Week Nine power rankings

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1. Rams (8-0; last week No. 1): Win the next three, and it will be time for the ’72 Dolphins to start getting a little antsy.

2. Saints (6-1; No. 2): An NFC West reunion game gives the Saints a chance to jump to No. 1.

3. Patriots (6-2; No. 3): It was sluggish, it was sloppy, it was uninspiring. And they still beat the Bills by 19 points.

4. Chiefs (7-1; No. 4): They get the dysfunctional Browns at a time when they are much more dysfunctional than usual.

5. Chargers (5-2; No. 5): The return of Joey Bosa will make a playoff contender a Super Bowl contender.

6. Steelers (4-2-1; No. 9): The Steelers have gotten nearly as many Browns coaches fired as they’ve won Super Bowls.

7. Washington (5-2; No. 10): I love a great story, and there’s no story better than a 33-year-old future Hall of Fame tailback leading a team he joined barely two months ago to a potential division title.

8. Panthers (5-2; No. 11): My friends at WFNZ will surely still find a way to complain about the Panthers being ranked this high.

9. Vikings (4-3-1; No. 6): The Vikings desperately need on-field leadership that will keep players from folding the tents after unexpected adversity strikes, like a 14-point swing late in the first half of a game.

10. Eagles (4-4; No. 12): If the Eagles make it back to the playoffs, they definitely will have earned it, with five division games left, including four against Dallas and Washington.

11. Texans (5-3; No. 14): If the core players stay healthy, the Texans can be a major force come January.

12. Bengals (5-3; No. 13): Sometimes, players-only meetings work. Barely.

13. Packers (3-3-1; No. 8): Tanks fer nuttin’, Ty Montgomery.

14. Bears (4-3; No. 17): With Nathan Peterman potentially playing quarterback for the Bills on Sunday, they may as well change the standings to 5-3..

15. Seahawks (4-3; No. 18): The biggest threat to the Rams in the playoffs could be residing in their division.

16. Ravens (4-4; No. 7): The most dangerous team in the AFC postseason may not make it there, to the delight of the Patriots and Chiefs.

17. Lions (3-4; No. 15): A team that has been too inconsistent gets a chance to take a bite out of the Vikings in a venue where the Lions are 2-0.

18. Dolphins (4-4; No. 16): As it turns out, Brocktober is the shortest month of the year.

19. Falcons (3-4; No. 19): Whether they have a chance to play in January will depend largely on what they do in November.

20. Buccaneers (3-4; No. 20): The revolving door at quarterback will continue to spin until the revolving door at coach starts spinning, again.

21. Cowboys (3-4; No. 21): There’s a strange blend of hope and desperation for a Cowboys team that goes one week at a time from hopeful to desperate.

22. Jaguars (3-5; No. 22): In football, drink-and-dash usually refers to taking a swig of Gatorade before running to the field.

23. Browns (2-5-1; No. 23): Two steps back will lead to a to-be-determined number of steps forward.

24. Broncos (3-5; No. 24): The Broncos should just stop drafting quarterbacks.

25. Titans (3-4; No. 25): The window is quickly closing on a playoff run.

26. Colts (3-5; No. 27): That overtime loss to the Texans could end up being the game that keeps the Colts out of playoff contention.

27. Jets (3-5; No. 26): With plenty of coaches lining up to work with Baker Mayfield, the consolation prize may be a chance to work with Sam Darnold.

28. Cardinals (2-6; No. 32): Sweeping the 49ers doesn’t mean what it once did.

29. Bills (2-6; No. 28): On Monday night, there were half as many dildos thrown as there were points scored by the home team.

30. 49ers (1-7; No. 29): Those pesky Santa Clara traffic problems will be back in a big way on Thursday night.

31. Raiders (1-6; No. 30): Sean McDonough has volunteered to handle Thursday night’s game for FOX.

32. Giants (1-7; No. 31): Usually, that embarrassing one-year-too-many from a fallen star happens with a different team.

85 responses to “Week Nine power rankings

  1. 1) Sean McVay is smarter than 16-0. Rest your players. Keep the SB alive.
    2) Saints stronger than I thought.
    3) Score aside, Patriots barely beat the Bills. (*The Bills*), and Brady had less than an 86 QBR which I believe was less than Blake Bortles. Sorry this is not a #3 team
    4) I’d actually put the Chargers over the Chiefs. I think they are quietly becoming the class of the AFC
    5) Vikings way too high. SKOL!
    6) Can’t argue with that bottom 10!

