Tuesday, October 30, 2012

NFL Power Rankings - Week 9

A new #1 this week and a lot of other changes.

1. Atlanta Falcons 205
Last Week: 2
Notes: I moved them back to the #1 spot after that impressive win over the Eagles. That win shut up critics who stated that the Falcons aren't as good as their record states.

2. Houston Texans  190
Last Week: 1
Notes: Still the best in the AFC until proven otherwise.

3. Chicago Bears 184
Last Week: 3
Notes: They barely got the win, but good teams find ways to come back from behind and close out games.

4. San Francisco 49ers 176
Last Week: 5
Notes: After looking to have some competition against Seahawks and the Cardinals, the 49ers look to be the best in the NFC West.
5. New York Giants 160
Last Week: 4
Notes: I'm a Giants fan and I still moved them down 1 spot in the rankings after a win (and underneath a team that they beat). They played well the first quarter against Dallas, but they looked sloppy for most of the game (especially on offense). That win was extremely important though and makes them look to be in good shape to win the division.

6. New England Patriots 147 
Last Week: 7

Notes: The Patriots showed that being in another continent wouldn't have an impact on their playing. They destroyed the Rams.

7. Denver Broncos 108
Last Week: 10
Notes: Watch out because the Broncos look like the team to beat right now. Their next 6 games are against teams with a below .500 record which means the Broncos could be 10-3 with 3 games left (which would likely clinch the division).

8. Green Bay Packers: 106
Last Week: 9
Notes: Some say the Packers are back, but I'm not 100% sure. They won against the Jags, but it was a lot closer than it should have been. This team doesn't have the same feel as the Packers of 2011.

9.  Baltimore Ravens 83 
Last Week: 8 
Notes: The Ravens should be able to bounce back against the Browns, their first game after the bye.

10.  Minnesota Vikings 69
Last Week: 6
Notes:  Can't give up on this team just yet despite an ugly loss against the Buccs. I can see the Vikings beating both the Seahawks and Lions their next 2 games.

11. Miami Dolphins: 62
Last Week: 15
Notes: The Dolphins proved that they are legit contenders after that impressive win against the Jets. If the playoffs started today, the Dolphins would be in it.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers: 58
Last Week: 14
Notes: The Steelers  might be slowly pulling away from the Bengals in the AFC North. They'll have some stiff competition for a wildcard with the way the Colts and Dolphins are playing though.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 25
Last Week: 21
Notes: The Buccs stated that they're better than their 2-4 record and they showed that against the Vikings.

14.  Seattle Seahawks: 23
Last Week: 12
Notes: They were on the losing end of a shootout against the Lions. That win could be actually be the difference in them not making the playoffs considering how close everything is.

15.  San Diego Chargers 15
Last Week: 13
Notes: The Chargers continue to slowly fall apart after a loss against the Browns.

16. Indianapolis Colts: 5
Last Week: 22
Notes: Andrew Luck already has double the amount of wins than the Colts had during their entire 2011 season. Nobody was thinking playoffs coming into this year, but it sure is a possibility.

17.  Arizona Cadrinals 4
Last Week: 11
Notes: From 4-0 to 4-4. It's safe to say that the Cardinals we saw the first 4 games, aren't the same team we've been seeing in the last 4. Things don't get better for the Cardinals with upcoming games against the Packers and Falcons.

18.  Detroit Lions: -10
Last Week: 23
Notes:They win the shootout against the Seahawks, but the Lions still have a long way to go to recapture the great season of 2011.

19. Washington Redskins: -21
Last Week: 16
Notes: RGIII is still one of the most exciting QBs to watch in the NFL, but the Redskins just aren't at the same level as the elite in the NFL.

20. Dallas Cowboys: -25
Last Week: 17
Notes: They were on pace for a historic comeback, but the Cowboys couldn't get it done. The Cowboys looked sloppy, especially in the first quarter. They have talent, but they look like an undisciplined team. Expect Garrett to go after this season.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: -27
Last Week: 19
Notes: Can people stop saying that the Eagles are an "elite team". I never get why there are such high expectations for the Eagles. Vick is probably the most overrated QB in the NFL. I expect them to lose next week to the Saints.

22.  Cincinnati Bengals -28
Last Week: 24
Notes:  The Bengals hope to get back to .500 after starting the season at 3-1. It won't be easy against the Broncos.

23. New York Jets: -44
Last Week: 18
Notes: After playing two great games against the Colts and Patriots (albeit, still getting the loss against the Pats), they looked horrendous against the Dolphins. As much as I hate the acquisition of Tebow, they need to use him in more unique ways for this Jets team to stand out.

24.  Oakland Raiders: -46
Last Week: 27
Notes: Two wins in a row and all of a sudden the Raiders are back in the playoff race.

25. Buffalo Bills: -59
Last Week: 26
Notes: The Bills have a difficult road ahead with games against the Texans and Pats.

26. St. Louis Rams: -61
Last Week: 20
Notes:  They looked like the Rams of 2011 with that game against the Patriots. Expect another last place finish from this Rams team.

27. New Orleans Saints: -77
Last Week: 25
Notes: They were starting to look like the team we expected them to be, but the Broncos brought them back to reality. This Saints just isn't that good, minus Drew Brees who is still having an exceptional season.

28. Cleveland Browns: -82
Last Week: 30
Notes: From worst in the NFL to winners of 2 out of their last 3. Things get tougher though with their next game being against the Ravens.

29. Carolina Panthers: -98
Last Week: 29
Notes: I thought they were going to pull the upset against the Bears, but bad teams find ways to blow games.

30. Tennessee Titans: -107
Last Week: 28
Notes: Probably have the Titans the lowest out of any other power ranking, but I think they're worse than their 3-5 record. I think the Bears and Dolphins will further prove this over the course of the next 2 games.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars: -149
Last Week: 31
Notes: You know you're a bad team when a 9 point loss is considered much better than expected.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: -151
Last Week: 32
Notes: Still expect this team to be 1-15. Don't think they will potentially win another game until they play the Bengals at home 3 weeks from now.

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