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2021 NFL Power Rankings – Week 10

Rams Drop to 5th, Chargers Rise to 8th

 

November 11, 2021

Mike Nowak - LA Chargers

Chargers beat the Eagles on the road on Sunday

1. Arizona Cardinals (8-1): The Cardinals added backup quarterback Colt McCoy in the offseason for the veteran minimum of $1.075 million. He also received a signing bonus of $137,500. It was a good investment as McCoy replaced an injured Kyler Murray and led the Cardinals to a road win in San Francisco, throwing for 249 yards and one touchdown. Next: -10 vs Carolina Panthers - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 44.5 (ATS: 7-2 – O/U: 4-5)

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2): It is always interesting to see when multi-millionaires believe in unions. Tom Brady is unhappy that the NFL went to a 17-game schedule. Brady explained why this happened. "Because the owners haven't had to listen to the players," Brady said. "Because usually what the owners want the owners get. We need strong union leadership." Tom Brady the union man. -9.5 at Washington Football Team - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 51.5 (ATS: 3-5 – O/U: 5-3)

3. Tennessee Titans (7-2): The Titans never got a chance to miss Derrick Henry on Sunday Night. The Titans outscored the Rams 21-0 in the second quarter behind two interceptions and 64-yard offensive drive with 20 yards in Rams penalties to take a 21-3 halftime lead, leading toa 28-16 win over the Rams. The Titans scored 21 points in the second quarter on 43 yards of total offense. Next: -3 vs New Orleans Saints - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 44.5 (ATS: 7-2 – O/U: 5-4)

4. Baltimore Ravens (6-2): There is a pattern that is emerging in Baltimore. For the fourth time this season, the Ravens had to come-from-behind in the fourth quarter to win a football game. It is not a pattern that the Ravens want to live-and-die on all season, even if they have quarterback Lamar Jackson. Next: -7.5 at Miami Dolphins – Thu, Nov. 11 – O/U 46 (ATS: 3-5 – O/U:5-3)

5. Los Angeles Rams (7-2): Quarterback Matthew Stafford put the Rams in an early hole with two bad interceptions, making it easy on the Titans in their win over the Rams. The first interception was returned to the Rams two-yard line and the second interception was returned for a touchdown. The Titans grabbed an early 14-3 lead and never looked back. The Rams never recovered. Next: -4 at San Francisco 49ers - Mon, Nov. 15 – O/U 49.5 (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 5-3-1)

6. Green Bay Packers (7-2): The Packers would be 8-1 this week, but their quarterback lied about being vaccinated for Covid-19 and it cost him one game after he tested positive for the virus. The Packers ended up losing to the Chiefs, 13-7. The team hopes he will be available for this week's game. Next: -3.5 vs Seattle Seahawks - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 55.5 (ATS: 8-1 – O/U: 2-7)

7. Dallas Cowboys (6-2): The Cowboys were stunned at home by the Broncos, losing 30-16. The score was not that close, as the Cowboys trailed 30-0 in the fourth quarter with less than five minutes remaining in the game when the Bronco head coach Vic Fangio finally called off the dogs. Next: -9 vs Atlanta Falcons - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 54.5 (ATS: 7-1 – O/U: 5-3)

8. Los Angeles Chargers (5-3): The Chargers regained their form of the first five games this season in defeating the Eagles in Philadelphia, 27-24. Quarterback Justin Herbert was in rhythm again, completing 32 of 38 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns, while adding an eight-yard rushing touchdown. Next: -2.5 vs Minnesota Vikings - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 52 (ATS: 5-3 – O/U: 3-5)

9. Buffalo Bills (5-3): The Bills hit rock bottom in their stunning loss to the Jaguars. The Bills held the Jaguars to nine points and 218 total yards of offense but were unable to get their high-powered offense untracked in the 9-6 loss to the Jags in Jacksonville. Next: -13 at New York Jets - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 47.5 (ATS: 4-3-1 – O/U: 3-5)

