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2009 Week 7 NFL Power Ratings

Archived Record of Our Sports Handicapping Columnists' Week Seven NFL Football Power Ratings After Week Six of the 2009 Season's Action.

2009 Week Seven NFL Power Ratings
(Dated 10/20 to 10/25/2009)

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1. New Orleans Saints (5-0) – The Saints walked away from their home win on Sunday as “the best team in football”. New Orleans scored 48 points against a Giants defense that came into the game one of the best in the NFL. Drew Brees threw for 369 yards, including 166 to Marquis Colston. The Saints have now scored 192 points in five games, while the defense has improved in 2009 – allowing just 93 points. The Saints jumped over the Giants from # 2 to # 1, ahead of unbeaten teams Indianapolis and Minnesota. The Saints will travel to South Florida on Sunday to take on the 2-3 Dolphins.

2. Indianapolis Colts (5-0) – The Colts took the weekend off, with their 5-0 record at the top of the AFC South. Indianapolis has scored 137 points led by quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning has thrown for 1645 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season. His top receiver has been Reggie Wayne, who has caught 32 catches for 459 yards and 4 touchdowns. Indianapolis made a one team jump during their bye week, passing New York. The Colts are now # 2, from last week’s # 3. The Colts will play at the winless St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

3. Minnesota Vikings (6-0) – The Vikings became the first team in the NFL to win six games on Sunday. After leading 20-10 after three quarters, the Vikings needed a late drive and a field goal missed from Baltimore to seal the 33-31 win. The Vikings defense yielded 385 yards to Joe Flacco in the air. Adrian Peterson rushed for 143 yards, and has scampered for 624 on the season. The Vikings are atop the NFC North, ahead of a pair of 3-2 teams in Green Bay and Chicago. The Vikings moved up one spot from # 4 to # 3. Minnesota will play at the defending NFL Champion Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

4. New York Giants (5-1) – The Giants were plastered on the road, for their first loss of the 2009 season. The New Orleans Saints were able to put up 48 points on a Giants defense that was coming in statistically as the best. The Giants still lead the NFC East, especially after seeing Philadelphia upset on the road. The Eagles and Cowboys trail New York by 1.5 games. The Giants dropped three positions from # 1 to # 4. New York will play the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals, at home on Sunday evening.

5. Denver Broncos (6-0) – The Denver Broncos picked up their sixth straight win on Monday Night and took complete control of the AFC West. Denver used two Eddie Royal returns for touchdowns to aide in the 34-23 win. Kyle Orton continued to be solid behind center for Denver, passing 229 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Broncos have allowed 66 points in 6 games this season. Despite the win, the Broncos remain # 5 in the power rankings. Denver will take this weekend off, and then travel to Baltimore on November 1st.

6. New England Patriots (4-2) – The New England Patriots absolutely embarrassed a poor Tennessee Titans team on Sunday afternoon. New England put up 45 points in the first half, behind five touchdown passes from Tom Brady. Brady ended the game with 380 yards and 6 touchdowns in the win. The win for the Patriots allowed them to take over the AFC East division by themselves. With the New York Jets losing, the Patriots now lead New York by a game. The Patriots also were able to move up one position from # 7 to # 6. The Patriots will play Sunday, on the road, against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

