Carter's NFL Power Rankings Entering Week Nine

David CarterCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2017

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With eight weeks of NFL football in the books, here's how I see the Top 32 NFL Teams.


1. New Orleans Saints (7-0)

The picture I chose to put on here pretty much describes the Saints throughout the season so far: they're just getting a leg up on everybody else in the NFL. Based on what I’ve seen from this team so far in 2009, the Saints are definitely the most complete team in the entire NFL. Great offense, playmakers on defense, special teams still great, and head coach Sean Payton is a genius.

2. Indianapolis Colts (7-0)

With the Texans, Patriots, and Ravens, and Texans again on their November schedule, the Colts enter their toughest month of the season. Let’s see if they really are who I think they are: the most solid team in the AFC.

3. New England Patriots (5-2)

After a nice win over a pathetic Buccaneers team in London, they get a much needed and deserved reward: extra rest.

4. Minnesota Vikings (7-1)

Now that he’s gotten full revenge on the Packers, let’s see how Brett Favre can take the Vikings into the season.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (5-2)

If I had guys like Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, and DeSean Jackson on my team, I’d feel pretty confident too. These Eagles got it goin’ on.

6. Baltimore Ravens (4-3)

Despite a shaky October, this team still has a pretty solid group of guys, and they proved it last week.

7. Dallas Cowboys (5-2)

Who care about who the number one wide receiver in Dallas is, as long as they all play well and as long as the ‘Boys keep winning, it really shouldn’t matter.

8. Green Bay Packers (4-3)

Despite Aaron Rodgers showing a few signs of breaking down recently, I still have a lot of confidence in the Pack with him leading the team’s offense.

9. Denver Broncos (6-1)

Quite possibly the most surprising team in the NFL so far. The Broncos will move up many spots if they beat the Steelers this weekend because, well, they kind of deserve it.

10. New York Jets (4-4)

Despite recent struggles, their +43 point differential (10th best in the league) says that they still have a very strong defense.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)

The Steelers bye week comes a pretty nice time. It’s almost like a reward for their current four-game winning streak.

12. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)

My confidence in the Bengals will be much higher if they can win at least one of their next two games (against Ravens and Steelers.)

13. Houston Texans (5-3)

This week’s game against Indianapolis could quite possibly be the most important game not only for the Texans’ season, for their franchise’s young history so far.

14. New York Giants (5-3)

What happened to the Giants’ almighty defense. It continues to play like it has recently, their playoff chances will get smaller and smaller every week.

15. San Diego Chargers (4-3)

If there’s any RIGHT time to play the New York Giants, it’s now!

16. Atlanta Falcons (4-3)

Falcons’ fans shouldn’t get too down about their team’s recent losing streak. With Matt Ryan at QB, this team is still a legit contender for a Wild Card spot.

17. Arizona Cardinals (4-3)

Let’s see how the new “Road Warriors” can play when they go against the Bears at the legendary Solder Field this weekend.

18. Chicago Bears (4-3)

Now they’ve beaten the Browns, it’s time for the Bears to start playing some REAL football.

19. San Francisco 49ers (3-4)

Three things I’m going to be watching out for over the coming weeks: 1. How much more of a factor will Michael Crabtree be over the remainder of the year, 2. How far Alex Smith can lead this team, and 3. How much will offensive lineman Joe Staley be missed now that he’s on the shelf.

20. Miami Dolphins (3-4)

The Fish are going to need a lot more than trick plays and good special teams if they want to see themselves back in the playoffs.

21. Seattle Seahawks (2-5)

The Seahawks are in desperate need of a win this week. What better team to play against than the pathetic Lions? I wonder what’s going to happen if Detroit actually wins the game…

22. Washington Redskins (2-5)

Regardless of who calls the plays in D.C., this Redskins’ offense isn’t going to go very far this season.

23. Carolina Panthers (3-4)

I wonder how many interceptions Jake Delhomme is going to throw this week?

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4)

If the Jags want to end the blackout streak, the Chiefs aren’t the right opponent to do it against.

25. Buffalo Bills (3-5)

The BYE week couldn’t have came at a better time.

26. Kansas City Chiefs (1-6)

This team could have a bright future with Todd Haley calling the shots and Matt Cassel under center.

27. Detroit Lions (1-6)

Anytime you lose to the Rams of all teams, it’s a sad story.

28. Tennessee Titans (1-6)

The Titans have a more of an unpredictable and dangerous offense with the more mobile Vince Young under center.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7)

I think this team does have a bright future with Josh Freeman. Just give the kid time to excel and I think the Bucs will be okay.

30. Oakland Raiders (2-6)

The Tom Cable “I hit girls” story that’s been going around this week is just and childish. You know this team is having problems if their lead story of the week isn’t even about the TEAM!

31. Cleveland Browns (1-7)

The only reason why I have the Brownies ahead of the Rams is because they have scored one more point than them.

32. St. Louis Rams (1-7)

They DID get a win this week, but their offense is still pitiful. 77 points through eight games is just embarrassing.


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