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Rats RankingsFor all intents and purposes we are halfway through the 2013 season, and the Kansas City Chiefs are the lone undefeated team at 8-0. Say what you will about the Chiefs’ early schedule, but winning eight straight is an impressive accomplishment for any team, let alone one that finished 2-14 last season. And they are winning with great defense, a consistent running game, and a quarterback who is better than he is being given credit for. Don’t expect this team to fade even after they drop a game or two down the road.

Here are our Week Nine power rankings, accompanied by the most serious injury resulting in placement on PUP or IR for each team’s roster. Please note that some of these players are designated for return. Everyone has to deal with injuries throughout a sixteen game season. Some teams are just better at “next man up” than others. Enjoy!

1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-0, five first place votes) [1] – None. See what a difference a healthy roster makes?
2. Seattle Seahawks (7-1) [2] – WR Percy Harvin
3. Denver Broncos (7-1) [3] – T Ryan Clady
4. New Orleans Saints (6-1) [4] – LB Will Smith
5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2, one first place vote) [5] – WR Michael Crabtree
6. Indianapolis Colts (5-2) [6] – WR Reggie Wayne
7. Green Bay Packers (5-2) [8] – WR Randall Cobb
8. New England Patriots (6-2) [7] – Take your pick: DT Vince Wilfork. LB Jerod Mayo. RT Sebastian Vollmer.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) [9] – CB Leon Hall.
10. Dallas Cowboys (4-4) [10] – LB Anthony Spencer
11. Detroit Lions (5-3) [12] – WR Ryan Broyles
12. Carolina Panthers (4-3) [15] – G Amini Silatolu
13. San Diego Chargers (4-3) [14] – WR Malcolm Floyd
14. Miami Dolphins (3-4) [11] – TE Dustin Keller
15. Chicago Bears (4-3) [13] – DT Henry Melton
16. Tennessee Titans (3-4) [16] – WR Kevin Walter
17. Baltimore Ravens (3-4) [17] – TE Dennis Pitta
18. Arizona Cardinals (4-4) [22] – G Jonathan Cooper
19. Buffalo Bills (3-5) [23] – QB Kevin Kolb
20. St. Louis Rams (3-5) [20] – QB Sam Bradford
21. Atlanta Falcons (2-5) [18] – WR Julio Jones
22. Oakland Raiders (3-4) [28] – T Jared Veldheer
23. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) [24] – LB Larry Foote and C Maurkice Pouncey
24. New York Jets (4-4) [19] – LB Antwan Barnes (the injury to QB Mark Sanchez can only be viewed as a positive by Jets’ fans)
25. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) [22] – WR Jeremy Maclin
26. Washington Football Club (2-5) [26] – DE Adam Carriker
27. Houston Texans (2-5) [25] – LB Brian Cushing and S Dannieal Manning
28. Cleveland Browns (3-5) [27] – QB Brian Hoyer
29. New York Giants (2-6) [30] – G Chris Snee
30. Minnesota Vikings (1-6) [29] – S Harrison Smith
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7) [31] – WR Mike Williams
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) [32] – T Luke Joeckel

Ghost Rat

Football fan and longtime follower of the New England Patriots. Happily married father, professional, and author.

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