JACKSONVILLE -- Here are senior writer John Oehser's pre-Week 10 2015 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:
1.New England Patriots (8-0) | 1 | Halfway to 16-0 still leaves a long way to go
2.Cincinnati Bengals (8-0) | 3 | They may just be able to play with the Patriots
3.Carolina Panthers (8-0) | 4 | Cam Newton … MVP?
4.Denver Broncos (7-1) | 2 | Looks like a very good team … with little margin for error
5.Green Bay Packers (6-2) | 5 | Back-to-back losses to Denver, Carolina
6.Arizona Cardinals (6-2) | 6 | Bye never had a chance Sunday
7.Minnesota Vikings (6-2) | 7 | Your NFC North-leading (tied for the lead, anyway) … Minnesota Vikings
8.Seattle Seahawks (4-4) | 9 | These guys always play bye tough
9.Atlanta Falcons (6-3) | 8 | Still wild-card favorites but need to stop this slide
10.Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4) | 11 | Antonio Brown, Antonio Brown, Antonio Brown …
11.New York Jets (5-3) | 12 | Needed Sunday's game – and they got it
12.New York Giants (5-4) | 13| Keeping head above water in struggling NFC East
13.St. Louis Rams (4-4) | 10 | Can they grind their way into a wild-card spot?
14.Oakland Raiders (4-4) | 14 | Eleven touchdowns in last three games for improving Derek Carr
15.Buffalo Bills (4-4) | 15 | Sunday was big step toward staying in the playoff chase
16.Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) | 16 | If Sunday's game wasn't a season-saver it was close
17.Indianapolis Colts (4-5) | 19 | Did you really think Andrew Luck was … like … bad?
18.Dallas Cowboys (2-6) | 17 | Six consecutive losses without Romo – and season on the brink
19.Miami Dolphins (3-5) | 18 | Cooling off after early Dan Campbell surge
20.Washington Redskins (3-5) | 20 | Just the latest Patriots victim
21.New Orleans Saints (4-5) | 21 | Still a team to watch in second half, but Sunday really hurt
22.Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) | 22 | Momentum gained from big bye week could be big down stretch
23.Chicago Bears (3-5) | 28 |Zach Miller, Zach Miller, Zach Miller ….
24.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) | 25 | Bucs closer to being good than anyone expected
25.Houston Texans (3-5) | 26 | Lost half-game over the bye but – like everyone – still in AFC South race
26.Baltimore Ravens (2-6) | 27 | Up next: Jaguars
27.San Francisco 49ers (3-6) | 29 | Blaine Train leaving the station
28.San Diego Chargers (2-7) | 23 | Philip Rivers can't do it all – especially not with this team's injuries
29.Cleveland Browns (2-7) | 24 | Johnny Be Good – and then Johnny Be Not So Good
- Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) | 30 | So close, so close, so close …
31.Tennessee Titans (2-6) | 31 | Mike Mularkey 1-0 as interim coach
32.Detroit Lions (1-7) | 32 | A lot to sort out in the second half of the season