NFL Power Rankings: Week 9

By Matt Fargo - Covers Expert

The top two is unchanged as the Broncos and Seahawks are the cream of the crop. But the Chiefs jump up three spots and take over No. 3, while the Pats climb into the top 10.

NFL Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 6-1-0
(4-3-0)
-8.75 Denver
Denver has won and covered 4 straight and heads to New England for just its third road game. 9-20 ATS L29 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
2 2 same 4-3-0
(3-4-0)
-5.5 Seattle
Seattle avoided its third straight loss and gets a break by hosting Oakland to keep pace on the NFC West. 12-5 ATS L17 games after scoring less than 15 points.
3 6 up 3 4-3-0
(5-2-0)
-4.5 Kansas City
Kansas City makes a big move up into third place after winning four of its last five games. 2-8 ATS L10 games after allowing less than 15 points.
4 5 up 1 4-3-0
(4-3-0)
-4.5 San Francisco
The 49ers coming off their bye week after big loss in Denver and have to avoid a trap with Saints on deck. 11-5 ATS L16 after a loss by 14 or more points.
5 3 down 2 5-3-0
(6-2-0)
-4.25 Indianapolis
Indianapolis coming off first loss in six games and are road favorites in New York for a second straight week. 15-2 ATS L17 games following a loss.
6 11 up 5 6-2-0
(4-4-0)
-3.75 New England
New England on a four-game winning streak after 2-2 start and plays Denver in its third straight home game. 3-9 ATS L12 games after scoring more than 30 points.
7 7 same 6-1-0
(5-2-0)
-3.25 Arizona
The Cardinals stay put despite their third straight win and now head to Dallas which is off a Monday loss. Arizona is 9-2 ATS L11 games following a win.
8 4 down 4 5-3-0
(4-3-1)
-3.25 Green Bay
Green Bay takes one of the biggest drops this week and heads into its bye week before taking on Chicago. Four of the Packers next five games are at home.
9 8 down 1 5-3-0
(5-3-0)
-3.25 San Diego
The Chargers have dropped two straight games and head east this week for an early game at Miami. The Under is 10-0 in the last 10 meetings with the Dolphins.
10 10 same 5-2-0
(4-3-0)
-3 Philadelphia
Philadelphia remains in the top ten despite a last second loss in Arizona and hits the road again this week. 2-11-1 ATS L14 games after allowing more than 350 yards.
11 9 down 2 5-3-0
(4-3-1)
-2.75 Baltimore
The Ravens got swept by the Bengals which could come back to haunt them in a possible divisional tiebreaker. 19-7-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
12 15 up 3 3-4-0
(3-4-0)
-2 New Orleans
New Orleans made a statement against Green Bay and is tied for first in the NFC South despite being 3-4. Quick turnaround this week with outright 1st place on the line.
13 14 up 1 4-2-1
(4-3-0)
-1.5 Cincinnati
Cincinnati survived a scare at home and won its first game in a month. Only a half-game separates 1st and 4th place in the AFC North. Bengals host 1-7 Jacksonville.
14 13 down 1 6-2-0
(4-4-0)
-1.5 Detroit
Detroit heads into its bye week off a win thanks to a 22-0 second half run against Atlanta in London. The Lions are alone in first place in the NFC North.
15 12 down 3 6-2-0
(5-3-0)
-1.25 Dallas
The Cowboys had their five-game winning streak snapped but the big concern is the health of Tony Romo. Dallas 6-2 ATS L8 vs. teams with a winning record.
16 16 same 4-3-0
(4-3-0)
-0.5 Miami
Miami is 3-0 away and 0-2 at home over its last 5 games and has another test with San Diego visiting. 19-8 ATS L27 games after allowing more than 350 total yards.
17 20 up 3 5-3-0
(4-4-0)
0.75 Buffalo
Buffalo continues its ascent as it remains just one game behind the Patriots in the AFC East. Bills are off this week before hosting Kansas City in two weeks.
18 19 up 1 4-4-0
(5-3-0)
0.75 Houston
Houston is back to .500 after snapping a three-game skid and are home underdogs against the Eagles this week. Texans are 2-7 ATS L9 games following a win.
19 21 up 2 3-4-0
(3-4-0)
1 N.Y. Giants
The Giants are coming off their bye week but gained ground in the division with Dallas and Philadelphia losses. 4-9-1 ATS L14 games following a bye week.
20 22 up 2 5-3-0
(4-4-0)
1.25 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh won its second game of its three-game homestand as it rolled past the Colts. Revenge game against Ravens this week. 2-6 ATS L8 after a win by 14 or more.
21 18 down 3 3-4-1
(5-3-0)
1.5 Carolina
The Panthers hung with Seattle at home for the second straight year only to lose another close one. Hosting Saints Thursday. 4-0-1 ATS L5 after scoring 15 or less.
22 17 down 5 3-5-0
(3-5-0)
1.5 Chicago
Chicago has fallen six spots the last two weeks and their bye could not have come at a better time. The bad news is that the Bears are at Green Bay after their break.
23 23 same 4-3-0
(4-1-2)
2.75 Cleveland
Cleveland bounced back with an ugly win and now plays the third one win or no win team the last three weeks. The Browns are 3-0-1 ATS L4 home games.
24 26 up 2 3-5-0
(3-5-0)
2.75 Washington
The Redskins won in Colt McCoy's first start but it could be short lived for him with RGIII set to return soon. 2-6 ATS L8 games following a win.
25 25 same 2-6-0
(3-5-0)
3 Atlanta
Atlanta heads into its bye week on a five-game losing streak and its next two games after the layoff are on the road. Falcons are 1-13 L14 games outside of Atlanta.
26 27 up 1 3-5-0
(4-4-0)
3.25 Minnesota
Minnesota snapped a three-game skid with an overtime win over the Buccaneers. The Vikings only have to travel once from now until December 14th.
27 24 down 3 2-5-0
(2-5-0)
3.75 St. Louis
The Rams have lost four of five and head to San Francisco for their second of three straight road games. 0-6 ATS L6 after allowing 350 or more yards.
28 28 same 1-7-0
(1-6-1)
5 N.Y. Jets
The Jets didn't fall any further despite their seventh straight loss and now the Michael Vick experience officially begins. 2-7 ATS L9 games in November.
29 29 same 2-6-0
(2-5-1)
5.25 Tennessee
Tennessee heads into its bye week off its 6th loss in 7 games, four of which were by 14 or more points. It won't get easier with the Ravens, Steelers and Eagles up next.
30 30 same 1-6-0
(2-5-0)
6.5 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay has lost three straight, is 1-6 overall and is still just two games out of first place in the NFC South. 1-7 ATS L8 games following a loss.
31 31 same 0-7-0
(3-4-0)
7 Oakland
The Raiders remain winless but barely stay out of the basement in the rankings. They are at Seattle this week before three straight divisional games to follow.
32 32 same 1-7-0
(2-6-0)
7.75 Jacksonville
Jacksonville stays at the bottom and will likely remain there as it heads to Cincinnati this week. Still, the Jaguars have outgained three straight opponents.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.