NFL Power Rankings: Week 9

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Rob Gronkowski scored his 69th career touchdown on Sunday. That is super nice.


Another week of the world-beating New England Patriots leading the power rankings. Can anyone take down Tom Brady and his squad? Hard to say, but for at least another week, everyone is looking up at New England.

Rank
Last Week
Team
Record
Comments
32
32
cleveland
0-8
Cleveland ALMOST had a victory! Like that Geico commerrcial with the fishing pole. Oooooooh! You almost had it! 0-16 dreams stay ALIVE!
31
31
san-francisco
1-6
BYE WEEK
30
27
jacksonville
2-5
Jacksonville loses, again. How do they respond? They fire their offensive coordinator. That won't solve much, but hey..let's try to pretend it will.
29
30
chicago
2-6
Jordan Howard absolutely went off against a usually stout Minnesota Vikings defense. A career-high 153 rushing yards and career-high 49 receiving yards, have a day. Chicago is one of the worst, but Howard might be a developing bright spot.
28
29
carolina
2-5
Carolina made some strides this week.
27
24
tampa-bay
3-4
Tampa Bay by no means played to win on Sunday. Jameis Winston struggled, only completing 50% of his passes, Jacquizz Rodgers left with a foot injury. Just a miserable day. Tampa Bay led by a touchdown with 3:48 left in the game. By 1:45 into overtime, they had lost. Bad day for the Buccaneers.
26
23
san-diego
3-5
Usually Phil Rivers is not the issue but this week, he was. 3 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Rivers has to be better when his team is as bad as the Chargers are.
25
28
new-jets
3-5
New York tried their hardest to lose to Cleveland on Sunday. Even Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn't stand in the way. The Jets turned a 20-7 deficit into a 31-20 lead late in the fourth quarter and held on, despite a late Cleveland touchdown.
24
25
los-angeles
3-4
BYE WEEK
23
22
cincinnati
3-4-1
See last week for ARI/SEA - ties suck. Football is boring. The NFL is trash.
22
20
indianapolis
3-5
Indianapolis continues on their disappointing path of mediocrity. Andrew Luck was sacked 6 times. You can't let that be happening.
21
17
detroit
4-4
Detroit was good but not good enough on Sunday. They didn't do much wrong but were just mediocre enough to lose to the Texans. A boring loss for the Lions.
20
15
arizona
3-4-1
Arizona continues to underwhelm, this time in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game. David Johnson ran 10 times for 24 yards. Disaster. Carson Palmer attempted 46 passes. Disaster. Arizona is not trending in the right direction.
19
26
new-orleans
3-4
New Orleans hung on late for a much needed victory. Instead of 2-5, New Orleans is hanging around in that seemingly open NFC South.
18
21
tennessee
4-4
Tennessee did exactly what they needed to do - roll over a bad Jaguars team. DeMarco Murray continues to be one of the best backs in the league and Marcus Mariota only missed on 3 passing attempts this week. Picture perfect for the Titans.
17
19
miami
3-4
BYE WEEK
16
18
baltimore
3-4
BYE WEEK
15
14
washington
4-3-1
See last week for ARI/SEA - ties suck. Football is boring. The NFL is trash.
14
13
buffalo
4-4
Death, taxes and Tom Brady beating the Bills in Buffalo. The highlight of this game involved a dildo being thrown on the field. Hooray, sports!
13
12
new-giants
4-3
BYE WEEK
12
16
houston
5-3
Houston is the NFL's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. At home, they're tough to beat, 5-0 with this victory. The biggest swing is Brock Osweiler - who sees his completion percentage drop 12% when he leaves the friendly confines of NRG Stadium.
11
6
philadelphia
4-3
Philadelphia did almost everything they needed to do in order to defeat Dallas. Unfortunately, it all fell apart in the fourth quarter and resulted in an OT loss. Tough day for the Eagles but not all hope is lost.
10
3
seattle
4-2-1
Seattle is something else. They clearly are
9
8
green-bay
4-3
Hard luck losers this week. Green Bay thought they did enough to hold off Atlanta but they left the door open and their defense paid the price. The Packers need to figure out how to lock it down despite having easier matchups ahead.
8
7
pittsburgh
4-3
BYE WEEK
7
10
atlanta
5-3
The Falcons are back, baby! A late game-winning touchdown drive led by Matt Ryan snapped a 2-game losing streak. An offensive slugfest that came down to the wire, with Atlanta standing over Green Bay when the clock struck zero.
6
2
minnesota
5-2
For the second week in a row, the Vikings fall. Minnesota's strength has quickly become their weakness. The Vikings defense allowed 403 total yards last night. That is not going to cut it, especially with a beat-up offense.
5
11
kansas-city
5-2
Kansas City continues to rumble up the charts towards the top of the AFC West. The Chiefs handled the Colts on Sunday with ease. Kansas City continues to be very scary.
4
9
oakland
6-2
The Oakland Raiders are road warriors. With this victory, they move to 5-0 on the road. They'll need to tighten up at home, but with that strong start they're a strong playoff contender. Derek Carr also tearing the cover off of it, with a 513 yard passing day.
3
5
denver
6-2
Siemian, the game manager reported for duty on Sunday. Also, Denver's defense won this game for the Broncos. 4 sacks and 3 INTs, one of which was returned for a touchdown. We talk about Denver winning 8 games with their defense alone, Sunday was one of those games.
2
4
dallas
6-1
At what point do we just stop saying, "wait until Romo comes back"? Dak Prescott is the guy for the job in Dallas, especially after leading a comeback against the Eagles on Sunday.
1
1
new-england
7-1
New England continues to rule everything that is professional football. Tom Brady has catapulted himself into the MVP discussion, despite his 4-game absence. Also, Rob Gronkowski recorded the nicest touchdown of his career.

Written by Ryan Wolfe

Ryan Wolfe is the founder and editor-in-chief of BLTD Sports. He can be heard on the BLTD Podcast. Ryan's writing is also featured over at TheHockeyWriters.com.

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