My NFL Power Rankings as of October 4th, 2022!
This week saw multiple teams in my top 10 face each other. As a result, we got some good shakes up coming today. The Chiefs routed the Bucs in a game that was rarely close. The Bills had an heroic comeback to edge the Ravens. All the while the Rams solidified they aren’t ready to be the premier NFC team to beat this season.
#10 Buccaneers– I was tempted to drop them out of the rankings but the Rams stunk it up on Monday night. This allows the Bucs one more week to get it right. They find themselves on a two game losing streak which would be more concerning if the losses were not to the Chiefs and Packers. The division looks beyond dreadful, so it’s not all doom and gloom, yet. Fittingly, Bucs and Falcons play each other this week for the right to be atop the woeful South.
#9 Bengals- Two weeks ago the Bengals were in a whole different position. They lost to the Steelers and Cowboys and were 0-2. They looked as if they were superbowl hungover or got lucky last year. Well, they’ve turned it around quickly. They grabbed a pair of wins over the Jets and Dolphins. They now play fellow top 10 rival, Ravens, this weekend. A win Sunday could go a long way to repeating as AFC champions.
#8 Cowboys- Move over Eagles, Cooper Rush is also unbeaten. Not only is Rush undefeated, he’s got some quality wins to his name. In his debut, he beat the Bengals. He then followed that up by handing the Giants their only loss of the season. If the Cowboys beat the Rams, it will officially cause a narrative shift. The NFC East will go from disfunctional and downright awful, to the best division of football. While over on the West, all those teams could end up being overrated and bad. What a year this could be.
#7 Packers- Packers are scoring high on everybody’s list. Maybe rightfully so. This is not a star studded team. But they are getting wins some how. They had multiple chances to blow it last week at home against a 3rd string rookie. But they didn’t. They held on. If they can handle the Giants this weekend in London, maybe they can crack the top 5.
#6 Vikings- Just like the Packers, a win is a win. Outside of thoroughly rocking the Packers in week 1, the Vikings have failed to impress. The Saints should have been overwhelmed without Winston, Kamara, or Michael Thomas. Still, the Saints found a way to only lose by 3. With that said, the Vikings have managed to keep a winning record going. I expect them to secure the win over the Bears this weekend as this is not the game they want to be slipping on.
#5 Ravens- I continue to give the Ravens a pass. The Ravens have, 2 out of the last 3 weeks, looked like they were going to make statement wins and climb to number 1 on the rankings. Yet, here they are at 2-2 because they cannot close out games. They were up 20-3 before letting the Bill’s score 20 unanswered. 2-2 is still a respectable record with losses to two teams ahead of them on this list. But a lose to the Bengals will shake this whole list up.
#4 Dolphins- We’ve come full circle. Everybody made excuses when the Dolphins beat the Ravens and Bills in back to back weeks. Now, on a short week, coming off of two emotional wins while watching their QB get knocked out of the game concussed, we find the Dolphins with their first loss. Dolphins are dropping hard on peoples rankings, but I’m going to give them 1 more week to prove it was a fluke this weekend. They play the Jets which should be a game they come out swinging in. Win it for Tua, boys.
#3 Bills- The Bills have not looked nearly as dominant lately as they did to start the season. Still, there’s no doubt in my mind they are one of the best teams in the league. They needed late game heroics from Allen, which you expect from a guy like him, and some questionable coaching from the Ravens, which you don’t expect from them, to snatch the win. If they rip the heart out of the Steelers then everything is back on track in Buffalo.
#2 Chiefs- As long as the Chiefs have Reid and Mahomes, they will always be my pick for the AFC. The AFC is fierce this year with at least 6 legitimate contenders and a handful of dark horses, but they continue to step up and just out last the best teams. I knew the Colts game was a fluke, but they don’t need anymore performances like that with all the talented teams chasing them.
#1 Eagles- I don’t know what to make of the Eagles at the moment. I would pick the Chiefs to beat the Eagles if they played tomorrow. However, if this defense keeps getting better, the Eagles will keep making the strongest case for #1. Falling down 14-0 early against one of the most red hot teams in the league didn’t matter. They forced 5 turnovers on young Trevor Lawrence. Many will wonder if it didn’t rain that game, would he have had as many turnovers. We don’t know. Maybe we can get a superbowl rematch?
My NFL Top 10 Power Rankings as of September 20th, 2022!
Typically I like to wait a few weeks before making my list, but so much excitement happened I felt obligated to make this Power Rankings! So here’s my top 10 NFL teams. Also, check out my college rankings when you are done with this post.
#10 Cardinals- A majority of the league is 1-1 meaning competition for the number 10 spot was intense. I’m not sure if I’m in the minority about the Cardinals or not here. However, Murray proved he can be an elite QB when needed. The NFC is wide open. Hopkins comes back in a month or so. And the West doesn’t look that great. The NFC can be there’s for the taking.
#9 Vikings- I firmly believe in my top 8, my last two leave a lot to be desired though. If I had made this list in Week 1, Vikings would be near my top 5 and my 3 Seed in the NFC. A week later and Cousins proved he is just not that guy when the lights are on. I doubt they’ll face a corner nearly as good as Slay anytime soon. This means I am projecting the Vikings to bounce back and probably settle for the 4 Seed now. Their date with the Lions could cost them so serious ground if they trip up next week.
#8 Rams- This morning they were my 6. As the day has gone on, I’ve dropped them a little. They got embarrassed by the Bills to start the season and didn’t exactly gain confidence in the 2nd half of the Falcons game. They need a good showing for 4 quarters here soon. They get the benefit of the doubt as super bowl champions.
#7 Ravens- I think the Ravens can still compete for the 1 Seed in the AFC but that Fourth quarter against the Dolphins was rough. Will the Ravens defense get it going as the season goes on? We will see. The offense should remain fine.
#6 Dolphins- September 25th cannot come soon enough! The Dolphins will host the Bill’s this week in a game that should be pretty telling. One more electric week and there will be no denying them a top 5 spot.
#5 Chargers- I’m extremely bullish on the Chargers this season. However, this early start is going to be a slog. They just aren’t healthy. Their run game is underdeveloped for now. And miraculously, if they had just slowed down a bit, Herbert never throws a pick six. If the Chargers sealed their week 2 fate with a win, we would be talking about them as the number 2 team. For now, we wait. Their next 6 opponent’s are Jags, Texans, Browns, Broncos, Seahawks and Falcons. I’m expecting a 5-1 run, 4-2 at worse before the season cranks up the difficulty.
#4 Eagles- Eagles are going neck to neck with the Bucs for the number 1 NFC team. It’s a close race through 2 weeks. If Hurts continued to develop, I’ll take the Eagles. If the Bucs offense finally gets clicking, I’ll take the Bucs. Will we have a better answer next week? Maybe.
#3 Buccaneers– Truthfully, Eagles are my number 1 for the NFC, but if I bet against Brady he will go and win another Super Bowl. I refuse to be the motivation for Brady winning another one. With all of that said, their offense is lack luster but their defense has been one of the best so far. It almost seems as if the Bucs vs Packers is going to be a slapping match this year.
#2 Chiefs- This debate will probably be a 2 headed race all year. I would give the substance edge to the Chiefs. They beat the Cardinals and the Chargers, two teams in my top 10 list. I have to take off some points considering they had no business beating the Chargers. Herbert just cannot get over the Mahomes Wall, a feat only Brady and Burrow have done so far.
# Bills- Bills get the nod for the way they are dismantling people. Titans look well on their way to a top 5 pick this year, true. However, they embarrassed the Rams on opening day. These two teams are so good that even a lose or two between now and their matchup in October probably won’t knock them out of the top 10.
So right now I think Chiefs and Bills are the best of the AFC with the Ravens and Chargers trying to catch up. The NFC looks like it’s the Bucs to lose but Eagles could make it interesting. Shout out to the Lions and Giants for making strong cases, too. Lions take on Vikings and Giants take on Cowboys. Each of them competing to Crack the top 10 next week!