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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Week 9 Power Rankings


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Posted November 08, 2011 05:38 PM EST

The Giants get a big boost from a win over the Patriots and the 49ers move up to second overall. I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 10. Enjoy. | Watch Billick break down his Power Rankings

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New York Giants

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Buffalo Bills

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

8-0 - 1/1
Aaron Rodgers and his receivers are operating at a level that we have not seen before. This group has been together since Rodgers showed up and are thinking and acting as one. The defense is giving up yards, but prior to the San Diego game had not given Expand Description
Aaron Rodgers and his receivers are operating at a level that we have not seen before. This group has been together since Rodgers showed up and are thinking and acting as one. The defense is giving up yards, but prior to the San Diego game had not given up a lot of points. As long as they continue to force turnovers, they will balance out the big yardage put up against them. Collapse Description
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7-1 1 2/21
We still don't know if QB Alex Smith can carry this team to a win if need be, but who cares? They have bought in to head coach Jim Harbaugh and his system and are playing as a team as well as anyone in the game. The 49ers' record in road games, especialExpand Description
We still don't know if QB Alex Smith can carry this team to a win if need be, but who cares? They have bought in to head coach Jim Harbaugh and his system and are playing as a team as well as anyone in the game. The 49ers' record in road games, especially on the East Coast, is substantial. This team has the confidence to go anywhere (if need be) in the playoffs to win. They will be challenged with the physical play of the Giants. Collapse Description
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6-2 2 2/10
By sweeping the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens have put themselves in the best position to win the division since head coach John Harbaugh arrived in 2008. Like the previous week, the Ravens had to put QB Joe Flacco in the shotgun and spread the SteelerExpand Description
By sweeping the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens have put themselves in the best position to win the division since head coach John Harbaugh arrived in 2008. Like the previous week, the Ravens had to put QB Joe Flacco in the shotgun and spread the Steelers' defense to drive the length of the field and win. Baltimore's formula for success will not change: Play good defense and run the ball. But knowing they can spread the ball out might be just the thing they need to take this team to the next level: the Super Bowl. Collapse Description
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6-3 2 2/9
The Steelers lose a little ground in the rankings, but not much. They lost a close game to a division rival. Still, in order for them to get back to the Super Bowl they can't afford to lose at home. The good news is they have a very favorable schedule tExpand Description
The Steelers lose a little ground in the rankings, but not much. They lost a close game to a division rival. Still, in order for them to get back to the Super Bowl they can't afford to lose at home. The good news is they have a very favorable schedule the rest of the way. The bad news? So do the Ravens. Collapse Description
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5

6-2 6 5/19
Truly impressive win for the Giants. If they can just split the upcoming games at the 49ers, Philly, at the Saints and Green Bay, they will be in great shape. With all the talk of Eli Manning being elite — he can prove it by doing more than just splittinExpand Description
Truly impressive win for the Giants. If they can just split the upcoming games at the 49ers, Philly, at the Saints and Green Bay, they will be in great shape. With all the talk of Eli Manning being elite — he can prove it by doing more than just splitting that stretch of games. Collapse Description
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5-3 2 2/7
It is official, the New England Patriots' defense is bad. Last year, this young unit looked like it was getting better as the season progressed, but they haven't parlayed that growth to this season, and quite frankly, they've gotten worse. Tom Brady's pExpand Description
It is official, the New England Patriots' defense is bad. Last year, this young unit looked like it was getting better as the season progressed, but they haven't parlayed that growth to this season, and quite frankly, they've gotten worse. Tom Brady's play can cover up a lot of deficiencies, but this may be even too much for him. They have a favorable lineup of games coming up, but must beat the Jets this weekend or they will be looking at a wild-card spot. Collapse Description
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6-3 - 2/7
Doubts still linger about the Saints. Brees continues to throw too many picks and their defense is 29th in the NFL in total takeaways. The NFC South will likely come down to a battle with the Falcons, as both head-to-head matchups remain, and the loser Expand Description
Doubts still linger about the Saints. Brees continues to throw too many picks and their defense is 29th in the NFL in total takeaways. The NFC South will likely come down to a battle with the Falcons, as both head-to-head matchups remain, and the loser may not make the playoffs. Collapse Description
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8

