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NFL Power Rankings – Week 9

My thoughts to think about:

*Once again, the undefeated Falcons are the #1 team this week as they easily dispatched the Eagles 30-17.

*Say goodbye to Minnesota and Seattle as they leave the Top 10. Say hello to Pittsburgh and Denver, who posted impressive wins over Washington and New Orleans respectively.

*The biggest surprise after Week 8 for me is that the 3 worst teams a year ago (Indianapolis, St. Louis & Minnesota) have each won more games already this season than they did in all of 2011. In my opinion, the reason for the improvement of each team is different. For Indy, it’s the great play of rookie QB Andrew Luck. For St. Louis, it’s the influence of new Head Coach, Jeff Fisher. For Minnesota, it’s a fully healthy Adrian Peterson that makes a huge difference.

*After a big win over Minnesota on Thursday Night Football, the new Team on the Rise is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Just like the Colts before them, the Bucs make the leap from #27 to #21.

*Just when you think the New Orleans Saints are turning their season around, they go and get blown out by Denver on Sunday Night Football. The Saints fall six spots from #20 to #26 and that makes them the Team on the Slide.

*Pats recap for my New England readers: Yeah, so I guess that game in England wasn’t even close to being a trap game. The Patriots should play there more often. In the two games they have played in London over the last 3 years, they have outscored their opponents 80-14.

*The good news for Miami is that they spanked the Jets in Week 8. The bad news is that rookie QB Ryan Tannehill got hurt. Fortunately, the Dolphins have a very capable backup in Matt Moore.

*Week 8 Survivor recap – Now I hate Survivor Pools as much as Jim does. San Diego lost to Cleveland by a baseball score of 7-6. I blame the weather…or Obama...either one.

*Week 9 Survivor pick – Even though I lost, I’ll keep picking just for the heck of it. In Week 9, I’ll take the Texans at home versus Buffalo.

Here are the power rankings:
1. Atlanta Falcons (7-0)
2. Houston Texans (6-1)
3. Chicago Bears (6-1)
4. New York Giants (6-2)
5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
6. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
7. Green Bay Packers (5-3)
8. New England Patriots (5-3)
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
10. Denver Broncos (4-3)
11. Minnesota Vikings (5-3)
12. Miami Dolphins (4-3)
13. Seattle Seahawks (4-4)
14. Dallas Cowboys (3-4)
15. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
16. Indianapolis Colts (4-3)
17. Detroit Lions (3-4)
18. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
19. Washington Redskins (3-5)
20. San Diego Chargers (3-4)
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)
22. St. Louis Rams (3-5)
23. Oakland Raiders (3-4)
24. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4)
25. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
26. New Orleans Saints (2-5)
27. Tennessee Titans (3-5)
28. New York Jets (3-5)
29. Cleveland Browns (2-6)
30. Carolina Panthers (1-6)
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)
32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-6)

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