NFL Power Rankings, Week 10: Ravens Rise To The Top; NFC Makes Noise

BALTIMORE MD - NOVEMBER 7: Willis McGahee #23 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium on November 7 2010 in Baltimore Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Dolphins 26-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

SB Nation's NFL Week 10 power rankings are out and we've got a new No. 32 and a new No. 1. The Panthers take over the bottom of the rankings after a blowout loss to the Saints and the loss of their QB, Matt Moore. The Ravens meanwhile take the top spot after losses by the Patriots and Colts.

More than half the league is still in the playoff race at this point. You've got teams like the Vikings, Redskins, Dolphins and Texans who could make a run at the playoffs but those teams currently have two teams above them in their division so they'll need some help.

The top of the heap looks familiar: Ravens, Packers, Jets, Steelers and Patriots while the bottom includes the Cowboys amid their disappointing 1-7 season. Wade Phillips has been fired so it's up to Jason Garrett to find a spark in that team.

One team to keep an eye on moving forward is the Chargers. They may be starting their yearly winning streak after starting slow. Any time a team is putting up that many points you have to watch out for them. The Chiefs and Raiders sit above them in the AFC West right now but we'll see how long that lasts.

Here is SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 10.

32. Carolina Panthers (1-7)

Last week's rank: 29

Last game: Saints (lost)

SB Nation: Cat Scratch Reader

Your new No. 32. The Panthers were crushed by the Saints and now have QB Matt Moore out for the year. It's your show, Jimmy Clausen.

31. Dallas Cowboys (1-7)

Last week's rank: 30

Last game: Packers (lost)

SB Nation: Blogging The Boys

Wow. Just wow. The Cowboys are the biggest surprise of the year. You don't fire your coach without earning your way to the second to last ranking.

30. Denver Broncos (2-6)

Last week's rank: 32

Last game: Bye

SB Nation: Mile High Report

The Broncos have a big divisional game against the Chiefs next week. A win there could put their season on the track to respectability.

29. Buffalo Bills (0-8)

Last week's rank: 31

Last game: Bears (lost)

SB Nation: Buffalo Rumblings

This is not what you think of when you see an 0-8 team. They've lost the last three weeks by a field goal to three potential playoff teams.

28. San Francisco 49ers (2-6)

Last week's rank: 28

Last game: Bye

SB Nation: Niners Nation

The 49ers can make a mini-run the next three weeks against the Rams, Bucs and Cardinals.

27. Detroit Lions (2-6)

Last week's rank: 26

Last game: Jets (lost)

SB Nation: Pride Of Detroit

They've won just two of their last five games but all three losses were by one score. They can't close out games but this is going to be a good team if they keep scoring like this.

26. Arizona Cardinals (3-5)

Last week's rank: 23

Last game: Vikings (lost)

SB Nation: Revenge Of The Birds

Don't count out the Cards just yet. Their schedule isn't much: Seahawks, Chiefs, 49ers, Rams, Broncos, Panthers, Cowboys and 49ers. Then again, the Cardinals haven't been much either.

25. Cincinnati Bengals (2-6)

Last week's rank: 25

Last game: Steelers (lost)

SB Nation: Cincy Jungle

The Bengals, like the Bills, are better than their record, I think. Unfortunately Cincy has games coming up against the Colts, Steelers and Saints. They're done.

24. Minnesota Vikings (3-5)

Last week's rank: 24

Last game: Cardinals (won)

SB Nation: Daily Norseman

Well, well, well. Just when I think the Vikings are dead. They have the talent to go on a serious run but they haven't done it to this point. We'll see if they can save Brad Childress' season.

23. Seattle Seahawks (4-4)

Last week's rank: 19

Last game: Giants (lost)

SB Nation: Field Gulls

They've been embarrassed the last two weeks, 33-6 and 41-7. Fortunately for them they're still in the thick of the NFC West race.

22. St. Louis Rams (4-4)

Last week's rank: 22

Last game: Bye

SB Nation: Turf Show Times

I can't believe I'm typing this but the Rams may be able to win this division. They're tied for first with the Seahawks and have a matchup schedule with Seattle on the regular season finale.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4)

Last week's rank: 21

Last game: Bye

SB Nation: Big Cat Country

They could go .500 and find themselves in last place in the ultra-competitive AFC South.

20. Cleveland Browns (3-5)

Last week's rank: 27

Last game: Patriots (won)

SB Nation: Dawgs By Nature

Victories against the Saints and Patriots is impressive.. Enough to be a contender in the division? I doubt it but this is a great sign for the future.

19. Washington Redskins (4-4)

Last week's rank: 18

Last game: Bye

SB Nation: Hogs Haven

We'll find out very soon who the Redskins are. They've got games against the Eagles and Titans coming up and still have to play the Giants twice.

