NFL Power Rankings: Week 9

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

San Francisco slides up in the Week 9 rankings along with Cincinnati, Carolina and the New York Giants. Find out where your favorite teams sits in the latest NFL Power Rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

Week 9 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings 7-1-0
(4-3-1)
-8.0 Denver
Much to the chagrin of bookmakers around the globe, the Broncos 31-0 runout in the fourth quarter against the Redskins sent them Over the total for their eighth straight game.
2 5 move up in rankings3 6-2-0
(6-2-0)
-6.5 San Francisco
The 49ers offense has produced at least 31 points in every game during their five game winning streak, while their defense has allowed just 12 points per game.
3 2 move down in rankings1 7-1-0
(5-3-0)
-6.5 Seattle
Cluster injuries on the offensive line are clearly a problem in Seattle after the Seahawks became the first NFL team to win a game with seven first downs or less since 2010.
4 3 move down in rankings1 6-1-0
(5-2-0)
-6.0 New Orleans
After feasting on the weak for the first two months of the season, the Saints' schedule toughens considerably, with the Cowboys, 49ers and Seahawks on tap in the next five weeks.
5 4 move down in rankings1 5-2-0
(5-2-0)
-5.5 Green Bay
The Packers lead the NFL in yards per play margin, gaining a full yard per play more on offense than they allow on defense.
6 6 no change in rankings 6-2-0
(4-4-0)
-5.0 New England
Tom Brady has thrown only two touchdown passes in the last four weeks with at least one interception in every game. His current QB rating is the lowest of his career.
7 7 no change in rankings 8-0-0
(5-3-0)
-4.5 Kansas City
Why are the Chiefs ranked No. 7, not No. 1 with their undefeated record? They've faced the single weakest schedule in the NFL thus far, with all eight opponents at .500 or worse.
8 10 move up in rankings2 6-2-0
(5-2-1)
-4.0 Cincinnati
Andy Dalton is playing like a star. In the Bengals' last three games (all wins), Dalton has thrown for at least 325 yards and three touchdowns every week.
9 9 no change in rankings 5-2-0
(4-3-0)
-4.0 Indianapolis
The betting markets seem convinced that the loss of Reggie Wayne will slow down Andrew Luck. How else can you explain the Colts opening as underdogs against the Texans next Sunday.
10 8 move down in rankings2 4-4-0
(7-1-0)
-3.5 Dallas
The good news for the Cowboys defense? They've notched 19 takeaways - third most in the NFL. The bad news? They've allowed 400-plus passing yards four times already.
11 11 no change in rankings 4-3-0
(5-1-1)
-1.5 San Diego
Despite playing behind an offensive line that has been riddled with injuries, Philip Rivers has been able to keep his uniform clean, taking only 11 sacks in seven games.
12 13 move up in rankings1 4-3-0
(4-3-0)
-1.0 Carolina
Ron Rivera's surging squad is now 4-1 since their 0-2 start, winning all four of those games by more than two touchdowns - a combined margin of victory of 96 points.
13 12 move down in rankings1 5-3-0
(4-4-0)
-1.0 Detroit
Only 26 teams were in action last weekend, due to bye weeks. Calvin Johnson, by himself, out-gained 15 of the other 25 teams.
14 15 move up in rankings1 3-4-0
(3-4-0)
1.0 Baltimore
An offensive line shuffle - replacing Bryant McKinnie after acquiring Eugene Monroe from Jacksonville - has the potential to open things up for Ray Rice and his 2.8 yards per carry average.
15 18 move up in rankings3 3-4-0
(4-2-1)
1.0 Tennessee
After losing three straight prior to their bye week, the Titans caught a break from the schedule maker, matched up against lowly St. Louis and Jacksonville in the next two weeks.
16 19 move up in rankings3 4-3-0
(1-5-1)
1.5 Chicago
The Bears haven't been elite this year, but they certainly haven't been a disaster. Yet Chicago is right there with Houston, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville - one of four teams with only one ATS win.