  2. The Bucs are number one in offense, and in fact, on pass to surpass the 2013 Broncos for most yards gained in a season ever. Number one in first downs, etc etc – and yet they’re 3-4. What a complete waste of unreal talent at Receiver and Tight End. It IS after all, Koetters play design and playbook that is moving the ball up and down the field. Someon/anyone to bring true stability to the quarteback position would make that team scary.I am aware their Defense is horrible. You know who’s defense is horrible as well? The Chiefs. The difference between the Chiefs and Bucs is a stud quarterback and a great coach.

  3. The Titans can’t beat anyone. They should be #32. Worst team in the league. You can’t honestly make an argument that they could beat the Giants. OBJ would put up 300 yards against Malcolm Butler and Saquon Barkley would make them look like a high school team.

  4. As happens almost every year, the Ravens are imploding as the Steelers start to get it going heading into a match-up.

  5. New Orleans at #2? Seriously? New Orleans has beat one team with a winning record and that was the powerhouse we know as the Redskins. Let’s see who else they have beaten….
    The Browns by 3pts.
    The Falcons in OT
    The Ravens by 1 point
    They got beat by Tampa Bay
    and yet they are the 2nd best team in the NFL right now according the Florio brain trust. Nevermind you have KC who has played probably the toughest first 8 games in the NFL and their only loss is to the Patriots on the road with a last second field goal. If the Saints and the Rams had to play the Chiefs schedule they would both have 3 losses
    Your rankings are a joke.

  6. terripet says:
    October 30, 2018 at 11:39 am
    Patriots played a inept offense. Top 4. Rams Chiefs. Saints. Panthers

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    32. Colts

    They won’t move up until your boy Luck proves he’s good without deflating footballs and he can get his team to the playoffs without cheating. Or post a winning season.

    Things that the Colts have oddly not done since they were caught with underinflated footballs the night of the 2014 AFC Championship game. What a coincidence. 🙂

  7. 9. Vikings (4-3-1; No. 6): The Vikings desperately need on-field leadership that will keep players from folding the tents after unexpected adversity strikes, like a 14-point swing late in the first half of a game.
    _________

    Wow, tell us what you really think, Mike. How often do teams overcome 14-point swings late in the first half? Could they have lost because that 14-point swing came against your #2-ranked team rather than because of a lack of leadership?

  8. Colts are playing hungrier and better than the Jags, Titans, Browns, Buccaneers, Dolphins and Broncos. 0 sacks given up in the last 3 games. 2 straight 200 yard rushing performances and are healthy heading into the bye. You got lazy with the last 16 spots. No reasoning behind these rankings

  9. *Pats fan throws beer*
    Media: SQUEEE
    *Bills fans throw x-rated objects*
    Media: LOL u adorable rascals

  10. Am Ithe only one who is wondering why Ty Montgomery hasn’t been given his walking papers yet? By his selfish play, he took the ball out of the hands of arguably the NFL’S best QB and unarguably its highest pad player.

    What a buffoon!!!

  11. Only the NFL can take a good idea like the NFL Network, and mess it up, who ever is in charge of hiring for the network should be fired. They go for big names, that have no talent as analysts, and their shows are terrible. Good morning football is the worst sports show in the history of sport shows!

  12. 30. 49ers (1-7; No. 29): Those pesky Santa Clara traffic problems will be back in a big way on Thursday night.

    31. Raiders (1-6; No. 30): Sean McDonough has volunteered to handle Thursday night’s game for FOX.

    Next week they’ll switch places after the GREAT Las Vegas Raiders destroy the Santa Clara 49ers

  13. 3) Score aside, Patriots barely beat the Bills. (*The Bills*), and Brady had less than an 86 QBR which I believe was less than Blake Bortles. Sorry this is not a #3 team

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    Don’t you just love Patriot Hater logic? 🙂

    When the Patriots win: Brady did nothing, it was the coaching, defense and so on. Wins are a team stat. Hey at least Brady didn’t get big stats so that’s a consolation prize. 🙂

    When the Patriots lose: Haha Lolz Brady choked. Who cares about his stats, HE lost.

    They cry like little girls that Patriot fans talk about Brady so much… but in the end they always make it all about Brady themselves with no prompting from us.

    That’s why I LOVE laughing at them. Tee to tha hee. Ell to tha oh to the ell.

