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USA TODAY Sports NFL reporter Lindsay H. Jones breaks down Elliott’s latest appeal denial, what could happen next and how the Dallas Cowboys will fare without their star running back. USA TODAY Sports

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Week 10 of the NFL season isn’t flush with marquee matchups. The New Orleans Saints’ visit to the Buffalo Bills is the only game between teams with winning records.

But this could represent a turning point in the season given Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension was reinstated Thursday. Despite that ruling, only two of our staffers are picking the Atlanta Falcons to beat the visiting Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

PHOTOS: NFL power rankings heading into Week 10

NFL Week 10 Power Rankings

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32. Browns (32): We assumed bye week would spare them

32. Browns (32): We assumed bye week would spare them another defeat, then the franchise embarrassed itself anew with aborted AJ McCarron trade debacle.  Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports
31. 49ers (31): Big opportunity to get off mat this

31. 49ers (31): Big opportunity to get off mat this week with 1-7 Giants coming to Silicon Valley. Might also be right time to roll out fresh tech at quarterback.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports
30. Giants (29): Maybe Ben McAdoo should just suspend

30. Giants (29): Maybe Ben McAdoo should just suspend Eli Manning … that would make it a lot easier to justify getting rookie QB Davis Webb into the lineup.  Danielle Parhizkaran, NorthJersey.com/USA TODAY Sports
29. Colts (30): Sunday's defeat of the Watson-less

29. Colts (30): Sunday’s defeat of the Watson-less Texans was Indy’s first victory in 2017 over a team that has actually broken into win column. Baby steps.  Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports
28. Buccaneers (28): A year ago, this seemed like a

28. Buccaneers (28):Last season, this seemedlike a young and HUNGRY team on the rise. Apparently it’s a young and IMMATUREteam that’s still at least a year away.   Chuck Cook, Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
27. Texans (13): From football perspective, loss of

27. Texans (13): From football perspective, loss of Deshaun Watson was tragic. But decision to export LT Duane Brown may have directly cost them a win Sunday.  Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports
26. Packers (22): Looks like they missed their chance

26. Packers (22): Looks like they missed their chance to trade Brett Hundley to Cleveland for a first-round pick back when his value peaked in preseason.  Dan Powers, Appleton Post-Crescent/USA TODAY Sports
26. Bengals (21): Advice to A.J. Green – next time

25. Bengals (21): Advice to A.J. Green – next time you’re facing an extremely chatty corner, we suggest you watch Andre Johnson v. Cortland Finnegan pregame.  Sam Greene, Cincinnati Enquirer/USA TODAY Sports
24. Cardinals (27): Hard to knock strategy of running

24. Cardinals (27): Hard to knock strategy of running offense through relatively fresh Adrian Peterson. But 37 carries for a 32-year-old who has to play Thursday?  Sergio Estrada, USA TODAY Sports
23. Dolphins (26): At least they were competitive in

23. Dolphins (26): At least they were competitive in defeat. Battered Jay Cutler led them to 24 points Sunday after Fins averaged two in three previous losses.  Lynne Sladky, AP
22. Ravens (25): Heading into their bye at 4-5, they've

22. Ravens (25): Heading into their bye at 4-5, they’ve been quite unimpressive to date. That said, they might be favored to win six of their last seven games.  Jim Brown, USA TODAY Sports
21. Jets (24): Who would have imagined they might reach

21. Jets (24): Who would have imagined they might reach bye at 5-5? That will be the case if they can use 10 days of prep time to beat undermanned Bucs on Sunday.  Vincent Carchietta, USA TODAY Sports
20. Broncos (19): Issues under center are legit. But

20. Broncos (19): Issues under center are legit. But previously top-ranked defense just embarrassed itself. Expect losing skid to reach five vs. rested Patriots.  Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports
19. Bears (23): Aside from Week 12 date at Philadelphia,

19. Bears (23): Aside from Week 12 date at Philadelphia, second-half schedule appears quite manageable. Might these cubbies have a wild-card run in them?  Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports
18. Raiders (20): Marshawn Lynch looked rather spry

18. Raiders (20): Marshawn Lynch looked rather spry Sunday night, his 14 carries the second-highest total of the season. It’s probably time to ramp up his touches.  Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports
17. Chargers (17): Hope they rested during off week.

