The Atlanta Falcons are halfway to a perfect record and maintain the #1 place in our Power Rankings this week. There is a little bit of movement throughout our rankings, but for the most part we are seeing that, in the paraphrased words of Dennis Green, teams are who we thought they are. Anyway, enjoy the rankings and feel free to re-write them below.
Week 9 Power Rankings
1. Atlanta Falcons (8-0, U) – They will lose sooner or later, but this is a great run for Mike Smith and the Falcons
2. Houston Texans (7-1, +1) – At present, they are the best team in the AFC; how will the defense fare as the three of the next five games include the Bears, Lions, and Patriots (all on the road)?
3. San Francisco 49ers (6-2, +1) – Winners of two in a row before the bye now primed for a stretch run
4. Chicago Bears (7-1, +1) – The defense is amazing, but we are still trying to figure out of we can trust the offense
5. New York Giants (6-3, -3) – What happened to Eli against the Steelers?
6. New England Patriots (5-3, U) – Are the Patriots emerging from the bye with an improved secondary?
7. Green Bay Packers (6-3, U) – Winners of four in a row looking like they may make a deep playoff run
8. Baltimore Ravens (6-2, U) – The loss to the Texans still tells us more about this team than their win over the Browns
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3, U) – Running back depth is the key to this team’s success; should have a big day against the Chiefs
10. Denver Broncos (5-3, +1) – Our AFC dark horse has a favorable second half schedule
11. Seattle Seahawks (5-4, +1) – To be a serious threat, this team needs to find a win to win away from home (currently 1-4)
12. Minnesota Vikings (5-4, -2) – The Vikings are crashing hard, and face the Lions, Bears, Packers, and Bears in their next four games; it’s do or die time
13. Indianapolis Colts (5-3, +5) – Colts looking to ride a four game winning streak into the bye week
14. Detroit Lions (4-4, +1) – The Lions now enter a brutal stretch in their schedule as they seek to recover from a sluggish start
15. Arizona Cardinals (4-5, -1) – Five losses in a row suggest the clock has struck midnight for Cinderella
16. San Diego Chargers (4-4, +3) – Norv holds onto his job for another week; back to back road games against the Buccaneers and Broncos may solve that
17. Washington Redskins (3-6, -4) – Playoffs look out of reach for this improving club
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4, +5) – The Doug Martin guy is pretty good; Bucs looking like the dark horse of the NFC
19. Miami Dolphins (4-4, +1) – 8 wins would be a huge step forward for this team, and is looking entirely possible
20. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5, -4) – No matter what Jon Gruden says, this looks like Andy Reid’s last season in Philly, or at least it should be
21. Dallas Cowboys (3-5, -4) – Jerry Jones needs to fire his GM; oh wait…
22. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5, U) – It’s starting to look like yet another Bengals team that couldn’t duplicate the success of its previous season
23. New Orleans Saints (3-5, +1) – Despite the win over the Eagles, the Saints’ defense still got shredded; three of next four games include two against the Falcons and one against the 49ers
24. New York Jets (3-5, -3) – Rex Ryan is the most overrated NFL coach? This was news?
25. Buffalo Bills (3-5, +1) – The schedule still makes a playoff run possible, even if unlikely
26. St. Louis Rams (3-5, -1) – Losers of three in a row and a shellacking in London now face the 49ers
27. Cleveland Browns (2-7, U) – They mercifully get a bye week after squandering an opportunity against the Ravens
28. Carolina Panthers (2-6, +2) – It’s probably too late for a playoff run, but the panthers could stand to get some of their mojo back
29. Tennessee Titans (3-6, -1) – Is Bud Adams going to clean house? It sure sounds like it
30. Oakland Raiders (3-5, -1) – It’s not to late for the Raiders to make a run, but this week’s game against the Ravens is a must win
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7, U) – Shad Khan thinks the Jaguars fans deserve better; does that mean better players or a move into the SEC next season?
32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-7, U) – The Pioli era inches closer to a close in Kansas City