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2009 Week 9 NFL Power Ratings

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

2009 Week Nine NFL Power Ratings
(Dated 11/3 to 11/8/2009)

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1. New Orleans Saints (7-0) – The Colts remain at the top of the power rankings. New Orleans picked up a 35-27 win over divisional foe Atlanta on Monday Night to move three games up on the Falcons. New Orleans leads the league with 279 points scored through seven games. The offense has been led by Drew Brees and his 2006 yards and 16 touchdown passes, along with Pierre Thomas and 4 rushing touchdowns, and Marquis Colston’s 6 touchdown receptions. The Saints will host divisional rival Carolina on Sunday.

2. Indianapolis Colts (7-0) – Indianapolis picked up their seventh straight win; edging San Francisco 18-14 on Sunday. The Colts trailed 14-9 going into the locker room at halftime, but emerged in the second half, 9-0 to win. The Colts hold a 2.5 game lead over Houston atop the AFC South. Peyton Manning, through seven games this season has thrown for 2227 yards and 15 touchdowns, with 6 of them going to receiver Reggie Wayne. The Colts will host the Houston Texans on Sunday in a key AFC South match-up.

3. New England Patriots (5-2) – Despite taking the weekend off, the New England Patriots made a one team jump from # 4 to # 3. New England passed Denver, despite the fact the Broncos beat them earlier in the season. The Patriots lead the AFC East with their 5-2 record, ahead of 4-4 New York and 3-4 Miami. The New England defense has allowed just 98 points on the season, which ranks them 3rd in the NFL in defense. The Patriots will host divisional foe Miami on Sunday at home, and then travel to Indianapolis next weekend.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) – Pittsburgh was another team that did not play, but made a one team move up in the rankings. The Steelers are 5-2 overall, tied with Cincinnati atop the AFC North Division. Pittsburgh has won four straight games, since their 1-2 start. The Steelers will play on Monday Night Football this weekend, as they travel to Denver to take on the 6-1 Broncos.

5. Minnesota Vikings (7-1) – Minnesota picked up their second win of the season over rival Green Bay. Brett Favre led the Vikings with four touchdown passes, which put him as 7 for the season against his former team. Favre has now thrown for 1925 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. Minnesota leads the NFC North Division, ahead of both Chicago and Green Bay (4-3). The Vikings will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday in a divisional match. Minnesota made a one team jump from # 6 to # 5.

6. Denver Broncos (6-1) – The Broncos fell from # 3 to # 6 with their 30-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Denver scored just a lone third quarter touchdown, as the offense was never able to get going. Denver still leads the AFC West, two games ahead of the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos in seven games this season, still have only allowed 96 points total. Denver will play on Monday Night Football this week, when they host the defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) – The Bengals remain at # 7 during their bye week. The Bengals are off to one of the best starts in recent history, at 5-2, with wins over Pittsburgh and Baltimore. The Bengals, before the break, blasted the Bears 45-10. The Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has gotten off to a nice start, staying healthy, throwing for 1608 yards and 13 touchdowns. Cedric Benson has rushed for 720 yards and 5 touchdowns for Cincinnati. The Bengals will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, in a key AFC North tilt.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) – The Philadelphia Eagles put an absolute hurting on the New York Giants on Sunday. Philadelphia held the Giants offense scoreless through one quarter; and led 13-0. On the game, the Eagles offense garnered 240 yards from Donovan McNabb and 78 from DeSean Jackson. Philadelphia is now ½ game ahead of the Giants, and tied with Dallas atop the NFC East standings. The Eagles and Cowboys will square off in Philadelphia on Sunday.

9. Dallas Cowboys (5-2) – The Dallas Cowboys continued their streak of solid play; downing the Seattle Seahawks 38-17. The win for the Cowboys moved them into a first place tie with Philadelphia for NFC East supremacy. The Cowboys have enjoyed the emergence of wide receiver Miles Austin. Austin has caught 26 passes for 563 yards and 6 touchdowns on the season. The Cowboys moved up two spots from # 11 to # 9 with the win. Dallas and Philadelphia will meet in the city of brotherly love on Sunday Night Football to decide the leading in the division.

10. Baltimore Ravens (4-3) – The Baltimore Ravens snapped their three game losing streak with a 30-7 beat down of the Denver Broncos. The win for Baltimore allowed them to move back into the Top 10, up four spots from last week; at # 14. The Ravens still trail both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati by one game in the AFC North standings. The Ravens will look to gain ground on Cincinnati, when they play at the Bengals on Sunday. Baltimore will head to Cleveland the week after, and host Indianapolis on November 22nd.

11. San Diego Chargers (4-3) – San Diego won their second straight game, to improve to 4-3 on the season. The Chargers struggled but defeated divisional foe Oakland 224-17. The Chargers were led by Phillip Rivers’ 249 passing yards. Rivers has now thrown for 2036 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. San Diego made news on Monday releasing veteran receiver Chris Chambers. The Chargers still trail division leading Denver by two games in the AFC West. The Chargers will look to continue their winning streak on Sunday then they travel to New York to take on the Giants. The Chargers with the win moved from # 15 to # 11.

