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NFL Power Rankings: Denver Broncos thrown off the top of the mountain by Tom Brady in Week 10

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These power rankings posts suck after a Denver Broncos loss, but that is the name of the game sometimes. This week, the New England Patriots take their rightful spot atop the mountain in Week 10.
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What a crazy week in football Week 9 was, eh? Only four of the weeks thirteen games were decided by nine points or less, which means there were quite a few blowouts. It wasn't all good teams blowing out bad teams either, because one of those "close" games was the Oakland Raiders bringing it to the Seattle Seahawks in a close finish.

With the Denver Broncos losing, the only real good thing that happened in Week 9 was the Miami Dolphins completely blanking former MVP candidate, Philip Rivers in a 37-0 drubbing suffered by the San Diego Chargers. That was pure sweetness that turned to vinegar just three hours later.

Check out last week's power rankings and tell me how wrong or stupid I was. It was nice to see the Broncos as the clear number one team in the NFL for a few weeks, but all good things must come to any end. A special thanks to the Mile High Report community for helping me ensure only the best GIFs are used up in here.

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INSTANT ANALYSIS

1

New England Patriots

Record 7-2. Tom Brady went into full F.U. Mode to show everyone how great he is and how much better than Peyton Manning he is. Except, it was once again in Foxborough. The New England Patriots need to win out to ensure that it stays that way, because something tells me Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will not be losing another regular season game.

2

Denver Broncos

Record 6-2. I could spend some time here to cover what went wrong on Sunday for the Broncos, but I found a GIF that summed everything up in about 3 seconds. Enjoy.

3

Arizona Cardinals

Record 7-1. With their only loss coming at the hands of a pretty good Denver Broncos squad, the Arizona Cardinals are quietly having a really good season. So good, in fact, they own the best record in football through nine weeks. The manhandled the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and really announced to the NFC that they are legitimate contenders in 2014. I do not believe they would beat either of the two teams ahead of them here on a neutral field though.

4

Philadelphia Eagles

Record 6-2. Jeremy Maclin is going berserk since coming off the Bye Week and it doesn't matter if Nick Foles or Mark Sanchez is throwing it back there. He has accumulated 18 catches for 345 yards and 4 touchdowns in his last TWO GAMES. With the Cowboys collapsing, the Philadelphia Eagles are right back in the drivers seat and in control of the NFC East again.

5

Indianapolis Colts

Record 6-3. The Indianapolis Colts are 6-1 since starting the season 0-2. Andrew Luck was just on fire last night. Come playoff time, opposing teams are going to have score a lot of points. I think this is the most dangerous team in the AFC when it comes to the hopes and dreams of fans in Denver and Boston.

6

Detroit Lions

Record 6-2. The Detroit Lions had a bye week and no, I still don't think they are for real.

7

Green Bay Packers

Record 5-3. The Green Bay Packers also had a bye and yes, I still do think they are for real.

8

Dallas Cowboys

Record 6-3. With or without Tony Romo, I think the Dallas Cowboys lose against the Arizona Cardinals. Romo was hurting, so if he had played he would have played poorly. Brandon Weeden was their best shot at winning this game and they could not pull it off. A bigger concern is how little Dez Bryant got involved in the offense until the very end of the game. That's just stupid.

9

Seattle Seahawks

Record 5-3. The Seattle Seahawks really dodged a bullet at home, barely outlasting the Oakland Raiders 30-24 at home. Since the Broncos pushed them into overtime, the Seahawks just haven't been right on defense or on offense. They are within striking distance of a Wild Card, however, and still play the Arizona Cardinals twice. They won't be able to dodge these bullets forever though if they keep playing the way they are playing.

10

Cincinnati Bengals

Record 5-2-1. Andy Dalton struggled mightily against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars and part of may have been A.J. Green's subpar performance in his first game back from injury. The Cincinnati Bengals were fortunate that Jeremy Hill decided to have a career day ont he ground with 150+ yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Bengals are now in sole possession of first place in the AFC North powerhouse division.

11

Miami Dolphins

Record 5-3. A few weeks ago I labeled the Baltimore Ravens as the "dark horse", but I think I'm ready to switch my vote to these Miami Dolphins. They are obviously not good enough to win every game, but they are good enough to beat any team on any given Sunday. That makes them a little bit scary come January. I would actually be happy if this team just missed out in the AFC Playoff picture at the end of the day.

12

Pittsburgh Steelers

Record 6-3. Ben Roethlisberger has replaced Philip Rivers as the MVP favorite now as he lifted the Pittsburgh Steelers to another win on Sunday. I would scoff at this sentiment, but the guy is coming off this two game stat-line: 65/86 for 862 yards and 12 touchdowns. IN TWO GAMES. That's just redonkulous.

13

Kansas City Chiefs

Record 5-3. To think just three weeks ago the San Diego Chargers were a half game ahead of the Denver Broncos for first place in the AFC West. And now today, the Kansas City Chiefs have quietly slid into second place in the division, just one game behind the once dominant Denver Broncos. Andy Reid and Alex Smith are getting it done.

