NFL Power Rankings Week 10: AFC Sweet—And Not So Sweet—16

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NFL Power Rankings Week 10: AFC Sweet—And Not So Sweet—16

Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts defensive end Cory Redding (90) reacts after defeating the Houston Texans 27-24 at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Observations

  • Nobody making a move for that No. 6 seed. For the Titans, a November sweep (Jaguars-Colts-Raiders) could put them in the driver’s seat. They’ve got to take it one game at a time.
  • At 4-4, the Chargers still have two games against the Chiefs and Broncos. Don’t forget about matchups against the Dolphins and Bengals. Very difficult road ahead for them.
  • How good are the Chiefs? No more No. 2, No. 3 or No. 9 quarterbacks. Their next three games include Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Manning. We’ll see whether this team is a contender, pretender, or what they must work on before January.
  • Bengals and Patriots swapped positions. While the Bengals have the better and more complete team, the Patriots are a bigger threat because of the Tom Brady > Andy Dalton difference. Bengals won the regular-season matchup. Not confident that they’d win a playoff matchup, especially at New England.
  • Who are the Dolphins and Jets? Jets go from getting blown out to beating Tom Brady or Drew Brees. Dolphins go from 3-0 to 3-4 to 4-4.
  • Talk about falling from grace. The Steelers have crashed, both offensively and defensively. Will they make any significant changes this offseason (e.g. quarterback, coaches)?
  • Even with their quarterback dilemma, the Browns are the AFC North’s second-best team. They probably won’t end the season that way—but that’s where they are after nine games.
  • Budweiser superstition: Texans kicker Randy Bullock is like 1-for-6 when kicking field goals while I’m watching.  Maybe it’s 1-for-7. I’ve lost count of all of his misses. Maybe I can save his career if I run to the basement before every field-goal attempt?
  • Congratulations to the Jaguars, who enjoyed their first non-losing week of the season. Oh, you mean they lost Justin Blackmon? Even against the bye week, the Jaguars don’t lose the battle but lose the war.

 

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