Week 8 was quite the week for the NFL, and to top it off Tuesday was the trade deadline. Some teams on the fringe made some eye-popping trades that solidified a need. Although these teams got better, there are a few teams that stayed put and still have something special going.
Week 9 shouldn’t be any different as the season draws one week closer to the playoffs.
The Chiefs and the Rams have been running away at the top of the rankings for most of the season. The Patriots and Saints are nipping at their heels with teams like the Chargers and Panthers gathering momentum silently.
Other teams like the Dolphins and Vikings lost some ground and aim to make it up.
Week 9 action starts Thursday night with a “Battle in The Bay”. Whatever the outcome will be, here are our Week 9 NFL Power Rankings:
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- Los Angeles Rams (8-0)
The Rams could have lost this one but thanks to a late fumble by Green Bay, they remain undefeated. In Week 9 they face a really good New Orleans team which could be a clear indicator of who currently owns the NFC. Oh, and they traded for Dante Fowler to help bolster the pass rush.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (7-1)
Patrick Mahomes keep winning. The second-year Quarterback had a good day against Denver and isn’t looking to slow down anytime soon.
3. New England Patriots (6-2)
Everyone always talks about the Patriots offense. Well it would be the defense that came through for them in this one. Devin McCourty intercepted a pass for an 84-yard touchdown which sealed a then close game for New England.
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4. New Orleans Saints (6-1)
The Saints offense may have scored all the points, although the defense won the game. Drew Brees only had 120 yards and Mark Ingram rushed for only 63. New Orleans managed to walk away with a ten point win.
5. Los Angeles Chargers (5-2)
The banged-up Chargers got some much-needed rest. They visit Seattle in what could be a freakishly amazing game.
6. Carolina Panthers (5-2)
Cam Newton is playing at an MVP level under the radar. Can he lead the Panthers back to glory after a few disappointing seasons?
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2-1)
James Conner apparently wants to keep the starting running back job in Pittsburgh. He once again had an amazing week with 24 carries for 146 yards with two touchdowns.
8. Minnesota Vikings (4-3-1)
The Vikings fell behind early and couldn’t recover. Even with the loss to the Saints, Minnesota reminded us what we can expect from them at their best.
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Deshaun Watson put on a clinic for the home crowd on Thursday Night Football. Unfortunately they lost Will Fuller to a season-ending injury. However, the Texans made a splash Tuesday and traded a fourth and a seventh-round pick for Demaryius Thomas.
Adrian Peterson was in classic form against the division rival Giants. The veteran rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown. Peterson also caught a seven-yard touchdown pass. Washington could be the winner of the NFC East if they keep this level of play up. The Redskins also traded for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to bolster their secondary.
The Eagles ran away with the win in London. Also, Carson Wentz just joined Peyton Manning (Broncos – 2012) as the only Quarterback to finish with a 115+ rating in four straight weeks. Finally, the Eagles made a huge move in trading for playmaker Golden Tate. Wentz must be licking his chops.
12. Baltimore Ravens (4-4)
The Ravens were beaten in all stages of the game. Joe Flacco didn’t throw the ball well and Baltimore tossed the run game out of their gameplan. That could change as they acquired Ty Montgomery from Green Bay.
13. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3)
The Bengals were destroying Tampa in Week 8 and thoroughly embarrassing Jameis Winston. But their cruise to victory was short-lived when the Bucs benched Winston and almost made a comeback with some late Fitzmagic. Could the defense be something to worry about down the road?
14. Chicago Bears (4-3)
The Bears have been short-handed for a few weeks now. They were able to limit the Jets and move into sole possession of the NFC North crown for now.
15. Green Bay Packers (3-3-1)
The Packers had their hearts stomped on after Ty Montgomery fumbled a late kickoff with 1:54 left in the game. Fortunately for them, every NFC North team is still in a relatively good position to win the division title. The question is, can string together some wins to become the clear-cut favorites?
A stout defensive effort and solid rushing game helped lead Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to victory. Wilson went 14-of-17 for 248 yards and three touchdowns.
17. Atlanta Falcons (3-4)
Atlanta returns from their bye week with a tough game against the Redskins. Can Matt Ryan get this team back on track in the NFC South?
18. Detroit Lions (3-4)
Detroit didn’t have a horrible game with the exception of two fumbles and an interception. This Lions team seems to be living way short of their expectations. Also, it didn’t help that Detroit abandoned the run after Kerryon Johnson has been in beast mode lately.
19. Indianapolis Colts (3-5)
20. Dallas Cowboys (3-4)
21. Denver Broncos (3-5)
Penalties…This team is finding its own demise. The Broncos could be a better team but they are playing the way they should. P.S. Please use Philip Lindsay more. He’s pretty fun to watch.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5)
Plenty of blame can be placed on Blake Bortles, but the Jags defense is nowhere near where it was at this point last season. Jacksonville needs to do some soul-searching at this point.
23. Miami Dolphins (4-4)
The Dolphins suffered a brutal loss in Week 8 which showed that this team may not be ready to truly compete just yet. Ryan Tannehill has been out for what seems like forever and this team isn’t a contender without him behind center.
24. Tennessee Titans (3-4)
Tennessee has been banged up all year and hasn’t found any sort of consistency. They face Dallas this week in a game that could make or break their season.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)
Ryan Fitzpatrick will take over as the Bucs starter once again in Week 9. Could this be the end of the Winston saga in Tampa?
26. New York Jets (3-5)
The Jets just couldn’t keep up with Chicago. Sam Darnold is still going through plenty of learning curves and just hasn’t had consistency.
27. Cleveland Browns (2-5-1)
After firing Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, who knows where the Browns will go. It’ll be interesting to see how they finish the season and who their next coach will be with a talented and young roster.
28. Arizona Cardinals (2-6)
Josh Rosen may not be the best rookie Quarterback but he did come through for the Cardinals. The rookie threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie Christian Kirk sealing the victory with 34 seconds left. This is what Arizona wants to see.
29. Buffalo Bills (2-6)
The Bills are just a mess. They actually were in this game until the 4th quarter, but a costly turnover was their downfall and New England escaped a potential upset.
30. San Francisco 49ers (1-7)
The 49ers had the lead for most of the game but squandered it in the 4th quarter. It’s clear that this team still needs plenty of work even when Jimmy Garoppolo returns.
31. New York Giants (1-7)
When you have a declining veteran Quarterback turning the ball over while not giving your prized rookie running back a chance on the ground, you have problems. Eli Manning threw 47 total passes while Saquon Barkley rushed the ball only 13 times.
32. Oakland Raiders (1-6)
Derek Carr played like he had the team’s full confidence. The only problem is that the Raiders aren’t that good. Even with Carr going 21-of-28 with 244 yards and three touchdowns, Oakland still lost by 14.
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