14

New Orleans Saints

Record 4-4. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have taken control of the NFC South, but with a .500 record the have a long ways to go to earning this division title. Fortunately, it appears none of the other teams in this division want the title either.

15

Baltimore Ravens

Record 5-4. Joe Flacco had no answer to Big Ben's monster two game span, so I can't really knock the Baltimore Ravens too badly for losing on the road to a division rival. This team has the talent to make a run, but they are certainly beginning to run out of time with such a huge logjam of winning records in the AFC right now.

16

Buffalo Bills

Record 5-3. The Buffalo Bills had a bye week. Last I checked they still have Kyle Orton and two injured running backs, so these guys won't be making the playoffs this year. Mark it down.

17

Cleveland Browns

Record 5-3. The Cleveland Browns should be happy they escaped with a win over the feisty Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, because it could have easily gone the other way. Brian Hoyer even put up 300 yards passing to get the job done. The Browns are on pace for 10 wins this year. What?!

18

San Francisco 49ers

Record 4-4. Seriously Colin Kaepernick? You fumbled on that final chance to win the game? No you didn't. You butt fumbled. It wasn't as embarrassing as Mark Sanchez's butt fumble, but it was indeed a butt fumble. The San Francisco 49ers are in big trouble right now and I just don't see things getting any better for them.

19

San Diego Chargers

Record 5-4. Philip Rivers, NFL MVP. Ohhhhhh! So close. Trolololol.

20

Houston Texans

Record 4-5. The Houston Texans would not have been in this game at all if it wasn't for the turnovers they forced on defense and the pass rush by one man wrecker in J.J. Watt. Poor Ryan Fitzpatrick completed less than 50% of his passes and was really unable to get anything going with any kind of consistency against the Eagles defense.

21

St. Louis Rams

Record 3-5. Whelp, the feisty St. Louis Rams showed up this time. Don't get too excited though, I'm sure the 41-3 losing Rams will show up next week. The offensive weapons just don't exist on this roster and the defense can't hold the line every single game like the '85 Bears.

22

Minnesota Vikings

Record 4-5. Teddy Bridgewater struggled at times, but also came up big as well to help lift the Minnesota Vikings back within a game of .500. This victory comes on the heels that Adrian Peterson could accept a plea deal and return to the team this year. I think it's too late to matter, but still, at least Peterson might have finally realized how wrong he is in his treatment of children.

23

Chicago Bears

Record 3-5. The Chicago Bears had a bye and they are in last place in the NFC North. The good news is that instead of addressing mismanagement issues from the front office, the blame is on second-year head coach Marc Trestman, who is now in the hot seat. Poor Bears fans.

24

Carolina Panthers

Record 3-5-1. Cam Newton's fabled maturity from last season has vanished and the sulky cry baby look has returned. Superman is on the verge of being a Superbust. The Carolina Panthers defense simply isn't able to carry this team anymore and in this league quarterbacks make all the difference.

25

Washington Redskins

Record 3-6. As predicted, Robert Griffin III would not lead these Washington Redskins to victory against the lowly Minnesota Vikings. However, it was close enough to make me sweat some bullets on Sunday. The Redskins have some potent weapons on offense and if RGIII can figure out how to find some consistency and let his offensive peers do the damage then this team could potentially get on a little bit of a run to close out this regular season.

26

New York Giants

Record 3-5. I am not sure what I saw in the New York Giants, but their defense is horrendous and their wide receivers drop as many passes as they catch. This team was a train wreck on Monday Night Football. Eli Manning's career is wasting away right before our eyes and its not even really his fault.

27

Atlanta Falcons

Record 2-6. Well, the Atlanta Falcons didn't make that needed coaching change this week during the bye, so its Mike Smith the rest of the year. This team will finish 4-12 again.

28

Tennessee Titans

Record 2-6. The Tennessee Titans had a bye and came out of it still a crappy football team. Move along...

29

Jacksonville Jaguars

Record 1-8. Blake Bortles finally had a game you could hang your hat on as a rookie. The Jacksonville Jaguars still lost, but seeing Bortles lead a comeback of sorts with a solid statistical performance was nice. He would complete 22/33 for 247 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Those numbers bested Andy Dalton who needed a potent run game to put away these pesky Jaguars on Sunday.

30

Oakland Raiders

Record 0-8. I know the Oakland Raiders are the NFL's only remaining winless team right now, but they have been playing relatively good football for the most part. Derek Carr looks like the real deal and the Raiders are losing mostly close games right now. They're going to get one here soon, just not this week.

31

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record 1-7. Mike Glennon and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers actually had a pretty good game last week, but came up short on the road against the Cleveland Browns. However, when you are a bad football team there just isn't much you can do to keep positive other than mocking the 2015 NFL Draft.

32

New York Jets

Record 1-8. The New York Jets, a comedic tragedy. How do Jets fans persevere though such prolonged mismanagement? From across the street, I bet.