12. Atlanta Falcons (4-3) – Atlanta lost for the second straight game on Monday Night Football. The two game losing streak is the first time a Mike Smith led Falcons team has done such a thing. With the loss, Atlanta falls to three games behind New Orleans in the NFC South. Atlanta, despite their 4-3 record have out scored opponents 171 - 149 on the season. The Falcons are unbeaten this season when playing at home. Home is where they will be on Sunday when they host the Washington Redskins.

13. Houston Texans (5-3) – The Houston Texans, for the first time in franchise history moved to two games over .500. The Texans were 31-10 winners over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. If the postseason started today, Houston would be a wildcard representative out of the AFC. The Texans are in second place in the AFC South, trailing the 7-0 Indianapolis Colts. The Texans received bad news in the win; tight end Owen Daniels will be sidelined the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Houston and Indianapolis will meet up in Indianapolis Sunday. The Texans made a three team jump up from # 16 to # 13.

14. Arizona Cardinals (4-3) – The Arizona Cardinals were downed 34-21 by the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. This game was re-match of the playoff game last year, in which Arizona absolutely embarrassed the Panthers. In the loss on Sunday, quarterback Kurt Warner turned the ball over five times. The Cardinals, with the loss of San Francisco and Seattle, continue to lead the NFC West. Arizona, at 4-3, leads San Francisco at 3-4. The 49ers beat Arizona earlier in the season. The Cardinals will travel to Chicago to take on the Bears on Sunday. With the most recent loss, the Cardinals fell out of the Top Ten, from # 8 to # 14.

15. New York Giants (5-3) – The New York Giants struggles continued on Sunday in a 40-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The loss was the third straight for the Giants. The loss also dropped New York to third place in the NFC East, trailing both Philadelphia and Dallas. New York has allowed 183 points on the season, which is the third highest amount in the NFC. The Giants will face a tough task this Sunday when they host the San Diego Chargers, who come in 4-3. The Giants continued to fall in the rankings, this time from # 9 to # 15.

16. Green Bay Packers (4-3) – The Green Bay Packers, for the second time this season, were downed by arch rivals - Minnesota Vikings. This time, former Packers quarterback Brett Favre threw for four touchdowns, while Adrian Peterson rushed for just short of 100 yards. The Packers were led by Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 287 yards, with 88 going to Greg Jennings. The Packers are now tied with Chicago, who they beat in week one, for second place in the NFC North. The loss for Green Bay dropped them from # 13 to # 16. Green Bay will travel to Florida to take on the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

17. Chicago Bears (4-3) – The Chicago Bears made a one team jump after their 30-6 thrashing of the Cleveland Browns. The Bears used 90 rushing yards from Matt Forte, along with two touchdowns for the win. The Bears are now tied with Green Bay, in second place in the NFC North. Both teams trail the 7-1 Minnesota Vikings at the top of the division. Chicago will host the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

18. San Francisco 49ers (3-4) – The 49ers had a shot at knocking off one of the unbeaten teams on Sunday, but fell a little short. The 49ers were downed 18-14 on the road, to the Indianapolis Colts. The 49ers used 91 rushing yards from Frank Gore, and 14 first half points to take a 14-9 lead going into the locker room. San Francisco was unable to slow down Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne, as Manning threw for 347 yards, while Wayne caught 147 yards and a touchdown from running back Joseph Addai. The 49ers are 3-4, with their three wins all coming over divisional foes. The 49ers will host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

19. Miami Dolphins (3-4) – For the second time this season, the Miami Dolphins edged the New York Jets. Ted Ginn Jr. who was blasted by Dolphin fans and former players all week returned two kick-offs for touchdown to spark the win. The Dolphins in seven games this season have scored 176 points, while allowing 177. The Dolphins are now ½ game behind the Jets, and 2 games behind the Patriots within the AFC East. Miami will look to make up more ground this weekend when they play in Foxboro against the Patriots.

20. Carolina Panthers (3-4) – The Panthers picked up a huge win on Sunday; 34-21 over the Arizona Cardinals. Carolina, who took a bad loss to Buffalo last week, scored 28 first half points to catapult them to a revenge win. The Panthers picked up 158 rushing yards from DeAngelo Williams, while Johnathan Stewart rushed into the end zone twice. Carolina with the win, stayed afloat within the NFC South. The Panthers trail New Orleans and Atlanta within the division. With the win, the Panthers move up four positions from # 24 to # 20. The Panthers will look to get back to .500, when they travel to New Orleans on Sunday to battle the Saints.

