Every week, the National Football Post brings you our NFL Power Rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the league.
Week 9 (previous rankings in parenthesis)
1. (1) Green Bay Packers (7-0): At this point of the season, is there any question on the Packers being the clear No.1 in the NFL?
ICONPolamalu and the Steelers beat the Patriots on both sides of the ball.
2. (4) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2): Pittsburgh won the matchup vs. the Patriots on both sides of the ball in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score.
3. (2) New England Patriots (5-2): Brady and the Patriots offense should expect to see more press-coverage when the game tape from Sunday gets around the league.
4. (5) San Francisco 49ers (6-1): After seven games in San Fran one thing is pretty clear—Jim Harbaugh can coach.
5. (6) New York Giants (5-2): Another fourth quarter comeback (and more big numbers) for Eli Manning.
6. (10) Detroit Lions (6-2): The Lions needed to get a win and Tebow served one up for them in Denver.
7. (11) Buffalo Bills (5-2): The first place Bills completely shut down John Beck and the Redskins up in Toronto.
8. (14) Philadelphia Eagles (3-4): Are the Eagles a contender after Sunday night? Sure looked like it in the 34-7 win over the Cowboys.
9. (3) New Orleans Saints (5-3): What was that in St. Louis?
10. (7) Baltimore Ravens (5-2): The comeback was impressive, but what is the story with Joe Flacco?
11. (8) New York Jets (4-3): A big AFC East matchup this Sunday when the Jets travel to Orchard Park to play the Bills.
12. (12) Chicago Bears (4-3): Lovie Smith’s Cover 2 defense has given Vick problems in the past—let’s see if it continues on Monday Night in Philly.
13. (13) Atlanta Falcons (4-3): With the Saints’ loss, the Falcons are right in the middle of the NFC South discussion—and Indy is up next on the schedule.
ICONThat's four straight wins for Dalton and the 5-2 Bengals.
14. (19) Cincinnati Bengals (5-2): The Bengals get more big plays out in Seattle and have now won four in a row.
15. (17) Houston Texans (5-3): The Texans get another win without Andre Johnson and should continue to control the AFC South the second half of the season.
16. (20) Kansas City Chiefs (4-3): The Chiefs get some production from rookie WR Jon Baldwin and are right back in the mix out in the AFC West.
17. (9) San Diego Chargers (4-3): The Chargers (and Philip Rivers) literally fumbled that game away last night in K.C.
18. (16) Oakland Raiders (4-3): Carson Palmer and the Raiders get back on the field this week vs. Denver.
19. (18) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3): The Bucs come off the bye and head to New Orleans for a crucial divisional game.
20. (15) Dallas Cowboys (3-4): An embarrassing loss for Romo, Rob Ryan, Jerry Jones, etc. out in Philly.
21. (23) Tennessee Titans (4-3): It is Week 9 in the NFL—time for Chris Johnson to start playing football.
22. (27) Minnesota Vikings (2-6): It is obvious that Christian Ponder makes this Vikings’ offense more productive.
23. (21) Carolina Panthers (2-6): More big plays from Cam Newton, but the Panthers need to win in the fourth quarter.
24. (22) Washington Redskins (3-4): Until the Redskins get a real talent at the QB position, it will be the same old story for Dan Snyder’s club.
25. (24) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5):
26. (25) Cleveland Browns (3-4): This Cleveland offense needs plenty of upgrades.
ICONRough day for Pete and the Seahawks in the loss to Cincy.
27. (28) Seattle Seahawks (2-5): Some questionable coaching moves from Pete Carroll in another Seattle loss.
28. (27) Denver Broncos (2-5): The Broncos could be making another QB change if Tebow doesn’t improve this Sunday vs. the Raiders.
29. (32) St. Louis Rams (1-6): Chris Long and Steven Jackson tore up the Saints in the Rams’ upset win.
30. (29) Arizona Cardinals (1-6): The Cards find another way to lose—blowing a 24-3 lead this time to the Ravens.
31. (30) Miami Dolphins (0-7): The Dolphins should have closed out the Giants on Sunday, but that is exactly why they are 0-7.
32. (31) Indianapolis Colts (0-8): Look for the Colts to be on the clock (with Andrew Luck on the board) when the draft kicks off in April.
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