7. Atlanta Falcons (4-1) – The Atlanta Falcons won for the fourth time in five tries on Sunday night. Atlanta held the Bears out of the end zone near the end of the game for the 28-21 win. The win for the Falcons kept them just one game behind the New Orleans Saints at the top of the NFC South. Atlanta’s lone loss came on September 27th at New England. The Falcons moved up one spot from # 8 to # 7. Atlanta will play on the road, at Dallas on Sunday.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) – The first of back to back Pennsylvania teams in the rankings; the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh moves back into the Top 10, up from last weeks position at # 11. The Steelers won their fourth game in six tries on Sunday over divisional foe Cleveland. The Steelers used yards from quarterback Ben Roesthlisberger in the 27-14 win. The Steelers are now tied with the Cincinnati Bengals at the top of the AFC North. Pittsburgh will host the undefeated Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) – The Eagles took a three team fall, from # 6 to # 9 following their disappointing 13-9 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Even worse for the Eagles, the divisional leading New York Giants lost as well. Philadelphia lost a great chance to gain a game in the standings. Despite 269 passing yards from Donovan McNabb, the Eagles were unable to punch a touchdown into the end zone on the West Coast. The Eagles have scored 136 points in 5 games this season. Philadelphia will look to get back on the right track this weekend when they host play at struggling Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.

10. Dallas Cowboys (3-2) – The Cowboys took the week off to rest up for their huge Sunday afternoon affair with the Atlanta Falcons. Dallas remained # 10 in the power rankings. The Cowboys did get good news when all three of their divisional opponents; Giants, Eagles and Redskins all lost over the weekend. Dallas now is tied with Philadelphia for second place in the division, trailing the 5-1 New York Giants.

11. Green Bay Packers (3-2) – The Packers moved to 3-2 on Sunday with a 26-0 blowout win over the Detroit Lions. Green Bay jumped out to a great start, scoring 23 first half points. The Packers defense was solid, shutting down a Detroit offense that was missing their starting quarterback and top receiver. The Packers have allowed 93 points in five games this season. With the win, Green Bay moved to just outside the top ten, at # 11, up four positions from # 15. Green Bay will travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns on Sunday afternoon.

12. Chicago Bears (3-2) – The Bears were unable to punch a late touchdown in on Sunday night, falling 21-14 at Atlanta. In the loss, Matt Forte fumbled on two straight plays, losing one. The loss for Chicago dropped them to a tie for second place with the Green Bay Packers. Both the Bears and Packers trail the Vikings at the top of the NFC North. Chicago, with the loss, fell from # 9 to # 12. The Bears will travel east and take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) – The Bengals fell out of the top ten, down 3 spots from # 10 to # 13 after their 28-17 loss at the hands of the Houston Texans. Cincinnati has all sorts of problems slowing down Matt Schaub and the Texans offense. The loss for the Bengals was their first since the opening week loss to Denver. The Bengals are now tied with Pittsburgh at the top of the AFC North standings. The Bengals hold the tiebreaker at this point, with their head to head win over the Steelers. Cincinnati will host the 3-2 Chicago Bears on Sunday.

14. Baltimore Ravens (3-3) – The Ravens fell for the third straight time Sunday afternoon. Baltimore was unable to nail a game winning field goal as time expired, and dropped a 33-31 decision to Minnesota. In the loss, Joe Flacco threw for 385 yards and Ray Rice ran for 176. The Ravens are now behind both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North. Baltimore took another hit, losing two positions, from # 12 to # 14. The Ravens will look to get back on track after their bye week, when they host the Denver Broncos on November 1st.

15. San Francisco 49ers (3-2) – You can bet the San Francisco 49ers spent their bye week working hard. Under head coach Mike Singletary there is no doubt. The 49ers went into their bye week, following their 45-10 blowout loss to Atlanta. The 49ers are getting solid production from quarterback Shaun Hill. Hill has thrown for just under 900 yards and 5 touchdowns thus far this season. The 49ers have scored 112 points and allowed 98 on the season. San Francisco was able to move up two positions in the power rankings, up from # 17 to # 15. The 49ers will travel to the Houston Texans on Sunday.

16. Arizona Cardinals (3-2) – The Arizona Cardinals picked up a huge NFC West win on Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals scored 27 points, and allowed Seattle just a lone field goal. Arizona’s quarterback Kurt Warner has had another excellent season, compiling 1441 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season. The Cardinals are tied with the San Francisco 49ers at the top of the division. Arizona made a three team jump from # 19 to # 16 with the win. Arizona will travel across country to play the New York Giants on Sunday evening.