17 23 move up in rankings6 4-4-0
(5-3-0)
2.5 Arizona
The Cardinals' last three losses have come against the Saints, 49ers and Seahawks - no shame there. They've beaten the Lions, Panthers and Falcons at home thanks to a suffocating defense.
18 25 move up in rankings7 2-6-0
(3-5-0)
2.5 N.Y. Giants
Despite their 0-6 start, the Giants are only two games out of first place with three consecutive home games following their bye week.
19 14 move down in rankings5 2-5-0
(2-5-0)
3.0 Atlanta
You know things are bad when after initially refusing any trade consideration, Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez has changed his tune, willing to get moved at the trading deadline.
20 16 move down in rankings4 3-4-0
(3-4-0)
3.0 Miami
The Dolphins' complete second-half collapse at New England can be at least partially blamed on poor protection. All six sacks on Ryan Tannehill came after halftime, as did his two INTs.
21 17 move down in rankings4 3-5-0
(3-5-0)
3.0 Philadelphia
Ten consecutive home losses is more than a bad streak - it's an absolute embarrassment. Chip Kelly's quote: "We're unstable at the quarterback spot." Gee, really?
22 20 move down in rankings2 2-5-0
(2-5-0)
3.0 Washington
Last year, RG3 finished No. 3 in the NFL in QB rating, behind only Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. This year, he's No. 21 and doesn't have a single rushing touchdown.
23 24 move up in rankings1 2-5-0
(1-6-0)
3.5 Houston
Before we write off Houston completely, let's not forget that Wade Phillips defense currently ranks No. 1 in the NFL, allowing less than 268 yards per game.
24 22 move down in rankings2 4-4-0
(5-3-0)
3.5 N.Y. Jets
Following their ugly 40-point loss at Cincinnati, the Jets now rank dead last in the NFL in turnover margin: minus-12 for the season.
25 21 move down in rankings4 2-5-0
(2-5-0)
3.5 Pittsburgh
Since their 6-3 start to open the 2012 campaign, the Steelers are now 4-10 SU, 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 ballgames - a shell of the Super Bowl team they were back in 2010.
26 27 move up in rankings1 3-5-0
(4-4-0)
4.0 Cleveland
With the game on the line in the second half, Jason Campbell couldn't get this offense moving, with three punts and a "stopped on downs" on the Browns' final four drives.
27 26 move down in rankings1 3-5-0
(5-3-0)
4.5 Buffalo
The Bills got pressure on Drew Brees last Sunday, sacking him four times. Rookie MLB Kiko Alonso made tackles all over the field. But they still got torched deep, allowing five TD passes.
28 28 no change in rankings 3-4-0
(4-2-1)
5.0 Oakland
Terrelle Pryor came into last week's game as the only guy in the league to lead his team in both passing and running yards this year. He did it again in their win against the Steelers.
29 31 move up in rankings2 3-5-0
(3-5-0)
6.5 St. Louis
There was some silver lining in the Rams' heartbreaking loss to Seattle on Monday Night. Their defensive line dominated and they ran the ball effectively against a quality stop unit.
30 29 move down in rankings1 0-7-0
(1-6-0)
7.0 Tampa Bay
The Bucs defense has now allowed 31-plus points in each of their last three games, very bad news considering their offense has only scored more than 20 points once all year.
31 30 move down in rankings1 1-6-0
(2-5-0)
7.5 Minnesota
It baffled me last year (and cost me money, too), trying to figure out how this squad made the playoffs. This year, Minnesota's stats and their results mesh much better.
32 32 no change in rankings 0-8-0
(1-7-0)
10.0 Jacksonville
LVH Sportsbook director Jay Kornegay was quoted as saying he'd make the Jags a pick'em on a neutral field against the 0-16 Lions from 2008. I think he's giving the Jags too much credit.
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