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Week 9 Power rankings

Adam Caplan

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Posted February 08, 2011 05:10 PM EST

The New England Patriots showed the NFL world why they are the No. 1 team at this point after their thrashing of the host Buffalo Bills last week. They've already sewn up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and are playing at the top of their game at a critical juncture. It will be interesting to see if any other teams in the AFC can challenge them during the playoffs. But it won't be easy since the Patriots are undefeated at home this season.

In the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons finally lost a game at home, but it wasn't as though the New Orleans Saints were dominant. That game could have gone either way. The Falcons still deserve to be the NFC's top-ranked team at this point based on their performance over the course of the season.

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Chicago Bears

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Seattle Seahawks

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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6-2 1 1/21
As I've said over the past few weeks, the Giants are one of the teams with the least amount of personnel issues from both sides of the ball. They are playing dominant football right now on both sides of the ball. This team is clearly the best the NFC has Expand Description
As I've said over the past few weeks, the Giants are one of the teams with the least amount of personnel issues from both sides of the ball. They are playing dominant football right now on both sides of the ball. This team is clearly the best the NFC has to offer and it's not even close.Collapse Description
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2

6-2 2 1/10
Could we see a New York based Super Bowl? I mentioned in previous updates that could be on the horizon. The Jets, like the Giants, don't have many weaknesses. And they found a way to win a game last week in which they were clearly outplayed. That's the siExpand Description
Could we see a New York based Super Bowl? I mentioned in previous updates that could be on the horizon. The Jets, like the Giants, don't have many weaknesses. And they found a way to win a game last week in which they were clearly outplayed. That's the sign of a good team.Collapse Description
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3

6-2 2 1/17
While they got veteran WR Donte' Stallworth back last week from his broken foot, he was a non-factor against the Dolphins. It will be interesting to see if offensive coordinator Cam Cameron decides to open up the offense at all going forward. There's no qExpand Description
While they got veteran WR Donte' Stallworth back last week from his broken foot, he was a non-factor against the Dolphins. It will be interesting to see if offensive coordinator Cam Cameron decides to open up the offense at all going forward. There's no question that the foundation of the offense starts with the power running game.Collapse Description
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4

6-2 2 1/7
It wasn't a great performance against the Bengals on Monday night, but they still got the job done. And Ben Roethlisberger seemed to have bounced back from his poor performance against the Saints. The Steelers are clearly one of the AFC's best teams and wExpand Description
It wasn't a great performance against the Bengals on Monday night, but they still got the job done. And Ben Roethlisberger seemed to have bounced back from his poor performance against the Saints. The Steelers are clearly one of the AFC's best teams and we should see them playing well into January.Collapse Description
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5

6-2 2 1/16
Getting veteran RB Michael Turner cranked up over the past few games clearly has come at the right time. He's the identity of their offense. When they can control the clock as they did against the Buccaneers last week, the Falcons are very tough to beat. Expand Description
Getting veteran RB Michael Turner cranked up over the past few games clearly has come at the right time. He's the identity of their offense. When they can control the clock as they did against the Buccaneers last week, the Falcons are very tough to beat. And their improved defense this season is yet another reason why they are one of the top five teams in the NFL right now.Collapse Description
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6-2 5 1/13
I've been saying for weeks now that trading away WR Randy Moss would take away their deep passing game. New England's offense has become a bit more predictable of late. I expect Brandon Tate will eventually become the team's best deep threat at receiver, Expand Description
I've been saying for weeks now that trading away WR Randy Moss would take away their deep passing game. New England's offense has become a bit more predictable of late. I expect Brandon Tate will eventually become the team's best deep threat at receiver, but that might not develop until next season.Collapse Description
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7

5-3 4 2/16
The injuries from both sides of the ball are starting to catch up with this team. The Colts, however, are still clearly one of the AFC's best teams. As long as Peyton Manning is in the lineup, they're capable of beating anyone no matter who the veteran siExpand Description
The injuries from both sides of the ball are starting to catch up with this team. The Colts, however, are still clearly one of the AFC's best teams. As long as Peyton Manning is in the lineup, they're capable of beating anyone no matter who the veteran signal caller has to work with. Collapse Description
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8

6-3 1 1/12
I wouldn't go as far as to say the Saints are on a roll, but they have played much better football over their last two games. I still think they will be heard from in the NFC South race before the regular season is over.
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9

