NFL Power Rankings, Week 9

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11/3/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

The Saints were #1 again last week, once again rolled through another opponent, winning a predictably high-scoring affair with the Falcons, 35-27. There's not a whole lot of change at the top, but here's this week's rankings:


1. Saints, 7-0, Last week: 1
They once again looked pretty solid, and their defense made Matt Ryan look terrible, despite the fact that he's a damn good QB.

2. Colts, 7-0, Last week: 2
Their game against the 49ers was a little too close for comfort, but the good news is that Joseph Addai posted a perfect QB rating for the day.

3. Vikings, 7-1, Last week: 4
They jump up a spot, thanks to laying another beatdown on the Packers, as well as the Broncos' blowout loss to the Ravens.

4. Broncos, 6-1, Last week: 3
They lost to the Ravens, but I think everyone knew that it was only a matter of time. It was an embarrassing loss, but the Ravens played to their full capabilities on Sunday.

5. Patriots, 5-2, Last week: 5
Coming off their bye this week, they get to host Miami, and then travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts. After that, they host the Jets, and then travel to New Orleans. This will be a tough stretch, and will show what this team is really made of.

6. Bengals, 5-2, Last week: 6
Their next two games could all but lock up the division for them, if they're able to beat the Ravens and Steelers. If not, it could have the opposite effect, and known them out of realistic contention.

7. Steelers, 5-2, Last week: 7
Much like the Bengals, the Steelers also have a couple huge games coming up. Next week, they will play the Broncos in Denver, and they might have to do it without Ryan Clark.

8. Cowboys, 5-2, Last week: 8
They have looked great lately, and Tony Romo seems to be gelling well with his receivers. Can he keep it up once December rolls around? History says no, but we'll see.

9. Ravens, 4-3, Last week: 10
They picked up one of the best wins of the year, beating the Broncos pretty handily. If this team is hot going into the playoffs, they are a legit Super Bowl contender. But they've been a bit inconsistent so far.

10. Eagles, 5-2, Last week: 13
I'm still scratching my head about that loss to the Raiders, but they definitely looked great against the Giants. They play the Cowboys next week, and that could play out huge in the NFC East title picture.

11. Texans, 5-3, Last week: 14
Steve Slaton needs to work out his fumbling problems, but it looks like Ryan Moats will suffice for now, if the Texans decide that Slaton can't be trusted.

12. Giants, 5-3, Last week: 9
I have some serious doubts about this team right now. They have beaten up some bad teams, but have yet to gain a quality win since beating the Cowboys in Week 2. I think the Cowboys will win the rematch.

13. Atlanta, 4-3, Last week: 11
They actually played a lot better against the Saints than I thought they would, especially since the game was in New Orleans. Unfortunately, the Saints D had Matt Ryan's number.

14. 49ers, 3-4, Last week: 16
Usually, teams don't get to move up after a loss, but it's actually pretty impressive that the 49ers were able to hang with the Colts. This team should win the NFC West.

15. Packers, 4-3, Last week: 15
They got beaten again by Favre and the Vikings, and it's really clear that this team needs an offensive line. The offense will never live up to their potential without shoring up the trenches.

16. Bears, 4-3, Last week: 18
They crushed the Browns this week, but that's like saying that you beat up a 4-year old. I'm just not really all that impressed until you pick on someone your own size.

17. Chargers, 4-3, Last week: 17
The Chargers are fortunate that they have 2 doormats in their division. Still, it looks like they have virtually no chance to catch the Broncos.

18. Cardinals, 4-3, Last week: 12
Losing to the Panthers is simply unacceptable. So far, the only teams that had done so were 2 teams that combined for  2-12 record.

19. Dolphins, 3-4, Last week: 22
The Dolphins will get their first division loss this weekend. Much like 2007, the Patriots appear to be the only worthwhile team in the AFC East.

20. Jets, 4-4, Last week: 19
Rex Ryan might not admit it, but the Dolphins have sufficiently proven to me that they are a better team than these Jets. That's what it usually means when they beat you twice.

21. Panthers, 3-4, Last week: 23
Did they really just beat the Cardinals? After showing a complete inability to beat even a half-decent team through the first few weeks, they knocked off the defending NFC Champs. Impressive.

22. Bills, 3-5, Last week: 20
They got slapped around by the Texans, but that's no surprise. What is surprising is how Ryan Moats was able to plow through that defense. They're normally better than that against the run.

