2019 NFL power rankings, Week 10: Dolphins win, Patriots don’t

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 31: Kenyan Drake #41 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium on October 31, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. 49ers won 28-25. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)


Arizona Cardinals 3-5-1

Last week: L, 28-25 vs SF
Last rank: 21st

Recap: Kliff Kingsbury’s improving team was humbled last week at New Orleans. Now the Cardinals would host the first-place San Francisco 49ers in a Thursday night affair. Arizona had prevailed in the previous eight meetings between these division rivals. Last week, the team’s battered running back corps got some help via a deal with the Miami Dolphins as the club acquired Kenyan Drake last week. He had a big night vs. the Niners’ defense, racking up 110 yards on the ground and 52 yards on four catches. He also scored the game’s first touchdown and a two-point conversion. But Arizona gave up four more scores through the air and now a total of 24 TD passes in nine games.

Next Week: The Cardinals wrap up their four-game set this season vs. the NFC South with a trip east to Tampa to battle the Buccaneers and the team’s former head coach in Bruce Arians. It’s Arizona’s first road contest in this series since a 13-10 victory in 2013. It was the start of the Cards’ current three-game winning streak over the Bucs.

Playoff hopes: A three-game winning has been followed by two losses in five days to a pair of first-place teams in the conference. More significantly, the Cardinals are also 0-2 vs. NFC West rivals with both losses coming at home. Now Kingsbury’s team hits the road for its next two contests, including a rematch with the Niners in Week 11.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-6

Last week: L, 40-34 at SEA (OT)
Last rank: 25th

Recap: Last week’s loss at Tennessee was another mistake-prone performance by quarterback Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers. Now Bruce Arians’ slumping team looked to end a three-game losing streak as the club took on the Seahawks in Seattle. And the Bucs would jump out to a 21-7 second-quarter lead. Quarterback Jameis Winston and wideout Mike Evans once again put up big numbers, the latter hauling in 12 passes for 180 yards and one score. While Winston did throw an interception, he did lose a crucial fumble. Meanwhile, Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator Todd Bowles watched Russell Wilson and company light up his disappointing group for 492 total yards.

Next Week: Arians’ squad is back in Tampa for the first time since Week 3 (September 22) as the celebrated head coach takes on one of his former employers in the 3-5-1 Arizona Cardinals. The Buccaneers have dropped the last three games in this series dating back to 2013 – all to Arians’ Cardinals in a five-year span from 2013-17.

Playoff hopes: While Winston has taken his share of criticism for his mistake-prone plays and deservedly so, Bowles’ defensive unit continues to disappoint in a major way. There’s been no postseason appearance for the Buccaneers since 2007. And Arians’ and company certainly don’t look like a team currently headed that way.+

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