In Week Nine, both undefeated teams got all they could handle on their home fields, while the only winless team took care of business behind a rookie quarterback.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, here are the rankings heading into Week 10.
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1. New Orleans Saints (1): For the second time this season, the Saints got behind early and were forced to comeback. For the second time, they were successful and improved to 8-0. They are set up to go into week 12 against the Patriots on Monday Night Football unbeaten with two easy games coming up.
2. Indianapolis Colts (2): Is it just me or do the Houston Texans absolutely own the Colts, and yet find a way to lose to them both times every year? Indy takes their unbeaten record into Sunday Night Football this week against Tom Brady and Co.
3. Minnesota Vikings (3): The Vikes come off a bye and will face the Lions in week 10. They could see themselves move up to No. 2 if the Colts falter on Sunday Night.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (4): The Steelers appear to have found themselves after a 1-2 start and have won five straight. The AFC North is on the line this week as they face the Bengals.
5. New England Patriots (6): As if it hasn’t been said enough, the Pats face the Colts on Sunday Night this week. First team to 50 anyone?
6. Cincinnati Bengals (7): The Bengals continue to impress. They made the Ravens offense look absolutely horrific. The question this week: Can their offense keep it up against a tough Steeler defense?
7. Dallas Cowboys (11): Don’t look now but here comes Dallas. They seem to be clicking right now and just might be able to get Coach Wade Phillips off of the hotseat.
8. Denver Broncos (5): I can’t say "I told you so" about Denver, because in reality they are still 6-2. Nonetheless, two straight losses to tough AFC teams have brought Denver back to reality.
9. Atlanta Falcons (10): Atlanta could find themselves in a trap game this week against a Panthers team that is playing much better as of late.
10. San Diego Chargers (12): The Chargers are on a roll and face a tough Eagles team at home this week. If they get TE Antonio Gates more involved, they will find themselves as a serious contender once again.
11. Philadelphia Eagles (8): Andy Reid’s decision to kick what seemed to be a pointless field goal could be questioned the rest of the season, especially if the Eagles finish tied or one game out of first place.
12. Baltimore Ravens (9): The Ravens have four losses but none as bad as this week against the Bengals, in which their offense looked completely inept. Look for them to bounce back this week against the Browns.
13. Houston Texans (14): The Texans played great against the Colts but came up just a little short. They take week 10 off but will still be in contention for a wildcard berth when they begin the stretch run.
14. Arizona Cardinals (19): The Cardinals are 4-0 on the road including wins against the Giants and Bears. However their 1-3 record at home is very concerning. They face the Seahawks at home this week and despite being 5-3, really need a win.
15. New York Giants (13): Four straight losses for the G-Men. The bye week could not come at a better time as they face the Falcons, Broncos, Cowboys and Eagles in their next four games.
16. New York Jets (16): The Jets are coming off a bye and could really use a win this week at home against the Jacksonville Jones-Drew’s…I mean Jaguars.
17. Green Bay Packers (15): Why was Mike McCarthy not fired before he got back to the locker room after the Bucs game? Why does Ted Thomson still have a job? But perhaps more important to millions of fantasy players: How long until Aaron Rodgers suffers a serious injury from lack of protection?
18. San Francisco 49ers (17): The loss to the Titans hurt the 49ers and they really need a win this week in the Thursday night game to get back on track if they want to make a playoff push.
19. Carolina Panthers (21): Carolina played tough against the Saints but just didn’t have enough to seal the deal. RB DeAngelo Williams has finally gotten on track and reminded us all why we took him in the first round of our fantasy drafts.
20. Miami Dolphins (20): The Fins put up a battle against the Pats but came up short in the end. A game against Tampa this week could get Miami back in the win column.
21. Seattle Seahawks (22): They beat the Lions but it still doesn’t appear they are going anywhere this season. Any chances they have rest on this week’s game in the desert.
22. Chicago Bears (18): Chicago could not stop Kurt Warner and the Cardinal’s offense all game. On the bright side, they were able to stop Matt Lienart…
23. Tennessee Titans (25): The Titans are 2-0 since QB Vince Young took over. Make that 3-0 after they handle the Bills this week.
24. Buffalo Bills (24): The Bills are back in action this week against the Titans. If WR Terrell Owens is going to have a break out game, this would be the week against a lame Titans pass defense.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (23): The Jags drop two spots this week because even though they aren’t great, they should have handled the Chiefs by more than three points.
26. Kansas City Chiefs (26): The Chiefs cut RB Larry Johnson this week. Perhaps waiting one more week would have been best because they face the Raiders this week, a team Johnson always does well against.
27. Detroit Lions (27): It looks like drafting QB Matt Stafford first overall will end up being the right pick. If they can get a good second wide receiver to compliment Calvin Johnson, the Lions could end up being decent at some point in the near future.
28. Oakland Raiders (28): It was nice to have a week of NFL football go by and not have to read JaMarcus Russell’s stat line going across the bottom of the TV screen and read something like, 7-22, 103 YDS, 2 INTs.
29. Washington Redskins (29): The bad year for the Redskins just isn’t going to get better. They face the Broncos, Cowboys, Eagles and Saints in their next four games.
30. St. Louis Rams (30): I hope the Rams used their bye week to work on their defense. Alright let’s be honest, they could have a month’s worth of bye weeks and they still wouldn’t be able to hold the Saints under 45 points.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (32): The Bucs were the last team to notch their first victory of the season. They did it behind QB Josh Freeman, the third string quarterback when the season started. Hope they enjoyed it, because they may finish the season with just that one win.
32. Cleveland Browns (31): Supposedly QB Brady Quinn will get the start this week on Monday Night against the Ravens. Considering Derek Anderson’s fourth quarter QB Rating is under 10, I can’t say I disagree with the decision.
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