2009 Week Eleven NFL Power Ratings
(Dated 11/17 to 11/22/2009)
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1. New Orleans Saints (9-0) – The Saints looked ugly through most of the game, but came away with a 28-23 win over the St. Louis Rams. New Orleans won their ninth straight due in large part to Reggie Bush and his two touchdown runs. The Saints defense had to stop the Rams from a late drive to hold off for the five point win. The win for the Saints moved them four games ahead of second place Atlanta in the NFC South. The Saints will look to stay unbeaten on Sunday when they travel to Tampa Bay to take on the 1-8 Buccaneers.
2. Indianapolis Colts (9-0) – The Colts could consider themselves lucky, after their 35-34 come from behind win over the New England Patriots. The Colts used 327 passing yards, and 4 touchdown passes from Peyton Manning for the win. Manning threw a pass to Reggie Wayne with just 13 seconds to seal the deal over their long time rivals. Indianapolis continues to dominate the AFC South with their 9-0 record. Houston and Jacksonville are tied in second place with their 5-4 record. The Colts, with the win, remain # 2, sitting behind only the New Orleans Saints. Indianapolis will travel to Baltimore, to take on the Ravens on Sunday afternoon.
3. Minnesota Vikings (8-1) – Minnesota continued to roll on Sunday, with a 27-10 win over the Detroit Lions. Brett Favre threw for 344 yards, with 201 of them to Sydney Rice, while Adrian Peterson rushed for 133 yards. Peterson has rushed for 917 yards and 11 touchdowns through the first nine games. The win for Minnesota pushed them to # 3, up from # 5. Minnesota leads the NFC North, ahead of 5-3 Green Bay, with two wins over the Packers on the season. The Vikings will host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, in search of their ninth win on the season.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (7-2) – The Bengals won their third straight game, after their second of the season over the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals defense did not let the Steelers offense into the end zone the entire game, allowing just four Jeff Reed field goals. The win for Cincinnati was their 7th on the season, and they now have sweeps over Baltimore and Pittsburgh. The Bengals lead the Steelers by one game in the AFC North. With the win, Cincinnati moves into the top five, at # 4, up from # 7. Beat Cincinnati 18-12.
5. New England Patriots (6-3) – The Patriots were 2:00 away from a huge win over the Indianapolis Colts. Tom Brady and the offense could not convert on a fourth and short late in the game, allowing Indianapolis to regain position. The Colts scored a touchdown with just seconds remaining to win 35-34. The loss for the Patriots dropped them to 6-4, but they remain two games up in the AFC East. New England falls from # 3 to # 5 with the defeat. The Patriots will look to put a nail in the coffin in the AFC East division when they take on the New York Jets in Foxboro.
6. San Diego Chargers (6-3) – The Chargers picked up their fourth straight game on Sunday; edging the Philadelphia Eagles 31-23. Phillip Rivers threw for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with LaDainian Tomlinson rushing for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. The win for San Diego pushed them into a tie at the top of the AFC West with Denver. San Diego and Denver will meet up on Sunday in the Mile High. The Chargers moved up from # 9 to # 6.
7. Arizona Cardinals (6-3) – The Cardinals started slow, but pulled away with a 31-20 win over divisional foe Seattle. In the win, Kurt Warner tossed for 340 yards. On the season, Warner has thrown for 2515 yards and 18 touchdowns. The win for the Cardinals allowed them to move back into the top ten, from # 12 last week. The Cardinals now hold a two game lead over second place San Francisco in the NFC West. Arizona will travel to St. Louis to take on the 1-8 Rams. Beat Seattle 31-20. # 12
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) – The Steelers were downed for the second time this season to divisional leader Cincinnati. The Steelers were unable to shake the Bengals defense using just four Jeff Reed field goals. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed just 50% of his passes, throwing for 174 yards, also with an interception. The Steelers with the loss dropped the second place in the AFC North, trailing Cincinnati by a game. Pittsburgh falls four positions from # 4 to # 8 with the loss. The Steelers will take to the road on Sunday, playing in Kansas City against the Chiefs.