5-3 1 3/27
The addition of veteran WR Randy Moss makes sense since second-year WR Kenny Britt won't be able to play until sometime next month. And head coach Jeff Fisher has a history of being able to deal with difficult players. It will be interesting to see how BrExpand Description
The addition of veteran WR Randy Moss makes sense since second-year WR Kenny Britt won't be able to play until sometime next month. And head coach Jeff Fisher has a history of being able to deal with difficult players. It will be interesting to see how Britt is used in Tennessee's offense once he returns from his hamstring injury. The Titans will be loaded at receiver once he returns.Collapse Description
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10

5-3 4 4/20
While they closed last week's game well against the visiting Colts, Philadelphia needs to beat the teams they're clearly better than such as this week's opponent. For this team to go far, it must get more consistent play from the defense, especially in thExpand Description
While they closed last week's game well against the visiting Colts, Philadelphia needs to beat the teams they're clearly better than such as this week's opponent. For this team to go far, it must get more consistent play from the defense, especially in the backend.Collapse Description
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11

6-3 2 1/16
They have weathered the injury storm of late, so their Week 10 bye should help the Packers even more. You have to be impressed with Green Bay's resolve this season. They have found ways to win despite key player losses from both sides of the ball.
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12

5-3 4 8/27
That was a tough loss against the division rival Raiders last week. They actually almost won a game in which their outstanding rushing attack was controlled. The Chiefs have no margin for error now that the Chargers are starting to move up the AFC West laExpand Description
That was a tough loss against the division rival Raiders last week. They actually almost won a game in which their outstanding rushing attack was controlled. The Chiefs have no margin for error now that the Chargers are starting to move up the AFC West ladder. Collapse Description
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13

5-3 6 5/20
Give Jay Cutler credit for not making many mistakes during last week's win over the Bills. His offensive line wasn't great, but they still gave him enough functional space to throw the ball. It will be interesting to see how this team holds up with such aExpand Description
Give Jay Cutler credit for not making many mistakes during last week's win over the Bills. His offensive line wasn't great, but they still gave him enough functional space to throw the ball. It will be interesting to see how this team holds up with such a tough schedule coming up.Collapse Description
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14

4-4 3 4/30
The bottom is starting to fall out from this team. They can't stop anyone on defense, while their passing game, which was once great, has regressed significantly of late. There's a reason why they never have made the playoffs¿just look at their defense.
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15

5-3 3 9/29
Reality may be hitting this team a bit. They can't make stops on defense when they really need to and their run defense continues to be one of the worst in the NFL. Still, Tampa Bay is clearly one of the NFL's most improved teams over last season.
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16

4-4 - 15/32
The schedule sets up well for the Rams to make a strong run at the NFC West crown. They still lack enough talent at receiver, but they need to rely more on veteran RB Steven Jackson in order to move the ball consistently down the field.
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17

5-4 4 14/30
Give the Raiders credit for never giving up during last week's come-from-behind victory over the visiting Chiefs. It certainly didn't look like it would be the case after his first two seasons, but the foundation of their offense must start with RB DarrenExpand Description
Give the Raiders credit for never giving up during last week's come-from-behind victory over the visiting Chiefs. It certainly didn't look like it would be the case after his first two seasons, but the foundation of their offense must start with RB Darren McFadden. He's running with good balance, good pad level and power.Collapse Description
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18

4-5 4 9/27
You have to be impressed with how veteran QB Philip Rivers is carrying the offense on his back. It doesn't seem to matter who he has to throw to at receiver or tight end. No quarterback in the NFL is playing at a higher level right now. He's well on his wExpand Description
You have to be impressed with how veteran QB Philip Rivers is carrying the offense on his back. It doesn't seem to matter who he has to throw to at receiver or tight end. No quarterback in the NFL is playing at a higher level right now. He's well on his way to becoming the best quarterback in team history -- yeah, that includes Dan Fouts.Collapse Description
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19

4-4 4 8/20
Things are starting to slip away from this team. They can't find any consistency on offense, while their defense can't make the big stop when it needs to. The bottom line with this team is a lack of overall talent at key positions will prevent it from makExpand Description
Things are starting to slip away from this team. They can't find any consistency on offense, while their defense can't make the big stop when it needs to. The bottom line with this team is a lack of overall talent at key positions will prevent it from making the playoffs this season.Collapse Description
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20

4-4 - 9/28
The Jaguars are like many of the teams ranked in the lower half. They have issues on both sides of the ball. But we did see some positive things before their Week 9 bye. If veteran QB David Garrard can continue to play well, Jacksonville could be heard frExpand Description
The Jaguars are like many of the teams ranked in the lower half. They have issues on both sides of the ball. But we did see some positive things before their Week 9 bye. If veteran QB David Garrard can continue to play well, Jacksonville could be heard from in the Wild Card race before the season ends.Collapse Description
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21

