We are at week 10 of the season and with that the playoff picture has started to sort itself out in the NFC. While there are only six playoff spots up for grabs, I will rank the top eight teams in the conference and examine their strengths and weaknesses.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles come in at the top spot. Currently sitting at 8-1, the Eagles gave the Broncos a serious beat down. So much for the Broncos having a good defense, the Eagles put up 51 points last week.

Los Angeles Rams: The Rams move of a spot in the power rankings this week after putting up 51 points in a 34 point victory of the Giants in New York. The Rams are currently 4-0 on the road and the defense has been playing lights out since the second half against the Dallas Cowboys in week four.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys move up a spot in this week’s rankings. The Cowboys are hot and beat a good Kansas City Chiefs team on Sunday. The achilles heel of the Cowboys has always been the defense, but this season they have come to play and that makes them scary come playoff time. We are still waiting to see if Ezekiel Elliot gets suspended, but until then the Cowboys look hard to beat.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings were on a bye week and currently sit atop of the NFC North with a 6-2 record. The Vikings play great defense and run the ball, limiting the turnovers on offense. The Vikings activated Teddy Bridgewater this week giving them depth at quarterback behind a hot Case Keenum.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints are currently sitting at 6-2 and at the top of the NFC South. After starting the season 0-2 the Saints have turned things around starting on defense. The offense is less reliant on Drew Brees to make big plays and have an emerging superstar in Alvin Kamara at running back.

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks are Jekyll-Hyde. One week they come out and score at will against the Texans and the next they can’t score at all against the Redskins. This team will be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time. For now they have things to figure out offensively, thus the fall four spots in this week’s rankings.

Carolina Panthers: Currently sitting at 6-3 the Panthers are all about defense. After trading away their top wide receiver in Kelvin Benjamin, the Panthers rely on a strong running game and an offense that limits its turnovers.

Detroit Lions: The Lions are new to the rankings this week. Currently sitting at 4-4 and in second place in the NFC North you just can’t ignore the Lions. Matt Stafford is a crafty veteran quarterback and he has two good wide receivers with Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. The lack of a running game will probably come back to bite them eventually.

Brian Joanou is a staff writer for cover32.com/Rams and covers the Los Angeles Rams. Like and follow on

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