NFL Power Rankings – Week 9

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Week 9 NFL Power Rankings

Who’s up, who’s down? Frank Schwab surveys the NFL landscape after Week 8.

<p>Who’s up, who’s down? Frank Schwab surveys the NFL landscape after Week 8. </p>
Week 9 NFL Power Rankings

Who’s up, who’s down? Frank Schwab surveys the NFL landscape after Week 8.

<p>A couple years ago, it was fun and good for the NFL for the Raiders to be back. On the flip side, it stinks that they’re back to the bottom of the league. Their fans are good and deserve better before their team leaves. (Doug Martin) </p>
32. Oakland Raiders (1-6, Last Week: 31)

A couple years ago, it was fun and good for the NFL for the Raiders to be back. On the flip side, it stinks that they’re back to the bottom of the league. Their fans are good and deserve better before their team leaves. (Doug Martin)

<p>We all know why Pat Shurmur won’t consider benching Eli Manning. We all saw what happened the last time someone tried that. (Eli Manning) </p>
31. New York Giants (1-7, LW: 29)

We all know why Pat Shurmur won’t consider benching Eli Manning. We all saw what happened the last time someone tried that. (Eli Manning)

<p>Last year the 49ers lost an amazing five games in a row by three points or less. This season, three of their past five games have been losses by three points or less. It’s a weird trend. (Marquise Goodwin) </p>
30. San Francisco 49ers (1-7, LW: 28)

Last year the 49ers lost an amazing five games in a row by three points or less. This season, three of their past five games have been losses by three points or less. It’s a weird trend. (Marquise Goodwin)

<p>It’s not ideal that the Cardinals looked so bad for three quarters. But seeing rookie quarterback Josh Rosen lead a fourth-quarter comeback is the kind of thing that can give Rosen a lot of confidence. (Josh Rosen) </p>
29. Arizona Cardinals (2-6, LW: 32)

It’s not ideal that the Cardinals looked so bad for three quarters. But seeing rookie quarterback Josh Rosen lead a fourth-quarter comeback is the kind of thing that can give Rosen a lot of confidence. (Josh Rosen)

<p>Derek Anderson was hurt late in the Monday night loss, and if it’s bad that might mean a Nathan Peterman start next week. That’s something. (Derek Anderson) </p>
28. Buffalo Bills (2-6, LW: 30)

Derek Anderson was hurt late in the Monday night loss, and if it’s bad that might mean a Nathan Peterman start next week. That’s something. (Derek Anderson)

<p>Firing Hue Jackson was the right move. But the Browns need a clean start and if Gregg Williams is their 2019 head coach, then it will end up being a mistake firing Jackson now. (Hue Jackson) </p>
27. Cleveland Browns (2-5-1, LW: 26)

Firing Hue Jackson was the right move. But the Browns need a clean start and if Gregg Williams is their 2019 head coach, then it will end up being a mistake firing Jackson now. (Hue Jackson)

<p>Trading Demaryius Thomas means giving Courtland Sutton more playing time and snaps. Sutton is going to be really good. (Courtland Sutton) </p>
26. Denver Broncos (3-5, LW: 25)

Trading Demaryius Thomas means giving Courtland Sutton more playing time and snaps. Sutton is going to be really good. (Courtland Sutton)

<p>he Colts have to be happy with some of the young talent that has emerged like Marlon Mack. Indy could make huge leaps in the next couple seasons. (Marlon Mack) </p>
25. Indianapolis Colts (3-5, LW: 27)

he Colts have to be happy with some of the young talent that has emerged like Marlon Mack. Indy could make huge leaps in the next couple seasons. (Marlon Mack)

<p>If the Falcons can win the next two games against Washington and Cleveland, they could then activate Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones off injured reserve for their Nov. 18 game against Dallas. It’s not too late for the Falcons to make a run. (Deion Jones) </p>
24. Atlanta Falcons (3-4, LW: 24)

If the Falcons can win the next two games against Washington and Cleveland, they could then activate Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones off injured reserve for their Nov. 18 game against Dallas. It’s not too late for the Falcons to make a run. (Deion Jones)

<p>The Jameis Winston saga is a reminder that Marcus Mariota, who went one draft pick after Winston, is on the clock too. He doesn’t have the off-field issues of Winston, but he does have the on-field ups and downs and a $20.9 million non-guaranteed salary in 2019. (Marcus Mariota) </p>
23. Tennessee Titans (3-4, LW: 23)

The Jameis Winston saga is a reminder that Marcus Mariota, who went one draft pick after Winston, is on the clock too. He doesn’t have the off-field issues of Winston, but he does have the on-field ups and downs and a $20.9 million non-guaranteed salary in 2019. (Marcus Mariota)