4-4 3 11/27
We'll get a realistic idea if the Donovan McNabb benching will be an issue going forward when the division rival Eagles come to town on Monday evening. But McNabb's long-term future with the team might have been settled with the late benching against the Expand Description
We'll get a realistic idea if the Donovan McNabb benching will be an issue going forward when the division rival Eagles come to town on Monday evening. But McNabb's long-term future with the team might have been settled with the late benching against the Lions.Collapse Description
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22

3-5 2 18/30
Let's slow down the Colt McCoy for president talk just a bit. He has only thrown the ball a total of 23 times over the team's two-game winning streak. They simply aren't asking him to do very much. The foundation of Cleveland's offense starts and stops wiExpand Description
Let's slow down the Colt McCoy for president talk just a bit. He has only thrown the ball a total of 23 times over the team's two-game winning streak. They simply aren't asking him to do very much. The foundation of Cleveland's offense starts and stops with Peyton Hillis. But McCoy did a nice job against the visiting Patriots last week on the throws he attempted.Collapse Description
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23

3-5 4 8/28
Maybe Brett Favre saved Brad Childress from the head coaching guillotine for one more week. But the Vikings still have a losing record. They'll likely get back starting WR Sidney Rice back within the next few weeks, so their passing game could be getting Expand Description
Maybe Brett Favre saved Brad Childress from the head coaching guillotine for one more week. But the Vikings still have a losing record. They'll likely get back starting WR Sidney Rice back within the next few weeks, so their passing game could be getting a huge boost for the stretch run. Collapse Description
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24

4-4 7 13/31
Seattle, like many teams, has been decimated of late by injury. They were almost non-competitive during last week's loss to the visiting Giants. If they continue their downward spiral, they might as well continue to get a look at QB Charlie Whitehurst, whExpand Description
Seattle, like many teams, has been decimated of late by injury. They were almost non-competitive during last week's loss to the visiting Giants. If they continue their downward spiral, they might as well continue to get a look at QB Charlie Whitehurst, who they are paying $4 million to this season.Collapse Description
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25

2-6 2 19/30
It's too bad that starting QB Matthew Stafford got hurt again. The second-year pro is clearly the long-term answer at the position, but unless he can stay healthy for a prolonged period of time, they will be a less than .500 team each season.
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26

3-5 1 15/32
Arizona is yet another team with quarterback problems which won't be going away this season. If they continue to lose, the coaches should get rookie John Skelton prepared to play. The strong-armed passer is raw, but has much more talent than any of the quExpand Description
Arizona is yet another team with quarterback problems which won't be going away this season. If they continue to lose, the coaches should get rookie John Skelton prepared to play. The strong-armed passer is raw, but has much more talent than any of the quarterbacks on the roster.Collapse Description
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27

2-6 1 17/31
Trust me on this, Troy Smith is not the answer to San Francisco's quarterback woes. But if he can take good care of the football each week, he'll have a realistic chance to start the rest of the way.
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28

2-6 - 14/31
You can't blame veteran QB Kyle Orton for his poor record as a starter for this team over the last two seasons. Their inability to run the ball and stop opposing offenses are the real reasons Denver has been so disappointing.
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29

2-6 - 3/31
Did anyone really think they would come back and beat the Steelers? This is simply a bad football team with inferior personnel. And it may be time for the front office to think about the long-term replacement for QB Carson Palmer, whose play has regressedExpand Description
Did anyone really think they would come back and beat the Steelers? This is simply a bad football team with inferior personnel. And it may be time for the front office to think about the long-term replacement for QB Carson Palmer, whose play has regressed significantly this season.Collapse Description
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30

1-7 - 5/30
Pulling the plug on head coach Wade Phillips won't solve anything. Jason Garrett, who was named interim head coach, is part of the problem. His refusal to commit to the running game is one of the big reasons why the offense underachieved this season.
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31

1-7 - 25/32
The Panthers lost three more players on Monday, bringing the total players lost for the season to nine. This coaching staff knows it's done at the end of the season, so don't expect any miracles here. The Panthers will be picking very high in next year's Expand Description
The Panthers lost three more players on Monday, bringing the total players lost for the season to nine. This coaching staff knows it's done at the end of the season, so don't expect any miracles here. The Panthers will be picking very high in next year's NFL Draft.Collapse Description
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32

0-8 - 19/32
I continue to say each week that they are playing competitive football, but at some point you wonder when they will win a game. It's really not the fault of the offense that they can't win. The defense can't make a stop when it needs to.
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