NFL Week 9 Power Rankings

By Geoff Ratliff

There was some truly ugly football played in Week 8, where even the few marquee match ups mostly fell flat. Midway through the season and a Super Bowl  rematch is looking highly likely.

  1. Green Bay Packers (7-0) – If the Chargers have any spine at all they will  provide a tough test for the defending champs.
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – Halfway through the season and it appears that the streak of one of the past season’s Super Bowl participants missing the playoffs will come to an end. Rematch anyone?
  3. San Francisco 49ers (6-1) – No sign of a let up yet. They should kick the Redskins while they’re down, however, these cross-country road trips are never easy.
  4. New England Patriots (5-2) – I think this past week’s loss to the Steelers just proves that their demise was overstated and preliminary. Expect the Pats to get back on track against a talented but not quite ready Giants’ team.
  5. Detroit Lions (6-2) – Big victory for a young Lions team against a team that they had to beat, and beat soundly. Great way to head into the bye week.
  6. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) – Not exactly the convincing effort that most expected from the Ravens. Were they looking past the Cardinals to this road game against the hated Steelers?
  7. New York Giants (5-2) – Eli Manning is quietly having a terrific season but all these close games against poor competition have to stop before they hit the teeth of their division schedule. That type of effort won’t cut it in Foxborough this weekend either.
  8. Buffalo Bills (5-2) – Coach Gailey had to be happy with his defense’s effort, even if it was against a depleted Redskins’ offense. A win against the Jets this week will have them seriously thinking about an AFC East title this year.
  9. Houston Texans (5-3) – Houston’s defense is proving that it is no one trick pony, while Arian Foster is proving that he might be the most valuable player on that offense. It’ll still be nice to get Andre Johnson back soon.
  10. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) – That was the type of effort that a veteran team usually delivers on the road, not one led by a rookie quarterback and rookie wide receiver.
  11. New Orleans Saints (5-3) – There is simply no excuse for that effort in St. Louis. None! The Sean Payton injury is proving to have a real effect on this team’s offensive execution.
  12. New York Jets (4-3) – A road game in Buffalo will be a stern test for this Jets’ squad, especially since the Bills’ D gained some confidence against the Redskins.
  13. Atlanta Falcons (4-3) – This team has a habit of playing to its competition’s level so it’ll be interesting to see if they come off the bye and take care of business in Indy.
  14. Chicago Bears (4-3) – Great road test off the bye week as the Bears face a suddenly rejuvenated Eagles’ team. Matt Forte will be a tough test for the on again off again Eagles run defense.
  15. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) – Reid’s bye week magic continues as the Eagles absolutely owned Dallas, but another lackluster second half by the offense has to leave room for concern.
  16. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) – No question that this was a great win for the Chiefs, however, they can’t be too excited over a game in which both teams literally tried to give it away multiple times.
  17. San Diego Chargers (4-3) – Won’t the real Philip Rivers please stand up, please stand up, please stand up. Seriously, please stand up Rivers!
  18. Oakland Raiders (4-3) – Hopefully the bye week and what should be an easy test against the Broncos will ease Carson Palmer’s transition just a bit more.
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3) – A tough road test just got a little tougher after the Saints got punched in the mouth by the winless Rams. Still say the Bucs need this one more and have a good shot to get it if LeGarrette Blunt returns from injury.
  20. Tennessee Titans (4-3) – Nice victory over the shell of a team formally known as the Colts, but this team HAS to get Chris Johnson on track to have any shot at the AFC South or a Wild Card spot.
  21. Dallas Cowboys (3-4) – Looks like I was right not to let that Rams game fool me. Hard to know which got hit harder, the Cowboys’ run D, or the DeMarco Murray bandwagon.
  22. Cleveland Browns (3-4) – This had to be one of the more predictable losses of the week with Cleveland’s only hope on offense playing into the strength of the 49er defense.
  23. Washington Redskins (3-4) – The first shutout of Mike Shanahan’s career had to hurt more against a team with plenty of holes in their defense. So much for those NFC East title hopes.
  24. Minnesota Vikings (2-6) – Don’t look now but the Vikings look like a competent NFL team.
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) – The offense has to start showing some progress for this team to be hopeful about next season. Gabbert looks lost out there right now.
  26. Carolina Panthers (2-6) – Turnover free game and a nice final drive by Newton only to be undone by the kicker. Tough loss for a team that was starting to build some momentum heading into the bye week.
  27. Seattle Seahawks (2-5) – Bet Seattle is regretting passing on Andy Dalton huh?
  28. Denver Broncos (2-5) – I don’t think he’ll be this bad every week, but that performance against the Lions is probably a lot closer to reality than the fourth quarter comeback against the Dolphins.
  29. St. Louis Rams (1-6) – A dominant win over the Saints with Bradford out? You’ll always have a chance riding a healthy Steven Jackson.
  30. Arizona Cardinals (1-7) – Valiant effort they put up on the road against a “focused” Baltimore team, but blowing that lead the way they did is exactly why this team is 1-7.
  31. Miami Dolphins (0-7) – A road loss to the Giants was expected, but blowing another late lead has to take the frustration level in Miami to an all time high.
  32. Indianapolis Colts (0-8) – I suppose a 17 point margin of defeat is a drastic improvement over a 55 point loss right?
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