Week 9 power rankings: Titans rule

Week 9 power rankings: Titans rule

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 10:40
1. Tennessee Titans (7-0): No doubt about it after convincing Monday night dismantling of Colts. Play host to Packers this week on short rest. Last week: 1. 2. New York Giants (6-1): It wasn't pretty, but they beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh 21-14 behind a swarming pass rush and 4 interceptions. Last week: 4. 3. Carolina Panthers (6-2): Rallied from 17-3 deficit despite getting gouged for 375 passing yards by Cardinals in 27-23 victory heading into bye. Last week: 6. 4. Washington Redskins (6-2): Needed two huge plays from Santana Moss to withstand upset bid by winless Lions. Last week: 8. 5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2): $100 million man Ben Roethlisberger looked like a $1.50 while throwing 4 picks and getting sacked 5 times behind leaky pass blocking of o-line. Last week: 2. 6. Dallas Cowboys (5-3): Suspension of Pacman is addition by subtraction. Face Giants on the road this week, probably without Romo, who should return after Week 10 bye. Last week: 12. 7. Tampa Bay Bucs (5-3): Defense played well enough to win and allowed just 172 yards in 13-9 loss at Dallas. Last week: 5. 8. Buffalo Bills (5-2): Turned the ball over 4 times, including 3 fumbles and blew 9-point second-half lead vs. Dolphins in Miami. Last week: 3. 9. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3): Return of Brian Westbrook (167 rushing yards, 217 yards form scrimmage) made victory over Falcons look easy. Last week: 9. 10. Arizona Cardinals (4-3): Return of WR Anquan Boldin helped spark explosive passing attack, but defense couldn't hold on to 17-3 third-quarter lead in 27-23 loss to Panthers. Last week: 7. 11. New England Patriots (5-2): Beating the Rams – without Steven Jackson – didn't impress anyone, especially when defense allowed 358 yards. Last week: 10. 12. Indianapolis Colts (3-4): It doesn't get a lot easier after getting whipped by Titans – Patriots come to town for Sunday nighter. Last week: 17. 13. Green Bay Packers (4-3): Face toughest possible test this week with road game vs. undefeated Titans, but at least they had a week off to prepare. Last week: 15. 14. Chicago Bears (4-3): They should be in the driver's seat in the NFC North after a visit from the 0-7 Lions, but running game, pass rush need to get back on track. Last week: 16. 15. Baltimore Ravens (4-3): Have held 5 of 7 opponents to less than 14 points, and running attack can control games. Have outscored last two opponents 56-23. Last week: 19. 16. Denver Broncos (4-3): Had bye week to savor 1 ½-game lead in AFC West, prepare for visit from Dolphins and do something about horrible defense that allows 27 points per game. Last week: 18. 17. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4): Even after a bye, they lost at home to the Browns who were playing without Kellen Winslow. Last week: 11. 18. New Orleans Saints (4-4): QB Drew Brees is on pace to set NFL single-season record for passing yards. Offense has scored 24 points or more in 7 of 8 games. Last week: 24. 19. Atlanta Falcons (4-3): They're just not the same team away from home, where they've lost 3 of 4, all by double digits. They get another shot this week in Oakland. Last week: 14. 20. San Diego Chargers (3-5): Personnel says “contender,” but they need to get it turned around in a hurry. They have a week off to regroup after third loss in four games. Last week: 13. 21. Minnesota Vikings (3-4): Have a chance to tighten up the NFC North race with back-to-back home games vs. Texans and Packers. Last week: 21. 22. Cleveland Browns (3-4): Soldiered on without Kellen “The Soldier” Winslow in upset of Jags in Jacksonville. Browns averaging 29 points in two games without Winslow and 11 points in five with him. Last week: 23. 23. Miami Dolphins (3-4): Own impressive victories over AFC East opponents Buffalo (last week) and New England, who are tied for first place at 5-2. Last week 27. 24. St. Louis Rams (2-5): Nearly pulled off third major upset in as many weeks before falling to Patriots. Last week: 20. 25. Houston Texans (3-4): Three straight victories, all at home, have come against Dolphins, Lions and Bengals, who are a combined 3-19. Last week: 22. 26. New York Jets (4-3): Needed a late TD at home to squeak past pathetic Chiefs, as Favre flung 3 interceptions and was outplayed by Tyler Thigpen. Last week: 25. 27. Seattle Seahawks (2-5): RB Leonard Weaver scored on plays of 62 and 43 yards after taking short passes from Seneca Wallace to rout 49ers and end 3-game losing streak. Last week: 29. 28. Oakland Raiders (2-5): Fell back into old pattern in 29-10 loss to Ravens after OT win a week earlier. Last week: 26. 29. Kansas City Chiefs (1-6): Even without suspended RB Larry Johnson they almost beat the Jets at the Meadowlands. Last week: 30. 30. San Francisco 49ers (2-6): Got destroyed at home by weak Seahawks in coaching debut of Mike Singletary, who has a week off to figure out what went wrong. He's already switched quarterbacks. Last week: 28. 31. Detroit Lions (0-7): Last three losses have only been by a total of 17 points. That's progress, considering first four losses were by combined by 81 points. Last week: 32. 32. Cincinnati Bengals (0-8): Couldn't even reach the end zone once last week in 35-6 loss to Texans, who came in ranked No. 31 in points allowed. Last week: 31.
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