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2009 Week 8 NFL Power Ratings

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

2009 Week Eight NFL Power Ratings
(Dated 10/27 to 11/1/2009)

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1. New Orleans Saints (6-0) – The New Orleans Saints capped a huge 24-3 comeback to beat the Miami Dolphins. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for just under 300 yards, and the defense used an interception return for a touchdown late in the game to win 46-34. The win for New Orleans allowed them to stay one of three teams at the top, that have yet to be beat. New Orleans leads the NFC South by two full games over Atlanta. The Saints will host the Falcons on Sunday, with a chance to add room between them and the Falcons. Beat Dolphins.

2. Indianapolis Colts (6-0) – The Colts had no problem disposing of the winless St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Peyton Manning tossed for just 235 yards, but that was no problem, as the Colts put up 42 points. The defense once again was excellent for Indianapolis, allowing just 6 points. On the season, Indianapolis has allowed just 77 points. The Colts are the leaders within the AFC South Division, ahead of the 4-3 Houston Cougars.

3. Denver Broncos (6-0) – The Denver Broncos took the weekend off, and remained one of just three teams that have yet to be beat. The Broncos are in full control of the AFC West, with their 6-0 mark. San Diego trails the Broncos by three full games; with their 3-3 record. Denver has wins over San Diego, Cincinnati and New England. Denver is using the right arm of Kyle Orton to aide in the wins. Orton has thrown for 1465 yards and 9 touchdowns on the season. Denver will take their unbeaten record on the road on Sunday when they head to Baltimore and take on the Ravens.

4. New England Patriots (5-2) – The Patriots picked up their second straight impressive win on Sunday beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-7. New England showed the crowd in London how explosive their offense is, as they have now scored 94 points in the last two games. Tom Brady leads the high powered offense, throwing for 2032 yards and 15 touchdowns. New England has regained the top of the AFC East, with their 5-2 record. New York at 4-3 and Buffalo at 3-4 trail the Patriots. New England will take this weekend off, and prepare for their November 8th game at home with the Miami Dolphins.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) – In one of the more exciting games of the weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers downed the Minnesota Vikings 27-17. Pittsburgh used a late fumble from Brett Favre, and another interception late in the game to seal the win. The win for Pittsburgh allowed them to keep pace with Cincinnati at the top of the AFC North. Both the Bengals and the Steelers are 5-2 overall. Cincinnati holds the current tie breaker with their head to head win. The other loss for Pittsburgh was at Chicago in week two. Pittsburgh will take this weekend off, and then play in Denver, against the Broncos on Monday Night Football (November 9th).

6. Minnesota Vikings (6-1) – The Vikings took their first loss of the season Sunday, on the road at defending champion Pittsburgh. Minnesota had a chance late in the game, but a Brett Favre fumble and then a pass from Favre to Chester Taylor went off his hands and into a defender’s hands sent the Vikings down and out. Minnesota used 334 passing yards from Favre, along with 69 rushing yards from Adrian Peterson. The Vikings, with the loss, still remain at the top of the NFC North. The Vikings, with their 6-1 record lead Green Bay (4-2) and Chicago (3-3). The Vikings could add some distance between them and the Packers this weekend, when they travel to Green Bay.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) – The Bengals picked up a very impressive 45-10 win over the Chicago Bears. Cincinnati used 189 yards from former Chicago running back Cedric Benson to aide in the win. The Bengals scored 31 points in the first half, scoring on their first four positions. The win for Cincinnati allowed them to move up six positions, from # 13, to inside the Top 10, at # 7. The Bengals will host the Baltimore Ravens on November 8th in a re-match of the Bengals knocking off the Ravens earlier in the season.

8. Arizona Cardinals (4-2) – Arizona, for the second time during the 2009 season went to the East Coast and won. Arizona, after trailing 14-10 at halftime, scored the first 14 points of the second half to take a 24-14 lead. That lead was never in doubt, as the Giants scored just a fourth quarter field goal. The Cardinals held Eli Manning and the Giants to just 17 total points, including one fluke touchdown off the hands of a defender. The Cardinals are now at the top of the NFC West. They lead San Francisco by one game with a 4-2 record. Arizona makes an eight team jump from # 16 to # 8. Arizona will host the 2-4 Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

9. New York Giants (5-2) – New York fell for the second straight time on Sunday night; in a 24-17 loss the Arizona Cardinals. The game featured the last two NFC Champions. New York struggled to score, scoring a touchdown on a fluke pass right before halftime, and then scoring just a late field goal in the second half of the game. The Giants are now just ½ game ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles, for first place in the NFC East. The Giants and Eagles will get together in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. The loss for the Giants dropped them from # 4 to # 9.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) – The Eagles picked up a big divisional win on Monday Night Football over the Washington Redskins. Philadelphia bounced back strong from the week six loss at the hands of the Oakland Raiders. Philadelphia used two big DeSean Jackson touchdowns to seal the deal. Jackson has now caught for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Eagles trail the New York Giants by just a half game at the top of the NFC East. Philadelphia will have a chance to take the division lead outright on Sunday when they host the New York Giants.

