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Top two remain the same in NFL Power Rankings
October 10, 2013 - Andy Heintz
10. Cincinnati Bengals, 3-2
The Bengals have been up and down this year but a win over previously unbeaten New England pushes them into the top 10 this week.
9. Green Bay Packers, 2-2
The Lions had a chance to insert themselves for good into the NFC Central but Green Bay had other ideas and kept the home streak over Detroit intact. The Packers are still one of the best teams in the NFC but the Clay Matthews injury could change things.
8. New England Patriots, 4-1
The Bengals ended Tom Brady’s consecutive TD streak but the Patriots are starting to get healthy on offense and could welcome back all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski this week.
7. Chicago, 3-2
The Bears are close to be sent completely off the list after two straight losses but the last loss was to one of the best teams in the league. The Saints tore up the Bears defense this past weekend and the offense showed it will still be inconsistent at times this year.
6. San Francisco 49ers, 3-2
After two bad weeks against tough competition, the 49ers went back to their old school ways to get two straight wins. I needed to see more after the easy win over St. Louis and I did against a talented Houston team. The Niners have battled through some injuries to both sides of the ball but the banged-up defense still held the Texans to just three points. The schedule softens up a bit, too.
5. Seattle Seahawks, 4-1
The Seahawks finally got exposed on the road by a really good Indianapolis team that figures to be in the mix for a division title as well. Seattle started fast but could hold on in Andrew Luck’s house. The Seahawks are still one of the best home teams in the league and are playing better on the road.
4. Indianapolis Colts, 4-1
The Colts have wins over Seattle and San Francisco, who are both expected to compete for championships this year. Luck is having an even better year this season than he did when he set rookie records a year ago. That’s mainly because he is not turning the ball over.
3. Kansas City Chiefs, 5-0
The Chiefs offense is the real deal and the offense is doing enough to remain unbeaten. Not a road game against an improved Tennessee team would slow down Kansas City this year. Alex Smith is doing what he does and not turning it over, which has been the key to the quick turnaround. Do we believe the rumors about Tony Gonzalez’s potential return to Missouri?
2. New Orleans Saints, 5-0
The Saints are definitely back. The win over Chicago on the road proved New Orleans can win away from the Dome, but another challenge awaits this week as the Saints head to Foxboro, Mass., to take on a Patriots team that will coming off a loss. The defense is much improved under Rob Ryan, too.
1. Denver Broncos, 5-0
There is no doubt the Broncos’ offense is prolific. They have a lot of weapons and it will be hard to stop that machine this year. But the Cowboys set a blueprint in how to beat them and nearly pulled off the upset at home. The key may be to outscore the Broncos, which Dallas almost did but putting up 51 points. The schedule eventually gets tougher for Denver but this week’s game against Jacksonville will no doubt be a laugher.
5. Carolina Panthers 4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3. Pittsburgh Steelers 2. New York Giants 1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Rising: Packers, 49ers, Bengals Falling: Lions, Bears, Dolphins
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