17. Chargers (17): Hope they rested during off week. Next three games are all against opponents who are currently 5-3, a stretch likely to define Bolts’ outlook.  Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports
16. Lions (16): Still tough to take them seriously

16. Lions (16): Still tough to take them seriously as a contender given their inability to mount any semblance of a run game to take pressure off Matthew Stafford.  Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images
15. Titans (15): Had you heard of S Kevin Byard two

15. Titans (15):Had you heard of S KevinByard two weeks ago? Better pay attention now. He’s fifth player since mergerto total five INTs in consecutive games.   Michael Reaves, Getty Images
14. Falcons (11): So apparently OC Steve Sarkisian

14. Falcons (11): So apparently OC Steve Sarkisian knew what he was doing all along by limiting QB Matt Ryan’s targets to WR Julio Butterfingers Jones.  Bob Leverone, AP
13. Bills (10): They're clearly not good enough to

13. Bills (10): They’re clearly not good enough to overcome three turnovers (Thursday’s miscues doubled season total to six). Also just 1-3 away from Buffalo.  Vincent Carchietta, USA TODAY Spo
12. Vikings (7): How do they drop this far in bye week?

12. Vikings (7): How do they drop this far in bye week? Their schedule looks increasingly suspect, the best win when Sam Bradford helped beat Saints in Week 1.  Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports
11. Seahawks (5): After watching K Blair Walsh go 0-for-3

11. Seahawks (5): After watching K Blair Walsh go 0-for-3 in a three-point loss, we’d suggest decision to let Stephen Hauschka go was a major miscalculation.  Elaine Thompson, AP
10. Redskins (18): Stat sheet suggests they got blown

10. Redskins (18): Stat sheet suggests they got blown out in Seattle. Yet they managed to steal one in league’s most hostile yard – sign of a pretty good team.  Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports
9. Jaguars (9): How much have they missed RB Leonard

9. Jaguars (9): How much have they missed RB Leonard Fournette in last two games? Not a whole lot. They average 165.8 rushing yards when he plays, 168 when he doesn’t.  Reinhold Matay, USA TODAY Sports
8. Chiefs (3): One major they're suddenly struggling?

8. Chiefs (3): One major they’re suddenly struggling? The defense can’t get off the field. No team has allowed more first downs than Kansas City’s 213.  Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports
7. Cowboys (14): If Zeke's banishment ever begins,

7. Cowboys (14): If Zeke’s banishment ever begins, Dallas will need to lean on defense that’s allowed average of 15.3 points, 299.3 yards during three-game win streak.  Tim Heitman, Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
6. Panthers (12): If Carolina thought Cam Newton might

6. Panthers (12): If Carolina thought Cam Newton might spread ball more without WR Kelvin Benjamin, well, he completed passes to just three receivers Sunday.  Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports
5. Saints (8): Today's second history lesson – only

5. Saints (8): Today’s second history lesson – only other teams since 1966 to win six straight after an 0-2 start (’93 Cowboys, ’07 Giants) both won Super Bowl.  Scott Clause, The Daily Advertiser/USA TODAY Network
4. Rams (6): They're just blowing doors off their opponents

4. Rams (6): They’re just blowing doors off their opponents lately. Some credit must go to the defense, which has allowed 12.5 points per game over last four.  Danielle Parhizkaran, NorthJersey.com/USA TODAY Sports
3. Patriots (4): Don't accuse schedule makers of favoring

3. Patriots (4): Don’t accuse schedule makers of favoring Pats. Coming out of their bye, they play five of next six on road, including a trip to Mexico City.  Stew Milne, USA TODAY Sports
2. Steelers (2): They have a bad habit of playing to

2. Steelers (2): They have a bad habit of playing to their level of competition. But barring injuries, Pittsburgh SHOULD be no worse than 6-2 in second half.  Tim Fuller, USA TODAY Sports
1. Eagles (1): Today's first history lesson – the previous

1. Eagles (1): Today’s first history lesson – the previous four times Philly started a season 8-1, they advanced to the NFL title game / Super Bowl.  Eric Hartline, USA TODAY Sports

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