6-3 - 5/13
Houston continues to impress without star WR Andre Johnson in the lineup. Head coach Gary Kubiak was smart in not playing Johnson against the Browns; he wasn't needed. QB Matt Schaub has shown he is willing to throw the ball 20 times or 50 times to win. Expand Description
Houston continues to impress without star WR Andre Johnson in the lineup. Head coach Gary Kubiak was smart in not playing Johnson against the Browns; he wasn't needed. QB Matt Schaub has shown he is willing to throw the ball 20 times or 50 times to win. I don't believe the Titans have enough to challenge the Texans for the AFC South. Collapse Description
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5-3 3 4/17
The Jets are beginning to look like the team that went to two straight AFC championship games. They are running the ball better, and the defense is back to getting pressure on the QB. Mark Sanchez looks to be playing at the same level as he did last yeaExpand Description
The Jets are beginning to look like the team that went to two straight AFC championship games. They are running the ball better, and the defense is back to getting pressure on the QB. Mark Sanchez looks to be playing at the same level as he did last year, but still, the Jets will need better from him at some point. With their upcoming schedule, they may take hold of the AFC East by the end of the month. Collapse Description
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10

5-3 1 5/14
With three receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns, getting Julio Jones back seems to be just what the Falcons needed to jump-start the offense. They will need him, and a lot more, to keep up with the Saints in an important NFC South matchup this weeExpand Description
With three receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns, getting Julio Jones back seems to be just what the Falcons needed to jump-start the offense. They will need him, and a lot more, to keep up with the Saints in an important NFC South matchup this week. Collapse Description
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11

6-2 1 4/15
QB Matt Stafford is coming off an impressive game against the Broncos, and will be well-rested after the bye week. If they can get RB Jahvid Best back into the lineup, they can easily get back into the rhythm of their 5-0 start. They will most likely beExpand Description
QB Matt Stafford is coming off an impressive game against the Broncos, and will be well-rested after the bye week. If they can get RB Jahvid Best back into the lineup, they can easily get back into the rhythm of their 5-0 start. They will most likely be chasing a wild-card spot since catching the Packers may be impossible. Collapse Description
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5-3 2 7/22
If you can't get to Jay Cutler in the pocket, then he is going to rip you apart with his accurate and strong down-field throws. Monday night was just Cutler's second game without being sacked, and this offensive line is finally playing up to par. Even sExpand Description
If you can't get to Jay Cutler in the pocket, then he is going to rip you apart with his accurate and strong down-field throws. Monday night was just Cutler's second game without being sacked, and this offensive line is finally playing up to par. Even still, this offense must start with RB Matt Forte, and he isn't going to put the ball on the ground twice in one game very often, if ever. Collapse Description
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13

6-2 3 10/31
The Bengals are currently the No. 1 seed in the AFC. I have to say that again to believe it: The Bengals are currently the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They boast a top-flight defense and rookie QB Andy Dalton has matured to understand that a punt is not the Expand Description
The Bengals are currently the No. 1 seed in the AFC. I have to say that again to believe it: The Bengals are currently the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They boast a top-flight defense and rookie QB Andy Dalton has matured to understand that a punt is not the worst thing in the world. With that said, they now will face the meat of their schedule, and their second-half win/loss record will not reflect the same success. Collapse Description
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5-3 8 6/30
If you can match up man for man, you can beat the Bills. Making QB Ryan Fitzpatrick hold the ball is clearly the way to slow the Bills down. The defense has begun to put more pressure on opposing QBs, but Buffalo will need to continue to lead the NFL inExpand Description
If you can match up man for man, you can beat the Bills. Making QB Ryan Fitzpatrick hold the ball is clearly the way to slow the Bills down. The defense has begun to put more pressure on opposing QBs, but Buffalo will need to continue to lead the NFL in takeaways to stay in any games. The Bills may finally come back to reality. Collapse Description
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15

