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NFL Power Rankings, Week 10, and more

Here are Paul Domowitch's NFL Power Rankings for Week 10 (last week's ranking in parentheses):

NFL Power Rankings, Week 10, and more

Here are Paul Domowitch's NFL Power Rankings for Week 10 (last week's ranking in parentheses):


1. Steelers 6-2 (2)

2. Giants 6-2 (3)

3. Ravens 6-3 (4)

4. Packers 6-3 (6)

5. Colts 5-3 (1)

6. Jets 6-2 (7)

7. Saints 6-3 (8)

8. Patriots 6-2 (5)

9. Eagles 5-3 (12)

10. Falcons 7-2 (10)

11. Titans 5-3 (11)

12. Bears 5-3 (13)

13. Raiders 5-4 (18)

14. Chiefs 5-3 (14)

15. Texans 4-4 (9)

16. Dolphins 4-4 (15)

17. Rams 4-4 (19)

18. Bucs 5-3 (16)

19. Redskins 4-4 (17)

20. Vikings 3-5 (22)

21. Lions 2-6 (20)

22. Browns 3-5 (25)

23. Chargers 4-5 (28)

24. 49ers 2-6 (26)

25. Bengals 2-6 (23)

26. Cardinals 3-5 (24)

27. Jaguars 4-4 (27)

28. Seahawks 4-4 (21)

29. Cowboys 1-7 (29)

30. Panthers 1-7 (30)

31. Broncos 2-6 (31)

32. Bills 0-8(32)

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A long-standing issue for the Eagles has been defending against the tight end. The Eagles' challenge Monday night will be Chris Cooley, who had two receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting. In 12 career games against the Eagles, Cooley has 46 receptions for 528 yards and 3 TDs.

“He’s a Pro Bowl tight end," defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said. "He’s a guy that we have to be aware of at all times and know where he is in all situations. Much like the running back situation or the quarterback situation, they have weapons on that offense with speed down the field at the receiver position as well. We have to be aware of where [Cooley] is at all times and how he matches up with our linebackers, safeties and corners.”

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Strange but true fact, Ernie Sims will be playing for the first time in his career on Monday Night Football. Obviously, you don't get many prime-time opportunites with the Detroit Lions.

"If you go back and look at the track record of free agents when they come in, it takes time to learn the system and that’s no different with Ernie," McDermott said. "He’s probably been a little bit quicker than most and that’s why you’ve seen the production that we are right now.”

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If you are looking ahead, the Giants announced that wide receiver Steve Smith will mist two weeks -- and probably more -- with a partially torn pectoral muscle. That means he will not play next week against the Eagles in the Sunday night showdown. The injury will not require surgery, coach Tom Coughlin said Friday.

 

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