21. New York Jets (4-4) – The New York Jets lost a chance to gain ground on the AFC East leading New England Patriots. New York lost for the second time this season to the Miami Dolphins. In the loss, the Jets defense allowed Ted Ginn Jr. to return two kick-offs for touchdowns. The Jets did get 265 passing yards from rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, along with 102 rushing yards from Thomas Jones. With the loss, the Jets are now 1.5 games behind the Patriots at the top of the division. New York will take this weekend off, and then host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

22. Seattle Seahawks (2-5) – The Seahawks fell to 2-5 overall, with their 21 point loss at Dallas. Seattle, despite the 2-5 record have only been outscored by a total of 12 points on the season; 147-135. The Seahawks, in the loss to the Cowboys only garnered 56 rushing yards from Julius Jones. Jones has been extremely disappointing this season, rushing for just 346 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks were unable to stop Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. Romo threw for 256 yards in the win. The Seahawks are in third place in the NFC West, trailing Arizona (4-3) and San Francisco (3-4). The Seahawks will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday, in an effort to win their third game this season.

23. Buffalo Bills (3-5) – Buffalo, with a chance to move back to .500, and gain ground in the AFC East, lost to Houston 31-10, at home. The Bills led early, but were out scored 25-0 in the second half. Buffalo did get good news when Terrell Owens got going within the offense, scoring a touchdown on a reverse run. The Bills were unable to slow down the Texans offense, including back-up running back Ryan Moats. Moats ran for 126 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win. The Bills are now in last place in the AFC East, trailing Miami (3-4), New York (4-4) and New England (5-2). The Bills will take this weekend off, before playing in Nashville on November 15th against the Titans.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4) – The Jaguars were the victims of the Tennessee Titans, for their first win in 2009. The Jaguars were unable to slow down running back Chris Johnson, who rushed for 228 yards. Jacksonville lost a chance that could have put the Jaguars over .500, and also allow them to keep pace with the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts at the top of the AFC South. Jacksonville will look to fight back to .500 on Sunday when they play the Kansas City Chiefs, at home.

25. Oakland Raiders (2-6) – The Raiders’ offensive struggled continued on Sunday; in a 24-16 loss to the Chargers. Oakland in eight games this season have scored just 78 points, allowing 201. The loss for the Raiders put them just ½ game ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs within the AFC East. Oakland will take this weekend off, and then face the Chiefs on November 15th, in Kansas City. Despite the loss, the Raiders remained # 2 5 within the power rankings.

26. Washington Redskins (2-5) – The Washington Redskins were idle this weekend, which resulted in their best week in the rankings yet this season. The Redskins have had all sorts of problems offensively, scoring just 96 points. Clinton Portis, has rushed for just a single touchdown on the season. Washington trails Philadelphia, Dallas and New York, all with five wins, within the NFC East. The Redskins will travel to Atlanta next weekend to take on the Falcons.

27. Tennessee Titans (1-6) – The Titans got off the winless snide and beat divisional foe Jacksonville 30-13. Vince Young moved into the starting quarterback position and led them to their first win. The big story offensively for Tennessee was Chris Johnson and his 228 rushing yards. The win for the Titans allowed them to move up from # 31 to # 27. Tennessee will look to continue their winning streak when they head out west and take on the San Francisco 49ers.

28. St. Louis Rams (1-7) – The St. Louis Rams finally moved themselves out of the basement of the power rankings. Despite the 1-7 rankings, with a win, the Rams moved up to # 28, ahead of several teams continuing to struggle. The Rams used a fake field goal to score a touchdown, and then used the legs of Stephen Jackson to knock the Lions out 17-10. The Rams have scored just 77 points on the season, allowing 221, for a -144 differential, which is the worst in the entire NFL. The Rams will take this weekend off, and host the New Orleans Saints on November 15th.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (1-6) – The Chiefs took the weekend off, and fell a position from # 28 to # 29. Kansas City is 1-6 overall, with their lone win over Washington. The Chiefs are at the bottom of the AFC West, behind Oakland, who defeated them earlier in the year. The Chiefs will head on the road this weekend to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

30. Detroit Lions (1-6) – The Lions fell 17-10 at home, at the hands of the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The win for St. Louis was their first of the season, and it avoided them from reaching the Lions record of 19 straight losses. Detroit played without top receiver Calvin Johnson once again, while quarterback Matthew Stafford played, but was limited by injury. The Lions have scored 113 points on the season, and allowed 205, the third worst differential in the NFC. The Lions will head to Seattle this weekend and take on a 2-5 Seahawks team. With the loss, the Lions fall from # 26 to # 30.

31. Cleveland Browns (1-7) – The Browns lost once again, this time 30-6 to the Chicago Bears. The Browns are now 1-7, and at the bottom of the AFC North. Cleveland’s lone win came in a 6-3 decision to the Buffalo Bills. With the bye week upcoming, Cleveland has elected to begin cleaning house, including firing general manager George Kokinis. The Browns also elected to keep head coach Eric Mangini, who is in his first season in Cleveland. On the season, the Browns have scored just 78 points in 8 games. Lost to Chicago 30-6. With the loss, the Browns dropped from # 27 to # 31. The Browns will take this weekend off, and then play on Monday Night Football on November 16th at home against the Baltimore Ravens.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7) – The lone winless team remaining in the NFL drop from # 30 to # 32. Tampa Bay has struggled offensively on the season, averaging just 13.7 points per game, on only 272 yards per game. Both of those numbers rank them 28th in the NFL. The Buccaneers will host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, in an effort to pick up their first win. Off. Fell from # 30.

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