10. Las Vegas Raiders (5-3): One week after releasing 2020 first round pick Henry Ruggs for a felony DUI that resulted in a traffic fatality, the Raiders have released their other first round pick from the 2020 NFL draft. Cornerback Damon Arnette was released after a video surfaced of Arnette making death threats while brandishing firearms. In the period of one week, the 2020 NFL draft has become a disaster for the Raiders. Next: +2.5 vs Kansas City Chiefs - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 47.5 (ATS: 4-4 – O/U: 4-4)

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3): The Steelers pulled out a win at home over the Bears, 29-27, on Monday Night Football. A Chris Boswell 40-yard field goal with 26 seconds left in the game and some questionable officiating helped the Steelers extend their winning streak to four games. Next: -8.5 vs Detroit Lions – Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 42.5 (ATS: 3-5 – O/U: 2-5-1)

12. New Orleans Saints (5-3): The Saints could have moved into first place in the NFC South with a win over the Falcons, but could not slow down Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, despite being without wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Next: +3 at Tennessee Titans – Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 44.5 (ATS: 4-4 – O/U: 4-4)

13. Cleveland Browns (5-4): The Browns looked like a different team without wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the lineup. The Browns rolled over the Bengals in Cincinnati, while they were in the process of waiving Beckham, who had become more of a distraction. Next: +1.5 at New England Patriots – Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 45.5 (ATS: 5-4 – O/U: 5-4)

14. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4): The Bengals got bounced by the Browns at home, 41-16. Bengal quarterback Joe Burrow has thrown 20 touchdown passes but has also thrown 11 interceptions and been sacked 25 times. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A at Las Vegas Raiders - Sun, Nov. 21 – O/U N/A (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 4-5)

15. Kansas City Chiefs (5-4): The Chiefs beat an undermanned Packer team at home, 13-7. It was an unimpressive win over a Packer team without starter Aaron Rodgers. The Chiefs had 237 yards in total offense as their once potent offense continues to struggle. Next: -2.5 at Las Vegas Raiders - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 52 (ATS: 2-6 – O/U: 4-5)

16. New England Patriots (5-4): The Patriots are just a half a game behind the Bills after their victory over the Panthers on the road, while the Bills lost in Jacksonville. The Pats will play the Bills twice in December. Next: -1.5 vs Cleveland Browns – Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 45.5 (ATS: 5-4 – O/U: 4-5)

17. Denver Broncos (5-4): The Broncos pulled off a surprisingly easy victory over the Cowboys in Dallas. The Broncos rushed for 190 yards on the ground and controlled the ball for over 41 minutes in the game. Next: -2.5 vs Philadelphia Eagles - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 44.5 (ATS: 5-4 – O/U: 2-7)

18. Indianapolis Colts (4-5): Former USC wide receiver Michael Pittman is ninth among in receiving yardage with 658 yards and has five receiving touchdowns. The second-year wide receiver is on a pace for his first 1,000 yard receiving season of his career. Next: -10.5 vs Jacksonville Jaguars – Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 47.5 (ATS: 6-3 – O/U: 6-3)

19. Minnesota Vikings (3-5): After losing to the Ravens in overtime by three points, the Vikings have now lost five games by seven points or less. Every team they have lost to has a winning record. The Chargers hope that trend will continue this week. Next: +2.5 at Los Angeles Chargers – Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 52 (ATS: 4-4 – O/U: 4-4)

20. Seattle Seahawks (3-5): Odell Beckham Jr. cleared waivers and is free to sign with any team in the NFL. With quarterback Russell Wilson returning from injury this week, Beckham may be a good fit for the Seahawks. Next: +3.5 at Green Bay Packers – Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 49.5 (ATS: 5-3 – O/U: 1-6-1)

21. Carolina Panthers (4-5): Quarterback Sam Darnold threw three interceptions in the loss to the Patriots and his starting job would seem to be in jeopardy. Darnold is tied for the league-lead in interceptions with 11. As it turned out, Darnold has an incomplete fracture of his right shoulder blade and is likely to miss several weeks with the injury. The Panthers signed former USC quarterback Matt Barkley. Next: +10 at Arizona Cardinals - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 44.5 (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 2-7)