23. Seahawks, 2-5, Last week: 24
The Seahawks don't have much left to play for this year. At this point, they just need to do everything they possibly can to ensure that they don't ruin 0-16 for the Bucs. That's their only job.

24. Jaguars, 3-4, Last week: 21
The Jaguars take a hit for being the Titans' first victims. Improved secondary aside, the Titans are not the kind of team that you should be losing to, if you think you're even remotely a playoff contender.

25. Raiders, 2-6, Last week: 25
JaMarcus Russell says he's doing a good job, so I guess I better take it easy on him. I'll hold off on talking about how he's one of the worst 3 QB's in the NFL, and one of the biggest busts I've ever seen. I won't even talk about that. Wait... oops.

26. Chiefs, 1-6, Last week: 26
They have the Jaguars and Raiders coming up in the next two weeks... both on the road. I think they'll find a way to win one of those games.

27. Redskins, 2-5, Last week: 29
This is another team that is in shambles, they are at the point now where it's time to look for a new coach for next year. Whether or not you think Jim Zorn is doing a good job, Dan Snyder's going to push him around too much for it to even matter.

28. Titans, 1-6, Last week: 31
They finally got their first win, and I think it shows how important their secondary is. They have had some injuries, and against the Jaguars, they were actually somewhat healthy, and that made the difference.

29. Rams, 1-7, Last week: 32
I thought they had a solid chance of going 0-16, but then they went on the road and beat the Lions. Not exactly an impressive win, but it's a road win nonetheless.

30. Lions, 1-6, Last week: 27
The Lions had a chance to help force another team to join them in the misery of 0-16, but true to form, they lost and ruined it.

31. Browns, 1-7, Last week: 28
This team is a complete mess. They fired their GM, and I don't think there's any reason to think the coach won't be next. At least, he should be.

32. Buccaneers, 0-7, Last week: 30
The Bucs are our only remaining hope for 0-16 this year. I desperately hope they can do it, and I actually like their chances.


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11/7/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

rogercarver1960 wrote:
I know they won't end up that way because some of them play each other, but if the Bucs win and the bottom five have one win....who gets the number one pick next season?

Luckily as you said, some of the crappy teams play each other, so we don't have to worry about that.

 

11/7/09   |   rogercarver1960   |   126 respect

I know they won't end up that way because some of them play each other, but if the Bucs win and the bottom five have one win....who gets the number one pick next season?

11/5/09   |   Luweezyana   |   20 respect

Luweezyana wrote:
lol i wanted to see it but fanIQ won't even show it because it was poor quality.

Oh ok cool

11/5/09   |   zzj000   |   388 respect

Pat wrote:
That was actually an impressive win in hindsight, but the Steelers are a different team without Polamalu. The Bears have not impressed me since then... Cutler's just too inconsistent.

Didnt I call that Bear downslide Pat? Still waiting on my Shout Out.  lol

11/4/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Much respect for the SF ranking Pat! I thought for sure after that loss the niners would have dropped but it is refreshing to see that someone besides me (and some other niners fans) are actually impressed by the niners effort.

SF isn't going to face a team as good as Indy the rest of the year, certainly not in the NFC west, so they should win their division.

11/4/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Luweezyana wrote:
lol i wanted to see it but fanIQ won't even show it because it was poor quality.

You can click the blue link and still view the comment even though it's been hidden.

 

11/4/09   |   Luweezyana   |   20 respect

kramer wrote:
Comments like I see here are the reason I'm sometimes embarrassed to call myself a Steeler fan.

lol i wanted to see it but fanIQ won't even show it because it was poor quality.

11/4/09   |   coocooguy04   |   5 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
Please don't choke on your own confidence by assuming everyone cares about the Eagles/Dallas game, and wants the same result, as much as you do.

I don't think I even made a prediction... So how did you determine my level of confidence in my Dallas' ability to matchup against the Eagles receivers. I just think that with their identical records, it being the 1st division matchup this season, and with 1st place at stake in the division... it all amounts to possibly be the game of the week on NFL Replay.

As far as the game goes: Dallas' secondary has typically been susceptible to the homerun plays and that seems to be a trend for Philly this year. Desean Jackson has already torched Dallas in the only 2 games he has played in.

Romo needs to continue to protect the ball for Dallas to get the road win. Westbrook being banged up helps too

11/4/09   |   ary201   |   213 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
Please don't choke on your own confidence by assuming everyone cares about the Eagles/Dallas game, and wants the same result, as much as you do.

