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2009 Week 10 NFL Power Ratings

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

2009 Week Ten NFL Power Ratings
(Dated 11/10 to 11/15/2009)

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1. New Orleans Saints (8-0) – The Saints remained perfect with a 30-20 come from behind win over divisional rival Carolina Panthers. The Saints saw their quarterback Drew Brees throw for 330 yards, including 98 to Robert Meachem. Brees has now thrown for over 2000 yards and 16 touchdowns, half way through the 2009 season.  The Saints now have complete control of the NFC South, leading the Falcons by three games, with a win at hand over Atlanta. New Orleans will travel to St. Louis on Sunday to take on the Rams, who are 1-7.

2. Indianapolis Colts (8-0) – The Colts escaped with a 20-17 home win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Kris Brown missed a field goal that would have tied the game for Houston as the clock expired. The win for the Colts pushed them to four full games ahead of second place Houston. The Colts have out scored opponents by 109 points on the season. Indianapolis will face a huge test on Sunday when they host the New England Patriots.

3. New England Patriots (6-2) – The New England Patriots beat one of their longtime nemesis on Sunday when they topped the Dolphins 27-17. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tossed for 332 yards, including 147 to Randy Moss in the win. The Patriots now have a two game lead over the New York Jets in the AFC East. New England will head on the road, and look to be the first to knock off the Indianapolis Colts.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – The Steelers stayed at # 4 after beating the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. Pittsburgh used 100+ rushing yards from Rashard Mendenhall and 220+ passing yards from Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers, with the win kept pace with the Cincinnati Bengals at the top of the AFC North. Cincinnati still holds the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh with their win earlier in the season. The Steelers and Broncos will play a huge Sunday afternoon game in the Steel City to decide the AFC North leader.

5. Minnesota Vikings (7-1) – The Vikings took this weekend off, and got good news when both the Packers and Bears fell to 4-4. Minnesota boasts a three game lead over both teams; with two wins already in hand over Green Bay. The Vikings and Bears still have two games left against each other. The Vikings have used star running back Adrian Peterson to score 244 points, second most to New Orleans. Peterson has done great damage himself, rushing 163 times for 784 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Vikings will host the 1-7 Detroit Lions on Sunday.

6. Denver Broncos (6-2) – Remained # 6 despite the Monday Night Football loss to Pittsburgh. The loss for Denver was their second straight. Kyle Orton, despite having a solid season with Denver, threw two interceptions in the loss to the Steelers, including one returned for a touchdown. The Broncos are now just one game ahead of San Diego for the top spot in the AFC West. The Broncos will travel to the nation’s capital on Sunday to take on the 2-6 Washington Redskins.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) – The Cincinnati Bengals proved to the AFC North - they are a force to reckon with. The Bengals picked up a 17-7 win over the Baltimore Ravens. The win for the Bengals was the second over the Ravens this season. Cincinnati can add another step up on the division this weekend when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. The Bengals and Steelers are tied at 6-2 on the season, but Cincinnati holds the division lead due to the earlier win over the Steelers.

8. Dallas Cowboys (6-2) – The Dallas Cowboys took a one game lead in the NFC East with their 20-16 win over Philadelphia. The Cowboys used 307 passing yards from Tony Romo, with 75 of them to Roy Williams, the Cowboys top receiver. The Cowboys have won four in a row since the October 4th 17-10 loss at Denver. The Cowboys have out scored opponents 217 - 152 halfway through the season. The win for the Cowboys allowed them to move up one position from # 9 to # 8. Dallas will travel to Green Bay to take on the 4-4 Packers.

9. San Diego Chargers (5-3) – The San Diego Chargers moved one game out of first place in the AFC West with their 21-20 come from behind win over the New York Giants. The Chargers used an 18 yard pass from Phillip Rivers to Vincent Jackson with just 21 seconds remaining in the game for the win. The win for San Diego allowed them to move back inside the top # 10, up two positions from # 11 to # 9. San Diego will face yet another tough test this weekend when they host the Philadelphia Eagles. 

10.  Atlanta Falcons (5-3) – Atlanta moved back into the top ten, up two positions from # 12 to # 10. The Falcons picked up a 31-17 win over the Washington Redskins. In the win for Atlanta, running back Michael Turner rushed for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns. Turner on the season has rushed 156 yards for 720 yards and 10 touchdowns. Atlanta remains three games behind the New Orleans Saints for first place in the NFC South. The Falcons will travel to Carolina on Sunday to take on the 3-5 Panthers.

11. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) – The Eagles lost out on a chance to take over the top spot in the NFC East, with their 20-16 home defeat to Dallas. The Eagles were unable to slow down Tony Romo and Miles Austin, as they hooked up on a winning touchdown pass in the middle of the fourth quarter. The Eagles got just 54 rushing yards from their top rusher on the game, LeSean McCoy. Brian Westbrook did not play due to concussion symptoms. The Eagles will look to get back on track this weekend, when they play in San Diego, against the Chargers. The Eagles dropped three spots from # 8 to # 11.

