WhatIfSports NFL Week 9 power rankings: Big Ben’s possible return bolsters Steelers

If Ben Roethlisberger returns to the Steelers in Week 9, their status as one of the NFL's best teams returns as well.

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WhatIfSports.com utilizes its NFL simulation engine to present a comprehensive and unbiased ranking of all 32 teams. We simulate thousands of NFL games and use the winning percentages from those games to evaluate every team. All 32 teams are ranked below with their average points for and against from the simulated games. All rosters and depth charts are up-to-date as of Tuesday of each week.

NFL Week 9 Power Rankings
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
1. New England Patriots 68.5 27.2 20.9
2. Denver Broncos +2 65.2 23.3 18.0
3. Pittsburgh Steelers +16 62.4 28.3 24.0
4. Seattle Seahawks -1 61.9 26.1 22.6
5. Dallas Cowboys +2 61.7 25.1 20.9
6. Atlanta Falcons -1 60.0 25.6 22.4
7. Oakland Raiders +1 59.6 24.4 21.2
8. Green Bay Packers +12 58.2 24.4 21.7
9. Houston Texans +1 56.6 23.6 21.5
10. Kansas City Chiefs +2 54.7 24.7 23.0
11. New York Giants 54.2 23.6 21.9
12. Arizona Cardinals -3 54.2 25.5 24.1
13. Philadelphia Eagles 51.5 21.4 20.9
14. New Orleans Saints +14 51.1 26.3 25.8
15. Minnesota Vikings -13 50.9 21.9 21.5
16. Cincinnati Bengals -1 49.9 23.5 23.4
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
17. Baltimore Ravens -1 49.8 24.0 24.2
18. Tennessee Titans 48.1 22.7 23.1
19. Buffalo Bills -13 48.0 21.5 22.1
20. Miami Dolphins -3 47.8 23.2 24.0
21. San Diego Chargers -7 45.6 24.1 25.4
22. Washington Redskins -1 43.9 23.9 25.5
23. Indianapolis Colts +3 43.6 23.8 26.0
24. Los Angeles Rams -1 43.4 20.2 22.3
25. Detroit Lions 41.8 22.8 25.7
26. Carolina Panthers -2 41.5 22.7 25.5
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -5 40.1 21.0 24.3
28. New York Jets -1 40.0 22.1 25.1
29. Jacksonville Jaguars 38.7 23.5 27.1
30. Chicago Bears 38.5 22.9 26.7
31. San Francisco 49ers 33.3 21.5 27.4
32. Cleveland Browns 33.1 21.8 27.9

In addition, view our Week 9 predictionsWeek 9 player projections or visit our NFL archive for power rankings from past weeks.