The post-election hangover edition of the NFL Power Rankings includes a new No. 1, three party crashers, a disappearing act by a former No. 1 and pure domination by one division.
1. Seahawks (6-2-1); Last week: 3
It’s no easy task taking down the Evil Empire. When you do it in the House that the Hoodie Built, well, you deserve the top spot in the coveted rankings. A healthy Russell Wilson coupled with a frightening defense will be hard to stop. Sorry, Cowboys bandwagon fans: You would not beat Seattle if you played today.
2. Cowboys (8-1); Last week: 2
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott keep getting bouquets tossed at them, but the real MVP of this white-hot team is the offensive line. Did Elliott ever get touched during that thriller in Pittsburgh? The man was virtually spotless. Dallas’ ball-control style will win many games this season for Jerrah’s team.
3. Patriots: (7-2): Last week: 1
It turns out that Tom Brady is human after all. I was beginning to wonder after his flawless post-DeflateGate suspension joy ride. It took nine games before a Patriots quarterback finally threw an interception. Brady, of course, will be fine. The 49ers are about to be undressed next week. Take New England and the points. It’s going to be a bloodbath in San Francisco.
4. Chiefs (7-2); Last week: 4
The team that nobody is talking about has quietly won five in a row. Their 17-point come-from-behind win at Carolina was mighty impressive, wasn’t it? Guess Cam Newton should not bring out The Dab for any more cameos.
5. Raiders (7-2); Last week: 6
Derek Carr snuck into the Top 5 without having to lift a finger. Let’s see if Jack Del Rio’s team can pick up where it left off before their bye. Oakland’s offensive line deserves more pub.
Everyone could be on the hot seat in Carolina this season as the Super Bowl hangover for Cam Newton & Co. lurches into Week 11.
6. Broncos (6-3); Last week: 7
Whoa. Three AFC West teams in the Top 6? Well, they’ve earned it. The Broncos should all wear white cleats for the remainder of the season — just in case they block another extra point in the waning moments and need to tight rope the sideline for the game-winning score.
7. Giants (6-3); Last week: 9
Eli & Co. move up a couple spots thanks to their fourth win in a row. Ben McAdoo’s team has won six games by a total of 21 points. His defense is getting better by the week.
8. Falcons (6-4); Last week: 5
I’m beginning to think the Falcons are who we thought they were. We already knew that their pas defense stunk to high heaven. Et tu, run defense? Matty Ice can’t beat teams from the sideline. Dan Quinn will have plenty to fix on his defense during upcoming bye week.
9. Lions (5-4); Last week: Unranked
It’s about damn time that we showed some love to Jim Bob Cooter. Detroit’s play caller has Matthew Stafford playing at a high level without the Megatron crutch. Looks who’s in first place in the NFC North thanks to the Vikings free fall and Packers’ continued ineptitude.
10. Dolphins (5-4); Last week: Unranked
Rookie head coach Adam Gase deserves a ton of credit. Not only did Miami’s stadium get a beautiful makeover, but this team doesn’t look too shabby, either. Jay Ajayi has been the engine during a four-game winning streak.
Antonio Brown and the Steelers are hanging on by a thread after losing to the Cowboys in Pittsburgh.
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11. Washington (5-3-1); Last week: 15
Ooh-wee! Washington looks like a playoff contender after beating the Vikings on Sunday. You like that?
12. Texans (6-3); Last week: 12
Nobody will ever convince me that Brock Osweiler is good at football, but first place is first place, even if it is first place in the AFC South.
13. Eagles (5-4); Last week: Unranked
Wentzlyvania jumps back into relevance after remaining undefeated at home. Jim Schwartz’s defense has only allowed three touchdowns in four games at The Linc.
14. Ravens (5-4); Last week: 13
Baltimore dropped a spot for two valid reasons. First, 40 percent of their wins are against the winless Browns. Second, they lost to the Jets.
15. Steelers (4-5); Last week: 8
Mike Tomlin’s fascination for eschewing extra points cost him dearly against the Cowboys. It also prompted the biggest tumble of the week in our treasured rankings. It’s ugly in the Steel City these days. Four straight losses? Unfathomable given all their talent on offense.
MOVERS AND FAKERS: The Vikings were once No. 1. Now, they’ve fallen off the map. The Saints just needed to make an extra point to make the cut. They couldn’t do it. So, sayonara!
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News