The Saints maintained their momentum, the Colts’ resurgence continued and there was a shocker in Nashville. So were there big changes in the Power Rankings?
Just when you thought things were starting to take shape throughout the league, Week 10 provided some surprises.
Both Super Bowl teams from a year ago took it on the chin. While the New England Patriots were manhandled at Tennessee, the reigning NFL champion Eagles are becoming a very difficult team to figure out. Meanwhile, both the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints made major offensive statements on Thursday night and Sunday afternoon, respectively.
So was there a lot of shuffling when it came to the power rankings? It’s a different looking top 10 this week.
Oakland Raiders 1-8
Last week: L, 20-6 vs LAC
Last rank: 32nd
Recap: Jon Gruden’s club looked to snap its four-game losing streak against a Chargers’ team that has won its last five contests. Back in Week 5, the Raiders were pushed around by this same team, 26-10, in Los Angeles. This time around, it was another double-digit loss as this club failed to score a touchdown for the second straight outing and the third time in their last four contests. Quarterback Derek Carr took his lumps once again as he threw for 243 yards and was not picked odd but was sacked four times and lost a fumble. The Oakland defense played a very respectable game but the lack of offensive support resulted in the team’s fifth straight loss.
Next Week: The Raiders make their way to the desert for the first time since 2010 to face a struggling Arizona Cardinals’ team. The clubs last met in Oakland in ‘14 and the Silver and Black fell, 24-13. And the Raiders also lost in their last road tilt in this interconference series, 24-23, eight years ago.
Playoff hopes: Right now, this is an organization that has more first-round draft choices in 2019 (3) than wins this season. It’s a franchise clearly looking towards the future while trying to at least stay competitive. But this looks like a team ready to miss the playoffs for the 15th time in 16 seasons dating back to 2003.