11. Dallas Cowboys (4-2) – Keeping pace with the leaders at the top of the division, the Dallas Cowboys picked up a big win over Atlanta on Sunday. Dallas used 311 passing yards from Tony Romo to wrap up the win. Romo’s top target for the second straight week was Miles Austin. Austin caught passes for 171 yards. On the season, Austin has caught 21 passes for 502 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Cowboys with the win are now tied with Philadelphia, just a half game behind New York at the top of the NFC East. Dallas will look to win their third straight game Sunday afternoon when they host the Seattle Seahawks.

12. Atlanta Falcons (4-2) – Atlanta was unable to put back to back solid games, as they were downed Sunday 37-21. The Falcons were unable to get the offense going, as both Michael Turner and Matt Ryan were limited. The Falcons, with the loss, fell to two games back of New Orleans at the top of the NFC South. Atlanta will look to gain a game on the Saints Sunday when they play in New Orleans. The loss for Atlanta drops them five positions from # 7 to # 12.

13. Green Bay Packers (4-2) – The Packers picked up a game on the divisional leading Minnesota Vikings Sunday when they beat the Cleveland Browns 31-3. Green Bay is now just 1.5 games behind the Vikings. The Packers continue to play stellar defense, allowing just 3 points. The Packers have allowed just 96 points in 6 games. Green Bay will get the chance to pick up a game on the Vikings, when they host their former quarterback Brett Favre and Minnesota. This game will be the first time Favre plays at Lambeau Field, not in a Packers uniform.

14. Baltimore Ravens (3-3) – Baltimore remains # 14 during their bye week. The Ravens couldn’t find a better time for the bye, since they have lost three straight games. After starting 3-0, the Ravens cannot find a way to win. The Ravens have fallen to third place in the AFC North, trailing both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Baltimore’s quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown for over 1600 yards and 11 touchdowns in 6 games. The Ravens will look to snap their losing streak on Sunday when they host the 6-0 Denver Broncos.

15. San Diego Chargers (3-3) – The Chargers picked up a much needed 37-7 win over divisional rival Kansas City. The Chargers with the win moved up four positions from # 19 to # 15. San Diego trails the Denver Broncos by a full three games at the top of the AFC West. The Chargers used 268 passing yards from Phillip Rivers in the win. Rivers on the season has tossed for 1787 yards and 10 touchdowns. San Diego will host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, in an effort to climb to above .500.

16. Houston Texans (4-3) – The Houston Texans climb to above .500 with the 24-21 win over San Francisco. The Texans led 21-0 at halftime, and had to hold on via a late field goal to win the game. The Texans used 264 passing yards from Matt Schaub and 67 rushing yards from Steve Slaton. Houston with the win continues to make it‘s way up the power rankings, the Texans move up from # 20 to # 16. Houston will travel to Buffalo on Sunday to take on the Bills.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) – The Jaguars, with their bye week, move up one position from # 18 to # 17. Jacksonville started the season 0-2, but have won 3 of their last 4. Their most recent win, before the bye, came over St. Louis, 23-20 in overtime. The Jaguars are trailing the Houston Texans for second place in the AFC South, and Indianapolis at the top. The Jaguars will play at the winless Tennessee Titans on Sunday, in an effort to climb back to over .500.

18. Chicago Bears (3-3) – The Bears took a big hit on Sunday, falling from # 12 to # 18. The Bears lost for the second straight week, this time in embarrassing fashion. Cedric Benson torched his former teammates, as the Bengals blasted Chicago 45-10. The Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw three interceptions, and has now thrown 9 in the Bears three losses on the year. Chicago, with the loss, fell to third place in the NFC North. Chicago trails Minnesota (6-1) and Green Bay (4-2). The Bears will look to snap their losing streak on Sunday when they host the Cleveland Browns.

19. New York Jets (4-3) – The Jets snapped their three game losing streak Sunday by shutting out the Oakland Raiders. Mark Sanchez bounced back from his poor performance in week six, and put up 143 passing yards, but more importantly took care of the football. The Jets defense returned to its dominant ways, keeping Oakland out of the end zone. In the Jets four wins this season, they have allowed just 33 points. In the three losses, New York has yielded 71. The Jets, with the win, stayed just one game behind the AFC East leading New England Patriots. New York will take this weekend off, and then come back on November 15th and host the Jacksonville Jaguars. With the win, New York moves up three spots from # 22 to # 19.

20. Seattle Seahawks (2-4) – The Seahawks took the weekend off, watching just one of their divisional foes win; Arizona. The Seahawks, despite the 2-4 record have outscored opponents 118 - 109. Seattle will play at Dallas on Sunday.

21. Buffalo Bills (3-4) – The Buffalo Bills picked up a surprising win on Sunday, 20-9 over the Carolina Panthers. Buffalo’s defense once again came through; allowing the Panthers just the 9 points. On the season, the Bills have allowed just 138 points, while offensively, the Bills have scored 113. Starting quarterback Trent Edwards continues to be sidelined with a concussion. Big off-season pickup Terrell Owens have remained silent for Buffalo, catching just 1 touchdown pass. Buffalo, with the win, moved up ahead of Miami at the bottom of the AFC East. Beat Carolina. # 24.

