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My Week 9 NFL Power Rankings 2017 Edition

Updated on November 7, 2017

NFL Power Rankings

Believe it or not we are at the halfway point of the NFL season. Just a bit past it, if you really think about it. More games have been played than are left on the schedule. It’s been quite the season so far with big names hitting the sidelines due to injury, some teams playing way above their heads and others, well, not so much. At this point we have a good idea of which teams are legit contenders and which are vying for the first overall pick in next year’s draft. We also have a new number one this week. One that brings me uncontrollable joy to bring to you. Have you figured it out yet?

1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) ~ That’s right. My team. The Philadelphia Eagles are perched atop my power rankings. It isn’t even because I’m a homer. The Eagles have scored at least 33 points in each of their past three, including 51 on Denver and their stalwart defense. They are flying high heading into their bye week and appear to at least be the best the NFC, and maybe even the NFL, has to offer. It’s gonna be a fun stretch run. (Last week’s ranking 2)

2. New England Patriots (6-2) ~ New England is coming off their bye, and arguably shouldn’t have lost their top spot, but Philly has been blowing out their opponents while New England has been winning closer games. They will be fully rested for their Sunday night tilt in Denver. Can the Pats do to them what my birds just did? If they do, will it be enough to reclaim the top spot? Such intrigue! (LWR 1)

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) ~ The other top team in the AFC is also coming off the bye and their schedule is lining up nicely. Their next four are against the Colts, Titans, Packers and Bengals who don’t strike fear in anyone. Pittsburgh could easily reach double-digit wins come the first weekend in December. (LWR 5)

4. Los Angeles Rams (6-2) ~ L.A. has outscored their opponents 84-17 over their past two games. You may think that is due to the fact they played Arizona and the Giants, but 84 points in two games is 84 points in two games. I don’t care how you slice it. They get the J.J. Watt-less Texans next who can’t seem to stp anyone. Expect that trend to continue. (LWR 6)

5. Minnesota Vikings (6-2) ~ Adam Thielen is quite the underrated receiver. How underrated you ask? Well, he leads the team in receptions (48) and yards (627) while proving to be a big play threat with 11 of those catches going for more than 20 yards. He ranks sixth in the NFL in receiving yards and I am a firm believer he will be a contributor on a lot of championship fantasy teams this season. The Vikings will hope he can help bring a real championship to Minnesota. (LWR 7)

6. Seattle Seahawks (5-3) ~ Once upon a time Blair Walsh missed a gimme kick in the playoffs which allowed Seattle to advance. Fast forward to this past Sunday and Walsh missed all three of his field goal attempts in a three point loss to the Redskins. Walsh, now kicking for Seattle, had only missed once this season prior to Sunday’s debacle. Blair Walsh giveth and Blair Walsh taketh away. (LWR 3)

7. Dallas Cowboys (5-3) ~ Will Ezekiel Elliott play this weekend? Dallas certainly has to hope so. Their star running back has been near unstoppable lately. His 783 rushing yards are just 17 behind Kareem Hunt for the NFL lead and his seven rushing touchdowns are tied for the NFL lead with Todd Gurley. Dallas would be a completely different team if they are to lose him to a suspension. (LWR 8)

8. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) ~ K.C. started the season 5-0 and a big reason behind that was they scored at least 24 points in each of those games. Since then, they are 1-3 and have been held under under 20 twice. What does it all mean? Well, the Chiefs win more when they put more points on the board. The defense hasn’t been able to stop anybody lately either. Better play from both sides will have us feeling better about K.C. They’ll look to re-group during the bye. (LWR 4)

9. New Orleans Saints (6-2) ~ The Saints have gone 7-9 in each of their last three seasons. This weekend they will look to pick up their seventh win. I’m not trying to jinx them, but I have a feeling the Saints will finish the season better than 7-9 this year. It would be nice to see Drew Brees back in the playoffs for just the second time since 2012. (LWR 9)

10. Carolina Panthers (6-3) ~ For the first time all season Christian McCaffrey had more carries than his counterpart Jonathan Stewart. The rookie ran for a season-high 66 yards and scored his first rushing touchdown on the year. He still hauled in five passes as well and will figure to be the focal point of the offense now that Kelvin Benjamin has been traded. (LWR 11)

11. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3) ~ I’ve been doing power rankings for a few years now. I’m not going to look back and see the highest ranking Jacksonville ever received, but I’m going to bet this is it. Right here. The Jags would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. Leonard Fournette should be back this week after being benched for violating a team rule. Can Jacksonville win the AFC South? I’m starting to believe they can. (LWR 15)

12. Washington Redskins (4-4) ~ For the first time all year Kirk Cousins was held without a touchdown pass. It didn’t matter as the Redskins escaped Seattle with a victory. They still trail the Eagles and Cowboys in their division, but Washington has the feel of a team you wouldn’t want to see come playoff time. (LWR 14)

13. Detroit Lions (4-4) ~ Sure, the Lions beat an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team in Lambeau. But, they won in Lambeau. That, in and of itself is a feat. It marked just the second time since 1992 that Detroit won at Green Bay. That 1992 squad featured a 24-year-old Barry Sanders. That’s how rare it is for Detroit to win in Lambeau Field. (LWR 16)

14. Atlanta Falcons (4-4) ~ They’ve lost four of five, but they’ve been in every game save the blowout loss in New England. Their other three losses are by a combined 12 points. Their offense has certainly lost a step, however, from last year and will need to pick things up if they want to get back to the Super Bowl. (LWR 10)

