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.

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Alfred Blue - RB
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Arian Foster - RB
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Alfred Blue - RB
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Andre Johnson - WR
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Arian Foster - RB
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Zac Diles - LB
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Garrett Graham - TE
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Alfred Blue - RB
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Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
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Jadeveon Clowney - LB
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