12. Arizona Cardinals (5-3) – Arizona picked up a solid NFC win on Sunday, blasting the Chicago Bears 41-21. Kurt Warner threw for 261 yards and 5 touchdowns, with 4 of them coming in the first half. The win for Arizona allowed them to move up two positions from # 14 to # 12. The Cardinals are now two games up in the NFC West, over both San Francisco and Seattle. Arizona can pick up more ground in the division when they host the Seattle Seahawks.

13. Houston Texans (5-4) – Houston lost a golden opportunity to make a run at the AFC South title on Sunday when they dropped a 20-17 decision in Indianapolis. Kris Brown was set up for a game tying field goal as the clock expired, but missed it wide left. The Texans are now 5-4 overall, trailing the Colts by four games. The Texans will now use their bye week to prepare for a divisional match-up against the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football in week 11.

14. Baltimore Ravens (4-4) – The Ravens lost their second game of 2009 season the Cincinnati Bengals. Baltimore is now well under the eight ball in the AFC South, trailing both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh by two full games. The Ravens were unable to stop quarterback Carson Palmer and running back Cedric Benson in the loss. Palmer tossed for 224 yards and Benson rushed for 117. Baltimore will look to get over .500 this weekend, when they play at Cleveland on Monday Night Football. The loss for the Ravens dropped them four positions from # 10 to # 14.

15. New York Giants (5-4) – The New York Giants fell for the fourth straight week, dropping a 21-20 decision to the San Diego Chargers. New York allowed Phillip Rivers to throw to Vincent Jackson with just 21 seconds to go for the game winning touchdown. The Giants, despite their 5-4 record have out scored opponents 232 - 204 on the season. The Giants will take their bye week, to get ready for their home game on November 22nd with the Atlanta Falcons.

16. Green Bay Packers (4-4) – The Packers took a very disappointing ten point loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Green Bay was out scored 21-7 in the final quarter to take the loss. The Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw three interceptions, including a fourth quarter pick that was returned by Tanard Jackson for a touchdown. The Packers will host the Dallas Cowboys, who have won four straight games, on Sunday.

17. Chicago Bears (4-4) – The Chicago Bears lost their first home game of the 2009 season, 41-21 to the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears were unable to stop the Cardinals in the first half, yielding 31 points. Chicago, with the loss, remained tied with Green Bay, for second place in the NFC North. Both Chicago and Green Bay trail Minnesota by three games at the top of the division. The Bears will have short rest this week, as they will play Thursday night in San Francisco against the 49ers. Lost to Arizona 41-21. # 17

18. New York Jets (4-4) – The New York Jets took the weekend off, and are now ready for the second half of the season. The Jets, at 4-4, hope for a better second half, that would lead them to the postseason. New York is in second place in the AFC East, trailing only the Patriots. The Jets will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, in a battle between two teams at .500. New York has out scored opponents 177 - 134 through the first eight games.

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) – The Jacksonville Jaguars moved back to .500, and just a game behind second place Houston with a 24-21 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The win for the Jaguars also allowed them to move up five positions from # 24 to # 19. Jacksonville, despite the .500 record have been outscored by a margin of 41 points on the season. The Jaguars have seen a pleasant surprise from wide receiver Mike Simms-Walker who has caught for 554 yards and 4 touchdown catches on the season. Jacksonville will play this Sunday in the Meadowlands against the New York Jets.

20. San Francisco 49ers (3-5) – San Francisco was unable to slow down Chris Johnson, in a 34-27 loss to the Titans. The 49ers, with the loss, have dropped five straight against teams from outside the NFC West. San Francisco is now two games behind Arizona in the division; tied with Seattle.  The loss for San Francisco pushed them down two positions from # 18 to # 20. The 49ers and Chicago Bears will meet in San Francisco on Thursday night.

21. Miami Dolphins (3-5) – Hopes of a back-to-back AFC East title are all but gone for the Miami Dolphins. A postseason return is also very much in doubt, after half the season is over. The Dolphins, with a 27-17 loss to New England dropped to 3-5 overall, and now three games behind the Patriots. The Dolphins were unable to slow down quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for 332 yards, with 147 to star receiver Randy Moss. The Dolphins will host Tampa Bay on Sunday, in an effort to slow down the Buccaneers, coming off their first win in 2009. The loss for Miami dropped them two spots from # 19 to # 21.

