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Week Nine power rankings

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1. Falcons (six first-place votes):  The headline in Atlanta said, “Halfway to Perfect.”  But halfway to perfect is 9.5 wins, not eight.

2. Texans:  Instead of wagging a finger at the Houston sideline, former Texans defensive end Mario Williams should have flapped his checkbook.

3. Bears:  With that defense, maybe the offense never needs to fully wake up.

4. 49ers:  Does Jim Harbaugh get mad at the officials even during the bye week?

5. Packers:  Aaron Rodgers quietly is inching toward back-to-back MVP trophies.

6. Giants:  The usual strong start to the season has ended, and the usual midseason swoon has begun.

7. Patriots:  With Aqib Talib coming to town, it’s probably wise to lock up the muskets.  Allegedly.

8. Broncos:  Mike Brown doesn’t own the Bengals; with an 8-0 career record against Cincy, Peyton Manning does.

9. Steelers:  As usual, Mike Tomlin finds a way to get the most out of whatever hand he’s dealt.

10. Ravens:  When the coach regards a game against the Browns as a “must” win, it’s obvious things aren’t going well.

11. Colts:  Indianapolis at Denver in the first round of the playoffs would be one of the most memorable postseason games in NFL history.  Which means it likely won’t happen.

12. Seahawks:  Once this team figures out how to win on the road, they’ll be on their way to contending for a title.

13. Dolphins:  Colts defenders are still grabbing for air after that Reggie Bush juke.

14. Lions:  If the Madden curse means that a guy will be banged up but play really, really well, plenty of players would sign up for it.

15. Buccaneers:  By making it known he doesn’t like to be called “Muscle Hamster,” Doug Martin has just earned that nickname.  For the rest of his life.

16. Vikings:  Lose to the Lions, and 5-2 could end up 5-11.

17. Chargers:  We’re starting a “which week will Norv be fired” office pool.  I’ve got Week 12.

18. Bengals:  The distinction between beating bad teams and losing to good teams has finally disappeared in Cincy, but not in the way they’d hoped.

19. Saints:  When the Falcons come to town on Sunday, the Superdome will be a-rockin’.  You know the rest.

20. Rams:  With two of the next four games against the 49ers, this year’s record is going to start looking a lot more like last year’s record.

21. Cardinals:  Is it too late to trade for Mike Vick?

22. Panthers:  Cam Newton’s press conferences are a lot more interesting after a loss.

23. Cowboys:  The question isn’t whether the owner should fire the G.M.  The question remains whether the owner ever should have hired the G.M. in the first place.

24. Redskins:  Maybe if the players are being “evaluated,” the head coach won’t be.

25. Eagles:  They now have to go 5-3 to be just good enough to get Andy Reid fired.

26. Jets:  How bad are the Jets?  They didn’t play this week, and no one noticed.

27. Raiders:  Doug Martin already has become more than Darren McFadden ever was.

28. Titans:  Owner Bud Adams will be firing off plenty of middle fingers and pink slips, soon.

29. Bills:  After the loss to the Texans, Mario Williams was overheard saying, “Consequences, shmonsequences, as long as I’m rich.

30. Browns:  Pat Shurmur’s fourth-quarter decision-making will make it easier to make it easier for Joe Banner to make a decision when the fourth-quarter of the season ends.

31. Jaguars:  Is it worse to be “embarrassed” or “shocked and perplexed“?

32. Chiefs:  Romeo Crennel firing himself as the defensive coordinator wasn’t the termination Chiefs fans have been looking for.  But they’ll surely regard it as a good start.

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66 Responses to “Week Nine power rankings”
  1. foul83 says: Nov 6, 2012 1:25 PM

    Jags are the worst.

  2. plumbstupid says: Nov 6, 2012 1:28 PM

    Eagles are only 25th? As an Iggles fan, I find that offensive. The Raiders are clearly better than the Green Birds. Maybe even the Jets.

    Just lose, baby! Get me some draft picks.

  3. phuzzyd says: Nov 6, 2012 1:31 PM

    Chiefs are rated too high, I wouldn’t put them in the Top 25 of the FBS.

  4. sportsmeccabi says: Nov 6, 2012 1:34 PM

    My panthers are at least better than the chargers. C’mon.

