Power Rankings, Week 9

| November 6, 2013

power-rank-2013-WK09The Chiefs and Colts are finally making strides up while the Saints and Packers take hits and tumble.

Minimal jumps and falls define the the chasing pack — outside of the Browns’ reeling in of the Ravens with their AFC North win. The Bottom 10 welcomes in the Falcons and welcomes back the Steelers as the Eagles climb out with another in their long line of volatile moves.

Here’s how our analysts see the league after nine weeks, and the cumulative rank (below) that comes of their ballots.

 

  BEN GORDON KHALED NATHAN NEIL RICK SAM STEVE
1 DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN
2 SEA SEA SEA SEA NE IND SEA SEA
3 NO KC KC SF SEA SEA KC KC
4 KC NO SF IND IND SF NO NE
5 IND IND NO CAR KC KC IND SF
6 NE NE IND CIN NO NO NE GB
7 SF SF GB NO SF NE GB NO
8 CIN CIN NE KC DET GB SF IND
9 DET DET CAR DET CIN DET CIN CIN
10 CHI CHI DET GB DAL DAL DET CAR
11 DAL DAL DAL NE CAR CAR DAL DET
12 GB CAR CIN MIA SD CIN BAL DAL
13 MIA GB CHI CHI MIA CHI SD CHI
14 SD MIA TEN DAL CHI SD CAR SD
15 HOU NYJ MIA SD BAL ARZ MIA TEN
16 PHI CLE NYJ TEN GB NYJ CHI MIA
17 TEN BAL SD CLE NYJ BAL TEN NYJ
18 CAR ARZ BAL NYJ TEN TEN NYJ PHI
19 CLE TEN HOU WAS WAS PIT ARZ HOU
20 NYJ ATL NYG BAL NYG MIA PIT BAL
21 BAL SD CLE ATL PIT PHI ATL CLE
22 BUF BUF ARZ HOU ARZ WAS HOU ARZ
23 PIT PIT WAS PHI HOU HOU CLE PIT
24 WAS NYG PHI ARZ ATL ATL BUF ATL
25 ATL PHI OAK PIT PHI CLE OAK BUF
26 NYG WAS BUF BUF CLE OAK PHI WAS
27 ARZ HOU ATL TB BUF NYG WAS NYG
28 MIN OAK STL NYG STL BUF NYG STL
29 OAK STL PIT STL OAK STL STL OAK
30 STL MIN MIN OAK TB MIN MIN MIN
31 JAX TB TB MIN MIN TB TB TB
32 TB JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX

 

With the votes tallied, here’s how the list looks after Week 9: (last week’s rank and change in rank in parentheses)

THE TOP 10

1. Denver Broncos (1, 0)
Taking a week to watch the action from above, Denver returns in Week 10 for an AFC West matchup against San Diego that will showcase a pair of deadly accurate QBs and serve as a primer for the resting Chiefs.

2. Seattle Seahawks (2, 0)
A scare while hosting Tampa Bay didn’t shake them from the No. 2 spot, but eyes were opened. A two-game run against downward-facing teams is between them and their Week 12 bye that leads into potential playoff previews against the Saints and 49ers.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (5, 2)
The Chiefs finally make a move up… have our guys given in to the all-defense winning ways? Or was it simply a matter of filling the void left by Saints and Packers losses? The KC bye week is here and Denver awaits on the other side.

4. Indianapolis Colts (7, 3)
Roared back with three Luck-to-Hilton scores to set down hopes the Texans had of completing an upset. With big wins already under their belts, the Colts were primed to take advantage of missteps ahead of them in the ranks.

5. New Orleans Saints (3, -2)
A pair of losses in a three-week span has taken the shine off of the Saints who briefly held the rankings’ second spot. Dallas and San Francisco will head to Louisiana looking to be the next teams to take them down.

6. San Francisco 49ers (6, 0)
With reinforcements on the way, San Francisco looks to continue their run back to the top. Will the added tools solve Kaepernick’s passing game struggles and round this team out?

7. New England Patriots (9, 2)
With Gronkowski back in the fold and looking more and more like his old self, the Patriots ran away from Pittsburgh and move up two spots as Cincy holds steady and Green Bay tumbles.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (8, 0)
All trick and no treat in their heart-breaker of a Halloween loss that featured a memorable moment from the rookie Bernard and a rare walk-off safety, but the Bengals aren’t hurt in the rankings. They stay at No. 8 again.

9. Detroit Lions (10, 1)
A week off to heal up and a division foe shoots down past you in the rankings? The Lions will take it and look forward to breaking the North’s three-way tie when they face Chicago next.

10. Green Bay Packers (4, -6)
A primetime division loss and their prized quarterback knocked out with a broken collar bone have faith fleeting. How many key packers remain? A six-spot drop takes them to the edge of the Top 10.

THE PACK

11. Carolina Panthers (14, 3)
Strong teams are supposed to handle lesser opponents and that appears to be what the Panthers have done for the past month. Four games against failing teams produced four wins, each by at least two touchdowns. Now comes the test with San Francisco and New England next in line.

11. Dallas Cowboys (11, 0)
An impressive final drive on a day their running backs could have stayed home kept the Cowboys atop the East. Still at No. 11, but sharing it now with climbing Carolina, Dallas has New Orleans next.

13. Chicago Bears (15, 2)
The revelation that is Josh McCown has the Bears not missing Jay Cutler. A share of the North lead in hand, and their first positive move in the ranks since Week 3, they’ll get the Lions in the other end of the key division matchups next.

14. Miami Dolphins (16, 2)
The Dolphins get back two spots lost last week with their unique overtime win on Thursday Night. No. 14 seems to be a comfortable spot as they’ve been up and down around it for most of the season.

