NFL Power Rankings: Week 9

NFL Power Rankings: Week 9
October 29, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Week 8 has come and gone. Here are our NFL power rankings heading into Week 9 of the season.

Rank Team Record  

1.

LW: 1

 (8-0)

The Chiefs have allowed 17 points or fewer in every game this season. Since 1970, only three other teams have done the same to start their year.

2.

LW: 3

 (7-1)

Speaking of scoring points, the Broncos are doing it at a record pace. Maybe a bye week isn’t a good thing for an offensive that is obviously clicking.

3.

LW: 2

 (7-1)

When you almost lose to a team quarterbacked by Kellen Clemens, you deserve a drop in the rankings.

4.

LW: 4

 (6-1)

This team is one Tom Brady drive from being undefeated. The Saints have scored 104 points in their last three home games.

5.

LW: 5

 (6-2)

They’ve won five straight and are rolling teams in victory. (Average margin of victory: 22 points.)

6.

LW: 6

 (6-2)

They started slow, but finished with a flurry against Miami at home.

7.

LW: 7

 (5-2)

No Cobb, Finley or Jones and Aaron Rodgers still shreds the Vikings defense for nearly 300 yards in a blowout win.

8.

LW: 9

 (6-2)

Andy Dalton is playing the best football of his career. It looks like the division is the Bengals' to lose.

9.

LW: 8

 (5-2)

The Colts can go up three games in the AFC South with a win at Houston and a Titans loss.

10.

LW: 11

 (5-3)

Anyone still question if Megatron is better than Dez Bryant?

11.

LW: 12

 (4-3)

Let’s see what Marc Trestman has dialed up for Josh McCown during the bye week.

12.

LW: 10

 (4-4)

If Jerry Jones knew what was right for the Cowboys, he’d say something about Dez Bryant’s sideline tirade. Instead, not a peep from the team's owner.

13.

LW: 14

 (4-3)

Chargers are on the road for three of their next four following their bye week.

14.

LW: 13

 (3-4)

The Ravens can climb back into the division race if they win their next two (@CLE, vs CIN).

15.

LW: 17

 (4-3)

Is it time to believe Cam Newton has taken the next step as a QB?

16.

LW: 19

 (3-4)

The Titans had an extra week to rest Jake Locker (hip) over the bye and have a winnable game against St. Louis this weekend.

17.

LW: 22

 (4-4)

While Bruce Arians was brought in to restructure the Cardinals' offense, it’s the defense that’s making a difference in the desert.

18.

LW: 16

 (4-4)

Rex Ryan has alternated wins and losses all season. If the pattern holds true, the Jets will take down the Saints in the Meadowlands Sunday.

19.

LW: 15

 (3-4)

The team has lost four straight and now faces a red-hot Bengals team on a short week. Things aren’t looking good for the Dolphins.

20.

LW: 27

 (3-4)

Terelle Pryor ran for more yards on one play (93) than he threw for in the entire game (88) against Pittsburgh.

21.

LW: 24

 (3-5) They almost pulled out a win against unbeaten Kansas City on the road. Now they face the defending Super Bowl Champions.

22.

LW: 29

 (2-6)

Sad fact of the day: The Giants are two games out of the NFC lead after winning their second-straight game.

23.

LW: 18

 (3-5)

Things are unraveling very quickly for Chip Kelly in Philadelphia after 10 points in the Eagles' last two games.

24.

LW: 28

 (2-5) The Case Keenum Era continues this weekend when he kid makes his first pro start at Reliant against the Colts.

25.

LW: 26

 (3-5)

Zac Stacy’s ankle injury prevented the Rams from shocking the Seahawks in the final moments Monday night.

26.

LW: 21

 (3-5) The Bills' defense looked helpless after being torched for five touchdowns by Drew Brees.

27.

LW: 23

 (2-5) Same old story in Washington: Injury concerns surround RG3 and the defense can’t stop anybody.

28.

LW: 20

 (2-5)

If not for a flurry of points late, the Steelers' offensive woes continued in a loss to Oakland.

29.

LW: 25

 (2-5)

After being smacked around by the Cardinals, it’s clear the Falcons are packing it in this season.

30.

LW: 30

 (1-6)

Their uniforms are purple. That’s about all I can say about the Vikings these days.

31.

LW: 32

 (0-8) You heard it hear first – the Jaguars would beat the Bucs on a neutral field right now.

32.

LW: 31

 (0-7)

Greg Schiano should’ve been fired a long time ago. It’s depressing to watch this team play.

Texans - Team News
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins (hand) is probable for Week 7. The Texans listed Hopkins on the injury report, but his status was never in doubt. He'll be a WR3 for Monday night against the Steelers.
Oct 18 2:54PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (groin) is probable for Monday night's game against the Steelers. Foster was limited on Thursday, but practiced in full the last two days. He should have another heavy workload against a Steelers defense that's allowing 4.4 yards per carry...
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Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was upgraded to full in Saturday's practice and is listed as probable for... Johnson is good to go for Monday night's matchup with the Steelers. He's Rotoworld's No. 15 receiver this week.
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Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against... Clowney got in two limited practices this week, but said he still "can't run laterally." He could be held out in an attempt to get fully healthy for Week 8. If...
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Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) returned to practice Friday. It was Clowney's first practice since undergoing knee surgery in Week 1. He's expected to be a game-time decision for Monday night. Clowney will likely be on a limited snap...
Oct 17 6:08PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (groin) was upgraded to full in Friday's practice. Foster suffered a groin injury in last Thursday's loss to the Colts, but his Week 7 status isn't in doubt. He should be fine for Monday night against the Steelers.
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Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Friday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's practice reps, but he's expected to play on Monday night. Johnson is Rotoworld's No. 15 receiver this week.
Oct 17 5:53PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins is listed on the Week 7 injury report with a hand issue, but is practicing in... Hopkins must have tweaked something in last week's loss to the Colts. It won't affect his WR3 status for Week 7.
Oct 16 4:22PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Thursday's practice. The Texans have made a habit of limiting Johnson's practice reps, but he hasn't been limited in games. He'll be a WR2 for Monday's game against the Steelers.
Oct 16 4:20PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster was limited in Thursday's practice with a groin injury. It's a new ailment for Foster, but it doesn't appear to be anything that's going to cast doubt on his status for Monday night's game against the Steelers. It's never wise to...
Oct 16 4:19PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will be a game-time decision for Monday's tilt with the... "It's getting closer to game time and we'll know better as we move closer to game time," coach Bill O'Brien said Thursday. "If he were to play against...
Oct 16 3:41PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Coach Bill O'Brien said OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) has a 50-50 chance of returning to the... The Texans and Steelers play on Monday night. Clowney has been sidelined since going down with a torn meniscus in the season opener. J.J. Watt is single-handedly carrying...
Oct 15 9:28AM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is targeting Week 7 against the Steelers to return. Clowney is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The first overall pick in May's draft would add a needed edge presence with J.J. Watt wreaking havoc up front....
Oct 10 2:32PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed three times for 22 yards in Houston's Week 6 loss to the Colts. Blue was only called on when all-world workhorse Arian Foster needed a breather. Blue is a pure handcuff. He has no standalone value.
Oct 9 11:49PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham was held without a catch on one target in Houston's Week 6 loss to the Colts. It almost appears as if Graham is being phased out of the Texans' offense, as he's now been targeted just twice over his past two games. Graham is emphatically off the radar...
Oct 9 11:47PM Read More

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