At the halfway point in 2010, here are the Titan Sized power rankings of the top 10 NFL teams. Check out the muddled middle and the bottom 12 teams.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) – Defeated the Indianapolis Colts (26-24) and Atlanta Falcons (31-17), but have only outscored opponents by 17 points (worst in top 10). Michael Vick is the key.
9. Tennessee Titans (5-3) – Defeated the Philadelphia Eagles (37-19) and New York Giants (29-10) and have outscored opponents by 74 points (2nd best margin). Addition of Randy Moss = playoffs.
8. New Orleans Saints (6-3) – Defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (20-10) and have outscored opponents by 50 points. Team health and the Super Bowl jinx notwithstanding, this is still a great team.
7. Green Bay Packers (6-3) – Defeated the Philadelphia Eagles (27-20) and New York Jets (9-0) while outscoring opponents by 78 points (NFL best). Their defense is for real.
6. New York Giants (6-2) – No quality wins, but have outscored opponents by 56 points (4th best margin). The defensive pass rush is coming together and so is the chemistry of the offense.
5. New England Patriots (6-2) – Defeated the Baltimore Ravens (23-20) and the San Diego Chargers (23-20), but have only outscored opponents by 31 points. This team misses Randy Moss.
4. Baltimore Ravens (6-3) – Defeated the New York Jets (10-9) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (17-14), but have only outscored opponents by 30 points. The Atlanta Falcons loss showed flaws.
3. New York Jets (6-2) – Defeated the New England Patriots (28-14) and have outscored opponents by 52 points. Mark Sanchez is a serious liability for an otherwise dominant, physical squad.
2. Atlanta Falcons (7-2) – Defeated the Baltimore Ravens (26-21) and the New Orleans Saints (27-24) and have outscored opponents by 47 points. Is Matt Ryan the new John Elway? Too soon.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – Defeated the Tennessee Titans (19-11) and the Atlanta Falcons (15-9) and have outscored opponents by 58 points. Finishing off Cincinnati Bengals was ruthless win.
The dark-horse of the group has to be the Tennessee Titans. Adding Randy Moss will either catapult this squad into the playoffs or disrupt cohesion and ultimately unravel their team. Expect the former. The Atlanta Falcons are the team to beat in the NFC, while the Pittsburgh Steelers remain the team to beat in the NFL.
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