4-4 2 2/22
The Chargers got dealt a bad hand having to play three games in 11 days. They are missing some key people in RB Ryan Mathews, WR Malcom Floyd and DE Shaun Phillips, but fortunately for them they are in the right division to be dealing with midseason struExpand Description
The Chargers got dealt a bad hand having to play three games in 11 days. They are missing some key people in RB Ryan Mathews, WR Malcom Floyd and DE Shaun Phillips, but fortunately for them they are in the right division to be dealing with midseason struggles. A win against the Raiders on Thursday night will make for a quick rebound with the weekend to rest. Collapse Description
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16

4-4 2 9/21
Rookie RB DeMarco Murray appears to be the real deal. His field vision is what is most impressive, he rarely carries the ball into the wrong hole and sees the cutback lanes as well as anyone. The Cowboys would do well to follow the Bears' lead: play gooExpand Description
Rookie RB DeMarco Murray appears to be the real deal. His field vision is what is most impressive, he rarely carries the ball into the wrong hole and sees the cutback lanes as well as anyone. The Cowboys would do well to follow the Bears' lead: play good defense, run the ball and don't turn it over. Keep QB Tony Romo to 30-35 throws and the Cowboys can stay in a lot of games. Collapse Description
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17

3-5 2 6/23
The Eagles didn't record a single sack against Jay Cutler Monday, and that is a bad sign for a defense that is built to get after the quarterback. They were able to come up with some key turnovers, but even that wasn't enough to stay on top. Based on NFExpand Description
The Eagles didn't record a single sack against Jay Cutler Monday, and that is a bad sign for a defense that is built to get after the quarterback. They were able to come up with some key turnovers, but even that wasn't enough to stay on top. Based on NFL history, the Eagles only had a five percent chance of making the playoffs anyway, and now even that is a pipe dream. Collapse Description
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18

4-4 1 8/30
The Bucs are struggling to find the rhythm of last year when they ran the ball well, made big plays off of play-action passes and protected the ball. Their young defense is not progressing as well as head coach Raheem Morris had hoped, and once again theExpand Description
The Bucs are struggling to find the rhythm of last year when they ran the ball well, made big plays off of play-action passes and protected the ball. Their young defense is not progressing as well as head coach Raheem Morris had hoped, and once again they lose young defensive lineman Gerald McCoy for the season to injury. Collapse Description
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4-4 3 13/31
If the Titans can just get the running game cranked up, things could really fall into place. Their remaining schedule should allow them to stay close in the divisional race, but if the Texans start pulling away, they aren't going to have enough wins to geExpand Description
If the Titans can just get the running game cranked up, things could really fall into place. Their remaining schedule should allow them to stay close in the divisional race, but if the Texans start pulling away, they aren't going to have enough wins to get a wild card. Collapse Description
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20

2-6 1 20/32
The Panthers are coming off a bye and they may have a couple of opportunities to add some wins to their season total. Priority No. 1 is still about developing QB Cam Newton and the Panther fans seem content to sit back and watch it happen. Luckily for thExpand Description
The Panthers are coming off a bye and they may have a couple of opportunities to add some wins to their season total. Priority No. 1 is still about developing QB Cam Newton and the Panther fans seem content to sit back and watch it happen. Luckily for them, he may be the most exciting player to watch in the NFL. Collapse Description
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21

3-5 5 8/30
It was fun watching QB Tim Tebow run (literally) up some yards, but I don't think we know any more about his ability to play in a pro system than we did last week. Unlike Cam Newton in Carolina, Tebow must win all of his starts if he wants to prove to JohExpand Description
It was fun watching QB Tim Tebow run (literally) up some yards, but I don't think we know any more about his ability to play in a pro system than we did last week. Unlike Cam Newton in Carolina, Tebow must win all of his starts if he wants to prove to John Fox and John Elway that he deserves to be the long-time starter in Denver. Collapse Description
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22

4-4 2 10/22
I can't for the life of me understand why the Raiders would play so much man coverage against a team like the Broncos, whose only chance was to hope the defense turned their backs on a running QB. Carson Palmer is still shaking off the rust, but remember Expand Description
I can't for the life of me understand why the Raiders would play so much man coverage against a team like the Broncos, whose only chance was to hope the defense turned their backs on a running QB. Carson Palmer is still shaking off the rust, but remember he did throw 20 INTs last year. Collapse Description
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23

