NFL Power Rankings – Week Nine

Written by Ryan Lownes on November 3, 2011


 

 

Rank

Team

Explanation

Last

17

Dallas Cowboys

(3-4)

Nothing seems to be going according to plan for the Cowboys at the moment. A lone bright spot, rookie running back DeMarco Murray looks to be special given the opportunity.

15

18

Oakland Raiders

(4-3)

The bye week could not have come at a better time for the Raiders. If Carson Palmer can get a grasp on the new playbook and personnel, Oakland will challenge for the AFC West title.

19

19

Chicago Bears

(4-3)

I cannot say I have too much faith in the Bears. They play in one of the NFL’s toughest divisions and face a brutal stretch from here on out. The line’s futility in pass protection has made the offense too reliant on Matt Forte.

18

20

Kansas City Chiefs

(4-3)

The Chiefs have quietly reeled off four straight wins, but make no mistake: this is not the team that won the West and made the playoffs a year ago. That team, I should remind you, had a healthy Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry.

22

21

Tennessee Titans

(4-3)

While star RB Chris Johnson’s slow start has ruined many fantasy football teams, his Titans continue to claw out wins. The Colts were far from a tough test, but this team looks as if they will be in the wild card hunt until the end playing in a weak AFC South.

20

22

Washington Redskins

(3-4)

Skins fans must have known their fast start was too good to be true. The defense and offensive line have come a long way, but how many wins can you expect from a team featuring John Beck as starting quarterback.

21

23

Minnesota Vikings

(2-6)

All of the sudden, the Vikings have ripped off three consecutive promising games. Christian Ponder, unanimously considered a reach at 12th Overall, has given life to a previously futile offense.

25

24

Carolina Panthers

(2-6)

While this season has provided Panthers fans with hope, their best days will come in the future, not now. Cam Newton will struggle to win games all season, but he will make games worth watching.

23

25

St. Louis Rams

(1-6)

The Rams were able to get their first win of the year with a spirited effort against a very good team. This could be the beginning of a major turnaround with Sam Bradford expected back soon.

28

26

Cleveland Browns

(3-4)

The Browns’ record really does not explain how bad they have been. Fans have turned on Colt McCoy and the running game has dried up this season. Peyton Hillis does not look to have much of a future in Cleveland.

24

27

Jacksonville Jaguars

(2-6)

Blaine Gabbert has been unable to take advantage in some winnable games, but he also does not have much to throw to. Jacksonville has made steps toward rebuilding, but it will not be a short proc

27

28

Denver Broncos

(2-6)

After enjoying an emotional victory in Miami, the Broncos suffered a huge loss when Detroit came to town. Now Tim Tebow will have to prepare for a game following a blowout for the first time in… well, who knows how long.

26

29

Seattle Seahawks

(2-5)

One thing was very clear on Sunday in Seattle: the offense runs much more smoothly with Tavaris Jackson under center. It is not likely to matter if the Seahawks offensive line struggles as they have.

29

30

Arizona Cardinals

(1-6)

Good teams find a way to win games, bad teams find ways to lose them. The Cardinals are a bad team. That defense has holes on every level and the offensive line must be revamped. Arizona will likely be looking at another top five pick this year.

30

31

Miami Dolphins

(0-7)

Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, they have proven that they are neither. Tony Sparano is a great football mind with a likeable personality, but his days in Miami are as good as over.

31

32

Indianapolis Colts

(0-8)

Another Colts loss and who could be surprised? Ironically this poor a season may be what Indianapolis needed to re-enter the Super Bowl picture in the near future. So if I am a fan: keep these losses coming.

32

 

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Ryan Lownes

Ryan is currently an undergraduate student at Ohio University pursuing a degree in Sport Management. He has been attending the NFL Draft in New York City since 2005 and has aspirations of a career in scouting. He is currently a draft writer and analyst on the Draft Breakdown team, posting his latest rankings, mock drafts, scouting reports, and more. Be sure to follow Ryan on twitter for year-round NFL Draft analysis. See all posts by Ryan Lownes.