    🙂

    #WeAreInYourHeads
    #YoullNeverBeOnOURLevel
    #YoullNeverBeInOURLeague

  14. terripet says:
    October 30, 2018 at 11:39 am
    Patriots played a inept offense. Top 4. Rams Chiefs. Saints. Panthers

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    Colts really SUCK when they aren’t cheating. Complete and utter frauds. Might as well fold to be honest.

  15. Positive comments about 1,2,3 & 5 but a meh comment about #4(with the highest scoring offense in the NFL). And a young QB who is breaking NFL records every time he plays.

    But you just can’t bring yourself to say anything nice about them can you? How petty.

  16. terripet says:
    October 30, 2018 at 11:39 am
    Patriots played a inept offense. Top 4. Rams Chiefs. Saints. Panthers

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    It’s cute how fans of lesser teams get themselves all worked up about the power rankings. I guess these are the next best thing to actually winning a championship.

    Chin up little guy, your Colts moved up from 27 to 26 this week!!

  17. 26. Colts (3-5; No. 27): That overtime loss to the Texans could end up being the game that keeps the Colts out of playoff contention.

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    No it’s the fact the NFL is checking PSI in footballs that keeps them out of the playoffs.

    As has been the case since the night of the 2014 AFC Championship game when they were caught with underinflated footballs.

  18. How is it that the Chargers are the 5th ranked team..
    Am I the only one that is not buying any hype for this team….SuPeR bOwL CoTeNdEr hahaha

    Doesn’t make sense for the Eagles to be in the top 10 after barely beating a reckless jaguars team..

    Ravens definitely deserve to be higher also, solely based on there defense.

  19. My preseason Super Bowl pick in here of Saints over the Texans is still alive. But not as confident in the Texans with the loss of Will Fuller. Saints looking rock solid right now.

  20. 17. Lions

    What a devastating loss. They truly are the team that giveth, then taketh away. I hate them. I hate them all.

  21. .
    Pittsburgh is 4-2-1 and in first place in the AFC North despite opening the season with one of the worst stretches of Steelers football in recent years. However the road gets more difficult from here.

    @Baltimore
    Carolina
    @Jacksonville
    @Denver
    Chargers
    @Oakland
    Patriots
    @Saints
    Cincinnati
    .

  22. 4) I’d actually put the Chargers over the Chiefs. I think they are quietly becoming the class of the AFC
    ——————————
    Slow your roll, they’ve only played two teams with a winning record and lost both times. Conversely they only have to losing teams left to play. They will have to earn their ranking the rest of the way.

  23. jjackwagon says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Positive comments about 1,2,3 & 5 but a meh comment about #4(with the highest scoring offense in the NFL). And a young QB who is breaking NFL records every time he plays.
    But you just can’t bring yourself to say anything nice about them can you? How petty.
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    They’d be higher if they had a serviceable defense (and probably be undefeated)

  24. How is it that you rank them 15th, yet admit the Seahawks might be the biggest threat to the Rams in the playoffs?

    A month from now will know much more…

  25. The Vikings ranking is probably a bit high, and their on-field leadership is just fine (what a lazy comment) — it’s the on-field offensive line that’s the problem.

  26. Alan Light says:
    October 30, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Packers would lose to 14-28 on this list…
    >>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<
    You conveniently left Buffalo out of the tournament. Too funny.

  27. Wheres all the AZ and Santa Clara fans at? I thought the 9ers were the team to beat this year? Offseason champs!

  28. Alan Light says:
    October 30, 2018 at 11:36 am
    Packers would lose to 14-28 on this list…
    ————————
    Vikes got spanked by #29 on this list…

  29. How are the Chargers ranked so high? Based on this ranking the best team they have beaten is the Browns….Seriously the Browns. Teams they have beaten: 23.Browns 25.Titans 29.Bills 30.49ers 31.Raiders

  30. bondlake says:
    October 30, 2018 at 11:50 am
    Am Ithe only one who is wondering why Ty Montgomery hasn’t been given his walking papers yet? By his selfish play, he took the ball out of the hands of arguably the NFL’S best QB and unarguably its highest pad player.

    What a buffoon!!!

    Yahhh, why don’t you join all the other Wisconsinites and send more death threats to his fam

  31. Vikings have had injuries and inconsistent play, and are tied for division lead in wins. All they need is to avoid huge mistakes and they will win the division. SB bound? Probably not. But still better than anybody else in their division.

