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Power rankings revisited: Week 10

11/15/2010

A weekly review of how teams performed in relation to last week’s Power Rankings (with new rankings scheduled for Tuesday):

So much for ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 10.

Lower-ranked teams won eight of 13 games through Sunday night. The Washington Redskins would make it nine of 14 with a home victory against the Philadelphia Eagles on "Monday Night Football" (ESPN, 8:20 p.m.).

The third-ranked Atlanta Falcons' victory against the top-ranked Baltimore Ravens makes them an early favorite to emerge as the new No. 1 team when our four panelists -- me, John Clayton, Paul Kuharsky and James Walker -- submit ballots following the Monday night game. The chart shows how we voted last week, with red lettering identifying teams that lost in Week 10.

The New England Patriots fell from No. 1 to No. 6 last week after losing at Cleveland. Their impressive victory at second-ranked Pittsburgh in Week 10 moves them back into the conversation for best team in the league.

These have been fleeting designations in recent weeks, however. Three teams -- Baltimore, New England and Pittsburgh -- have held the top spot in the past three rankings. New Orleans and Indianapolis held the top spot previously.

Three of the top four teams lost in Week 10. The only winner, Atlanta, defeated another team in the top four.

A closer look at the fallout ...

The reckoning: Eight games featured lower-ranked teams beating higher-ranked teams in Week 10.

  • (3) Atlanta 26, (1) Baltimore 21: Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco showed their fourth-quarter mettle in a classic matchup.

  • (6) New England 39, (2) Pittsburgh 26: Tom Brady's fiery displays lent additional meaning to an important victory for New England.

  • (30) Dallas 33, (4) New York Giants 20: The Cowboys might want to look into firing their coach every week.

  • (17) Miami 29, (11) Tennessee 17: The Dolphins' victory came at great cost on the injury front. Losing Jake Long would hurt badly.

  • (29) Denver 49, (14) Kansas City 29: Todd Haley's finger-wagging refusal to shake Josh McDaniels' hand adds to the rivalry.

  • (20) Jacksonville 31, (15) Houston 24: David Garrard has 11 touchdown passes, two interceptions in his past five starts.

  • (28) San Francisco 23 (21) St. Louis 20: The 49ers' Troy Smith is averaging 11.7 yards per attempt in two starts.

  • (32) Buffalo 14, (27) Detroit 12: Shaun Hill has attempted at least 50 passes twice this season. Detroit lost each game by two points.

Still to play: Philadelphia at Washington "Monday Night Football" (ESPN, 8:20 p.m. ET).

My early favorite for the No. 1 spot: Atlanta, but New England will get strong consideration.