NFL: WEEK 10
Last week’s rankings in parenthesis
1. Saints 7-1 (4).
Michael Thomas got great reception with his flip phone during his 211-yard receiving game against the Rams.
2. Patriots 7-2 (2).
Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers was a great subplot Sunday night, but the Patriots defense was the story of the game.
3. Chiefs 8-1 (3).
The juggernaut has been held under 30 points once. Patrick Mahomes has three targets with six or more TD catches.
4. Rams 8-1 (1).
You get the feeling the Rams will have a rematch with the Saints in January.
5. Chargers 6-2 (5).
Their kicking woes continue, as Caleb Sturgis was cut and Michael Badgley promoted from the practice squad.
6. Steelers 5-2-1 (6).
Le’Veon Bell bid farewell to Miami, where his holdout has been headquartered. Will he head to Pittsburgh?
7. Panthers 6-2 (7).
High-powered offense is keyed by versatile running back Christian McCaffrey.
8. Vikings 5-3-1 (8).
They enter their off week hoping to find a way to get their 29th-ranked ground game going.
9. Texans 6-3 (9).
They might be the hottest team in the AFC, and they play in the weakest division.
10. Bears 5-3 (14).
They carry a two-game winning streak into a stretch of three straight vs. NFC North opponents.
11. Bengals 5-3 (10).
A toe injury is expected to keep playmaking wide receiver A.J. Green sidelined for multiple games.
12. Eagles 4-4 (13).
They loaded up for a second-half run by adding receiver Golden Tate to the mix.
13. Packers 3-4-1 (11).
Pressure’s mounting on Mike McCarthy, whose team has lost three of four.
14. Falcons 4-4 (19).
With three straight wins, they hope they’ve clawed back into the playoff race. With six starters on IR, it will be tough.
15. Seahawks 4-4 (16).
Their OL has been playing better, but a bid to force overtime fell incomplete against the Chargers.
16. Redskins 5-3 (12).
Injuries to the offensive line have them reeling and holding on to a precarious lead atop the NFC East.
17. Titans 4-4 (22).
They hadn’t scored more than 20 points in regulation this season before a 28-14 victory in Dallas on Monday night.
18. Ravens 4-5 (15).
Pressure is building on John Harbaugh after three straight losses. An impressive start to the season seems long ago.
19. Dolphins 5-4 (18).
Safety Reshad Jones benched himself Sunday, leaving coach Adam Gase with plenty of questions to answer.
20. Cowboys 3-5 (20).
Amari Cooper scored a TD in his debut, but their offense is spinning its wheels under coordinator Scott Linehan.
21. Colts 3-5 (23).
Coming off their off week, they are starting to look like they’re turning the corner with a long road ahead.
22. Lions 3-5 (17).
Matt Patricia fired special teams coordinator Joe Marciano on Monday. No word whether posture was an issue.
23. Broncos 3-6 (21).
Brandon McManus’ winning try from 51 yards missed the mark. That’s how things are going in Denver.
24. Jaguars 3-5 (25).
Running back Leonard Fournette looks like he’s finally ready to return, but this season might be too far gone to rescue.
25. Buccaneers 3-5 (24).
Opposing QBs have 22 TD passes with one pick, a 73.9 completion percentage and a 124.3 passer rating.
26. Browns 2-6-1 (27).
Bruce Arians has let it be known he’s interested in working for the Browns. That’s an interesting name for 2019.
27. Jets 3-6 (26).
Todd Bowles’ reeling team catches a break with the Bills this week, facing a team that quite possibly has a worse offense.
28. Cardinals 2-6 (28).
Sam Bradford exited Arizona with $13.5 million for playing in three games, making Mike Glennon the backup.
29. 49ers 2-7 (31).
After a sensational debut, QB Nick Mullens gives them something interesting to evaluate in the second half.
30. Giants 1-7 (29).
Somewhere, Ben McAdoo knows it wasn’t all his fault.
31. Bills 2-7 (30).
EJ Manuel is taking shots at the Bills for their lousy quarterback situation. Apparently he forgets how bad he was.
32. Raiders 1-7 (32).
Defensive captain Bruce Irvin was cut, meaning he wins with an early exit from Oakland.