Week 9 NFL Power Rankings – Chiefs Remain #1
Week 8 of the NFL Season was filled with exciting finishes, which leads to more shakeups to the standings.
So after 8 weeks, here is Fanspeak's Week 9 Power Rankings:
1. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week #1):
It wasn't the prettiest win by the Chiefs, but they remain undefeated, and continue to show a strong defense and a good offense. They might not be as high-powered an offense as some teams out there, but with a defense like the one they have got they can go very far this year.
2. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week #2):
The Colts were on bye this week, and it will be interesting to see how they do without Reggie Wayne this year, but right now this team deserves a spot at the top. Their defense is playing much better than anyone expected, and could get a boost this week if 1st round pick Bjoern Werner can return from injury.
3. Denver Broncos (Last Week #4):
The Broncos were down 21-7 against the Redskins mid-way through the third quarter, but they responded with 38 unanswered points. The Broncos defense played better with Von Miller back so this team could be getting stronger for the 2nd half of the season.
4. New Orleans Saints (Last Week #5):
The Saints came off their bye with a big win over the Bills. This offense is one of the best in the league and their defense is playing much better this season. If they keep playing like this, it is going to be awfully tough for anyone to beat them in the NFC.
5. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week #3):
The Seahawks nearly blew their advantage for the number 1 seed by losing the Rams who were without their top QB. The Seahawks offensive was exposed in this game and is going to be a real issue going forward until Okung comes back from injury.
6. San Francisco 49ers (Last Week #6):
The 49ers destroyed the Jaguars in London, and have now reeled off 5 straight wins as they head into their bye week. On the other side of the bye they face the Panthers at home before a tough road game against the Saints.
7. Green Bay Packers (Last Week #7):
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers looked smooth on the road Sunday night. No injuries, no problem for this team. They definitely have the "next man up" approach working for them.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week #8):
The Bengals decimated the Jets defense, and won this game in a blowout. Since their early season miscues versus the Bears and Browns the Bengals have been pretty close to perfect these past couple of games. Andy Dalton has the offense rolling and Cincy looks to be well in control of the AFC North.
9. New England Patriots (Last Week #9):
.The Patriots won again, but they continue to look bad doing so. While a win is a win, you wonder if team can consistently do it against some of the better teams they will face.
10. San Diego Chargers (Last Week #10):
After a week off, the Chargers head to Washington to face the struggling Redskins. They should be able to put up points but will need their defense to shut down RG3 and Alfred Morris if they want to win on the road.
11. Detroit Lions (Last Week #13):
What a huge come from behind win for the Lions. Matt Stafford showed guts by taking the last second play into the endzone instead of spiking the ball. Now at 5-3 the Lions have a week to rest as well.
12. Carolina Panthers (Last Week #19):
Cam Newton and company looked sharp on Thursday night and have a winning record, which has been rare for the Panthers these last few years. So where do they go from here? They now host Atlanta and hope to get another win to keep pace in the NFC.
13. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week #11):
The Cowboys had a crushing come from behind loss in Detroit. The defense certainly let them down in this one and star WR Dez Bryant needs to stay under control to not cause more issues for this team.
14. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week #15):
After a bye week the Ravens travel to Cleveland where they SHOULD get a win. But this year the Ravens have been playing so inconsistently, who knows.
15. Chicago Bears (Last Week #16):
The Bears had a week of rest, but now will have to rely on Josh McCown against the Packers this week with Cutler still out.
16. Miami Dolphins (Last Week #14):
The Dolphins had a great chance to upset the Patriots, but they made some crucial mistakes down the stretch. They have now lost their last four games and blown chances to win the last three of those. The offensive line still remains a serious problem and the team will now be without Brandon Gibson for the rest of the season. The good news is Lamar Miller finally had a strong game and the defense continues to play well.
17. New York Jets (Last Week #12):
Talk about a let down. Not only did the Jets not follow up the Patriots game with a win, but they just got completely blown out by the Bengals. The AFC East is struggling so they could still end up 2nd in this division, but this team needs to find greater consistency.
18. Tennessee Titans (Last Week #20):
Jake Locker got another week to recover on the bye, so it will be interesting to see if he and the Titans can get back to their winning ways for the 2nd half of the season.
19. Buffalo Bills (Last Week #18):
The Bills kept it close early, but the Saints and Drew Brees were too much for them over 60 minutes. It will be interesting to see how this team fares once Manuel returns in the coming weeks.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week #17):
No matter which QB is in lately for the Eagles, they all seem to be struggling, especially rookie Matt Barkley. Yet another season that Michael Vick can't stay healthy and on the field and it costs the Eagles.
21. Houston Texans (Last Week #23):
The Texans had a week to rest but now face division rivals Colts and will be starting QB Case Keenum again. He looked decent in his last outing, but wouldn't bet on them against the Colts.
22. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week #26):
After an embarrassing loss versus the Seahawks, the Cardinals responded with a good strong game and a win over the Falcons. This team still has a number of issues to fix, but they have some real talent on this roster.
23. Oakland Raiders (Last Week #28):
The Raiders got their 3rd win on Sunday against the visiting Steelers. In a stacked AFC West, this probably may not be their season, but they may just have something to build on.
24. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week #21):
The Cardinals beat the Falcons easily on Sunday, yikes! Shocking season for a NFC favorite.
25. New York Giants (Last Week #29):
Don't look now but the Giants have won 2 in a row. And in a very weak NFC East, that may just mean something. They are on a bye this week and it will be interesting to see how the 2nd half of their season plays out.
26. St. Louis Rams (Last Week #25):
Rams defense looked great on Monday night and almost got an upset over division rival Seahawks, as it came down to the last seconds. Would have been interesting to see if having a healthy Sam Bradford would have helped them pull out the win.
27. Washington Redskins (Last Week #24):
We all knew the Redskins would lose in Denver, but the 4th quarter was just ugly. Washington was actually in a position to win with a 21-7 lead early in the 3rd quarter, but 38 unanswered points, off several turnovers, makes it impossible to beat Peyton Manning and Co. So now they come back home and will have to play much better offense to keep up with Philip Rivers to get a much needed win against the Chargers.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week #22):
The Steelers had won two in a row and had a great chance of making it three, but a broken play and two missed field goals put them back into the loss column. The Steelers just don't seem to have the total depth to play 60 minutes of football each week and it's costing them.
29. Cleveland Browns (Last Week #27):
The Browns played the Chiefs tougher than anyone expected, but they still couldn't pull out the win. This team is in a serious rebuilding mode and is looking to see what players are part of their future the rest of the way. It could be a long season for Browns fans, but the good news is they have a pair of first round picks next year.
30. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week #30):
Christian Ponder was back under center, and that did not do much for the Vikings chances as they lost big on Sunday night to the Packers. This team is going no where this season no matter who is under center. See Jaguars description as to the good news for the Vikings in May.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week #31):
Rough outing for the young Mike Glennon and the Bucs on Thursday night against the Panthers. Glennon shows flashes of promise but overall looks like a rookie.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week #32):
Still bad, really bad. Good news is a lot of College QBs are looking really good for that #1 pick.