Patriots tumble from top in NFL Power Rankings in Week 10

The Patriots lost their nine-week stranglehold on the top spot after losing to the Ravens, 37-20, Sunday night. They drop a spot, below the Niners, who are now the only unbeaten team. It'll be interesting to see how they manage with tough upcoming games against NFC West foes (Seahawks, Rams) as well as others against the Packers and Ravens.

1. San Francisco (8-0) – They're the only unbeaten team left standing. Can the Niners handle heightened expectations, not to mention a tough schedule the rest of the way?

2. PATRIOTS (8-1) – Patriots flunk first difficult test, but they shouldn't be flunking many more.

3. New Orleans (7-1) – Drew Brees is already one game into his comeback from thumb surgery and ready to add on with the team coming out of a bye and a six-game win streak.

4. Baltimore (6-2) – So, they take down the mighty Patriots. Now you have to wonder how the heck were they blasted by the Browns?

5. Seattle (7-2) – Russell Wilson is the MVP front-runner, but needs to keep pulling out games like he did Sunday against Tampa especially with Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson and  Christian McCaffrey on his heels.

6. Green Bay (7-2) – The Packers threw up a * dud” in the words of Aaron Rodgers. It was an unexpected stinker to say the least. The offense vanished.

7. Kansas City (6-3) – They'll take any win without Patrick Mahomes, who should be coming back any minute now.

8. Houston (6-3) – J.J. Watt goes down, and the Texans respond with one of their best defensive performances of the year.

9. Minnesota (6-3) – Just when you think Kirk Cousins has turned the corner, there are those wondering once more why he can't deliver in the clutch against good teams.

10. Dallas (5-3) – Tough to beat the Cowboys when the Big Three (Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper) are in sync and having monster games.

11. L.A. Rams (5-3) – Coming off a bye, last season's Super Bowl runner up remains the third best team in their division and look like a wild card entry at best.

12. Indianapolis (5-3) – Penalties, turnovers, and this time around, a missed potential game-winning kick by Adam Vinatieri. Game could come back to haunt them.

13. Buffalo (6-2) – You are, what your record says you are. Normally, true. With the Bills, it's a head scratcher.

14. Philadelphia (5-4) – Back-to-back wins and a revival of their running game has left the Eagles in better position to contend for top spot in the NFC East.

15. Carolina (5-3) – Christian McCaffrey (166 yards, 3 TDs) refuses to go away in the MVP discussion.

16. Oakland (5-4) – A drive for the playoffs would be the perfect scenario for the Raiders before heading to Las Vegas. Thursday night's win over the Chargers keeps the dream alive.

17. Pittsburgh (4-4) – Surrendering a boatload for Minkah Fitzpatrick after Ben Roethlisberger was lost didn't seem to make much sense at the time. It does now. He's helped give them life in the AFC North race.

18. L.A. Chargers (4-6) – Looked like canning offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was one of the jolts needed to get the offense going. But then the play-calling was atrocious on final drive against Raiders Thursday night.

19. Detroit (3-4-1) – They can't seem to get out of their own way, losing in more aggravating ways each week.

20. Jacksonville (4-5) – Time's up on Minshew Mania. The clock struck midnight in London. It was fun while it lasted. Nick Foles is back.

21. Tennessee (4-5) – Ryan Succup missed three field goals last week. In this NFL, the norm, not the exception.

22. Chicago (3-5) – Four straight losses. Another horrible outing from Mitchel Trubisky. Is Matt Nagy a glutton for punishment?

23. Denver (3-6) – The Broncos are allowing 31.5 points per game. The only team that's worse is the Dolphins.

24. Cleveland (2-6) – Is it possible they've regressed? Weird to say that about the Browns. But that's what happens with an infusion of talent, heightened expectations and the product continuing to stink.

25. Arizona (3-5-1) – Even though they lost to the 49ers, the arrow keeps pointing up for the Cardinals.

26. Tampa Bay (2-6) – Five of their losses have now been by one score. That can be viewed as a positive or a negative. Any guesses which direction Bruce Arians is choosing, especially after not burying Seattle?

27. N.Y. Giants (2-7) – They lead the league in turnovers and black cats on the field. No further explanation needed.

28. Atlanta (1-7) –  Dan Quinn survived the bye week. Guess they want him to suffer through more blowout losses.

29. Washington (1-8) – Can't win when you can't get in the endzone. They're averaging just 12 points per game along with the Jets and Dolphins.

30. Miami (1-7) – Judging by the reaction of the players, they loved getting first win for Brian Flores. And if they messed up the tank job and lose the first overall pick, tough. Flores is gaining something more important.

31. N.Y. Jets (1-7) – Since playing the Patriots Week 7, the Jets have fallen and can't get up. Will Sam Darnold and Adam Gase ever rise again?

32. Cincinnati (0-8) – They own the league's top big play defense. That's not a good thing. If any team wants a cure for its offense, it's the Bengals (62 explosive plays allowed).