  32. Florio must owe Phillip Rivers money or something, Superbowl contenders ranked #5 on your list. Let’s list the teams the Superbowl Contender Chargers have beat.
    Browns
    Raiders
    49’rs
    Bills
    and the Titans gifted them a win by going for 2 instead of kicking an extra point.
    Please exain your hype for the Chargers with victories over bottom dwellers like these.

  33. But still better than anybody else in their division.
    ——
    How anyone could watch the Packers/Rams and then watch the Vikings/Saints and still say this is beyond me.

  34. If TM had not fumbled and the Phone had drove down and won by a field goal I wonder what their ranking would be. Which is why his is all kind of silly. Same team, one silly decision being the difference.

  35. Having the Chiefs ranked at 4 is laughable. The only team in the league better then the Chiefs are the Rams, even if the pats beat them, it was a last second field goal in Gillette after having 40 points hung on them. Plus they have the hardest schedule in the league. lowest they should be is 3. This is Florios sour grapes.

  36. swaderhoo says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    Tell me again why the Patriots and Chiefs should be afraid of the Ravens.
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    Great question. The Ravens are supposed to have an elite defense. I didn’t see it against the Panthers. The Steelers are on a roll and, as a Ravens fan, I am starting to get nervous.

  37. How can the 49ers not be ranked 32? Our QB – CJ Beathard can not win an NFL game.

    You’ll see this Thursday Night Football Holloween “Horror Bowl”(Horrible) the 1-6 Raiders Vs my 1-7 49ers.

    Get your popcorn ready.

  38. BTW here are the teams the mighty Chargers have beaten…

    The Bills (2-6)
    The Niners at home by 2 (1-7)
    The Raiders at home (1-6)
    At the Browns (2-5)
    The Titans at home by 2 (3-4)

    On the road a 2-6 team and a 2-5 team.

    Total 9-28

    IF YOU WANT TO CROWN THEIR A$$ES THEN CROWN THEM!

  39. Power, not record, rankings, right? I’m a Washington fan but I think you have them way too high. After all these years, I know I don’t trust them to be consistently competent, but they haven’t earned that trust this year either. Losing bad to the Colts, failed to dominate the Giants, and so on, they are a middling team who have overachieved. They are middle of the pack, at best. (And I’m sorry to say that.)

  40. GoodellMustGo says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:18 pm
    jjackwagon says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Positive comments about 1,2,3 & 5 but a meh comment about #4(with the highest scoring offense in the NFL). And a young QB who is breaking NFL records every time he plays.
    But you just can’t bring yourself to say anything nice about them can you? How petty.
    —–
    They’d be higher if they had a serviceable defense (and probably be undefeated)

    Agreed. And if Florio had said exactly that, it would have been fine. But instead he doesn’t even mention the Chiefs and only alludes to their next opponent. Why? Because it galls him to have to say something nice about them.

  41. It’s humorous people get upset about a mythical ranking system based on others assumptions.

  42. crush22 says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:59 pm
    GoodellMustGo is in epic full blown TyNosePick meltdown mode!
    Yee-Haw!

    _____________________________________________

    C’mon, everyone knows those two identities are one and the same person. Same schtick every day.

  43. October 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm
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    32. Giants (1-7; No. 31): Usually, that embarrassing one-year-too-many from a fallen star happens with a different team.
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    LMAO Eli is on pace for almost 5000 yards….if that “stud” o-line gettleman put together and spent all that money on, could keep him standing for more than 1.5 sec or give the receivers time to run a route that isn’t a slant…try watching the actual games

  44. Moved the Packers out of the top ten? Has hell frozen over?

    Saints lookin’ pretty right now after beating the Vikings, but look at their next five (well, really their next 4 as they should be able to beat an inept Dallas offense, although that Cowboy D could give them some issues.)

    vs. Rams
    @ Bengals
    vs. Eagles
    vs. Falcons
    @ Cowboys

    They then get a week off by playing the Bucs (who is not the team that beat them earlier this year) and then finish the season with:

    @ Panthers
    vs. Steelers
    vs. Panthers

    Honestly it wouldn’t surprise me to see them finish 10-6, and I don’t think they end up better than 11-5.

  45. I think the Vikings ranking is accurate, they have all the talent to be top 5, if not top 3, but they make a lot of bonehead mistakes and shoot themselves in the foot too often. Fortunately there’s time to fix that and they still have a winning record to build from with many of their toughest opponents behind them (Saints, Rams, Eagles, Packers @Lambeau).