  5. mazblast says: Nov 6, 2012 1:35 PM

    26. Jets: How bad are the Jets? They didn’t play this week, and no one noticed.
    ———————————————-
    We noticed, because despite their not playing and their continuing mediocrity, you keep talking about them. Wow, do I wish we’d hear less about them and the Cowboys and more about, say, the Seahawks, 49ers, or Bears (among many).

  6. kantnockdahustle89 says: Nov 6, 2012 1:36 PM

    Your comment on the Ravens is odd. It was a division game so yes its a must win. Especially since they are on the bottom of the division. Im also certain that every coach in this part of the season will call games “must wins” if you want to make the playoffs.

  7. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Nov 6, 2012 1:38 PM

    Allow me to correct:

    1. Steelers
    2-32 Irrelevant

    Meet your new world champions ladies and gents.

  8. gosuhgo says: Nov 6, 2012 1:40 PM

    Hey these are actually kind of ok this week. Giants are still a little over-rated in my opinion though. Lions-Vikings is also pretty much a playoff game for both teams; no chance in hell the loser is going to recover.

  9. EJ says: Nov 6, 2012 1:41 PM

    Look for Buffalo to offer Philly a second round pick for Mike Vick.

  10. 69finfan says: Nov 6, 2012 1:42 PM

    Thanks for the #13 ranking Mike. I’ll take it.

  11. johnnycamparm says: Nov 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    You should put up a poll for the election, and allow no comments… That would be fun.

  12. kevo126 says: Nov 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    So you have a team that lost to the raiders and titans in the top 10?

  13. tokyomanblastersmom says: Nov 6, 2012 1:44 PM

    In Chicago, offense is just an extra appendage.

    It’s almost superfluous, barely even necessary….like an appendix, or one of those vestigial tails you see on the children of Wisconsonite cousins who’ve married each other.

  14. sdelmonte says: Nov 6, 2012 1:47 PM

    The good news for the Giants is that the rest of the division looks awful right now.

    The bad news is that a swoon still is a swoon. They have to win against the Bengals. Really.

  15. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Nov 6, 2012 1:47 PM

    steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says:
    Nov 6, 2012 1:38 PM
    Allow me to correct:

    1. Steelers
    2-32 Irrelevant

    Meet your new world champions ladies and gents.
    ————-
    At least this year Tebow won’t knock you out of the playoffs.

  16. tdk24 says: Nov 6, 2012 1:51 PM

    Why pick on McFadden? Martin is better than ANY back in the league right now.

  17. godzilla111111 says: Nov 6, 2012 1:56 PM

    steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says:
    Nov 6, 2012 1:38 PM
    Allow me to correct:

    1. Steelers
    2-32 Irrelevant

    Meet your new world champions ladies and gents
    ==================================
    You are so clever.

    As a reward you can stay up past your bedtime tonight.

  18. rockthered1286 says: Nov 6, 2012 1:59 PM

    Sooo Pitt beats a team whose QB hasn’t thrown a TD in 2 weeks, and whose D has given up 23+ pts in 4 of the last 5 games, and suddenly they are better than the team with a better record in their division? A Ravens team who just put up 25 on a Browns team who held Rivers and the Chargers to 6 pts the previous week? And a Ravens team who, despite giving up horrendous numbers against the run all year, held the Browns without a TD, something nobody else has done all year?

    Cannot wait until 11/18…

  19. deathonwings410 says: Nov 6, 2012 2:01 PM

    The Browns have an underrated defense and have played everyone tough so I don’t understand how it’s a big deal that Harbs considered the division game aginst them a must-win.

  20. jeffa43 says: Nov 6, 2012 2:02 PM

    1. Steelers
    2.49ers
    3-32 irrelevant.

    Can’t deny the truth.

  21. ireadpftforthecomments says: Nov 6, 2012 2:10 PM

    steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says:
    Nov 6, 2012 1:38 PM
    Allow me to correct:

    1. Steelers
    2-32 Irrelevant

    Meet your new world champions ladies and gents.

    ===================================

    Newsflash: There are only 32 teams in the NFL. So by listing 32 teams as Irrelevant, you have included the Steelers in that grouping.

    But thanks for playing.

  22. xplicitpits says: Nov 6, 2012 2:11 PM

    Go HAWKS!

