NFL Power Rankings Week 10: Biggest Takeaway from Every Team Through 9 Weeks

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 6, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars wear bags as the team loses 31 - 14 against the Detroit Lions  November 4, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Spoiler Alert: It's a two team race between the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars to become the worst team in football this year. 

Both teams have lost seven of their first eight games and have been outscored by more than 100 points over the first nine weeks of the season. Only the Tennessee Titans have a worse scoring differential through the halfway point. 

It's not all bad though.

Here we rank all 32 NFL teams and break down the biggest takeaway from each through the first nine weeks of the season. 

No. 1. Atlanta Falcons (8-0)

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons know better than anyone in the NFL how to win games. It doesn't matter whether they are home or away, the Falcons find a way to win. It isn't always pretty, but it will likely lead them to a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoff this winter. 

No. 2. Chicago Bears (7-1)

What have we learned about the Chicago Bears through the first nine weeks this season? That defense rules all. The Bears have forced 28 turnovers through eight games and boast a +16 turnover differential heading into Week 10.

No. 3. Green Bay Packers (6-3)

Aaron Rodgers is just fine. Any doubt that the reigning NFL MVP was worthy of his award last season was squashed Week 6 in Houston, when he threw six touchdown passes to lead the Pack past the Texans. 

Don't look now, but Green Bay has won four straight. 

No. 4. Houston Texans (7-1)

Houston is the poster child for consistent success in the NFL. The Texans slipped up against Green Bay, but they still rank in the top 10 in defense and in rushing offense. Every day coaches and NFL experts tell us that you must be able to run the ball and play excellent defense in order to win Super Bowls. 

Gary Kubiak's club is the class of the AFC after nine weeks.

No. 5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)

Similarly to the Atlanta Falcons, we know what we're going to get from the San Francisco 49ers during the regular season. The question is, can Alex Smith and Jim Harbaugh win the big game in January?

No. 6. New England Patriots (5-3)

All those draft picks last April did little to help Bill Belichick's floundering defense. New England ranks fifth-worst defending the pass through nine weeks. 

No. 7. Denver Broncos (5-3)

Peyton Manning is back, and better than ever. The future Hall of Fame passer has more than 2,400 yards and 20 touchdowns through Denver's first eight games. 

No. 8. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3)

Sorry Chris Berman, but no one circles the wagons like the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Tomlin's unflappable bunch could have fallen two games under .500 at three different points during the first few weeks, but all three times Pittsburgh found a way to win and now it's on pace to win 10 games in 2012.

No. 9. New York Giants (6-3)

The Giants are still the favorites to win Super Bowl XLVII if you ask me. They should win the NFC East easily, and then they can focus on playing their best football when it counts, in January. 

No. 10. Baltimore Ravens (6-2)

We know that the Ravens' offense will need to step up this winter if Baltimore is going to challenge Houston in New England in the AFC playoffs. With Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis both lost for the year, it will be Joe Flacco's and Ray Rice's turn to lead the way.

No. 11. Detroit Lions (4-4)

Detroit's slow start raised plenty of concern among NFL experts, but the Lions boast the No. 1 passing attack in football through nine weeks and will be there in the end, fighting for a playoff spot.

No. 12. Seattle Seahawks (5-4)

As long as Seattle continues to win at home it will find itself back in the playoffs this winter. Aside from the Monday night debacle in Week 3, the Seahawks have beaten some good teams convincingly at CenturyLink Field. 

No. 13. Indianapolis Colts (5-3)

We are all in agreement, Andrew Luck is the real deal and the perfect transition out of the Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis. 

No. 14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4)

There are two massive takeaways from the first eight games for the Bucs. One, Doug Martin can retire a fantasy legend after his explosive performance against Oakland in Week 9. And two, Adderall is far too popular among the Tampa Bay secondary. 

No. 15. Miami Dolphins (4-4)

HBO's Hard Knocks was deceiving. Just when it looked like the Dolphins were headed for a 4-12 season they won four of their first seven. Miami looks to be for real and should challenge for an AFC Wild Card berth this December. 

No. 16. Minnesota Vikings (5-4)

Adrian Peterson is a flat-out stud. He has bounced back from a brutal knee injury like a champ and is the biggest reason why the Vikings are above .500 with eight weeks left to play. The veteran running back leads the NFL in rushing this season.

No. 17. New Orleans Saints (3-5)

The Saints won't be winning the NFC South this season, but they still possess one of the most lethal passers in football in Drew Brees. New Orleans has won three of its last four games overall and looks to be much more formidable over the season's second half, even if its defense is making history for all the wrong reasons. 

No. 18. San Diego Chargers (4-4)

San Diego may look like an AFC West contender, but consider this: Two of the Chargers' four wins have come against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

No. 19. Dallas Cowboys (3-5)

The underachieving play continues in Dallas. The Cowboys have had some poorly-timed miscues and are on the verge of missing out on the playoffs with just eight weeks left to play. I know they're aren't America's Team, but I'm not sure if they'll ever live up to expectations. 

No. 20. Carolina Panthers (2-6)

No team has been tortured as much as the Carolina Panthers through the first nine weeks of the 2012 season. Five of the Panthers' six losses have come by a combined 18 points. 

No. 21. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)

Michael Vick is no longer a superstar. He turns the ball over far too often and has made costly rookie mistakes that have killed the Eagles in 2012. The question is, who will last longer in Philly, Vick or Andy Reid?

No. 22. New York Jets (3-5)

The Jets are willing to sink with Mark Sanchez at quarterback. They are the anti-2011 Denver Broncos, which means New York fans won't see much of Tim Tebow or the playoffs in the second half. 

No. 23. St. Louis Rams (3-5)

Like the Cardinals and Bengals, just when the St. Louis Rams looked to be poised for a surprise run to the playoffs, they imploded. The Rams began the season with problems on offense, but now they have issues on both sides of the ball after giving up 45 to the Patriots across the pond. 

No. 24. Washington Redskins (3-6)

We now know that Robert Griffin III is a winner, even if his teammates aren't. From his accuracy to his attitude, RG3 has been a pleasant surprise for 'Skins fans during a season that looks to be falling apart. 

No. 25. Oakland Raiders (3-5)

Apparently it doesn't matter how many times you hand the ball off to Darren McFadden behind Oakland's offensive line. Run DMC is averaging a career low 3.3 yards per carry through the first half of the year. 

No. 26. Buffalo Bills (3-5)

The Bills are destined to become the future version of today's Dallas Cowboys, the team with all the talent that never wins. 

No. 27. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5)

Marvin Lewis either leads the Bengals to a first-round playoff exit or a drama-filled losing season. Cincinnati lost in the AFC Wild Card round last year, so it looks like Lewis and the Bengals are headed for a losing season in 2012 after dropping four straight.

No. 28. Arizona Cardinals (4-5)

The Arizona Cardinals are who we thought they were. After a surprising 4-0 start, the Cards have dropped five in a row and are under .500 heading into their bye week. 

No. 29. Cleveland Browns (2-7)

Nothing new from the Browns. They haven't made the playoffs since 2002 and have just one winning season dating back to 2003. Two wins at the halfway point likely means four wins at season's end.

The Pat Shurmur era in Cleveland could very well be over by New Year's.

No. 30. Tennessee Titans (3-6)

Anyone can score on the Tennessee Titans this season. Mike Munchak's team is allowing an NFL-worst 34.2 points per game in 2012, and surrendered 51 in its Week 9 matchup with the Chicago Bears at home.

No. 31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7)

The Jaguars need a complete makeover on offense this offseason. Jacksonville has scored an NFL-worst 117 points total over the first nine weeks of the season. That works out to a measly 14.6 points per game. 

No. 32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-7)

We knew the Chiefs were bad just a few days into the season, but now we know that no other team in the league is better at giving the ball away than Kansas City. The Chiefs have turned the ball over 29 times and sport a pitiful minus-29 turnover differential after nine weeks. 

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