Week 8 is in the books and we saw teams separate themselves in the many different divisional races throughout the NFL. While some teams such as the Chargers closed the gap on their division leader, this season seems like it will be a go down the stretch as teams fight for playoff positioning. Here are the week 9 rankings.
1. New Orleans Saints (9-0) – Another come from behind victory in a game they were supposed to lose. The Saints should be the number one team in every power rankings around the country if you ask me.
2. Indianapolis Colts (9-0) – If it weren’t for a kicker who couldn’t do his job, the Manning’s would no longer be undefeated. Big game against archrival New England this Sunday night.
3. Minnesota Vikings (7-1) – Fresh off their bye week, they get the dreadful Lions. But if you remember from last year, Detroit always played Minnesota tough. So it will be closer than expected.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – The Steelers showed why they are my favorite to return to the Super Bowl from the AFC, punishing the Broncos with a strong running game and tough D.
5. New England Patriots (6-2) – A win next week against the Manning’s could elevate the Pats to “best team in the AFC” status.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) – This team is really good. A win against the Steelers next week will make them AFC North Champs, and in prime position to make a run in the playoffs as a sleeper team.
7. Denver Broncos (6-2) – A disappointing performance from the Broncs this week in a game they could have won. We should bounce back nicely though against Washington next week.
8. Dallas Cowboys (6-2) – Huge win for Dallas against Philly. But for some reason, I see this season coming down to the wire just like last year with a week 17 matchup against Philadelphia team in Dallas.
9. Arizona Cardinals (5-3) – DA BEARS ARE WHO THEY THOUGH THEY WERE….TRASH!
10. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) – I know that Andy Reid has circled week 17 on his team’s calendar as they get a chance for revenge against the Cowboys.
12. San Diego Chargers (5-3) – An upset win against New York shows me that this team isn’t as bad as I thought. Or maybe the Giants just aren’t that good.
13. Houston Texans (5-4) – It looks like along with the Jets, Ravens, and Chargers, the Texans will be battling for the 6th and final playoff spot come December.
14. New York Giants (5-4) – That’s four in a row. They may want to take a visit to the big house and tell Plaxico how much they miss him.
15. Baltimore Ravens (4-4) – They looked old against the Bengals. I don’t believe they are a good team.
16. Green Bay Packers (4-4) – Losing to a winless Smuckaneer team would usually drop you further than two spots, but we’re getting down to the real bad teams in the league and you know how that goes.
17. Chicago Bears (4-4) – THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!!
18. Miami Dolphins (3-5) – I’m just wondering how can you be called the Dolphins but you play at Land Shark Field? Find a new sponsor before younger kids get confused between which fish to root for at MIA games.
19. New York Jets (4-4) – A loss this week to the Jags could dash whatever playoff hopes this team still has left.
20. San Francisco 49ers (3-5) – I thought this team was headed in the right direction, but at some point, you have to win more than just the games you are supposed to win.
21. Carolina Panthers (3-5) – Instead of trying to make a run late, they made a run early and then ran out of gas.
Time for shot-outs! To Vince Young for leading the Titans two weeks in a row to a victory. The Bucs for bringing back the Cream sickles and finally getting a win against the former rival Packers. And one more to the Chiefs for getting rid of one of the most overrated running backs in history in Larry Johnson.
22. Buffalo Bills
23. Jacksonville Jaguars
24. Tennessee Titans
25. Seattle Seahawks
26. Oakland Raiders
27. Cleveland Browns
28. Kansas City Chiefs
29. Washington Redskins
30. St. Louis Rams
31. Detroit Lions
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers