... yes, the Cowboys were spanked in New Orleans. But that wasn't the biggest surprise of the weekend. Nor was the Jaguars getting their first win of the season. Nope. You'd have to say the Rams going into Lucas Oil and wasting the Colts by ***30*** was Week 10's shocker -- an upset that also impacted this hierarchy's top 10. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers' surprise win over the Dolphins didn't shake things up as much, but that doesn't mean it didn't matter ...
That's an excellent point, Spencer. But does Mercury Morris care? Probably not. It was great to see the Jags and Bucs get off the schneid, although it really made for a tough week of picking games for your friendly writer. But hey, that's football, man.
Let the dissension commence ...
Here's the deal: I picked Seattle as a Super Bowl team in the preseason, and I did it once again in our midseason reset. But this penchant for letting bad opponents hang around that the Seahawks showed in the past month made it tough to stick by them. Now, though -- with Sunday's solid performance in Atlanta and Aaron Rodgers' injury slowing the Packers -- they're the NFC favorites.
Detroit brought a bad Chicago track record into the matchup, having stunk it up time and again in the Windy City. (Soldier Field had been more like folder field for Jim Schwartz's team, which had yet to win there under the coach.) But the boys in Honolulu blue pulled off a reversal of fortune, even withstanding a late rally. Don't panic, but the Lions could win the NFC North.
*"Hey, Barry -- coach says it's in the game plan for you to cover somebody."*
*"Yo, Jeff, hey, it's OK for you to actually tackle their guys."* </content:power-ranking>
St. Louis can't expect to lean on a Chris Long fumble return for a score and a special-teams touchdown every week, but the promise of better days is there. And now that Jeff Fisher has found his Eddie George in Zac Stacy, the burden of fulfilling that promise will fall squarely on Sam Bradford, the receivers and whoever the offensive coordinator is in 2014. At 4-6, the Rams aren't exactly done in 2013, but squeezing enough out of this roster to snag a wild-card berth would be a miracle analogous to beating the Colts 38-8.
Things couldn't have started worse in Arizona, with Case Keenum fumbling on the first play from scrimmage and spotting the Cardinals a quick six. The Texans fought back, though, and made it a game through their very last drive.
With the offense missing the suspended Justin Blackmon, the defense will have to be the instigator if this Jacksonville team is to put two to three wins together this season. But before we look ahead, let's rejoice in this W. Don't know about you, but we were growing weary of the Jaguars sucking every week.