22. San Francisco 49ers (3-3) – Despite the loss, the 49ers got good news in the second half of their 24-21 loss to the Houston Texans. Quarterback Alex Smith replaced Shaun Hill and almost led a thrilling comeback. San Francisco also got good news to start the game when first round draft pick Michael Crabtree played in his first NFL game. The 49ers are now a game behind the Arizona Cardinals at the top of the NFC West. The 49ers will look to get back into the win column on Sunday when they play at Indianapolis. The loss for San Francisco dropped them from # 15 to # 22.

23. Miami Dolphins (2-4) – The Miami Dolphins held a 24-3 first half lead over the 5-0 New Orleans Saints. The Dolphins were unable to hold onto that lead, as New Orleans outscored the Dolphins 36-10 in the second half. The Dolphins used 80 rushing yards, and three touchdowns from Ricky Williams. Williams has rushed for 396 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season. Miami is at the bottom of the AFC East, trailing New England, New York and Buffalo. The Dolphins will look to get back in the win column on Sunday when they play at New York, against the Jets.

24. Carolina Panthers (2-4) – The Carolina Panthers continued their enemic display of offense on Sunday, in their 20-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Panthers have scored just 94 points in six games to start this season. The loss for Carolina, forced them down three positions from # 21 to # 24. The Panthers are now four full games behind the NFC South division leading New Orleans Saints. Carolina will face another tough test on Sunday when they play at Arizona.

25. Oakland Raiders (2-5) – The Oakland Raiders once again looked absolutely hapless in their loss to the Jets on Sunday. Oakland, a week after the big upset win over the Philadelphia Eagles, reverted backwards in the 38-0 shelling. JaMarcus Russell was pulled after a very poor start that saw him turn the ball over three times in the first half. Offensive woes seem to be common place for Oakland, as in seven games this season, they have scored just 62 points. The Raiders are just one game ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs at the bottom of the AFC West. Oakland beat Kansas City earlier in the season. Those two teams will meet up again on November 15th, in Oakland. The Raiders this weekend will take on divisional rival Chargers, in San Diego.

26. Detroit Lions (1-5) – The Lions took the weekend off, and remained at # 26 overall. Detroit is hoping their bye week was able to help quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson recover from injuries. The Lions were without both their top offensive weapons in their game immediately before the bye. Stafford, as a rookie has thrown for just under 900 yards. Johnson leads the team in receptions, with 22. The Lions will look to pick up their second win on Sunday when they host the winless St. Louis Rams.

27. Cleveland Browns (1-6) – The Cleveland Browns were downed at the hands of the Green Bay Packers 31-13 on Sunday. Cleveland’s offensive woes continued, scoring just 13 points. On the year, Cleveland has scored just 72 points in seven games this season. The Browns are at the bottom of the AFC North, where surprisingly Cincinnati leads the way. The Steelers are also tied with the Bengals, while Ravens are at 3-3. Cleveland will look to bounce back this weekend when they travel to Chicago to take on Jay Cutler and the Bears.

28. Kansas City Chiefs (1-6) – The Kansas City Chiefs were absolutely blasted at the hands of the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Kansas City allowed 37 points and scored just 7 in the loss. The loss for the Chiefs kept them at # 28, just ahead of Washington, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and St. Louis. The Chiefs Larry Johnson has been the center of all sorts of controversy as he has made sexual slurs and inappropriate comments regarding his coach. Even after apologizing, Johnson was told to stay away from his team until further notice. The Chiefs will take their bye week this weekend to prepare for the November 8th affair at Jacksonville.

29. Washington Redskins (2-5) – Washington showed yet another poor performance, this time on national television. Jim Zorn’s team looked lost offensively, and scored just 17 points in the 27-17 loss to the Eagles. The Redskins with their loss, dropped to 2-5 overall, at the bottom of the NFC East. The Redskins, despite playing seven games on the season, have scored a total of 96 points on the season, The Redskins will take the weekend off and then come back on November 8th and play at the Atlanta Falcons.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7) – Tampa Bay went across the seas to take a 28 point defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots. Tampa Bay scored a second quarter touchdown, but that was their lone score in the game. The Buccaneers have scored just under 100 points on the year, while their defense has given up 203. The Buccaneers are at the bottom of the NFC South, trailing New Orleans, Atlanta and Carolina. Tampa Bay will take this weekend off, to recover from the long travels, and then host the Green Bay Packers on November 8th.

31. Tennessee Titans (0-6) – The Titans took the weekend off, following their embarrassing 59-0 loss at the hands of the New England Patriots. The Titans will look to snap their losing streak this weekend when they take on divisional foe Jacksonville at home. Tennessee on the season has scored just 84 points, while their defense has allowed 198.

32. St. Louis Rams (0-7) – The Rams continued their struggles on Sunday, scoring just 6 points at home to Indianapolis. The Rams also allowed the high powered Colts offense 42 points in the blowout loss. On the season, the Rams have scored just 60 points, while their defense has allowed 211. St. Louis has now lost 17 straight games overall. The Rams will look to snap that record this weekend when they travel North and take on the Detroit Lions.

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