  23. beckzhere says: Nov 6, 2012 2:11 PM

    As a Falcons fan, this has been an amazing ride. We have been optimistic for what seems like an eternity, but this years team has not only the personnel to play in late January, but the heart. For far too long the Falcons have found a way to lose. This year feels different.

    Will they go undefeated? Probably not.
    Will they “finally win a playoff game”? I dare say yes!

  24. 49erforlife says: Nov 6, 2012 2:21 PM

    Stop dragging down to the level of a Steelers fan.

  25. lionsdraftguy says: Nov 6, 2012 2:24 PM

    Jim Harbaugh is a whiny little girl so yes, he does cry to the officials even on a bye week.

  26. Nevis says: Nov 6, 2012 2:27 PM

    lionsdraftguy says:
    Nov 6, 2012 2:24 PM
    Jim Harbaugh is a whiny little girl so yes, he does cry to the officials even on a bye week.

    ———————-

    Says the Lions fan whose coach was the one crying over a pat on the back.

    Who is the crybaby? Good lord…

  27. xli2006 says: Nov 6, 2012 2:29 PM

    If “Colts defenders are still grabbing for air after the Bush juke” … then what are Dolphins Defenders doing after Luck hangs 433 on em?

  28. maddog111 says: Nov 6, 2012 2:31 PM

    kevo126 says:
    Nov 6, 2012 1:43 PM
    So you have a team that lost to the raiders and titans in the top 10?
    ——————————————-
    Name a team ranked below them that would be favored on an a neutral field right now.

  29. moneybagsgoodell says: Nov 6, 2012 2:33 PM

    steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says:
    Nov 6, 2012 1:38 PM
    Allow me to correct:

    1. Steelers
    2-32 Irrelevant

    Meet your new world champions ladies and gents
    ———————————————————-
    I didnt know there were 33 teams in the NFL.

  30. htowntexan says: Nov 6, 2012 2:34 PM

    bears are way too high. they have only beaten one team with a winning record, and that was Luck’s first game ever. texans will roll them.

  31. hastekilled says: Nov 6, 2012 2:39 PM

    Not saying Cowboys don’t deserve the spot they got, because they do. But it’s kinda odd that the Panthers are right above them win the Cowboys both beat them, and have a game lead on them. Not saying much about my Cowboys though. Haha!

  32. iamthefootballjerk says: Nov 6, 2012 2:41 PM

    Please, please, please keep dropping the Ravens down. They have never played well when they are ranked in the top five of most “polls”. Even if they manage to win in Pittsbrurgh in two weeks, keep dropping them. If they can fix their run defense even a little, they will be very tough in the cold weather.

  33. cmb79 says: Nov 6, 2012 2:48 PM

    How is one bad game automatically a “swoon?” Can we wait until 4:30 on Sunday to determine that?

  34. Patriot42 says: Nov 6, 2012 2:51 PM

    The Jets could disband and any remnants burnt and the media would still talk about them.

  35. Davo says: Nov 6, 2012 3:02 PM

    Allegedly. LOL

  36. mazblast says: Nov 6, 2012 3:05 PM

    steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says:

    Allow me to correct:

    1. Steelers
    2-32 Irrelevant

    Meet your new world champions ladies and gents.
    ———————————–
    You are an embarrassment to those of us who are rational Steelers fans. Please stop posting, you make the rest of us look bad.

    Are the Steelers top ten material? Yes, in the second five. Our beloved team’s ability to lose on the road to inferior teams (Oakland, Tennessee) keeps us out of the top five. All the tools are there for a playoff berth and a long run in the playoffs, but they’ve lacked consistency.

    I can’t speak for the other teams in the league, but the relative rankings of the AFC North teams looks about right (and before you start with your rants, Ravens fans, remember what happened to your team in Houston).

  37. qbofthenever says: Nov 6, 2012 3:12 PM

    This year’s MVP is Matt Ryan

  38. florioisahack says: Nov 6, 2012 3:14 PM

    @htowntexan

    I’m not saying Chicago wins, but absolutely no chance Bears get rolled. You don’t get rolled with a defense like that. Good luck Sunday night. I think all you Texan fans beating your chest are in for a rude awakening.
    If this Bears offense ever gets rolling…look out.

