NFL Week 9 Powre Rankings
This is where you will see the true Top 5 consistently remaining there and not much fluctuation between them for the rest of the year. Spots 6-15 can shift week to week, because these are effectively the teams jockeying for playoff spots and positioning from this week forward as well. 16-32 are vying for draft spots ha.
1. New England Patriots (6-1).
Mildly surprising. Not totally smoke and mirrors, but their defense stepped up throughout October. We already knew their offense was Top 5 going into the season, regardless of who was (or wasn’t) in the backfield or out wide. They deserve this spot.
2. Indianapolis Colts (5-2).
Considering the number of injuries they’re battling, they ABSOLUTELY belong here. They’ve run off three straight with guys going down in each of those games.
3. New York Football Giants (5-2).
Look, this “Bucs are the best team in the NFC” nonsense needs to stop. It’s all good to give coach Raheem Morris his due, but can we get real here? The Giants have killed themselves with uncharacteristic turnovers and penalties (areas where they are usually ranked favorably in the NFL annually). That cost them one of those losses and why a couple of the wins appeared to be close games when they weren’t. They are unquestionably the best team in the NFC.
4. Baltimore Ravens (5-2).
They’ve looked bad in their losses and nearly lost to the Bills. They’re right where they belong.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2).
They don’t allow losses to linger, but they better be careful with the dangerous Bengals coming to town. The Steelers are doing exactly what I said they CAN’T do upon Roethlisberger’s return: THEY’VE BECOME PASS-HAPPY.
6. New York Jets (5-2).
They couldn’t have looked any worse against an average team. But they were coming off their BYE week and both New York teams typically play awfully after byes (Giants beware going against the Seabags this week).
7. Atlanta Falcons (5-2).
Yeah, I hear them, they’re 5-2 and all, but it seems hollow to me. I’ve seen them look absolutely HIDEOUS on the road. And they’ve let some bad teams hang around in a couple of those wins. They are by no means dominant, especially when their running game isn’t effective early.
8. New Orleans Saints (5-3).
Huge win for them Sunday Night. Saved their division title hopes, although they weren’t exactly in danger with a loss. Beating the vaunted Steelers in the way they can be beaten (through the air) was what I expected Payton and Brees to exploit; and they did.
9. Green Bay Packers (5-3).
Make no bones about it, I know the Jets were coming off a bye, but the Packers are missing half of their starters — beat the Jets IN Giants Stadium and shut them out in the process. I’ll give them several spots upgrade for that.
10. Tennessee Titans (5-3).
The carousel has to stop at QB. Vince isn’t 100%, but they need continuity. Kerry Collins can only take them but so far.
11. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2).
Chiefs vs. Raiders this weekend. Shades of those early Marty vs. Art Shell days.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2).
Right where they belong. When you get blown out the way they’ve been blown out and while important, winning on last second FGs is the difference between being 2-5 and 5-2. They’ve been able to make the FGs, which is good. But they’re nowhere near the Giants, nor the other NFC teams I have ranked ahead of them here. But shouts to coach Morris. I wanted to see him do well.
13. Oakland Raiders (4-4).
They’re a shanked FG and a couple of lucky bounces from being 6-2. What do you think about THAT? My 10-6/AFC West Division Champs pick doesn’t look like a long shot anymore does it? *Chris Berman voice* (TOM. Mulcahy, that is).
14. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3).
Giving them the benefit right now because Vick is starting.
15. Houston Texans (4-3).
Yup, with Andre smarting right now, they’re looking like frauds — going into their annual swoon, rather than finally getting over the hump. They got absolutely manhandled by a short-handed Colts team and dissected by the master tactician, Peyton Manning (although he did it in Week 1, the Colts’ D was a sieve).
16. Washington Redskins (4-4).
Your season is on the line. The next move Shanahan makes is either going to keep them in playoff contention or send them to a 2-6 finish. MIKE SHANAHAN, YOU ARE ON THE CLOCK.
17. Chicago Bears (4-3).
18. Miami Dolphins (4-3).
They win games (somehow), but can’t win at home (somehow). That’s almost NEVER been true about any Dolphin team in history.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4).
Most flummoxing team in the NFL. And if you’re a bettor, you stay away from them at ALL COSTS.
20. Seattle Seahawks (4-3).
They can garner a modicum of respect and a stranglehold of the NFC West with a win vs. the best team in the NFC on Sunday. Huge game for their collective psyche.
21. St. Louis Rams (4-4).
They are missing their top 2.5 WRs. Now is the time to go after Moss.
22. San Diego Chargers (3-5).
On paper, they’re a 6-2 team. But, “football games are not played on paper, they’re played by little men inside your TV sets.” — Kenny Mayne. Personally, I believe they win 7 of 8 to finish the season. Don’t the Bolts ALWAYS do this?
23. Arizona Cardinals (3-4).
That disaster at QB has to make Larry Fitzgerald wonder why he re-signed there a couple of years back.
24. Cleveland Browns (2-5).
25. Detroit Lions (2-5).
They both try hard.
26. Minnesota Vikings (2-5).
YIKES. I’ve spoken enough about what has gone on in Eden Prairie over the past week, so I won’t get into it here. They probably won’t be getting Sidney Rice back before Thanksgiving — IF AT ALL. He could very well end up on IR. With the maelstrom going on around Favre on and off the field, this team is going NOWHERE fast.
Shame is, Adrian Peterson’s potential 2,000 yard season is going to be overshadowed by this mess. Peterson might have 6 125+ rushing games the rest of this year and no one will really know except us fans who agree he’s the best RB in the NFL and it’s not even close.
27. San Francisco 49ers (2-6).
Remarkably, with losses by the Rams and Seabags, they’re not out of the NFC West race. And if both teams lose again this week, they’re right there, only a game out in the loss column to the Rams.
28. Cincinnati Bengals (2-5).
They have one more chance to salvage their season. Their 5 losses have been to teams that would now hold tiebreakers against them if they finished with a 9-7 record, so they’re either going to have to go 8-1 or win out the rest of the season to make the playoffs; beginning with the Steelers, who they DO match up well with — especially versus the Steelers’ one-dimensional rushing attack. If they don’t come out guns blazing in this game, you’ll know they’ve mailed it in for the season.
29. Denver Broncos (2-6).
30. Buffalo Bills (0-6).
I swear the Bills try so hard. How many games have they had where they lost on last second FGs? Or had a drive fall short on the way to a TD to tie a game (NE game)?
31. Carolina Panthers (1-6).
They can use Moss, but their cheapskate owner won’t do it. This team is on its way to complete overhaul after the season. John Fox will be gone, his entire coaching staff, many of the players who are UFAs are gone and they are going to have to look long and hard at their QB situation and fix their decrepit offensive line. Moss, at 34 next year, isn’t someone you want to build around. But they have first dibs on him after the Bills, who aren’t going to sign him.
32. Dallas Cowboys (1-6).
I am loving this too much ha. And it would be nice to get to the game in East Rutherford on the 14th and watch us kill Kitna in the “rematch” as well ha. CLAW AND ANTLER THAT, you BASSSSSSSTARDS (Gangsta Grillz Voice).