NFL Power Rankings Week 9: The Green Bay Packers Top the Rankings Even on a BYE

Adam RosenCorrespondent IINovember 2, 2011

1. Green Bay Packers (7-0)

If the Packers needed help with one thing during their bye week, it was to prepare for their quest of 16-0.

Last Week: 1


2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)

After handing Tom Brady just his second career loss against the Steelers, I think it’s safe to say that we might be looking at a rematch of last year's Super Bowl.

Last Week: 5


3. San Francisco 49ers (6-1)

After their first 6-1 start since 1998, the 49ers can finish the season 12-4.

Last week: 6

4. New York Giants (5-2)

Having thrown zero interceptions over the past two games to go along with his 13 touchdowns on the season, Eli Manning might be elite after all.

Last week: 7


5. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)

Were the Ravens almost caught looking ahead to their matchup with the Steelers on Sunday night?

They beat them once; look for the Ravens to beat them again.

Last week: 2

6. New England Patriots (5-2)

If the Patriots don’t improve on their league’s worst pass-defense, not even Tom Brady will be able to save them.

Last week: 3

7. New Orleans Saints (5-3)

The league's top passing offense was held to just 227 yards against the winless Rams on Sunday. If the Saints lose to the Bucs, the NFC South is suddenly up for grabs.

Last week: 2


8. Buffalo Bills (5-2)

With a win against the Jets on Sunday, the Bills are in control of capturing their first AFC East title since 1995.

Last week: 14


9. Detroit Lions (6-2)

After their dismantling of Tim Tebow and the Broncos, the Lions now get a week off before they start to prepare for their division rival, Da Bears.

Last Week: 10


10. Houston Texans (5-3)

After eight weeks, the Texans are off to their best start in franchise history—and half of that is without Andre Johnson.

Last week: 12


11. Chicago Bears (4-3)

The Bears are playing very well, but unfortunately for them, the Eagles are playing better, and that’s who their opponent is on Monday Night Football.

Last week: 15


12. Atlanta Falcons (4-3)

With the Falcons scheduled to play the Saints in two weeks, not even a matchup against the winless Colts can be considered a trap game.

Last week: 8


13. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)

Andy Reid is 13-0 following a bye week.

Last week: 17


14. New York Jets (4-3)

If the Jets plan on making a second-half push toward the playoffs, Plaxico Burress must be a major factor on offense.

Last week: 9


15. San Diego Chargers (4-3)

At the time of the most famous fumble of the season, the calendar still read October. I guess it is true that the Chargers don’t play their best football until November.

Last week: 13

16. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)

Even at 5-2, I am not ready to consider the Bengals a playoff team just yet. 

Last week: 16


17. Oakland Raiders (4-3)

After their bye week, the Carson Palmer era officially begins in Oakland. Joining him on offense will be former teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Last week: 19


18. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3)

Having won four in a row, the Chiefs are now tied for first place in the AFC West. 

Last week: 22

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3)

With their next three opponents being the Saints, Texans and Packers, we’re going to find out a lot about this team before Thanksgiving.

Last week: 18


20. Tennessee Titans (4-3)

Their win over the Colts wasn’t impressive, but it’ll be their win over the Bengals that will keep the Titans in the playoff hunt. 

Last week: 20

21. Dallas Cowboys (3-4)

DeMarco Murray averaged 9.3 yards per carry during the Cowboys' loss to the Eagles?

Why did he carry the ball only eight times?

Last week: 11

22. Minnesota Vikings (2-6)

While Cam Newton won his first NFL game in his third career start, it only took Christian Ponder two starts.

Last week: 26


23. Carolina Panthers (2-6)

Cam Newton and Steve Smith might be the most exciting quarterback-wide receiver duo in the NFL. 

Last week: 21


24.  Washington Redskins (3-4)

John Beck has thrown one touchdown over the past three games.

And Mike Shanahan thought he was the answer. 

Last week: 24

25. Cleveland Browns (3-4)

It’s never too early to start preparing for next year by finding some offensive help for Colt McCoy and the league’s 25th-ranked offense. 

Last week: 23

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)

When all else fails, at least they beat the Ravens on Monday Night Football.

Last week: 29


27. Seattle Seahawks (2-5)

You know things are bad when Tarvaris Jackson is the answer to your offensive struggles. 

Last week: 25

28. St. Louis Rams (1-6)

With only three opponents remaining with an above .500 record, the Rams can certainly build on their victory against the Saints and build toward the future. 

Last week: 30


29. Arizona Cardinals (1-6)

After blowing a 24-3 lead on the road at Baltimore, the Cardinals have now lost six in a row. The St. Louis Rams are up next.

Last week: 28


30. Denver Broncos (2-5)

We praise him when he wins. We ridicule him when he loses.

Let Tim Tebow play a few more games before his fate as an NFL quarterback is decided.

Last week: 27

31. Miami Dolphins (0-6)

The Dolphins had their chance to defeat the Giants on Sunday.

But then the offense woke up, and reality set in that this team isn’t really good. 

Last week: 31

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-6)

Are the Colts officially on the clock?

Last week: 32


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