15. Buffalo Bills (5-3) ~ Buffalo has one of the better pass defenses in the league, but they will face a stiff test with Drew Brees and the high-flying Saints coming to town Sunday. Their slate doesn’t get any easier as the Chargers, Chiefs and Patriots wrap up a tough four-game stretch that could determine whether or not the Bills reach the postseason or if they’re just the same old Bills. (LWR 12)

16. Oakland Raiders (4-5) ~ Most people thought the addition of Marshawn Lynch would be a boon to Oakland’s running game. So far, Beast Mode has been in Bust Mode. Oakland is averaging under 88 yards per game which is 26th in the NFL. Lynch has surpassed 70 yards rushing just once all year and that was in the season opener. (LWR 19)

17. Tennessee Titans (5-3) ~ Marcus Mariota has just six touchdown passes on the season. Six! That is one of the many reasons I don’t believe in the Titans this year. That said, they have yet another winnable game this week when Cincinnati comes to town. Win or lose, I don’t think it will change my opinion of them. Maybe if I bench Mariota in one of my fantasy leagues it will propel him back to stardom…(LWR 21)

18. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) ~ The Chargers are hard to figure out. For years they’ve had the offense and not the defense to win games. Now it’s the other way around. With the Chiefs stumbling and the Broncos cratering, the AFC West picture is getting muddier every week. The Chargers still have games against the Jets and Browns which should be wins. They see the Jags and Bills which could be wins. That puts them at seven. I think they have an upset or two in them. Let’s see. (LWR 22)

19. Green Bay Packers (4-4) ~ Brett Hundley had his best game as a pro throwing for 245 yards, but more importantly, he did not throw an interception. He isn’t Aaron Rodgers. Nobody but Rodgers is. But he isn’t bad. He will need to help the team avoid their third divisional loss in four games this weekend against Chicago. That all of a sudden looks like a juicy game. (LWR 18)

20. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) ~ The Ravens are set to enjoy their bye week, and there's good news for when they return to action: Danny Woodhead is ready to rejoin the team after missing nearly the whole season with an injury suffered in Week One. He will help Joe Flacco in the passing game and Flacco can use all the help he can get. (LWR 23)

21. Houston Texans (3-5) ~ Tom Savage had Houston in a first and goal situation at the end of the game. A touchdown wins it for the Texans. He had four chances and couldn't come up with the winning strike. It's not all on him. But for a team that just lost the presumptive Rookie of the Year, it was a big spot to help get the team behind him as he should be the starter the rest of the way. (LWR 13)

22. Denver Broncos (3-5) ~ The wheels are off in Denver. That's four straight losses for the Broncos. Even a change at quarterback couldn't help. Although, the 23 points was their highest output since a 42-point explosion in Week two. In fact, it was the first time they topped 20 in a game since then. (LWR 17)

23. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) ~ A.J. Green was ejected for fighting with Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey. That's the biggest spark Cincy's offense has seen all year. Green was not suspended, however, so the Bengals will have their best player on the field when they suit up Sunday against the Titans. (LWR 20)

24. New York Jets (4-5) ~ Josh McCown is completing more than 70 percent of his passes on the season. This throwing to the likes of Robby Anderson and Austin-Sefarian Jenkins. The only quarterback completing passes at a higher percentage is Drew Brees. McCown and the Jets are dangerous. (LWR 27)

25. Miami Dolphins (4-4) ~ No more Jay Ajayi and still no rushing touchdowns for the Dolphins. Zero rushing touchdowns through eight games. That has to change. Doesn't it? I mean, they can't go a whole year without one rushing touchdown. Can they? (LWR 24)

26. Arizona Cardinals (4-4) ~ They won a game with Drew Stanton under center, but that game came against a winless team. If they can take down Seattle this week I might believe in them. Might. (LWR 28)

27. Chicago Bears (3-5) ~ For the first time in nine years the Bears are favored in a game against the Packers. If you aren't a Bears or Packers fan, there's no way you can be interested in this tilt between Mitchell Trubisky and Brett Hundley. (LWR 25)

28. Indianapolis Colts (3-6) ~ The Browns, the 49ers and the Texans. That is the list of teams the Colts have defeated this year. The Texans were without Deshaun Watson. That's worth mentioning. Up next is a real team: Pittsburgh, fresh off the bye. Weirder things have happened, but I don't see Indy pulling that one off. (LWR 29)

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6) ~ Jameis Winston is being shut down due to an ailing shoulder. Mike Evans is set to serve a one-game suspension. Things are about as bad as they can be in Tampa. (LWR 26)

30. New York Giants (1-7) ~ Head Coach Ben McAdoo has said that some players may lose their starting jobs due to poor results on the field. Eli Manning, who has started every game for the Giants since the middle of 2004 may also take a seat. Head Coach Ben McAdoo is something I won't be able to write for much longer. (LWR 30)

31. San Francisco 49ers (0-9) ~ San Francisco hosts the Giants this weekend in a game that could decide the number one overall pick in next year's draft. A loss would all but guarantee the 49ers a top two pick. (LWR 31)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-8) ~ I'm stealing this from ESPN and I don't even care. There is not a quarterback on the Browns roster who has won an NFL game. That....is worth stealing my friends. (LWR 32)

That's all she wrote folks. Or that's all I wrote. He. I brought this on myself didn't I.....Anyway.... Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them right here. Or if that's not good enough you can follow/harass me on Twitter. Handle is in my profile. It wouldn't be the biggest waste of your time.

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