We are officially at the halfway mark of the NFL season with each team playing at least 8 games. We’re checking back in with the weekly power rankings to see where things stand in the 2020 season.
New Orleans Saints:
- The Saints marched into Tampa Bay and suddenly Tom Brady realized that this was not the AFC East anymore. On top of the 35-3 shellacking being the worst defeat the 43-year-old quarterback has ever faced, this was also the first time in Brady’s 21-year career that he was swept by a divisional opponent. Now on the Saints, this was the type of performance Sean Payton dreamed of coming into a national tv game against a divisional opponent. Reigning offensive player of the year Mike Thomas—who was playing only for his second game this season—did not make a huge imprint on the game, recording only 5 catches for 51 yards, yet the Saints offense did not miss a beat and was operating at an elite level. Even through criticism about their lack of downfield passing game due to the limitation in Drew Brees’ arm strength at this stage of his career, their lowest scoring output this season has been 24 points, and they are now up to five 30-point games this season.
Patrick Mahomes MVP Case:
- As everyone was gushing over Russell Wilson and Josh Allen and Kyler Murray and Aaron Rodgers and whoever else you would like to throw into that conversation, the reigning Super Bowl MVP has quietly just gone about his business, and now he is in perfect position to capture a second league MVP. This past Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Mahomes was once again spectacular, making absurd stat lines look commonplace passing for 372 yards and 4 touchdowns. That makes it 9 touchdown passes in Mahomes last two starts. The Chiefs sit in a good spot at the halfway mark with only one loss, and they already own the tiebreaker against the Bills and Ravens. If the Chiefs navigate their way through a reasonable second half and clinch a top seed in the AFC, then there’s no reason to not expect Mahomes to be sitting near the top of the list for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.
Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins:
- The Dolphins rookie signal caller was able to pick up a convincing win in his first start against the Rams, but he was not asked to do much leading to some chatter about his standing amongst this star-studded rookie quarterback class. Well, we can put those conversations to bed for the time being, because for the first time in almost a full calendar year we were able to see the man who was lighting up college football each and every Saturday. Tagovailoa was very efficient on the day, going 20/28 for 248 yards and 2 TD, and he saved his best for last. In the fourth quarter he threw a great fade ball to the right side of the end zone for the game tying touchdown, and then led the Dolphins to a game-winning field goal drive with three and half minutes remaining. Looking at the QB class as a whole, Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow may have gotten off to fast starts with big stat lines, but it’s Tua who is in poll position to be the first of the three to play in the playoffs with Miami sitting at 5-3 currently in the 7th seed.
Chicago Bears Offense:
- The Chicago Bears offense has let the team down once again, and there are no answers to turn to. The thinking was that Mitchell Trubisky was the problem, and once the Bears were able to get solid QB play from a veteran they would take off. Well Nick Foles has looked no better, and now questions have to start being asked about Matt Nagy’s ability to field a successful offense. The Titans were coming off a game where a rookie quarterback in Joe Burrow was able to put up 31 points, and the Bears were not able to score a touchdown against the very same defense until there were 5 left in the game. This defense led by Khalil Mack will keep the team in just about every game they play, but they will not be going anywhere due to the struggles of their offense. In the year 2020 it is simply unacceptable to have a team score 20 points or less, 5 times, less times than they score 21 or more, 4 times.
Los Angeles Chargers:
- The silver lining for the Chargers is that they seem to have found a franchise quarter for the next decade plus in rookie stud Justin Herbert, but that cannot take away from the hurt of all the last second losses. It’s as if the Chargers and the Falcons are in a race for who can have the most crushing last second losses in a season. If that were a thing then the Chargers have clearly taken the lead. At 2-6 there is no path to the playoffs in the AFC for a team who still has the likes of the Chiefs and Bills still on the schedule, but the season is far from over. This is a team that already has a franchise QB in place, they have to start figuring out how to close these games, or else Anthony Lynn may be in search of a job once the new year hits.
- The Detroit Lions have been a real disappointment this season when you consider the fact that they came into this season with real expectation of being a competitive football team vying for a playoff spot. They showed their capabilities when they went into the desert and took down the Cardinals, as well as in their come from behind win in Atlanta, but their lows have been really low. In their losses, either they have blown a double-digit lead, or gotten blown out by at least 14 points. If this team was of playoff caliber, they would be much more competitive, even in losing efforts, but they just got dominated in Minnesota, not showing any capability of getting stops. They allowed 275 yards to the Vikings, culminating in their fifth game this season allowing over 30 points. Defensive genius Matt Patricia seat gets warmer by the hour.
Top Performances of the Week: “You must win to get in!”
Dalvin Cook: 22 car 206 rush yds 2 TD 2 rec 46 rec yds
- Dalvin Cook carries the Minnesota offense with a second straight dominant day on the ground at home. 34-20 Vikings over the Lions.
Josh Allen: 31/38 415 yards 3 passing TD 1 rushing TD
- Josh Allen regains some of that early season magic in a dominant performance against the Seahawks at home. Bills win 44-34.
Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill & Travis Kelce:372 yds 4 TD; 9rec 113 yds 2 TD;10 rec 159yds
- A quarterback with weapons like these will leave any defense flummoxed. Chiefs survive at home against Carolina 33-31.
Drew Brees: 26-32 222 yards 4 TD
- Drew Brees reached back in time to pull out a vintage performance in the Saints 38-3 win on Sunday Night Football in Tampa Bay.
Aaron Rodgers & Davante Adams: 25/31 305 yards 4 TD; 10 rec 173 yards 1 TD
- On Thursday Night Football this duo produced big numbers once again as the Packers emerged victorious in San Francisco 34-17.
Week 10 Power Rankings
- Kansas City Chiefs (8-1)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0)
- New Orleans Saints (6-2)
- Baltimore Ravens (6-2)
- Buffalo Bills (7-2)
- Seattle Seahawks (6-2)
- Green Bay Packers (6-2)
- Tennessee Titans (6-2)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3)
- Miami Dolphins (5-3)
- Arizona Cardinals (5-3)
- Las Vegas Raiders (5-3)
- Indianapolis Colts (5-3)
- Los Angeles Rams (5-3)
- Cleveland Browns (5-3)
- Minnesota Vikings (3-5)
- Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1)
- Chicago Bears (5-4)
- San Francisco 49ers (4-5)
- New England Patriots (3-5)
- Detroit Lions (3-5)
- Atlanta Falcons (3-6)
- Carolina Panthers (3-6)
- Houston Texans (2-6)
- Denver Broncos (3-5)
- Los Angeles Chargers (2-6)
- Cincinnati Bengals (2-5-1)
- Dallas Cowboys (2-7)
- New York Giants (2-7)
- Washington Football Team (2-6)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7)
- New York Jets (0-9)