18. Chicago Bears (5-3)

Last week's rank: 17

Last game: Bills (won)

SB Nation: Windy City Gridiron

Even Lovie Smith admitted this team could easily be 2-6. They've got a big divisional game against the Vikings coming up. A win vaults the Bears into legitimate playoff contenders while a loss keeps the Vikings directly behind them.

17. Miami Dolphins (4-4)

Last week's rank: 15

Last game: Ravens (lost)

SB Nation: The Phinsider

The Dolphins are in one of the best divisions in football. They'll need the Pats and/or Jets to stumble as three of their next four comes against the Bears, Raiders and Browns.

16. Houston Texans (4-4)

Last week's rank: 13

Last game: Chargers (lost)

SB Nation: Battle Red Blog

They had to win that game against the Chargers in their own house. It's never a good situation to be racing the Colts.

15. San Diego Chargers (4-5)

Last week's rank: 20

Last game: Texans (won)

SB Nation: Bolts From The Blue

The Chargers seem to always start slow and catch fire in the middle of the season. That may be what's happening now after victories over the Titans and Texans.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3)

Last week's rank: 12

Last game: Falcons (lost)

SB Nation: Bucs Nation

Good for the Bucs. They lost but I had previously criticized them for beating no one of note (they don't make the schedule) and getting blown out by good teams. It sounds crazy but the Bucs are right in the thick of things in the NFC South.

13. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3)

Last week's rank: 11

Last game: Raiders (lost)

SB Nation: Arrowhead Pride

The Chiefs needed to beat the Raiders to start shutting the door on the AFC West. They didn't do that so the AFC West becomes one of the more interesting divisions.

12. Oakland Raiders (5-4)

Last week's rank: 16

Last game: Chiefs (won)

SB Nation: Silver And Black Pride

The Raiders are a tale of two teams. There's the team that started 1-3 and then there's this team that's gone 4-1 since. The latter looks tough to beat.

11. Tennessee Titans (5-3)

Last week's rank: 10

Last game: Bye

SB Nation: Music City Miracles

Tennessee will control their own destiny as they still have two games each against the Colts and Texans. This division has a lot of room to change.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3)

Last week's rank: 14

Last game: Colts (won)

SB Nation: Bleeding Green Nation

Impressive win over the Colts on Sunday. In two weeks they'll have a shot at catching up to the Giants when New York visits Philly.

9. New Orleans Saints (6-3)

Last week's rank: 9

Last game: Panthers (won)

SB Nation: Canal Street Chronicles

They beat the Steelers in a tough game and dominated the Panthers. Finally, these are starting to look like the 2009 Saints.

8. Atlanta Falcons (6-2)

Last week's rank: 8

Last game: Bucs (won)

SB Nation: The Falcoholic

I'm willing to hear arguments that this is the best team in the NFC. They might be the most balanced team. We'll find out how good they are when the Ravens and Packers come to Atlanta in two of the next three weeks.

7. New York Giants (6-2)

Last week's rank: 7

Last game: Seahawks (won)

SB Nation: Big Blue View

This team is getting hot. Their points scored in the last four games: 41, 41, 28 and 34. The second half of their schedule isn't tough by NFC East standards.

6. Indianapolis Colts (5-3)

Last week's rank: 2

Last game: Eagles (lost)

SB Nation: Stampede Blue

The Colts have gone seven straight years winning at least 12 games. Can they go on a run to continue the streak?

5. New England Patriots (6-2)

Last week's rank: 1

Last game: Browns (lost)

SB Nation: Pats Pulpit

The Patriots were blown out by the Browns making the AFC East a little more interesting.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)

Last week's rank: 6

Last game: Bengals (won)

SB Nation: Behind The Steel Curtain

Game of the week -- maybe even the year -- comes when next week when the Patriots visit the Steelers.

3. New York Jets (6-2)

Last week's rank: 5

Last game: Lions (won)

SB Nation: Gang Green Nation

The Jets Dec. 6 game against the Patriots is looking bigger and bigger. They might be able to run the table if they don't have anymore games like they did against the Lions.

2. Green Bay Packers (6-3)

Last week's rank: 4

Last game: Cowboys (won)

SB Nation: Acme Packing Company

The Packers dominated the Jets 9-0 and crushed the Cowboys. They're the NFC's best team with the Giants very close behind them.

1. Baltimore Ravens (6-2)

Last week's rank: 3

Last game: Dolphins (won)

SB Nation: Baltimore Beatdown

This is your new No. 1 team. Circle your calendars. Dec. 5 against the Steelers could decide the division the way these teams are going.

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