WEEK 10 POWER RANKINGS: BEARS NEXT FOR NO. 1 TITANS

WEEK 10 POWER RANKINGS: BEARS NEXT FOR NO. 1 TITANS

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 01:26
1. Tennessee Titans (8-0): Former Bears safety Jeff Fisher has coached his team to 11 straight regular-season games heading into Soldier Field. Last week: 1. 2. New York Giants (7-1): Talk about offensive-defensive balance: They were No. 3 in total yards and total yards allowed and No. 6 in points and points allowed before routing Cowboys. Last week: 2. 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2): Even without injured Roethlisberger (shoulder) in second half, they trounced a good Redskins team. Defense wins championships, and their defense is the best. Last week: 5. 4. Carolina Panthers (6-2): Hard to figure which is easier, last week's bye or this week's trip to Oakland. Last week: 3. 5. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3): Easily coasted past Seahawks for third straight double-digit victory in preparation for Sunday night showdown at home vs. Giants. Last week: 9. 6. Washington Redskins (6-3): Get a week off to lick their wounds after taking a beating from the Steelers. Last week: 4. 7. Tampa Bay Bucs (6-3): Off week comes after they needed OT to overcome 1-7 Chiefs and their own 4 turnovers. Last week: 7. 8. Baltimore Ravens (5-3): Look who has an offense to go with stud defense. Have won three straight by 10 points or more while averaging 31 points per game. Last week: 15. 9. Arizona Cardinals (5-3): Have scored 30 or more in 4 of last 5 games and rolled up 510 yards last week behind red-hot QB Kurt Warner, but defense is still suspect. Last week: 10. 10. Indianapolis Colts (4-4): Killer schedule continues this week at Pittsburgh, after edging Patriots 18-15 following losses at Green Bay and Tennessee. Those four have combined record of 23-10. Last week: 12. 11. New England Patriots (5-2): Beating the Rams – without Steven Jackson – didn't impress anyone, especially when defense allowed 358 yards. Last week: 11. 12. Dallas Cowboys (5-4): Get a much-needed off week, which should be enough to finally get Romo healthy, but that might not be enough for a team fading fast. Last week: 6. 13. Buffalo Bills (5-3): Have lost 3 of last 4 as once-strong run game has disappeared (30 yards on 17 attempts last week). Last week: 8. 14. Atlanta Falcons (5-3): Not that beating the Raiders is a great accomplishment, but outgaining them 453-77 is. It should be tougher this week when Saints march in. Last week: 19. 15. Green Bay Packers (4-4): Took undefeated Titans into OT before succumbing and dormant run game showed signs of life. Last week: 13. 16. Chicago Bears (5-3): Holding on to NFC North lead will be tougher than it was getting there. After hosting Titans, it's off to Green Bay. Last week: 14. 17. New Orleans Saints (4-4): Off week should help them prepare for trip to Atlanta, where a win could get them back in tight NFC South race, but they need to develop a ground game to go with Brees. Last week: 18. 18. Miami Dolphins (4-4): After victory over Broncos in Denver, they've already defeated three first-place teams, and prospects are looking good with Seahawks and Raiders coming to South Florida. Last week 23. 19. New York Jets (4-4): Have won 4 of last 5 thanks to ridiculously easy schedule, but last week's win over Bills in Buffalo wasn't cheap. Last week: 26. 20. Denver Broncos (4-4): Running game managed 14 yards on 12 carries last week and top two runners, Michael Pittman and Andre Hall were lost for the season. Last week: 16. 21. Minnesota Vikings (4-4): Won for third time in last four, topping Texans at home after bye. Host Packers this week. Last week: 21. 22. San Diego Chargers (3-5): After off week they have a chance to get back in the race in weak AFC West with a visit from Chiefs. Last week: 20. 23. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5): Disappointing season took another unfortunate turn with loss to previously winless Bengals; third loss in four games. Last week: 17. 24. Cleveland Browns (3-5): After winning 3 of 4, they fell apart late in loss at home to Ravens. Need to regroup quickly with Broncos coming in for Thursday night special. Last week: 22. 25. Houston Texans (3-5): They're a completely different team at home, which is where they'll be this week against Bengals following road loss to Vikings. Last week: 25. 26. Kansas City Chiefs (1-7): Despite leading 24-3, they lost for 16th time in the last 17 games, but they extended Bucs to overtime before falling just short. Last week: 29. 27. St. Louis Rams (2-6): After playing well while winning 2 of last 3, they took 2 steps back in blowout loss at home to Cardinals. Last week: 24. 28. Cincinnati Bengals (1-8): Got 104 rushing yards from Cedric Benson and 2 TD catches from Chad Ocho Cinco in inaugural victory of 2008 over Jaguars. Last week: 32. 29. Seattle Seahawks (2-6): Got 90-yard TD from Seneca Wallace to Koren Robinson on first play and just 143 yards the rest of the day in 26-7 loss to Eagles. Last week: 27. 30. San Francisco 49ers (2-6): New coach Mike Singletary had an off week to show his new team who wears the pants. They'll get national exposure in Monday nighter at Arizona. Last week: 30. 31. Detroit Lions (0-8): At least they're getting close. Led the Bears 23-13 and last four losses have only been by a total of 20 points. Last week: 31. 32. Oakland Raiders (2-6): 3 first downs? 3? 10 passing yards? Have scored a total of 29 points in last four games. Last week: 28.
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