9. Denver Broncos (6-3) – Denver lost their third straight game on Sunday, 27-17 to the Washington Redskins. Quarterback Kyle Orton was injured just before the half, and did not return. Orton’s availability for Sunday is questionable. The loss for Denver dropped them into a tie for first place at the top of the AFC West. The Broncos and Chargers are both 6-3, leading Kansas City and Oakland. The Broncos with the loss dropped three positions from # 6 to # 9. Denver will look to snap their losing streak in a winner take the division lead game against the San Diego Chargers.
10. Green Bay Packers (5-4) – The Green Bay Packers held the Dallas Cowboys scoreless for the first 58 minutes of the game, before the Cowboys picked up a late touchdown. The Packers offense used 79 rushing yards from Ryan Grant to aid in the 17-7 win. The win for Green Bay pushed them to 5-4 overall, and tied for a NFC Wildcard position. The Packers are in second place in the NFC North, trailing the Minnesota Vikings(8-1). Green Bay, with the win moved up from # 16 to # 10. The Packers will will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, in an effort to keep the winning streak alive.
11. Dallas Cowboys (6-3) – Dallas showed signs of weakness once again; in the 17-7 loss in Green Bay. The loss for the Cowboys allowed them to fall three positions from # 8 to # 11 in the power rankings. The Cowboys continue to lead the NFC East; one game ahead of both Philadelphia and New York Giants. Dallas will host the 3-6 Washington Redskins in Sunday in an attempt to get back on track. Lost to Green Bay 17-7.
12. Atlanta Falcons (5-4) – The Falcons lost a chance to gain some headway in the wildcard chase within the NFC on Sunday. Atlanta was downed by inner-divisional rival Carolina 28-19. Matt Ryan tossed for 224 yards, with 98 to Roddy White, while Michael Turner rushed for 111 yards, before being sidelined with an injury. Atlanta is now 5-4, tied for the final wildcard position in the NFC. The Falcons lead the Panthers by just one game for second place in the NFC South. The loss for the Falcons dropped them from # 12 to # 10. Atlanta will travel to New York to take on the 5-4 Giants on Sunday.
13. Houston Texans (5-4) – The Texans had the weekend off, and saw the Jaguars pull into a second place tie in the AFC South. Houston has out scored opponents 215 - 188 on the season. The Texans will take on the red hot Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football, in an effort to snap their current three game winning streak. The Texans remain # 13 during their bye week.
14. Baltimore Ravens (5-4) – Baltimore used 16 points in the five minutes in the third quarter to take the lead, and seal the deal in the Monday Night win over the Cleveland Browns. The win for Baltimore pushed them to 5-4 on the season, and a game behind second place Pittsburgh in the AFC North. Baltimore, despite the win, remain # 14 in the power rankings. The Ravens will look to be the first to knock off the Colts on Sunday at home.
15. New York Giants (5-4) – The New York Giants have taken the week off to figure out what has brought them into a four game tail spin. The Giants are 5-4 and tied in second place with the Eagles in the NFC East. The Giants will face a tough test on Sunday when they head to Atlanta and take on the Falcons. During the bye week, New York remains at # 15 overall.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) – The Philadelphia Eagles lost their second straight game, in a 31-23 decision to the San Diego Chargers. The Eagles rallied late, getting a Donovan McNabb touchdown pass to Brent Celek but were unable to slow down the Chargers offense. The loss for the Eagles pushed them into a tie with New York in second place in the NFC East. Both the Eagles and the Giants trail the Dallas Cowboys by one game. The two straight losses for Philadelphia send the Eagles down five positions from # 11 to # 16. Philadelphia will look to snap their losing streak on Sunday when they play in Chicago, against the Bears.
17. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4) – The Jacksonville Jaguars picked up a 24-22 win over the New York Jets to improve to 5-4 overall. The win for the Jaguars placed them into a tie for second place in the AFC South with Houston. The Jaguars hold the tiebreaker with their head to head win over the Texans. In the win over the Jets Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 123 yards. On the year, Jones-Drew has rushed for 737 yards and 11 touchdowns. The win for Jacksonville pushed them into # 17, up two spots from last week when they were # 19. Jacksonville will look to keep the winning going on Sunday when they host the 3-6 Buffalo Bills.
18. San Francisco 49ers (4-5) – The 49ers picked up a 10-6 win on Thursday night over the Chicago Bears. The win was the first for San Francisco since inserting first round draft pick Michael Crabtree into the rotation. The win for the 49ers pushed them to 4-5 overall, and two games behind the NFC West leading Arizona Cardinals. In the win, Frank Gore ran for 104 yards. San Francisco will head to Green Bay to take on the Packers on Sunday. The win for San Francisco allowed them to move up from # 20 to # 18.
19. Carolina Panthers (4-5) – The Panthers picked up a must win over divisional rival Atlanta; 28-19. Johnathan Stewart led the offense with two rushing touchdowns. This win was a revenge win from the September 20th loss to Atlanta. The Panthers move up from # 22 to # 19. Carolina is now 4-5 overall, trailing 5-4 Atlanta, and 9-0 New Orleans. The Panthers will have short week of preparation as they will host the Miami Dolphins, who are also 4-5 on Thursday night this week.
20. Miami Dolphins (4-5) – The Dolphins escaped the state of Florida showcase with a 25-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After Chad Henne threw an interception with just over 2:00 to go, the Buccaneers scored the go ahead touchdown, but the Dolphins drove down the field and set up a Dan Carpenter field goal. The win for Miami pushed them into a second place tie with the New York Jets trailing New England. The Dolphins move up one position from # 21 to # 20 with the win. Miami will play the Thursday night game at Carolina this week in an effort to get back to .500 on the season.
21. Chicago Bears (4-5) – The Bears lost their second straight game, and fell to 4-5 with a 10-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 307 yards, but threw five interceptions, and was unable to toss a touchdown pass. The Bears with the loss drop to third place, alone in the NFC North, trailing 7-2 Minnesota and 5-4 Green Bay. Chicago will start a stretch of two tough games when the Philadelphia Eagles come to town, that game will be followed by a road game at Minnesota on November 29th. The loss for the Bears drop them from # 17 to # 21.
22. New York Jets (4-5) – Rex Ryan and the New York Jets lost another chance to make head-way in the AFC playoff race. Instead, New York was downed by the Jaguars 24-22. The loss dropped the Jets into a tie with Miami, in second place in the AFC East. New York was unable to slow down Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones- Drew, as he rushed for 123 yards. New York will have a tough task this weekend, when they head to Foxboro to take on divisional leading New England. The Jets beat the Patriots on September 20th, 16-9. The loss for the Jets send them out of the top 20, from # 18 to # 22.
23. Tennessee Titans (3-6) – Suddenly, the Tennessee Titans are looking like one of the hottest teams in all of football. The Titans picked up their third straight win Sunday, knocking off the Buffalo Bills 41-17. The win for Tennessee allowed them to move up from # 26 to # 23. Running back Chris Johnson rushed for 132 yards, and picked up 100 more through the air. The Titans will look to keep their winning streak alive on Sunday when they travel to divisional rival Houston.
24. Seattle Seahawks (3-6) – Seattle got off to a hot start, taking a 14-0 lead on the divisional leading Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks even took a 17-10 lead into the locker room at halftime. After that, the Seahawks were unable to get the offense scoring just 3 second half points. Seattle did get 165 receiving yards from T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the loss. Seattle now falls to 3-6 overall, and three games behind the Cardinals, with two losses to them. Seattle falls one position from # 23 to # 24. Seattle will travel to Minnesota on Sunday and take on the Vikings.
