through 9 games, Mahomes has 29 touchdown passes, one divided from a organisation record. — Adam Teicher


3. Los Angeles Rams (8-1)

Preseason rank: 6 | Week 9: 1

The Rams were approaching to have a large deteriorate after they sum 3 All-Pros in Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters and Ndamukong Suh on defense, and a offense sum rapid receiver Brandin Cooks. At 8-1, it’s protected to contend a Rams have exceeded expectations, generally on offense. Todd Gurley II is creation a clever box for MVP, as he leads a joining in rushing yards and touchdowns, and a further of Cooks has supposing a unchanging deep-ball hazard for Jared Goff. — Lindsey Thiry


4. New England Patriots (7-2)

Preseason rank: 2 | Week 9: 4

A 1-2 start wasn’t wholly unexpected, in partial given Julian Edelman was portion a four-game NFL cessation and a Patriots have had some early-season struggles in past years, nonetheless that is a categorical reason a bar has had a two-spot drop from preseason expectations. But credit also goes to a Rams and Chiefs, dual teams who have distant exceeded projections, even nonetheless a Patriots dealt a Chiefs their sole detriment of a season. — Mike Reiss

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  • 5. Los Angeles Chargers (6-2)

    Preseason rank: 10 | Week 9: 5

    The Chargers are a small brazen of where they were approaching to be in a preseason, interjection to Philip Rivers personification maybe his best football as a pro. He has finished 67 percent of his passes for 2,238 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he has thrown usually 3 interceptions. Rivers has finished a good pursuit of staying solid and personification within himself, vouchsafing a diversion come to him. — Eric Williams


    6. Carolina Panthers (6-2)

    Preseason rank: 12 | Week 9: 6

    Before a season, there was doubt about possibly Cam Newton (career execution commission of 58.5) would be means to turn a fit passer Norv Turner believed he could be. And there was doubt about possibly an descent line decimated by injuries in training stay could reason up. Newton has distant exceeded expectations, completing 67.3 percent of his passes and throwing 15 touchdown passes to usually 4 interceptions. The line has played so good that there are questions about where left tackle Matt Kalil will fit in, given he’s authorised to lapse from harmed reserve. — David Newton


    7. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1)

    Preseason rank: 5 | Week 9: 7

    The Steelers are down somewhat from their preseason spot, that isn’t startling deliberation their 1-2-1 start after projections for a deteriorate featuring during slightest 10 wins. But Pittsburgh looks like a contender given of an softened defense, one of a league’s best red section offenses and an descent line that’s relocating all in sight. — Jeremy Fowler


    8. Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1)

    Preseason rank: 4 | Week 9: 8

    With a new quarterback stepping into a new offense, there were firm to be some bumps in a road. Kirk Cousins has exceeded expectations during times nonetheless also has had his flourishing pains. The using diversion was approaching to be better, nonetheless injuries to Dalvin Cook and a descent line’s early struggles hindered production. With Cook back, Minnesota’s rushing conflict has a bomb hint it was missing. All in all, racking adult 5 wins before their Week 10 bye is something a Vikings are understandably unapproachable of given a heartless widen of games they faced over a initial 9 weeks. — Courtney Cronin


    9. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)

    Preseason rank: 1 | Week 9: 9

    For Philly, a Super Bowl hangover was real. Lingering injuries (Alshon Jeffery, Tim Jernigan) from final deteriorate churned with new ones (Rodney McLeod, Mike Wallace, Jay Ajayi) to exhaust a championship register that had small time to reanimate adult given of a prolonged run. The offense switched from Nick Foles to Carson Wentz in Week 3, and it has nonetheless to strike on all cylinders — maybe still adjusting to a detriment of descent coordinator Frank Reich and quarterbacks manager John DeFilippo. The Eagles clawed their proceed to a .500 record during a break, with hopes that a second half of a deteriorate will provide them some-more kindly. — Tim McManus


    10. Chicago Bears (5-3)

    Preseason rank: 26 | Week 9: 14

    The Bears have been a warn given a invulnerability is personification even softened than approaching — and that’s with Khalil Mack carrying missed a past dual games with an ankle injury. Also, Chicago’s offense is solemnly flourishing underneath quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who has singular mistakes over a past dual weeks. — Jeff Dickerson

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    Field Yates, Matthew Berry and Stephania Bell plead Demaryius Thomas’ walking day opposite his former team, nonetheless they consider softened days are brazen for a far-reaching receiver.


