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Week 9 Power Rankings

Posted Nov 7, 2017

Who tops the Power Rankings after Week 9?

1.       Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles just put 51 points on the number one-ranked defense in football, scoring with ease through the air and on the ground. So yes, this is the best team in the NFL.

2.       New England Patriots

It’s time for their annual November push towards glory. This is a team with flaws, but who is perfect in today’s NFL. And who would bet against Tom Brady at the business end of the year?

3.       Pittsburgh Steelers

No change for the Steelers coming off their bye week. If their offensive players could learn to share the ball and get along, this is a team very capable of reaching the Super Bowl out of the AFC.

4.       Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff and Carson Wentz could become duelling quarterbacks in the Manning-Brady vein for years to come. Goff saw Wentz put 51 on the Broncos and duly hung 51 on the hapless Giants.

5.       Minnesota Vikings

A bye week has given Teddy Bridgewater’s knee another week to repair but what’s the rush? I say play Case Keenum and win with just enough from him, the ground game and that brutal defense.

6.       Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys are dangerous and developing. Their defensive line is ferocious and they run the ball so well with Ezekiel Elliott. But the legal storm clouds are gathering and could still ruin the season.

7.       New Orleans Saints

No wonder the Saints traded away Adrian Peterson – Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are quite the pairing, helping out Drew Brees. The defense is also holding up its end of the deal for a change.

8.       Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith was the NFL’s highest-rated QB on a playoff-chasing team when replaced by an exciting youngster in 2012. Patrick Mahomes now lies in wait. History surely won’t repeat itself… will it?

9.       Jacksonville Jaguars

I watched some Jalen Ramsey post-match video from Sunday and, I have to admit, I can see why A.J. Green released his inner Hulk Hogan and went off. You need to have a lot more class, Jalen.

10.   Seattle Seahawks

One week the Seahawks put up 41 at home and the next just 14 in a loss to Washington. The truth is that this team may not be as good as their reputation leads us to believe.

11.   Carolina Panthers

The defense is playing great and Carolina have won two in a row. They rushed for 200-plus on Sunday but here’s my one worry… Cam Newton has led this team in rushing four weeks in a row.

12.   Buffalo Bills

Consistency is always the last piece of the puzzle for a developing team, so no panic button should be pushed in Buffalo just yet. This is still a club very capable of taking a wild card spot in the AFC.

13.   Atlanta Falcons

The magic of 2016 is well and truly gone and the 4-4 Falcons are buried in the pack in the ultra-competitive NFC. Julio Jones dropping an easy touchdown catch on Sunday sums up their season.

14.   Washington Redskins

You like that etc. Yes we do, Kirk! I wonder if Bruce Allen screamed from the press box: “Great job, Kurt.” Just before he panicked about the fact he may now have to pay ‘Kirk’ like a franchise QB.

15.   Tennessee Titans

The Titans are in danger of going back to their non-descript ways. They are more exciting than the pre-Marcus Mariota years, but they rarely light it up and rely heavily on a quietly-stout defense.

16.   Oakland Raiders

It’s hard to completely rule out a team that features Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch and Michael Crabtree on offense, so this could still be a wild card contender despite the defensive woes.

17.   Detroit Lions

The Lions get too bogged down in the red zone for my liking, but Matthew Stafford always gives them a chance. And having a franchise QB this late into the season is apparently a plus these days.

18.   New York Jets

That Jets defense can not only dance, they can play very well as they showed with their seven-sack win over Buffalo. We should also credit Josh McCown and Todd Bowles for the NY success.

19.   Baltimore Ravens

The defense held up its end of the bargain again last week at Tennessee but the Ravens showed – in a game they never led – that the offense is too inconsistent and devoid of game-breakers.

20.   Chicago Bears

The Bears need wide receiver help in a big way, but they have a promising QB, a good RB pairing and a defense that is aggressive and stout. More than anything, the Bears finally have some hope!

21.   Los Angeles Chargers

We talk all the time about how this is Philip Rivers’ team and that will be true until he retires. But the Chargers’ future driving forces should be Melvin Gordon and Joey Bosa.

22.   Arizona Cardinals

I love Bruce Arians. Asked after his team’s win over San Francisco if 37 carries was too much for veteran rusher Adrian Peterson, Arians replied: “The ball’s not heavy.” Expect a lot more AP!

23.   Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins showed some flashes against the Raiders and good fortune has seen them move up in these rankings. But I have a feeling their two-game slide could run for a while yet.

24.   Indianapolis Colts

I remain convinced that the Colts’ quarterback should get paid danger money behind their offensive line. That unit is the reason Andrew Luck is going to miss this entire year.

25.   Houston Texans

No J.J. Watt and no Whitney Mercilus meant no room for error for Deshaun Watson and the offense. No Deshaun Watson means no chance for a Texans team about to go into the tank.

26.   Cincinnati Bengals

Marvin Lewis is running out of time in Cincy. It is worrying how little this team can protect Andy Dalton and how few times they attempt to get A.J. Green involved in the game.

27.   Denver Broncos

When asked if his team quit in Philadelphia, Broncos coach Vance Joseph offered no denial. He simply said that each player would have to ask himself that. Sounds a lot like they did, then!

28.   Green Bay Packers

There has to be a better quarterback option out there than Brett Hundley. Green Bay’s demise just goes to emphasise why quarterback is arguably the most important position in any sport.

29.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are a miserable team at the moment and now we learn that Jameis Winston is out for a few weeks with a shoulder injury. Will head coach Dirk Koetter still be there when Jameis returns?

30.   New York Giants

Ben McAdoo’s team definitely quit on him and it’s seemingly one thing after another with these miserable Giants at the moment. I see no way McAdoo makes it to the end of the season.

31.   San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have lost all nine of their games this week but they move out of the basement ahead of Cleveland because they showed they can successfully file the correct trade paperwork on time.

32.   Cleveland Browns

It’s not even funny anymore – the Browns are terribly run and their fans deserve better. The Carson Wentz/Deshaun Watson/A.J. McCarron debacle is going to hang over this team for years to come.

 


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