I think he's saying the GAME will be better, because there's less separating the two teams and NFC east games are usually a little bit more contentious.

I don't believe he said anything about Dallas winning.

11/4/09   |   Big_Country78   |   38 respect

im ready for the saints now.  hopefully they are looking past us like the eagles did to the raiders.  after being in the same division for years, I have nothing to fear from the saints, they are a fluke so far.

11/4/09   |   Flone87   |   6 respect

 Power rankings are about as important as the pre-season...We all know the good teams. We all understand the Colts, Steelers, or Pats will most likely be in the Super Bowl going against one of the NFC's bests, which I think is Vikings, Saints, or Eagles.  

11/4/09   |   HouTxFan   |   5304 respect

coocooguy04 wrote:
Do you really think the Colts/Texans game will be better than the Eagles/Dallas matchup for division supremacy?  Please don't overdose on the Texans Kool-Aid...

Please don't choke on your own confidence by assuming everyone cares about the Eagles/Dallas game, and wants the same result, as much as you do.

11/3/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

(Edited by aos035)

I might agree with you depending on if you think the Eagles or Cowboys will win.

11/3/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

(Edited by aos035)

Sorry, but for some strange reason the Bengals are ahead of the Steelers, and that argument could be made for the cowboys since the Steelers hate them. The Steelers hate the Bengals and Cowboys more than the Patriots, plus saying you have a weaker fanbase isn't the best argument either. I liked the quote about Addai's perfect passer rating though, your earned a thumbs up for that.

11/3/09   |   alsportsfreak   |   2 respect

alsportsfreak wrote:
My Texans are rising and are going to be a real test to the Colts this week not like other years. Game of the week Texans at Colts, watch out for this guy named Andre Johnson I hear he's really good.

I'll let that slip since were both talking about Texas teams ( I'm a Texas Guy" , but you'll know what I'm talking about when the Texans "Shock The World"

11/3/09   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Jason_Kent wrote:
 After the performance against Cincinnati, I can't really come here and defend the Bears... but since you mentioned you wouldn't be impressed until they picked on someone their own size, what are your thoughts on their victory against Pittsburgh?

That was actually an impressive win in hindsight, but the Steelers are a different team without Polamalu. The Bears have not impressed me since then... Cutler's just too inconsistent.

11/3/09   |   DERYKE   |   1204 respect

Lets have a loosers bowl this year!!!! Oakland Detroit Washington Tampa Bay St. Louis Cleveland Tennessee some body will 3 games in a play off wow lol...

11/3/09   |   coocooguy04   |   5 respect

alsportsfreak wrote:
My Texans are rising and are going to be a real test to the Colts this week not like other years. Game of the week Texans at Colts, watch out for this guy named Andre Johnson I hear he's really good.

Do you really think the Colts/Texans game will be better than the Eagles/Dallas matchup for division supremacy?  Please don't overdose on the Texans Kool-Aid...

11/3/09   |   DERYKE   |   1204 respect

I wonder if detroit would move if there luck would change.And maybe they would win a few games a year not be in the bottom of the league....Please no thanksgiving detroit and dallas again boring time to sleep!!!!

11/3/09   |   MCnine   |   7 respect

it's sucks that 2 of the top 8 are in our division. guess we'll just have to do it the hard way.

11/3/09   |   Jason_Kent

 After the performance against Cincinnati, I can't really come here and defend the Bears... but since you mentioned you wouldn't be impressed until they picked on someone their own size, what are your thoughts on their victory against Pittsburgh?

11/3/09   |   brucek863   |   50 respect

wrote:
The Steelers never should have been in the spot they were in 2 weeks ago. Or last week. They should have been the highest ranked 5-2 team.

Says USA Today rankings as well as the Q in a poll.

The Steelers and Patriots have both looked good over the past few weeks. I do like the Steelers win over the Vikings but then the Bengals beat the Steelers earlier in the year. I definately wouldn't have the Patriots over the Bengals or Steelers.

11/3/09   |   SaintDrew   |   31 respect

DAPLAYAHATA wrote:
HOW CAN YOU RANK THE VIKINGS AHEAD OF THE STEELERS AFTER THE STEELERS JUST BEAT THEM DOWN!  STEELERS SHOULD STILL BE NO 1 UNTIL THE SB ....... YEAH!