25. Buffalo Bills (3-6) – Terrell Owens once again made headlines, without shining in his offensive role. The combustible wide receiver on two different occasions was seen in altercations with team members. Owens also let a ball go right through his hand, and was seen on the sidelines, late in the game high-fiving fans. The Bills lost the game in Nashville 41-17. The loss for Buffalo dropped them to 3-6 overall, and virtually out of the AFC East race. Buffalo slides down from # 24 to # 25. The Bills will travel to Jacksonville and take on the 5-4 Jaguars next week.
26. Washington Redskins (3-6) – The Redskins picked up their best win of the season; a 27-17 win over the Denver Broncos. Washington used a variance of offensive fire power to score a season high 27 points. The win for Washington moved them to 3-6 overall, and allowed them to slide up two positions from # 28 to # 26. The Redskins will stay in divisional play on Sunday when they travel to Dallas, to take on the Cowboys.
27. Kansas City Chiefs (2-7) - Kansas City used three Ryan Succop field goals to beat their divisional rivals Oakland 16-10. Jamaal Charles scored the lone touchdown for Kansas City, on a 44 yard run. Charles finished the game with 103 yards, a season high. The win for the Chiefs allowed them to move into a tie with the Raiders, at the bottom of the AFC West. Kansas City moves up two positions from # 29 to # 27. The Chiefs will face a tough test on Sunday when the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers come to town.
28. Oakland Raiders (2-7) – The Oakland Raiders were not able to beat the Kansas City Chiefs for the second time this season. Instead, the Chiefs beat the Raiders 16-10, and moved into a tie for third place in the AFC West. Oakland got off to a quick start, scoring a touchdown just three minutes into the game. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell was ineffective, completing just 9 of 24 passes for 67 yards, before being benched. The Raiders allowed just one touchdown as well, but yielded three field goals to Ryan Succop. The Raiders, with the loss dropped from # 28 to # 25. The Raiders will host the 7-2 Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
29. St. Louis Rams (1-8) – The Rams put up a valiant effort, but fell short to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. St. Louis held the ball late in the game, trailing by just five points, but the drive was stopped short. Marc Bulger threw for 298 yards, Stephen Jackson rushed for 131 yards, as the Rams scored the most they’ve scored in a single game all season. The Rams will host divisional lead Arizona on Sunday. St. Louis drops two positions from # 27 to # 29 with the loss.
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) – Tampa Bay dropped to 1-8 on the season with a 25-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Tampa Bay took the lead on Cadillac Williams touchdown run with just over 1:00 to go, but saw Miami march down the field, and Dan Carpenter kick a 25 yard field goal to win the game. Josh Freeman completed 16 of 28 passes for 196 yards, along with a touchdown and an interception in the loss. Tampa Bay remains # 30 with the loss. The Buccaneers will host the unbeaten New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
31. Detroit Lions (1-8) – The Lions lost their eight game of the season on Sunday, 27-10 to the Minnesota Vikings. Detroit allowed Brett Favre to throw for 344 yards with 207 of them coming to Sydney Rice. Detroit was held scoreless in both the first and fourth quarters. The Lions will look to pick up their second win of the season on Sunday when they host the Cleveland Browns, another one win team. Detroit remains # 31 with the loss.
32. Cleveland Browns (1-8) – The Browns remained the worst team in football with their loss to Baltimore on Monday Night Football. After being tied at halftime, the Browns allowed Baltimore to pour on 16 points in a five minute span to put the game out of reach. One touchdown came on a possession in which Cleveland only placed 10 defenders on the field. The first pass after the touchdowns from Brady Quinn, was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The loss for Cleveland dropped them to 1-8 overall, and four games behind Baltimore for third place in the AFC North. Cleveland will play another one win team on Sunday when they head to Detroit, to take on the Lions.
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