17. Miami Dolphins (2-3) – The Dolphins spent the weekend off, watching two of their three divisional opponents pick up wins. The Dolphins are 2-3 overall, trailing 4-2 New England and 3-3 New York. The Buffalo Bills trail the Dolphins, with their 2-4 record. Miami will be led by quarterback Chad Henne the rest of the season. Chad Pennington will miss the remainder of the season with an injury. The Dolphins have scored 112 points and allowed 106 on the season. Miami, during their bye week, moved up from # 18 to # 17. The Dolphins will host the undefeated New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) – The Jacksonville Jaguars moved to 3-3 overall with a 23-20 overtime win on Sunday over the Rams. The Jaguars need a field goal in overtime to seal the deal. Running back Maurice Jones Drew ran wild for Jacksonville, scampering for 133 yards and 3 touchdowns. David Garrard threw for 335 yards in the win as well. The Jaguars are now tied with Houston; at 3-3 for second place in the AFC South. Both teams trail the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts. With the win, Jacksonville moved up three positions from # 21 to inside the top 20, at # 18. The Jaguars will take this weekend off, and then spend November 1st at winless Tennessee.

19. San Diego Chargers (2-3) – The Chargers lost a key game on Monday Night in divisional play to the Denver Broncos. The Chargers were unable to slow down Eddie Royal, who returned two kicks for touchdowns. The Chargers were held scoreless in the fourth quarter and mustered just three points the entire second half. San Diego is now 2-3 overall and 3.5 games behind Denver. The Chargers drop three positions from # 16 to # 19 with the loss. San Diego will play at Kansas City on Sunday to take on the Chiefs.

20. Houston Texans (3-3) – The Texans moved back to .500 on Sunday with an upset win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Texans are now tied with Jacksonville, in second place, behind the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts. In the 28-17 win for Houston, Matt Schaub threw for 392 yards, with 135 coming to Andre Johnson. The Texans have scored 143 points on the season, while the defense has allowed 137. Steve Slaton has just one touchdown for the Texans offense, but has picked up 274 yards. Houston made a two team jump from # 22 to # 20 with the win. The Texans will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon.

21. Carolina Panthers (2-3) – The Panthers seem to be heading in the right direction, after their 0-3 start. The Panthers have now won two straight games, albeit against Washington and Tampa Bay. In the win Sunday, DeAngelo Williams carried the ball for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns. Williams on the season has rushed for 372 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Panthers made a two team jump up from # 23 to # 21. Carolina will host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, followed by two tough road games at Arizona and New Orleans.

22. New York Jets (3-3) – The Jets made the biggest fall of the weekend, dropping nine spots from # 13 to # 22. New York lost for the third straight time; a 16-13 decision in overtime to Buffalo. New York is now 3-3 overall, and in second place in the AFC East. The Jets saw their rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez throw five interceptions in the loss. Thomas Jones ran for 210 yards to aide the Jets in whatever offense they could. New York will play on the road Sunday at Oakland, attempting to snap their three game losing streak.

23. Seattle Seahawks (2-4) – Seattle squandered a chance to take a huge step within the NFC West on Sunday, when they were downed 27-3 at home to Arizona. Seattle was unable to get into the end zone, picking up just a second quarter field goal. The Seahawks yielded 276 passing yards from Kurt Warner in the loss. Seattle is now 2-4 on the season, third place, behind San Francisco and Arizona. The Seahawks, with the loss, dropped from # 20 to # 23. Seattle will take this weekend off, and then play November 1st at Dallas.

24. Buffalo Bills (2-4) – Buffalo picked up a solid win on the road Sunday; 16-13 at New York. The Bills, with the win, picked up their second of the season, tying them with Miami in wins. Buffalo has scored just 93 points on the season, while the defense has yielded 129. The Bills made a three team jump from # 27 to # 24 with the win. Buffalo will play at Carolina on Sunday, looking to snap the Panthers two game winning streak.

