1. Patriots: The Patriots suffered a major set back with the loss of Dion Lewis for the rest of the season with an ACL tear. While the Patriots played a sloppy first half against Washington, the defending super bowl champs still found a way to remain undefeated and stay atop of this weeks power rankings.
2. Bengals: Andy Dalton has proved week in an week out that the Bengals deserve to be undefeated. With Tyler Eiffert’s 9 touchdowns halfway through the season, its no surprise the Bengals hold a record of 8-0.
3. Panthers: Cam Newton hasn’t been putting up the best numbers, but has been finding ways to win week in and week out. After last weeks win against the Packers and 12 straight regular season wins, the Panthers are proving themselves as a dominant factor in the league.
4. Broncos: The Broncos finally suffered their inevitable loss against the Colts on Sunday. Peyton Manning is only 3 yards away from surpassing Brett Favre’s all time passings yards record, but their defense is beginning to show some weakness. If the Broncos want to continue their success they’re going to have to find ways to run the ball and hold opponents to less points.
5. Packers: Aaron Rogers has faced back to back losses for the first time in his career. Coming off a loss to the undefeated Panthers, the Packers hold a 6-2 record. With a reasonable upcoming schedule the Packers have a great chance of getting back on track and taking over the NFC North.
6. Cardinals: The Cardinals have the second best point differential in the league thus far at +110. Carson Palmer and his multiple offensive weapons have been putting up serious points while their defensive has remained stolid. With a difficult upcoming schedule the Cards have an opportunity to prove themselves.
7. Seahawks: Surprisingly, the Seahawks are in the top ten of this weeks power rankings. The Seahawks are one of the most inefficient teams in the league inside of the red zone. However, their dominant defense has kept the Seahawks in the conversion as playoff contenders allowing the second least amount of points a game at 17.5.
8. Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater has led the Vikings to their best start since 2009, winning four straight games. The Vikings are currently tied with the Packers for the NFC North, but a difficult schedule ahead of them. If Stefon Diggs and Adrien Peterson can keep up production on offense the Vikings are serious deep playoff contenders.
9. Steelers: The Steelers are without Le’Veon Bell and Ben Rothlisberger this week but with promise from DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown, the Steelrs offense hasnt skipped a beat. Brown is coming off a record week with 17 receptions and 284 receiving yards, a Steelers franchise record.
10. Rams: Todd Gurley finally showed that he was human Sunday after the Vikings held him to only 89 rushing yards. With the recent addition of Wes Welker, Nick Foles will now have help on the ground as well as down the field giving this team some promise after a mediocre first half of the season.