    11. Houston Texans (6-3)

    Preseason rank: 15 | Week 9: 16

    Although a Texans got off to a bad start, they are a bit softened than we suspicion they would be by 9 games. Houston is a unequivocally gifted organisation nonetheless during times struggles to be unchanging for an whole game. But even with an easy report over a past 6 games (all wins), a Texans have beaten teams that they should beat. Houston is still led by a considerable defense, nonetheless that has been a box in a past. Ultimately, a organisation will go as distant as Deshaun Watson takes it. — Sarah Barshop


    12. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3)

    Preseason rank: 27 | Week 9: 12

    Most preseason projections had a Bengals headed for a losing season, so they’ve already surpassed expectations interjection to a regenerated offense and a presentation of far-reaching receiver Tyler Boyd. However, their invulnerability has struggled many some-more than approaching this year, and injuries have strike a organisation hard. Although they’ve already won 5 games, it could be a conflict to stay in a thick of things unless they get healthy. — Katherine Terrell


    13. Green Bay Packers (3-4-1)

    Preseason rank: 8 | Week 9: 11

    The miss of talent from some toxic breeze classes sum with an descent devise that looks old-fashioned have held adult with a Packers. And a quarterback hasn’t played all that well, either. Yes, Aaron Rodgers has 15 touchdowns and one interception, nonetheless he hasn’t been as pointy as in a past. That shows adult in his execution commission (at 60.6, on gait for a lowest of his career) and his passer rating (98.9, scarcely 5 points next his career average). — Rob Demovsky


    14. Washington Redskins (5-3)

    Preseason rank: 19 | Week 9: 13

    Well, a problem is that even with an softened ranking, injuries have finished it formidable to contend that Washington is truly improved. The Redskins placed 3 starters on harmed haven Monday (guards Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao and receiver Paul Richardson). However, a Redskins have been softened in a rankings mostly given of an softened invulnerability — generally opposite a run — a clever using diversion (thanks to Adrian Peterson) and a miss of turnovers. It’s tough to consider that after Sunday’s 24-point detriment to Atlanta, nonetheless this is a regulation they’ve used to go 5-3. — John Keim

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    Domonique Foxworth sounds off on possibly his aged organisation needs a new coach.


    15. Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

    Preseason rank: 21 | Week 9: 10

    The Ravens are softened in a Power Rankings than what was formerly predicted, nonetheless Baltimore stays stranded in mediocrity. After a clever start, Baltimore has forsaken 3 true to tumble to 4-5. Quarterback Joe Flacco has struggled to get a offense in a finish zone, and a NFL’s top-ranked invulnerability has unexpected looked vulnerable. The Ravens always seem to be on a fork of reaching a playoffs before descending short. That’s since Baltimore is constantly among a center of a container in a NFL. — Jamison Hensley


    16. Atlanta Falcons (4-4)

    Preseason rank: 9 | Week 9: 17

    The Falcons fell next expectations and started 1-4 essentially given of injuries. They now have 6 starters on harmed reserve, nonetheless Pro Bowl center linebacker Deion Jones is due behind in a integrate of weeks. Still, a Falcons — behind an MVP-worthy display by Matt Ryan — have managed to clap off 3 true wins and are behind in a playoff hunt. — Vaughn McClure


    17. Seattle Seahawks (4-4)

    Preseason rank: 17 | Week 9: 15

    The Seahawks looked like they could be a .500 organisation after an offseason retooling saw them pierce on from a series of star players. They haven’t missed a likes of Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett and Jimmy Graham as many as many approaching they would. And they seemed able of being softened than a .500 organisation during a prohibited first-half widen in that they won 4 of 5 and scarcely dissapoint a Rams. Yet .500 is where they’re during following Sunday’s detriment to a Chargers. — Brady Henderson