22. Carolina Panthers (3-5) – The Panthers appeared to have the New Orleans Panthers on the ropes Sunday; but failed to convert in the second half; losing 30-20. The loss for Carolina did great damage to their postseason hopes, as they are now 3-5 overall. The loss for the Panthers also sent them five games behind the Saints in the NFC South. Carolina scored 14 quick points in the first quarter, but then could only muster two field goals after that. DeAngelo Williams rushed for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss, but fumbled late in the game, which was returned for a Saints touchdown. The Panthers will host divisional foe Atlanta on Sunday, in a must win for the Panthers if they want to think about postseason play. The loss for Carolina dropped them from # 20 to # 22.

23. Seattle Seahawks (3-5) – Seattle, after a slow start, knocked off the Detroit Lions 32-20 on Sunday. The win for the Seahawks was their third overall, and placed them into a second place tie in the NFC West with San Francisco. Both the Seahawks and 49ers are two games behind divisional leading Arizona. Seattle used 329 passing yards from Matt Hasselbeck and 78 rushing yards from Julius Jones. The Seahawks only allowed 3 points in the final three quarters, after yielding 17 in the first quarter alone. Seattle will travel to Phoenix to take on division leading Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. 

24. Buffalo Bills (3-5) – The Buffalo Bills, during their bye week were in discussing for picking up former Falcon and current Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. The Bills have stayed pretty quiet about acquiring Vick. The Bills need improvement on offense, as they have scored just 123 points in eight games. Buffalo’s 3-5 record is worst in the AFC East, tied with Miami, and a just a game behind the New York Jets. Buffalo will head to Nashville on Sunday and look to snap the Titans current two game winning streak.

25. Oakland Raiders (2-6) – The Oakland Raiders took the weekend off to prepare for their week ten game against divisional foe Kansas City. Oakland has scored a total of 78 points on the season, which is just one ahead of St. Louis for least in all of football. The Raiders are 2-6 overall, one game ahead of Kansas City in the division. Oakland beat Kansas City on the road in week two; 13-10 behind JaMarcus Russell and Michael Bush.

26. Tennessee Titans (2-6) – The Tennessee Titans picked up their second straight win, after losing their first six of the season. The Titans picked up a 34-27 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The win for the Titans was the second under quarterback Vince Young. The main ingredient with Young behind center has been the ability to get the ball into the hands of running back Chris Johnson. Johnson scored two more touchdowns this weekend, and on the season has rushed for 959 yards and 6 touchdowns. The win for Tennessee, kept them two games behind third place Jacksonville, and now three games behind second place Houston. The  Titans will host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

27. St. Louis Rams (1-7) – The St. Louis Rams took the weekend off, and actually moved up a position from # 28 to # 27. The Rams have won one of eight games, the week eight victory over the Detroit Lions. St. Louis has been out scored 221 - 77 on the season. St. Louis will host the undefeated New Orleans Saints on Sunday in an effort to be the first to beat them.

28. Washington Redskins (2-6) – Washington fell into a deeper whole, dropping a 31-17 decision to the Atlanta Falcons. The Redskins lost Clinton Portis early in the game, due to a concussion, and Jason Campbell missed snaps due to an injury. Campbell led the Redskins with 196 passing yards. The Redskins are now four games behind first place Dallas in the NFC East. Washington will host the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (1-7)  The Kansas City Chiefs put up a rally late in the game, but were unable to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chiefs scored their first touchdown in the fourth quarter in the 24-21 loss. The Chiefs this week released troubled running back Larry Johnson, following comments regarding his head coach Todd Haley. Johnson leads the Chiefs in rushing with 358 yards, but had not gotten in the end zone all season. Kansas City will travel to Oakland on Sunday to take on the Raiders.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-7) – Tampa Bay became the final team to pick up a win during 2009. The Buccaneers were out gained 404 - 279 in total offense, but Tampa Bay was able to force three turnovers, including a 35 yard interception return to seal the deal late in the game. The Buccaneers rookie quarterback Josh Freeman had a solid debut, completing 14 of 31 passes for 205 yards and 3 touchdown passes. The Buccaneers move up two positions, from # 32 to # 30 with the win. Tampa Bay will head across the state on Sunday to take on the Miami Dolphins.

31. Detroit Lions (1-7) – The Detroit Lions lost for the seventh time in eight tries this season on Sunday. The Lions jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead over the Seattle Seahawks, but were out scored 22-0 in the middle two quarters. The Lions, with the loss dropped to six games behind divisional leading Minnesota. Detroit, with the loss, dropped one position from # 30 to # 31. The Lions will head to Minneapolis and take on the NFC North leading Vikings.

32. Cleveland Browns (1-7) – The Cleveland Browns, despite not losing, drop one position, and enter the # 32 position. The Browns are 1-7, along with four other teams. The Browns have scored just 78 points in eight games this season, and in their lone win, scored just six points. Cleveland is in last place in the AFC North, trailing Cincinnati (6-2). The Browns will play on Monday Night Football this week, when they host the Baltimore Ravens.

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