  39. trollhammer20 says: Nov 6, 2012 3:17 PM

    Thanks for the very fair ranking of the Seahawks. 12 is a great spot for them, since, if the playoffs started today, they’d be the #6 seed in the NFC.

    Of course, it would be a road game, which no one thinks they can win. I think they have to win one more road game to make the playoffs this year. They still play at Miami (tough), Chicago (really tough), and against Buffalo in Toronto (home crowd edge will be reduced, and it’s indoors, removing December weather as a factor – this is the easiest one of the three).

    If they can win one more road game, and win out at home (Jets, Rams, Cardinals….and the rematch against the Niners), that’s 10-6 and almost certainly a Wild Card berth. 9-7 probably won’t do it, since all of their losses thus far are in the conference, and they’d probably lose out on a tiebreaker.

  40. listenupcupcake says: Nov 6, 2012 3:27 PM

    Eagles will lose to the hated cowgirls and loathed skins the next 2 weeks, so #25 is certainly not too low. Question is, which teams rated #26-32 could this Eagles team beat now? Maybe the Chiefs, maybe the Jags. I see the Eagles at #30 in the week 11 PR.

  41. shorttracknews says: Nov 6, 2012 3:35 PM

    htowntexan says: Nov 6, 2012 2:34 PM

    bears are way too high. they have only beaten one team with a winning record, and that was Luck’s first game ever. texans will roll them.

    ————————————————

    Hate people like this. Bears can only play who is on the schedule. The Falcons are 8-0 and have only beaten 1 team with a winning record as well. Are they ranked to high??? The Texans have beaten only 2 teams with a winning record.

  42. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 6, 2012 3:43 PM

    Cowboys ranked lower than Panthers who they recently defeated at Carolina. Come on man. Dallas had a tough loss at the undefeated Falcons but they are still better than #23. Have Cowboys at #17 in my poll.

  43. csdaddy7777 says: Nov 6, 2012 3:50 PM

    27. Raiders: Doug Martin already has become more than Darren McFadden ever was.
    ________________________________________________
    Even though I have given up on McFadden this statement is utterly ridiculous

  44. dukemarc says: Nov 6, 2012 3:51 PM

    qbofthenever says:
    Nov 6, 2012 3:12 PM
    This year’s MVP is Matt Ryan
    —————————-

    Aaron Rodgers would throw for 6000 yards and 65 TDs with Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, to throw to, and Michael Turner in the backfield.

  45. getyourownname says: Nov 6, 2012 4:01 PM

    mazblast says:Nov 6, 2012 3:05 PM

    I can’t speak for the other teams in the league, but the relative rankings of the AFC North teams looks about right (and before you start with your rants, Ravens fans, remember what happened to your team in Houston).
    ********************************
    Yes, it was bad. But Houston is good.

    And was it worse than losing to BOTH the Titans and Raiders?

  46. joemammy says: Nov 6, 2012 4:18 PM

    steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says:

    Allow me to correct:

    1. Steelers
    2-32 Irrelevant

    Meet your new world champions ladies and gents.
    ——————————–

    Congratulations to you for spelling every word correctly. I do believe that is the first time…

  47. Steeler's Will-enator says: Nov 6, 2012 4:21 PM

    ireadpftforthecomments says:
    Nov 6, 2012 2:10 PM

    steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says:
    Nov 6, 2012 1:38 PM
    Allow me to correct:

    1. Steelers
    2-32 Irrelevant

    Meet your new world champions ladies and gents.

    ===================================

    Newsflash: There are only 32 teams in the NFL. So by listing 32 teams as Irrelevant, you have included the Steelers in that grouping.

    But thanks for playing.

    ———————————-
    lol

  48. ravenator says: Nov 6, 2012 4:21 PM

    Last time I checked, Ravens had a better record than the steelers. Crazy what losing to mediocre teams like the raiders and titans will do for your standings. If only the steelers fans could recognize how to count

  49. mungman69 says: Nov 6, 2012 4:23 PM

    Cowboys are ranked too high. They don’t even think that they are that good.

  50. skolvikings2011 says: Nov 6, 2012 4:25 PM

    I’m a Vikings fan, but how in the world you put us at #16? We shouldnt crack the top 20 after the last 2 weeks.