    18. Miami Dolphins (5-4)

    Preseason rank: 32 | Week 9: 19

    The Dolphins’ league-leading 15 interceptions have kept them rival in a AFC playoff race. Despite ascent injuries involving Ryan Tannehill and others, a Dolphins have severely exceeded a ESPN rankings that had them as a NFL’s misfortune organisation in a preseason. This organisation is extravagantly inconsistent, nonetheless tip defensive playmakers such as Xavien Howard and Kiko Alonso have authorised a Fins to feast opposite obtuse opponents. They are a AFC East’s second-best organisation and many closer to joining normal than bad. — Cameron Wolfe


    19. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5)

    Preseason rank: 7 | Week 9: 18

    There’s not adequate room to get into everything, nonetheless a biggest issues are QB play and injuries. Blake Bortles is extravagantly inconsistent, turns a round over too many (11 times in 8 games) and needs things around him to be ideal to make a offense effective. Injuries have a Jaguars on their third-string left tackle and fourth-string parsimonious end. Plus, RB Leonard Fournette has played in a initial half of usually dual games given of a hamstring injury. The offense has been equivocal nonfunctional during times as a result. — Mike DiRocco


    20. Tennessee Titans (4-4)

    Preseason rank: 14 | Week 9: 22

    There’s still time for a Titans to get behind on lane as a second half of a deteriorate starts. It all comes down to Marcus Mariota and a offense. Matt LaFleur needs to get Mariota into a stroke and replicate his fourth-quarter performances. No quarterback has led his organisation on some-more game-winning drives (six) than Mariota over a past dual years. The invulnerability is always going to keep Tennessee in games, nonetheless can a offense measure points? — Turron Davenport


    21. Dallas Cowboys (3-5)

    Preseason rank: 13 | Week 9: 21

    The Cowboys entered a deteriorate desiring they could reinstate Jason Witten and Dez Bryant with a cabinet approach, and it has not worked, generally during far-reaching receiver, that is since Dallas gave adult a first-round collect in 2019 to acquire Amari Cooper. The Cowboys also felt their descent line, featuring 3 Pro Bowlers, would play better; nonetheless Travis Frederick has not played a down this deteriorate given of Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome, and a organisation has not played consistently enough, that resulted in a coaching change during a position. Finally, there is a miss of success divided from home: The Cowboys were 12-4 divided from home in Dak Prescott‘s initial dual years, and they have matched that detriment sum so distant this season. — Todd Archer


    22. Detroit Lions (3-5)

    Preseason rank: 20 | Week 9: 20

    The Lions are, in many ways, what we suspicion they would be during a start of a deteriorate — nonetheless how they arrived here, during 3-5 and foundering, has been a surprise. The defense, that looked like it would be Detroit’s weakness, has indeed finished good opposite a pass (not so many opposite a run). The Lions found a using game, nonetheless Matthew Stafford and a flitting diversion have been inconsistent. This organisation was not suspicion to be a contender during a start of a deteriorate and, generally after trade divided wideout Golden Tate, isn’t approaching to be one now, either. — Michael Rothstein


    23. Indianapolis Colts (3-5)

    Preseason rank: 29 | Week 9: 24

    The Colts are off to a better-than-expected start. Andrew Luck has knocked off a decay (after blank all of final season) by throwing for 23 touchdowns. The descent line, that played a poignant cause in Luck blank 26 games from 2015 to 2017, has left scarcely 4 true games though giving adult a sack, while also personification a pivotal purpose in a Colts’ rushing for during slightest 220 yards in any of a past dual games. Finally, there’s rookie linebacker Darius Leonard, who leads a NFL in tackles (88) while also forcing dual fumbles and recuperating dual fumbles. — Mike Wells


    24. Denver Broncos (3-6)

    Preseason rank: 22 | Week 9: 23

    The Broncos are tighten to their preseason ranking, nonetheless they have simply finished too many mistakes during pivotal times of games. (See: 10 INTs by QB Case Keenum and 21 holding penalties on offense — third-highest sum in league.) In a deteriorate when they have played 4 games opposite teams with during slightest 6 wins, they haven’t been good adequate to overcome those mistakes. They have mislaid those 4 games by a sum 16 points, with penalties costing them during slightest 7 points in a three-point detriment to a Rams. — Jeff Legwold

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    Tim Hasselbeck, Ryan Clark and Adam Schefter mangle down what a Buccaneers should do with Jameis Winston going forward.