25. Oakland Raiders (2-4) – Oakland picked up an upset win on home on Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Raiders held the vaunted Philadelphia offense out of the end zone the entire game, limiting them to just three field goals. Justin Fargas led the offense with 87 rushing yards, while Zach Miller picked up 139 receiving yards. The Raiders have scored just 62 points in six games this season, but have two wins. Oakland moves up three spots from # 28 to # 25 with the win. The Raiders will host the 3-3 New York Jets on Sunday afternoon.

26. Detroit Lions (1-5) – The Lions played one of their worst games of the 2009 season, in a 26-0 thrashing at the hands of divisional foe Green Bay. The Lions were without quarterback Matthew Stafford, and top receiver Calvin Johnson. Detroit was not able to get anything going offensively, including turning the ball over several times. Detroit has been out scored 188 – 103 on the season thus far. The Lions dropped two spots from # 24 to # 26 with the loss. The Lions now have this weekend off, and then Detroit will host the winless St. Louis Rams on November 1st.

27. Cleveland Browns (1-5) – The Browns held their own for awhile on Sunday, against AFC North foe Pittsburgh, but came up on the short end of a 27-14 decision. Cleveland allowed Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to throw for a career high 417 yards, including 159 to Hines Ward. The Browns have averaged just over 11 points per game on the season. The Browns dropped one spot from # 26 to # 27. Cleveland will host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

28. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) – The Chiefs were able to pick up their first win of the 2009 season on Sunday. Kansas City held Washington to just 6 points, and picked up a 14-6 win. The Chiefs used 186 passing yards from quarterback Matt Cassell, 109 of them going to Dwyane Bowe. The win for the Chiefs allowed them to move up three spots from # 31 to # 28. The Chiefs will play AFC West rival San Diego at home on Sunday afternoon.

29. Washington Redskins (2-4) – The Redskins have turned from bad to worse. Washington, who has played six straight winless teams to start the season, has won just two of their first six. Head coach Jim Zorn is sitting on a burning seat in the nation’s capital. Washington lost on Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs 14-6. The Redskins were unable to score against a Kansas City defense that has allowed 144 points on the year. On the season, the Redskins have scored just 79 points, in six games. With the loss, Washington fell to # 29 overall, down four positions from last weeks # 25. The Redskins will play on Monday Night Football this week, at home, with the Philadelphia Eagles; a NFC East rival.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6) – The Buccaneers put up a fight in their NFC South tilt on Sunday, but came up on the wrong side of a 28-21 result at the hands of the Carolina Panthers. The Buccaneers, for the second straight year was unable to contain DeAngelo Williams. After breaking off a huge game in 2008, Williams rushed for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns in Sunday’s win. Tampa Bay, even despite being 0-6, moved up one position, ahead of the Tennessee Titans, and their embarrassing loss on Sunday. The Buccaneers will host the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon.

31. Tennessee Titans (0-6) – The Titans were absolutely embarrassed at the hands of the New England Patriots on Sunday. New England pounded the Titans for 59 points, including 45 at halftime. The Titans did not get on the scoreboard, trying both Kerry Collins and Vince Young behind center. The Titans have now allowed 198 points on the season, the most in the NFL. Tennessee is just ahead of the St. Louis Rams in the power rankings; both without a win in 2009. The Titans will take this weekend off, before hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 1st.

32. St. Louis Rams (0-6) – The Rams played their most competitive game of the 2009 season, falling in overtime 23-20 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Rams were unable to slow down Maurice-Jones Drew, who compiled 135 rushing yards and three touchdowns against the defense. St. Louis scored 20 points in the game, which was their season high. On the season the Rams have scored just 54 points. The Rams will host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, before playing at Detroit on November 1st. St. Louis remains at the bottom of the power rankings, as one of three winless teams left in the NFL.

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