One of the worst posts of the year.....this is a new season, quit living on past glory. Until the Steelers beat the Bengals they can sit their ass behind them.

11/3/09   |   Astromike07   |   80 respect

Come on Texans...keep slowly moving up that list! lol

11/3/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Comments like I see here are the reason I'm sometimes embarrassed to call myself a Steeler fan.

11/3/09   |   DAPLAYAHATA   |   46 respect

HOW CAN YOU RANK THE VIKINGS AHEAD OF THE STEELERS AFTER THE STEELERS JUST BEAT THEM DOWN!  STEELERS SHOULD STILL BE NO 1 UNTIL THE SB ....... YEAH!

11/3/09   |   Joe_L   |   12372 respect

(Edited by Joe_L)

How can the Patriots be ranked 5  and the Steelers ranked 7 when just a few weeks ago the " The Vikings were called one of the elite teams in the league" with that said the Steelers beat the Vikings so how can they not be ranked higher than the Patriots. Also both team coming off a bye week, but still yet the Steelers have defeated a "elite team" and the Patriots haven't. (more confusion)  I can't see this both had a bye week if that's why they are there then "i can't believe I'am going to say this" the Bengals should go above both of them.

11/3/09   |   Scott   |   54648 respect

So this is what being ranked 29th looks like.  Bring on the Saints 

11/3/09   |   Luweezyana   |   20 respect

Who Dat In The Number 1 Spot!!! Saints

11/3/09   |   uwgb44   |   28 respect

Chances are good this wont happen, But I think the Best outcome of this year can only be. That the Saints and Colts, Both run the table and meet in the SuperBowl to see who gets the undefeated season. But that could only happen in a fantasy world right??

11/3/09   |   al3xsucks13   |   16 respect

it's that time of year when i hope my teams lose for higher draft picks

11/3/09   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

wrote:
The Steelers never should have been in the spot they were in 2 weeks ago. Or last week. They should have been the highest ranked 5-2 team.

Says USA Today rankings as well as the Q in a poll.

Just for the record... out of 81 total people, 29 Steelers fans took that poll, as compared to 10 Patriots fans, 2 Bengals fans and 3 Giants fans. Just throwing that out there. Based on purely the results of people who are not listed as a fan of any of those teams, the Patriots actually have a significant lead. Just throwing that out there.

11/3/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

it brings a tear to my eye to see the Boys ranked in the top 10. That joy should be shattered quickly after we get spanked by Philly. I fear the eagles. 

11/3/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Browns should be #32. The team's in a mess, and they fired their GM.

Recession is when your neighbor loses his job,
depression is when you lose yours,
and recovery is when Mangini loses his.

11/3/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4805 respect

Hey, the Lions still have a chance to clinch the #32 spot for the second year in a row, when they host the Browns on November 22nd.
The Lions lost last week to the winless Rams, who had lost 17 NFL games in a row, and will probably make Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, or whoever, into a future Hall of Famer.
The Lions are absolutley horrible...on offense, and on defense. Kicker Jason Hanson should be a first ballot HOF enshrinee, for 18 years of service at a Pro Bowl level on a hideous franchise.
The Lions have so many problems, Matthew Stafford will probably have to play into his 3rd, or 4th year to have any chance at success.
The Lions are 1-6, and play @ Seattle, and then @ Minnesota the next two weeks......
If the Lions cannot beat the Browns, they have a legitimate chance at 1-15...
...their remaining schedule after the Browns on 11/22...

Thanksgiving vs. the Packers
12/06 @ the Bengals
12/13 @ the Ravens
12/20 vs. the Cardinals
12/27 @ the 49ers
 1/03/10 vs. the Bears
If the Lions go 1-15, that would give them 1 win in their last 33 games...and that's as bad as it gets.

11/3/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

The Giants got embarrassed by the Eagles, and the Texans were the ones who did the embarrassing of the Bills.  Also, the Steelers had their bye week, so I'm not sure how anyone can say they should move up or down.

11/3/09   |   alsportsfreak   |   2 respect

My Texans are rising and are going to be a real test to the Colts this week not like other years. Game of the week Texans at Colts, watch out for this guy named Andre Johnson I hear he's really good.

11/3/09   |   JDSDaGR81

Texans/Giants and Steelers/Bengals would be all I changed for that list.

11/3/09   |   zhum24   |   47 respect

I don't think the Texans should be ahead of the Giants. That's kind of silly you actually did that but oh well.