The Depth Chart: Week 9

October 29th, 2008 - 7:02 pm

My power rankings for the NFL.

(Previous Rank; Last Week’s Result; Movement in the Depth Chart).

High Five

1. Tennessee Titans (7-0)
(No. 1; W, 31-21 vs. Ind; No Change)
The Titans came away with a big divisional win over the Colts to prove they are the real deal.

2. New York Giants (6-1)
(No. 2; W, 21-14 vs. Pit; No Change)
The Giants mounted a great comeback against the Steelers on the road. They’re definitely one of the top teams in the league.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)
(No. 3; L, 21-14 vs. NYG; No Change)
The Steelers don’t move after their loss to the Giants because they’re no shame in losing to a better team.

4. Washington Redskins (6-2)
(No. 6; W, 25-17 vs. Det; Up 2)
Washington continued to roll with a victory over a helpless Lions team.

5. Buffalo Bills (5-2)
(No. 4; L, 25-16 vs. Mia; Down 1)
There was no doubt a bump in the road coming for the Bills and that came in the form of division rival Miami.

Contenders

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3)
(No. 5; L, 13-9 vs. Dal; Down 1)
The Buccaneers just couldn’t come away with the upset on the road in Dallas, but they don’t fall far.

7. Carolina Panthers (6-2)
(No. 8; W, 27-23 vs. Ari; Up 1)
Carolina came away with a huge victory over a top NFC foe.

8. Arizona Cardinals (4-3)
(No. 7; L, 27-23 vs. Car; Down 1)
The Cardinals are still putting up points and moving the ball; they just couldn’t stop the Panthers from doing the same.

9. New England Patriots (5-2)
(No. 9; W, 23-16 vs. Stl; No Change)
The Patriots put a halt to the Rams’ winning streak. They look like they’re on a roll now.

10. Dallas Cowboys (5-3)
(No. 10; W, 13-9 vs. TB; No Change)
The victory over Tampa Bay moves them up slightly, but they’re far from flawless.

11. Atlanta Falcons (4-3)
(No. 11; L, 27-14 vs. Phi; No Change)
The Falcons ran into a little bit of trouble trying to stop Brian Westbrook; they let him scamper for 167 yards on 22 carries.

12. Chicago Bears (4-3)
(No. 12; Bye; No Change)
The Bears have a good shot at being 5-3 and heading into a matchup with the Titans following this week’s game against Detroit.

Muddled Middle

13. Green Bay Packers (4-3)
(No. 13; Bye; No Change)
The Packers may have the advantage against the unbeaten Titans this week after a week to rest up.

14. Denver Broncos (4-3)
(No. 15; Bye; Up 1)
Denver got a much-needed bye week after struggling the past few weeks.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)
(No. 17; W, 27-14 vs. Atl; Up 2)
Philadelphia got after Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense and made life difficult on them.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4)
(No. 14; L, 23-17 vs. Cle; Down 2)
They never should have lost to the Browns. The game was there for the taking and they choked.

17. Indianapolis Colts (3-4)
(No. 16; L, 31-21 vs. Ten; Down 1)
The Colts just don’t seem like the same old Indianapolis we’ve come to know for the better part of this decade.

18. Baltimore Ravens (4-3)
(No. 18; W, 29-10 vs. Oak; No Change)
Strong win for the Ravens over an inferior opponent. It gives them some momentum and confidence heading into a divisional matchup against the Browns.

19. New York Jets (4-3)
(No. 20; W, 28-24 vs. KC; Up 1)
The Jets showed grit in their comeback win over the Chiefs.

20. New Orleans Saints (4-4)
(No. 21; W, 37-32 vs. SD; Up 1)
The Saints picked up a big “home” win in London. Drew Brees showed up his former team.

Pretenders

21. Houston Texans (3-4)
(No. 22; W, 35-6 vs. Cin; Up 1)
The Texans pounded on the Bengals and cruised to an easy victory.

22. San Diego Chargers (3-5)
(No. 19; L, 37-32 vs. NO; Down 3)
San Diego couldn’t stop anybody defensively this year and fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell after their loss to New Orleans.

23. Minnesota Vikings (3-4)
(No. 23; Bye; No Change)
The Vikings needed this bye week to fix things on both sides of the ball.

24. Cleveland Browns (3-4)
(No. 24; W, 23-17 vs. Jac; No Change)
Big upset victory for the Browns in Jacksonville. Bigger matchup coming against the Ravens this week.

25. Miami Dolphins (3-4)
(No. 26; W, 25-16 vs. Buf; Up 1)
The Dolphins continue to win big games they probably shouldn’t win and lose games they could be winning. Hence, they won’t move up very far or very fast.

26. Seattle Seahawks (2-5)
(No. 29; W, 34-13 vs. SF; Up 3)
Seattle proved it still had something left in the tank with a crushing victory over the 49ers.

27. St. Louis Rams (2-5)
(No. 25; L, 23-16 vs. NE; Down 2)
The Patriots halted the Rams’ winning streak under Jim Haslett while the Rams called foul… over the lack of fouls called on the Patriots.

Low Five

28. San Francisco 49ers (2-6)
(No. 27; L, 34-13 vs. Sea; Down 1)
Not a good start under new coach Mike Singletary. A bad loss and dissension amongst coaches and players.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (1-6)
(No. 30; L, 28-24 vs. NYJ; Up 1)
The Chiefs lost, but they leapfrog the Raiders with a near victory over the Jets.

30. Oakland Raiders (2-5)
(No. 28; L, 29-10 vs. Bal; Down 2)
The Ravens looked dysfunctional as usual against a tough Ravens team.

31. Detroit Lions (0-7)
(No. 31; L, 25-17 vs. Was; No Change)
Continue to play tough, albeit losing football.

32. Cincinnati Bengals (0-8)
(No. 32; L, 35-6 vs. Hou; No Change)
How many wins will they have this year? 3? 2? 1?

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