NFL Week 9 power rankings: Vikings holding steady, Bills inch up, Chiefs defense pounding
MARK CRAIGS POWER RANKINGS Biggest jump: Ravens No. 27 to No. 18 Biggest fall: Redskins No. 9 to No. 15
1. Patriots, 6-2 (Last week, 1): They have won four in a row, giving up fewer than 18 points in each game during that stretch.
2. Eagles, 7-1 (2): Already fifth in the league in rushing, the streaking Eagles add more power with their trade for Jay Ajayi.
3. Rams, 5-2 (3): A bye week followed by a semi-bye week at the Giants.
4. Chiefs, 6-2 (4): The offense looked sluggish, but the defense and special teams hammered free-falling Denver on Monday.
5. Vikings, 6-2 (5): Good teams prevail when layup games start going south. And nothing is further south than trailing Cleveland.
6. Seahawks, 5-2 (6): Good couple of days for Russell Wilson. Throws for 452 yards, wins a shootout and gets a new left tackle in Duane Brown.
7. Steelers, 6-2 (7): Held the host Lions to nine points, no touchdowns in five red zone trips.
8. Saints, 5-2 (8): They ran the ball 30 times and threw it 28 against the Bears while stretching their winning streak to five games.
9. Bills, 5-2 (10): The defense is tied for second in points against, tied for first in takeaways and not missing Marcell Dareus in the least.
10. Panthers, 5-3 (13): Cam Newton averaged less than 5 yards on 32 pass attempts, but the defense dominated the lowly Buccaneers.
11. Cowboys, 4-3 (17): The Ezekiel Saga: Hes suspended. No hes not. Yes he his. No hes not. Yes he is. No hes not. Yes he is
12. Jaguars, 4-3 (12): They have surpassed last years win total with a points differential thats 15.5 better than a year ago.
13. Texans, 3-4 (11): They need to start winning some of these Deshaun Watson shootouts.
14. Falcons, 4-3 (18): A win at the Jets doesnt turn the tide on a team thats still disappointing.
15. Redskins, 3-4 (9): Proving once again that a team cant compete when its offensive line is in crisis.
16. Bears, 3-5 (15): They were a little sloppy in New Orleans, but they are also a lot more competitive than I expected.
17. Lions, 3-4 (16): Loss to Steelers proves the Lions cant win with Matthew Stafford getting zero run support.
18. Ravens, 4-4 (27): If you have this team figured out, let me know.
19. Dolphins, 4-3 (14): Re-read No. 18.
20. Packers, 4-3 (20): Mike McCarthy can silence all detractors if he used the bye week to find a way to win with Brett Hundley.
21. Titans, 4-3 (21): Bye week helped Marcus Mariotas hammy heal. He needs his mobility.
22. Jets, 3-5 (19): They are tailing off, but I like how hard they compete. Especially after we all accused them of tanking.
23. Chargers, 3-5 (23): A narrow loss at New England tells me this team isnt out of the playoff picture just yet.
24. Bengals, 3-4 (25): They hit the road for three weeks against the Jags, Titans and Broncos.
25. Broncos, 3-4 (24): When Brock Osweiler is your savior, chances are youre in deep you-know-what.
26. Cardinals, 3-4 (26): Adrian Peterson will find out just how far the drop in Drews is between Brees and Stanton.
27. Raiders, 3-5 (22): Suddenly that big win at K.C. doesnt feel like a corner-turning triumph.
28. Buccaneers, 2-5 (28): Trying to give Giants a run for NFLs most disappointing team.
29. Colts, 2-6 (29): Colts officially go from When will Andrew Luck return? to Why would Andrew Luck return?
30. Giants, 1-6 (30): Next.
31. 49ers, 0-8 (31): A second-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo was a wise move, but he cant do it by himself.
32. Browns, 0-8 (32): I was going to say they cant lose on a bye week, but then they botched the paperwork on the AJ McCarron trade.