NFL Power Rankings Week 9: Teams at the Top Take a Tumble
(previous ranking in parentheses)
1. (2) New England Patriots (6-1)
The Patriots held Randy Moss to one catch for eight yards on Sunday and are 3-0 since trading away the receiver.
2. (4) Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
The Ravens enter their home date against the Dolphins on Sunday having won their last six in Baltimore.
3. (1) New York Jets (5-2)
The Jets were kind of screwed on those two strip interception calls. But seven penalties, Mark Sanchez's 16-for-38 day and an ill-timed fake punt early in the game didn't help either.
4. (5) Indianapolis Colts (5-2)
Peyton Manning has won nine of his last 10 on Monday night.
5. (3) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)
If not for a fortunate call at the end of the Dolphins game, the Steelers could be riding a two-game losing streak.
6. (7) New York Giants (5-2)
The last time the Giants played in Seattle, Eli Manning threw three interceptions and New York trailed 42-3 after three quarters.
7. (8) Miami Dolphins (4-3)
It's always fun to be playing against a fantasy kicker that boots five field goals, including one from 54 yards. Thanks, Dan Carpenter.
8. (13) Green Bay Packers (5-3)
The Packers haven't scored fewer than 10 points in a game in three years, but still beat the Jets thanks to a tremendous defensive effort.
9. (9) Houston Texans (4-3)
Just be happy you beat them once.
10. (10) Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
Jamaal Charles leads the league with 6.5 yards per carry. The next closest back is at 5.6.
11. (6) Tennessee Titans (5-3)
Nate Washington became just the second receiver to gain 100 yards against the Chargers this season, but 71 of those came on a long touchdown in the fourth, before an injury to Vince Young doomed the Titans' chances of a late comeback.
12. (11) Washington Redskins (4-4)
If only Donovan McNabb knew how to fumble for a touchdown, he would be allowed to run the two-minute drill.
13. (12) Chicago Bears (4-3)
The Bears have won three of their last four games coming off a bye.
14. (14) Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)
The Eagles should have Michael Vick back when they host the Colts on Sunday.
15. (15) Atlanta Falcons (5-2)
The Falcons have won three straight against the Bucs.
16. (21) New Orleans Saints (5-3)
The Saints are 5—0 when Drew Brees throws fewer than two interceptions.
17. (16) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)
The Bucs' five wins have come against teams with a combined record of 12—24.
18. (25) Oakland Raiders (4-4)
The Raiders have scored 92 points in the past two weeks.
19. (27) St. Louis Rams (4-4)
The Rams have won four straight home games in a single season for the first time since 2004, which was also the last time they made the playoffs.
20. (17) Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
The Seahawks are averaging 26.7 points per game at home and 10.8 on the road.
21. (28) San Diego Chargers (3-5)
The Chargers went 12-for-18 on third down to beat the Titans and keep their season alive.
22. (19) Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4)
The Jags are 3-0 when Maurice Jones-Drew rushes for more than 98 yards.
23. (18) Arizona Cardinals (3-4)
Arizona had not scored a touchdown through the air since Sept. 26 before getting two on Sunday, but four interceptions doomed the Cardinals.
24. (20) Cleveland Browns (2-5)
The Browns continue their difficult schedule after the bye with games against the Patriots and Jets.
25. (22) Cincinnati Bengals (2-5)
The Bengals were shut out in the second half of their loss to the Dolphins.
26. (23) Minnesota Vikings (2-5)
Well, that Randy Moss experiment went well.
27. (29) Detroit Lions (2-5)
The Lions' 23 fourth-quarter points were more than 14 teams scored in the entire game on Sunday.
28. (24) Dallas Cowboys (1-6)
The Cowboys are 1-6 with road dates coming up at Green Bay and the Giants. Will anyone on the coaching staff still be there by Thanksgiving?
29. (30) Carolina Panthers (1-6)
Carolina had twice as many turnovers (four) as rushing first downs (two) on Sunday.
30. (31) San Francisco 49ers (2-6)
The Niners are undefeated in Europe this year.
31. (26) Denver Broncos (2-6)
The Broncos have allowed at least 21 points in three different quarters over the past two weeks.
32. (32) Buffalo Bills (0-7)
So you're 0-6, there's 1:13 left in overtime and you punt? Wow.
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