  46. pkrlvr says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    But still better than anybody else in their division.
    ——
    How anyone could watch the Packers/Rams and then watch the Vikings/Saints and still say this is beyond me.
    ___________

    Maybe he’s been watching the whole season instead of just one weekend? Congratulations on your pretty loss.

  47. Why even call this “rankings,” when it’s nothing more than “standings”? We know the team with the better record is higher in the standings. A ranking is supposed to have a little foresight and more in depth knowledge to be able to, for example, come to the obvious conclusion that Minnesota, Philly, Green Bay, Houston (and probably others) are better teams than Washington. Let’s be real here…

  48. The Redskins barely have a QB in Alice Smith – he averages six yards (or seven) per attempt and cannot throw more than one touchdown per game. His offense is horrific and his skills are best described as gonad-less or cowardly. This team reminds me of the Carolina Paper Tigers that went to the Super Bowl – feasting on bad teams, padding a record, and then being exposed in the Super Bowl because their QB is awful. And the Reskins don’t have a great defense – the competition is so bad they look good. That will be exposed in the first playoff game as they get torn a new one!

  49. Seahawks remaining schedule features games against #s 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 13. Brutal. I think they will beat the Chargers, and one of the other 5 (Vikings and Packers in Seattle will be their best chances). They also have 2 against 49ers, 1 against Cards remaining. Somewhat optimistically, 5 more wins in their remaining 9 games, which would mean 9-7 and missing the playoffs. #15 is probably one of the most accurate rankings here.

  50. Tim Shelley says:

    “A ranking is supposed to have a little foresight and more in depth knowledge to be able to, for example, come to the obvious conclusion that Minnesota, Philly, Green Bay, Houston (and probably others) are better teams than Washington. Let’s be real here…”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Foresight eh…? How about reality…?

    Sept. 23, 2018

    Redskins 31
    Packers 17

  51. fbfan says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:35 pm
    Alan Light says:
    October 30, 2018 at 11:36 am
    Packers would lose to 14-28 on this list…
    ————————
    Vikes got spanked by #29 on this list…

    ————-

    And the Packers are a dropped interception, missed field goal, terrible offensive choice by 49ers in the 4th away from having one win this year. Keep using a game where the Vikings fumbled 3 times in their redzone…weird game script…to take away from the fact that the Vikings have more wins than the Packers, haven’t even had their bye week yet, haven’t lost to a division rival yet and already through the rough part of their schedule. Losing to the Bills might help them because losing to a AFC team is better than losing to the Lions for playoff seating.

  52. Who have the Rams played other than the Packers? Chiefs should be #1. The Pats took advantage of a nervous start by Mahomes in Foxboro and still barely won.

  53. 11. Texans (5-3; No. 14): If the core players stay healthy, the Texans can be a major force come January.
    ___________________________________________

    I’m a Texans fan and I don’t see this team making it past the Divisional round…

    Too weak on O Line, secondary is thin and weak. (Except Kareem… hes having a career year now that hes moved to Safety)

  54. bullcharger says:
    November 1, 2018 at 3:08 pm
    How is “Rodgers is the better QB than Brady” suddenly the narrative. I am ok saying he throws the ball better, but lets not go overboard. Despite his few flashy comebacks, Rodgers has been average playing from behind and average on the road. If you don’t believe me look at the stats.

    At home they both have great winning percentages. Brady 111-19 (0.853). Rodgers 62-15-1(0.805).

    On the road it’s truly night and day.

    Brady is 91-40 (0.695) and Rodgers is 38-40 (0.487).

    Same number of losses!
    ——————————————————————
    So you’re saying the Patriots are just a better road TEAM? Because Rodgers’ rating on the road (96.4). You were saying….?

  55. bullcharger says:
    November 1, 2018 at 3:08 pm
    How is “Rodgers is the better QB than Brady” suddenly the narrative. I am ok saying he throws the ball better, but lets not go overboard. Despite his few flashy comebacks, Rodgers has been average playing from behind and average on the road. If you don’t believe me look at the stats.

    At home they both have great winning percentages. Brady 111-19 (0.853). Rodgers 62-15-1(0.805).

    On the road it’s truly night and day.

    Brady is 91-40 (0.695) and Rodgers is 38-40 (0.487).

    Same number of losses!
    ———————————————
    And yet Rodger’s road passer rating (98.9) is higher than Brady’s (96.4). You were saying…?

  56. The Packers always play better with their backs against the wall and showed last week they can hang with anyone at home or on the road. Packers 27 Patriots 20

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