<p>There’s not much reason, after 40 games and a 20-20 record, to believe Adam Gase is the answer for the Dolphins. Maybe Gase will be a good coach, but where’s the tangible proof that’s coming? (Adam Gase) </p>
22. Miami Dolphins (4-4, LW: 17)

There’s not much reason, after 40 games and a 20-20 record, to believe Adam Gase is the answer for the Dolphins. Maybe Gase will be a good coach, but where’s the tangible proof that’s coming? (Adam Gase)

<p>Dirk Koetter had to go to Ryan Fitzpatrick over Jameis Winston, and by doing so he probably brought himself much closer to losing his job. (Jameis Winston) </p>
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4, LW: 21)

Dirk Koetter had to go to Ryan Fitzpatrick over Jameis Winston, and by doing so he probably brought himself much closer to losing his job. (Jameis Winston)

<p>Jason Garrett has been head coach since 2010 and hadn’t ever fired an assistant during the season. That changed this week, but who knows if it’ll fixes the Cowboys’ problems. (Dak Prescott) </p>
20. Dallas Cowboys (3-4, LW: 22)

Jason Garrett has been head coach since 2010 and hadn’t ever fired an assistant during the season. That changed this week, but who knows if it’ll fixes the Cowboys’ problems. (Dak Prescott)

<p>With the Texans heating up, and the Jaguars already having lost a home game to them, it’s not crazy to think they need to go 7-1 in the second half to win the division. Does this look like a team that can go 7-1 the rest of the way? (Blake Bortles) </p>
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5, LW: 20)

With the Texans heating up, and the Jaguars already having lost a home game to them, it’s not crazy to think they need to go 7-1 in the second half to win the division. Does this look like a team that can go 7-1 the rest of the way? (Blake Bortles)

<p>Linebacker Avery Williamson has been a very good free-agent addition. He has 55 tackles, two sacks and an interception so far this season. He’s still just 26 years old, so he’ll have plenty of prime seasons left as the young Jets continue to build. (Mike Pennel) </p>
18. New York Jets (3-5, LW: 18)

Linebacker Avery Williamson has been a very good free-agent addition. He has 55 tackles, two sacks and an interception so far this season. He’s still just 26 years old, so he’ll have plenty of prime seasons left as the young Jets continue to build. (Mike Pennel)

<p>Just when it looked like you could trust the Lions, they stumbled badly and got dominated by the Seahawks at home. Are you a playoff team in the NFC if you can’t be more competitive against the Seahawks at home? (Matthew Stafford) </p>
17. Detroit Lions (3-4, LW: 15)

Just when it looked like you could trust the Lions, they stumbled badly and got dominated by the Seahawks at home. Are you a playoff team in the NFC if you can’t be more competitive against the Seahawks at home? (Matthew Stafford)

<p>The home game against the Steelers this week seems like a huge turning point in their season. It might not be a classic Steelers-Ravens showdown, but there’s a lot at stake. (Joe Flacco) </p>
16. Baltimore Ravens (4-4, LW: 10)

The home game against the Steelers this week seems like a huge turning point in their season. It might not be a classic Steelers-Ravens showdown, but there’s a lot at stake. (Joe Flacco)

<p>The Will Fuller ACL injury is a concern. Deshaun Watson has shown he’s very, very good at throwing the deep ball. Fuller was a perfect match. If the Texans can’t replace that, it lessens one of Watson’s strengths. (Will Fuller) </p>
15. Houston Texans (5-3, LW: 19)

The Will Fuller ACL injury is a concern. Deshaun Watson has shown he’s very, very good at throwing the deep ball. Fuller was a perfect match. If the Texans can’t replace that, it lessens one of Watson’s strengths. (Will Fuller)

<p>The Seahawks are showing that having a high-end coach and quarterback fixes a lot. Pete Carroll is really good, and Russell Wilson is a magician. (Ed Dickson) </p>
14. Seattle Seahawks (4-3, LW: 16)

The Seahawks are showing that having a high-end coach and quarterback fixes a lot. Pete Carroll is really good, and Russell Wilson is a magician. (Ed Dickson)

<p>It was smart for the Bears to sit Khalil Mack on Sunday. Getting him healthy, and not just having him out there suffering through an ankle injury, will help the Bears. (Jordan Howard) </p>
13. Chicago Bears (4-3, LW: 14)

It was smart for the Bears to sit Khalil Mack on Sunday. Getting him healthy, and not just having him out there suffering through an ankle injury, will help the Bears. (Jordan Howard)

<p>It’s hard to get too excited about beating the Buccaneers after you blew an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter and needed a last-second field goal to win despite being plus-4 in turnovers. But a win is a win. (Joe Mixon) </p>
12. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3, LW: 13)