    25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)

    Preseason rank: 25 | Week 9: 25

    The Bucs are ranked where they merit to be. They miss fortitude during a quarterback position, with Jameis Winston benched in preference of Ryan Fitzpatrick, nonetheless that has frequency slowed them down. Defense is where their genuine problems are. They dismissed defensive coordinator Mike Smith after Week 6, and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, reserve Chris Conte and center linebacker Kwon Alexander are all on IR. They also have been though starting LB Kendell Beckwith, who has nonetheless to play this deteriorate after an offseason automobile collision forced him to bear ankle surgery. — Jenna Laine


    26. Cleveland Browns (2-6-1)

    Preseason rank: 31 | Week 9: 26

    They’re adult given they’ve won dual games, that for a Browns is a step brazen from a winless 2016. But if they don’t finish a movement they are on — they have mislaid 4 in a row, and it will be unequivocally formidable to stop given a report — their end-of-season ranking competence breeze adult reduce than a preseason projection. — Pat McManamon


    27. New York Jets (3-6)

    Preseason rank: 30 | Week 9: 27

    The Jets are somewhat brazen of their preseason ranking, nonetheless that’s not observant much. The existence is, they’ve played a nick next expectations, that got bumped adult after a winning Week 1 win in Detroit. The reason: Sam Darnold‘s flourishing heedfulness are some-more strident than anyone could’ve illusory (league-leading 14 interceptions). — Rich Cimini


    28. San Francisco 49ers (2-7)

    Preseason rank: 16 | Week 9: 31

    The 49ers are proceed down after harmful ACL injuries to QB Jimmy Garoppolo and RB Jerick McKinnon. Sure, a 49ers have their share of issues that would need regulating regardless of health problems, nonetheless losing your starting quarterback and starting using behind for a rest of a deteriorate usually 3 weeks in is a flattering discerning sheet to a unsatisfactory season. The damage bug didn’t stop there, either, as a Niners also have dealt with a accumulation of shorter-term issues from week to week. The Niners are 1-4 in one-possession games this year, including 3 waste by 3 points or fewer. — Nick Wagoner


    29. New York Giants (1-7)

    Preseason rank: 23 | Week 9: 29

    Nobody unequivocally suspicion a repeat of final year’s calamity 3-13 deteriorate was probable with a new coach, a further of Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. behind in a lineup. But it has been. In fact, a Giants are on gait to finish with a worse record right now with nonetheless one win after 8 games. – Jordan Raanan


    30. Arizona Cardinals (2-6)

    Preseason rank: 24 | Week 9: 30

    The Cardinals believed they would go as Sam Bradford went, and that has come to fruition. Bradford struggled in 3 starts with 400 sum flitting yards, dual touchdowns and 4 interceptions, before removing benched in preference of rookie Josh Rosen. No one approaching a Cardinals’ offense to be as bad as it has been. Part of that was Bradford, and partial of it was Mike McCoy’s playcalling injustice of RB David Johnson. It all adds adult to a Cardinals descending good next expectations. — Josh Weinfuss

    Buffalo Bills (2-7)

    Preseason rank: 28 | Week 9: 28

    Nathan Peterman is who we suspicion he was, and a Bills are who we suspicion they were. Since Josh Allen‘s many new touchdown in a Week 5 win over a Titans, a Bills have thrown some-more pick-sixes (three) than they have scored touchdowns (two). Peterman has tossed dual of those pick-sixes; Derek Anderson was obliged for a other. — Mike Rodak


    32. Oakland Raiders (1-7)

    Preseason rank: 18 | Week 9: 32

    Wasn’t Jon Gruden simply ostensible to give a Raiders a uninformed scrub, and gloss adult substructure pieces Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, Derek Carr and Amari Cooper? Instead, Gruden has strike a eruption symbol — Carr is all that’s left of a 4 — in a latest deconstruction/reconstruction plan in allege of a team’s pierce to Las Vegas in 2020. While a offense has shown glimpses of Gruden’s West Coast offense, a invulnerability is melancholy to be a misfortune in authorization history. — Paul Gutierrez

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