15. San Diego Chargers (12, -3)
Falling in overtime to the Redskins, the Chargers also fall in these ranks for just their second step back of the season. Now 4-4 in the top-heavy AFC West, their sights are set firmly on the wild card race.

16. Tennessee Titans (17, 1)
Got by the Rams to snap a three-game skid and they’ll have a chance to back it up with Jacksonville coming to town in Week 10. Rise one spot to get back one they’ve lost in recent weeks.

17. New York Jets (18, 1)
Moving up for the third straight week, a big win over the Saints has the Jets hoping the bye week holds the cure for their inability to string wins together. Still two games back of New England in the East, but they currently hold the second AFC wild card spot.

18. Baltimore Ravens (13, -5)
Now down 11 spots from where they opened the year in these rankings, the Ravens suffered their third drop of at least four spots with marginal climbs sprinkled in serving only to slow the descent. The loss to Cleveland also sees them slip in the South standings.

19. Cleveland Browns (23, 4)
The Browns make a fast move up the ranks gaining four spots with the division win over Baltimore, pulling the Ravens down a big chunk in the process.

20. Arizona Cardinals (21, 1)
Gaining a spot while on bye, the Cardinals get the reeling but hopeful Texans in Week 10.

21. Houston Texans (22, 1)
With consecutive close losses to a pair of teams now ranked in the Top 5, things don’t seem as bleak in Houston, but the next step is to actually secure a win and end the slide. Arizona, Oakland, and Jacksonville will provide opportunity to do so.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (28, 6)
Nick Foles returned to toss a record seven TDs and get the Eagles flying in the right direction again and the most volatile team in these rankings all year does it again, bumping up six spots to climb from the Bottom 10.

THE BOTTOM 10

23. Pittsburgh Steelers (20, -3)
Hung in with the Patriots for three quarters but watched as Brady & Co. ran away in the end, much of their previous month of work is spoiled and they return to the Bottom 10.

24. Atlanta Falcons (19, -5)
With another loss logged, the Falcons find themselves closer to the bottom-dwelling Bucs than the Panthers and Saints above them in the NFC South and the floor is falling out for them in the rankings too. Down five spots this week as their drop accelerates.

24. Washington Redskins (26, 2)
The ground game got going in Washington’s Week 9 win over San Diego and Pierre Garcon’s performance punctuated a much-needed bounce back after letting Denver off the hook the week before. The Redskins make a move up for the second time in three weeks.

26. Buffalo Bills (24, -2)
Buffalo gave one away in Week 9, gifting the Chiefs a win without making their offense take part. Losing four of five and alone in the East cellar, the Bills fall in the ranks for the second consecutive week.

26. New York Giants (27, 1)
The Giants take back-to-back wins and a get-healthy week away into Oakland for the first of three in a row at home. After five week of moving down to open the year, they’ve not lost a step in the ranks in four weeks.

28. Oakland Raiders (25, -3)
So much for the feel-good defensive turnaround. Blasted by Philly, the Raiders drop back three spots, losing all of the ground they made with the win over Pittsburgh.

29. St. Louis Rams (29, 0)
Continuing to battle with Clemens at the helm, but they fall to Tennessee and collect their third straight ‘L’ to drop to the bottom of the West. The spots below here are cemented in, though, so they don’t move down.

30. Minnesota Vikings (30, 0)
The Vikings pushed Dallas to the final minutes, but even showing positives reminiscent of 2012, their second win was not in the cards.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31, 0)
So close to getting that win – and what an impressive one it would have been – but the Bucs left the building with only the harsh reality of an eighth loss in as many tries.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (32, 0)
They’ve made it through their midseason bye week with half of an 8-8 record accomplished. Now the real work begins.

 

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  • Suh

    Who is Rick and how does he rank the Steelers 19th in front of teams like Miami and Cleveland?

  • Aldo

    So once again Nathan has the Patriots ranked the lowest, yeah, the same guy who almost always predicts they´re going to lose. He even drop them out of the top 10 this time. He must be hurting they´re 7-2

    • Aldo

      He has 4-4 Miami on 12th… disregard my post, I get it now.

  • JT

    Ben has Houston above Carolina which he ranked a 2 win Houston team 15th to Carolina at 18th…..

    • Ben Stockwell

      Bah, I thought I’d completed my mid-season clean up of moving teams around that hadn’t recovered after poor starts to the season or had continued unexpected good starts, clearly not.

  • Jacob

    These rankings are horrible….idk how anyone can put the jets 20th….just idiotic

  • Wtf

    Are you doing the power rankings based off this year or last year? You guys are clueless

  • Dream Chaser

    lol nathan put Carolina panthers in the top 10 LMFAO idiot.

    • jake

      good call. LMFAO. idiot.

      • Dream Chaser

        lol this was a month ago. carolina was 5-3. they weren’t top 10 material at the time. so stfu

  • Das Dweeb

    If these rankings are meant to reflect where a team is right now, I’m not sure how Seattle ends up above Indianapolis and KC on anybody’s list. Seattle has repeatedly barely escaped against some truly inferior teams (StL, Ten, TB, Hou), while Indy beat them head-to-head … as well as beating SF and Den. KC is undefeated, and if the argument to keep Sea that high is that they “find ways to win,” then isn’t the same true of KC?

    One might argue that Sea beat SF head-to-head, which would be the only reason to put them ahead of SF – since the Niners have been destroying people while Sea has been just getting by. But if that’s the argument, then Indy has to be above Sea. If it’s purely record, then KC would be No. 1 – and I don’t think many NFL observers really think they’re the best team in the league.

    Anyway, Sea is a really good team, but right now, not No. 2.