NFL Power Rankings for Week 9

  • NFL Power Rankings for Week 9

NFL Power Rankings for Week 9

Betting analyst R.J. Bell of Pregame.com calculated the chances of New England and Denver both winning their next three games (straight up, no point spread) and projected there was a 33 percent chance that they would both be undefeated when they meet on November 29. With half the season still remaining, teams are reluctant to send a message to their fans that they've given up.

The AFC South epitomizes the conference's mediocrity.

October 18, 2015: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes downfield during a National Football League game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The Chiefs come into the week at 3-5, while the Chargers are 2-6 on the season.

The Broncos get the Patriots and Bengals at home in Weeks 12 and 16, respectively. Another opponent in disarray. The Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers are all a complete mess. Even though his touchdown to interception ratio is abysmal, 0.6 through the 7 games thus far, he made many important throws in the game against Green Bay and looked much more like his old self. At least one person was happy to see the Whiz ease on down the road. Trading players like Lawyer Milloy, Richard Seymour and Logan Mankins less than a month before the start of those respective seasons. The quarterback play has been sublime. The Bengals have shown they can win games in very different ways, responding to each week's unique challenges. All they'll have to do is stop the run and limit their turnovers. The Raiders, meanwhile, have won two straight and are over.

But there can only be four undefeated teams for so long. You think your Madden offense's quarterback has been incredible? The Bears have been more competitive lately, but still can't find a way to win.

What I Like: The Bengals are a really good football team. "They were just going to do a deal and there wasn't a whole lot out there that appealed to them".

- Carson Palmer threw for four touchdowns, three in the second half, as the Cardinals rallied for a 34-20 win over the Browns in Cleveland. The victor of this one officially becomes a factor.

Ricky: Bills. The Dolphins might suffer a mental hangover from their loss to the Patriots, but the bigger concern is the physical toll that game took. But that was B.C. - Before Campbell.

Travis Kelce of the Chiefs is tackled by Glover Quin of the Lions defece
Travis Kelce of the Chiefs is tackled by Glover Quin of the Lions defece

The possibility of achieving that goal this season does not seem unreasonable at this point given how Tom Brady and the Patriots are playing. If they can continue to ride him and play shutdown defense it may be the NFC West hierarchy has flipped. Repeats of both are possible.

Mike: Cowboys. The Cowboys' defense was impressive last week against Seattle, and you have to think their offense can do a little more against the Philly defense than it could muster against the Seahawks. Not even the great Aaron Rodgers can overcome such offensive defense. Two of the three are favored, while the other is an underdog.

Jaguars at Jets (NL): The Jets are losing games and quarterbacks at an alarming rate.

The Broncos' cornerback crew of Aqib Talib, Chris Harris and Bradley Roby is considered the league's best and will have the definite edge against a Patriots receiving corps led by Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola. They face an uphill climb to earn a playoff berth.

Giants (-2.5) at Buccaneers: How bad was the Giants defense against the Saints?

How good is Todd Gurley, the Rams' first-round rookie?

 

Peyton Manning is off to a terrible start - he's the league's lowest-rated passer among qualifiers - and doesn't win too many head-to-head matchups with Brady. Like the Vikings' All-Pro tailback, Gurley is performing brilliantly a year after undergoing ACL surgery.