NFC Power Rankings: Week Nine

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NFC Power Rankings: Week Nine
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1. Saints (7-0)

When their offense isn't scoring touchdowns, their defense is.  But their offense is always scoring touchdowns. (Last Week: 1)

2. Vikings (7-1)

With the two Green Bay games over, I have a feeling Brett Favre will stick around for the rest of the season and maybe even three post-season games.  If they face the Packers in the playoffs, expect to see ESPN create a new channel for week-long coverage. (2)

3. Cowboys (5-2)

Their game against the Eagles this week will be for first place, but the division might not be decided until their Week 17 battle.  Right now, this is the most complete team in the NFC East, and their remaining schedule is easier than that of the Eagles or Giants. (3)

4. Eagles (5-2)

This is a good team, but their only impressive win was their 40-17 drubbing of the spiraling Giants.  Eight of their last nine games are against possible playoff teams. (6)

5. Falcons (4-3)

Their three losses came to the Saints, Cowboys and Patriots.  They should get to nine wins easily, but they'll have to beat a couple of good teams to make the playoffs. (5)

6. Cardinals (4-3)

This is a confusing team.  They looked great in beating the Giants on the road, and then got destroyed by the mediocre Panthers at home.  They still have the upper hand in the NFC West, but they are going to need some more production out of the banged up Anquan Boldin. (4)

7. Packers (4-3)

Like the Giants, they have feasted on basement dwelling teams, but at least they made their game against the Vikings competitive. (8)

8. Giants (5-3)

Against real competition, the Giants are 2-3 (and I'm graciously considering the Redskins "real competition").  They need to get their act together fast, both on the field and in the trainer's room. (7)

9. 49ers (3-4)

Their mediocre record is partially a product of their tough schedule, as they've now lost three close games to the Vikings, Colts, and Texans.  Some of it is luck, but they keep shooting themselves in the foot.  This team has the talent to win the NFC West.   Unfortunately, the Cardinals have a one game advantage and still get to play the Rams twice. (10)

10. Bears (4-3)

A win over Cleveland is as good as a bye week.  This team still looks like they will be on the wrong side of the bubble. (9)

11. Panthers (3-4)

They lost to the Bills and then beat the defending NFC Champion Cardinals.  What is going on?  This team is more talented than some of the teams they are ranked behind, but they can't seem to get any momentum going.  They need to go 6-3 if they want a shot at making the playoffs, and with their upcoming schedule, that just doesn't seem possible.  That loss to the Bills still looks like a season killer. (12)

12. Seahawks (2-5)

They got killed by the Cowboys, and rightfully so.  This team isn't good enough to be competing for a roster spot, but with the Rams, Lions and Bucs still remaining on their schedule, it'll be hard for them to tank for a draft pick without it looking suspicious.  It's the worst of both worlds. (11)

13. Redskins (2-5)

A bye week is a good week for the Redskins. (14)

14. Lions (1-6)

They lost to the Rams, but without their best player.  With a healthy Calvin Johnson, this is still a better team. (13)

15. Rams (1-7)

Credit coach Steve Spagnuolo for seizing victory in perhaps the team's only winnable game.  Steven Jackson did all the heavy lifting. (16)

16. Bucs (0-7)

The only winless team in the NFC.  Don't expect that to change. (15)

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