Thanks to the Patriots, Steelers and Colts, the AFC really dominated the elite level of the league for most of the decade of the 2000s. But that worm may have turned. Not only have the NFC's Saints and Packers won the past two Super Bowls, the NFC is where it's at again this year.
Undefeated Green Bay has been entrenched atop our power rankings all season long, of course, but with the rise of San Francisco and the continued excellence of New Orleans, our top three teams all hail from the NFC. In fact, four of our top six teams, and six of the top 10 clubs are NFC-based.
Why is that? Well, quarterbacks have a huge role in determining who wins in the NFL, and right now more of the really good ones work in the NFC. With no Peyton Manning, a sub-par Philip Rivers and a shaky Mark Sanchez in New York, the AFC's quarterback contingent is down a bit. The NFC seems better off in that department for the most part, with Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning and Tony Romo leading the way.
Seven weeks of the regular season remain, but so far, the NFC looks deeper and stronger. The Patriots, Ravens, Steelers and Texans may all still make us change that opinion, but the AFC is playing catch-up at the moment. Now on to this week's rankings ...
Week 10 NFL Power Rankings