    I would trade Ponder for Cleveland’s QB straight-up right now.

  51. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 6, 2012 4:26 PM

    It really should be:

    Falcons
    Niners
    Packers
    Bears
    Giants

    Couple garbage afc teams, pats, texans, broncos maybe…

    Then every other NFC team and then every other AFC team.

    Not like it matters. Packers won’t lose again until next season.

  52. jr4real says: Nov 6, 2012 4:33 PM

    The ravens barely beat the browns who were ranked in the bottom 5. The steelers beat the giants who were ranked in the top 5. Its “what have you done for me lately” in this league.

  53. steeler1nation says: Nov 6, 2012 4:52 PM

    “7. Patriots: With Aqib Talib coming to town, it’s probably wise to lock up the muskets. Allegedly.”

    ****

    ok, now THAT’S funny!

  54. packerfan50 says: Nov 6, 2012 4:55 PM

    The packers beat both the texans and the bears why are they behind both of them still

  55. hyzers says: Nov 6, 2012 5:44 PM

    trollhammer20 says:
    Nov 6, 2012 3:17 PM
    Thanks for the very fair ranking of the Seahawks. 12 is a great spot for them, since, if the playoffs started today, they’d be the #6 seed in the NFC.
    ————————————————–

    Didn’t they just lose to the Lions?

  56. larryboodry says: Nov 6, 2012 6:12 PM

    packerfan50 says: Nov 6, 2012 4:55 PM

    “The packers beat both the texans and the bears why are they behind both of them still”

    Gee, I dunno…Maybe because both of them are 7-1, while the Packers are 6-3…Using your logic, GB should be ranked lower than the Colts, right?

  57. therealhazer says: Nov 6, 2012 6:24 PM

    Bucs on the fast track to Top 10.

  58. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Nov 6, 2012 6:27 PM

    If you thought the Raider run d was gross against the Bucs, just wait to see how gross the rest of the season is going to turn real fast.

    The schedule is now turning against them hard and it’s going to get real ugly over the next 3 or 4 weeks.

    Well, it’s already ugly, so I guess uglier.

  59. tutamus says: Nov 6, 2012 6:28 PM

    larryboodry says:
    Nov 6, 2012 6:12 PM

    “Gee, I dunno…Maybe because both of them are 7-1, while the Packers are 6-3…Using your logic, GB should be ranked lower than the Colts, right?”

    Everyone but Pete Carroll and Golden Tate know the Packers are 7-2.

  60. chuckxx says: Nov 6, 2012 6:37 PM

    Chiefs and Jaqs should have to play each other. Problem is they probably would both find a way to lose the game.

  61. larryboodry says: Nov 6, 2012 7:11 PM

    tutamus says:

    “Everyone but Pete Carroll and Golden Tate know the Packers are 7-2.”

    Pete Carroll thinks the Seahawks are 9-0.

    And if anyone but GB wins the NFC, it’s the replacement refs who done it, and the whining will begin…(And as a Bears fan, I sincerely hope it is ‘anyone but GB!’)

  62. burkkish says: Nov 6, 2012 7:50 PM

    Rise up!

  63. raiderapologist says: Nov 6, 2012 9:33 PM

    The Chargers stay in the top 20 by waiting around for the Chiefs to self-destruct? I love power rankings.

  64. bears615 says: Nov 7, 2012 7:04 AM

    If Chicago wins one out of their next two games I think they’ll hang on to win the NFC North. I think they stand a better chance against Houston with the game being at home.

  65. buzzedlitebeer says: Nov 7, 2012 12:49 PM

    ireadpftforthecomments says:
    Nov 6, 2012 2:10 PM

    steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says:
    Nov 6, 2012 1:38 PM
    Allow me to correct:

    1. Steelers
    2-32 Irrelevant

    Meet your new world champions ladies and gents.

    ===================================

    Newsflash: There are only 32 teams in the NFL. So by listing 32 teams as Irrelevant, you have included the Steelers in that grouping.

    But thanks for playing.

    ———————————-

    2-32 equates to 31 teams.
    But thanks for being DUMB!

  66. klownboy says: Nov 9, 2012 3:05 PM

    There is NO way you could rank the Giants ahead of the Steelers. I had the Steelers 6th and the Giants 10th.

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