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Matt Tabeek's Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings: Saints reign while Seahawks surge, Falcons slide


It was another wild and unpredictable week in the NFL. Despite some of the craziness and a "Monday Night Football" game between two of the best teams living up to all of the hype (and then some), the top three teams in this week's Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings remain the same.

The top 10 teams, in fact, are unchanged this week but the order is different. The Steelers and Bears moved up while the Chargers, Panthers and Vikings all dropped. 


The Falcons, who lost for the second time in as many weeks, slid again this week. With the way this season is shaping up, there's no telling where Atlanta (4-6) would be this week in the rankings had it beaten the Browns and Cowboys. Just look at the records of the Vikings, Panthers and Seahawks. You can check out the rest of my rankings below:

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1 Saints (9-1) Are they running up the score or are teams simply unable to stop them? 1
2 Rams (10-1) They won a thrilling shootout vs. the Chiefs because they protected the ball better. 2
3 Chiefs (9-2) Mahomes is a machine but his two picks in the final 1:18 vs. the Rams hurt their chances. 3
4 Steelers (7-2-1) No one said all of the wins have to be pretty. Steelers continue to roll despite Big Ben’s picks. 5
5 Chargers (7-3) They lost in the final seconds to a division rival, but they’re going to be a tough out down the stretch. 4
6 Patriots (7-3) BYE WEEK. Up next: Road game vs. Jets. 6
7 Texans (7-3) Since beginning 0-3, they’ve reeled off seven straight. Huge Monday night game coming up. 7
8 Bears (7-3) Who had the Bears winning the NFC North back in August? Anyone? It could happen. 10
9 Panthers (6-4) Going for two and losing could come back to haunt them. 8
10 Vikings (5-4-1) I’m still waiting for them to go on a major roll. Patriots, Packers and Seahawks up next though. 9
11 Seahawks (5-5) They’re eyeing a wild-card spot and play the 49ers twice and the Cards once in their final six games. 16
12 Titans (5-5) Just when you wanted to feel good about their two-game winning streak … the Colts game happens. 11
13 Cowboys (5-5) A couple of weeks ago everyone was calling for Jason Garrett’s job. Now they’re eyeing first place in the East. 17
14 Redskins (6-4) Alex Smith suffers a gruesome, season-ending leg injury and now it’s all up to Colt McCoy. 13
15 Packers (4-5-1) Yes, they’ve got Aaron Rodgers but they’ve yet to win consecutive games this season, too. 12
16 Colts (5-5) Andrew Luck is back and they’ve won four straight with the Dolphins up next. Look out, Houston. 22
17 Ravens (5-5) Did we just witness the passing of the torch and the beginning of the Lamar Jackson era? 19
18 Bengals (5-5) Following an impressive start they’ve now dropped four of their last five and hired Hue Jackson. 14
19 Eagles (4-6) Where’s the offense in Philly? Where’s Carson Wentz, the one-time MVP candidate? 18
20 Dolphins (5-5) BYE WEEK. Up next: Road game vs. the Colts. 15
21 Browns (3-6-1) BYE WEEK. Up next: Road game vs. the Bengals. 20
22 Falcons (4-6) Monster game coming up against their hated division rivals. A win would shock the NFL world and revive their playoff hopes. 21
23 Broncos (4-6) They had dropped six of their previous seven games before knocking off the Chargers. 23
24 Lions (4-6) It’s been an up-and-down year for the Lions and first-year coach Matt Patricia. The first-place Bears are up next. 25
25 Giants (3-7) The Giants are finally finding their groove, and that’s a good thing for first-year coach Pat Shurmur. 29
26 Buccaneers (3-7) The quarterback carousel in Tampa continues. 24
27 Jaguars (3-7) After a 3-1 start, the Jags have now dropped six straight. Ouch. The Bills are up next. 26
28 Bills (3-7) BYE WEEK. Up next: Home game vs. the Jaguars. 27
29 Jets (3-7) BYE WEEK. Up next: Home game vs. the Patriots. 28
30 49ers (2-8) BYE WEEK. Up next: Road game vs. the Buccaneers. 31
31 Raiders (2-8) The Raiders win! The Raiders win! And Jon Gruden is celebrating … thinking about those three 2019 first-round draft picks. 32
32 Cardinals (2-8) When you lose to a one-win Raiders team, you get the 32nd spot here. 30

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