22. Atlanta Falcons (4-4): The Falcons could not run the ball this weekend, rushing for 1.4 yards per carry and a total of 34 yards. But as long as they have Matt Ryan, they can find a way to win games. Ryan completed 23 0f 30 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Saints. Next: +9 at Dallas Cowboys – Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 54.5 (ATS: 4-4 – O/U: 5-3)

23. San Francisco 49ers (3-5): Head coach Kyle Shanahan has a 32-40 regular season record over the past four and a half seasons. Shanahan went 13-3 in 2019 and got his team to the Super Bowl, but the 49ers have also struggled under Shanahan with three seasons of ten losses or more. Next: +4 vs Los Angeles Rams – Mon, Nov. 15 – O/U 49.5 (ATS: 2-6 – O/U: 5-3)

24. Chicago Bears (3-5): The Bears lost to the Steelers on Monday Night Football, behind 115 yards in penalties. The officials were not on the side of the Bears, but fortunately the Bears had quarterback Justin Fields, who did all he could to overcome the refs by throwing for 291 yards and rushing for 45 yards in the 29-27 loss. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A vs San Francisco 49ers - Sun, Nov. 21 – O/U N/A (ATS: 4-5 – O/U:3-6)

25. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6): The Eagles did exactly what they needed to do in their tough loss to the Chargers, 27-24. Of their 57 offensive plays, 39 were running plays, which gained 176 yards on the ground against the porous Chargers run defense. The Eagles needed a big play from their defense in the game and did not get it. Next: +2.5 at Denver Broncos – Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 44.5 (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 5-4)

26. New York Giants (3-6): The Giants got a good win on Sunday with their victory over the Raiders, 23-16. The Giants only had 245 yards in offense but were able to force three turnovers from Raider quarterback Derek Carr, including an interception return for a touchdown in the upset victory. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mon, Nov. 22 - O/U N/A (ATS: 5-4 – O/U: 3-5-1)

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6): Linebacker Josh Allen outplayed quarterback Josh Allen to lead the Jaguars to a stunning upset victory. Allen had eight solo tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, an interception, and a fumble recovery. The Bills were favored by 15.5 points over the Jags. Next: +10.5 at Indianapolis Colts - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 47.5 (ATS: 3-5 – O/U: 2-6)

28. Washington Football Team (2-6): The Washington Football Team returns from a bye to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers. The WFT is ranked last in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 286.8 passing yards per game. This week's game will not help that average. Next: 9.5 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 51.5 (ATS: 1-7 – O/U: 4-4)

29. New York Jets (2-6): The hard-luck Jets lost starting safety Marcus Maye for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Maye signed the franchise tag in 2021 and is making $10.6 million this season, but next season he will be a free agent coming off a bad injury, which will almost certainly affect his value. Next: +13 vs Buffalo Bills - Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 47.5 (ATS: 2-6 – O/U: 5-3)

30. Miami Dolphins (2-7): The Dolphins won their first football game since September 12th with their victory over the Texans. The Dolphins rushed for 47 yards in the game and are last in the NFL, averaging 75.1 yards per game. A priority in the offseason for the Dolphins will be improving the running attack. Next: +7.5 vs Baltimore Ravens - Thu, Nov. 11 – O/U 46 (ATS: 3-5-1 – O/U: 4-5)

Jeff Lewis - LA Rams

Rams lost to the Titans at home on Sunday

31. Houston Texans (1-8): Quarterback Tyrod Taylor returned to action to lead the Texans to defeat, throwing three interceptions in the loss to the Dolphins. Taylor had been out since September 19th with a hamstring injury. This was the eighth consecutive loss for the Texans. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A at Tennessee Titans – Sun, Nov. 21 – O/U N/A (ATS: 4-5 – O/U: 4-5)

32. Detroit Lions (0-8): The Lions had a bye this past week, which kept them from losing another game. The Lions are in a fight for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft with the Texans. The Lions have lost twelve consecutive regular season games and have a real shot at beating their losing streak record of 19 consecutive regular seasons losses set in 2009. Next: +8.5 at Pittsburgh Steelers – Sun, Nov. 14 – O/U 42.5 (ATS: 4-4 – O/U: 3-5)

 

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