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Week 9 NFL Power Rankings

Updated on November 6, 2012

Week 9 NFL Power Rankings

The NFL season is officially at its halfway point as every team has now played at least eight games. The Atlanta Falcons retain their top spot with yet another win on the season keeping them undefeated and officially putting the 1972 Miami Dolphins on notice. Will they retain their perfect record for the rest of the year? Probably not. But I would have bet against the New England Patriots a few years back and they closed out a 16-0 regular season only to lose in the Super Bowl. They were oh so close but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. This is football so close isn't going to get it done. Being close to a playoff berth may not get it done either as some head coaches have to be feeling their seats warm up. Let's see whose seat may have warmed up after this weekend's slate.

1. Atlanta Falcons (8-0) They won't drop out of this spot until they lose a game. And maybe not even then. Matt Ryan has to be the first half MVP so far. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Houston Texans (7-1) The Texans played a tight game against Buffalo over the weekend and their next opponent is a bit more formidable. They travel to Chicago for a juicy Sunday night matchup that I can't wait to see. (LWR 2)

3. Chicago Bears (7-1) Stop me if you have heard this one before.The Bears scored on offense, defense and special teams in a romp over the woeful Tennessee Titans. Charles Tillman forced four (yes four!) fumbles all by himself and Chicago scored on an interception runback for the seventh time this year. The Bears have some serious bite. (LWR 4)

4. San Francisco 49ers (6-2) The Niners will host the St. Louis Rams with both teams coming off of the bye and both teams 2-0 in the NFC West. The difference? San Fran sits atop the division while St. Louis hangs out in the cellar. (LWR 5)

5. New York Giants (6-3) For the second week in a row Eli Manning did not look good. Not even close. Back-to-back weeks under 200 yards passing with two interceptions and zero touchdowns. That can't continue against a struggling Cincinnati team next week if the Giants are planning on playing in February again. (LWR 3)

6. Baltimore Ravens (6-2) For the second time this season Baltimore has held an opponent out of the end zone. Both of those games were on the road. (LWR 6)

7. New England Patriots (5-3) New England is so good they extended their division lead without even playing this weekend. Every other team in the AFC East lost. (LWR 7)

8. Green Bay Packers (6-3) All I can think about is that Aaron Rodgers is very sensitive about his height. It's crazy I know. The Packers stay hot to keep pace with Chicago. (LWR 8)

9. Denver Broncos (5-3) Peyton Manning has 2,404 yards passing and his team is 5-3 and poised to grab a playoff spot. There is more to come with this one....(LWR 9)

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) The refs did all the could to try and give the win to New York who could have used the emotional boost after super storm Sandy. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers would have none of it. (LWR 11)

11. Seattle Seahawks (5-4) Seattle is 4-0 at home and 1-4 on the road. Their next game is at home so I guess that bodes well for them. (LWR 12)

12. Indianapolis Colts (5-3)....Andrew Luck, who replaced Peyton Manning, has 2,404 passing yards on the season and his team sits at 5-3 and poised to grab a playoff spot. Spooky huh? (LWR 15)

13. Minnesota Vikings (5-4) At the beginning of the year I was leery of how Adrian Peterson would perform coming back from knee surgery so soon. Halfway through the year he is averaging an eye-popping 5.7 yards per carry. For the season. Gross. (LWR 10)

14. Miami Dolphins (4-4) Miami lost a close one in Indy to fall a full game behind New England but this team is surprisingly good and they still have four division games remaining. (LWR 14)

15. Detroit Lions (4-4) At 4-4 the Lions have the disadvantage of playing in the NFL's most competitive division. The NFC North is the only division where the last place team is at .500 r better. (LWR 17)

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4) The big jumper this week due to the ridiculous performance of the muscle hampster Doug Martin who ran for a club record 251 yards and four touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. (LWR 22)

17. San Diego Chargers (4-4) Luckily the Chargers woke from their nap when they realized they were playing the Kansas City Chiefs last week. When they are on they are good but they haven't been on in about a year. (LWR 21)

18. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) The offensive line made the putrid New Orleans Saints defense look like the Steel Curtain. Michael Vick was sacked a career-high seven times. Things are not good in Philly. (LWR 13)

19. Arizona Cardinals (4-5) Remember when Arizona was 4-0? Yeah, neither do I. (LWR 16)

20. Dallas Cowboys (3-5) Dallas can take over second place in the NFC East with a win over the reeling Eagles this week. This was a game I was excited for at the beginning of the year. (LWR 18)

21. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) The Bengals will need to improve on their 1-3 home record and they will be tested when the Super Bowl champion Giants roll into town this Sunday. (LWR 19)

22. New Orleans Saints (3-5) New Orleans got their much needed win at home dismantling the Eagles. Next up they try and hand division rival Atlanta their first loss of the season. I wouldn't be surprised if they did. (LWR 26)

23. Washington Redskins (3-6) That as a bad, bad loss at home to the Carolina Panthers. Mike Shanahan's seat may be heating up in the capitol. (LWR 20)

24. New York Jets (3-5) The Jets travel to Seattle this week and I have to wonder if the 12th man will be too much and cause the Jets to turn to Tebow magic. (LWR 23)

25. St. Louis Rams (3-5) The Rams can erase the awful taste in their mouth that the Patriots put there the last time they were on the field by taking down the 49ers this week and getting back in the division race. I said they can, I didn't say they would. (LWR 24)

26. Oakland Raiders (3-5) I must have jinxed Darren McFadden by praising him last week. He, and his backup Mike Goodson, both suffered ankle sprains in the loss to Tampa Bay.They will have to ride the arm of Carson Palmer if they want to challenge the Broncos. (LWR 25)

27. Buffalo Bills (3-5) I have to believe that Bills fans want to see more of CJ Spiler and less of Fred Jackson. I wonder if the coaching staff realizes the fans may be right. (LWR 27)

28. Tennessee Titans (3-5) It isn't a good sign when your owner says that your most recent game was the worst he had ever seen and that the team was thoroughly outcoached and outplayed. WWJFD? (What Would Jeff Fisher Do?) (LWR 28)

29. Carolina Panthers (2-6) Wait.....so they didn't blow the lead in this one? They won? Good for them. (LWR 30)

30. Cleveland Browns (2-6) They aren't going to win many games when Phil Dawson scores all the points. (LWR 29)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) If the Jags play their cards right they can surpass the Eagles this week in scoring and vault into 31st in the league. (LWR 31)

32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) Their defense can't get much worse so head coach Romeo Crennell fired the defensive coordinator. Their defensive coordinator was Romeo Crennell. (LWR 32)

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