Every week, the National Football Post brings you our weekly power rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the league.
Week 9 Rankings (previous rankings in parenthesis)
1. (3) New England Patriots: 6-1
The Pats closed out the Vikings with a 13-play drive in the 4th quarter—a that style sells in the NFL.
2. (1) Pittsburgh Steelers: 5-2
Polamalu and the Steelers were outplayed by the Saints defense—and that doesn’t happen often.
3. (4) N.Y. Giants: 5-2
The Giants hype cooled off over the bye week, but we still see New York as the team to beat in the NFC.
4. (5) Baltimore Ravens: 5-2
Are the Ravens vulnerable on defense? We don’t think so.
ICONManning and the Colts are back in first place in the AFC South.
5. (6) Indianapolis Colts: 5-2
Surprise—the Colts are back in first place in the AFC South.
6. (2) N.Y. Jets: 5-2
With two weeks to prepare for the Packers, the Jets and Mark Sanchez were shut out—at home.
7. (13) New Orleans Saints: 5-3
That was the championship defense we saw in ’09 from the Saints.
8. (9) Green Bay Packers: 5-3
The Packers move to first place in the NFC North despite a training room filled with bodies.
9. (11) Miami Dolphins: 4-3
Miami continues to play tough football—and will be tested again on Sunday in Baltimore.
10. (10) Atlanta Falcons: 5-2
The Falcons would host the Bucs for the division lead on Sunday.
11. (7) Tennessee Titans: 5-3
The injury to WR Kenny Britt could be a crucial blow to the Titans’ offensive game plan.
12. (12) Kansas City Chiefs: 5-2
The Chiefs travel to Oakland in the game of the week.
13. (8) Houston Texans: 4-3
The Texans didn't look anything like a playoff team Monday night in the loss to Indy.
Vick is back under center for the Eagles this Sunday.
14. (15) Philadelphia Eagles: 4-3
Michael Vick takes over the offense—again—when the Eagles host the Colts on Sunday.
15. (20) Oakland Raiders: 4-4
The Raiders are starting to look like one of the league’s most physical teams.
16. (17) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5-2
Is Raheem Morris speaking the truth about the Bucs? Sunday in Atlanta will answer some questions.
17. (25) San Diego Chargers: 3-5
Will the win over the Titans spur a mid-season run in San Diego?
18. (18) Chicago Bears: 4-3
Did the Bears make enough corrections during the bye week to keep QB Jay Cutler off of the ground?
19. (14) Washington Redskins: 4-4
A quarterback issue in Washington? It sounds like it after Donovan McNabb was pulled for Rex Grossman in the loss at Detroit.
20. (27) Jacksonville Jaguars: 4-4
The Jags looked like a player in the AFC down in Dallas—but can they stay consistent?
21. (22) St. Louis Rams: 4-4
Can the Rams win the NFC West with a rookie QB? Why not when San Bradford continues to impress.
22. (16) Seattle Seahawks: 4-3
After the beating Seattle took in Oakland, it is time to slow down the Pete Carroll bandwagon.
ICONWill Childress make it through the season in Minnesota?
23. (19) Minnesota Vikings: 2-5
Does Brad Childress even finish the season in Minnesota?
24. (29) Detroit Lions: 2-5
The 2-5 record stands out, but the Lions continue to play good football.
25. (24) Arizona Cardinals: 3-4
Can the Cards get Kurt Warner back for the second half of the season?
26. (21) Cincinnati Bengals: 2-5
A roster stocked with talent, but the Bengals continue to disappoint on Sundays.
27. (26) Cleveland Browns: 2-5
Time to turn this offense over to rookie QB Colt McCoy for good.
28. (23) Dallas Cowboys: 1-6
Wade Phillips is working on borrowed time for a team that has packed it in for the season.
29. (31) San Francisco 49ers: 2-6
Is Troy Smith the answer at QB for Mike Singletary’s?
30. (28) Denver Broncos: 2-6
How many more Denver losses before we start talking about Josh McDaniels’ job security?
31. (30) Carolina Panthers: 1-6
Who do the Panthers call first this offseason? Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher?
32. (32) Buffalo Bills: 0-7
Until the Bills figure out how to make a big play with the game on the line, they will continue to struggle.
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