Here’s a look at my power rankings for Week 9.
(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)
1. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 2; Up 1; W, 26-10 vs. Mia)
Claim the top spot after the Patriots’ embarrassing loss to the Browns. The Ravens dominated the Dolphins in a home victory.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 4; Up 2; W, 27-21 vs. Cin)
Big Monday night victory for the Steelers over division rival Cincinnati. Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 99 yards in the win.
3. New York Giants
(No. 5; Up 2; W, 41-7 vs. Sea)
Playing as well as any team in the league right now and certainly in the NFC. Eli Manning passed for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns and the Giants rushed for 197 yards.
4. New England Patriots
(No. 1; Down 3; L, 34-14 vs. Cle)
Any team that loses to the Browns can’t stay in the top spot. Peyton Hillis — yes, who? — rushed for 184 yards against the Patriots’ defense.
5. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 3; Down 2; L, 26-24 vs. Phi)
Colts lost to an Eagles team rejuvenated by the return of Michael Vick. Peyton Manning threw for 294 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
6. New York Jets
(No. 6; No Change; W, 23-20 vs. Det)
Squeaked out an overtime victory on the road against Detroit. Mark Sanchez finished with 336 passing yards.
7. New Orleans Saints
(No. 7; No Change; W, 34-3 vs. Car)
The Saints rolled over their divisional foe to keep pace with the Falcons in the NFC South.
8. Green Bay Packers
(No. 8; No Change; W, 45-7 vs. Dal)
The Packers pounded a Cowboys team that appeared to have quit on the season. Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 34 passes for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns.
9. Tennessee Titans
(No. 9; No Change; Bye)
Titans remain entrenched at No. 9 during their bye week. It’ll be interesting to see how Randy Moss adapts to his third team in the same season.
10. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 11; Up 1; W, 27-21 vs. TB)
The Falcons edged their divisional foes behind 107 Michael Turner rushing yards and 235 Matt Ryan passing yards.
11. Houston Texans
(No. 10; Down 1; L, 29-23 vs. SD)
The Texans had no answer for Philip Rivers despite Arian Foster’s 127 rushing yards.
12. Washington Redskins
(No. 13; Up 1; Bye)
Redskins benefit from their bye week and move up a spot as they prepare for a Monday night showdown against Philadelphia.
13. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 16; Up 3; W, 26-24 vs. Ind)
What a return for Michael Vick, who threw for 218 yards and a touchdown and ran for 74 yards and a score in the victory over the Colts.
14. Chicago Bears
(No. 15; Up 1; W, 22-19 vs. Buf)
The Bears edged the Bills in Toronto thanks to a balanced game plan and timely takeaways by the defense.
15. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 12; Down 3; L, 23-20 vs. Oak)
The Chiefs dropped a close one to their division rivals and could not get their powerful run game going.
16. San Diego Chargers
(No. 18; Up 2; W, 29-23 vs. Hou)
The Chargers, by virtue of the talent on their team, will probably hang around all season but might not make the playoffs. Philip Rivers had 295 passing yards in the win over Houston.
17. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 14; Down 3; L, 41-7 vs. NYG)
The Seahawks got pounded by a physically superior Giants team. Charlie Whitehurst, replacing the injured Matt Hasselbeck, completed just 12 passes for 113 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
18. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 19; Up 1; W, 27-24 vs. Ari)
Down by two touchdowns late in the game, the Vikings picked up an overtime victory against the Cardinals thanks to a career-high 446 passing yards from Old Man Favre.
19. Miami Dolphins
(No. 17; Down 2; L, 26-10 vs. Bal)
Lost on the road to a tough Ravens team. Chad Pennington will replace Chad Henne at quarterback for Miami.
20. Oakland Raiders
(No. 24; Up 4; W, 23-20 vs. KC)
The Raiders picked up a huge divisional victory over the Chiefs thanks to the play of Jason Campbell (229 passing yards) and Darren McFadden (89 rushing yards).
21. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 21; No Change; Bye)
No change for the Jaguars as they prepare for Houston at home.
22. Cleveland Browns
(No. 29; Up 7; W, 34-14 vs. NE)
Big jump in the rankings for the Browns following their stunning victory over the Patriots. Peyton Hillis ran wild for 184 rushing yards.
23. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 20; Down 3; L, 27-21 vs. Pit)
Disappointing home loss to the Steelers on Monday night. Carson Palmer threw for 248 yards in the defeat.
24. St. Louis Rams
(No. 23; Down 1; Bye)
Moved down a notch on their bye week as they get ready to face San Francisco on the road.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 22; Down 3; L, 27-21 vs. Atl)
Lost a tough divisional road game to the Falcons but had a chance to win it at the end. Josh Freeman passed for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss.
26. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 25; Down 1; L, 27-24 vs. Min)
Had the game won against Minnesota but could not hang on defensively. Gave up 446 passing yards to Favre.
27. Detroit Lions
(No. 26; Down 1; L, 23-20 vs. NYJ)
Detroit could be the best team with a deceiving record in the league, but the fragile Matthew Stafford left the game early and could miss the rest of the season.
28. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 27; Down 1; L, 45-7 vs. GB)
The Cowboys quit on their season and their head coach and then the organization gave up on Wade Phillips.
29. Denver Broncos
(No. 28; Down 1; Bye)
The Broncos have a tough divisional game this week against the Chiefs.
30. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 30; No Change; Bye)
No change for the 49ers on their bye as they prepare for St. Louis.
31. Carolina Panthers
(No. 31; No Change; L, 34-3 vs. NO)
The difference in talent between the Panthers and their divisional foes was evident in the beating they took.
32. Buffalo Bills
(No. 32; No Change; L, 22-19 vs. Chi)
Had their chances to win, much like they’ve had in a lot of games this year, but couldn’t close the deal. They’re probably not the worst team in the league; that honor might belong to Carolina.
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- Replacing Alshon Jeffery could be near-impossible task
- Bears to sign wide receiver Markus Wheaton
- Bears sign tight end Dion Sims
- Bears sign veteran safety Quintin Demps
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- Ryan Pace and John Fox season-ending joint press conference
- Bears-Packers record headed for all-time tie on Sunday
- Vic Fangio, Bears can’t be headed toward a divorce
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