2-6 - 22/32
See Carolina notes with the caveat that Vikings fans are probably not as willing to be patient with the development of their own rookie passer Christian Ponder.
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4-4 5 17/32
The Chiefs thought they were sitting pretty with games against the Dolphins and Broncos before settling into a run of New England, Pittsburgh, Chicago, the Jets and then the Packers. Now they have to be worried about even beating the Broncos. They are jExpand Description
The Chiefs thought they were sitting pretty with games against the Dolphins and Broncos before settling into a run of New England, Pittsburgh, Chicago, the Jets and then the Packers. Now they have to be worried about even beating the Broncos. They are just counting on a bad AFC West to stay alive for the playoffs. Collapse Description
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25

3-5 1 10/28
With Miami and Seattle coming up in the next few weeks, the Redskins might think they have a chance to get back on track. The trouble is, Miami and Seattle are looking at the Redskins and thinking the same thing.
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2-6 1 26/31
With Indy and Cleveland up after a bye, the Jaguars might get rewarded for hanging in and continuing to play hard. Another team that is all about watching its young QB develop, but they need to add weapons around him for it to make any difference. Expand Description
With Indy and Cleveland up after a bye, the Jaguars might get rewarded for hanging in and continuing to play hard. Another team that is all about watching its young QB develop, but they need to add weapons around him for it to make any difference. Collapse Description
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1-7 4 20/32
Congratulations to Tony Sparano and the Dolphins. And now, he may actually be able to string together back-to-back wins by facing the Redskins this week in Miami.
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2-6 2 14/30
Patrick Peterson might end up being the second-best draft choice (behind Cam Newton) in the 2011 draft. Right now, he is the lone bright spot in the what is a real drought in the desert. He makes spectacular plays in the return game, but needs to eliminaExpand Description
Patrick Peterson might end up being the second-best draft choice (behind Cam Newton) in the 2011 draft. Right now, he is the lone bright spot in the what is a real drought in the desert. He makes spectacular plays in the return game, but needs to eliminate the pass-interference penalties as he matures into an elite corner. Collapse Description
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3-5 4 18/31
We are beginning to see why Cleveland was hesitant to give RB Peyton Hillis the money. QB Colt McCoy needs to show improvement or the Browns may want to get into the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
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1-7 2 24/31
The Rams just can't buy a break. Their second-half schedule should give them a chance to improve, but beating New Orleans and then losing to Arizona is hard to explain.
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2-6 2 15/31
Seattle is about to find out just how far away they are from being a good team by hosting the Ravens this weekend. If head coach Pete Carroll had issues with Jim Harbaugh at the college level, wait until he gets a load of is brother John and the Ravens dExpand Description
Seattle is about to find out just how far away they are from being a good team by hosting the Ravens this weekend. If head coach Pete Carroll had issues with Jim Harbaugh at the college level, wait until he gets a load of is brother John and the Ravens defense. Collapse Description
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0-9 - 13/32
The carnage continues with people now questioning the front office. The Colts just need something to hang their hats on for better days. Owner Jim Irsay says the problems are identifiable. He should probably spell those out for the fans so they know whExpand Description
The carnage continues with people now questioning the front office. The Colts just need something to hang their hats on for better days. Owner Jim Irsay says the problems are identifiable. He should probably spell those out for the fans so they know what to look forward to. Collapse Description
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Cowboys    12 4 0
Eagles    10 6 0
Giants    6 10 0
Redskins    4 12 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Seahawks    12 4 0
Cardinals    11 5 0
49ers    8 8 0
Rams    6 10 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Packers    12 4 0
Lions    11 5 0
Vikings    7 9 0
Bears    5 11 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Panthers    7 8 1
Saints    7 9 0
Falcons    6 10 0
Buccaneers    2 14 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Patriots    12 4 0
Bills    9 7 0
Dolphins    8 8 0
Jets    4 12 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    12 4 0
Chiefs    9 7 0
Chargers    9 7 0
Raiders    3 13 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Steelers    11 5 0
Bengals    10 5 1
Ravens    10 6 0
Browns    7 9 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Colts    11 5 0
Texans    9 7 0
Jaguars    3 13 0
Titans    2 14 0