It’s hard to get too excited about beating the Buccaneers after you blew an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter and needed a last-second field goal to win despite being plus-4 in turnovers. But a win is a win. (Joe Mixon)

<p>Ty Montgomery got a one-way ticket out of Green Bay after taking the ball out of the end zone and against his coach’s orders. (Aaron Rodgers) </p>
11. Green Bay Packers (3-3-1, LW: 11)

Ty Montgomery got a one-way ticket out of Green Bay after taking the ball out of the end zone and against his coach’s orders. (Aaron Rodgers)

<p>A lot of people, particularly many in Nevada, thought the Giants-Redskins game was practically a tossup. That says a lot about where we are with Washington. (Alex Smith) </p>
10. Washington Redskins (5-2, LW: 12)

A lot of people, particularly many in Nevada, thought the Giants-Redskins game was practically a tossup. That says a lot about where we are with Washington. (Alex Smith)

<p>The Eagles got a nice win Sunday against the Jaguars and they’re clearly right in the NFC East race, particularly after Tuesday’s trade. (Zach Ertz) </p>
9. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4, LW: 9)

The Eagles got a nice win Sunday against the Jaguars and they’re clearly right in the NFC East race, particularly after Tuesday’s trade. (Zach Ertz)

<p>There’s a rush to be the first to call Kirk Cousins a bust. How anyone could watch the first half of the Vikings season and believe he’s the problem is truly confusing. (Kirk Cousins) </p>
8. Minnesota Vikings (4-3-1, LW: 5)

There’s a rush to be the first to call Kirk Cousins a bust. How anyone could watch the first half of the Vikings season and believe he’s the problem is truly confusing. (Kirk Cousins)

<p>It can all turn back around on a dime, but a short winning streak has taken a lot of the heat off Mike Tomlin. However, with a loss on Sunday to the Ravens it will surely start up again. (T.J. Watt) </p>
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2-1, LW: 8)

It can all turn back around on a dime, but a short winning streak has taken a lot of the heat off Mike Tomlin. However, with a loss on Sunday to the Ravens it will surely start up again. (T.J. Watt)

<p>Over the past five games, Christian McCaffrey missed two offensive snaps against the Giants and one on Sunday against the Ravens. He came into the league and everyone assumed he’d be a committee back because of his size, but he has been a 205-pound workhorse instead. (Christian McCaffrey) </p>
6. Carolina Panthers (5-2, LW: 7)

Over the past five games, Christian McCaffrey missed two offensive snaps against the Giants and one on Sunday against the Ravens. He came into the league and everyone assumed he’d be a committee back because of his size, but he has been a 205-pound workhorse instead. (Christian McCaffrey)

<p>The Chargers’ next game at the Seahawks is big, because it is followed by three very winnable games: at Raiders, vs. Broncos, vs. Cardinals. With a win on Sunday, the Chargers probably will be 9-2 heading into December. (Darius Philon) </p>
5. Los Angeles Chargers (5-2, LW: 6)

The Chargers’ next game at the Seahawks is big, because it is followed by three very winnable games: at Raiders, vs. Broncos, vs. Cardinals. With a win on Sunday, the Chargers probably will be 9-2 heading into December. (Darius Philon)

<p>The Patriots got what ended up being an easy win against an overmatched Bills team. But Rob Gronkowski really doesn’t look right, and hasn’t most of this season. (Rob Gronkowski) </p>
4. New England Patriots (6-2, LW: 3)

The Patriots got what ended up being an easy win against an overmatched Bills team. But Rob Gronkowski really doesn’t look right, and hasn’t most of this season. (Rob Gronkowski)

<p>Nobody wants to play the Saints right now, and Sunday’s game against the Rams in perhaps the best matchup of the NFL regular season. (Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara) </p>
3. New Orleans Saints (6-1, LW: 4)

Nobody wants to play the Saints right now, and Sunday’s game against the Rams in perhaps the best matchup of the NFL regular season. (Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara)

<p>The Chiefs gained 340 yards and scored 30 points Sunday. A good day for most mortal teams, but that was the Chiefs’ lowest yardage total of the season. (Kareem Hunt) </p>
2. Kansas City Chiefs (7-1, LW: 2)

The Chiefs gained 340 yards and scored 30 points Sunday. A good day for most mortal teams, but that was the Chiefs’ lowest yardage total of the season. (Kareem Hunt)

<p>Sean McVay isn’t conservative often, so him going into a shell and opening the door wide open for Aaron Rodgers to steal a win was pretty shocking. (Todd Gurley) </p>
1. Los Angeles Rams (8-0, LW: 1)

Sean McVay isn’t conservative often, so him going into a shell and opening the door wide open for Aaron Rodgers to steal a win was pretty shocking. (Todd Gurley)

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