NFL Week 9 Power Rankings: A Familiar Face Atop the List
Biggest Riser: Jacksonville Jaguars–10 spots
Biggest Faller: Washington Redskins–Seven spots
1. New England Patriots (6-1); Last Week- 3
The fact that New England is the only one-loss team in the entire NFL through eight weeks speaks to the parity of the league.
2. New York Jets (5-2); Last Week- 1
I’m not concerned about the Jets’ loss to Green Bay. Their defense still allowed only nine points despite getting zero aid from the offense.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2); Last Week- 2
Like the Jets’ loss, this one doesn’t concern me much for Pittsburgh. They didn’t play great, but they were facing a hostile and semi-desperate Saints team in New Orleans.
4. Baltimore Ravens (5-2); Last Week- 4
Baltimore travels to Miami next week in a matchup that is pretty big for both squads. If the Ravens stick to the running game, the entire contest could take about an hour.
5. Indianapolis Colts (5-2); Last Week- 5
When I was picking the games last week, the Colts over Texans was by far the game about which I was most convinced. There was no way Peyton was going to let Houston beat him twice and get back into the divisional race.
6. Atlanta Falcons (5-2); Last Week- 6
The Falcons have a battle for first place this weekend against Tampa Bay. I think they’ll prevail.
7. New York Giants (5-2); Last Week- 7
With Dallas and Washington out of it and Philly in a bit of a tailspin, the Giants look primed to recapture the NFC East.
8. Green Bay Packers (5-3); Last Week- 10
Big, big win for the Pack against the Jets. They’re my preseason Super Bowl winner so I guess I have to root for them now that Dallas is out of it.
9. New Orleans Saints (5-3); Last Week- 12
Although the Saints have struggled this season, I think their “Super Bowl hangover” is bound to wear off soon. All they need to do is make it into the playoffs and they could be considered the favorite.
10. Tennessee Titans (5-3); Last Week- 8
The Titans walked into a deadly situation in San Diego this week. The Chargers truly had to have that game to stay alive in the playoff hunt.
11. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3); Last Week- 11
I can’t wait to see how the Eagles handle this Vick/Kolb situation.
12. Miami Dolphins (4-3); Last Week- 13
The Dolphins need to gain some sort of consistency to have a shot at making the playoffs. Right now, they aren’t as good as other Wild Card hopefuls like the Titans or Ravens/Steelers.
13. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2); Last Week- 15
The Chiefs’ win over Buffalo was about as ugly as can be, but at this point that really doesn’t matter. They’re the favorite to win the AFC West and really only need to go 5-4 from here on out to cement that.
14. Houston Texans (4-3); Last Week- 9
Who are the Texans? To me, they’re a team with an offense that can be explosive at times but a defense (secondary, really) that will make it tough for them to string together a lot of wins.
15. Tampa Bay Bucs (5-2); Last Week- 17
Maybe we should have listened to Raheem Morris when he said the Bucs are the best team in the NFC. I mean they’ll probably go 3-6 from here and miss the playoffs, but still.
16. Oakland Raiders (4-4); Last Week- 22
Now this is the Raiders team I anticipated when I picked them to make the playoffs in the preseason. They’re in a great position within their division to make a move.
17. San Diego Chargers (3-5); Last Week- 20
In a must-win scenario, the Chargers prevailed. They’re really only two games out (in the win column), so let’s see how they proceed from here. I’m guessing another letdown soon.
18. Seattle Seahawks (4-3); Last Week- 16
Seattle ran into one of the hottest teams in the NFL, the. . .Oakland Raiders?
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4); Last Week- 29
When David Garrard has a near-perfect passer rating and five total touchdowns, something went seriously, seriously wrong.
20. St. Louis Rams (4-4); Last Week- 23
The Cowboys might be 8-0 if they had the Rams’ schedule. Or 1-7, whatever.
21. Washington Redskins (4-4); Last Week- 14
Donovan didn’t know how to run the two-minute drill. No wait, I mean he was a little injured. I mean he was tired. I mean he’s out of shape. Could it be that he’s just not very good?
22. Chicago Bears (4-3); Last Week- 19
As bad as things have seemed for Chicago, they’re in a great spot to rebound with games against Buffalo and Minnesota up next.
23. Minnesota Vikings (2-5); Last Week- 18
Randy Moss put together some of the funniest quotes I’ve heard in awhile in a span of four weeks in Minnesota.
24. San Francisco 49ers (2-6); Last Week- 28
Last week I said, “I actually still think they’re the best team in their division.” I still do, and I’m telling you they have a late-season run left in them.
25. Arizona Cardinals (3-4); Last Week- 21
The Cards are sadly just one game out of first in the NFC West.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (2-5); Last Week- 24
The Bengals picked a bad time to lose with a Monday-nighter against the Steelers on deck. Their season will be on the line.
27. Detroit Lions (2-5); Last Week- 31
Last week I said, “I think the Lions have a shot at taking down Washington this weekend.” They did, and now they’re back on track with Matthew Stafford under center.
28. Dallas Cowboys (1-6); Last Week- 25
Is there a person in the world who thought Dallas would be in contention for the top overall pick in the NFL Draft? In the world?
29. Cleveland Browns (2-5); Last Week- 26
Just an easy game against New England up next for the Browns, followed by a piece of cake against the Jets. 4-5 seems certain.
30. Carolina Panthers (1-6); Last Week- 27
The Panthers have sunk to a new low and really don’t have many building-blocks for the future currently on the roster. Why does John Fox still have a job?
31. Denver Broncos (2-6); Last Week- 30
The Broncos have a bye this week to sit back and enjoy all the hard work they’ve put into making this season so memorable. For me. I hate McDaniels.
32. Buffalo Bills (0-7); Last Week 32
They’ve been so, so close to a win lately. The big question is “Does anyone care?”