First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

October 31, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in).

Here's the balance of power heading into Monday night’s Week 8 finale between the Chargers and Chiefs:

1. Packers: I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns during his bye week.

2. Steelers: They exorcised their biggest demon in beating Tom Brady and the Patriots. Up next are the Ravens.

3. Ravens: They beat the one-win Cardinals after spotting them 21 points. Are they ready for the big rematch?

4. 49ers: Can you believe Alex Smith has thrown nine touchdowns to two picks and has a 95.7 passer rating?

5. Patriots: New England was outgained by Pittsburgh, 427-213, on Sunday. Good teams can beat them.

6. Saints: How are you going to lose by 10 points to A.J. Feeley and the woeful Rams?

7. Bills: With nine sacks in a shutout over the Redskins, the Bills showed they can play defense, too.

8. Falcons: They get a second consecutive bye week this weekend when they play the winless Colts.

9. Lions: Back to their winning ways after a two-game skid, the Lions made Tim Tebow look really bad.

10. Giants: They have a two-game lead on the NFC East’s other three teams. Will they be able to keep it?

11. Bengals: If they can split their four games with the Ravens and Steelers, they might make the playoffs.

Biggest rise (not on the list): The Eagles, who are pretty good when they aren’t handing out free footballs.

Biggest fall (not on the list): The Redskins, who are finding out why John Beck was traded for Doug Dutch.

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