It's another week in which the song remains the same at the very top and very bottom of NFL power rankings. One of the bigger stories in the league could be what is an awful NFC East. Can 2-6 Big Blue really pull off the unthinkable in the second half of the campaign?
2013 Week 9 NFL power rankings
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8): On home or on foreign soil, the Jaguars are awful. At least they can't lose this weekend.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7): TB could, all things considered, be more of a mess than is Jacksonville. That situation continues to worsen.
30. Minnesota Vikings (1-6): Rumors regarding the future of Adrian Peterson have earned headlines, but it's the Minnesota defense that sticks out like a sore thumb. That unit needs all kinds of help.
29. Houston Texans (2-5): It wasn't that long ago that Indy at Houston would have been a potential playoff showdown. Those days are long gone.
28. Washington Redskins (2-5): You have to start wondering if RG3 will get through a single NFL season without dealing with an injury concern.
27. Cleveland Browns (3-5): Cleveland gave KC a bit of a scare, but the Browns continue to see their season crumble. With that said, going into the Bye week at 4-5 wouldn't be a disaster.
26. Atlanta Falcons (2-5): 0-3 on the road. 2-5 overall. Yes, Virginia, Atlanta really is this bad.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5): Playing one quarter won't cut it against most NFL teams, Pittsburgh.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5): The Eagles can't win at home, nor can they keep their first-choice QB healthy. Matt Barkley isn't cutting it.
23. St. Louis Rams (3-5): It's the morning after, and I'm still baffled that the Rams didn't score at the end of the MNF contest.
22. New York Giants (2-6): Is this really happening? Are the Giants actually capable of making a run?
21. Miami Dolphins (3-4): Miami choking the win away at New England was a fitting end to the team's October.
20. Tennessee Titans (3-4): This coming weekend's Titans at Rams game could make or break either side's season.
19. Buffalo Bills (3-5): Reality seems to be crashing down on the Bills. They are a fine team, sure, but they are also far from elite.
18. Oakland Raiders (3-4): Oakland is possibly a road win or two away from flirting with finishing the campaign at .500.
17. Baltimore Ravens (3-4): Beating Jason Campbell will likely be more difficult than was beating Brandon Weeden. Baltimore could be staring at 3-5 this time next week.
16. New York Jets (4-4): When the Jets are bad, they're capable of losing to the worst teams in the league.
15. Arizona Cardinals (4-4): Maybe Arizona could make a run in a different season or in a different division. Leapfrogging either San Fran or Seattle is going to be extremely difficult in 2013.
14. Chicago Bears (4-3): One off week alone is not fixing all that is ailing the Bears.
13. Dallas Cowboys (4-4): Dallas sure is lucky that the rest of the NFC East is terrible.
12. Carolina Panthers (4-3): The Panthers will have to pick up an upset win or two to move ahead of either Detroit or Seattle/San Fran in the Wild Card race. Don't count them out just yet.
11. San Diego Chargers (4-3): San Diego is in a tough spot because they share a division with two of the best teams in the league.
10. Detroit Lions (5-3): One thing you can say about these Lions is that they are far from boring.
9. New England Patriots (6-2): New England won despite Tom Brady completing only 13 of 22 pass attempts. They can't all be gems, I suppose.
8. Green Bay Packers (5-2): Aaron Rodgers and company once again took care of business against a lackluster side.
7. Indianapolis Colts (5-2): The Colts fall out of the top five only because they were off.
6. Seattle Seahawks (7-1): Seattle had better hope to get home-field advantage in the playoffs, because the team's road form is not good enough. The 'Hawks had no business winning at St. Louis.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2): Best home team in the AFC North. Best defense in the AFC North. Best overall side in the AFC North.
4. San Francisco 49ers (6-2): I'm not sure that San Francisco isn't the most consistent team in the division.
3. New Orleans Saints (6-1): Drew Brees would be MVP any other year. That Peyton Manning guy, though...
2. Denver Broncos (7-1): Hey, look at that. The Broncos are going to be fine after that loss to the Colts.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-0): It wasn't the most convincing of wins, but KC remains perfect at the halfway point of the season.